I have always complained about my black thumb with houseplants. Last year, my friend Jennifer looked at the rather pathetic specimens around here and advised me that her mother, who has the most fabulous plants, waters them with coffee. i thought that was interesting and then forgot about it til a couple of weeks ago. My basil plant, which I had brought indoors when summer was over, is near my sink, under the fluorescent under-cabinet light. It was doing ok for a while but the leaves were getting smaller and smaller, as they do with insufficient light (or so I thought). In a moment of desperation, I poured a cup of diluted leftover coffee into the plant and now I wish I had taken a "before" picture. Within a few days, it started to grow new leaves and they were normal size! Yesterday I snipped off the top leaves and used them in my pasta sauce. You can't believe how amazing this is!
Thoroughly blend a 3 oz. pkg cream cheese, 3 tbsp mayonnaise and 1/2 cup of chopped nuts.
Fill cavities of (canned) peach halves with the mixture; put two halves together with toothpicks. Roll each peach in cocoanut and arrange on salad greens. If desired, serve with whipped cream.
Standard Cream of Vegetable Soup
2 cups vegetable pulp
2 cups thin white sauce
Cook vegetables till tender, drain and press through coarse sieve. Combine pulp with white sauce. Serve hot.
The second piece of ephemera was a menu from 1955. My parents had taken us to Washington D.C. and we had apparently eaten at this place. I wonder if it still exists.
And here are the specials of the day. Read it and weep.
And Then We Set it On Fire