Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Funny Name/Good Sausage I picked up a roll of Old Folks sausage this week at the grocery store. The above link tells about how it got the name; and where to buy. The name strikes me as funny, but the product is delicious!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Best. Coffee. Ever.

So we went to Aladdin's Cafe in New Albany, Indiana. I'd been there before, and I knew the food is phenomenal, but I'd never tried Turkish coffee anywhere ever. T always got it, so I decided I'd try it, too.
tiiiiiiiny little cup

Strong, strong, super-strong coffee plus sugar plus cardamom. What's not to like? OH! I was in heaven!

They say ones who know can tell your future by reading the powdered coffee left in the cup. Many more cups of Turkish coffee in my future, is what I see.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Friday, April 24, 2015

Quick-Rise Cinnamon Rolls

Since I could not possibly do this recipe the justice it deserves, I'm just going to direct you to the original post where Erren goes through it step-by-step. I will, however, share the one of the drool-worthy photos!

Quick-Rise Cinnamon Rolls

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

3 Tricks for Saving Money on K-Cups

I absolutely love my K-Cup brewer! My girls and I use it so much that we have already said how much we will miss it when we go on vacation. The one drawback is that using K-Cups can become rather pricey. Here are three tricks I do to save on K-Cups: 1) I trick my machine. Yes, I lie to the apparatus I love so much! Apparently my brewer works off a magnetic strip that is triggered by reading the rim of the K-Cups foil. To use my own coffee grounds, I cut a piece from a used K-Cup and tape it to a brewing basket. 2) I brew a Cafe Bustelo Expresso Style K-Cup. The coffee is so strong that I can brew 10 ounces in a carafe, mix it with milk; and have enough coffee for the day. I store leftover morning coffee in the fridge. Later, I microwave it or drink it iced. 3) My girls and I used tea bags. The hot water feature is pretty great and super-fast. Do you have a way to save on K-Cups?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BBQ Cauliflower and Stuff #Vegetarian #food

Okay, so this was really really good.
I cut some florets off a cauliflower. Mixed flour and water and seasoning (probably Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up Salt), coated the cauliflower in that, and baked it at 450F for about 15 minutes. Put some BBQ sauce into a bowl. Dipped each piece of cauliflower in the BBQ sauce and put back on the roasting pan. Baked for another 10-15 minutes until they started to blacken up just a smidge, 'cause that's how I like 'em.

The stuff next to it is kale and potatoes. Deelish!

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Your Jealousy is JUSTIFIED

My last post was about the series finale of JUSTIFIED. Mere hours after I posted, my name was drawn in a contest. The prize was the opportunity to attend a special screening of the season finale before it aired on television. The screening was at Harlan County High School. After the screening, there was a q&a with writers, producers and actors from the show. It was an amazing day! JUSTIFIED fans, if that all does not have you green with envy, this might. Since I was in Harlan, Kentucky I got to eat at my grandmother's house twice. Good day and good food...Does it get any better? P.S. Photos are with two of the show's talented stars.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Aero Press Hack

I wanted some coffee real bad, but I was the only one, so I didn't want to run a whole pot through the Bunn. If I had been at home, I would have used my Aero Press, but I wasn't at home, I was at the church.

So I did this.
  • 1 mug
  • 1 foam cup
  • 1 coffee filter
  • 1 toothpick
  • coffee grounds
  • hot water 

Put the filter with coffee grounds in it into the foam cup with holes poked in. Pour in the hot water and let it steep for a minute or so.

Lift the foam cup and let the steeped coffee run out of the holes in the bottom into the mug.


Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My Excitement is JUSTIFIED

Next Tuesday will mark the end of an era. It is the season finale of JUTIFIED. The series is based on a character created by Elmore Leonard in his book FIRE IN THE HOLE. The best part is that much of the show is set in Harlan, Kentucky; where I have lots of kin! The show intertwines U.S. Marshals, local cops, family feuds and hardened criminals. In this last season; there are very few characters who are pure-of-heart. Even those who should serve and protect have gone rogue. It is all going to come to a gripping end next week! Tune in next Tuesday @ 10 EST on FX.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I Get My Favorite Dish -- FISH!

Okay, this is pescatarian, not vegetarian. That means it has fish in it.

In fact, it IS fish, mostly.

I've made this by buying a slab o' tuna, cooking it, flaking it, and making tuna salad out of it, and -- let's be honest -- that's a lot of trouble to go to for tuna salad, but it truly is a world above the canned stuff.

Usually, though, I buy canned (or, if you speak British, tinned) tuna in water and give the water part to the cats.

I don't get very fancy with my tuna salad. Tuna, onion, celery, and mayonnaise is pretty much it. If I have some water chestnuts, I'll sliver some and put those in.

Sometimes I make up for the simplicity by trying to make it look fancy.

But it's still just tuna fish.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Friday, April 3, 2015

Cheese Ravioli Lasagna



  • 1 – 25 ounce bag cheese ravioli, cooked and drained
  • 1 – 24 ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley (+ 1/2 teaspoon for the third layer)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded cheese (I used Italian 5 Cheese blend)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 11″ x 7″ baking pan.
  2. Prepare and drain the cheese ravioli according to the package.
  3. Put the pasta sauce in a medium bowl. Add the water, sugar, dried parsley, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning, stir to combine.
  4. For the 1st layer: Spread a little sauce in the bottom of the baking pan, then evenly place a layer of 15 ravioli noodles. Spread sauce over the ravioli, about 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, then approximately 2/3 cup shredded cheese.
  5. Repeat the noodles, sauce and cheeses for the 2nd layer. Note: The 2nd and 3rd layers will have approximately 20 raviolis each.
  6. Order for the 3rd layer (a little different than the 1st and 2nd): Ravioli, sauce, shredded cheese, 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, then Parmesan cheese.
  7. Place in a preheated 350 degrees F oven and bake for 40 – 45 minutes, or until bubbly hot and brown on top.
  8. Cool about 10 minutes before serving.

Happy Easter! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

An Eggs-elent Solution

Deviled eggs are an Easter staple. The biggest problem is transporting them. A car ride can make a beautiful plate of deviled eggs become a mess in a hurry The easiest, best and cheapest solution I have found is an egg carton. I always carry along a plastic spoon to make it easier to pop the eggs out of the carton.