Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Winter Squash

See ya after Thanksgiving...


Cayenne and cumin also add flavor to this rich-tasting soup.

3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups chopped onions
8 cups 1-inch pieces peeled acorn squash (about 3 1/4 pounds)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
4 1/2 cups (or more) canned low-salt chicken broth

2 tablespoons tomato purée
Pinch of cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon mustard seeds

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions; sauté until light golden, about 8 minutes. Add squash and ginger; sauté 5 minutes. Add 4 1/2 cups broth. Simmer until squash is very tender, about 35 minutes.

Working in batches, purée soup in blender. Return to same pot. Add tomato purée and cayenne. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer 10 minutes to blend flavors; add more broth if soup is too thick. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm soup over medium heat before serving.)

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in small skillet over medium heat. Add cumin and mustard seeds and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Ladle soup into bowls. Top with seed mixture and serve.

Serves 6.

Its flavor is so intense, however, that I recommend small servings.

Sunday, November 19, 2006


A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.

I got some html instruction last week and it obviously didn't sink into the old head bone..... 'cause, in case you haven't noticed this 'blog' keeps changing (subtlely changing)....

I had to make.... one.... two... three! emergency calls to my 'mentor' (ahem)....

because First...I lost the heading, then I somehow re-formated so that I had one mile long column, then the heading got all scrunched up and weird looking.

On the last call for help.... I was told to (quote).... "JUST STAY THE F*#K AWAY FROM THE TEMPLATE" (unquote)....all loud and yelly like that.


Friday, November 17, 2006


she exclaimed: Who has been boiling my gap chinos? and I'm not talking about my 'size little'.....
I'm talking about my size..'not so little'.

The trouble began six weeks ago.

I was entertaining a new minimalist stage of my cluttered life. I suggested we move the treadmill out of the downstairs office. I also suggested we move it into the garage.... to a spot currently occupied by one 1957 Chevy Nomad station wagon.
This would mean, of course, taking this vintage 'treasure' off-site so I could create a nice little exercise area for myself....

Can you believe that this was not met with enthusiasm?...... First came the 'blank' look, as in no comprehension, then the sort of furrowed brow, as in 'did she really just suggest that'?, then the sideways tilt of the head, as in 'Oh no! you didn't really just suggest that'! the tight jaws are always the best. It is a look that has many meanings...this look was "THE GARAGE IS MINE....YOU CAN'T HAVE IT". Culminating in a look of disgust. With a little puff of air escaping from his tight jawed lips, he turned and left the room. Never uttering a word.

I haven't been on the treadmill since.

I'll show him...boy

btw: My niece is starting a detox diet... she is much braver and much younger than I....

Monday, November 13, 2006

World Wide Wonder Waffles...................................not

I didn't really mean to stay home from work today.... But the husband wanted Waffles.


Not the working woman's breakfast fare. So, I waved him off with the flick of my wrist, never taking my eyes from the newspaper. "Can't.... we don't have eggs"

He was gone before I could even look up.... headed to the store .... for eggs.

I called work and left a message on the secretary's voice mail that I wouldn't be in.

I hauled out the villaware waffle maker.... The 'Hummer' of all waffle makers, and tried not to think about the only other time I've used the thing since Santa left it under the tree. We could have built a summer home with those waffles. Dense, overcooked, lego-looking, brick-like waffles......

I bought a pricey pancake mix at Sur La Table this summer (Carmel, CA).
I would use the new mix and the age old 'fold in beaten egg whites' trick. Wow, that batter looked great. Wow, big ole villaware took almost all my batter. Wow, oozing, monster waffle .... Wow, steam wafting up as it split apart upon lifting the big bertha lid.

Back to the bisquick, 2 cups of it... add 1 egg, 1 1/3 cup milk 1TBL oil.... Pour into one hummer waffler maker.... and viola.... one batch of average Ho Hummer waffles.....and a nice breakfast with my husband.

Sunday, November 12, 2006


We are home… We are missing the kids already

So we've decided we need a big ole vacation together... and what's bigger than Disneyworld/Epcot/MGM/...Orlando!

For Sept 2007….. the reservations are made

a four year old .....a six year old......

and four adults living vicariously

Let the Disneymania BEGIN….