Archive for May 13th, 2012

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I’m finally getting around to posting stuff I did a while back. First off is corned beef sammies, which I made from leftovers from St. Patrick’s Day. Better late, and all that.

First, you’ll need to have cooked corned beef already on hand. Either left from a brisket, or gotten from a deli. Get a big baguette, and sliced it. Sliced up some onions and peppers and roast them in the toaster oven. Likewise zucchini, then broccoli and carrots. All tossed with some olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Fresh garlic might work too. Feel free to substitute with whatever vegetables you prefer. These are ones I like and had on hand.

Once all the veggies are roasted, array them for easy sandwich assembly. Slice the corned beef, if you haven’t already. Add some to the baguettes, and top with veggies. I add mustard (Dijon or spicy brown), but if you don’t like that, leave it off or use something else. I can’t imagine using ketchup or mayonnaise, but if that’s your thing, go for it.

Oh, now you can eat. Try making some ahead for future lunches. Or just roast the veggies and refrigerate, then assemble the sandwiches when you want to eat them, so the bread doesn’t get too mushy. You can even make a purely veggie sandwich, or use other meats if you like. Yum!

Roasting the veggies and having them on hand gives you options. Cooking one day for the rest of the week can be really helpful. Something I learned from the Frugal Gourmet.

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Mother’s Day

A bittersweet day, since Mom’s been gone. I don’t break down and boo-hoo or anything. But then I rarely do that sort of thing anyway. I miss her and think about her all the time, and probably always will. But on the day she passed, and Mother’s Day, and her birthday, I particularly miss her. Yet I also remember all the good times we had together.


You know the ones you love will die, and your parents likely before you. But it’s not something you dwell upon. Which is why the cancer diagnosis was an odd blessing. I’d moved in with her a couple years before, to help both of us. After the diagnosis, Mom had relatively good health for a year and a half, thanks to Hospice. But I knew our time together was limited, so I tried to share as much love and fun with her as I could. I’ll always treasure those memories, and our trip between the hurricanes in 2004, and the camping trip in the summer of 1971. And all the times in between, ups and downs. I miss you, Mom, and I love you. I’ll be up there to join you in a few decades, but I’m going to take my time. Wait up for me, and we’ll cook up something fun, OK?

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