And the livin’ is easy…….

So here we go, another summer is upon us and I stop writing, well, yeah, I stopped a couple of months ago, that said, we’ll be back in the fall with more intelligent rehashing of all things pertinent to humanity!

Enjoy Kids!

I’ve been a lazy-ass blogger lately, but really, who cares, right?

That’s the beauty of being the boss of your own blog. No deadlines, no pressure, no problems.

Of course there’s no pay either, but that’s a minor detail…..

Anyways, I have been active in the kitchen. I love surfing and finding recipes in cyberspace and here’s a couple from the last 2 days.

A couple of easy recipes……


The only thing I added to the recipe was garlic, chopped, like 8 or 9 cloves!

I used Barilla oven ready lasagna noodles and I was happy with the outcome.  I have to admit it’s better the next day reheated.

And Chocolate Chip Bread for the folks at work.

The only tweak I made was adding cocoa powder to make it more chocolaty.

Folks at work were happy, and that makes me happy……

Stay Hungry My Friends!

“I don’t care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it.”


I love this quote.

Many people have an irrational fear of talking heads.

Our current State Government in NY is overloaded with them, both at the legislative level, the Executive Branch and State Education Department.

The current education reform movement, which is aided and abetted by aforementioned talking heads and driven by corporate greed (Pearson Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, etc.) would have us believe they are going to take us to the promised land if we just follow them, albeit blindly.

I call bullshit. They’re testing and assessment reforms have not been tested or proven.

I will not follow blindly and be another lemming as many of my colleagues are.

After all, it’s not 1938, is it?

Until I get proof otherwise they can hate my guts.

but I’ve exhausted that. Now it’s about education and the rape by Corporate America. Here’s my latest thoughts.

The thoughts and ramblings of a 27 year veteran teacher (that’s me.)

Common Core Standards vs. Traditional Teaching (Whatever that is). The river a mile wide and and an inch deep is one of David Colemans mantras against traditional teaching. Too much time spent on too much information I guess. So spend an inordinate amount of time on one subject is his solution. This year, if a 5th grade teacher followed the NY Envisions webisite and got sucked into their modules, it was 2 or 3 months on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yup, 5th grade. My two colleagues who are rookies, had to buy in, me with 27 years said let’s wait and see. Thank God for tenure. They both did a great job with the modules, but at what expense? We teach ELA and math and that’s about it. Pure history about the U.S. is thrown aside and science as experimentation never happens. It’s all about the F’in test.
That’s all I hear. It makes me sick. Kids deserve better. I could go in to the number of days I spend assessing and then correcting, but that’s another post for another day, leave it at 13 days last year.

The Challenge this past week for any takers in the Cooler (a FB group of food lovers, bakers, and cooks) was chocolate, anything goes.

There were beautiful submissions. We are in the company of a crew of talented bakers.

Without further ado, here they are.


amy klein homemade AJ bars

Amy Klein made homemade Almond Joy bars. I can remember them as a kid, going to the movies, some Almond Joys, bad popcorn and bad soda pop.  Those look a hell of a lot better than the ones I had!


judy k dawson vd

Judy Kennedy Dawson with an incredible presentation. Here’s her description!

 I was looking for something special and chocolate-y to fix for Valentines dessert and found this Chipotle Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe on the Simply Recipes blog ( It was so easy and tasted divine! The hardest thing about it was waiting for it to cool!

dm It's a Reese's peanut butter cup on top of a double stuffed Oreo encased in Ghirardelli double chocolate brownie cooked in a cupcake tin.

David Cavanagh.  Above and below.   Above, well I’ll let DM describe them.

Real simple, a double stuffed Oreo, topped with a peanut butter cup and covered with brownie mix, cooked in a cupcake tray. Bake 20 minutes at 350. I use Ghirardelli brownie mix according to package directions and it will make a dozen. Those things were damned good, as a matter of fact, one of the girls called me yesterday for the recipe.

And below, DM’s Chocolate dipped strawberries.  You’re killing me Dave!

dm cav strawberries

suzanne birnie snyder

Susan Birnie Snyder, her take on Hostess cupcakes. Wicked!

donna currie Wacky cake, with a twist.

 Donna Currie,above it’s Wacky Cake, below truffles. Check out Donna’s blog,  every day there’s something awesome.         

donna currie Clods of dirt. Er, I mean TRUFFLES. The chocolate kind.

kate matney perini cream cheese brownies with macadamia nuts and ended up with super light fluffy cake.

Kate Matney Perini, Cream Cheese Brownies. I love the back drop!

sheryl wolter pecan turtles

Sheryl Wolter, Pecan Turtles. I love turtles, those are superb!

kel hinkle nutella

Kel Hinkle, above Nutella flourless cake, below, brownies with Rolos! LOve me some Rols, love me some brownies with Rolos more!

kel hinkle Brownies with Rolos, and Flourless Nutella Cake (the latter two for the chocolate challenge!)

chris hughes chocalte empanadas

Chris Hughes, Chocolate empanadas. I think I could clean that plate!

sherri medley Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake....

Sherri Medley, Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake!  Man oh man, that is decadent.

lisa grotte Dark Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache frosting. Blackberry to top.

LIsa Grotte,  dark chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache frosting. Simply put, those are some of the best looking cupcakes I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

Kim pope Death by choclate cake by hubs

Kim Pope, Death by Chocolate cake (made by her hubby!) Kudos to the hubby!

woo brower chocolate pecan lace cookies

Woo Brower, Chocolate Pecan Lace cookies.  Give me a nice cup of coffee, and I bet I could eat a dozen of those!

That’s it for this week, stay tuned for the next Cooler Challenge!

In my never ending quest to find the perfect pizza, this weeks project was skillet pan pizza, made in my cast iron Lodge pan.

After reading Kenji’s Post on Slice, I knew it was a must do. Check out his pan pizza here.

So here we go.

Start off with a pan, which I lightly oiled.


Now, notice the ridges in my pan, this isn’t a flat bottomed skillet, but more of a griddle. Would it make a difference?

After placing the dough in the pan, which I had rolled out to ensure even thickness, I put on sauce, shredded mozz, shredded sharp cheddar, and some pepperoni, another layer of sauce, then more cheese on top.



Preheated the oven to 475, and before I put the pan in, I heated the skillet on a big burner for 3 mins.

Then it was into the oven for about 12 mins.


Came out like this.


And on the peel for the  money shot.

And some slices, sloppy cutting, but tasty morsels!


Turns out the ridges had no effect other than to make the crust ridgy. I wish I’d have take a pic, because it was kind of funny looking. Didn’t hurt it though.

If you’re a pizza head and have never made this type of pie, I’d definitely recommend it.

I’ll make it on a regular basis, you get get a nice crisp crust and it’s really filling.

Tupper, out!