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Raising Cain

Apple pie with pecan nuts

Grandma made them all aprons as a gift, like they’d one day become domesticated. It just wasn’t in the cards, though, much to their father’s surprise. The troika instead grew into independent non-cooks and bakers who didn’t fastidiously keep house. With better things to do, nary a homemade muffin would emerge from their ovens. 

“If that shit’s going to get done, hubs can do it himself. Make his own damn sammich,” the youngest protested. “He’s got two hands.”

No wonder Mrs. Bray warned her mother at first-grade parent-teacher conferences, “I can just hear her griping at her husband one day.” 

100-word challenge prompt:  homemade


photo:  Marco Verch via Flickr


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Recipe Records the 60’s Edition – review

the '60s Edition

Recipe Records

This post delves into new territory for me – a review of Recipe Records – the 60’s Edition.  Even though I read a lot of books, I only submit anything resembling a review either on Goodreads or Amazon to brag up someone’s work I wish other people to enjoy as much as I did.  So this time I’m doing so here!

I have yet to completely pan anything.  Negativity sucks — I don’t like to get it, much less give it as feedback.  Such is absolutely not the case here, as I have all good things to say about this honorific cookbook.  Double the reason I want to review Recipe Records – the 60’s Edition. The irony is I don’t cook!  It’s tedious, boring and nerve racking all at the same time.  Who has that kind of time-management skill?  Suffice to say, this little gem of a book makes me want to reach into another foreign area — the oven.

Lanea Stagg partnered with her friend, Maggie McHugh, who died young shortly after the initial project reached its fruition.  What began on a whim became a fun way for these authors to reach out to mutual music lovers and culinary crusaders.  The 60’s Edition serves in part as a tribute to a cherished friendship while making a statement of popular music’s value in culture and every-day life.  Anecdotes parsed out the book make it much more than simply a step-by-step directional guide.  It reads as a concise historical piece and nostalgic look back at music with clever connections to food.  A perfect combination of two things I love … eating and all things pop culture.  And the recipes sound yummy, too.

Yes, I am one of the people who endorsed the book within its pages.  So I’ll repeat — these feisty women precisely mix their love of cooking and music to a greater yield than I previously knew.  Copies of the book are available at Recipe Records.  Lanea also blogs at Rock Blocks and hosts her own internet radio show.  Check them out!

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