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When You Have Something To Say November 2, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.

I forget where I saw it and exactly how she put it, but I read a comment recently bemoaning the fact that some bloggers choose to post daily.

The commenter contended that it is rare to find someone who has something worth saying every day.

I disagree.  I follow bloggers who write consistently entertaining posts day after day after day. 

Kate Shrewsday springs to mind.  A laminated copy of her recent post, Toilet Zen: Henry VIII and Lavatory Reading, should be kept in everyone’s throne room.   Kate’s writing is majestic.

Other bloggers share inspirational thoughts, words,  photographs, art, recipes, and images on an equally consistent basis. 

A visit to their blogs always feels like time well spent.

Perhaps our contentious commenter reads the wrong blogs?  Or maybe she is annoyed that prolific bloggers have stolen “her” audience?

That said, WP’s recent post, NaBloPoMo is here! Need some inspiration?,  rubbed me the wrong way when, with great exuberance, it cheered:

“It’s time to put your thinking cap on, fire up the computer, chug some extra coffee, and get a-postin’!”

Why?  So that we can ALL boast that we posted something EVERY day in November in conjunction with the NaBloPoMo challenge?

Where’s the value in that?

I headed round to compare the NaBloPoMo challenge (write a blog post a day for a month) with the NaNoWriMo challenge (write a 50,000 word novel in a month).  

Arriving at NaBloPoMo headquarters, I stared in horrified fascination at the site’s self-proclaimed theme . . . blogging for blogging’s sake.

Wow!  That sounds a bit like talking just to hear yourself talk!  At least WP encouraged us to put on our thinking caps BEFORE striking blindly away at the keys. 

Blogging is a great way to say something . . . when we have something to say.  It has far less value when we post just to say something.

For that, there’s Facebook. 

Aah . . . that’s better!

Have you ever stopped following a blog because they seemed to be  “blogging for blogging’s sake” . . . even when they had nothing to say?

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King’s Arm Tavern ~ Peanut Soup November 2, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.

I first sampled Peanut Soup at the  King’s Arm Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg.

Love at first bite!

The smooth velvety texture contrasted  perfectly with the toasted sippets served for dunking.

Starting the meal with a Mint Julep ~ stirred, not shaken ~ didn’t hurt.

Thirty years later, the Historic Tavern’s Midday Bill of Fare still lists Peanut Soupe as a Starter.  It’s also available at Chowning’s Tavern, but why wait?

You can make this calorie-laden delight tonight!

Peanut Soup

2-4 Tbsp. butter
1 onion, minced
4 ribs celery, minced
3-4 Tbsp. flour
4 cups vegetable broth, stock, or bouillon
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup light cream (optional)
chopped peanuts (garnish)

Sauté onion and celery in butter over medium heat for 5 minutes.  Do not brown.  Stir in flour to coat veggies.  Add vegetable stock.  Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.

Remove from heat and purée in blender or strain the broth, if desired.

Stir in peanut butter (and cream, if desired).  Return to low heat.   Garnish with chopped peanuts.

To Print a 3×5 Recipe Card:  Colonial Williamsburg ~ Cream of Peanut Soup

 Aah . . . that’s better!