Friday, July 31, 2015

Cake Mix Doughnuts - Yum!

great idea! you can use a cake mix to make quick & easy donuts in any flavor with this simple recipe. baked not fried!
I found this wonderful site called It's Always Autumn along with this terrific recipe. Please check out the blog post for a step-by-step tutorial. The blogger says all you need to make any flavor of baked, not fried, doughnuts are one dry cake mix, one egg, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, and a cup of water. 
She includes a recipe for glaze and says that even making 10 dozen mini doughnuts using five different flavors of cake mix took her less than two hours. Sounds like a good bake sale product to me!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wingin' It!

Wing lovers unite! Today is National Wing day. Chicken wings are something I really prefer to have from a restaurant, rather than making them at home. I always try to make them healthier by baking/not frying. The results are not nearly as tasty. Another wing confession...I much prefer drumettes to wings. There is so much more meat to savor. My most shocking wing confession...sometimes I order boneless wings! You guys have any wing confessions/ opinions/ recipes? Whether your preference is Buffalo, honey barbecue, teriyaki, drumette, boneless, go out for a saucy celebration!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I Did NOT Serve Him Dryer Lint! #vegetarian

So Charlie came down to dinner and the plate looked like this.
He says, "What's that purple stuff? It looks like dryer lint."

I had to admit that, yes, it looks like dryer lint.

What it really is is mashed purple potatoes. The internet being the internet, it probably isn't surprising that there's a site called All About Potatoes, which tells, among other things, about purple potatoes. I happened to glom onto some in a $5.00 grab-bag basket at a local farm market. They taste like potatoes.

Tomorrow on my blog, I tell what the thing with white bits on is. The green things are green beans, duh. ;)

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer Feast Just Happens to be #Vegan

So this happened.
Corn on the cob at 12 o'clock, sliced tomatoes at 6.

At 9 is yellow squash "cutlets". Slice thin lengthwise, dredge in seasoned flour and fry in oil or vegan margarine until brown and crisp on both sides.

At 3 is totally drool-worthy mushrooms in wine. Fry in oil or vegan margarine until the mushrooms begin to give off liquid (include onions, if you and your co-consumers can eat onions -- otherwise, use onion powder). Stir in some flour, salt and pepper (if you can eat pepper). Stir in some wine (I like red wine) and stir until thickened. OMG

I mean, seriously, I'm not even vegetarian, and I almost never miss eating meat. Veg is just so good and varied!

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wastin' Away with the Family

I am proud to say that my family wasted away one night last week. No, we did not indulge in a night of excess and debauchery. We stayed a night at Margaritaville Island Hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Every room was stocked with a copy of Jimmy Buffett's book, TALES FROM MARGARITAVILLE. We had a couple of fun-filled, jam-packed days that did allow for much reading time. Our room had a deck, overlooking a river that was a perfect place to relax with a book. Guess I need to get wasted again in Magaritaville; so I can read the book! Buying a copy would be cheaper, but not half-as-much fun.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


I found a new-to-me product at the grocery and BOOM! bought it!

Kroger has this wild-caught salmon burger, and we thought we'd give it a whirl. It isn't particularly healthy or particularly natural, but it doesn't taste half bad. In fact, Charlie liked it very much. I like my salmon either fresh or from a can with all bones in, but Charlie liked these. Maybe he liked the firm texture.

As I say, it tasted okay. It would be a good base for a strong sauce or something. This is what we did, though:

Onna sandwich thin, with homemade mayo, some lettuce, and a sprinkling of capers. On the side is a stir-fry of shiitake mushrooms, peas, carrots, and Jasmine rice. Then there's a dish of cucumbers sprinkled with salt and fresh dill weed and a little white vinegar.

Oh, I grilled the salmon burgers on my handy-dandy indoor griller doo-dah.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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