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Old Fashioned Potato Salad

Potato salad is a summertime comfort food. The beauty of it is that it can be made in advance, then served with everything from burgers, ribs, and chicken. Joe eats the leftovers on saltines, a taste sensation he picked up from his mom – try it sometime, it’s good! Continue reading

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In Praise of Physical Media

I’ve been kicking around ideas for this article for a while. Originally it was going to be one of my frugal/cheapskate posts, but recent events have changed it into something else.

A friend of mine has done the unthinkable and cancelled his internet service. He had dumped Cable TV since his kids had grown up and moved out. Nobody was going to give him grief over not being able to watch the latest juvenile sitcom from Disney or popular real-life atrocity from MTV so he could not see the sense of continuing to pay an outrageous bill for something he simply did not enjoy. He doesn’t follow sports, and there is no such thing as Must-See TV as far as he is concerned. Having relieved his bank account of one onerous monthly bill, he developed a taste for economizing and looked for another bill to prune. He decided that the internet was every bit as obnoxious as cable television and had to go. Sure, the internet service providers crow about low introductory rates, but my buddy saw those rates swamped by fees, taxes and other charges that nobody could justify in plain English. He decided to do without, and much to my disbelief and the ISP’s dismay, he really did cut the cord!

So how is he doing? Continue reading

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Feline Friday

Hanging out on our front steps is his new favorite thing to do.

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Simple Cheesecake

I made a cheesecake for the July 4th holiday. Not exactly summer fare, but I figured if I served it with some fresh fruit I could get away with it. Because sometimes you just need a little cheesecake!

This is what I call a “ruleless cheesecake”. You can make it in a springform pan, cake pan, or a pie plate – whatever you have on hand. It also doesn’t require a water bath. Simple.

As for the recipe – the crust is made with Nilla Wafers which infuses a more vanilla flavor than a graham cracker crust. It’s creamy and smooth, and has a wonderful sweetness/slight tang combo, which is repeated by the silky sour cream topping. Serve it with fresh berries, and you can call it your “Summer Cheesecake”! Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day!

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Feline Friday

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Chicken Enchilada Rice Bake

I’m always looking for ways of using leftover chicken. What’s wonderful about this dish     with the exception of the chicken and cheese, all of the other ingredients – corn, Rotel tomatoes, black beans, enchilada sauce – can be pulled from your pantry. This could easily feed four people with leftovers for lunch the next day, which is great because it’s delicious! Continue reading

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Feline Friday

The skinny gray visitorThe skinny, gray visitor.

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Peach Strawberry Pie

Since summer fruit is in it’s prime right now, it was the perfect time to make a pie for our Father’s Day dinner. The strawberries and peaches compliment each other, making it a magnificent ending to celebrating the best dad ever! Continue reading

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