Archive for June, 2012


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Food allergy Bill:

The Bill:



some recent prices


the Bi color are 3 lbs of grapes, salad fixins are a nut and seed type blend that

can be eaten alone or on a salad.


salad dressings

With the warm weather and the increase of cool meals such as salads, a few basic ingredients can be utilized to provide a variety of dressings. Reduces the number of bottled dressings in your fridge.

Balsamic vinegar and oil*

Mix about 2/3 vinegar to 1/3 oil

Basic Mayonnaise

  • 1 egg yolk
  • oil*

There are many recipes of Mayonnaise this is the most basic, if you find yourself without any in the fridge or you like to make your own.

In a blender, or with a mixer with beaters, or a kitchen aid with a wire whip, beat the egg yolk and drizzle in oil slowly such as adding a teaspoon at at time till the proper consistently is obtained .  A general proportion is about 1 cup oil per egg.

Making such a small amount may not work well in all types of blenders, one type of blender such as one for making smoothies the blade design did not allow the single yolk to be mixed, the tines of the blades were spaced to far from the bottom of the container. You could of course double or triple the recipe but I wanted to make a small amount at a time. Store refrigerated and use within 4 weeks.

*oil can be canola, olive, vegetable etc. or a blend.



  • crumbled blue cheese
  • finely chopped onion
  • minced garlic
  • sour cream
  • lemon juice
  • vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • lime juice
  • poppy seeds, celery seeds, dill seeds etc.
  • herbs
  • hot pepper sauce
  • ketchup
  • horse radish
  • relish
  • chili sauce


yet to be posted: tomato French dressing as soon as I locate the recipe


Father’s day

pictures from father’s day.


the cake, delicious !


Diane, Edith, and my mother after our hot dog, hamburger,chicken and rib cookout.

I grilled and Justine made  excellent hamburgers.

Also an assortment of grilled vegetables.  Didn’t take many pictures this day.

I now have a new Bavaria pepper mill  with Malabar pepper ( a Target store item),

a charcoal starter, and wood chips. Fresh fruit  and cheese was also on the table.

Also Star Trek fold and mail stationary and a Newsweek Special Commemorative Issue of

The Beatles, 50 years since the music started.

Thanks everyone !


chocolate banana oat bread

modified recipe from:

Good Housekeeping Banana-Oat Recipe

Basically just added  cocoa nibs as indicated



  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup total, quick-cooking and rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • ~ 1 –2 tablespoons roasted ground cocoa nibs*
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

Crumb Topping:

  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoon quick-cooking oats
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ~ 1 tablespoon cocoa nibs
  • 3 tablespoon margarine or butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. grease a 9" by 5" loaf pan.
  2. In large bowl, mix baking powder, baking soda, salt, 2 cups flour, 1 cup oats, ground cocoa nibs and 1/2 cup packed brown sugar until blended. With pastry blender or two knives used scissor-fashion, cut in 1/2 cup margarine or butter (1 stick) until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in mashed bananas, milk, vanilla extract, and eggs just until flour is moistened. Spoon batter into pan.
  3. Prepare crumb topping: In small bowl, with fork, mix 3 tablespoons flour, 3 tablespoons oats, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, cocoa nibs, and 3 tablespoons margarine or butter until blended. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over batter.
  4. Bake bread 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan and finish cooling on wire rack.


* the cocoa nibs were roasted the same method as green coffee beans and then ground fine.




This is a delicious bread by the fact that it is not overly sweet and has a mild chocolate flavor.


seed combo bread/dough

approximately 1 tablespoon or less of the following seeds

  • sesame
  • cumin
  • caraway
  • fennel
  • celery
  • black sesame
  • flax
  • dill
  • poppy
  • chia
  • psyllium


added to a standard white bread recipe


Dense crumb,  the seeds add variety to regular white loaf.

Less flour and a wetter dough results in a lighter loaf.


Red onion flatbread

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very tasty


Nanking bush Cherry/garden update

mostly rain during the week,  the plantings in the garden are well rooted.




IMG_2612c root structure


soaking in vase of fertilizer

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planted outside now , we’ll se how they do.

12-18” plants $10.99 for 3, Gurneys



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 IMG_2993 Viking Aronia



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