Monthly Archives: September 2013

Simple white rice

Rice is one of those things I’m still working on (don’t laugh), but I think I’m getting the hang of it now.  (Also in that category: eggs.)

I started cooking rice regularly about a few months ago, at the suggestion of the fiance, but I’ve kept it up with it for the primary reason that it just makes so darn much. One cup of uncooked rice yields – what looks like to me – four or five good cups of cooked rice.

You can’t argue with something that economical that goes with virtually any dish.

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Baked chicken nuggets

The fiance found this one for me to try – I served them with honey mustard and ketchup dipping sauces, and chili cheese hot dogs. (What else would go with chicken nuggets? Comment and let me know, because I do not.)


  • 3 skinless boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

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Difference between: red leaf lettuce and green leaf lettuce

Note: Although this post was published in September of 2013 it was slightly revised and updated in May of 2018.

I’m going to try to keep this one as simple as possible, because it could be really easy to delve into the whole spectrum of lettuces and greens.


Both green leaf and red leaf are mild, healthy, loose leaf lettuces that serve as a great base for a salad. According to, both have an underlying hazelnut flavor to them.

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What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers

I got this book for my birthday and it is amazing. This is the best writing book I’ve seen since The 90 Day Novel. And, unlike the latter, What If? is applicable to short stories as well.

I’ve been reading this book before trying the exercises, because there are really great introductions to, and examples from students of, the exercises.

And I was thinking. . .how great would it be to track these writing exercises in my blog? It’d be even greater if I got readers participating so we could all workshop each other. The flash fiction (short short stories) section at the end looks in particular like a lot of fun!

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Difference between: jams and jellies (and preserves)

. . .and marmalade. And fruit butter.

For this Difference Between, we can rely almost entirely on the basic definitions alone.,,, and all have specific definitions on jams, jellies, and preserves that I will summarize here., however, not only provides definitions, but also a picture, that,  really, just says it all:


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