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28th Mushroom Festival and meeting Chef Carla ‘The Chew’ Hall!


Crispy Fish Tacos


I made these last night, so good! I never ate fish tacos until a few years ago and now I try them when I see them on the menu. A guy I went to high school with is a chef and told me to use buttermilk-had to add a little white vinegar to regular milk to make my own. I got fish with batter like you get on sweet and sour shrimp/chicken-nice and light. The first few batches were a little light in color-should have let the Canola get a little hotter. The ‘sauce’ was good-mayo, sour cream, hot sauce, garlic and Cilantro. I used talapia, but you can use any white fish. Someone said halibut was good. Sean liked the crispy shell, but Brian and I liked the soft. Try it, you’ll like it! (I don’t serve food that is fried too often, so this was a treat).

Easter Eve


We didn’t do too much today as we had more rain and then Brian and Sean went out and each gifted me with early Easter gifts. Sean gave me sunny yellow tulips and a cute stuffed chick and his dad gave me multi-colored roses and candy. I have to watch the candy though.
Brian and I attended the vigil Easter mass-over 2 hours. It’s a very lovely and special service. We go outside and light candles and go back into a dark church and went through the first 1/3 of the service with only candlelight. Then the lights were turned on for the Resurrection part. That is cool. A young lady got baptized and had to kneel in the baptismal font and get water poured over here head.
I came home and put together an Easter basket for Sean and used a mushroom basket which is cute (Bri can share).
I was glad to do a few paper art collages, one for a trade with a pal.
The featured collage was made a number of days ago. The artist here is Margaret Tarrant from the 1930s. Love Alice’s face.
I’ll share another collage tomorrow before I cook dinner.

America’s Best Lost Recipes


I got the above book for Christmas and I started to read it this morning. Right away there were a few recipes that I have heard of- ‘Wacky’ Cake, Amish Pickled Beets and Eggs and 24 hour salad. The Wacky cake was made by a fellow church member a few years back for a church picnic. I heard her say to her son, ‘I made your favorite Wacky cake’. This was a joke between Bri, Sean and me every time we saw this lady. We even called her Mrs. Wacky Cake! This was popularized during WWII when many cake ingredients were short in supply and they made due with what they had. A few of the ingredients were white vinegar and vegetable oil. I remember making a cake with mayonnaise, must have been similar to Wacky cake and it was good too!
My husband’s mom made the Pickled Beets and Eggs several times a year. I think it was something her mom use to make too. I don’t recall making them myself. I like deviled eggs. A good hint from the book is to cook the eggs, drain the pot and then roll the eggs into each other until the shells start to crack. This makes it easier to peel them.
The 24-hour salad is a variation of ‘Ambrosia’. I’ve made this several times over the years. The book version calls for frozen sour cherries where I would used red cherries. They used cut up marshmallows where I used the mini ones. The cut ones are better as they don’t get as soggy. I’m just in the appetizer section (the cake was referred to in the intro), but I am having fun reading about the tried and true 121 recipes included here. I will be trying many of these and will let you know how tasty they are.
I like this part of the intro:

Some things are just crying out to be lost. Bad supermarket tomatoes. Sponge*Bob Square*pants Cereal. Breakfast at Mc*Donalds (I like it!).Halftime at the Super Bowl. Any recipe that starts with a can of cream of mushroom soup (they haven’t tried my tuna noodle casserole!). And don’t forget children’s books penned by celebrities and casseroles of overcooked broccoli.

This is by the editor of Cook’s Country magazine if you are interested.

Photo and recipe found here

Thursday Thunks


1. What the hell were you thinking?
I know, I totally skipped these questions last week because they were so strange-lol

2. The tornado sirens go off in your neighborhood – what do you do?
Get everyone down the basement.

3. Give us a recipe.
Since we are growing cucumbers-a Martha Stewart one-
Cucumber Ranch Dressing

Makes 2 1/4 cups

* 1 medium cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and grated on the large holes of a box grater
* 1 tablespoon shallot, finely chopped
* 3/4 cup sour cream
* 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
* 1/4 cup mayonnaise
* 3 1/2 tablespoons (about 1 lemon) fresh lemon juice
* 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
* Pinch of cayenne pepper
* 3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
* 3 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
1. Stir together cucumber, shallot, sour cream, buttermilk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, cayenne, parsley, and chives in a medium bowl. Season with additional salt and cayenne, if desired. Dressing can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Serve with pita chips-yum!
4. It’s the middle of the night, there isnt a car in sight and you are stuck at a red light that just won’t change…. how long do you wait until you run it?
Within a few minutes.

5. When was the last time you got all dressed up fancy-like? Where did you go? For my son’s college graduation in May and then I wore a new dress to a little grad party we had last month for him.

6. Have you ever had a mole removed? Yes, it was right where necklaces would rub on it.

7. Are you in an area of record highs or record lows for the temps this summer? Are you lucky and stuck in the middle where it’s somewhat normal? We’ve had a fairly ‘cool’ summer. In this past week we’ve had high 80s and humidity. It’s really playing with my sinuses.

8. When was the last time you changed your furnace filter?
I just asked my husband as we run the a/c through it too. It’s been a few months. I asked before reading this too!

9. What’s your favorite type of frog?
The ones I see in my little pond-Leopards.

10. If you were to go on America’s Got Talent, what would you do for your talent? (and choosing not to go is not an option….)

11. Have you ever been on a rooftop of a building? Yes! Down at Caesar’s in Atlantic City (where we are going again next week) they have a pool there.

12. What is the first website you go to each day when you sit down at your computer, other than your email?
Either my blog or Facebook.
My sinuses are being bothersome-the ones around my eyes-ugh. My throat is weird too. Even Claritin isn’t helping a lot. I have something else to try too.
I got a phone call yesterday from ‘Private caller’. At first I thought it was a charity, and then I picked it up and it was my friend from college who was also my maid of honor. We had lost touch because she wouldn’t write anything about what was going on in her life in Christmas cards, just wrote ‘Love, L’. I asked her to and she wouldn’t. Anyway, we talked for an hour. She got her Master’s at age 45 and still is working in the prison in NJ (I think she processes inmates). Said they are hiring people that haven’t had college training as they don’t want to pay for that. She’s hoping to retire in 7 yrs at age 55. Found her through her brother on Facebook! She’s not a computer person.
Sean is off to Bethany Beach, DE to spend a few days with his pal who will be going to Miami for his Masters in a week or so. We are going down to Atlantic City for a few days next week like we did last year. We are hoping to drive over to Cape May as we haven’t been there for 10 yrs! Last year we went to Margate and saw the Lucy the Elephant structure.