Artisan….yup.

 

Custom Keirsey Temperament Report for: Stacy A.

“Artisan’s  believe that variety is the spice of life, and that doing things that aren’t fun or exciting is a waste of time.” 

 

Stacy, your Keirsey Temperament Sorter Results indicates that your personality type is that of the
Artisan

Artisans are the temperament with a natural ability to excel in any of the arts, not only the fine arts such as painting and sculpting, or the performing arts such as music, theater, and dance, but also the athletic, political, mechanical, and industrial arts, as well as the “art of the deal” in business.  Money making skills come easily, but  contain elements of unique creativity.

Artisans are not big on fantasy and feel most at home in the real world of solid objects that can be made and manipulated, and of real-life events that can be experienced in the here and now. Artisans have exceptionally keen senses. They seem right at home with tools, instruments, and vehicles of all kinds, but also as comfortable in high powered business environments.   Their actions are usually aimed at getting them where they want to go, and as quickly as possible. Thus Artisans will strike off boldly down roads that others might consider risky or impossible, doing whatever it takes, rules or no rules, to accomplish their goals. This devil-may-care attitude also gives the Artisans a winning way with people, and they are often irresistibly charming with family, friends, and co-workers.

Artisans want to be where the action is; they seek out adventure and show a constant hunger for pleasure and stimulation. They believe that variety is the spice of life, and that doing things that aren’t fun or exciting is a waste of time. Artisans are impulsive, remarkably adaptable, competitive, and believe the next throw of the dice will be the lucky one. They can also be generous to a fault, always ready to share with their friends from the bounty of life. Above all, Artisans need to be free to do what they wish, when they wish. They resist being tied or bound or confined or obligated; they would rather not wait, or save, or store, or live for tomorrow. In the Artisan view, today must be enjoyed, for tomorrow may never come.

There are many Artisans, perhaps 30 to 35 percent of the population, which is good, because they create much of the beauty, grace, fun, and excitement the rest of us enjoy in life.

Your heightened aesthetic sense can lead you to craft and perfect whatever work you take on. As a result, in your ideal job you would likely have the freedom to gather observations, collections of facts, and sets of skills in order to do your work. You can be thrilled when you slip through a window of strategic opportunity that colleagues or the competition haven’t yet seen.

Happy Birthday Maya Moreno Craig Cochran!

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Dearest Maya,

Happy 18th birthday!  I hope you go into New York today and see something marvelous, or that you spend the day doing something else worthy of your awesomeness.

Wow!  You grew up fast!  This photo was taken at the Boston airport right before (or after?) you turned 2.  You and your mom had flown out to Massachusetts to stay with us, and it was one of the best, most memorable visits of my life. This was our last hug before you got on the plane.

Today, you turn 18.  Soon, you will be off to Europe and all the fun and adventures that await you there. I hope all your dreams about that move will come true.   Regardless of where you go or what you do,  you will always be our sweet little Maya.  We are tremendously proud of you and love you more than words can say.

Thank you for being a part of our lives.  We think of you every single day, and wish you all the best on the East Coast for now, and in Europe later.  The Pacific NW will never be the same without you.

Happy, happy birthday, you darling person.  You’re the best….the very best.  We are so proud of you.

With all our love forever.  And ever.

J-E-L-L-Oh NO!

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This morning, I saw an add for a type of frosted breakfast square cereal.  The ad showed the unfrosted side and said, “Nutrition on the outside…” and then it had a picture of the other side, which was sprinkled with sugar, and it said, “Party on the other side,” or words to that affect.  Do parents that buy this crap take into consideration the fact that all that sugar pretty much cancels out any nutritional value this stuff has?  Furthermore, the thing that causes the sugar to stick to the cereal is gelatin.  Do they know what gelatin is?!  After a cow or pig is (violently) killed, the leftover bones, skin, connective tissue and hooves are boiled down into a clear, tasteless, jelly like solid.  Yuck.  You want that on your CEREAL?!

bones Even if you eat meat, you can’t pretend that this sounds yummy. It’s disgusting.  Gelatin is usually found in marshmallows, jello, pudding, vitamin/ pill capsules, gummy candies, ice cream, processed meats, yogurt, frosted cereals and much much more.

jello HOW TO AVOID- Avoiding gelatin is as simple as reading labels.

A Bountiful Feast

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Because I am helping a dear friend who is struggling financially, I have been cutting back on my own expenses.  One way in which I am doing that is to spend less on food.  I have set a goal to not spend more than $50 a week on food, and I’m off to a great start.  Today, I received the first of a weekly organic produce delivery from a local service called, Organics to You.  It cost $36, and I received a big box full of organic fruits, vegetables and fresh herbs.   I made myself the lunch pictured above, but it was so much food that I could only eat about 1/4 of it, and it hardly looks like I’ve taken ANYTHING from the box.  It is still brimming with organic goodness!  After this delivery, I know I am not going to have to get a box every week.  I can stretch this food out for two weeks, cutting my food costs in half!

Because the box arrived in time for lunch, I just made a quick, easy meal of organic tomato halves and raw chard tossed in a pear/Champagne vinegar dressing, some field roast with my homemade North Carolina mop sauce (hot and spicy!), some lightly steamed green beans with dried roasted garlic, parsley and sea salt, some carrots candied in just a touch of honey with hot pepper flakes and sea salt, and a sliced nectarine.  Everything is so full-flavored and delicious!

I plan to process everything else that is in the box, just to make it last.  I will make zucchini croquettes and freeze them.  I will make lentil salad and carrot muffins and oven-dried tomatoes.  There are many other vegetables that I will have to come up with recipes for, but I really enjoy doing this.  Should be fun, and I’ll be able to just pop something into the oven and have dinner ready in no time!   Really looking forward to this!

Healthy, low cost food is where it’s at, baby!

Connectedness

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The phenomenon of connectedness is one in which I firmly believe.  However, there are times when I question why certain connections happen.  When this occurs, I have to look deeply into the higher/deeper meanings of it all.

I come into connection with people that I would never dream of hooking up with on *any* level, and when I ask myself why they have come into my life, I can usually find some logical reason.  Sometimes, it is to show me that I am on the right path….to show me ways in which I have changed, or to show me ways in which I should NOT be.

I just have to keep in mind that every action that I take, whether as a consumer, as a friend, a parent, a wife or any other aspect of myself, there is a reaction….a ripple effect that reaches far beyond myself in some way.  Every person that I come into contact with responds to me in some way…even in a conscious decision NOT to respond.  My existence, your existence, everyone’s existence has an affect on every other person’s existence in some way.

I lose my temper just like the next person, and I can be unkind under certain circumstances, just as anyone else can be, especially when I am attacked.   However, anyone who truly knows me will not define me in those negative terms.  I am, by nature, a kind person.  Connectedness is a very powerful thing, when we actually  stop to think about it.

We are all creatures of connection. We are hardwired for it. It is a fundamental human need.  What we do with our connectedness…whether we affect good or bad, good or evil, good or pain…is a major responsibility.

Huge responsibility.  Huge.

Music

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Music really IS, in fact, healing.

Music is recognized by the scientific community for its therapeutic value, but has been recognized as such by others for aeons.  During Biblical times,  David was summoned to play for King Saul to help chase away his majesty’s “evil spirits.” Today, music is known for its ability to  trigger memories, affect mood and to foster loving associations.  (<—-!!!!! )   :-)

There are specific forms of music — particularly classical and baroque — can help one tap into his or her own innate ability to heal his or her heart!

It’s for this reason that many healthcare practitioners, cardiologists included, have begun turning to the power of music. Increasingly, they have come to believe that the melody, pitch, timing and beat of music can alter a patient’s state of being by quieting his body and allowing him to enter the spiritual recesses of his mind.

Sound heavy? Maybe so. But calming, soothing music is considered one of the ultimate mind-body tools. “No question about it, music is a very powerful way to connect the mind and the body. And when they’re connected, the real process of healing begins,” says Stephen Sinatra, M.D., a cardiologist at the New England Heart & Longevity Center in Manchester, Conn., who is a firm believer in the mind-body connection.

“Music can be like meditation,” explains Sinatra. “Some people who practice yoga, for example, will put on soft music. Massage therapists will always put on music. So whether you’re doing yoga or meditating, the music in itself can have a favorable influence on your blood pressure.”

That means lowering your blood pressure. In fact, research shows that music can help lower heart beat and blood pressure by reducing the stress hormones, adrenalin and cortisol.

What the Studies Show

“From a psychological evaluation, we found that classical music tends to cause comfort. This is because the sympathetic nerve is suppressed by the sound of classical music,” noted Dr. Umemura Honda, in a 1998 medical journal article entitled, “Influence of music on heart rate variability and comfort — a consideration through comparison of music and noise”. On the other hand, “rock music and noise tend to cause discomfort,” he said.

Music also was found to reduce stress in patients undergoing cerebral angiography. In a study of 30 patients, two German doctors from Hannover Medical School’s Department of Neuroradiology monitored stress hormones, blood pressure and heart beat. They found that the patients who were not exposed to music “showed rising levels of cortisol in their blood, indicating high stress levels, while cortisol in patients examined with music remained stable. Blood pressure was significantly lower listening to music.” What’s more, patients with a high level of fear did appear to benefit particularly from the music,” the doctors noted.

Breakfast Biscuit, You Complete Me

Last night I sang with a bluegrass group at a little end of summer festival down the street.

 

I invited a couple of the band members over for breakfast this morning and served up some of my yummy breakfast biscuits.  The whole thing was based on a batch of fresh, homemade buttermilk biscuits.

While the biscuits were baking, I popped an egg per serving into some water to poach.

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While the egg poached, I chopped up some crimini and shitaki mushrooms.

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I sauteed the mushrooms in olive oil…just a flash in the pan.  Then, I added some mushroom broth and brought the mixture up to a boil.  I immediately turned down the heat to a simmer and added a splash of sherry and let it alone for awhile just to let the whole thing reduce and concentrate the flavors. No thickeners such as flour or corn starch were needed.  The broth mixture slowly reduced and smelled great.

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While that action was going on, I chopped some organic Swiss chard and some sweet Hawaiian onion.

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I tossed the onion into a light spritz of olive oil and cooked for one minute.  Then, I wilted the chard, just for about 45 seconds.  Doing this retained the vegetable’s rich color and texture, but brought out the flavors beautifully.  (It is imperative to use the freshest organic vegetables you can find in this recipe!)

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Next, I tossed some vegetarian sausages (Field Roast) into some North Carolina style mop sauce.  This is a vinegar-based hot sauce, that is smoky,  very light,  very full-flavored and exceptionally spicy.  This sauce is not for the weak of heart!  There are recipes all over the net.  I used a pre-bottled one.  It was good!

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To assemble the breakfast biscuit, I cut one golden buttermilk biscuit in half and added homemade aioli.  Then, I piled on the chopped Swiss chard and Hawaiian onion.

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I sprinkled the poached egg with a liberal amount of ground roasted garlic, sea salt and dried parsley, as well as a nice shot of fresh ground pepper.  Then I set the egg atop the chard /onion mixture.

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By this time, the mushroom sauce had reduced to its delicious final stages, and I heaped the mushrooms on top of the egg, put sausages on the side and served it all up with steaming hot coffee and mimosas made of fresh squeezed OJ and a nice Willamette Valley sparkling wine.

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The final production had all the right elements to make it mouthwatering delicious!  The textures were crunchy and creamy.  The flavors were sweet and hot with a little bit of a tart tang.  It was rich and satisfying.  The sausages added just the perfect touch to finish the flavor variety off just as it should. This was a win-win breakfast.

Breakfast biscuit, you complete me!

Little Boxes

When our darling friend, Aspasia, was dying of cancer, one of the women that would visit her regularly was Nancy Reynolds Schimmel, a Bay Area singer and songwriter, so we got to hang with her a few times.  Her mother, Malvina Reyolds Schimmel wrote the song featured in this video.  Even as a small child, I related to its lyrics.  As anyone that knows me understands, one of my greatest nightmares is the mere thought of living in the suburbs.  Never wanted to.  Never want to.  ick.  Not my bag at all.

I only discovered this band, Walk Off the Earth, recently, and I fell instantly in love with them.  Now that they have come out with this song, I love them even more.  I have adored this song since I was a little kid, as it exemplifies my quest to break away from the norm and not do what everyone else is doing….oh…and to never live in the suburbs!

Turn, Turn, Turn

I’ve long been a fan of the smooth guitar playing by Snuffy Walden.  Listen to Snuffy’s velvet strings and the lovely and unique pipes of Sara Niemitz  doing  their rendition of the Yardbirds’ classic, “Turn, Turn, Turn.”

Drinking Vinegars Anyone?

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Drinking vinegars are not something that would have appealed to me before I started eating at the world class Thai restaurant, Pok Pok,  located a block away from us.   Every time I went into the restaurant, I would see them on the menu.  I watched as glass after glass left the bar and heard enthusiastic exclamations from happy customers until I finally gave in and decided to try one for myself.  I’ve been hooked ever since.  They are delicious!  My first was honey flavored, but I have graduated to more complex flavors since.

The practice of drinking vinegar for health reasons is an ancient  practice in many cultures around the world, dating back to colonial times when “shrubs” were a common tonic. They are light, delicious and refreshing drinks with a nice tartness coming from the vinegar and concentrated flavors of fruit, vegetable and aromatics.  (Think a less sweet, lighter version of lemonade.)

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Pok Pok has been serving these vinegars since 2005, both diluted with soda water as a soft drink and at full strength as a mixer in several of their awesome house cocktails. Their house brand, “Som” is handcrafted in Portland using natural flavoring, organic cane sugar and quality natural vinegars.  Until today, I had never tried a drinking vinegar with alcohol. I usually enjoy them for their light, thirst quenching qualities, and rarely drink alcohol at all…but this afternoon, after a grueling day of homework, I decided to give one a try.

I walked down the street early this evening to the French boulangerie called, St. Honorie, where I frequently grab one of their delicious beet salads.    Their mixologist, Jacob Grier has come up with a delicious cocktain that contains drinking vinegar, so I tried one of those.  It is called “Midnight in Paris,” and  combines Finnriver Farmstead cider, Lillet Blanc, sweet orange drinking vinegar, elderflower syrup and orange peel. It’s on the sweet end of the spectrum, but the Lillet Blanc and vinegar lend creative and complex flavors.  It was the perfect complement to my salad.

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My son-in-law  makes drinking vinegars at home.  This summer, he made raspberry, pear, blackberry and strawberry flavored vinegars.  They were stronger than the ones sold at St. Honorie and Pok Pok, but man!  Were they delicious!  I’m a fan of his full-fruit flavors and additional tartness.

Here is a general recipe that can be adjusted to taste:

Ingredients
2 cups fresh, whole berries (frozen also works)
2 cups vinegar (we like using Champagne or apple cider vinegar, though distilled white vinegar may be substituted in a pinch)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, or more, to taste
Tools
Large glass jar with lid
Cheesecloth
Funnel
Clean glass bottle
Combine the fruit and vinegar in a large jar, tightly screw on the lid and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Let infuse for one week at room temperature, shaking daily. Strain the juice through a double layer of cheesecloth and funnel into a clean glass bottle. Add sugar and shake to combine. Refrigerate for one week before using, shaking daily until sugar has fully dissolved.
To dilute in a drink, add one ounce (or more, depending on taste) to five ounces of soda water. Serve over ice.
Following the method outlined above, you can experiment with these other flavor combinations:
Blackberry + fresh thyme
Cucumber + mint + honey
Cherry + vanilla bean + maple syrup
Ginger + Demerara sugar
Apple + agave
Strawberry + basil

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If you’ve not tried drinking vinegars and would care to,  you can order 16 ounce Som here:

Cheers, dears!   (clink!)

Awwww!

I found this on Feedly tonight and thought I’d share:

 

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Absence

 

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I have scarcely left you
When you go in me, crystalline,
Or trembling,
Or uneasy, wounded by me
Or overwhelmed with love, as
when your eyes
Close upon the gift of life
That without cease I give you.

My love,
We have found each other
Thirsty and we have
Drunk up all the water and the
Blood,
We found each other
Hungry
And we bit each other
As fire bites,
Leaving wounds in us.

But wait for me,
Keep for me your sweetness.
I will give you too
A rose.

Pablo Neruda

Let’s Help Grace

When I was in my 20’s, it was my fondest wish to be a midwife.  I studied midwifery for awhile.  I even assisted at a few births,  but I eventually decided that because my own children were so young, I really couldn’t commit myself to the vocation in a way that would do it justice.  Somewhere, however, I still have the desire in my head, and although I know I will never actually BE a midwife, I might go through doula training at some point.  My daughter’s best friend is a doula and I find it such a wonderful service to pregnant and laboring women.

This morning, my friend, Genie Webster, asked me to tell people about Grace, a young woman who aspires to become a doula.  I jumped right on it, and with great enthusiasm.  Here is this young person’s story.  I hope you will pitch in.  I know I’m going to!

 

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Hello! My name is Grace and I am an aspiring birth doula. A doula is someone who supports a mother through the awesome journey of bringing a child into the world. Because a doula is a non-medical care provider, she is able to give her full attention to loving, encouraging, supporting, and assisting a mother during the pregnancy, labor, birth, and post-partum periods.

After witnessing the birth of my youngest sister, my heart caught fire with a desire to spend my life serving women and their babies. I began to think about all of those courageous moms who deliver without anyone to support them through their decision to choose life and the desire to serve those women grew even stronger.

My greatest hope for my training is to be able to use it to support moms in the greatest need of support who probably can’t afford a doula. Since I plan on donating much of my time and work, I realize that this will not bring much (or any) money so I am planning now for ways to 1) fund my education, and 2) find ways to meet the need for supplies once I begin serving. 

Here is a list of some of the needs I will have over the next couple years. Our goal amount above reflects the costs for a solid educational foundation, basic supplies, and additional funds to begin donating to loss families immediately:

* A professional camera to provide quality birth and baby images to families
* Training/mentorship with a professional birth and infant loss photographer
* Training fees for certification as a doula, including various workshops
* Training fees for ongoing education such as lactation consultion, birth education, and bereavement care
* Training materials and books
* Supplies that will be used for pregnant and laboring mothers such as a birth ball, education materials, heat therapy, rebozo, essential oils, etc.
* Start-up funds to develop a website where I can provide resources for mothers and families.
* Gifts and support materials for families who have experienced loss through miscarriage and stillbirth
* Supplies to make handcrafted goods to sell in order to sustain my long-term goals and needs.

Thank you so much for considering a donation to my education! I promise that I will work hard to become the best doula I can be. This is more than a “career path” for me — it is a response to a call to be Jesus’ hands and feet to others and to help build a Culture of Life. 

I will offer a Holy Hour in prayer for all benefactors and your intentions.

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One more thing…
Please contact me if you have material goods that you can donate to moms and babies in need — who are either in crisis pregnancies, have babies in the NICU, or are going through loss. Examples of items happily accepted:

* New fabric for use in sewing blankets, layettes, and small gifts.
* Gift cards for families in challenging situations (restaurants, grocery, etc.)
* Paper and cardstock for printing resources and educational materials
* New stuffed animals for NICU and loss families
* All prayer is welcome and gratefully accepted!! :)

 

Please click THIS link  to donate to this very worthy endeavor!  No amount is too small.

 

The Virtues of Google Voice

Have been engaging in long conversations with someone from overseas of late, and would like to extol the virtues of a treasure known as Google Voice.  Depending on your phone carrier and package plan, a service provider such as AT&T can charge up to $2.00 per minute and $.99 per text message.  Using Google Voice, there is unlimited free text messaging, the cost for calls to Europe are $.32 per minute.  Calls from within the USA are absolutely free!

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Google Voice allows users to choose a telephone number from any state and to forward all calls from any other phones to that number.  For instance, one of my businesses is based in New York, but since I live in Portland, I can have a local NYC number from which I can call my clients and my business name will show up on their caller ID.  I can forward my phones that I use for other things, to the Google Voice number to have an integrated place to retrieve all of my voice mail messages from the house phone, my business phone and my cell.

Calls may be recorded through Google Voice, but with the full knowledge of the person being recorded.  There is a little announcement at the first of the call that tells both parties that the call is being recorded…and, as far as I’m concerned, that’s the way it should be.  No one should be secretly recorded!

When I am conducting business, I will simply ask my client if she or he minds whether  I record the call for future reference.  Sometimes, the client voices an objection.  In these cases,  I never record. However, most of the time, the other party does not mind.  This gives me a record of our verbal agreements and allows me to transcribe any important details about our business dealings that I may want to review at a later date.  I didn’t even know about this feature until recently.  I was talking to a friend via Google Voice and we both heard the announcement.  Neither of us knew what was going on until afterward when I found the recording waiting in my Google Voice mailbox.

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Google Voice reception is generally very good, but sometimes fades a little bit.  Reconnecting has always seemed to eliminate that problem.

 

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I am of the opinion that Google Voice is a great, free service that can go far to help any business owner stay more organized. It has a lot of the same features as many pay voice mail services, and it is quite user friendly.  In fact,  I recommend it!

 

 

 

Meryl, ya read my mind!

“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to show love toward those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” _ Meryl Streep
Photo: Loving Meryl Streep... “I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” _ Meryl Streep

 

The BEST Way to Prepare Tomatoes

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These are the tomatoes that we ate over Labor Day weekend.  They are sliced black Romas.  However, any small variety of tomatoes will work.  These were halved.  In the middle, there was minced garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sea salt added.  That’s it!   Very, very simple!

Pop them on a baking sheet and into the oven at 275 for a couple of hours, or until they have begun to bubble and dry.  Larger tomatoes, of course, take longer.  As they slow roast, the flavor becomes more and more concentrated.  The end product is out of this world!  Rich, full flavored and delicious!

 

They can be eaten by themselves, on salads, on pizzas or, as an appetizer, as we had them below.  They were simply placed on baguette slices, covered with a high quality parm (although they are also delicious with Emmental cheese or Asiago) and broil them until bubbly.

 

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Making these delicious tomatoes couldn’t be easier….and they couldn’t be more delicious!  Thanks goes out to my friend, Sheryl, for the recipe.

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