This one has been a raving success at all my parties of dinners lately!
Can of Black Olives
About the same amount of green olives (with pimento is fine)
Almost the same amount of Kalamata olives
Chop All the Olives Coarsely
2 cloves garlic minced finely minced
4 or more scallions minced
a small pile of minced purple onion – about a half cup
half a red bell pepper minced (makes it pretty! and sometimes I get the small peppers and use a couple orange, a couple yellow and a couple red for great eye appeal)
mix all with 4 – 6 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (I like Kalamata).
add a couple tablespoons of red wine vinegar
Eat immediately on your favorite crackers or toast sourdough bread and brush it with olive oil and then cut the bread into 1 to 1.5 inch squares and put a pile of tapenade on each piece! Now the trick is to make a platter of these to serve to your guests, without eating so many it becomes your meal! You have been warned! Sometimes I do a big platter, and Sometimes I do individual plates – do what fits your party! Oh yes I think this stuff makes a wonderful sandwich – a thick layer of tapenade between two slices of toasted sourdough! – Yum!
These wonderful garbanzos were an instant hit at our last dinner party (1/24/2014). It is a quick and easy recipe and a favorite dish for 3 of the seven at that dinner party. They were consumed rapidly and I think the best thing I could have done was the double the recipe! There will be no leftovers here! I think I will add a small spot of cayenne pepper on the next batch!
Two or three 15-ounce cans garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon paprika
½ teaspoon salt
Juice of one lemon
1 1/5 teaspoon thyme
Set the oven to 425°F. Put the garbanzos on a foiled cookie sheet. Roast them in the oven for 10 minutes, then shake to redistribute, and cook for 10 minutes more. Combine the sauce ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Add the roasted chickpeas and toss until well coated. Return the chickpeas to the baking sheet and roast in the oven for 5 more minutes, until very fragrant. Serve warm for immediate happiness, or at room temperature as a table snack, or any way you wish!
Simple, easy, and tastes so nice. A favorite for some of our guests!
Just Chop, mix and chill! It really is that easy.
1 can – 151/2 ozs black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 – can – 16 ozs butter beans beans (rinsed and drained)
1 can – 16 ozs pinto beans (rinsed and drained, red kidney beans would also work well)
2 jalapenos seeded and minced
1/2 red bell pepper (minced)
1/2 red onion (minced)
2 stalk celery (finely chopped)
1/2 a bunch of cilantro leaves (finely chopped)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
Finding little oddities, be they shrines, museums, overlooks, monuments, or restaurants is definitely one of the passions of travel for me. So here I will share a bit of bling from the YELP reviews I have written about places I / we have been.
A fun set of Reviews – All by Charley
(Yes – I have been to all of these places!)
Beware of the Scam Calls that come in telling you that they are from microsoft and you computer is either infected, or about to crash. They have a story that tells you about how they are microsoft and your computer has come up and blah blah blah. This is a complete and total scam. So please listen up.
number one. microsoft does not will not and never has cold called you! (read that 3 or four times please)
number two. there is no number to call these guys back. Please tell them you need their number to give to the federal trade commission or the FBI or an other law enforcement group and watch how fast they hang up.
number three. Read one and two again and never, I repeat never let a cold caller connect to your pc or you credit card. (did I say never)
These guys are trained like the closers at a time share sales promotion. they will tell you anything to get you to give them control and money.
I am not prone to blast messages that get sent to everyone, however it is time that this message be sent. Please share with anyone you wish.
This scam has been going on for several years and has just seemed to be on the rise again Continue reading
In the desert outside of Sahurita, Arizona beneath the cactus lies the only remaining Titan Missile silo in the US. Once a part of the nuclear deterrent system, as they call it. The site contains a Titan Missile in the upright position and the full control system used to govern the process of nuclear missile launch. Before you get to the tour, Continue reading
I love oddities and this place qualifies. When traveling across the wide open spaces of the desert I believe it is always good to stop at overlooks, stretch a bit, and take a few pictures. Well this place is right on the verge of strange. In te almost middle of nowhere on the top of a ridge is a tower that as been constructed with local rock and a bit of who knows what else.
It will coast $4.50 to go up into the tower and I am happy to give these people some change to keep things like this going into the future. There is a collection of what some would call junk as you go up the tower, but as the host said go on up and poke around. the view from the tower stretches for a real long ways and is fun to get those pictures and see Continue reading
After leaving the Tumacacori National Historic Park near Tubac, Arizona (more about that in another post) we turned south on US Highway 19 towards Rio Rico eager to catch a cutoff tip we had received from the Park Ranger who was ever so polite, helpful and full of stories.
We caught the cutoff and reconnected to New Mexico Highway 82 towards Patagonia and then on to Benson to get back on to US Highway 10 to continue our jaunt to Anet’s sisters place in Silver City, New Mexico.
As we travel it is our habit to Continue reading
Events for Public Release 2013
(addresses / contacts at end of post)
Wednesday, Oct 2
10:30 AM-11:00 AM – Atascadero Library – Teaching/Coloring
6850 Morro Rd, Atascadero
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Butter Sculpture at Oak Creek Commons, Paso Robles
Call Anet Carlin to Book 466-4653
Thursday, Oct 3
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Sand Mandala EarthTones, Paso Robles
To See A Lot More Events and Continue reading