To can

   August 31, 2010 5:50 pm

My  first year of canning, I ran all over town trying to buy equipment. I’d find one dusty shelf with a dozen jars and the scavenger hunt would continue. Then, a year or two ago, a family member went into a nursing home, and all her canning stuff came to me. Boxes and boxes of…

Basil beware

   August 30, 2010 6:59 pm

If your basil is throwing off flower stems, don’t feel guilty. Just get out there and save it from itself. It only takes a minute, plus three weeks. Just chop off the flowers and pick about half of it. Get the herbs in the morning when their flavor oils are at their height for the…

BLT heaven

   August 25, 2010 3:54 pm

I sliced a huge, red ripe homegrown tomato last night, topped it with a leaf of real iceberg lettuce (not the bagged stuff), Miracle Whip (light), bacon and built it with three halves of Arnold’s sandwich thins.I should have toasted the bread, but I was too hungry to wait. I put sliced turkey on the…

I promised

   August 24, 2010 4:03 pm

Last week, while vacationing in Myrtle Beach, I promised a review of the Brazilian grill restaurant, Rioz. The basic idea is you get a huge salad bar, with unlimited roasted meat in 10 kinds. All you had to do was flip over your disk, and servers would come by and slice you off a hunk…

Squashed up

   August 19, 2010 7:46 pm

Hi. Still at the timeshare. Mixed feelings about that, but let’s say we’re all eating well. My MIL just made a fabulous addition to our midday feast. It makes me wish I’d planted squash. She took yellow squash and zucchini, medium sized ones, sliced them into half moons. She dusted them in flour and seasoned…

Eat and Pray and Love

   August 18, 2010 3:29 pm

I hope you get a chance to see this week’s food section cover, about the 10 Erie women who gathered to celebrate the release of the movie, “Eat Pray Love.” Hearing about that story reminds me about how girlfriends get together for no reason at all, or at least a semblance of an excuse. There’s…

7 days at the beach

   August 16, 2010 2:05 pm

I apologize in advance, friends. I’m on vacation and posts will be sporadic. We’re in Myrtle Beach. Don’t be too jealous. I’m with 9 family members in three bedrooms, three kids 7 and younger. Fun, but you have to be flexible, patient and take quite a few deep breaths. One great thing is that we have…

Getting squashed?

   August 13, 2010 3:39 pm

I used to think Martha Stewart was evil incarnate, exploiting women who already had an inferiority complex about their domestic skills. I’d go on, but no one has time. My opinion of Stewart and her various permutations is now more seasoned and complex. I still roll my eyes at her hand-crafted sea shell light strings,…

Eat Pray Love

   August 12, 2010 5:00 pm

It’s been a while since we had a decent chick flick, so “Eat Pray Love” is overdue. But better late than never. The story, written as a memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, comes to the silver screen Friday. It brings with it an elixir of food, spirituality and independence that many women have found irresistible. It’s…

Help! It’s almost dinnertime

   August 11, 2010 8:53 pm

If you’re checking here in a desperate attempt to find something for dinner, stop by your grocery store and pick up some salmon fillets. I’m betting you haven’t had that in a while. Broil it on a baking sheet and it’s done in 8 minutes. Dress it first, if you want, with a firey seasoning…