Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I am currently recovering from a facelift. Yes I am crazy, but how many of you have had braces on your teeth to make you look better? I must confess that my facelift was easy compared to the horror of braces.
Dr. William Truswell of Northampton performed the surgery yesterday. And we will both be appearing on MASS APPEAL – TV 22 on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 where he will describe the surgery and you will see the results. After dealing with my breast cancer from September through all of December, I almost cancelled this procedure, but then decided that life can be cut short at anytime…so I will take advantage of as many good things as possible.
Be sure to see my next cooking segment on MASS APPEAL on Wednesday, April 4th. I am making a lovely one skillet fish dish that even fish haters will love.
Also, I have an extra surprise segment that is being taped for MASS APPEAL on April 11th, but I am not yet sure of the date it will air. It has nothing to do with food but you are sure to enjoy it.
Hurrah! My video clips are finally up and ready for you to view, so very sorry for the delay. Unfortunately, the TOMATO FRITATTA clip is over the 10 minute limit for YouTube therefore it was not posted. The clip on how to clean the springform pan is still a dilemma. One way or another, I will have it for you to view.
Thank you to all who came to the Storrs Library on February 3rd. As promised, the recipe for my Pink Peppermint Fudge is now posted under “Recipes” on this website. You can also find the recipe on page 127 of my cookbook. A question was asked at the library about washing meat. Please note that yes, I do wash chicken prior to cooking. For some reason, my brain wasn’t thinking “chicken” only beef and pork, which I do not wash. Another statement that I would like to revise is about white and brown eggs. The “tips” on the episode “ALL ABOUT BREAKFAST” states that brown hens lay brown eggs and white hens lay white eggs. I found that this is not totally correct. The color of the egg is determined by the color of the hen’s ear lobe. If a brown ear lobe, the hen will lay a brown egg and if the hen has a white ear lobe, it will lay a white egg.
Well, the first six episodes of ANN’S TABLE FOR TWO are complete. The full shows can be seen on Mondays at 5:00 pm and Fridays at 10:00 am on Longmeadow Community TV. (See video clips from these shows on this website.) My very special thanks to Don Holland for underwriting all six shows. And to Dave Bartlett (station manager of LCTV), Doug Pas (cable access coordinator), Bryon Kozaczka (program director), and Tracey Durant (project coordinator). These are some of the nicest people I have ever come in contact with. They were all most helpful in my attempt to make the show a success…and they made me feel like I am actually good at this! Forgive me for all the mistakes I made. There was no ‘cut, let’s do it over’. When I made a mistake…we kept going. I forgot to eggwash the Raspberry Cheese Danish, I know I did some blubbering during a few of my stories and/or tips, and I really did burn my mouth on the Tomato Frittata. I am sure I will become less nervous as we continue. For now, just think of the show as ‘Lucille Ball meets Julia Child’.
There is one thing I know I forgot to mention. Sundried tomatoes come in a large jar and I usually chop and measure out the remaining tomatoes (two tablespoons each) and freeze them for future use. I freeze the portions in paper lined muffin tins for about 25 minutes, then place them in a freezer bag until I need them. I also said that I keep the remaining cream of chicken soup in the fridge for up to one week. This never happens. After two days, it goes in the freezer. Again… nothing stays in my freezer for more than three months.