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Sun, Dec 9th - 12:17PM

Amazing Steak Dinner & Breakfast Hash

Looking for a special and sensitive gift for someone mourning the loss of a beloved pet?

Mmmmmm, more on food. My husband slapped a New York steak on the Geo. Foreman last night with a little Johnny's Seasoning. Served with a baked potato and sour cream and the most amazing grilled stuffed mushrooms, dinner was yummy. He decided to try stuffing small mushroom caps with three sauces 1. Garlic Black Bean sauce, 2. Golden Plum Sauce 3. Hoisin Sauce. THEN he had the inspiration of "grilling" them in the Geo. Foreman. It turned out amazing.

Here are the mushrooms prior to grilling

Still trying to upload the pic.

More later.

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Sat, Dec 8th - 9:20AM

Electric Blanket Hunkering & Holiday Traditions

If you know someone who is missing a beloved pet companion this holiday season, please consider gifting them with a special program of help for their pain.

Winter has truly descended, shivvvvver. Actually I'm exaggerating, though it does get a bit cool on a boat if it stays very cold for any length of time (no insulation). Ah but the views. Our neighbor decorates our boat every year. One year we didn't decorate and she decided to stop that from becoming a habit. She made decorating our boat her present to us. Cool, huh? How many of you have neighbors who volunteer to decorate your house? Boat dock dwelling is unique, at times. The tiny lights and artificial greens are festive. Just about each night we see decorated boats out for local boat parades. It's quite an anticipated event in Seattle. There is a very large parade every year called the Special People's Cruise. Mentally challenged children and adults are treated to holiday parties and a cruise on hundreds of private boats. It's been a tradition for a very long time in Seattle.

Abby loves to hunker down on top of the electric blanket where my husband is languishing. Oh, he just got up and she's claiming it as her own! It's the weekend so I'm hunkering down with an Irish Coffee as I think about breakfast. I was given a large bunch of fresh spinach which, later, I need to cook down with chopped onion to make filling for my Spanikopita (recipe in previous blog entry). There are three friends who especially love them so I am giving cool plastic containers of frozen homemade Spanikopita as a gift. They are so great to pop into the oven for 15 minutes for a yummy breakfast or to have on hand for quick hors d oeuvres. My holiday cards this year contain the ingredients for homemade Chai Tea. It's a recipe I was given from my friend Sam from Pakistan. The inside of the card contains the recipe which I'll post below. The message on the front is:

 At holiday time

we often introspect about our lives

and the lives of those we’ve loved.


I had an opportunity to

make a new friend this year.

As we chatted about our lives,

 we shared special food traditions.


As a way of sharing with friends and family this holiday,

I decided to bring to you this special family tradition

from my friend Sam’s life.


We are not extremely political

or heavily into world affairs,

but it seemed fitting that a tradition loved by a family

in faraway, politically-challenged Pakistan

may help us all remember

that amidst the strife of any country,

there are families, like ours, who shop

and cook and love each other

and look forward to sharing traditions.

The Recipe:


Sam Khurshid’s

Chai Tea Recipe


Sam is from Pakistan. He works in Seattle for the Christian missionary organization, Youth With A Mission.

This is his family’s Chai Tea recipe.

Makes 5 cups 


3 cups water

2 cups milk

5 rounded teaspoons black tea (one per cup or

       1 tea bag per cup)

5 whole cloves (for ten cups he used 15,

       traditionally it’s two cloves per cup)

5  -  ½ inch cinnamon sticks (one per cup)

5 teaspoons brown sugar (one per cup) or to taste

5  - 1/4 inch slices of 1” round fresh ginger,    

       unpeeled (one per cup)

1/2  teaspoon cardamom powder (just 1/2 teaspoon

       for the entire batch.)



Bring water to a boil. Add black tea, cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves, & ginger. Boil for  2 minutes then add milk & cardamom. (It expands in pot, watch it.) Bring back to boil, take off heat for 15 seconds return it to heat & boil. Do this twice more. Strain off the spices & tea. Serve. (This can be made with equal parts water & milk or all milk.)

 Have a great time preparing for and enjoying holiday traditions,




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