May 22 2012

Hey there, SunbonnetSmart fans and devotees!

Having been off to parts unknown for a week, it is time to get back in the BlogHer posting saddle and get something up to amuse and delight you.

Straight from my husband’s cruising on the Internet, I will let you decide whether, from this point forward, he should be left alone, unsupervised on the computer. I’m leaning toward full oversight.

Tired of competing with HomeRearedChef in sharing the culinary spotlight, I present to you, Turtle Burgers, which will surely pull traffic from that “seafood soup” she put up this week.

This recipe is straight from Greek Yogurt & Apple Slices

There is no better novelty for the coming Memorial Day weekend, than Turtle Burgers. If you haven’t seen this captivating part of Americana, look no further. SunbonnetSmart is bringing it to you in living color.

And, with a chef, equal to Julia Child, commandeering the instructional video to plumber crack perfection

Make Turtle Burgers for family and friends this weekend.
Gather some extra cash by selling them at the Quickie Mart.

I LOVE this Comment under the video:
“Only in America. I salute you sir.”

  

NaBloPoMo May 2012



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Nov 23 2011

Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving brings back
many happy memories and creates many more!

Oh! How I love to think of Thanksgivings at my grandmother’s house. What a big deal they were as she was cooking for days ahead. She was a detail planner and carried off big dinners with clockwork precision. The menu was always the same because there was no way to improve upon it. Besides, everyone counted on it from year to year.

Let’s celebrate this woman’s efforts to provide the
perfect Thanksgiving, half a century ago. Where is she?
In the kitchen, of course!

My grandmother was also a great club woman as she loved to go to meetings and socially participate for the betterment of mankind. Most of her meetings were luncheons, so I remember that every meeting she went to, she would come home and recite the menu and describe the table with its tablecloth, centerpiece and place settings. She kept a hostess book, listing every gathering she gave and the menu presented. And, she kept track of what other ladies in Maryland were serving as well. So, I am smiling to myself when I recite my grandmother’s Thanksgiving menu here because the voice in my head, as I type it out to you, sounds just like hers.

Endless tasks accomplished with seemingly endless energy.
Where? In the kitchen, of course!

On a big table that was “U-shaped” and started in the dining room, ran out through the hall way and up into the living room, she served thirty people roast turkey with dressing, mashed potatoes, homemade giblet gravy, candied sweet potatoes, buttered kernel corn, big luscious pans of macaroni and cheese made with New York sharp cheddar, green beans almondine, homemade cranberry sauce, a relish plate of celery, pickles and olives, AND “Brown and Serve” rolls.

Lots of love on this Thanksgiving dinner table. Just
look how much is heaped in with those mashed potatoes.
And where is this loving cook? In the kitchen, of course!

They had to be “Brown and Serve” rolls, because they were the latest and greatest back then in the 1950s when each labor saving innovation was hailed as an additional blessing for which one should give thanks. I know my grandmother blessed the Brown and Serve rolls. She was the oldest girl of a family of nine children and had made many a pan of rolls, so buying them and popping them in the oven to brown before serving was a treat. Her delight and enthusiasm, as she brought the bread baskets to the tables, was infectious.

“What? Oh no! I don’t need any help. I’m almost done.
I’ll just be a few more minutes…”

The routine of it all was so comforting then. Not boring at all, like it might appear to this sound byte world we live in now. We knew who was going to be there, what we would eat, how wonderful the food would taste and, on top of it all, had the childhood luxury of thinking these Thanksgivings would last forever. We believed they would stretch out in an endless twelve month Thanksgiving cycle, connected like a string of cranberries from one year to the next.

The only problem was, of course, it didn’t last forever. Things changed, as they always do. The older people got even older and then finally weren’t with us. Then parts of the family moved away and some families broke up as the parents got divorced. But, I remember when that wonderful part of childhood, thinking everything was forever, was such a comfort in itself.

If I close my eyes, I can still bring it all back. Everyone is seated at the “U-shaped” table, laughing and talking, eating and getting full. They are all there and all I have to do is take my seat to start joining in.

How about you? Can you close your eyes and bring it all back?

I hope so…

Much love to you and please pass the gravy.

 

Giving Thanks

If you have an interest in this great book that has
outstanding reviews and is just mouthwatering to read,
hover your mouse over this link to preview:

Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie



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Dec 25 2010

If I were not shy, I would bestow
My Greetings under the Mistletoe,
But as I fear you might take it amiss,
I’ll wish you a “Merry Christmas” through this.

December 25, 2010
Saturday morning at 8:00am

Hello there and Merry Christmas!

I hope you are reading this with a light heart while enjoying the day with some well deserved time off. If you have to work, like I have many times being in the medical profession, thank you for providing whatever valuable service you provide.

Here in Maryland, some of us have a long standing tradition of having Panned Oysters for breakfast on Christmas Day. We were out late last night, so we are getting a late start this morning.  That can happen without small children around to activate the Christmas morning proceedings. I haven’t even begun the Panned Oysters and will have to wait until everyone is out of bed.

We waited to buy the oysters until yesterday, Christmas Eve, to make sure they were as fresh as possible. You have to be on your “A” game, though, in getting them, because, if you wait too long, the stores will be sold out. And, you need to have a good organic bread upon which to serve the oysters as they are rich, especially when cooked in butter.  We toast the bread and cut it on the diagonal, twice, to make toast points.

Panned Oysters are simple to make, which is another reason they are favorites on a hustle-bustle Christmas morning. Just take a frying pan and melt a stick of organic butter from grass-fed cows. Use one stick of butter for up to two pints of oysters.

After the bottom of the pan is covered with melted butter, as
it’s melting, gently place oysters into the pan using a slotted
spoon so most of the oyster juice is withheld in the container.

Now, for extra flavor, add about three tablespoons of the juice
to the pan while cooking and add the rest of the oysters. Note:
Ignore teenagers asking whether we are having brains for breakfast.

The oysters should be cooked until the edges draw up and “ruffle.”

Once the oysters are “ruffled,” they are ready to be lifted onto
the waiting toast points. The butter essence is then spooned over
top and that’s it, you’re done. Yum! Yum!

So, I guess I better get hopping to make things happen around here. I’ll be hopping and hoping that you find some peace, love and comfort today and, in addition, that all of your dreams come true for the coming year in 2011.

Have fun throughout the holidays!

Much Love,
Fondly, Robin



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Oct 31 2010

Halloween – October 31 –  All Hallow’s Eve

What fun we used to have on Halloween in the 1950s! Running around the neighborhood, knocking on doors until they opened and yelling, “Trick or Treat!” We loved the people who gave us full size Hershey bars, although you didn’t have to say, “full size” then because there was only one size. On the other hand, we couldn’t understand the people who gave us apples and insisted they were good for our health. We thought that was just peculiar.

This year, it seems like it’s going to be pretty cold for the kids. Cold like it was the year I decided to be a mermaid. And what a disappointment that was. It was bad enough that mother and daddy refused to pull me around in a wagon so that the illusion of a tail fin could be maintained, but the costume that mother had come up with to keep me happy and make a pretense of me being a mermaid was a long green skirt with the outline of a tail fin drawn on it. Needless to say, I was totally disgusted and humiliated that this ridiculous excuse for a tail fin was being placed on my body. Adding insult to injury, I was supposed to be gracious about it and wear it with a smile. Very hard to do when one is so emotionally encumbered.

This was before Walt Disney’s Little Mermaid, Ariel, but somehow I had channeled the image of a glorious fish tail with real scales and the ability to move my legs as one to make it fan and flip, which would have been relatively easy if I had been in my wagon like I wanted and was being pulled along like I was supposed to be. But no, there I was, a bipedal self embarrassment in a long green skirt with a fish tail drawn on it, shuffling along with a pillowcase of candy, glad that it was dark so nobody could see it, but then alternately mad that it was dark so nobody could see it to realize what I was being put through. The sympathy vote might have been worth a couple extra Hershey’s Kisses, after all.

But actually, the worst thing about that Halloween night, long ago, was that it was cold. So cold, I had to wear a coat over my mermaid costume and the top half of me was the only redeeming feature of the ensemble. I forgot to mention that in my haste to tell you how stupid the bottom half appeared. Mother had done pretty well with the top half and wasn’t it a shame that nobody would see it because it was too cold and I had to wear a coat?

Well, you might be saying, trying to make the glass half full and pull victory out of the jaws of defeat, at least least I didn’t have to wear a hat.

Oh NO! You would be wrong! Of course I had to wear a hat! This whole thing is happening in the 1950s when sensible children with sensible parents were always dressed appropriately to the weather. That night it was cold, and if a coat was needed, then surely a hat was needed, therefore, a red knit peaked hat with a pompom hanging on a chain stitch piece of yarn from the peak that bobbed to and fro was required before I could even think of leaving the house. It was a nightmare come true. There was no hope except the glimmer of truth that no matter how I was dressed, I would come come with a pile of candy. That was the only thing that kept me going.

And so, this Halloween, if any of your children are dressed like a decent mermaid with a shiny, slithery, sparkly, scaled mermaid tail and you are pulling them around on a wagon to create the illusion that they are half fish like they want to be, may I reach out and shake your hand to tell you what a great parent you are? And if you live in Florida so that they don’t have to wear coats on Halloween, may I congratulate you on your unselfish foresight? You have transcended all obstacles while holding down a day job to make your child’s dreams come true.

And may I say, “Bravo! You won’t regret it.” And you won’t have to read their blog fifty years from now to see the trauma you caused them and beg them for forgiveness.

What a great Halloween you will have, with many more to come.

 

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