SatGourmet: Let Us Eat…Cake!

Snow should melt a bit more, today. And in celebration, Looking Outside the Box steps into the kitchen with a lesson in post-storm attitude adjusting! “Now that the powers on .. relax and have some yellow cake Cake 1 yellow cake mix 4 eggs 4 ounces butter 1/2 cup vegetable oil 11 ounces mandarin oranges drained – small can 5 tablespoons flour Frosting 20 ounces can crushed pineapple do not drain – large can 1 package …

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SatGourmet: Crab Cakes and Cheese Puffs!

Been a wild week around here.  So my special thanks for us for a couple of readers who have generously shared from great ideas to roll with this weekend. First up, our star gem cutter up in  Albuquerque checks in with? “Nancy’s Most Excellent Crab Cake Recipe” First, I use a 10 1/2 inch seasoned iron skillet to make my cornbread. Many recipes for crab cakes call for bread crumbs, but I like to use homemade …

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SatGourmet: Cooking for the Kids

We hear-tell we have children (*and grandchildren) but with CV-19, we don’t get many people braving the electronic fencing and mine fields to come visit us. But a lot of our friends, who remained in the same city as their off-spring, are lucky enough to have kids.  So that means, when they come over, best to have something to put in their mouths. I learned early-on that if I talked enough at the dinner table, …

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Sunday ShopTalk: Anti-Aging Autos, Side of Woo-Woo

Since I’m updating my book “How to Live on $10,000 a Year – Or Less…” over on the Peoplenomics side of the house (free there, update will be $4-bucks here when done), this whole matter of America’s Assinine Auto Addiction (quadruple A) was my focus Saturday. Cars as Investments Pappy always taught that cars were “…not investments…never think of ’em that way!” But, when I raised the issue of original invoiced  early split-window Corvette’s going …

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ShopTalk: Where Industrial Arts Went

With 72 ahead for me in a few short weeks, and with Elaine tuning up for hip surgeries, we continue to enjoy all the adventures we can in life. But life is indeed changing and all around us.  Especially in the Shop. I’ve told you before about my concerns with America becoming a third-rate place – having lost our “industrial edge.”  It’s there in books bemoaning the passing of “old school” industrial arts.  The good …

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SatGourmet: Pappy’s Cuban Bread

Credit here to my younger sister (I have an older one, too) for putting the time and energy into compiling a Ure Family Cookbook, a while back.  Though somewhat recent, since it was in “digital times.” There are two kitchenary delights today (besides my compulsive hitting the “Deals” tab on Amazon to find power tools for the kitchen.  We’ll begin with… Pappy’s Cuban Bread This one was out of Sunset Magazine years ago (though I always …

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Live on $10,000 a Year–The Sequel

By far, the most popular book I’ve ever written has been “How to Live on $10,000 a Year, Or Less…” Issued first back in 2005.  Thing is, I haven’t updated the book since 2013.  That was the 4th edition.  I reckon it’s time to update it  again.  Thinking – and facts on the ground have changed.  But as we’ll see as this latest edition unrolls, good ideas have a kind of permanence about them. As …

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Saturday Gourmet: Cointreau Chicken

Random Table Notes Welcome to yet-another experiment in fine living.  Wherein we offer a few notes on the fine art of eating.  And whatever happens first to get there… We invite you, dear reader, to also contribute from your epicurean expertise to our own adipose pursuits.  Write us a foody article! Yes, contributions from aspiring chroniclers of cookery are welcome.  In return, we offer no money or valuable consideration, other than perhaps the notoriety of finally …

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