How I Taught My Brother To Cook

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Patrick's Blog – April 2008 Archive (5)

"No Rocket Science Milkshake" For Kids (and Adults, too!)

ok, so this isn't some fancy recipe. However, you gotta think of starting the kids off with simple little projects. Not only is this milkshake super easy, the kids will surely enjoy their creation. And the best blender!

Put some ice cream in a glass. Add some milk. Stir and "mash up" with a spoon and you got yourself a thick easy shake. Add chocolate syrup or not or whatever moves you than can be easily blended with a spoon. The amount of milk determines the thickness.… Continue

Added by Patrick on April 28, 2008 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Missing Link Discovered!

Although (food) scientists are at odds over the authenticity of this finding, it still stands as a definite marker in time as to when transition between convenience cooking and scratch cooking butted heads. Read the following article from a 1979 Gannett Newspaper food section. (Edited for space and time)


Crispy or chewy, small or extra large, with anchovies or without, Italy's famous pizza has become a popular…

Added by Patrick on April 28, 2008 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

The Demise of Grandma's Kitchen.............

I enjoy going to estate sales. I find lots of well made things of days gone by.....sometimes. You have two houses to choose from; the new, modern house and the old house. The old house sales are technically "estate sales" as they are clearing out an estate due to a death, typically an older person. The new house sales are "tag or garage sales". Here you find newer stuff, most if not all of which is crap made in China, be it toys or home goods. I don't enjoy those sales. There is something that… Continue

Added by Patrick on April 14, 2008 at 8:17am — 7 Comments

Debbie's Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

The wife came up with an excellent recipe here....................

Portabello mushroom caps, trimmed (just trim the stem and rim if needed), rinsed, dried and slathered lightly with olive oil

~ Saute garlic and diced onion in olive oil until onion is cooked, translucent not browned.

~ Throw in some fresh rosemary. Saute a minute or so.

~ Add chopped spinach and 1/2 of a chopped tomato and saute.

~ Add bread crumbs enough to create… Continue

Added by Patrick on April 14, 2008 at 7:30am — 15 Comments

OH My God!! The Rachael Ray Show Is Like Having A Hot Iron Shoved Up Your Butt!

The Rachael Ray show has got to be the most idiotic conglomeration of media puppetry with such a totally offensive affront to any intelligent human that I had to run to the toilet to vomit! The truly sad part about the show is that it is POPULAR which translates into people DO watch it which translates into our population, especially the age range that supports it, is the back bone of our nation. That's sickening and scary. This was just another reminder for me on why I don't watch television,… Continue

Added by Patrick on April 8, 2008 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

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