Thursday, January 16, 2014

Week 2 Thursday (1/16/14)

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Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Cornbread Croutons
Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
Page 42    Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

         I love cornbread in any form.  I spent 10 years living in Florida and learned what great southern cornbread tastes like. I really looked forward to making this recipe.
         I have never made croutons before so this was quite an adventure for me.  I think they had a wonderful taste, but I would pour a little less butter over them after they enter the baking stage.  It seemed like butter overkill (if that is even remotely possible). The first problem for me was that they were soft and lacked a crunchiness that I expect in a crouton. The other problem was that they did not hold their shape after the first day but fell apart on day two.  I wonder what I did wrong?  Maybe I should have cooked them longer or added less butter.

Today’s Critics: The Lehman and Serpico Families

        The Serpico Family:  The croutons scored in the middle of the scale. Gigi loves cornbread but they were not quite what she expected. 
       Brandy Lehman: Cornbread Croutons – “No thanks. I didn't really taste the cornbread and I prefer a "crispier" type crouton. I didn't have to pick them out, I ate them, but wouldn't want them again.”

Random Reflections

         I absolutely love to watch cats. This is a species that will never die of a heart attack. Most of the cats I know or have had, lived a laid back life. They scrutinize the world and unless there is a small interesting movement, they are content to watch the world go by.  However, if there is a small movement, they quickly resemble the “big cats” who stalk their prey and eventually pounce.  Most cats have an aloof aura about them, as if we humans are not worth their time.  The next time you are fortunate enough to visit a house with a kitty cat – be observant and enjoy their demeanor.

My sister Susan's cat,  Miss Claudie

Irksome Ideas and Images

         I know I am a fossil when I heard that people look at their cell phone more than 25 times a day. Now I prefer to live in the dark ages of flip phones that have no monthly expense and $100 can you get 1,000 minutes for a year. I do not want to be available 24/7.  I am just NOT that important. I never turn my phone on unless I need to use it. I don’t have messages or even know how to text someone.  I do understand that parents of children need to be in constant contact but that is not my case.  I thank God for the simplicity of the old days and even though I know that somewhere in my future is additional technology, I will enjoy being unreachable for a portion of my day. Amen sista!

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