Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
"This cruise is INCLUSIVE — including taxes, port charges, and fuel surcharge. The ONLY thing not covered is alcohol, gambling, special excursions, and souvenirs. We will get a $75 per cabin rebate on the ship-bill. They charge a $50 tip at the END of the cruise, so this rebate covers that cost too!"
This is quite a deal. The Vacations-to-go newsletter explained that the cruise lines don't want to sail with empty cabins because much of the income for their staff comes from the casino, the sale of alcohol, purchases in their shops, and excursions, which are all optional. Now, if the airline would just install a casino and start offering a cheap fare to get me to Galveston....
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The new rate for category 6A is $402.24 pp total. The old rate was $460.19 pp total.
The new rate for category 4A is $382.24 pp total. The old rate was $400.19 pp total. (Rates are per person for a double cabin.)
I wanted to let you know ASAP since there are only five 6A cabins still available in our allotment and they will only hold them until this coming MONDAY. It's not a huge difference, but if worry about the economy has kept you from signing up, this new lower price might help.
(One more reason to sign up: The tanking economy is sure to cause additional problems for the cruise industry in general but especially in the Galveston area, which was hard hit by Hurricane Ike. So when you book your cruise, you will also be showing your support for the people of Galveston. Feel better?)
Contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
(C) 2008 Judy Barnes Baker
Monday, October 20, 2008
I’ve added a pizza sauce and my favorite toppings. I was amazed at how much like real pizza it is.
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch of black or cayenne pepper
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese or Italian cheese blend
Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add Parmesan and oregano and stir until moistened. Spread mixture in a well-greased 9- x 13-inch baking pan. Bake at 375°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned. Use a wide spatula to loosen crust from pan but do not remove from pan. Place pan on wire rack until completely cool. Refrigerate, uncovered, for several hours or overnight.
1 eight-ounce can tomato sauce (without added sugar)
2 cloves garlic (1/8-ounce each), peeled and minced or crushed (2 teaspoons)
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon dried basil
Ground black pepper to taste
Mix together. Recipe makes about 1 cup. (There will be extra sauce.)
Crust recipe, above
1/3 cup pizza sauce (6 tablespoons), above
1 ½ cups (6 ounces) mozzarella cheese
1 ounce (¼ cup) cheddar or Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated
¼ cup (1 ounce) thinly sliced onion
¼ cup (1 ounce) thinly sliced red or green bell pepper
¼ cup (1 ounce) sliced black olives
2 ounces sliced pepperoni (about 28 slices)
Spread chilled crust with pizza sauce. Scatter onions, peppers, and olives over sauce. Top with cheeses.
Microwave pepperoni slices on paper toweling for 30 to 40 seconds to render some of the grease but do not let it become crisp. Distribute pepperoni slices evenly over pizza. Bake at 375°F for about 15 to 20 minutes or until toppings are bubbly. Let stand a few minutes before cutting.
Makes 6 servings with 3.4 Net grams of carbohydrate each.
Tip:A glass baking dish will make it easier to judge when the crust is brown.
(C) 2008 Judy Barnes Baker
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Things on the list that I have never eaten and probably never will:
Fugu, the poisonous puffer fish that tastes like chicken (one word—why?)
McDonald’s Big Mac
Kaolin, unless a dose of Kaopectate would count
Raw Scotch bonnet pepper (only if I want to commit suicide)
Most of the alcoholic things, especially the one with a cigar.
Things that I have eaten (or tasted) that weren’t on the list:
Buffalo Grass Vodka
Here are the instructions and the Omnivore's 100 list:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/ linking to your results.
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
10. Baba ghanoush
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
60. Carob chips
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
List from: http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/uncategorised/the-omnivores-hundred/
(C) 2008, Judy Barnes Baker