My thoughts of Devon O’Day’s “My Southern Food”

I was digging around in my Twitter notifications and I noticed a retweet and a thank you from Devon O’Day. I had tweeted that I was reading her book “My Southern Food: A Celebration of the Flavors of the South” ( My thoughts … it’s a keeper. This is the sort of book that will be passed down in the family for some time … an heirloom.

51pv8molzplThere are tons of recipes ( I didn’t count them ), wonderful pictures and anecdotes. I loved every minute of it. I suppose that the one that stuck with me the most was the picture of a little girl waiting for the home made ice cream to finish. I can remember cranking our ice cream ( I think it was their way of keeping me out of trouble ) on the back porch until my arms failed.

As you might imagine, I give “My Southern Food” 5 stars out of 5.

Old-Fashioned Very Vanilla
Homemade Ice Cream

This recipe is older than I am. Do not do the math.

1½ cups sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

½ teaspoon salt

1 quart milk

4 large eggs

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

4 cups heavy cream

In a double boiler over boiling water (to avoid scorching), stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt, and then gradually add the milk. Continue to stir until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove the custard from the heat. In a separate large bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Stir a small amount of the custard into the eggs slowly. Blend it completely. Continue adding custard in small amounts, stirring to integrate the custard with the eggs completely after each addition, until all the custard and eggs are blended and creamy. Add the entire mixture back to the double boiler and cook the custard for 5 minutes. Pour the liquid into a storage container, cover, and chill overnight or for at least 6 hours in the refrigerator. Add the vanilla and cream to the ice-cream mixture and blend well. Transfer to a 1-gallon ice-cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Makes 1 gallon

In my mailbox: Keepers by Brenda Cooper

Picture 30I want to thank the folks at Pyr  for the free review copy. It’s always nice to find something in the mailbox other than bills.

“Keepers” by Brenda Cooper

51ei7qvujcl-_sy346_Two sisters, one from a megacity and one from the wilderness, work together to protect the wilderness and the reintroduction of wolves from a group more interested in private property than public good.

In a future Earth that’s run by brilliant green cities separated by open land held in common for the good of wild things, two sisters must work together across and between the vastly different environments to root out dangers to both. They must protect the cities and the wild from the Returners, who prefer the toxic past to the difficult present. The older sister, Lou, her protector Shuska, and biologist friend Matchiko have reputations as successful rugged environmentalists. They must stay safe, listen, work, and sleuth out hidden nests of Returners. Oh, and save a few wolves along the way. In the meantime, Lou’s younger sister, Coryn, is learning that working for the most powerful woman behind the scenes in a megacity is far harder than it looks. When the Returners threaten the city, the sisters must find a way to preserve both their ways of life.

Keepers asks, Do humans have enough creativity, responsibility, and generosity to survive?

Amazon mouse followup

Last Christmas my sister and nephew gave me a new mouse. I don’t know why computer mouses die in my hands but they do. Sadly, this mouse has died as well. The left click button doesn’t work.


Currently, I am using one of my nephews second-hand mouses. Does this mean that Amazon products fail? In this case, I think it’s me… I’m left handed so maybe that has something to do with it.

Awww … Well have a great weekend everyone.

AnreaNet let go two writers after Social Media squabble


As many of you know, I am a big fan of Guild Wars. That being said, some people, including AnreaNet employees, can’t play well with others. In this case, Jessica Price and Peter Fries ( writers ) responded inapporpriately to some criticism.

As you might imagine, Social Media was aflame with egos, harassment, and outrage. The result, Jessica and Peter are looking for jobs.

Something I learned a long time ago … the customer is always right.

Book Review: Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor

My thoughts of Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor: Ghosts, Seances, and Tales of True Hauntings.

Picture 28From shimmering specters to mysterious tricks, Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor includes original supernatural tales, classic ghost stories, legends, hauntings, séances, superstitions, and death customs. This book showcases a chilling collection of startling ghost stories as told to the author as well as legendary ghosts and haunted locations and an overview of the paranormal parlor games that rose to popularity in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. It also includes hidden history such as the story of Mark Twain’s ghost, and the quiet horror writings of the architect who started the Gothic Revival movement (Ralph Adams Cram).

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Brisingr – Eragon – MAN AT ARMS: REFORGED

I enjoyed this series back in the day and I like to check back on it from time to time. In this case, the Man at Arms: Reforged crew make the sword Brisingr from the Eragon book series. While I highly recommend reading Eragon, I can’t give the same recommendation for the movie. Who knows, maybe Hollyweird will give us a reboot?