Archive for April, 2012

It is an old recipe that I have been making about 40 years. It’s not fancy or unusual, it’s just what the title name suggests but it’s a very good version of old-fashioned scalloped tomatoes.

Old-Timey Scalloped Tomatoes

3 c canned tomatoes     1/4 c butter

3 c medium-coarse stale [but not dry] bread crumbs

3 T sugar     1 tsp salt     1/8 tsp pepper

ground allspice [about 1/4 tsp]

1. Heat tomatoes & butter over medium heat just till butter melts. Mix in bread crumbs sugar, salt & pepper.

2. Spoon into buttered 9x9x2 inch baking dish, sprinkle allspice lightly over the top. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for about 35 minutes or till the middle seems ‘set’ and lightly browned. Let stand at room temperature 5 minutes before serving. Serves 4-6

Note: I typically use only 1-2 T sugar. Don’t use fine bread crumbs because they’ll just be swallowed by the tomatoes and disappear; you need sturdier crumbs for this hearty dish. Make sure you use ground allspice. I usually start with 1/8 tsp allspice and then add additional up to 1/4 tsp. Be careful not to overdo the allspice or allow it to clump up in places. I use a fine sieve to control the sprinkling.

The dishes are part of the Lighthouse service from Thomson Pottery. It was an inexpensive set I bought a few years ago from New River Pottery in New Bern, NC.

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Voted twice for this sleaze but I wouldn’t again, no matter what the MSM say. Bill Clinton was fortunate that his 2 Repub presidential nominees failed to deliver a cogent economic message and he was extremely fortunate that Newt Gingrich did the heavy lifting of the conservative fiscal reform that saved Bill’s butt. Bill just smiled, looked confident, flirted with the MSM, ridiculed his opponents and took all the credit.

Considering Bill Clinton ignored all of Saddam Hussein’s 16 egregious violations of the UN treaty pact and passed on multiple opportunities to deal with Osama bin Laden, this smear of Romney in a hypothetical situation stinks to high heaven.


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An off-shoot group of Occupy Oakland and Occupy Cali formed Occupy the Farm and seized the working research farm of UC-Berkeley to well, who knows? It looks as though they do a little farming -much less than the university  Ag students and professors were doing -and a lot of holding meetings and of course, working the compliant media. There’s several pics at the link and they’re worth a few laughs.  It all echoes the late 60’s and early 70’s for me.

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Compare and contrast

Taxes and gas prices.

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No idea where this recipe came from; I’ve used it for more than a decade. I’d happily credit someone because the pie is delicious.

Low-fat Lemon Meringue Pie

1 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs     2 T honey    1 T oil

1 1/4 c plus 3 T sugar     3 T cornstarch

3 T all-purpose flour    dash salt

1 1/2 c hot water           2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 tsp grated lemon peel    1/3 c lemon juice    3 egg whites

1/4 tsp cream of tartar     1/2 tsp vanilla    6 T sugar

1. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, honey and oil. Mix well and press into a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350°. Set on rack to cool.

2. In medium saucepan, combine the 1 1/4 cups & 3 T sugar, cornstarch, flour, and salt. Turn the heat to medium high and gradually add the hot water, stirring constantly. Cook & stir till thickened and bubbly, then cook 2 more minutes.

3. Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of the hot mixture into the beaten eggs then add the mixture to the saucepan, return to heat and cook 2 more minutes, stirring constantly.

4. Remove from heat. Stir in the lemon peel. Gradually add lemon juice, mixing well. Cool for a few minutes, then pour into prepared crust. Refrigerate till ready to add meringue.

5. To make the topping, beat egg whites with cream of tartar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Gradually add the 6 T sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.

6. Spread on top of pie, being careful to extend meringue to cover all edges of filling. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes until golden brown. Serves 8.

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Dan Savage is inappropriate for high school students. I can think of  only 3 reasons for someone to book him at that convention:

1. The person who booked him shares his bullying, anti-Christian, radical political activist agenda of intolerance.

2. The person who booked him is a lazy schnook who had neglected his responsibility to book someone and grabbed the first PR brochure he saw when told he had to pick someone now.

3. The person who booked him has been in a coma for 6 months and when he woke up, heard the name ‘Dan Savage’ and took it to be a sign.

You’re free to invent your own non-explanation explanation because there is no justification. If his choice represents a diversity of beliefs, then where is the balancing set of beliefs? Tolerance is a 2-way street, you know.  Tolerance isn’t a teen-ager being forced to listen to a smug bully  blatantly ridicule your beliefs, your religion and your politics.

It’s hard to plead ignorance because Savage has a history of hate speech.



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Rock of Ages, Clef in G

Hubby and I were walking on our front sidewalk yesterday when he spotted something musical. Philistine me had walked past, looked and failed to notice anything. This is a rubber band and it looked exactly like the picture below when he spotted it; we didn’t touch it in any way.

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