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True Love, Sweets!

Cooking is important again… and has stayed that way for months! We don’t buy baked goods and other deli items while shopping now… GREAT cookie recipe from http://www.butterbaking.com! I had only brown sugar, and now have a versatile recipe that … Continue reading

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Rona2: In the Groove with Rancho Gordo

You are not hearing me rave as much about Rancho Gordo beans because I am kinda getting into a groove with them.  I cook more of them in the manner described on their site, and then mix it up with … Continue reading

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Pineapple Ginger Garlic Teriyaki Chicken

I’ve made sure that I cooked really good meals for us — versatile and changing, things like this one that can become second meals with white beans added over rice… there is so little goodness around these days that cooing … Continue reading

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Rona2: Wall of Moms

I have so much to say about my disappointment in our government. I don’t recognize my country.  No one works together to ward the common good. The last showdowns with the feds were with the Wall of Moms and the … Continue reading

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Rona2: AOC

I only wish I could do her justice… not quite right! For those of you who don’t think women go through this; it is true. The harassment started for me USC School of Architecture with SOME not all my design … Continue reading

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Rona2: Purple Watercolors

Yesterday I played with  MGraham Ultramarine Violet (left) and Daniel Smith Cobalt Blue Violet (right) here. Today I am showing you my mainstream (not small manufacturers) purples, and talking about why I choose certain paints as KEEPERS… Keepers have a … Continue reading

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Rona2: Delphiniums

Cynthia let me use her images of delphiniums with which to work; In the true theme of an art journal I was playing with paint and direct watercolor versus pen and ink and watercolor. Trying MGraham Ultramarine Violet, the prettiest … Continue reading

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Rona2: Rancho Gordo Midnight Black Beans

So yummy we bought several bags of Midnight Black Beans! Black beans are a favorite — they have a different taste than Pintos and we use them in much the same way. The first time I had black beans was … Continue reading

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Rona2: Can’t Go Home Again

Home home home… The idea of home is so far away from today’s reality… Family figures who were wayshowers became betrayers, My hometown has become a rich man’s enclave, far away from the hippy beach community that was heaven… and … Continue reading

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Rona2: Rancho Gordo Flageolet Beans

Flageolet is another sweet-smelling bean right out of the bag — smells of the earth and it smells GREEN… Flageolet pushed me back a decade to when I had the time to make my own chicken stock from leftover bones, … Continue reading

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Rona2: Wildlife

Blackberries along the back fence attract birds and so, this year, we finally began feeding the birds on the roof of our building’s loading dock. A wide variety of seed and peanuts and corn means a wide variety of bird … Continue reading

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Rona2: Rancho Gordo Ayocote Morado Beans

This a redo and making-it-better of my Rancho Gordo Ayocote Morado Beans. I nearly cried when we finished this batch, especially as they are already out of stock! I pre-soaked these beans for an hour… seeing the beautiful beans in … Continue reading

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Rona2: Rancho Gordo Santa Marie Pinquitos

Bored with talk of beans yet? Oh well. because I have lots more beany things to explore! These beans smelled like fresh grass when I opened the bag. Now I am smelling ALL my bags — but so far none … Continue reading

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Rona2: Rancho Gordo Best Cassoulet Beans

This a redo and making-it-better of my Rancho Gordo Cassoulet Beans. I nearly cried when we finished this batch! Doubled my 4 pieces bacon to 1/2 package, so almost double. A bit more Chipotle — but then we love things smokey … Continue reading

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Rona2: Rancho Gordo Yellow Eye Beans

*sigh* My first failure, sorta… Yellow Eye Bean did not deserve that! I put the beans in water to soak and forgot them and they soaked a LONG time, too long. I also put the wrong liquids in the pot … Continue reading

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Rona2: Protests and Riots and Looting

Midweek, and several days since the protests started. I’ve thought about this so much, and partly has been self-serving, as we worry about our own business not too far from downtown.  I/we think about where our country is heading all … Continue reading

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Rona on Grey, Rancho Gordo White Lima Beans

Finally received the box of beans from Rancho Gordo… Been reading about them, and now I had to have beans… a staple during this damn Rona visit. I started with 1 lb of the big fat White Lima beans. They … Continue reading

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Rona on Grey, Hot Blackened 2-Pepper Beans and Rice

Hot Spicy Blackened 2-Pepper Beans with Brown Basmati/Wild Rice Blend! This can be made with any bean… in fact pintos are not my favorite beans!  Today I made it with canned black beans and without the wild rice blend, which … Continue reading

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