Frank’s Fax Facts and Reviews
Vol.. XIV No. 6
Sunday, April 28. 2013
I have two God-children here in
Thursday night, I had Elizabeth French and Peggy Raines out; mainly to hear some recordings of a few of my compositions. For dinner, I had prepared Home-style Ribs, with George’s recipe (see Sicilian Cook’s Corner). These ladies have been such dear friends to me over the years, they are more like sisters (don’t forget, I had four sisters throughout most of my life) With the roasted pork, I served yellow rice with the gravy for the ribs, and more of my vegetable salad, and the same dessert Amy and I had for lunch. As usual, Peggy ended up cleaning up the kitchen and washing the things that could not be put in the dish-washer.
Saturday, my friend and sometime bridge partner drove over for a visit. He had expressed a desire to hear some of my musical compositions. He seemed to enjoy the first two scenes of A Christmas Carol, and two piano solos (untitled) and the song, “Owl as Night Watchman” (poem by Eugene Walter). We stopped for lunch (I had cooked enough Ribs for us to have more than enough. He seemed to enjoy George’s recipe (which is good, if I do say so myself!) And a new Salad and dessert were eaten. The dessert was a chocolate pie in one of those ready baked shells that are delicious, and then covered with Kool Whip,
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The Chef’s Corner
Use Home-style ribs for best results.
If ribs are not separated, cut them apart and fry just long enough to get them pink (This can also be done by placing the ribs in the oven, until you add the other ingredients). Put the pan (size determined by the number of rubs you want to cook at the same time) in a preheated 250 oven. If you are not skillet-frying the ribs first, put the pan with the raw Ribs in the oven until they have reached the right pink color, cover them with the following sauce: One half medium sized Can of each of these Cream soups; cream of Celery, Chicken, and Mushrooms. Slice a small onion and add that to sauce, plus about a TBS. Worcestershire sauce. Mix ingredients and Pour over the ribs, cook them in the oven with moderate heat. Check them every thirty minutes. Do not over roast them but, you do want them too well done.
This makes a wonderful dish when added to cooked yellow Rice.
The Chef’s Pimento-Cheese Secrets
Place the grater blade on your Quisinart and Shred one 8-oz. block of Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Remove the blade and use the regular blade for the remainder of the recipe. Place the grated Cheddar in a bowl until ready to mix with the other ingredients. Use the regular blade to soften the Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Once it is soft, add to a generous TBS. of mustard (
This recipe works best with a Quisinart, but it can be done with a Blender except for the grated cheese.
Draft Dodgers Limited
After we were moved into our new digs, we set out alone; determined to see every single thing we had on our To See list! We got a map of
Our visit to Notre Dame Cathedral was like a dream come true! That was one sight I saw (of all the places I visited, except perhaps,
Another Landmark for me, was the great
Later, looking down and around at everything we could store in our young memories, my friend said, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it fell again?”
The opera was disappointing for me; the music was definitely not up Gounod’s usual works. The French composers have been even more popular than the Italians: the opera performed most often is Carmen (Bizet) and second is Faust, by Gounod. Those were the top two when I was at
There was almost an accident (but it was not sensational) when, during the ballet music (which all operas wrote back then) one of the dancers bumped into the set and fell down. I felt for her, but just could not reach her.
I found this strange (getting back to the admission prices) that an opera (which I had never even heard of) by a French composer of the Baroque era, cost more than twice as much as our box seat (by the way, nobody else was in our box! We had it all to ourselves)
(More next week)
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