We’re gearing up for Thanksgiving – this is the first of three pies/tarts that we’re making for the big day. This tart is composed of a homemade applesauce, fanned Granny Smith apples and cranberries, topped off with cinnamon sugar. Turkey Day perfection! Continue reading
If you’re having overnight guests this Thanksgiving, this apple cake and coffee would be lovely in the morning. It’s baked in a cast iron skillet, a simple batter that needs no fancy equipment other than a wooden spoon. Top with sliced apples, bake, and serve warm with a large mug of java – a nice respite before makin’ with the pots and pans! Continue reading
The temperatures dropped into the 30s on Saturday, which is usually when I take on a baking project. Any excuse to turn on the oven! This pull-apart garlic bread is delicious and went splendidly with the manicotti I had been hoarding in my freezer. This recipe makes two loaves, leaving one for the frittata I had planned for brunch on Sunday. Continue reading
Along Broad Street in South Philadelphia
My mom used to make this – comfort food at it’s best, and so easy! Take a bottom round roast, place it on a sheet of foil, top with cream of mushroom soup and onion soup mix, seal up the foil and throw it in the oven. Leftovers make great hot sandwiches or chopped up with gravy over egg noodles. Perfect cold weather fare! Continue reading
This is a fascinating curio from the late 1940s that I discovered on the Internet Archive channel on my Roku box. It’s a low budget Western featuring an all black cast and starring The King of the Jukebox — Louis Jordan! The plot is a threadbare cliche about a struggling ranch and unscrupulous characters trying to steal the deed, but the reason to watch it is the wall-to-wall soundtrack and musical performances provided by Jordan and his Tympany Five.
You can watch Look-Out Sister! embedded above, and if that doesn’t work for you, head over to the Internet Archive and watch or download it for FREE!
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Tagged entertainment, Free, Internet Archive, jazz, King of the Jukebox, Louis Jordan, low budget, movie, Public Domain, Roku, Western
This is a quick dinner to throw together, fits the bill on weeknights, and the fellas love, love, love it! Continue reading
My latest book cover – ten stories by ten authors in this anthology collected by J.L. Curtis.
When California declares independence, their dreams of socialist diversity become nightmares for many from the high Sierras to the Central Valley. Follow the lives of those who must decide whether to stand their ground, or flee! In San Diego, the commander of Naval Special Warfare Group One finds his hands tied by red tape, even as protesters storm the base and attack dependents. In Los Angeles, an airline mechanic must beg, borrow, or bribe to get his family on the plane out before the last flight out. Elsewhere, a couple seeks out the new underground railroad after being forced to confess to crimes they didn’t commit. In the new state of Jefferson, farmers must defend themselves against carpetbaggers and border raiders. And in the high Sierras, a woman must make the decision to walk out alone… Featuring all-new stories set after Calexit from JL Curtis, Bob Poole, Cedar Sanderson, Tom Rogneby, Alma Boykin, B Opperman, L B Johnson, Eaton Rapids Joe, Lawdog, and Kimball O’Hara.
Available in paperback or Kindle.
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Tagged Alma Boykin, B. Opperman, Bob Poole, Calexit - The Anthology, Cedar Sanderson, Eaton Rapids Joe, J.L. Curtis, Kimball O'Hara, Kindle, L.B. Johnson, Lapdog, Tom Rogneby
Due to an excessive amount of “senior” bananas in the fruit bowl, I made this Banana Bread Crumb Cake. Makes getting out of bed on a Monday morning a little easier! Continue reading
Sunday will mark a year since Plywood has taken up residence in our home. It didn’t take him very long to make himself at home – understandable, since a sofa cushion is much more comfortable than a trash can lid. He caught a mouse in the dining room his second week here, proving that he earned his keep, haven’t seen one since!
While he is an affectionate creature, he’s not a lap cat. He follows me around like a dog, sleeps at my feet, and keeps me company in the kitchen when I’m making dinner. He bats at a bell tied to the basement door when he wants it open, stretches across my keyboard when he’s hungry, flops down near his brush when he wants to be groomed, and is underfoot on Sunday mornings when I bring the shopping cart in because he knows there’s a treat for him in one of those bags.
In his own way, I think Plywood appreciates his rescue from the mean streets of South Philly. He licks our hands when we pet him, and purrs like crazy when fed. He even revs his kitty motor when his litter box is being scooped! Of course, the feeling is mutual, we adore him and can’t imagine life without him!
A warning sign attached to a fairly scary bar in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia was the inspiration for this year’s anniversary card.