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A Man of Few Words May 23, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness, People.

My grandfather in Vermont was a man of few words.

Tacked on to a newsy birthday card from my grandmother was a note from my grandfather:

“A Happy Birthday.  Of course.  Grandpa.”

Margaret & Walter at my parents' wedding, 1955

Despite the lack of verbal acknowledgment, I never doubted my grandfather’s love for me.

Among other things, at cocktail hour, while the adults enjoyed adult beverages, grandpa would fix me a “kiddy cocktail” (fizzy ginger ale that tickled my nose, complete with cherry).

Some things require no words!

C'est Moi!

Aah . . . that’s better!


Man Cannot Live By Tomatoes Alone May 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.

In case you’re wondering, we didn’t just get tomatoes, we also bought zucchini, cabbage, and super hot jalapeños . . . just cutting them up set my finger tips on fire!

Has that ever happened to you?

How did you douse the flames?

Once cut in half and de-seeded, I freeze them in a single layer and then toss them into a bag and back into the freezer to have on hand to spice up recipes.

We also bought a big box of beautiful butternut squash.

Once cut in half and de-seeded, the squash get roasted and mashed with a bit of salt, pepper, and . . . butter!


Isn’t that why they’re called butternut?

Aah butter . . . that’ s better!

Wait Just A Tomato Picking Minute! May 15, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Home & Garden, Humor.

This is a favorite time of year for us . . . tomato picking time at Hunsader Farms.

The first thing we pick is a good day to head out to the fields to fill our buckets with fresh tomato goodness.

Appearances not withstanding, we do NOT get carried away ~> tomato picking time is NOT the time to intone “less is more.”

We pick enough for us to enjoy with plenty more to give away.

Here are the bowls of tomatoes we kept to eat.

And here are the bowls of tomatoes we gave away to friends and neighbors.

Aah . . . that’s better!

“It’s Too Loud In Here!” May 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Travel & Leisure.

Have you ever been in a restaurant, hoping to converse with your table companions, but found yourself unable to do so without SCREAMING TO BE HEARD?!!!  Because it is . . . SO LOUD IN THE RESTAURANT?!!!

Well, now there’s an app for that . . . or there will be one soon.

Meet the man declaring war on restaurant noise.

Aah . . . that’s better!

U.S. Congressman’s Day! April 28, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Humor, Joke.

While eating breakfast with my teen-aged granddaughter, I asked her, “Is tomorrow a special day?”

Without skipping a beat she said, “Yup.  It’s U.S. Congressman’s Day.”

“Really?  What’s that?”

“On U.S. Congressman’s Day, our elected representatives step out of the Capital Building . . . if they see their shadow, we have 4 more years of Bull Shit.”

You know, it hurts when hot coffee spurts out your nose.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

Make “Bottoms Up” Your Mantra April 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.

GymnasticsWe all know that we should keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

Here are 13 reasons why:

1. Flushes toxins from the body through the kidneys and colon.

2. Aids in digestion, including saliva production.

3.  Keeps the intestines moving smoothly to prevent constipation.

4. Keeps brain (75% water) functioning at “maximum” capacity.

5. Assists body absorb nutrients and convert food into energy.

Cats-eyes6. Moisturizes eyes to keep vision sharp through tear production.

7. Helps regulate body temperature.

8.  Cushions and lubricates joints.

9. Keeps muscles (75% water) pumped up . . . including the heart.

10. Lubricates nasal passages to assist immune system fight alien invaders.

11. Protects and cushions vital organs.

Tree-Frog-Percheda12. Keeps blood (83% water) thinned to protect against heart attacks and strokes

13. Helps regulate blood pressure and carry oxygen and nutrients to cells.

Bottoms Up!

Or should I say . . . down the hatch!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Curried Pea & Almond Salad April 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.

Curried Pea & Almond Salad

1 pkg. frozen peas
6 oz. almonds
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 lb. pasta, cooked
1/3 c. vegan mayonnaise
2 tsp. curry powder

Cook pasta per package directions. Drain.  Stir in celery, peas, almonds (and any other cooked veggies that appeal ~ I added asparagus and carrots).  The heat of the pasta will “cook” the peas.

Combine mayo and curry powder. Pour over salad and toss well.  (You may want more dressing.)  Good hot, warm, or cold.

Aah . . . that’s yummy!

Mexican (Rice & Beans) Lasagna April 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.


1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 can (16 oz.) black or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (10 oz.) Ro*Tel tomatoes, undrained
1/2 c. uncooked rice
3/4 c. water
1 tsp. instant veggie bouillon granules
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. oregano leaves
3/4 c. diced bell pepper
2 c. (8 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
12 corn or flour tortillas (6 to 7 inch)

Cook onions, peppers, and garlic in oil in 10 inch skillet 2 minutes. Stir in beans, tomatoes, rice, water, bouillon granules, cumin and oregano; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup cheese. Layer tortillas and bean mixture in 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees 20 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake 5 minutes.

Serve with desired toppings. Makes 6-8 servings.


Avocado slices (optional)
Sour cream (optional)
Pace Picante Sauce (optional)

Aah . . . that’s yummy!

Ready, Set . . . Drink! April 7, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor.

It’s National Beer Day!

So raise a glass to your favorite brew . . .

And, yes.
I know what you’re thinking.

Why April 7th?

That’s the date in 1933 that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act into law, making the buying, selling and drinking of beer and wine legal for the first time since Prohibition in 1920.

Oh, that’s not what you were thinking?

Well, fill me in . . .


And I agree . . .

Why limit the fun to one day a year?!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Black Beans & Rice ~> That’s Nice! March 27, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Vegetarian Recipes.

Want to bust through a few dozen food myths to get to the nub of nutrition?

This article is a great place to start:

In fact, the basic theme of optimal eating — a diet made up mostly of whole, wholesome plant foods — has been clear to nutrition experts for generations. What does change all the time is the fads, fashions, marketing gimmicks, and hucksterism.

How do you avoid the pitfalls of all that?

Focus on foods, not nutrients. A diet may be higher or lower in total fat, or total carbohydrate, or total protein, and still be optimal. But a diet cannot be optimal if it is not made up mostly of some balanced combination of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and water.

If you get the foods right, the nutrients sort themselves out. But if you focus on nutrients rather than foods, you quickly learn that there is more than one way to eat badly, and we Americans seem all too eager to try them all.

To read more:  The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right

Aah . . . that’s better!