Homemade Tomato Basil Soup

It’s summertime and tomatoes are coming on fast and furious.  We love having a vegetable garden and we love to cook too. Our tomatoes aren’t quite ready so when a friend offered some of hers because she had too many and I grabbed them up. I shared some with others but one person never came to get hers so we decided to make tomato soup. We make our own tomato puree every year. I always make spaghetti sauce from our tomatoes. Spoiled? Most definitely. We took the tomatoes we had, washed and quartered them.  Tomatoes were put on the stove to get them soft. Next they were put through a hand press to remove seeds and any tough skins. read...

Life Long Passion for Food Part 9: Puffed Pancakes

The other day I posted a picture of our Thanksgiving breakfast dish. I have made this dish on days I deemed special over the last 30 plus years. The Marlene Sorosky cookbook, Cookery for Entertaining,  is falling apart! I’ve also made her Frozen Lemon Cream served in hollowed out lemons. Marlene Sorosky had a cookware store and I had attended a class there with French chef, Jacques Pepin. What a delight he was. And during the class Danny Kaye dropped in and showed Jacques how to make these special Chinese Chicken Lollipops, made from the wing segments. read...

Life Long Passion for Food Part 8: Avocado Tasting

  Upon opening my box from Avocado Diva, I found two layers of avocados. You can see the box in the previous blog about avocados. Then I found a letter telling me what varieties were included and a description of each type. Also in the box was a little jewel called a finger lime, citrus caviar. There was also a card that describes heritage avocados. On the flip side were three ways to ripen avocados since they do not ripen on the tree. I had a wait about 3-4 days before I could eat any. My box included the following varieties: Reed and Lamb. She also included a couple of Walter Hole and a Gem avocado. read...

You Are Enough Just As You Are!

Everyone needs to stop right now disapproving of the way they look, especially the young people of today. No, you don’t need to look like the models or the photos in the magazines or like the movie stars. Truth? Most of the movie stars don’t look like their own movie star image without the hair, the makeup or the clothes. Maybe a couple do. Just like there are a few common people who look pretty spectacular whether they wear makeup or not. There was a video on the internet that shows how they make the models look better than they are. The photos we see don’t represent real people at times. read...