Clippings by cran

 Sort by: Last Updated Post Date Post Title Forum Name 

Time for reading suggestions

posted by: hhireno on 12.10.2014 at 07:34 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Yes, yes, I know many of you are all caught up in holiday related activities and don't have time for reading. But I do so I'm looking for an updated list of reading ideas.

Last night I started a book and, by page 11, said if it turns out the butler did it I'm going to be annoyed for wasting time reading this when it seems so obvious. A few pages later, when another character was introduced, I realized I had read the book before and the butler DID do it. The cover and title weren't the least bit familiar and I guess I forgot to cross it off my reading list years ago when I read it. Both my reading list system and memory are very flawed.

So toss out some books you've enjoyed in the past 6 months. I always get so many new-to-me titles to add to my library list.


clipped on: 12.17.2014 at 06:18 pm    last updated on: 12.17.2014 at 06:18 pm

RE: Need ideas for vegetable ' finger foods' (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: caliloo on 12.14.2010 at 05:17 pm in Cooking Forum

Walnutcreek - I just made the same recipe on Saturday - we love it!


1 pound sweet Italian sausage meat, crumbled
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups beef broth
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup red wine
1 can diced tomatoes with their juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup sliced carrots
2 cups zucchini, sliced or diced
8 ounces tortellini pasta
Brown sausage in 5 quart soup pot. Remove sausage and drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of the drippings.
Saute onions and garlic in drippings. Stir in beef broth, water, wine, tomatoes, basil, oregano, tomato sauce, and sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 40 minutes.
Stir in zucchini and carrots. Simmer covered for 10 minutes.
Add tortellini and simmer for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top of each serving.


clipped on: 12.20.2010 at 04:40 pm    last updated on: 12.20.2010 at 04:40 pm

RE: Going to Charleston! Any suggestions for food/shopping? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: chiroptera_mama on 07.25.2008 at 11:13 am in Home Decorating Forum


The only working tea plantation in the US is just south of town and offers tours. Its really very interesting. The same sea island hosts a very good vineyard "Irving House" that also makes a great vodka. I like the regular with just a hint of muscadine, DH is in love with the sweet tea vodka he likes it over ice with a twist of lemon. Both make great shopping stops for unique gifts.

The market and King street still have some shopping charm though it is being gaped out more and more :( The village area of Mt. pleasant still has local stores as well but there will be more driving and less walking there. Personally, if you want sweetgrass baskets, Id go with the roadside venders.

Speaking of walking, defenitely wear comfy and safe shoes, our sidewalks are atrocious. They vary between uneven slate and normal concrete that has been displaced by tree roots but not repaired. Dont forget to look down every now and then.

Food: For southern food and a fun time Downtown = Poogans porch (its haunted by the ghost of Poogan a friendly pooch.) The East Bay Deli and Safron are good for lunch.

Mt. Pleasant (Awendaw really) = Seawee restaurant we drool when we plan to go here, its a one hour drive for us and worth every minute (It wont be that far for you, we are south of Charleston). The shrimp and grits is my must have dish.

For seafood Bowans Island (near James Island). A true lowcountry atmosphere and great food.

I also asked a friend, who is a foody, and she said to add:

""The Wreck" (MT P) is a great place to eat some yummy fried seafood. They have giant portions, the price is right, and every plate comes with this square grit cake. Too die for!

"Cru cafe" (downtown.Pickney Street) is a small restaurant in older home kinda like Poogan's Porch. Everything on the menu is excellent. It's a little on the nicer side. You may need reservations, but I promise it' s worth it. I always take my Mom there when she visits.

"Joseph's Restaurant" (downtown Meeting Street) is also good for lunch/brunch. Rachel Ray did a bit on it."

If you like history, Middleton is my favorite plantation to visit. The tour guides really know their stuff (Im not saying the downtown guides make stuff up just that they are misinformed sometimes... ;) I also like Magnolia but thats because of the swamp gardens and flower beds if you like gardens, Magnolia is great. You dont even have to pay to see the house if you just want to tour the grounds. The carriage tours downtown are fun just take them with a grain of salt. If you believe them, the first of "everything" happened in Chastown. There are some fun night tours including ghost walks and pirate/brothel AKA "the not so holy city" tours. Charlestown Landing in West Ashley is fun.

Dont waste your money on the aquarium, its a stinker.

It is hot and humid, but weve had some lovely evenings these past couple of weeks. The sea breeze in the evening and early morning is wonderful.

Depending on when you plan to come, there are various festivals almost every weekend. If you want to say when, I can look up whats happening at that time.

This isnt shopping, but if you want to see the nature of the lowcountry, I can give you a list of the better places/activities and even hook you up with nature tours on Kiawah Island. You can do walking tours, canoe and kayak trips, van tours, boat tours, fishing, crabbing - whatever your pace may be. We have some very lovely beaches, Id go to one near where ever you are staying. Do you know where that will be yet?


clipped on: 07.28.2008 at 09:45 pm    last updated on: 07.28.2008 at 09:45 pm

RE: What to bring to a picnic? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: triciae on 06.24.2008 at 04:04 pm in Cooking Forum

I made a salad this past Sunday that was terrific, if I do say so myself. It sounds disgusting...but it was sooo good. The weather was humid & DH wanted something 'refreshing' & not heavy. Here's what I came up with...

SALMON SALAD (this was enough to serve six)

1-1/2 Pounds Fresh Salmon
Salt & Pepper
Bit of Olive Oil

2 Packages Nibletts White Corn No Sauce
1/2 Red Onion (it was a large onion...if small use a whole onion)
1 English Cucumber, diced
4 Jalapenos (they were smallish)
1 Can Drained/Rinsed Goya Black Beans
Jest & juice of 2 limes
3 Cups Watermelon, bite-size diced
Cilantro, minced (a good-sized fistful, maybe 1/4 cup)
Parsley, flat leaf, minced (another fistful)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Drizzle salmon with olive oil.
Salt & pepper to taste.

In a large skillet (I used cast iron), sear the salmon, skin side up, on high heat for 2-3 minutes.

Place skillet in the oven & cook until the salmon just flakes, about 20-25 minutes depending on how thick your piece of salmon is in the center.

Allow the salmon to cool until you can handle it.

While the salmon is cooking & cooling, prepare the other ingredients in a large serving bowl EXCEPT FOR THE WATERMELON. Stir everything together well.

When the salmon is completely cool, flake the fish into fairly large pieces (2"x1" approx.). Gently, toss the flaked salmon into the salad mixture.

Just before serving, toss in the watermelon.

I served it in large individual pasta bowls lined with Boston bibb lettuce & garnished with thin lime slices & additional parsley. Served with multi-grain bread.

I know the ingredients sound odd together but it was so good, refreshing, & flavorful. Good protein, low-fat, quick, & easy.

For a picnic, I'd take the salmon & watermelon in separate containers & mix at the last moment before eating. The watermelon will weep if you mix it in too early.

Sounds like a fun evening. We enjoy the Boston Pops at Tanglewood.



clipped on: 07.15.2008 at 09:06 pm    last updated on: 07.15.2008 at 09:06 pm