Two Quizzes


A friend forwarded an email to me recently that got me to thinking. The email was simply two quizzes. One I failed miserably. The other I aced. The quizzes helped me put a lot of things in perspective.

During rough economic times like this current recession sometimes we just need something to help us see things from a different point of view.

What do you think?

Quiz #1

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Contest.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last ten World Series winners.

How did you do? How many questions could you answer? I don’t even remember who won the Oscar for Best Actor this year. If  it isn’t DenzelWashington, who cares?

Most of us do not remember the headliners, stars, and winners of yesterday. And the people who won the awards listed above are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies.

Awards tarnish.

Achievements are forgotten.

Acolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

So, here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one.

Quiz #2

1. List a few teachers who helped you through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


You bet.

The people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.

The people who make a difference in our lives are the ones that care; the ones who touch our hearts and souls. Treasure them.

Featured Recipe               Pork Fried Rice

Today’s recipe is adapted from Barbara Swain’s Cookery for 1 or 2, HP Books/Fisher Publishing, Inc., 1978. Unfortunately it is now out-of-print.

It is Pork Fried Rice. This is the best recipe for fried rice I have ever found. And I have tried dozens. I always come back to this one.

I have changed it just a bit. One, I use brown rice instead of plain and two, I add some sliced mushrooms.

This recipe is a great way to stretch a few ingredients into a filling meal for three. You only need 1 pork chop to make this recipe. You can also very easily and economically double this recipe.

This dish is good as a side dish or can be used as an entire meal if you serve it with a salad and/or some other vegetable. The meal is very filling too.

I sometimes order Wonton soup or Corn soup from my neighborhood Chinese restaurant to serve with this dish. It makes a very filling meal that way too.

If used as a side dish it is wonderful with pork spareribs baked or cooked on a grill. Later this week, just in time for the Memorial Day picnic fest, I will share with you a wonderful Sweet and Sour BBQ Sauce for ribs. One day this week I will also share a divine Sly Lemon Pie as well.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

1-2 tablespoons oil or bacon drippings

1 cup cooked brown rice

2-3 teaspoons soy sauce

1-2 green onions sliced

4-5 mushrooms sliced

2 eggs

1 pork chop (or other cooked meat such as ham, bacon, chicken, sausage; or even shrimp)

Here is what you do:

I have discovered that it is best to get all of the ingredients ready before you start this dish. I even get my salad on the plate and dressed with olive oil and lemon juice with a wee bit of salt and pepper so that when the fried rice is done I can spoon it hot onto a serving plate.

HINT: While this recipe is easy, you do need to work fast.

1. Cook the rice according to package directions and cool completely.

2. Brown the pork chop in a little oil or better yet, bacon drippings. I save my bacon drippings and keep them in the refrigerator.  The bacon drippings add more flavor than just oil. Remove chop from pan and let cool down a bit. Save the pan and the oil for later.

3. Slice the mushrooms, the green onions, and when cool enough to handle chop the pork chop into tiny pieces. Get every shred of meat from that bone.

4. Crack the eggs into a bowl or measuring cup and mix just a wee, little bit. Do not scramble the eggs at this point. Break the yolks. That is all.

5. Using the same pan you cooked the pork chop in reheat the oil over high heat.

6. Add the rice and stir-fry until it is hot and mixed with the oil or drippings.

7. Add the soy sauce and coat the rice well.

8. Stir in the green onions and the mushrooms and heat until the mushrooms are cooked, about 3-5 minutes.

9. Push the rice to the side of the skillet making a hole in the middle. Stir the eggs a bit more and pour into the center of the pan. Let them set for at least 30 seconds to a full minute. When the eggs start to set begin to scramble them with a spatula letting uncooked eggs from the top flow underneath. As the eggs set begin to set break them up into smaller and smaller pieces with a spatula and mix them into the rice.

10. Stir in the minced meat and heat through continuing to break the eggs up into little bits.

11. Serve and enjoy.

Bon appétit!!!


1-2 tablespoons oil/bacon drippings              $0.38 or free if using bacon drippings

1 cup steamed brown rice                           $0.20

2-3 teaspoons soy sauce                             $0.20

1-2 green onions sliced                               $0.16

4-5 mushrooms sliced                                $0.65

2 eggs                                                      $0.16

1 pork chop                                               $1.61

Total cost for 3 = $3.36
Cost per person = $1.12

Costs a good deal less than the fried rice you get at the Chinese restaurant doesn’t it?

Quote of the Day

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

Mark Twain


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