Anytime You Want
The world has gone utterly stupidly nuts!!!!
We have tied our tongues up in knots.
I have never gone out of my way to offend anyone. My parents raised me to be sensitive to other people’s feelings and to be kind. I was raised with the old adage: If you can’t say something kind, don’t say anything at all.
I Think I Must Be In Purgatory
It is so crazy anymore I feel like I must have died somewhere along the way and I have been sentenced to purgatory. That is the only thing that explains what is going on in the world today.
For those of you who do not know Catholic theology: When you die you can either go to heaven, hell, or a place called purgatory. It is a place for people who were not good enough here on earth during their life to merit heaven; yet were not so bad that they merit hell either. So purgatory is where those unlucky souls are sent to be cleansed and become pure and sinless enough to go to heaven and meet God.
Living in this new crazy upside world is my purgatory punishment.
The last few years it has seemed to me that the entire world has been turned upside down, inside out, catty-wampus, and topsy-turvy. We have gone mental.
That is the only thing that can explain the recent so-called Brent Musburger scandal.
Every minute of every hour some where in the world someone is taking offense at the most benign statements. Political correctness is so out of control these days it is a wonder we talk to anyone anymore.
Political correctness is just another way to silence free speech.
Free speech does not mean that you will never ever be offended by any speech. True free speech is the right to offend.
The two most over used words these days are ‘racist,’ and ‘sexist.’ People too often hurl these terms at others in an effort to silence them; to stifle further discussion of important issues that need to be discussed.
A child in school these days can’t even use the word, “gun,” without fear of being suspended.
It is so crazy that last spring the New York City Department of Education drafted a list of 50 words they did not want used on tests given in NYC schools.
What were some of these offending words that would bruise a child’s’s psyche if they heard or read them? Abuse. Alcohol. Celebrities. Divorce. Evolution. Halloween. Politics. Poverty. Television. War.
Joan Rivers used to say it best:
OH GROW UP!
Not every word, statement, or sentiment is an insult nor is it going to hurt a child or an adult for life. Grow some thick skin and get over it!
The so called Brent Musburger scandal over calling a beautiful woman ……..well ……. ‘beautiful’…. is simply stupid and ridiculous. Musburger was not objectifying the woman. It was a sincere compliment.
I try not to insult anyone. I try to be nice, positive, and friendly to every one. But let’s face facts. Sometimes some folks deserve to be insulted on occasion. Maybe it will jolt them to live in reality.
Maybe then we can begin to have honest discussions about difficult issues and work toward real solutions instead of just yelling past each other.
Featured Recipe Italian Sausage and Orzo Soup
When it is raining, cold and snowing and you have the sniffles to boot nothing satisfies like a bowl of hot steaming soup.
And what could be better than chicken broth with the sweet flavor, aroma, and color of Italian sausage? You could substitute chorizo or other hot sausage if that is what rocks your boat.
Orzo is just pasta that is shaped like rice. It can be found in the pasta section at most grocery stores. It gives your soups a slightly different and festive look.
Sometimes I call this soup ‘Not Quite Wedding Soup.’
It is an easy dish, but it does take a bit time. You can cook the orzo a day ahead and you can fix the meatballs a day ahead too. If you do so, then this soup comes together lickety-split.
This is what you will need for 4-5 bowls:
1 cup cooked orzo
1-2 tablespoon olive oil
4 Italian sausages
1 large clove garlic
4 -14 ounce cans chicken broth
1 – 5-ounce bag baby spinach
½ medium lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Here is what you do:
Cook the orzo until it is al dente according to package directions with the caveats below in the NOTES. Drain and run under cold water until cool.
NOTES: 1. To get 1 cup of cooked orzo use ½ cup of dry orzo. Many orzo boxes do not tell you that. Don’t ask me how I know this. Please.
2. Cook the orzo 2-3 minutes less than the package directions since later you will be adding it to the broth where it will continue to cook. This will keep your orzo al dente.
Remove the casings from the sausage by first cutting a shallow line down the length of the sausage and then peel off. They come off fairly easily. It is not hard.
Then make small meat balls by rolling about a teaspoon of sausage into a little ball until all the sausage is used up. You can cut the sausage if you want; I just pinch a piece off and make the balls.
When finished making the balls place the meatballs in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. This firms them up so they do not come apart in the soup. I also roll them a bit tighter after they have been in the fridge.
Peel and slice the carrot and cut each slice in half.
In a medium soup pot heat the olive oil over medium high heat until it shimmers. Lightly brown the meatballs on all sides a few at a time. Do not over crowd them. The key, once they are brown on two sides, is to keep them rolling back and forth in the pan using a spatula. That way they brown on al sides and they get done. Remove to a plate until all meatballs are lightly browned on all sides. They do not need to be cooked through, as they will cook more in the broth later.
If there is too much oil left in the pan when the sausage balls are done cook pour some of it off. You just want a thin covering of oil on the bottom of the pan.
Peel and press the garlic straight into the pan. Stir until it becomes fragrant. This will not take long, 10 seconds at most.
Add the chicken broth to the pot, lower the heat to medium and heat the broth until it is hot and steaming about 7-10 minutes.
Add the meat balls with any accumulated juices to the pot and simmer until the meatballs are done, about 3-4 minutes.
TEST one ball by removing and cutting in half to see if it is cooked through.
Taste the broth and add salt and pepper if necessary. I never find it necessary.
Add the baby spinach, carrots, and the cooled orzo to the soup stirring, until the spinach is wilted. The carrots are in there. They just sunk to the bottom of the pan.
Squeeze the lemon juice into the soup and stir.
Ladle into bowls and enjoy.
Serve with buttered bread, sandwiches, or crackers.
1 cup orzo $0.63
1-2 tbspns olive oil $0.24
4 Italian sausages $3.69
1 large clove garlic $0.05
4 cans chicken broth $5.56
1 bag baby spinach $2.88
1 carrot $0.11
½ medium lemon $0.35
Salt and pepper to taste
Total cost = $13.51
Cost per bowl (5) = $2.70
Quote of the Day
There is no such thing as an ugly woman.
Vincent Van Gogh