Flashbacks: On Food and Recipes

Whether eating in a restaurant, a special dinner at home, getting that special treat, or time in the kitchen, we enjoy many aspects of a meal. Here are some selections for my archival vault that may capture your interest. Enjoy, visit as many as you wish, and hopefully you will comment on the post you visited. Are you going to make any of these?

On a Dog-Talk Monday

How was your weekend? Did you have good weather?

Ours was busy and with a wide variety of enjoyments. Besides some time on the ballroom floor, We spent Saturday preparing to host our dinner group featuring recipes from The Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten). Through the years, we eat very well, and Saturday night was not an exception. Here’s our courses and recipes.

Sunday was such a beautiful day, we had to do something outside. We started at Goetta Fest along the river on the Kentucky side. (Goetta will be a future post of its own.)  We walked to the Ohio side and returned by a different bridge. Then we board the amphibious vehicle for the fun and informative Duck Tour.

On our way home, first we stopped at the casino to enter the upcoming Million Dollar drawing then, it was off to Graeter’s to celebrate Chocolate Chip Day!!!

Get your planners ready because this week’s celebrations are noteworthy. Let’s start with this week being International Assistance Dog Week, National Farmers Market Week, Intimate Apparel Week, and National Bargain Hunting Week.

Daily celebrations includes these worthy joys:  (Mon) Assistance Dogs, Oysters,  and Underwear; (Tues) Root Beer Float Day and National Night Out; (Wed) Lighthouse Day, Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day, and Purple Heart Day; (Thurs) Dalek Day,  Happiness Happens Day, and Sneak some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night; (Fri) Kool-Aid Day, Indigenous People Day, and Art Day.

According to Philosopher Mouse, DogTV started this month. For your Monday Morning Entertainment, enjoy this clip that Marina brought to my attention. Have a good week!

On A to Z

a-z-2013Someone declared April as A-to-Z Challenge Month. Sure, the challenge’s intent is to have a separate post for each letter, but hey – I have a streak of independence.

With 1,167 posts before this one, why not use my archives to meet the challenge? After all, even frequent readers aren’t aware of some of the posts.

Therefore, I present A Frank Angle’s A-to-Z. Visit as many as you like, because as in my tradition, there is something for all …. so hopefully you’ll visit at least one.

AFAa2zBadgeA is for Acquaintance – People that were not in my graduation class: set 1 and set 2

B is for Ballroom – … and ballroom dance delivers benefits

C is for Cruising – We like cruising, so start your trip with a click

D is for Dinner Group – … We hosted a night of Chopped

E is for Education Reform – Although the need is obvious, here are the obstacles

F is for Frank – Yep, that’s my name, but these are the All-Time Franks in baseball

G is for God and Government – I must say that this post about the separation of church and state is pretty darn good

H is for Handbells – It takes many bells to make one instrument

I is for Italian – I’m 100% Italian heritage, and Ellis Island is an important place

J is for Joys – To whatever give you joy, but for some of us, it’s reliving the cartoons of our youth, and here is where the series started, which led to the first honoree

K is for Knowledge – What do you know about supersonic kangaroos?

L is for LearnerLearning should never stop

M is for Moderate – This early post defines an independent moderate, thus shows why neither party wants me … well, except for my vote

N is for News – Staying informed is important, but there is something more biased than the media

O is for Ohio River – A story from my hometown on a river during my youth.

P is for Politics – I wrote this shortly after the 2008 election, but before the Tea Party’s emergence (which is what makes this post interesting)

Q is for Quantum – Actually, this past post was On a Quantum Thought

R is for Recipes – I’m sort of a Foodie, so try Cranberry Sausage Spaghetti or my own spaghetti sauce that offers a little crunch

S is for Science – Like sports, science has players, plays, rules, and boundaries

T is for Trieste – A beautiful city on the Adriatic Sea that is the place of my birth

U is for Universe – The universe is vast and inspiring, and this post includes one of my absolute favorite videos

V is for Victory – The raised arm created an unexpected moment in college

W is for Wonders – There are many wonders in our world, and let’s not forget Fibonacci, Pi, and Tau

X is for X-Factor – and one X-factor in life is forgiveness

Y is for Why because I can – This is the first main post about the religion-science interchange; now there are 44, plus here is the very first post

Z is for Zinfandel – I enjoy a wide spectrum of wines, especially reds, but zins were the first to capture my fancy – and cheers to the wine group at church

AAA+++ Bonus for the bloggers on my sidebar and on the More Bloggers page, for as without them and you, I wouldn’t be here, so try to visiting someone soon that you don’t know, and tell them I sent you.

Addendum: To learn more about the A Frank Angle A-to-Z Challenge, click here.

On a Nonruling Farro

FarroOneI know a few regular visitors are vegetarians, while some others stay aware of healthy food choices. With summer around the corner, this dish will be on our menu.

Farro is an ancient grain produced by a specific variety of wheat. Today, Italian farmers produce most of the faro, but it is not easy to find. If you find it, beware of the price. With that in mind, I recommend Earthly Delights Organic Italian Pearled Farro from Amazon.

As far as grains go, farro is large. We enjoy cooked farro’s nutty flavor and the chewy texture. (It cooks in water more similar to spaghetti, not rice.)

FarroTwoFarro Salad is one of our favorites, which involves adding vegetables of choice to the 2 cups of cooked grain. Personally, I enjoy adding a variety of vegetables to give the dish color – that is adding items as chopped purple cabbage, peas, shaved carrots, and cucumbers.

Once assembled, adding a dressing completes the dish, which serves as a side dish or even a light meal. We prefer making our own citrus vinaigrette by mixing the following: olive oil (1/3 c, 90 ml), balsamic vinegar (2 tbsp, 30 ml), and lemon juice (2 tbsp, 30 ml). (Note: Substituting orange juice for lemon juice provides a different taste and level of sweetness.)

Here’s another recipe we recently tried: Farro Primavera with Parsley-Pecan Pesto. We found a wonderful recipe in the Wall Street Journal, but this link is the same recipe. This was a delightful dish, but involved a lot of chopping and blanching, which is something that we think can be done ahead. By the way, the pesto is the key.

Refrigerate either of these delights for a few days of snacks and/or lunches. Bon appetite!

On Chili

Is chili a stew or a soup? Does chili contain chilies? Does chili that goes on a chili dog differ from chili that goes in a bowl? Can you serve chili on a plate?

In much of America (and generally speaking), chili is a stew with ground beef and beans with a varying degree of spices.

Image from Food Network and to this recipe


Nah-baby-nah in Texas because chili has a spicy broth, and chunks or sliced bits of beef, but no beans.

Image from Food Network and to this recipe


Then again, some substitute chicken for beef, plus switch from red beans to white.

Image from Food Network and to this recipe


Others proclaim a chili without meat, so bring on the vegetarian chili.

Image from Food Network and to this recipe


Other variations include using sausage, turkey, pork, lamb, and include this wonderful rendition from Argentina (a past post).


By visiting us in Cincinnati, chili takes on an entirely different meaning … and on a plate.

Image property of Skyline Chili


Come on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s taken to another level.

Image property of Skyline Chili

On an Oops

Well, this is the first Friday in a long time that I was unable to prepare a regular edition of Opinions in the Shorts – and last week was Volume 121. No excuses, but it was simply one of those weeks. Given the holiday season, who knows, maybe I will wait until the first of the year to resume the normal Friday edition – but time will tell.

Since this is the season for preparing food for holiday parties of some sort or another, why not a food post – better yet – one with a humorous twist. Gotta love The Onion.

Have a safe weekend everyone!

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 67

On the Honor Fest
I’m kicking myself for not attending the recent Glenn Beck festival in Washington. Sorry, but I had to match my socks. By the way, that was as much of a nonpolitical event as most other stuff in Washington.

By the way, has Minority Leader Boehner (R-OH) followed his own suggestion of putting grown-ups in charge by resigning? Just another example of his inability to practice what he preaches.

Columnist Maureen Dowd suggests using Kathleen Turner’s line from Body Heat to describe Mr. Boehner: You’re not too smart, are you? I like that in a man.

On Two Brilliant Columns
I cheered when reading this great column by Kathleen Parker. I especially love this line: Little else seems to be working lately as we sliver ourselves into a thousand shards of blithering self-interest.

Earlier I mentioned the Maureen Dowd’s column – here is another good one!

On Dimly Lit Paris
Paris Hilton cannot tell the difference between chewing gum and cocaine? And why is this person in the news?

On a Tea Party Win
With Senators Lisa Markowski and Ted Stevens out of the picture, can Tea Party favorite and Sarah Palin endorsed Joe Miller lead the charge in Alaska as their new King of Pork?

On Some College Football
I never thought of Boise State being one of the most hated teams in America. Check this out.

Although I shook my head at the announcement, here are two good articles about the situation from Michigan and Wisconsin.

On Tasty Recipes
Our dinner group had Hawaiian night a few weeks ago. My wife and I were responsible for appetizers, which were a big hit. Here are the recipes for pineapple salsa and Hawaiian chicken wings.

Another party host requested my chocolate wine cake. Yes, another hit, so here’s the recipe.

On a Holiday Weekend
For an end of summer bash, Cincinnati has a huge fireworks display on the river. Here’s a very short video of my favorite part – the fireworks waterfall from a bridge. Have a safe Labor Day holiday weekend.