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What I Am Reading and Watching

I am trying my best to read more books. Why? Because I have always loved to read and with technology making all sorts of info easy to obtain via the internet and me having a very active almost three year old, well, holding a real book is somewhat a welcome reprieve.

The graphic novel Watchmen may not appeal to everyone, but writer Alan Moore has an incredible gift for storytelling. This particular story is brutal, ugly, real and intense. The colorist and inker brought his characters and words to life in the perfect way as well. Very impressive.

Smoke and Mirrors;  A short story collection by Neil Gaiman. This is from 1998 and I ordered this from the library with good reason. Recently Mr. Gaiman's latest children's book, The Sleeper and The Spindle, created all sorts of hullababloo because of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White having a kiss. When I saw him speak he apologized to the gay community because the one photo from the story had been taken out of context. This is NOT an LGBT…

A Delicious Modified Recipe

Tonight I made pasta and napa cabbage with soy chorizo for dinner and sadly, there is just a bit of cabbage and leeks and chorizo left that we will add to eggs and rice for breakfast tomorrow.

It was that damn tasty.

I found this outstanding recipe on Pham Fatale and it is called: Trenne Pasta with Napa Cabbage and Chorizo. She makes her own soy chorizo, God Bless.


Here is what I did differently in the recipe.  I used rigatoni, left out the potato, nutmeg, parsley, tomato sauce, tomato paste and instead of Tobasco I used Siracha.

This is a seriously hearty dish and I am sure if you are not little piglets like me and mine, you will have leftovers to enjoy. Or at least have a bit left for breakfast like we are ;-)

Cheers!
MissFifi


MAPLE AND CINNAMON ROASTED DELICATA SQUASH

We received two delicata squash in our CSA box last Thursday and so the internet recipe search began.
I found this terrific recipe from For The Love of Cooking. It accompanied salmon and homemade biscuits. I pan fried the salmon with this incredibly tasty Maple Pepper with garlic seasoning my husband picked up for me in New Hampshire. I admit I am a touch addicted to this seasoning and will find any excuse to use it on something.
As for the squash recipe I am a big fan and will definitely make it this way again.

MAPLE AND CINNAMON ROASTED DELICATA SQUASH

Cheers!
MissFifi

A Dream Come True

On Thursday, October 16. I drove to the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison and got to hear Neil Gaiman speak.

YES, THE NEIL GAIMAN.

If you know me at all you know I have a thing for this man and his work. Not in the seduction Oooh la la kind of way. More in the, please mentor me because you are so fucking fantastic kind of way.

Let me share my blurry photos.

He is giving us his shaggy haired profile. This was right after he walked into the room and I gasped like an ecstatic schoolgirl.





Wesley Stace interviewed him for FDU's annual WAMFEST.  The artist Michael Arthur drew the entire time the interview went on, capturing details from the conversation in this incredible piece of artwork.

It is a complete fluke that I found out about this event. The night before I randomly went on Neil Gaiman's blog and clicked on "Where's Neil?" And there it was. He was going to be in Madison,  New Jersey. What are the chances?!?! This caused me to almost stroke out.…

Bette Davis

She truly rocks.


Cheers!
MissFifi

Fall Has Come and a Special Visitor

Leaves are everywhere. The temperatures are cooler. My garden is giving its last hurrah while the trees prepare to slumber. I have to say I am impressed with the marigolds hanging tough considering their seeds come from Spain and I would figure this recent chill would have killed them by now.



In honor of fall I am making a roasted cauliflower soup with cumin for dinner tonight.

And we have a little guest that has been hanging around since Friday.



I adore the Praying Mantis, don't you? We first spotted it when my son almost ran it over with his toy car.

 The next day it appeared among the Baptisia leaves.

Today it was on the rocks by the lavender. I hope it is going to lay eggs somewhere. Little Mantises for everyone! Or at least for me :) Japanese beetles be gone!

Cheers!
MissFifi

Being Okay With What You Have

You know you are depriving yourself right? Your house is too small, you drive the wrong car, your clothes are from two seasons ago, your hair style is boring and let's face it, your vacation plans could do with some upgrading. You deserve it. You worked hard, you could die tomorrow, you need to live and spend money and enjoy yourself.
While we are all susceptible to a touch of "Keeping Up With The Joneses", it is high time we stop putting ourselves in cycles that can only beat us down. Sure I like a high end kitchen or a piece of jewelry from Van Cleef and Arpels like the next person, but I also understand I will most likely never spend $200,000 on a pair of earrings and I am okay with that. Believe it or not, I have met people in my time, that have been covetous of such things. I knew a young lady who lived in a very nice neighborhood and a very nice home with a pool and she was angry her parents did not try to live in a more tony area with better houses.

Seriously?????…