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Happy Thanksgiving!
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Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Stuffed Zucchini

Serves 4
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Sausage stuffed Zucchini. Yummy!


  • 3 cups bread (cubed)
  • 1 Medium onion (diced)
  • 2 roma or plum tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • crushed red pepper (to taste)
  • kosher salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (Use whatever cheese you like.)
  • 2lb zucchini (sliced lengthwise and scooped out)





Step 1
preheat oven to 375ºF/190ºC/Gas Mark 5
Step 2
bread on board
Cut bread into 1/2 inch dice, spread on baking sheet, toast in oven until golden.
Step 3
zucchini with cuts
Using a paring knife, cut around the edges of the halved zucchini and then cross-cut inside that without cutting all the way through. Then using a spoon (a grapefruit spoon works wonderfully) dig out the centers of the zucchini. Set aside.
Step 4
two sausages with paring knife
Cut open the casing on the sausage (if cased) and place in saute pan to brown.
Step 5
onion partial dice
Cut medium onion into 1/2 inch dice and add to sausage in pan. Stir and cook until onions are sweated and starting to get translucent.
Step 6
diced tomatoes on board
Cut two Roma tomatoes into 1/2 inch dice and add to sausage and onion.
Step 7
Add herbs and garlic and stir.
Step 8
all ingredients in pan
Add the toasted bread cubes and the chicken broth. Cook a few minutes longer and remove from heat.
Step 9
before stuffing
Put the zucchini halves in a baking pan
Step 10
before baking
Divide the stuffing among the zucchini halves
Step 11
cheese on
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Add cheese and bake for 10 minutes more.
Step 12
Bon Appetit!

Veterans’ Day 2015

Armistice Day, Veterans’ Day, Remembrance Day

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…

In Flanders Fields


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Written by Lt-Colonel John McRae (1915)

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Main Dish, Soup
Misc Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot


  • 6 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Medium Onion (diced)
  • 3lb Yukon Gold Potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1/2lb bacon (cut into lardons)
  • 8oz sour cream
  • 8oz cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 bunch chives (chopped)
  • 2-3 green onions (sliced green parts)
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)


This recipe uses the potatoes themselves to thicken the soup. You can add a bit milk if the soup is too thick, or add a bit of Wondra flour, cornstarch, or instant mashed potatoes if it's not thick enough.

Use the chives or green onions or both!

This recipe uses Yukon Gold potatoes because they are both starchy and can hold their shape for the chunky bits. You can also use Russet or baking potatoes.


Step 1
Cook diced potatoes until cooked, but still firm. Set aside.
Step 2
Cook bacon in the soup pan until most of the fat has rendered out. Set bacon aside.
Step 3
Put onions in pan with bacon fat. Cook until translucent.
Step 4
Deglaze with 2/3 of the chicken broth/stock
Step 5
If you don't have a stick blender, take 2/3 of the potatoes and 1/3 of the chicken broth and puree in a regular blender or food processor and then add to the pan.
Step 6
If you do have a stick blender, add the rest of the broth and 2/3 of the potatoes to the pan and puree with the stick blender.
Step 7
Add the sour cream and 2/3 of the cheese, stirring until incorporated.
Step 8
Add 2/3 of the chives or green onions (or both!), 2/3 of the reserved bacon, and the reserved potatoes to the soup.
Step 9
Divide into bowls for serving using reserved bacon, cheese, and chives/onions for garnish.

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Fall Back


Book Review: The Forgotten Room

The Forgotten Room is a novel by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig.

I really enjoyed the book and wouldn’t have known it was written by three different women. It’s the story of a love that spans three generations, the stories of Olive, Lucy, and Kate. Olive and Lucy’s stories are told third-person and Kate’s, the latest generation, is told first person.

What connects them all is a townhouse in Manhattan built in the early 1890s. With a five story central staircase topped with a domed skylight, kitchens in the basement, servants’ quarters on the sixth floor, and a room on the seventh floor perfect for an artist. A square room with a fireplace, large windows, and a skylight.

Stories of love found, and lost. Stories with a bit of mystery.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a review copy of this book.

Never Forget

The complete list of 2996. 2996-11

Paul Pansini:

From a profile published in the New York Times on 8/11/2002

Paul Pansini

World Trade Center

His Presence Is Everywhere

Paul Pansini
Paul Pansini

Paul Pansini loved the excitement of being a firefighter in downtown Manhattan, but his days off meant a great deal, too. Firefighter Pansini, 36, took his son, Paul Jack, now 7, and his twin daughters, Anna and Claire, now 3, everywhere when he was not working. “He was brave enough to even take them to the store,” his wife, Janice, recalled.

Since Sept. 11, the family has, in turn, felt his presence everywhere. “I feel him definitely in my house,” Mrs. Pansini said. The family lives in his childhood home in Tottenville in Staten Island. When they moved there in November 1994, the couple almost tore the century-old house down.

Now she is glad they did not. In Tottenville, they are surrounded by family members who keep his presence strong, including his sister, Loretta Halpert.

Lake George was Firefighter Pansini’s favorite spot in the world. This summer, as Mrs. Pansini packed for their annual vacation to the lake, Claire asked if they were going to meet Daddy there. “I’m blown away by how much they remember him,” Mrs. Pansini said. “I don’t think he knew how much he meant to so many people. He was a very comical person. The love of my life. People keep coming up to me and saying, `I miss him so much.’ ”


10-housememorial_23aOur thoughts and prayers go out every day to Paul’s friends, family, and coworkers at Ten House. Six men were lost that day from that Firehouse.

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Vox confuses the NRA with the NRA

Yes, in many cases acronyms stand for more than one actual entity. NBC can stand for the National Broadcasting Company,  Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical in the military, the National Bank of Canada, and more.
NRA has just as many. Here’s a sample from The Free Dictionary.

NRA National Rifle Association
NRA National Restaurant Association
NRA National Recreation Area (US National Park Service)
NRA National Roads Authority (Ireland)
NRA National Register of Archives
NRA National Recovery Administration
NRA Normal Retirement Age
NRA National Recovery Act
NRA National Resistance Army (Uganda)
NRA Non-Resident Alien
NRA National Regulatory Authority

Earlier today Vox tweeted:

Vox NRA Error Tweet

Vox NRA Error

They’ve removed it now. When I was looking for it, I found another tweet by Vox, a little further down their page:voxdeletehistorytweet

I thought that was pretty funny.

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