One of my first jobs was as a waitress at a deli called The Nosh Box. This taught me two things. 1. I didn't like waiting tables (but I gained an appreciation for those who do it well). 2. I found what has become my favorite sandwich recipe.
For each one you need:
2 slices of bread (rye or whole wheat is good)
2 ounces of sliced turkey
2 ounces of sliced roast beef
Put the turkey and roast beef on one slice of bread. Top with cole slaw. Drizzle with Russian dressing. Top with the other slice of bread and cut in half. Wrap it in a paper towel and microwave for about 1 - 1 1/2 minutes until hot.
Terri Schiavo has died. Her family was not allowed to be in her room at the time but are there now. Update: According to Fox news her parents were in the room 10 minutes before she died but had to leave so there could be a medical assessment. After this was done her husband was in the room. The court had set up a schedule of visitation that prevented her husband and her parents from being in the room at the same time or to see each other entering or exiting the room. Earlier today her parents had asked Michael Schiavo to allow them in the room at the same time as he was there.
There will be an autopsy.
Update: The news channel Web sites now have brief notices of her death on their front pages. Some of them are showing a picture of a healthy Terri with the notice (CNN, ABC, Fox) and others are showing a picture of her in the hospice (MSNBC and CBS). It makes me curious about what goes into the editorial decision on which image to use.
I still use Blogger for my Mom's Kitchen Weblog (although after all the problems I've been having with "page not found" when I tried to publish today, I may be changing that soon) and every time I log in I see their promotion for Google AdSense. I was considering applying for AdSense...and had even begun updating that blog more often so it would be more likely to be approved just in case I decided to apply.
At this point it was just something I was thinking of as a possibility...I wasn't sure that I really wanted ads on my blog or Website. Besides, would it really be worth it? Although I get decent traffic, it's nothing spectacular and would it be worth it to me, Google, or their advertisers for me to display their ads? Apparently someone thought so.
had a chance made up my mind to apply, they contacted me. First by email (I didn't reply) and then by phone. They asked me if I would like to put AdSense on my Mom's Kitchen site. I agreed to give it a try.
I'm not getting rich but there have been some click-throughs. I don't expect to earn a lot of money through it and to be honest it's the flattery of my site getting noticed and them contacting me that's been the biggest payoff.
I still haven't added AdSense to my cooking blog (Blogger wasn't cooperating this morning) and have only put it on some of the pages of my Website so far. I am satisfied with the ads that are showing - one of my concerns while I was still considering doing this - the ads are relevant to the content and may be useful to my visitors.
This week's Carnival of the Recipes is up at Pajama Pundits.
Orange Glaze for Ham
Primer on how to boil eggs
Creamy Chicken Cacciatore
Basic Pizza Dough
Easy Stir Fry
Grandma Hop's Sugar Cookies
Crockpot Shrimp Creole
Caramel Cake to Die For
Toast of the Town
Tar Heel Pie
More Beef Than Stew
Easy Pot Roast
Steak with Peppercorn Sauce
Rack of Lamb with Balsamic Mushroom Sauce and Roasted Asparagus
Mac n Cheese
Cream Cheese Dip
Pooklekufr Sandwich of Death (cheese and salami)
Tomato and Bread Salad with Tomato Carpaccio
Curried Tree Bisque
Fried Egg Sandwich
Easy Picco de Gallo
Key Lime Cake
Tater Tot Casserole
Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup
The more I watch the news coverage of the Schiavo case, the less I understand. Maybe I haven't been following closely enough but can someone explain how a ban on using artificial means of support can include giving water or ice chips by mouth?
Even if I were fully convinced that her wish would have been to have the feeding tube removed, how is that the same as intentionally refusing her anything she is capable of drinking or eating on her own?
According to ABC News a memo with GOP talking points was "circulated among Republican senators on the floor of the Senate." A Power Line post says that an ABC source now says that the memo "was distributed to repulbican [sic] senators."
Isn't there a big difference between circulating a memo and receiving it from an unknown source? If you don't think so, please don't look at my email inbox or you will also assume that I have an interest in conducting financial transactions with former African dictators, intimate relationships with farm animals, losing weight, enlarging my penis, and all the other spam offers most of us with email accounts have received.
When I first saw this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine I had some doubts. I mean, I like Butterfinger candy bars...but in cookies? I tried it anyway (because I really, really do like the candy). I'm glad I did, they turned out to be very good and this is now one of my family's favorite cookies.
1/2 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
2/3 c. brown sugar
2 egg whites
1 1/4 c. chunky peanut butter
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
1 c. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
5 Butterfinger candy bars (2.1 ounces each), chopped
Cream butter and sugars. Add egg whites; beat well. Blend in peanut butter and vanilla. combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in candy bars.
Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on greased baking sheets. I use parchment paper instead and highly recommend it over greasing the pan. The cookies come off the paper without any problem and you don't have to wash crusted on cookie bits from the baking sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
I was listening to the radio yesterday when I was out doing errands. Not surprisingly, some of the news coverage was about the Schiavo case. One of the other stories I heard was one about efforts to remove prisioners from California's death row.
It just struck me as ironic that some people think Terri Schiavo should die because her brain doesn't function at a "normal" level and others (?) think murders should live because they are low functioning.
A few notes:
1. Most California members of the House didn't show for the vote on Sunday.
2. One of the factors that inmates need to show to prove mental retardation is a history of impairment from childhood/adolescence. I guess Terri's problem is that her disability came too late...and she didn't kill anyone first.
3. I have no idea what to think of the Schiavo case. The information I have read about her current condition is conflicting. What little information there is about the cause of her condition is also conflicting. I know what I would want for me, or at least what I think I would want. This is no reason for me to think I know what she would have wanted.
4. If you haven't done so yet, put your wishes in writing (regardless of what you have told to whom). It's more than just what measures should or should not be taken, it is also about designating someone to make decisions for you. If you don't want to do this for you (and who wants to think about this when they're healthy?), do it for the people who love you.
Printable Advance Directives by state and related worksheets and resources from the American Bar Association. The resources include who you can or cannot choose as a proxy, how to begin a discussion with your family, and things to consider when determing what type of care you would want to have.
It's not as though I've been blogging obsessed lately but it makes me wonder what's going on subconsciously when, in the middle of a dream, I think, "I should use my phone to take a picture of that so I can blog about it later."
This week's menu of tasty recipes is now up at The Flying Space Monkey Chronicle.
The Family Drink
Salad Mort De Vampyr
Hill Country Broccoli Salad
[Bleep]ed up soup
Onion Ale Soup
Pedernales River Chili
Crabmeat Dip Extraordinaire
Mock Meatball Sub
Sweet and Savory on the Side
Green Bean Casserole
Sauteed Mushroom Scrambled Omelette
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Oven baked Risotto Carbonara
Tipsy PorK Tenderloin
Pork, Cashew, and Green Bean Stir Fry
Peanut Butter Cookies
Glazed lemon cake
Italian Sundae Delight
Chocolate Chip Pie
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Oatmeal Chocloate Chip Cookies
Best Hot Fudge
Grilled Everything (except salad) for PETA
In honor of St. Patrick's Day my Carnival of the Recipes submission this week is Benedictine. Okay, it's not Irish but it is green.
Benedictine is named after its creator, Jennie Benedict, a caterer and cookbook author from Louisville, KY. Over the past century it has become a local tradition that can be used as a sandwich spread (Benedictine and bacon sandwiches are very good) or a dip.
1 small cucumber, peeled and seeded
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
2 Tbl. chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2-3 drops green food coloring
Put the cucumber and onion into a food processor and chop. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth.
Store in the refrigerator.
A couple of days ago I was looking through my blog stats. I like looking at the search engine terms that have brought people here. Some are not surprising, for example from October through Christmas I had lots of visitors looking for my favorite pumpkin muffin recipe.
Some are really odd and/or disgusting. The odd ones are just quirky ways of thinking. The disgusting ones...well, some of you people could really use professional help.
Occasionally I find one that gives me an idea. Most recently it was one looking for a "Monk" theme song cell phone ring tone. I didn't write about that although I have written about the show and about making ringes for my phone.
Guess what my phone plays now! It was time for a change anyway.
I made another one and sent it to my son's phone. It says, "Behold the power of cheese." (If you knew him, you would know how appropriate it is.)
Carnival of the Recipes #30 is up, hosted by Pam of Pamibe.
Once again I managed to miss the deadline for submitting a recipe. Do you ever have one of those weeks where you feel you've been very busy but at the end of it aren't sure you've gotten much of anything done? That was my week.
Whiskey Mango Foxtrot (drink)
Sauce for thick Pizza
Information about Berries
Sausage Biscuit Bites
Salades des Gobelins
Asparagus braised in olive oil
Bella Burgers (vegetarian)
Cheese Stuffed Shells With Tomato Meat Sauce
Cheese Grits Souffle
Bigos, a Hunterís Stew
Baked Salmon with Horseradish Mayonnaise
Day of Italian Cooking
Dr. Pepper Meatballs
Filets ala Bushmills
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Smashed Red Potatoes
German Apple Pancake
Five Pizza Doughs
Osso Buco ala Rikke
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Chocolate Chip Cake
Green Stuff (dessert made with pistachio pudding)
Science Toy Maker will help keep the kids entertained for a half hour or more with materials you can find around the house. (Half an hour is forever in "kid time". It can be even longer in "mom time" if the kids are whining about not having anything to do.)
The project for making a pipe (the playing kind, not the smoking kind) out of a straw sounded interesting to me until I started thinking about having to listen to its "music" for the rest of the day. Fortunately there are several more projects we can try.
A Truth Laid Bear post got me thinking. The whole business about applying campaign finance laws to blogs makes me think that the FEC doesn't understand the Internet and how complicated it would be to enforce this.
What happens if a blogger links directly to an opposition candidate but links to a search engine or directory page that shows the link of the candidate they support? If, as I am assuming here, SEs and directories are exempt, what is it that makes them different from a blogroll or a separate page (or pages) that I could set up as a personal directory from my site to candidate's sites?
The problem with linking to a SE or directory is that it would take readers two clicks instead one. I could get around that if I link to another site or page that I've set up to redirect to a candidate's site. The redirect could be seamless enough not to annoy readers but the FEC will have to click each of my links to see where it really goes.
Do they plan on using a large number of servers to crawl the Web daily looking for violations? If so, would the bots ignore a robots.txt telling them to stay out? Or would they just have people viewing blogs or RSS feeds and pings announcing recent updates all day looking for links? Who's going to pay for this? (Okay, I know the answer to the last question.)
What happens if I use an online blogging service? How will they know who I am and if I am in the U.S.? If they shut it down, I can just begin a new one. Will blogging services have to use software that prevents these links? What if I use free hosting but my own software? Will they be able to demand that IPs of violators be banned? What if my ISP uses dynamic IPs? Will everyone who has that ISP be banned from using these services? What if I have my own domain but my site is hosted outside the U.S.? Will they be able to get my contact information from my hosting service?
This could be good news for hosting services in countries that wouldn't feel inclined to cooperate with providing information on site owners. Wouldn't that be a nice bit of irony if U.S. political blogs/sites were hosted in "less than friendly" countries?
Will I have to disable all html in my comments? Not allow a link to show for the commenters name? What if I search for abandoned blogs that allowed comments and add links there to candidate's sites? (Not that I would, I consider comment spammers among the lowest of the low...but still, you know some people would do it.)
Will I have to delete pages from my archive? Will I be responsible for telling Google (and others) not to cache pages with links to candidates to make sure they aren't availabe to anyone within 60 days before an election?
The FEC is wrong because this will restrict free speech. Any attempt to do this is also stupid because enforcement wouldn't be practical.
As usual, I procrastinated about posting a recipe this week. By the time I got around to it (yesterday evening), my computer had been taken over by Conor who was working on researching and writing a paper for school. Because of this I missed out on being part of one of the more creative Carnival of the Recipes that I've seen so far. Check it out at Rocket Jones.
St. Paddy's Day Toast
Sante Fe Salmon
Tacos al Pastor
Open Faced Moussaka
Beer Can Chicken
Stuffed French Rolls
Leniwe Pierogi (lazy pierogi)
Spinach Artichoke Casserole
Lil Pachterís Braised Brisket
Single Boy's Breakfast
Easy Egg Pie
It turns out that it is.
GeoURL is back up again. I had to re-add my blog. I finally gave up on it coming back earlier this year and I removed the link so maybe that's why it was gone. My husband's blog and my recipe site were still listed though.
Science of Cooking has recipes, experiments, videos and more. It looks like a great site to share with my kids.
They almost lost my interest when I saw "Making a winter soup? Find out how to make a healthier creamy soup without the cream." Whadda ya mean "without the cream"? Isn't that part of the reason you eat a creamy soup?
Fortunately there were plenty of other sections on candy, bread, meat, and other goodies. The section on meat talks about fast-twitch muscle fibers/white meat and slow-twitch muscle fibers/dark meat. There's a comparison with a few different animals and will give you something to consider if you have an interest in cannibalism.
I'm sure the cannibalism part wasn't what they intended me to be thinking of. Not that I would do something like that. I'd have to make my own gravy instead of using the package kind.
The Latin abbreviation and the English equivalent for those times when you just can't remember whether you are supposed to use "i.e" or "e.g.".
Meat is a vital part of a child's diet, according to a two-year study of Kenyan schoolkids. Without it, children grow up smaller, less strong and less intelligent, the results suggest.
"There's absolutely no question that it's unethical for parents to bring up their children as strict vegans." - Lindsay Allen of the University of California, Davis
JoeAnt editors can request new subtopics for the directory. When I have time (and I remember) I try to let the person making the request know when the new subtopic has been added. Good intentions don't always translate into deeds. Now we have the JoeAnt Topic Guide.
It's a weblog with listings of new subtopics. It will also cover some of the topics which may appear similar but are intended for different types of sites. For example, we have one topic for Web Design and another for Web Design Companies. The first is for those who want help learning Web design themselves, the second is a resource for those without the time or inclination to do it themselves.
If you know what a word means but want to know why it has that meaning - Online Etymology Dictionary. (There's also a link to Dictionary.com if you need a definition also.)
1998, short for weblog (which is attested from 1994, though not in the sense 'online journal'), from (World Wide) Web + log. Joe Bloggs (c.1969) was British slang for "any hypothetical person" (cf. U.S. equivalent Joe Blow).