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Do You Agree With Me?

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I love this TV ad. The geese are just magnificent.

However, I have a gripe with Verizon.

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Verizon is rewarding people for dropping Verizon for another supposedly better cell phone company.

The reward is a hefty $300.

That is bas ackward. That is SOOOOO stupid!!!!!!!!

You never reward the bad guys and gals! You should never reward those who abandon you; who left you; who jilt you.

What Verizon should REALLY do is reward  $300 for anyone who has been a loyal customer through thick and thin for at least six (6) consecutive years or more.

Where’s my reward, Verizom???

Just ‘sayin!

 

Featured Recipe        Peach and Prosciutto Bruschetta

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It has been a wet, wet, wet, WET summer. The last few weeks have been brutal with temperatures in the 90’s and stifling humidity in the 90’s as well.

I hate to cook on days like that.

So I don’t.

I either eat out or I fix no-cooking dishes.

A friend at one of the offices I deliver candy to gave me a half-dozen fresh picked Georgia peaches. They were so good: sweet, fragrant, and chin dripping juicy.

I used one making Peach Quesadillas.

Then I made today’s recipe……..a fantastic no cook recipe.

It is so easy I did not even do step-by-step directions or pictures today

This is what you need for two:

2 or 3 pieces prosciutto*

2 slices of bread*

1 peach

About 6 tablespoons goat cheese*

Extra virgin olive oil

A few fresh basil leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

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* You can use any kind of bread that floats your boat. You can use any kind of ham you desire. You can sub cream cheese for the goat cheese.

Here is what you do.

If necessary, slice the bread and lightly toast.

Spread the cheese over the toast.

Place a slice or two of prosciutto on top of the cheese.

Slice the peach and add 2 or 3 slices on top of the ham.

Sprinkle some olive oil on top and salt and pepper to taste.

Add a small basil leaf or two on top.

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How is easy is this?

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Bon Appétite

Cost

2 or 3 pieces prosciutto                   $2.78

2 slices of bread                            $0.33

1 peach                                        $0.50

6 tablespoons goat cheese               $1.40

Extra virgin olive oil                         $0.48

A few fresh basil leaves                   $0.10

Salt and pepper to taste

Total  Cost = $5.59
Cost per slice bread = $2.80

Quote of the Day

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.

Alice Walker

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Sing For Good Mental Health

 

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What are your favorite Broadway Show Songs?

Can you narrow it down to just five songs?

That is a really hard question to answer because there are millions of great Broadway Show songs.

I want to say every song in Jersey Boys, but technically those are not show songs.

Then there is the issue of ‘feel good’ songs Vs ‘inspirational’ Broadway songs.

It is really hard to decide. But here goes my list in alphabetical order.

1. All That Jazz

2. If I Were a Rich Man

3. Okalahoma

4. 76 Trombones

5. Sunrise Sunset

The reason I bring this subject up is that recently I read an article that singing show songs can help stave off dementia.

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 From the Daily News:

A recent research study found that those suffering from moderate to severe dementia did particularly well singing show tunes from movies and musicals such as ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Oklahoma!’ in group settings and had a marked improvement in their remembering skills versus those who simply listened during the sing-alongs.

A study by U.S. scientists has shown that the brain function of those suffering from dementia can be improved if they belt out their favorite show tunes.

Researchers working with elderly residents at an East Coast care home found in a four-month long study found that people who sang their favorite songs showed a marked improvement compared to those who just listened.

Among the songs sung during 50-minute sessions were hits from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Oklahoma!” and “The Sound of Music.”

The most improvement was among those sufferers with moderate to severe dementia.

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How interesting. How wonderful. How fun.

I wonder if we all sang more show songs would it help stave off onset of dementia before onset.? Would it make us happy? Would it make us feel better?

I think this is an absolutely, positively wonderful idea!

The world today would be a much happier place if we all broke out in song every day.

God knows we need something in these uber-angry days when everyone seems on-edge, and unhappy and ready to bite your head off.

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Featured Recipe        Rainier Cherry Salsa for  Pork Chops

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I love this recipe because it looks so elegant. People will think you slaved all day.

Au contraire. This is super, super, SUPER fast and easy dish to make.

It is also SO delicious.

The salsa goes very well on white fish too.

This is what you will need for 3-4 people:

3-4 pork chops

1 pound fresh Rainier Cherries

3-4 shallots

2 tablespoons champagne vinegar **

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

Parsley for garnish

Salt and pepper to taste

** For a sweeter salsa use Raspberry Vinegar.

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Here is what you do:

Wash, pit and slice the cherries.

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Peel and slice the shallots, cutting out any yellow or green pieces in the shallot.

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Combine the cherries, shallots, vinegar, and olive oil in a blow and gently mix well.

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Add a bit of salt and pepper if desired.

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Lightly cover and chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours.

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Fry, grill, or broil your chops. I fried mine in some EVOO with just some salt and pepper.

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Chop the parsley.

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Place chops on a plate and spoon some of the salsa on top. Garnish with some parsley.

Voilà, Instant gourmet!!!!!!!!!

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Bon Appétite

Cost

3 pork chops                          $4.90 *

1 lb Rainier Cherries               $4.99

3-4 shallots                            $0.63

2 tbspns champ vinegar           $0.57

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil      $0.30

Parsley for garnish                 $0.10

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $11.49
Cost per person (3) $3.83

* I used the least expensive chops I could buy. Cost will vary depending on what kind of chops you use.

Quote of the Day

Life is just a bowl of cherries, don’t take it serious, its mysterious. Life is just a bowl of cherries, so live and laugh and laugh at love, love a laugh, laugh and love.

Bob Fosse

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Memories of My Father

On Father’s Day
Memories of My Father

He was reserved, tall, and very intelligent. He had old-fashioned values – honesty, kindness, compassion, and generosity to name a few.

He was a fire fighter in his younger days and an accountant after being injured fighting a fire.

He was also a very good cook. He loved tinkering with his BBQ recipe.

He taught me many things from how to fly a kite to how to treat people.

The following is my favorite memory of my dad.

My eldest brother and wife and their two young children, my younger brother and his girl friend, and yours truly were present at my parent’s home for dinner one night in the seventies.

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If you don’t know Pit, you should. It is more fun than a trillion barrels of monkeys.

In short and from Wikipedia, “Pit is a fast-paced card game for three to eight players…………..Pit has no turns, and everyone plays at once.”

In other words, it is organized chaos! The game is loud, chaotic, and boisterous. It is tons of laughs!!!

The goal is to get nine of the same suit of cards by trading 1-4 cards with whoever wants to trade the same number of cards. When a player gets nine cards of the same suit, they yell, “Pit.”

In one game I couldn’t get nine cards. Not even closed! And the game seemed to be taking forever. Usually a game is over quickly, a couple of minutes at most.

So I started to watch what was happening trying to figure out what was slowing down the game. I was watching my dad and like a lightening bolt out of the blue, I saw what he was doing.

He had figured out which suit each of his two grandchildren at the table wanted.

And he was holding on to cards until he could get enough of one suit to one of his grandchildren so that each in turn would win at least one game that night.

On the drive home I thought about what I had just witnessed. And I thought back to all of the games our family had played when I was a child around that very same dining room table.

No matter the game, Pit, Clue, you name it I realized my dad had done the exact same thing when my brothers and I were children.

To the extent possible, he controlled the games so that each of his children and now his grand children had the thrill of winning at least one game every time we played.

He never said a word.

He did not ask for praise.

He was not a glory seeker.

Even today my father is my number one role model for how to treat children and people and how to live an honorable life.

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