Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Mary's Killer Caesar Salad

I lived in Dallas with my beautiful friends Claudia and Marks and Alicia. ( the fabulous zambini family...heh...)
We ate in wonderful Italian restaurants. Some had ceilings that looked like faraway silver stars were glistening on deep faraway inky black skies;
 ...Between the tables ran little sparkling streams as if we were outdoors in an Italian Countryside...
Oh, red wines and white, & perfect mixtures of sweet olive oils and herbs and garlic, warm toast and the wonder gift of reggiano and pecorino cheeses!

Okay insert story of the beginning of the Caesar salad here...



For now
I agreed to post this recipe for the Caesar salad that came from several months of interviewing learning and experimentation...
And learning from those who knew the origins of this salad which was in fact from a little hotel in Mexico...


First one must keep in mind that all ingredients change the outcome.

For example
 romaine lettuce may be bitter or sweet depending on inner or outer leaves and the time it's been picked. Also the varieties of Romaine have a different flavor....
 Lemons may be sweeter or more tart depending on how ripe they are. The olive oil of course varies greatly in its richness or fruitiness, its sweetness or its spiciness.
Pepper. The bread chosen for the croutons ( hawaiian for me, or a hearty full grain). The pecorino romanos and/or Reggiano parmesans chosen for grating. The green herbs chosen to put on the croutons. Are you using a very fresh farm egg yolk?
Obviously one combination can result in a certain taste, while another combination will result in a different taste. You may lean towards a sweet or mild or salad, or a spicier tartar salad. Add that to weather you're drinking it with ice cold Perrier or sparkling water, or a delicious sauvignon blanc or a sweet Chardonnay...

Besides the ingredients mentioned above, you will also need a very large bowl. Also

 Worcestershire sauce, and I prefer Lea & perrins, the others are way too salty. Lea & perrins has anchovies in it, but if you would like you may have a little bit of anchovy or anchovy paste as well.

1. The romaine lettuce should be washed thoroughly and put in the refrigerator so that it is ice cold and crisp when used later. I like the deeply formed leaves which one may find at organic stores often or grown in one's own garden. The deeply grooved leaves rather than flat factory grown Romaine can hold the flavors much better.

2. The olive oil should be extra virgin of course and one favorite has often been ___________ in the little jug.*

3. Lemons, fresh ground pepper, worchester sauce, 1 or 2 very fresh egg yolks, ground dry mustard.

Wine to drink during preparation

4. Chicken--- only the brand "Smart Chicken" or a local humanely killed chicken, that is, a chicken that has lived a normal life and was slaughtered in a humble and grateful manner....

5. Garlic. Besides some nice powdered garlic, I take a couple of garlic cloves and warm them with some of the olive oil in a tiny cast iron skillet--- chopped finely while in the skillet with the oil, until the oil becomes extremely warm and the garlic becomes a bit soft.

6. Crouton.   I pull apart Hawaiian bread into crouton-size chunks or cut a nice whole wheat bread into small squares. I put them on a pan, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic and some green herbs (Italian Blends or perhaps summer savory), a bit of grated Romano or Parmesan cheese and put in the toaster oven until the bread is Toasty.

Have to run.

Will edit tomorrow

You know what the French say, the best first course is anticipation...

Monday, December 4, 2017

nothing but Love has Being


The Immaculate Conception... and other things " Mary "

(...For more click HERE


Do you like to study Mystics? Mystery and unfathomable things?  click HERE
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception--
I like every word in this title. 

Blessed Virgin Mary

What is it? HERE and HERE

 My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

Because he that is mighty hath done great things to me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is from generation unto
generations, to them that fear him. He hath shewed might with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their

seat, and hath exalted the humble.

He hath filled the hungry with good
things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He hath received Israel his servant, being

mindful of his mercy:
As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham
and to his seed for ever.

immaculate conception

Apparition of Blessed Virgin in Hawaii

Little girl speaks to Mary statue

Here is something i just stumbled on and intend to check out re politics and religion;
Here is history of the Fatmina apparition
"...called an aurora borealis, but which other scientists said was beyond being a natural phenomenon. Three months after the light was witnessed, Hitler's armies were on the march.October 13, 1917, the last and most dramatic apparition, commonlyh called the "Miracle of the Sun" was witnessed by 100,000 people. This crowd was amazing since Fatima is ninety miles overland from Lisbon and there was no public transportation. It was raining and windy and the rain kept falling. Drops trickled down the women's skirts of wool and striped cotton, making them heavy as lead. Bare feet of women and hob-nailed boots of men sloshed in the wide pools of muddy road. At one o'clock the rain stopped. The sun seemed to be getting darker. It seemed veiled in gauze and the people could look at it without strain. It began to change into a shining silver disk that grew until it broke through the clouds. Then the silvery sun, still shrouded in that grayish light, began to rotate and wander within the circle of the receded clouds. Thousands fell to their knees upon the muddy ground. The light then became a rare blue,spreading its rays and then the blue faded away and the light became filtered through yellow. Yellow spots fell upon the white kerchiefs and the dark skirts of wool. They were spots that repeated themselves over the landscape. All the people were weeping and praying, weighted down by the greatness of the miracle. All of this took about twelve minutes.
 When it was over, the people who were soaked discovered their clothes were dry. Portuguese newspapers gave detailed accounts and photographs the next day. Copies of the newspapers are on file in the U.S. Congressional Library.

George B. Quatman wanted to impress on everyone who visits the statue at St. Marys Point
of the message of Fatima:
Offer up every day our sacrifices and our daily sufferings to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; say the rosary daily and to meditate on the mysteries; receive the sacraments on the first Saturday of every month; pray for the conversion of Russia and stop using profanity against God.
This information is taken from the Memorial Day issue of The Indian Lake Beacon, May 25, 1988."
Our Lady statue marks 40-year vigil
By Sue Pitts Examiner Staff Writer 5/26/04

another interesting pic here

A woman named patricia devlin wrote a book, The Light of Love.
The wisdom and visions she shares are wonderful (some scary).
When she was born she was put in an oxygen rich tent which destroyed her eyesight.
She has had major health battles and lives a normal life--completely blind--
except she began to receive visions and miracles and now speaks with angels-- her own guardian and many others.
I have made some excerpts from the pages of the book to entice you-- i ordered several off amazon for friends for just a few bucks.

 click on pic to view large

on the loss of a pet:

more patricia devlin here

I have some new stuff to update this post with later as soon as I get to a big computer

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Monday is the first day of the rest of the summer...2012 redux

Yes yes yes. Music Garden Sun Laugh Dogs Cats Birds Horses Peace Rain Clouds Wind Kiss Swim Run Play Tambourines Guitars Turnup the volume Turn down the TV
Yes yes yes. Music Garden Sun Laugh Dogs Cats Birds Horses Peace Rain Clouds Wind Kiss Swim Run Play Tambourines Guitars Turnup the volume
Yes yes yes. Music Garden Sun Laugh Dogs Cats Birds Horses Peace Rain Clouds Wind Kiss Swim Run Play Tambourines GuitarYes yes yes. Music Garden Sun Laugh Dogs Cats Birds Horses Peace Rain Clouds Wind Kiss Swim Run Play Tambourines Guitars Turn up the volume  Turn up the volume

click pic to enlarge

looting: no,no

Be grateful for where you are>>

Yes yes oh yes. Music Garden Love Sun Laugh Dogs Cats Birds Horses Peace Rain Clouds Wind Kiss Swim Run Play Pray Tambourines Guitar love Yes yes yes. Music Garden Sun Laugh Dogs Cats Birds love Horses Peace Rain Clouds Wind Kiss Swim Run Play Pray Tambourines Guitars
Turn up the volume Turn up the volume

Hover dogs!

beauty more here

looting meanness insanity HERE

politics HERE

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving LOL (redux)

I made this tankgiving collection for U.    Thankfulness stories HERE
Invisible Macy's Parade:

 Thanksgiving Owl
Act Busy at Dinnertime

Love and Thankfulness click HERE

Snow Cats and Christmas HERE

a couple more lols HERE

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Elephant Love and Heartache; Sweetest Elephants, filled with the Divine


This video below of an elephant family trying to help a baby that had been hit by a car is deeply moving, and painful to the heart beyond all words.
There are so many videos of elephants that show us their beauty, intelligence, deep emotional lives.

I put this video here to document the love shown by animals. 
Elephants manifest many human and divine qualities.
But, i am almost unable to watch this video. It is heartbreaking and the rest of my day will be heavily impacted.
This is the sort of thing that just has me praying for the day when the Lion will lie down with the Lamb...
(I am trying to warn you.) There are less painful links below about elephants.

"Published on Nov 1, 2014
Film: Heidi HAAS 23.10.2014 16:43 Hwange National Park.
A motorist driving with excessive speed and crashes with a baby elephant.The Elephant family is trying to help the small elephant. But because no help is more than the little elephant had broken legs and the back.
 The little Darling had to be shot to redeem him from the pain.
Please we humans need to protect the animals and there is no way for road races, etc.
Copy rights: Heidiundkurt@hotmail.com"