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"Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure
they have it till
test comes. And those having it in one
test never know for sure if they
it when the next
~ Carl Sandburg
La Belle Cuisine
Lest we forget.....
"Why are these women here dancing on their own?
Why is there this sadness in their eyes? ...
...They're dancing with the missing
They're dancing with the dead
They dance with the invisible ones
Their anguish is unsaid
They're dancing with their fathers
They're dancing with their sons
They're dancing with their husbands
They dance alone
They dance alone..."
American Flags Honoring Veterans of Foreign Wars Fly on Memorial Day, Utah
Blair, James P.
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The Flag of the United States of
Memorial Day is much more than a
three-day weekend that, for many, marks
the beginning of summer. I suppose
I didn't actually realize until recently how
important that is to me. I've never considered myself overly "patriotic". The
fact is, though, that I love these United States of America passionately,
however imperfect they may be. Looking back at what it really means
to honor those who
have died in the service of their country gives me
pause. Freedom is not free.
This goes far beyond political
partisanship, race or gender. To me it is a matter
of honor, pure
Thank God, I've not experienced the horror of losing a member of my
immediate family to war. Be that as it may, a number of
family members walked the walk,
but did not fall. My uncle is a former Marine, the father of my sons an Air Force
veteran, as was his father
before him. My step-father, a man who was a very significant and
influential figure in my life, was career Air Force as well. These
men had the courage of their convictions and considered it an honor
their country. They placed their lives on the line,
willingly. They were spared.
I dare not allow myself to forget those who were not so fortunate.
And I hope
you'll remember, too. [MG, May 2001]
Okay, Memorial Day is also the beginning
of summer festivities, and this is, after
all, La Belle Cuisine, a haven
for food aficionados, right? Let's bring on the food!
So, what's your goal? Casual,
laid back, fun, fun, fun? How about this?
Or perhaps you're into entertaining the
boss and family. You don't mind
putting in a little
but still want to fire up the grill. No problem...
Trotter Cooks at Home
Menu with wine suggestions. And recipes, of course!
To quench your thirst...
More delicious ideas:
Lou's Fried Chicken
Barbecued Texas Beef Brisket
Different Smokes for Different Folks
Garlic Meatball Po' Boys
Key Lime Pie, Three
Potato salad, let me count the ways...
Garlic Bread with Gorgonzola
Strawberry Margarita Pie
break out the grill!
Whoopi Goldberg's Big
Bad Ass Ribs
Live it up...
And here, in the New Orleans
tradition, is the
"lagniappe", the little something extra:
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups milk
4 beaten egg yolks
One 8 1/4-ounce can crushed
pineapple, well drained
3/4 cup flaked coconut
3 tablespoons rum
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Fully Baked Pastry Shell
1/3 cup flaked coconut
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
1. In a medium saucepan combine sugar and flour. Gradually stir in milk.
Cook and stir over medium-high heat till mixture is thickened and
Reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove
2. Gradually stir about 1 cup of the hot mixture into the egg yolks.
all to saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil. Cook and stir for 2
more. Remove from heat. Stir in pineapple, 3/4 cup coconut, the
and vanilla. Pour hot filling into baked pastry shell.
Cool on a rack for 1
hour. Chill for 3-6 hours before serving.
3. Meanwhile, spread 1/3 cup coconut in a thin layer in a small baking
pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 5-10 minutes or
golden, stirring once or twice. Remove and cool on a rack.
4. Decorate the pie with the whipped cream. Sprinkle the toasted coconut
over the whipped cream. Store in the refrigerator.
and neighbors, mes amis, if this doesn’t whet your appetite for
festivities, I give up.
Let us pray for peace and for the preservation
God bless you all, and keep you safe and well.
Webmistress wishes you an
excellent holiday and reminds
you, as always, to live
The Final Roll Call
seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love,
mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think
of one without
the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I
am really writing about
love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the
of it and the hunger for it…
and then the warmth and richness and
fine reality of hunger satisfied… and it
is all one."
~ M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating
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