Archive for June 2015

Got Lettuce?

You bet I do!

As we speak, I have half a dozen heads of Romaine and about the same of Green Leaf lettuce coming along in my tiny veggie plot. The other day I planted Little Gem (aka Sucrine) lettuce seeds…just in case! And I always buy another head of lettuce every weekend, just in case!

DSCN2661 wall of lettuce resizeJoe and I have had an ongoing “discussion” about the quantities of lettuce I think we should eat. When we got married 29 years ago, I stepped up and said I would be making him a lunch to take to work every day. Well…within a short time the comments started coming…along with the demonstration of just how much lettuce he thought I should include with the said sandwich! Lettuce is good for you and it fills you up was my response. I didn’t win that argument!

Now that he’s retired, I find myself sneaking in an extra leaf or two…so far no comments but I’m waiting for it!
At lunch time a few years ago one of my co-workers wondered, when she saw my sandwich, “what else is in there besides lettuce?” I obliged by opening up the sandwich to show that there was indeed a filling of some sort….she just shook her head. And I said “lettuce is good for you and it fills you up!

Then there’s the “haven’t we had enough salads this week” comment…and in my mind that would be no but…well. I’ve discovered a trick though, so long as I put a few crumbles of blue cheese or goat cheese on the salad I seem to be able to get away with more green salads than would normally be acceptable.

He also thinks we eat our own weight in tomatoes every week! What can I say?

Isn’t marriage a wonderful thing!

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Have Spice Kit Will Travel

A “guest article” for Oracibo… I sent an email to Phyllis extolling the wonders of the Internet for finding recipes and she suggested I write an article so here goes.

Sharons spices 1Do you travel? My husband and I spend a couple of months each winter renting a casita (a two bedroom condo type place) on a golf course in Arizona. We cook the majority of our meals and sometimes run into situations where we want to prepare a dish but don’t have all of the condiments and don’t want to purchase an entire bottle of something that we will have to toss out when we leave. We have a nice little Travel Spice Kit (available many places these days but for sure at Potter’s Nursery) that we picked up at a winery in California a few years ago.




Sharon spices 2Enter the Internet……..a godsend for finding recipes. I had sent an email to Phyllis telling her how I had needed some Teriyaki Sauce and found a really good recipe on the Internet. I made it using some of the spices in the Travel Spice Kit and it was so good and easy to do that I committed to making home made Teriyaki Sauce once our bottle of of sauce at home was used up.

Here’s to happy travels, Sharon.





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The Kitchen Reno Diaries

End of 3rd Week Update:

We are now at the “standstill” stage of the renovation. Cabinets, minus doors are in, some painting has been done and we have a working sink. The Caesarstone fabricator was here a week ago for the site measure of the counter tops which then takes anywhere from 10 to 15 days until the installation.

The flooring guy called to let us know the backordered flooring had arrived…fantastic, except our contractor wants to have the countertops installed before the flooring, so exposed concrete is our flooring for the next little while…a little hard on the legs!

Once the countertops are in, the contractor will come back and all hell should break loose with the following to-do list!

DSC_1271 nx2• finish installing the pull-out, full-height pantry
• put on the cabinet doors and add the pulls
• install the backsplash tiles
• install the shiny new chimney fan that will go over the stove
• finish painting the kitchen and dining room
• room install the new baseboards and quarter-round
• change out the baffles on the recessed lighting for the new ones

Then the flooring comes in! And until that time our new appliances are stashed away waiting for that eventful day when both the kitchen and dining room floors are finished…

That’s renovating, hurry up and wait…Oh and let’s hope the faucet that’s backordered from the factory in Germany shows up (supposedly around now)…one can only hope.

But we look on the bright side, because our dishwasher is working and once the kitchen is finished appliance repair guy will install the new stainless door panel! We love our Bosch dishwasher and figured it has a lot of life left so why not simply change out the door panel to match the rest of the appliances?

Just think…probably a month from now I’ll be back to baking bread, cooking up a storm and because of all the “construction,” the entire house will have to be cleaned so I guess my Christmas cleaning will all be done early. We’ve got a trip to Rome in the fall booked as a reward!

It hasn’t been that bad really, just a matter of keeping things simple in the cooking department but I have managed to bake muffins and scones and make a big batch of rhubarb ketchup today…and luckily we do have another fridge! Otherwise, I think there would be a lot of take-out happening!

We are so looking forward to sitting in our dining room with all the furniture back in place enjoying dinner under the chandelier that’s gone out for repairs. I think that will call for a glass or two of bubbles!

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