Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Important upcoming dates!

really I'm kidding ... sort of!  lol!  April 15th is National Glazed Spiral Ham Day -- if you've never had a Honey Baked Ham ... search them on the Internet and get yourself one!!

Stay tuned because April 16 is Eggs Benedict Day ... do I have recipes and stories for you!!

April 18 is National Animal Crackers Day ... oh my gosh, do you remember the little boxes with the strings attached that were such a treat?  Hope your kids enjoy the same!!

And April 20th is Pineapple Upside Down Cake day ...

I could just go on and on but you'll have to check back because I have so many recipes to share!!!!  Have a great tomorrow!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Crab Louis

Since my liver and onions yesterday wasn't such a hit with most of my friends ... I thought tonight I'd go the seafood route because it is so fresh and plentiful here in Florida.  Not wanting to put a LOT of effort into dinner for one, and having picked up a container of jumbo lump crabmeat, I developed a craving for Crab Louis.

What is it?  
Many historians believe that the salad began appearing on menus of finer West Coast establishments between the turn of the 20th century and World War I. Other historians suggest that the salad was named after King Louis XIV who was known for his enormous amounts of food he could eat. I prefer to believe it was named for King Louis -- thus it is a "dish of kings" -- or in my case queens! lol!!

The crab is traditionally placed on a bed of good lettuce (I'm using baby greens) with hard boiled eggs, chopped tomato and asparagus spears surrounding it.  The dressing is made with mayonnaise, red chili sauce, minced green onions, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, lemon juice and salt and pepper and served on the side.  Since it's just me eating, I'll pour that right on the crab!!

That's Life ...

... and it's tough times.  After our exciting move to Florida back in December, we had a lovely Christmas with family and then for my birthday in January darling Jenny and Sophie came to visit!  We were off to a great start.

Then along came the bad news ... in February my husband was diagnosed with small cell cancer in his lungs and by March it had spread to his liver and bones.  We're putting up a good fight and going through chemo with another round this week and more scans next week.  Our mantra nowadays is from our favorite movie "Finding Nemo" and it's "just keep swimming" so we're trying to keep our heads above water.

One of the biggest challenges is getting enough nutrition into Howard as he is not in the mood to eat.  I make a mean milkshake full of calories, but he can only drink one or two a day :)  But at least he's trying ...

Keep us in your thoughts and swim along with us!