Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 11, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #41

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #41

“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.”

– Julia Child

My two cents, but please share yours:

It’s never too late to start a new career!

Today’s theme = Cooking.

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Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 11, 2018

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #15

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #15

What is your current favorite casserole?

My two cents, but please share yours:

With the first snap of cool weather, turkey tetrazzini has moved to the top of my list. What is your favorite?

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 11, 2018

Foodie Corner – 2018 – Post #6 – Mix ‘N Match Stratas

Foodie Corner – 2018 – Post #6 – Mix ‘N Match Stratas

What old recipe do you pull out each fall?

My two cents, but please share yours:

I always pull out the recipe for “Mix ‘N Match Stratas.”

Step 1:  In a single-serving, microwave-safe bowl, layer up (thin layers) as follows.

  1. Top layer = Cheese
  2. Green stuff
  3. Precooked protein
  4. Starch
  5. Spice dusting
  6. Cheese
  7. Green stuff
  8. Precooked protein
  9. Spice dusting
  10. Cheese
  11. Bottom layer = Starch

Step 2:  Nuke in the microwave until the cheese is hot and gooey. As always, play with your food. Enjoy.

Italian example:

  • Cheese = mozzarella
  • Green stuff = fresh basil leaves + thin-sliced Roma tomatoes
  • Precooked protein = Italian deli meats or prosciutto or mashed cannelloni beans (V)
  • Starch = precooked lasagna noodles or thawed wonton wrappers
  • Spice dusting = onion powder + garlic powder + dried basil

French example:

  • Cheese = Swiss cheese
  • Green stuff = lettuce or spinach
  • Precooked protein = bacon or ham or caramelized diced onions (V)
  • Starch = precooked puff pastry squares (3″ x 3″ toppers)
  • Spice dusting = parsley + tarragon

Tex-Mex example:

  • Cheese = cheddar
  • Green stuff = fresh cilantro leaves (layer like lettuce) + sliced jalapeno (optional for spice)
  • Precooked protein = fajita meat or deli turkey or deli chicken or mashed black beans (V)
  • Starch = corn tortilla (about 5″ round)
  • Spice dusting = onion powder + garlic powder + cumin + turmeric
Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 2, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #40

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #40

“No nation was ever ruined by trade.”

– Benjamin Franklin

My two cents, but please share yours:

And the best currency is kindness.

Today’s theme = Trade.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 2, 2018

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #14

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #14

What is the Golden Rule?

My two cents, but please share yours:

There are many versions of this rule, crossing many religions, going back thousands of years. The most common version is as follows.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 2, 2018

Fourth Quarter Debt Check – 2018

Fourth Quarter Debt Check – 2018

For 4Q18, what is the current national debt, GDP, and population of the U.S.A.?

My two cents (but please share yours):

National debt = was $20.61 trillion (12/27/17) and is now $21.51 trillion

GDP = was $19.63 trillion (12/27/17) and is now $20.56 trillion

U.S. population = was 326.50 million (12/27/17) and is now 328.72 million

Hint:  ( http://www.usdebtclock.org/ )

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 27, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #39

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #39

“Rather leave the crime of the guilty unpunished than condemn the innocent.”

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

My two cents, but please share yours:

This concept has been around for a very long time.

Today’s theme = Innocence.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 27, 2018

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #13

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #13

How much do you need to save to have a comfortable retirement?

My two cents, but please share yours:

One guideline is to save enough that 5% of that total equals your current salary. For example, 5% of $1,000,000 saved is $50,000 per year. Is this still a valid rule of thumb?

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 27, 2018

Movie Corner – 2018 – Post #8 – Perfect for October

Movie Corner – 2018 – Post #8 – Perfect for October

What movie would be perfect to watch in October?

My two cents, but please share yours:

This month, I’m going with the classic romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail (1998), featuring Tom Hanks, Greg Kinnear, and Meg Ryan. This movie is a charming choice for any season but especially so for fall. Enjoy.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 19, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #38

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #38

“What goes up must come down.”

– Isaac Newton

My two cents, but please share yours:

I hope this still applies to fall temperatures as well as apples.

Today’s theme = Apples.

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