Friday, August 1, 2014

Knock Knock....Who's There?

Hey...psst...over here. I'm putting my toes back into the luxurious waters of blogland once again. Is it cold? Has anything interesting washed ashore while I've been gone?

And I did a terrible job of keeping up with all the blogs I love. It would make me happy if you could leave me a link or two for your favorite posts from the last two months. That way I can read and enjoy your part of the world once again.

And I'm going to try restructuring my blog a bit. Although I am a storyteller through and through, I know stories can get a little old for the reader. My life is as sedate and boring as a half used tube of toothpaste, so I'm not good at giving a recounting of my day, either.

But I will try to mix in short question pieces, like this one, with a few stories now and then, since stories are what make my soul tick.

I have some new projects in the works, and my time reading blogs is going to be a bit more limited, but I do plan to read yours at least a couple of times a week.

OK. Now for your question. What is the best meal you've eaten in the last two months? Don't be spare in your descriptions. I'm on a diet and this will be the only way I can enjoy really tasty food.

Teenaged Daughter taught me what chunkin' up the deuces is. (I think/ hope it means see you later.) I don't know why the picture is backwards, but I was driving here while she was posing.




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  1. The best meal I have eaten in the last two months was a pizza from Old Chicago...it was legendary :)

    I have missed your blog like crazy!

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    1. Optimistic: Oh, Chicago pizza....I can taste it just by thinking about it! Thank you friend- I look forward to visiting your fine blog!

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  2. Shelly!!!!! Long time no see. I was elated just now to read your comment.
    It'll be super to have you post on your blog again now and then.

    Question # 1 --- You know me. Shrimp. Deep fat fried butterflied shrimp. Sweet and tender, fresh from the Gulf catch that morning. Of course the meal is to 'die for' probably...literally. All the fat content and frying. But that is really the only way I like shrimp. Battered, fried golden brown and hot with horseradish sauce for dipping.

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    1. HOOTIN ANNI: And how can you stay away from shrimp in our locale? Oh, that horseradish sauce, or the King's Inn tartar sauce...yum!!! It's good to be back!

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  3. Oh Welcome back you have been missed. I miss your stories and I know there are many, I know even if your life you describe as boring your head is full of adventure, writers are like that.
    I cannot remember last week or last month but I do remember going somewhere in Toronto and having Sushi while with my girls not sure if it was just the sushi or the incredible company. I know you get that one. HUGS B

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    1. Buttons: A meal cannot be truly great unless the heart also has a feast with those who share in the food. I'm so glad you got to have sushi with your girls! Sushi always seems such a social food to me. And thank you- it's good to be back!

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  4. Good to see you back Shelly. I don't think I could ever get bored with your stories, they are always a wonderful read and I really enjoy them. I am not sure what meal was the best I have eaten in the last month, I know there has been several. I have a new look to my blog too. Here are a couple of links to foods that I enjoyed in the last while... http://www.wordsofdeliciousness.com/2014/07/blueberry-cream-cheese-and-oats-scones.html and
    http://www.wordsofdeliciousness.com/2014/07/individual-chocolate-semifreddo-with.html
    Have a great weekend!! Dawn

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    1. Dawn: Your luscious blog is going to make my taste buds run wild! Can't wait to get over there and see what you've got cooking. And thank you!

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  5. Rejoice! Shelly is back! Do not doubt that you have been missed.

    As for best meal, I am such an omnivore that I can't think of a bad meal I have had recently. For good, how about this: New York strip (we broil one and share it), steamed asparagus spears, one-half Idaho baked potato with butter and black pepper, and for dessert, six Washington State bing cherries? A coast-to-coast dinner!

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    1. vanilla: Now that sounds terrific! I like the sharing part, too. My hubs still likes his own whole portion, but someday we'll get there, too. Bing cherries? Those are the bomb!

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  6. Best meal? Hmmm. Well I had a cold corn and scallop (they were freshly grilled) soup the other day that, had I been wearing socks, would've sent them across the room.

    Yep. THAT good.

    You've been missed, dear Shell. Welcome back.

    Pearl

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    1. Pearl: I have never had scallops in a soup, but gosh, that sounds reallyreallyreally good. Did you make it? Do you have the recipe for it? And it's good to be back.

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  7. Welcome back! I missed you :)

    Spaghetti with olive oil, fresh tomatoes, sliced black and green olives, garlic, and Parmesan. One of my favorite summer dishes with a big tossed salad and a glass of Chianti. Buon appetito!

    And of course, brisket. With charro beans and homemade potato salad.

    Happy Weekend!

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    1. Carol: Both of those sound so lush, so rich....and I think Texas brisket is one of those dishes that can be eaten all year round. Ugh- I miss it!

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  8. Glad I came back I would never have known what "chunkin' up the deuces" are was I like to keep up with the times and the lingo of our youth I tend to be stuck in the 70's Cool:) Great shot. Hug B

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    1. Buttons: I'm sure it's already passe, but it was fun anyway!

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  9. I'm so glad you're back, Shelly! Your posts are always a great read. My best meal was probably homemade pizza, because it was the first non-bland food I had in awhile (digestive issues) ... and there were no problems, so maybe I can have a few more good things from here on :) What a lovely picture of your daughter - she is a beautiful girl.

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    1. jenny_o: Homemade pizza is so much better than restaurant pizza, isn't it? I don't know why, but it just is. I'm glad you were able to enjoy it. And thanks! I didn't even realize she was taking a pic when she told me to chunk up the deuces- just happy I knew what it was. And I, too, think she's beautiful- thank you!

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    2. Aaaaaahh! I didn't realize that was you - I thought the photo was of your daughter and one of her friends, and I didn't look very closely. And that IS a compliment!

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    3. jenny_o: Ha!!! Thank you!

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  10. Like you, I consider myself a storyteller and I have no interest in rambling on about my day. You are an extremely gifted storyteller and it makes my day when I see you've posted one of your engaging stories. Having said this, I'll read whatever you decide to post.

    The best meal I've had recently was a mixture of Mexican rice with linguica and fresh parsley. If you aren't familiar with it, linguica is a Portuguese sausage similar to chorizo.

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    1. Stephen: Now that meal sounds divine. I plan to keep on telling stories, even if my readers get fewer and fewer. And thank you. You are such an excellent storyteller it is a wonderful compliment.

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  11. This is going to sound "questionable" LOL, but Shrimp Trucks! Hawaii has food vendors/trucks all along the roads and I've fallen in love with shrimp trucks. Garlic Butter Shrimp, rice (with garlic butter sauce poured all over it), small salad and a slice of pineapple. The best $12 you'll ever spend. Aloha!

    BTW, I've missed you.

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    1. Say What: Food trucks! One of the best things I've discovered at this stage of my life. Yummmm...... And thank you!

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  12. Hi, Welcome back. You have been missed a lot. Also your stories are very interesting. I have learned quite a bit from them about early Americans. If you want to restructure for the sake of variety it is understandable, but your blogs have always been very wholesome.
    If you like poetry,Invalid's workshop " is very nice. I am sure you have read "Fishducky" if you remember she is very funny.
    Have fun.
    Best regards to your family.

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    1. Munir: Thank you my friend- you've always been such a loyal reader here. I look forward to visiting your insightful blog today!

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  13. That's not the peace symbol anymore? I'm so glad your back. I love your stories. They never get old. Every meal I have with Willy Dunne Wooters is the best meal ever.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie: I thought it was the peace symbol, too, but then I'm a little outdated, like the milk in our fridge right now. And I've missed you, too!

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    2. I can't believe I wrote "your back." Oh, the shame.

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    3. Janie: Not to worry. To my chagrin, I found a subject verb agreement error in my post. Argh.

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  14. It's never cold in blogland. That's why I hang out here. Your daughter is beautiful. I'm too lazy to link to my posts. Ok, I admit it, got this new I-pad thing and I'm still figuring it all out. But I'm grateful for any comment crumbs so you choose what you like. And I like your stories. You are a storyteller and that's why I can be counted on to come here. Do not change on my account.

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    1. Chicken: I can't wait to get to some good Chicken today! Thank you for your kind words. I'm going to keep on telling stories until there's no one around left to listen.

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  15. Hi Shelley! I, too, have been away and am now timidly knocking to see if my old blogging buds are still around. I had a GREAT cold rice/pecan salad lately. Yowza!!! It was at a wedding and I was tempted just to run away with the entire buffet tray and forget the cake.

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    1. Bossy Betty: Mind blown- I have never even thought of those two together before. Now I'm going to have to go and google for a recipe! Glad you are back, as well~

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  16. Is that picture backward or are you driving in Europe or something? It looks like you are driving...great picture!

    AND great to see you on here!! I'm excited to start reading you again!!
    I've not done many posts myself or read many for that matter, life takes over and the computer is the first thing to be pushed aside!

    Best meal? I have no idea, but I am drinking a smoothie this morning...frozen mangos & strawberries, vanilla greek yogurt, OJ and bananas in it...I have to make a ton to feed a ton...but it's really good!

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    1. Jamie: Yes, it is backwards! I don't know how she did that, but I was the one driving. That smoothie sounds SO very good....maybe you'll make me one when you move down to my part of the world! I'm so looking forward to that!

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  17. So glad to see you back!! I love reading your stories. But I will read anything you post, dear lady!!
    That is still the peace symbol to me, sorry. ;)
    The best meal I've had in the last two months was something Dagan made when I was over. (Confession--it had chicken in it, but I do break the vegetarian rules a few times a year). Cubed chicken, all kinds of fresh cubed & rough cut veggies, and fresh mushrooms in a pesto alfredo sauce over bowtie pasta...all perfectly cooked. Delicious! Probably especially good because I didn't have to cook it or clean up--LOL! ;)
    You could check out June 25th on my blog--the day after the new grandson made his entrance. :)

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    1. Rita: Anything someone else cooks and cleans up after is a winner in my book! And oh, I will go to see that post- he is such a cutie!

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  18. Well hello stranger................................I think I remember you.................lol

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    1. Jo-Anne: I think I should wear a nametag for a while!

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  19. I've been missing to for a while Shelly. Sometimes life has a way of changing your plans. Not sure what posts to get you to read but why not just pop round and pick one when you have time.

    Well, just over a week ago I had a wonderful Turkish meal, with salad, breads, lamb, chicken, fish, yogurt, wine and more wine plus a good glug of raki. Oh My Days, the food was great. I wish I could send you some but you did say you was on a diet. Now I'm feeling VERY hungry and the day has just begun.

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

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    1. Rum-Punch: Oh, the Turkish meal sounds so good! We traveled to the Middle East a few months ago, and I love that food.

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  20. It was June 26. It was in Malaysia. It was my husband's birthday. It was Thai, fragrant, spicy.

    Shrimp, rice, slivered vegetables. Beef in a most delicious sauce that I can't describe! And a ripe mango shake.

    Mmm! It was wonderful!

    Enjoy your week. Hugs and happy highways,
    Kelley~

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    1. Kelley: Gosh, the way you describe it, I can almost smell (and taste) it! Delicious!

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  21. Salmon and asparagus never gets old for me - at least you came back, i fear my poor blog is in danger of cobwebs if I don't get on the stick and start up again. I know one thing for sure, my MIL will hit me with the stick if I don't haha, she's my biggest fan and yet I feel I'm disappointing her.

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    1. Saimi: And we need to see some more pics of those beautiful grandbabies of yours! Get to dusting!

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  22. It is so good to hear from you again Shelly and I adore your story telling.
    I'm in a lot of pain at the moment as you know so my tastiest, bestest meal by far is.... chocolate!! xx

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    1. jazzygal: Thank you, friend, and hoping you are right as rain soon! Enjoy that chocolate~

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  23. Dear Shelly, like you, I'm re-entering the blogging world today. The best meal I've eaten lately is one I cooked myself. All so easy and so basic. I cooked five large fresh beets--right out of the ground-- for over an hour in vinegared water and then peeled off, so easily, their skins. For five suppers I had a beet, cut into chunks, with melted butter and salt and pepper on it. Plus . . . fresh corn on the cob each night also and fresh tomatoes and cucumbers in a tarragon vinegar. And for dessert--fresh Missouri peaches. The whole meal--for five nights--was a taste delight. The farmers' market is nirvana right now. Peace.

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    1. Dee: Beets are a new found pleasure for us! They are so uber healthy and the way you described eating them...heavenly! And how I love a good farmer's market...so glad you are back as well, my friend~

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  24. Hi, Dearest Shelly; how delightful to see you again. So sorry for my belated comment. Well, I haven't had so much of different delicious meal lately p;) But my husband's Soba is always tasty, haha. I smiled your metaphor in the 3rd paragraph. Always educational to read your post, my friend♡♡♡ And you two look SO gorgeous♪♪♪

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Orchid Miyako: So good to hear from you, my dear friend! And I think Soba would be a delicious meal. I can't wait to try it someday!

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  25. Shelly--

    #1 Meal--just about any dinner at my grandma's. Some kind of cheap meat cooked until it was tender, mashed potatoes, homemade rolls, out-of-this-world gravy, vegetables fresh from the garden.

    #2 Meal--a potato and cheese casserole in France, under the shadow of the Pyrenees. Cream, onion, bits of ham along with the cheese and the potatoes.

    Enjoy those two calorie-free meals... ;)

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    1. Sioux: Grandma's meals...gravy...gosh, what great memories. And I think ANYTHING for me in France would be memorable!!!

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  26. That's a cute pic! Seriously, I can give you a post of some of my favorite foods, if you would care to visit: http://www.indianamericanmom.com/2014/08/first-summer-barbecue-party.html

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    1. Roshni: Thank you- and I'm headed right over to your link!

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  27. Happy to see you back blogging! The best meal I had this week was spaghetti!

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    1. Meno Mama: I think my family could eat spaghetti just about every day. And it's great to be back!

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  28. Hi, Shelly! I'm back from my three week blog break and was overjoyed to discover that you had resumed blogging while I was away. Thank you for dropping by my blog and commenting on my 6th anniversary post. I missed you terribly, dear friend!

    I just returned from a four state tour that included the desert southwest and California and I enjoyed many excellent meals during my travels. One of the most memorable consisted of whitefish stuffed with shrimp and octopus along with shrimp enchiladas. Needless to say, I need to do some dieting, too, after consuming a dozen or more meals like that in recent weeks!

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    1. Shady: Our vacation followed many of the same footsteps as yours! And that meal (sans the octopus, which I don't know that I could eat) sounds delicious!

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  29. Best meal was a pulled pork pizza....so yummy!

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    1. Lyndylou: Pulled pork is a big deal down here, although I've never had it on a pizza. Yum!

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  30. Amazing how an easy question quickly becomes complicated, as dinner here every night is amazing. My husband does good meals. So I'll say it was eating some New Mexican food--with Christmas chili over everything--so I'd say a plate of tamales, enchiladas, and tacos. Or, oh wait: stuffed sopapillas!

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    1. Jocelyn: Oh my lands- we were just in New Mexico and had the BEST sopapillas. Christmas chili, oh, I'm salivating.

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  31. Your posts are always good to read. Glad to see you back. I don't feel like talking about meals though because I have had an upset stomach for the last 3 days. Don't know why but I suspect some chocolate wasabi peas.

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    1. Jenny: Ah, thank you! And I do hope you are feeling better- those things can be tricky.

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  32. Hey there! I can't pick just one food, because I like everything I eat.
    I thought the phrase (chunkin' up the deuces) had a whole different meaning.

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  33. Pat: It does sound like something totally different, doesn't it?

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  34. The best recent meal was curry goat in a Creole restaurant. It was spicy and delicious with rice and veggies. Best of all it was a family gathering with my wife (just home after ten days with her father), our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter (just home after a summer RN internship in Iowa).

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    1. Secondary: Although young goat (cabrito) is a popular meal down here, I've never had it. The company at your dinner sounds wonderful.

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