Monday, April 30, 2007

Frog Punch

Named for the mascot (the Weather Frog) of the Times Picayune Newspaper. The drink was first served at a big charity event held for the benefit of a home set up to house the boys who sold the newspapers in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Daily Picayune’s weather frog was introduced on January 13, 1894, to accompany the daily forecast.

* 3 Cups fresh Lemon Juice
* 1 Cup Sugar
* 1-1/2 Cups Pineapple Juice
* 1 Liter Seltzer (1 Bottle)
* 18 Strawberries
* 1 Small Pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into pieces
* 2 Lemons, sliced paper thin
* 1 Block Ice
* Crushed Ice

In a punch bowl, combine the lemon juice and sugar with 6 cups of water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the pineapple juice, seltzer, strawberries, pineapple pieces and lemon slices. Add a large block of Ice

To serve, fill each glass 1/3 full with crushed ice. Pour in punch, making sure to include a strawberry, a piece of pineapple and a lemon slice.

Makes about 1 Gallon

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Collecting ~ Jewelry as Art

Red Rhinestone Bracelet
Circa 1930

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Where have all the Flowers Gone ?

They're Here ~

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Collecting ~ Pressed Glass

Celery Vase
"Deer and Pine Tree" or "Deer and Doe"

Belmont Glass Company
Circa 1883

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Fast n' Sassy Bar-B-Que Sauce

1 Cup Catsup
1/3 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Water
Heat to Blend Flavors

optional ~ to add extra spice
Sauted Chopped Onions and Garlic
Cayenne Pepper
Chili Powder

Monday, April 16, 2007

You too can be a Jackson Pollock

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Film Classic ~ Have You Seen ?


Jose Quintero

Gavin Lambert, Jan Read, Tennessee Williams

Vivien Leigh
Warren Beatty
Lotte Lenya
Jill St. John
Jeremy Spencer
Josephine Brown

Books of Note ~

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Sogyal Rinpoche

Harper Collins

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Collecting ~ Children's Books

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

A Story by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm
Retold by Jane Werner

Illustrations by Sheilah Beckett

Simon and Schuster
New York

"At bedtime the eldest brought him a hot drink,
and the soldier took it eagerly. But he did not
drink it, as they thought; he let the hot milk all
run down into a sponge he wore tied beneath his
shirt. Then he stretched himself out upon his cot
and soon began to snore."

sketch of an agent

you Know who you are
Outwardly engaging ...
in an "Oatmeal for Breakfast" kind of way
heart and spirit by Cruella Deville
not much more, I suspect
you Know who you are ...
and so does Karma

Original Poem by Michael Hostovich

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Murder at the Supermarket

Charlie was an evil Guy.
He was planning the murder of his wife Cynthia.

Charlie knew a man, Artie, that would do the sinister deed.
Artie agreed to kill Cynthia for the sum of Five Hundred dollars.
The Murder was to take place at the supermarket where Cynthia did her shopping, and Charlie would hide there to make sure that things went as planned.

On the day in question, Cynthia was casually picking over the tomatoes at the Supermarket.
Artie snuck up behind her and strangled Cynthia from behind.
The market wasn't busy so the murder went unnoticed.
Charlie rushed over from his hiding place to make sure his wife was dead, and she was.
Having done his work Artie insisted on being paid right then and there, the Five hundred dollars he had been promised.

Charlie not expecting to pay on the spot, turned his pockets out to show Artie he only had a single dollar bill to his name.
Upon seeing that Charlie only had one dollar, Artie flew into a fit of rage and strangled Charlie.
The next day the newspaper read " Artie chokes two for a dollar at Safeway"

Retold ~ Author Unknown

Collecting ~ Jewelry as Art

Turquoise Necklace
50 Beads ~ 5/8 inch in diameter

Monday, April 9, 2007

Easter Dinner Menu

Curried Deviled Eggs
Kalamata Olives
Center Cut Pork Loin with Garlic, Thyme and Rosemary
Potatoes Anna
Green Bean Casserole
* Beaulieu-Style Onions ~ photo above
Carrot-Pineapple Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Beaulieu-Style Onions

2 tablespoon unsalted butter, or as needed
1/3 cup plus 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
3 pounds small white onions, peeled, with cross cut in each root end
2-1/2 cups water
1-1/2 cups dry white wine
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup dried currants
1/2 cup chopped fresh ripe tomato
3 small bay leaves, crumbled
3 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped, or pinch of dried thyme, crumbled
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red (cayenne) pepper
1/4 cup slivered almonds
6 ounces small fresh mushrooms, wiped clean with dampened paper towel
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

(1) ~ Heat 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon oil in large heavy skillet over medium high heat. When foam subsides, add enough onions to fit in one layer without crowding; saute, shaking pan frequently, until onions are browned on all sides, 10-12 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon to plate.
Saute remaining onions until browned, adding more butter and oil if necessary.

(2) ~ Combine water, wine, vinegar, sugar, currants, tomato, the 1/3 cup oil, the bay leaves, thyme, salt, black pepper, and ground red pepper in large heavy non-corrodible saucepan; heat over medium heat to boiling.

(3) ~ Transfer browned onions with slotted spoon to boiling liquid in saucepan. Increase heat to medium-high; cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, uncovered, until mixture has thickened and has the texture of a slightly runny chutney, 45-50 minutes.

(4) ~ Meanwhile, heat oven to 350 F.

(5) ~ Spread almonds in small shallow baking pan; toast in oven, shaking pan occasionally, until browned, 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.

(6) ~ Add mushrooms to saucepan; simmer until mushrooms are soft, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat; transfer onion mixture to warmed serving dish. Garnish with almonds and parsley and serve immediately.

Serves Eight

Lourdes, France

"In 1858, a fourteen-year-old peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous had a series of eighteen visions of the Virgin Mary who appeared in a niche in the grotto of Massabielle near Lourdes, a village on the Gave de Pau river in the foothills of the Pyrenees in southern France. The first apparition occurred on 11 February 1858."

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The Grotto at Night

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