Archive for August, 2007

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Who are Isabelle and Doug???

That is the To: and From: on the very LOVELY photo I ordered for Husband for our anniversary.  I kid you not!  I was so excited I almost jumped up and down.  Until I read….To Isabelle From Doug.  TO ISABELLE!!! Oh I grabbed the box, found the invoice, called and spoke to a very apologetic man named Van. Van the Man. I explained in great detail the significance of every word I wanted on there.  Blah, blah…it has to be right VAN! It has to say the right words…Husband wont know who Isabelle and Doug are either!  SO…it is to be righted.  Promptly.  I will post a picture of it when it arrives and is CORRECT.  He started explaining how they proof everything so carefully…well…ummm…not quite carefully enough Van.  But, I signed.  Put it back in the box.  And will wait as patiently as possible for the replacement.  Which he assured me would be here in plenty of time.  It better be.


Question of the Day:

If a yellow or orange kitty finds you close to your birthday can it be considered a gift and non-returnable?

See Husband says two kitties are our limit. NOW. We had three but our sweet sweet Ling Pao passed away last year from feline leukemia. He was a foundling and had it when we got him. I still miss him. He was the sweetest and one of the prettiest cats I have ever seen. Anyway, I would dearly love to have a yellow/orange kitten. But cannot “get” one for myself because of the way I know Husband feels about cats in general. He is definitely NOT a cat person. But he certainly has been very very good about the two we have. He and Seamus have a mutual understanding. Though tis true Seamus is allowed on our bed and has been known to nap on Husband’s feet while we were watching TV. He doesnt feel the same about Mo. Mo is not very intelligent as cats go and tends to still have mishaps that only kittens should have. Plus he wreaks havoc on our front door. Our front door has windows and he hangs on them and claws the door to get our attention to let him in. Instead of meowing like Seamus. As far as I know Seamus has never destroyed anything. Mo…not so. Anyway, Husband and I were talking this morning about what I want for my birthday. Mostly I want him to be home but that isnt going to happen so…a good chef’s knife came up though I have a great deal of trouble believing a knife is worth $150. Plus we have an anniversary then in two weeks. So I suppose there would be no harm in wishing for a kitten as long as I had no hand in the actual acquisition.


What Apple is Best???

 Thought you might find this information useful!


Cortland: The Cortland is juicy and slightly tart. Works great in double-crust pies, cobblers, and crisps.

Golden Delicious: The Golden Delicious is sweet, with a rich, mellow flavor.  An  excellent all-around cooking apple.

Jonathan: The Jonathan is moderately tart, with a rich, slightly spicy apple flavor. Holds its shape well. Try in open-faced tarts and pies.

McIntosh: The juicy and crisp McIntosh tends to break down when cooked, so it’s best suited for double-crust pies, cobblers, and crisps.

Rome Beauty: The Rome Beauty is one of the best baking apples. It is a richly flavored hard apple. Perfect for all kinds of baking.

Baldwin: The Baldwin is fairly tart apple that has just a touch of sweetness. A good all-purpose cooking apple.

Northern Spy: Firm and sweetly tart, the Northern Spy is especially suited for open-faced pies and tarts.

Granny Smith: One of the most popular apples used in baking and cooking. The Granny Smith is tart and crisp. Makes a good all-purpose cooking apple.

Winesap: The Winesap is very firm and aromatic, with a spicy bite. A great combination of tart and sweet flavors.

Jonagold: A blend of Jonathan and Golden Delicious apples, offering a unique tangy-sweet flavor. With a yellow-green base and a blush stripe, Jonagold is excellent both for eating fresh and for cooking.

Arkansas Black: A medium to large apple with a deep purplish color. Firm, coarse texture and good flavor. Good for sauce, pies and baking.

Ida Red: The much under-appreciated Ida is a cross of the Jonathan and Wagener varieties. Bright red with a distinctive tangy and tart Jonathan-like flavor, the Ida is bigger than the Jonathan and can be relied on to keep its shape during baking.

Empire: A red, medium sized McIntosh-type fruit. Firm-textured and slightly tart, the much underrated Empire is a fine all purpose apple good for sauce, pies, baking, salads, fresh eating and freezing.

Liberty: The Liberty is a small to medium sized McIntosh type also. It is tart with a coarse texture and red over green color. It is good for sauces, pies, baking and freezing.

Mutsu (Crispin): This large, yellow-green fruit is very juicy and has a mostly sweet flavor. It is great for fresh eating, salads, freezing, sauce, pies and baking.

Ozark Gold: The Ozark Gold is a large, yellow fruit resistant to russetting and fine for eating fresh, baking in pies and cakes and making sauce.

Spartan: Also a McIntosh type, the Spartan is a semi-firm, medium-sized, dark red fruit. It has an aromatic, fine flavor and is well suited to sauce, pies and baking as well as fresh eating.

York: Firm, crispy and juicy, the shiny red York (also known as York Imperial) has a winy flavor and firm texture that make it a good candidate for baking. This apple is medium to large sized and also great for eating fresh, as well as sauce and pies.

The following varieties are better suited for making applesauce or eating raw:

Fuji: The Fuji was developed by crossing the Japanese Mutsu (Crispin) with a California Winesap. Its spicy, crisp sweetness makes it excellent out of hand or as applesauce. Varies from yellow-green with red highlights to very red.

Gala: Has a similar shape to the Fuji, but a more polished look. Although the skin may be thicker and more leathery than that of the Fuji, the flesh is just as inviting. A crisp, sweet taste that can’t be beat. Heart-shaped and medium sized, the Gala has a distinctive yellow-orange skin with red striping. Great for salads or as an ‘out-of-hand’ snack!

Braeburn: High impact flavor. The sweet, crisp, aromatic Braeburn blends sweetness and tartness just right for snacks and salads. Its color varies from greenish-gold with red sections to nearly solid red.

Red Delicious: America’s favorite apple, right up there with baseball and hot dogs for all-American popularity. A five star snacking apple. Mild-flavored, sweet and juicy. Red Delicious has a deep ruby skin and a classic heart shape.


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