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A beautiful pre-spring day.  Jean Claude and Roxie actually spent a bit of time in the backyard.  I then gave them some wet food- chicken feast.   They tend to be picky eaters.  I think they prefer the dry stuff.   We as humans often have our preferences about food, although  I am always up for a chicken feast myself – preferably fried .  I usually cook it up with flour, paprika, onion powder and deep fry it in peanut oil.

Spent part of the day recuperating after a visit to the dentist and  watching the Food Network Channel ‘s Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten.  Say what you will the woman can cook – she  makes you want to eat and cook.  I own four of her cookbooks and  had the pleasure of meeting her four years ago while in the Hamptons.  She and her husband Jeffrey were buying flowers.  She is  just like she is on television!!  Truly a serene and gifted spirit.

 I tried her fried chicken recipe but it involves buttermilk – probably the ONLY recipe she  has created  that I don’t like.  That said I’ve  joined my neighbors Paul and Isaiah in our annual “no meat” for Lent sacrifice except on Sundays.  Think I’ll make some fried chicken this Sunday.  In the meantime please enjoy Paul’s recipe for quick soup(with V-8 juice).

Saute in three T olive oil:

Half medium onion sliced

2 cloves minded garlic


Cumin teaspoon

Fennel seed ½ t

Red pepper flakes ¼ t

Add to sauté and cook for another 3 min.

Add 1 ½ shredded cabbage [not too fine] and cook with other ingredients.

Add small can [12 oz] of V-8 and about three cans of water

Bring to boil, then simmer.

Add two carrots chopped

1 t salt

1/3 of a red bell pepper chopped

1 small zucchini chopped

1/3 can of garbanzo beans

¼ cup elbow mac

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