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It’s easy to have it in my mind, for any crazy, sane or simple outside the box idea. In my eye, not so easy. I have to time antibiotic medication so I can get things done then be at home for a few hours while my right eye becomes too blurry for me to drive and for it to come back before even walking the dog. You should see the condition of sidewalks and streets here, if I were to make a recipe for Disaster, these would be the main ingredients.

It doesn’t help that my husband is across the country all week, every week. The pain and granules coming out of the eye are lessening, as I believe is the swelling.

Yes, I’ve been fitted for glasses before but no-one has ever messed with my eyes until now. I’m glad my doc is a good one and hope next week I’ll find out I don’t have cancer.

The day after surgery I walked over to my barber across the street, with whom I had cancelled an appointment when this whole eye thing came up. My hair was way too long and straggly. He took off tons of hair and gave me a bob I’m learning how to work. I’ve scrunchies, beautiful clip bows and even a Ferragamo headband (30 years ago it was the only thing I could afford at the Duty Free in Milan).

Bert the Barber and I have a rule. My hair needs to be pulled back and secured when I cook at home. We do not like hair in our food. I’m also a stickler for cross-contamination but only my butchers need to know about that. Oh, perhaps I’ll do a piece on cooking rules. I’ve already got pantry ingredients/recipes and utensils and essential cookbooks. On site. Yes, packaged, ready to go, and free. This is not a monetized site.

Oh, I made a succulent pot roast last night over pappardelle noodles. My husband loved it. He leaves before seven tomorrow so I’m making him oatmeal in milk topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt and berries. That’ll keep him full on the drive and the plane. Special recipe to anyone who actually gets to Volume 2 of Essential Pantry and tries a recipe. Cheers! Dee




What is…

something that exhilarates and enervates, provides sustenance when full and frustration when empty? A pantry.

Check out Dee’s Essential Pantry, items plus recipes, free here for the asking. I worked hard getting it together for you, so please use it for you, your family and guests. No-one’s gotten above level One. I urge you to try the rest and you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood.

Now, if one is moving, as I’ve been known to do a few times in my life (stop laughing), she looks at those half-empty pasta boxes and tries to find out what to do with them. Oh, marinated peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, my own marinated Kalamata olives, Parmigiano Reggiano. Now there’s a dish for next week. No-boil lasagne noodles. Buy some Ricotta and we have lasagne.

I’m taking the high road and am starting at the freezer. I decided to throw a Trifle Party for several friends who love my trifle. I’ll change it up a bit but similar flavors. Also on board will be my chicken liver and apple pate, and a couple of pizzas, from scratch of course.

Live a little, learn a lot, don’t move as much. It’s always a balancing act. May as well cook the best stuff for friends and empty the pasta shelf later. Cheers! Dee

Essential Pantry

I notice that a lot of cooks are doing this now, telling viewers or readers one thing at a time about how to build a pantry.

Confession: I was so scared to start writing this blog I worked for weeks getting together my essential cookbook collection and then the pantry collection. I believe cookbooks spanned four episodes and the pantry, five, but no-one reads them. No-one refers to them and I wish you would.

Please let me know how I can make these integral pages a meaningful part of your life. Yes, I have to redo my home page and will do so to make it easier for you to access this information. Signing off for now, Dee