The “Hoffsicle”

Jul 7, 2011 by

I’ve never been a television person. I can go years without using my TV (when I have a working one) for anything but watching VHSs and DVDs.  (The exception: the Ohio State-Michigan game, if I can’t find friend or family with an available big-screen TV that afternoon.) I never watched Baywatch or Night Rider, so David Hasselhoff was not on my radar, until … I heard a mention of the “Hoffsicle” on NPR. (Yes, I do use a radio in the car.) It seems that despite a sluggish career, Hasselhoff was voted “smoothest TV personality of 2011”. (It is not at all clear who did the voting!) Del Monte, sensing an irresistible pun, and in honor of National Ice Cream Month, has created a raspberry-flavored popsicle shaped like David Hasselhoff—bare-chested and from the waist...

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House of Mourning

Jul 5, 2011 by

This is a house of mourning, even if you can’t see it among the brightly colored ceramic lizards or hear it in the laughter. I have woven mourning into every house I’ve lived in since the death of my husband in 2008.  It flickers like dappled sunlight, casting shadows with the death of each cat who was part of our home, with every new chicken in the yard or farm skill learned, with the introduction of every potential long term boyfriend. Our old life slips away like hands reluctantly unclasping.  Like the sun at the summer solstice, an era sets slowly. Sometimes, I sit outside at the most recent grave and talk to Spot.  I tell him things I never told him when he skulked around the house, catching mice and stealing Snowball’s food. ...

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Summer Salad Trio

Jul 1, 2011 by

Word has it that the rest of the country has topped 80 degrees while here in the Northwest we are still hoping for more than one day of sun and warmth.  I don’t long for sweltering temperatures but a bit more sun would be welcome. With all the fresh vegetables available at famers’ markets, it’s easy to assemble salads that highlight summer’s abundance. The three salads below go together quickly and make good additions to any potluck. They also qualify as a meal by themselves. Just add some crusty bread and a cool drink.  The exertion is minimal and no extra heat is required in the process! Rebecca’s Watermelon Salad This is a variation on a popular watermelon salad first introduced in the 1990’s. Salad Ingredients Half large seedless watermelon – cut into 1/2...

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West Texas Style Potato Salad

Jul 1, 2011 by

Most families seems to have potato salad recipes that are passed along from generation to generation. This is my mom’s recipe that’s a family favorite. It’s quick and easy to fix . The pickles give it a nice crunch and combined with mustard a little sweet/tart taste.  In fact, it’s on my Fourth of July menu.  Enjoy! West Texas Style Potato Salad – Jody DeVere’s Mother’s Recipe Ingredients 2 pounds small potatoes, unpeeled 1 Large Can sliced black olives 10 Baby Gerkin Pickles chopped 1/4 cup mayonnaise 6 boiled eggs, chopped 1 teaspoon yellow plain mustard Salt and pepper to taste Directions Place the potatoes in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water salt and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15 to 20...

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