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Whst kind of message are we sending the youth of today? This is disgusting.  My husband is a teacher and I worry about his safety all the time because this world has gone crazy!

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Thank you!

Front Street Station – Greenport, New York. 

This restaurant looked promising when we arrived. The tables inside were in a solarium type area and the bar area was an old train car.
We were served by a friendly server who’s name I do not recall. They bring a little corn bread loaf and some seeded crackers and a plate of real butter to the table for bread. 
We each had a class of local wine, Raphael savingon blanc which was great. I ordered Chicken francese with a baked potato and a veggie. My husband had the boiled fisherman’s platter. He enjoyed that. 

We went to Flavors to have ice cream after and then hit the Greenport theater to see Ted 2. After my husband felt terrible with a headache and nausea. When we returned to our b&b he vomited and felt better. Food poisoning? Maybe so

My meal was with a baked potato and spinach. I do not like cooked spinach at all. The chicken sauce (butter, capers and lemon) was very tart! More tart than I have ever had with chicken francese. Disappointing

That was my review on yelp.  What ensued after that review was posted  was some messages from the owner. The first was on yelp:

I sent her a private email

I also saw your reply to yelp. I am indeed a medical professional. I have seen enough cases of food poisoning to know. I am a nurse. You chose to personally insult me and that is extremely unprofessional. This had nothing to do with wine earlier in the day or the food at the B&B which was continental. 

I had no problem with the bread. It was enjoyable. You think you are doing people a favor by including a salad and a potato? Please, that is the norm where we are from. So I didn’t like the spinach? I was not informed that the vegetable was going to be spinach. Had I been informed I would have asked for something different. But I was not informed!  
Yes my dish was tart. I have had this dish several times before and it was never as tart as this dish particular meal was. I didn’t feel the need to complain about that not the spinach. 
For your information we did not eat at the movies.  
I hope you will think before going off on another reviewer on help like you did to me and others. Yelp is a place for OPINIONS and I am very sorry you didn’t like mine

To which she replied, 

I chose to point out that you threw out accusations for which you had no proof or basis. If you are indeed a medical professional then you should know the symptoms of good poisoning present themselves from an hour to 14 days after. So I am to assume that you are nothing else, anywhere else that day or the two weeks prior? Also if you truly know the signs as you say, then you certainly would have notified us immediately to let us know that there was an issue, to see if any other diners had reported any illness, and lastly to possibly keep someone else from getting sick, if it was our food, which I assure you it was not. I do not know what they do where you are from, but you were dining in Greenport, not where you are from. There are very few if any restaurants in the area that are not ala carte, so it is an extra here. Not a ‘favor’ as you put it, but not the norm. With regard to the spinach, we plate our entrees with various vegetables according to season or market. All you had to do was express that you did not care for it and you would have been accommodated. You say the spinach and bread were not a problem, yet on Yelp they seemed to be very important. When diners do not address their concerns to their server and/or owner while dining then go to a review site to give their ‘opinion’ I have very little tolerance. You do not give people a chance to rectify something and then complain afterward. I was not unprofessional, I did not personally insult you, I merely stated that you review did not seem very fine tuned as far as content and spelling. Your review was exactly that, an opinion, throwing accusations of food poisoning around with absolutely no basis of fact. If the fact that I take that as a personal affront and insult I really do not know what to say, except that I will defend myself and my business when I am unfairly blamed for something. Again I am truly sorry that your husband took ill on your vacation, but you are off base by blaming Front Street and certainly out of line by publicly suggesting such with no facts, physicians diagnosis, etc. 

I have never delt with having to report food poisoning before so I didn’t even know.  This women was very unprofessional in my opinion.  

She replied once again after I let her know my review was staying on yelp.  

You can write whatever you like. Anyone who owns a business would and should be offended by a consumer that suggests that there was a possibility of food poisoning on a public site without 1. Any documented proof it was indeed food poisoning and 2. It is not just an opinion it is a personal affront because you say ‘maybe’ : no one is reading maybe after food poisoning on a public review site. You know that as well as I do. You don’t mention maybe it was from anywhere else you frequented that day. So you singled out Front Street with no factual basis or proof and then wonder why one takes it personally. If you didn’t like it here, fine. You never expressed that to you waiter, which is your own fault. But to insinuate on any level that ‘maybe’ your husband was made I’ll crosses the line. 

So in her eyes, me the consumer, was wrong and she was offended.  She had gone off on other negative reviewers as well.  

If you are in Greenport , Long Island, New York I cannot reccommend this restaurant for dinner.  There aremany others available in that town.

Drying Basil

We planted a  moderately sized raised bed herb garden this year and our plants are growing like crazy!   I’ve been playing with drying herbs and have been researching ways to dry various herbs and found a few different ways of doing it.


Air Drying Basil

I haven’t tried this method because I don’t really have anywhere to hang basil as it needs to be.  But here’s how to do it and here is what you need to do it:

  • Fresh  Basil from your garden
  •  A piece of String, yarn or thread

Wash the basil leaves carefully using water only keeping stems on.  Tie together the bunches with the string, yarn or thread, making sure to tie them tight as you don’t want any of the stems in the bunch to fall down when they start to dry and shrink.

Hang it in a dry place out of direct sunlight.

You will know they are ready when the leaves easily break.  If not, give it another week.  Very simple.


Oven drying Basil

What you will need:

  •  basil from your garden
  • Kitchen sheers (herb scissors)
  • Aluminum foil or parchment paper
  • A cookie sheet
  • Paper towels
  • Oven
  1. Wash and dry your stems  with water only.  Drying by blotting between two paper towels.
  2. Take out discolored leaves and woody stems.
  3. Preheat your oven to the lowest . (150-180)
  4. Spread whole leaves out on chosen surface making sure that the leaves to do not overlap or fold over themselves.

You can do the next step one of two ways.

  1. You can bake your leaves  for 20 minutes in the oven, turn off the heat and leave in oven for 24 hours  (I used this method) OR
  2. Place in oven on top rack for 2 to 4 hours or until basil crumbles easily between your fingers.
  3. Gather in middle of parchment paper or foil and crumble with your fingers.
  4. Store in a glass jar in a cool dark place

I recently dried Basil using the second method and it came out pretty good.


Microwave Drying Basil

From my research, I have learned that microwave drying of basil is easier on the basil leaves than oven  drying of the leaves.  It is easier on the leaf tissue because the water in the her leaves absorbs more of the energy than the plant tissue does.  The water inside the leaves gets hot and evaporates, drying the plant tissue.

What you will need to do this:

  • Basil leaves with stems removed
  • Paper towels
  • microwave
  • funnel
  1. Wash basil bunches in cool water.
  2. remove all the leaves dividing up by size (this is important later)
  3. Blot between two paper towels to dry…make sure all the excess water is removed; otherwise, they will cook, not dry in the microwave.
  4. Arrange leaves of similar size on a paper towel on your microwave carousel .
  5. Start on with 1 minute on high setting and check the leaves.  If they do not crumble easily add another 30 seconds checking each time for ease of crumbling.

I recently dried Cinnamon Basil this way and I found that larger Basil leaves were perfect at 2 minutes and crumbled easily.  Around 1.5 minutes was good for moderately sized leaves and less for smaller leaves. Judge for yourself in 30 second increments.

After drying I gathered each batch of leaves to the center of the paper towel and crumbled with my fingers.  I used a funnel to put them into a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid.

With this method the leaves seem to retain their color and delightful aroma.

I hope you will give this a try and let me know how it worked for you!

Corned Beef and Cabbage in a Crock Pot

This is my first time ever making Corned Beef and Cabbage.  I used a recipe I found on Food.

  • 4 cups HOT water
  • 2 Tablespoons  Cider Vinegar
  • 2 table spoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground Pepper
  • 1 large onion cut into quarters
  • 3 lbs corned beef brisket (with spices)
  • 8 small white or yellow potatoes scrubbed and cut into quarters
  • 1 head of cabbage cored and cut into 10 wedges (1.5 lbs)
  • 4-5 Carrots cut into one inch pieces


Combine water , vinegar , sugar and pepper and onions in a 6 qt crockpot and mix well.

Place corned beef and the contents of the spice packet in the mixture

Scatter the potatoes over the top and along the sides

Cover and cook on high heat setting for 4 hours

Remove the lid and scatter the cabbage wedges over the top.

Cover and continue cooking on high 3-4 hours or until the beef is tender.

To Serve care the beef into slices against the Grain and serve with the cabbage and potatoes and carrots with some of the cooking liquid spooned ontop of the beef to keep it moist.

I found that the potatoes were done after the first four hours and removed them.  Perhaps place the potatoes when you place the cabbage leaves and the carrots or just remove them as i did after the first four hours.

This smells so great cooking in the house all day.

Lost Socks

I don’t know about you but I hate doing laundry.  The only thing I hate more than laundry is losing socks from one load to another!  I usually just throw them back into the dirty laundry basket until a mate can be found.  Well, no more!!

I saw this idea on Pinterest and I loved it. Here is the original idea:

I loved it so much I decided to make my own.   And here’s how I did it!

Materials I used:

  • 1 piece of Basswood Project wood (from Hobby Lobby)
  • 1 Jar of Americana Chalky finish in the color: Escape
  • Mod Podge Gloss Sealer
  • Americana Acrylic Paint in Snow White
  • 1 2″ Paint Brush
  • 4 Wooden clothes pins
  • Smaller Craft Paint brushes
  • Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks

First, I started with my Wood and brushed off all the splinters.

Then I brushed on Mod Podge Gloss Sealer And Allowed to dry.

Applied Three coats of the Americana Chalky finish paint, allowing it to dry between coats.  This pain has a neat almost crackle finish on top of the Mod Podge and it looks really nice..

I left it overnight to dry.   The next day I took the Americana acrylic paint and painted “Lost Socks” on the top of the board.  Freehand.

Using the hot glue gun I glued four clothes pins to the board as evenly spaced as I could.   The original idea had five clothes pins on it but my wood is a bit smaller than in the example so I limited mine to four clothes pins.  I debated painting the fronts of the clothes pins but decided against it.

Here is the finished product!  Cute, no?

‘The Walking Dead’ companion series gets pilot greenlight


Is this really necessary??

Originally posted on Inside TV:

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The Walking Dead companion series pilot is a go.

EW can exclusively report that AMC has officially ordered a pilot set in the same zombie-plagued universe as TV’s top-rated drama series. The as-yet-untitled project will go into production later this year, and will be set in a different location than the original series and star a new cast of characters. (Since the characters are different, the series not technically a “spinoff.”)

The Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are all on board for the new project. Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy) was tapped as showrunner back in March. Kirkman and Erickson recently turned in a pilot script, which we’re told really impressed AMC’s executive ranks.

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Buddy Update 8-25-2014

Since we’ve moved to our temporary digs, we’ve taken Buddy to the vet.  He’s had a problem with incontinence for a while now as well as an enlarged lymph node in his left leg.  It’s like a damn golf ball!

The Vet took an x-ray of his abdomen and they found a large mass that is pushing down on his bladder.  The vet believes that this is a very enlarged lymph node in his abdomen. She showed us the x-ray and it looks to me that it is as big as one of those triangle potato hash browns you can get at some restaurants. 

They did a urine analysis (UA) and the UA said that he has +3 Red Blood Cells in his urine. So the vet but him back on antibiotics even though the last culture said nothing was in there.  He’s taking Simplecef now. I’m wondering if the cancer has erroded into his bladder.  There’s no way to tell according to the vet. 

Buddy is sleeping a lot more on his favorite cushion  and does a lot more shaking than he used to, a lot more than typical “little dog shake.”

I don’t know if Buddy will be with us this time next year.