Tuesday, June 8, 2021

To The Class of 2021!

       I wrote this in 1986 when I was graduating high school.  I don't think I finished it till the summer, so I don't think I had the opportunity to share it with many friends.  I loved high school, and I remember being sad, about leaving and nervous about starting the next chapter of life.  The uncertainty of what would happen when close friends who had seen me through so much, scattered.  I am blessed to be able to say that I am still in touch with many of them.
      As graduation rolls around again, I thought I would share it here on Sadie's.  Hope you enjoy.

The Graduation Poem

Friday, April 9, 2021

Quiche Me Dahling!


     With spring upon us, and us still dealing with Covid-19 and its family--- one of the ways to look on the bright side, is to cook together as a family.  Since we have soooooooo much time together.  
Won't always be this way... I think.  We'll see.  
Wishing you and yours many memorable moments--- of the good kind.  

Here are the Quiche recipes:

There are gobs of quiche recipes out there, so keeping with the main benefit of a quiche and the idea of KISS (the acronym- Keep ISimple Sweetheart, not the rock band), this post will be short and sweet.

You need:
1. A Crust- you can make one- really easy; or buy one- even easier.  Pre bake at 375 F for 7 minutes.
2. What ever filling you want - more on this in a moment
3. The Custard- 3 eggs + 1 1/2 cups of half and half, good pinch of salt, and pepper.

Take your crust, line with filling; top with custard, then bake for 30-40 minutes at 375F.   That is  it.

Now for my contribution.

First, Mornin' Nawlins' - I lined the crust with andouille sausage, 1 can of crab, some left over shrimp, that had been cooked with Old Bay, and topped with Queso Fresco. 

Next- The ABC Quiche- I crumpled cooked bacon, (got you now don't I?) then chopped peeled apple, that I had tossed with a wee bit of sugar and cinnamon, then topped them with 10yr aged sharp cheddar.

     These flavor combos got wows all around, so thought I'd share.

     Now just a note about the crust and the custard.  If you "go the distance" you will be richly rewarded.  Meaning: the more you put in, the more you get out of it.  Bought crusts are actually pretty good these days, but pie crusts and pate brisee are really easy to make and don't take that much time.  

Also, as with all food, when you make it, you know what's in there.

     For the custard, I used 1 cup of half and half and 1/2 cup of heavy cream.  I had the heavy cream left over from making whipped cream, so I figured, "might as well use it up".  The quiche came out great.  I have had other quiche that were "grainy and watery" and I figure this is due to lower fat options being used.  Here's my reason for using the higher fat options:  it's better.  It's called custard for a reason.  Also, a 1 inch wedge of each of these is filling.  So, "lighten' up Francis and indulge."

     Lastly, in keeping with spirit of Memorial Day, (originally posted 5/27/13) where we acknowledge and remember those who have given us so much, so that we may enjoy life; allow me to suggest you catch the joie de vie spirit by coming up with your own crazy wonderful ideas for a quiche.  Cause in 2021- we got the time.

Ciao for now.  

Original post: May 27, 2013:

Sunday, March 28, 2021

So, 6 Years Later... How Many Rapists Do You Know?

     I originally wrote this at the beginning of 2015.  Then 6 months later, I posted again, due to many reasons.  One, after reading Bomani Jones's "Death of Bill Cosby's Legacy"  which raised several valid points.  Among them the prevalence of rape and assault, and the prevalent apathy towards women.  Which got me thinking about how that apathy is not only when women are victims, but also in so many other subtle ways.  

     I recently watched Promising Young Woman, starring Carey Mulligan.  Thus the inspiration for the repost.  Add ons/new thoughts, will be in italics.  Please read and pass on.  Thank you.

Let's start with the more common, perhaps easier to assess, of these 2 questions.

How many rape victims do you know?  Actually, how many rape victims are there?  

When you consider that it wasn't until 1993, that it was illegal in all 50 states to rape your wife; difficult to say, how many women as well as men, acknowledge what classifies as rape.  Even if you are a survivor, or of any degree of a victim, it takes, a great amount of self esteem to acknowledge that you were raped. 

In the late 1970's to the early 1980's, there was a video of a man giving a talk to an audience primarily of women, advising of ways to avoid being raped.  He spoke of physical defense, and ways to outwit a rapist.  Even told some humorous stories, of how women had outwitted a potential rapist.  Toward the end of the presentation, he stated a perception to consider if you were ever raped, and survived; to be grateful you were still alive, and to realize, rape, was just having sex, when you didn't want to.  He did his best to clarify that he wasn't trying to negate the devastation of being raped; but if you had survived, be grateful, and try to move on. 

I've looked online for the video, to no luck. Which is fine.  While it did have some helpful points; it referred to rape as an act that is done by a stranger.  

But in 2021, while rape can happen with strangers, but more than likely, the rapist can be someone the victim knows; even a so called love connection, a friend, or a family member. 

Off the top of my head I know of a few survivors.  If I thought about it for more than 5 minutes, I'd think of more.

I know of those whose first boyfriend raped them.

I know of those during their college years who were,

              -raped by men unknown 
              -raped by a "train", (unknown number of men) while      they were inebriated to the point of being passed out 
              - gang raped, in a major city.

All were over the last 40 years. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021


Happy Groundhog Day!

Turns out, this post applies in 2021 as well... well if we're just talking weather... there's new posts to come... but for now, enjoy quarantining with your loved ones!!! 

Good ol' Phil saw his shadow this morning, so six more weeks of winter.  

No he's not a meteorologist.  But heck, after the lack of, well, snow, for New York's Snowmageddonand yesterday, one site described our area precipitation as "light snow".  Chicago got around 19 inches.  Figure Phil has as much chance of being in the ballpark, when it comes to predicting the weather, as anyone else.

There's been times that I've thought of encouraging my kids to pursue a career of meteorology.  Other than a pro baseball player, it's the only job I know of where one can get it wrong most of the time and still have a job.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

My Wish For You

May your Scrooge find a little wonder in surprising ways.

The First Ho! Ho! Ho!

Still looking for an elf willing to give me a hand...
   Hope you enjoy these holiday cartoons from my husband, Davis Jaye's archives.  In addition to cartoons here at Sadie's Gathering, he has an online cartoon blog, The Sqirrel's Nest.  Happy Holidays!