Liquid Poetry


I am fond of saying that age has its privileges. Well, it seems, I am not far off.

Two recent news stories and studies contain good news for people in their sixties and older.

Seems both wine and hot chocolate in moderation helps improve memory in us oldies but goodies.

Oh be still my heart! These two libations are Liquid Poetry, don’t you agree?

Wine Poetry

From the Daily Mail:

Senior 1A glass of wine every day could be the secret to keeping a brighter mind in old age.

Moderate drinking was found to improve memory and learning skills in a long-term study of elderly people.

The research claims that the benefits only begin to emerge after middle age.

However, not everyone will feel the benefits of a daily tipple.


The exception is for people who carry a specific gene, APOE e4, which is linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

For those who do not have the APOE e 4 gene drinking wine in moderation – 7-14 glasses a week – benefited seniors most.

This study, conducted by the Universities of Kentucky and Maryland, was a long term study beginning in 1948 and monitored people in mid-life right up until today.

Hot Chocolate Poetry

In related news another study, this time from the Neurology magazine, reports that drinking hot chocolate can help improve memory:

AAA hot chocThe findings, published this month in the journal Neurology, involved 60 people around the age of 73 who drank two cups of the beverage [hot chocolate] a day over a peri of 30 days.

The focus of the research was on investigating ways improve blood flow to the brain. Participants without memory issues did not see a change. But those with cognitive deterioration saw an 8.3% change in their blood flow, discovered by an ultrasound, which translated to improvements in memory.


“There is a strong correlation between neurovascular coupling and cognitive function, and both can be improved by regular cocoa consumption,” the study’s authors wrote.

In addition to these two studies there are also studies that show that regular moderate exercise and reading and writing by seniors also lead to less or slower memory decline.

Hot Diggity!!!!
Hot chocolate for breakfast and a drink or two of wine in the evening………………a leisurely walk in the park,  read a good mystery novel, and write a blog post twice a week………
Ahhh life is good.
Featured Recipe        Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter


Today’s recipe came to me via Twitter friend, at sign Emmie12750.

A bit on Emmie before I get to cooking, food, and recipes. Emmie is sweet as sweet can be. And funny. Just read her profile and you can tell how down to earth, funny, and real she is:


Why, hello there! I’m really just here to follow my favorite shows and celebrities and be a nosy person 🙂 Criminal Minds, news, food, and random silliness. Massachusetts


Emmie has tweeted several recipes to me, most notably Creamy Reuben Chowder with Rye Croutons. I am going to make that one some day for you. I promise. Doesn’t that look and sound divinely insanely delicious. I love the idea of the horseradish in the soup!

With my off the wall sense of humor, I also think this soup would go perfectly with a Reuben Sandwich. Double your pleasure when ever you can is always my philosophy!

Well, before I could make the aforementioned soup, Emmie sent me another recipe.

Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter has been around for years. Everyone and their mother’s cousin, and the wall paper, even the fly on the wall itself have made this recipe or a version of it. It is also a food blogger favorite.

So since I am super busy right now, not to mention my propensity to procrastinate and be lazy, and since this dish is super simple I decided to make this recipe first.

I also chose this recipe in honor of Marzella Hazan, often referred to as America’s grandmother of Italian food, who died on Sunday, September 29th. This is her recipe.

This recipe is simplicity at its very best. And you will be positively shocked at the cost!

Some people add garlic. Some add some tiny slivers of basil at the end. Some sprinkle Parmesan Cheese on top.

Before you do any of that try the recipe as is, as Marzell Hazan created it. You will experience a taste treat the likes of which you have never experienced before or will after.

This is what you will need to serve 4-6 people:

1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes; preferably San Marzano *
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and halved
Salt, to taste
1 pound of spaghetti


* Red Gold brand is a good substitute, however, any will do.

Here is what you do:

Peel the onion and cut it in half across the middle.


Place the tomatoes, butter, and halved onion in a medium saucepan (3 quarts or larger).


Bring the sauce to a boil,


……then lower the heat to a simmer, and cook for about 45 minutes, or until the butter droplets separate from the tomato juices. See the butter separating from the sauce below?


Until the butter separates stir the sauce occasionally, crushing the tomatoes against the side of the pot with a wooden spoon or with a potato masher. You want the tomatoes to crush and fall apart and make a chunky tomato sauce. I use both a spoon and the potato masher.



Cook the pasta according to package directions.


Remove the sauce from the heat, discard the onion. You can throw the onion away or use it in another recipe.

Sample the sauce and add salt if needed.


Spoon sauce over the spaghetti.


With a sauce this simple serve with a simple salad and some good crusty Italian bread with REAL butter. And, Oh! Don’t forget a glass of wine!

You will believe you are actually eating in Rome.

Bon appétit!!!


1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes                  $3.09
5 tablespoons unsalted butter                                $0.40
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and halved             $0.18
Salt, to taste
1 pound of spaghetti                                             $2.05

Total cost = $5.72
Cost per serving 4  = $1.43
Cost per serving 6 = $0.95

Quote of the Day

Life is too short, and I’m Italian. I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0.

Sophia Bush


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8 comments to Liquid Poetry

  • Nice pasta sauce! I agree, one can never have too much cocoa, unless one is a dog. I love wine but rarely drink a glass. Perhaps I’ll start.

    • Roberta

      “Unless one is a dog.” —- Hmmmm. Do I detect a funny dog story here, Julia?

      I have wine most when I am out to dinner. But am going to make a real effort to drink more at home now.

  • I love this post! As one who fits into this category (nearly) I’d better start drinking my red wine. I’m not (and never have been) a big drinker but I do want to keep all my faculties. So hot chocolate and wine and this sauce – I think I love you.

    • Roberta

      Some of us were having a conversation about this post on Twitter this evening. We were wondering if we could mix the hot chocolate and the wine together into one drink. Hmmm.

      I am just so glad your health appears to be better than thought. Tell your doctor you will be on a strict regimen of wine and hot chocolate. 🙂

      Love you too, Maureen

  • Emmie

    Thank you, Roberta! So sweet of you to mention me! I haven’t had a chance to make the sauce yet, but I hope to this week. When I do, I’ll toast you with my red wine and my dessert hot chocolate. 😉

    • Roberta

      You are very welcome, Emmie!

      Mentioning real people makes the posts more intimate. I try to do that all the time. And you are special. I so enjoy our chats on Twitter. You make me smile and laugh. Plus you share delicious recipes. 🙂

      *Clinks glasses* Cheers my friend.

  • Roberta

    Hi Roberta,
    There is a chocolate and red wine combo on the market. It’s not bad!
    Glad to hear all is well! So miss you!
    The “Other” Roberta

    • Roberta

      Really??? There is a red wine and chocolate on the market already? Where do I find it?

      Funny thing is today I talked a Twitter friend into making up own recipe and I am going to post it here.

      Awwwww, Other Roberta, I miss you too. *Hugs*