Sunday, May 12, 2024

Anniversary Dinner - Out or At Home?

 Dinner (lasagna) at home won the toss -

So i had fun doing an Anniversary Tablescape

Fun and whimsical with Williams-Sonoma Heart Dishes, a hodge podge of silver, china, pottery, crystal, and candles.


Tuesday, May 7, 2024

What's Cooking in Meat Camp?

Today I have two crockpots hard at work.

I may be retired, but I still rely (heavily) on my slowcookers.

I've heard people say they don't use/don't like crockpots because everything tastes the same.

To that, I'd have to say, "you're doing it wrong."

Today's menu - - -

Slow Cooker Flank Steak

This Slow Cooker Flank Steak is ultra tender and coated in a flavorful brown sugar chili powder rub. This easy weeknight dinner requires less than 10 ingredients!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 15 minute prep, easy, slow cooker


Servings: 4 people


Calories: 511kcal


Author: Jennifer Debth



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 (1 oz) packet ranch seasoning mix
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper omit if you don’t like spice
  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • Honey mustard for drizzling, if desired


  • Grease a 6 quart crockpot with cooking spray, then pour in olive oil. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together brown sugar, chili powder, ranch mix, paprika, salt, and cayenne. This is our spice rub.
  • Rub a few spoonfuls of the spice rub onto the steak to fully coat it.
  • Place steak into the prepared crockpot, then sprinkle on remaining spice rub.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours.
  • Remove steak from the crockpot and use a sharp knife to slice it into strips against the grain (this will basically shred your steak, but will prevent it from creating long and stringy pieces).
  • Serve as desired - on a bun, in a quesadilla, over mashed potatoes, on top of Mac and cheese, as nachos, etc. with a drizzle of homemade honey mustard sauce, if desired!
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Serving: 1person | Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 1307mg | Potassium: 913mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1731IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 5mg

Slow Cooker Green Beans with Bacon and Potatoes

Slow Cooker Green Beans with Bacon and Potatoes is a delicious Southern style side dish. Tender green beans seasoned with bacon, garlic, and onion makes the best crock pot green beans recipe!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot green beans bacon potatoes recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 283 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 2 lbs Green Beans (fresh or frozen, ends trimmed)
  • 1 sm Sweet Onion, sliced
  • ½ lb Thick Cut Bacon* (cut in 1.5" pieces)
  • 1 lb Potatoes (new or baby potatoes, or larger ones cut)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt (or ¾ tsp table salt)
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • 3 cups Chicken broth, low sodium


  1. Add all of the ingredients to the crock and stir gently.

  2. Cook on High for 3-4 hours, or Low for 6-7 hours.

  3. Serve with some buttered cornbread.

Recipe Notes

*You can use ham or smoked turkey wings or legs in place of the bacon.

And what will I be doing while dinner's cooking?

Reading  TABLE FOR TWO by Amor Towles.  Oh, how I love being retired.

Happy Reading
Bon App├ętit!

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Tell it. Tell it like it is.

 Joyce Vance tells it like it is in regard to the unending lies from that guy.  You know who I mean.

If you don't read Civil Discourse With Joyce Vance, i urge you to give it a look.

This particular column is about the lies.

How refreshing is it to finally have someone unafraid to call him (you know who I mean) out 

My hero - Judge Merchan.

"Judge Merchan got right to the point Friday morning in court, before the jury was brought in. He told Trump the gag order “does not prohibit you from taking the stand.” He continued, “As the name of the order indicates, it only applies to extrajudicial statements.” That means Trump is only limited in statements he makes outside of the courtroom. In other words, Trump is free to testify in court; the choice is his."

Read the entire story here.

Character Matters

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Variation on a Theme by King David by L.B. Thompson

 Not everyone loves poetry.  And will say so.   To me, that seems a little unnecessarily dismissive.

I will say that I love some poetry.  Just as i love some books and some music.  Because there is music which is truly, to my ears, awful, it would never occur to me to tell anyone I don't like music, or that I don't listen to music.

That said, there are certain books, as well as certain songs, that are particular favorites.  As is this particular poem.

Variation on a Theme by King David

Praise to you!
Praise to you my snappy love!

Praise you in clean socks on a Queens-bound
train; praise you
for your famous avocado
sandwiches; Praise you from Brooklyn to blasphemy!

I've called the mayor to praise you; & a third-
base coach; even
that no-neck accountant
who doesn't have the decency to nod hello
has agreed to praise you!

Praise you with bongos and fine fancy
tea; praise you
with rhumba, tango & marmelade; praise
you with your knickers at your knees!

I praise you on Flag Day, & on whichever equinox
allows for the balancing of eggs;
I praise you with eggs!
Brown ones & jumbo & Faberge Tiffany blue!

On the white of your wrist I praise you;
on the vaccuumed throw rug; I praise you full-
page on Sunday! With faxes
& foxgloves & brushed cotton sheets;
with sky-write & timbrel &

wink! Let every soul
in the Battery Tunnel honk
her horn to praise you! Praise you
with ripe limes & wrestling mats;
praise you tax-free with agates and tin foil
& all sparkly things!

Praise you with foggy spectacles and Wisconsin green cheese!
Praise you to the afternoon of orthopedic sneakers;
praise you from poinsettia to piccolo!
Praise you & praise you & praise you!

My love,
from Brooklyn to blasphemy I praise you!

--L. B. Thompson