First, a quick recipe update. I made my Pimento Cheese Sandwich Frittata yesterday. Instead of using the scraps from cut-out sandwiches, to slices of bread I spread Pimento Cheese on top. It turned out great and Paula gave it rave reviews!
I am thankful to be taking some time off this week from the routine. Between working two jobs, writing blog posts, cooking and testing recipes, preparing for my Cooking Demo and keeping a clean house (well, somewhat clean), I’m glad to be visiting my sister in Florida. She lives in St. Augustine Beach, one of the most beautiful places in the world as far as I’m concerned. I usually visit her two times a year. Upon arrival, my goal is to become bored, which usually doesn’t occur.
So far on my visit, the only productive thing I’ve done is make Pimento Cheese. Let me tell you…it is wonderful on top of a ham sandwich! (thanks to DoubleTake Deals, we got a mini ham from Honey Baked Hams to eat on this week). I may do some more cooking while I’m here. Fresh seafood is something not readily available in Tennessee and I’ve been hankering for some Fried Shrimp. I may also put to use my new “toy”. I purchased one of the GoPro Cameras that I’m planning to use in my home kitchen in the future. But this is starting to sound like work…i’m supposed to be on vacation, right? I have taken a nap each day since I’ve been here and it’s been nice.
Along with napping, I finished a book I started reading last week. Let me preface this by saying that I am proud that I have read several books this summer. I have always enjoyed reading but it’s something I’ve never really taken time to do. Over my 40+ years, I have, on average, only read about one to two books per year. Do I have Attention Deficit Disorder? Is it easier to sit down in front of a computer and/or smart phone and spend countless hours with nothing to show for it? I can’t really answer these questions, but it has caused me to reflect on books I have read in the past and their impact.
Here is my list of books I’d like to share with you(in no particular order):
The Greatest Miracle in the World - Og Mandino
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
The Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl
Run with the Horseman - Ferrol Sams
My intention is to continue reading well past summer; even after the new Fall television season has begun. You see, as someone who is planning to publish a cookbook, it only makes sense that in order to be a better writer, I need to be more “well-read”. The book I finished was a comprehensive history of Stax Records and yesterday I finished The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. I bought a copy of Gone With The Wind at a used bookstore yesterday and started reading it. I quickly put it down after about fifteen pages were read. I'm not sure if the fact that it is over 1,000 pages is intimidating me or if the content thus far has not involved Scarlett O'Hara to the degree I would have expected. I decided, for now, to reread The Secret History.