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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  I've recently learned to like hummus. When I lived in NY I stopped at different Delis, who didn't blend the chickpeas well, and put no additives (garlic, onion, etc ) in them. It was horrible. So, I bought some pre-made stuff, some pitas, and my own add-ins, it is great. I've also learned it's easy to make, and there are a million recipes on the web. All you need is chickpeas and tahini, plus your own flavor ingredients.

Put it in a pita, on melba toast, crackers, pita crisps, whatever. Protein, and veggies what could be better.
Yesterday at 22:31 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  well, I had to look up Tahini !
What is tahini?
Think peanut butter, only made with sesame seeds. To make tahini, sesame seeds are soaked in water for a day, then crushed to separate the bran from the kernels. The crushed seeds are put into salted water, where the bran sinks, but the kernels float and are skimmed off the surface. They are toasted, then ground to produce their oily paste. There are two types of tahini, light and dark, and the light ivory version is considered to have both the best flavor and texture.

Tahini is most closely associated with the Middle East, where it is eaten as is, and often used in making hummus (mashed chickpeas, flavored with lemon juice and garlic ), baba ghanoush (a purée of eggplant, lemon juice, garlic, and oil ), halvah (a confection that includes honey or cane syrup ), and other traditional dishes
Balo, you do expand the mind and taste buds
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   Balogreene posted on Veterans' Page & Militaria  Yesterday, I spent an hour or so with a young man (40-ish ) I work with. He was a Ranger in Afghanistan. He was also in his late 20's when he joined the army. He is currently reserve, and in OCS. The things he said about the people in Afghanistan were shocking. I thought I knew things from people and experiences, but, I knew nothing. He told me, as American soldiers drive down the roads in their Humvees, or tanks, or Strykers, young children are thrown in front of the truck. If the Americans stop, they are ambushed and killed. So, they keep going. Pedophilia and bestiality are a fact of life because according to Islam, that is not sex.

This is why so many suffer from PTSD. And in the meantime, Diane Feinstein releases a report on American behavior.
December 12 at 20:31 EST .

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   Safetydude  Balo...

I've never heard anything about Afgan children being thrown in front of our vehicles. But then I've not been there and what I know is second or third hand. The guys I know that were there were at Bagram Aibase, not in the field. Your information may be more current than mine.

However, at 40-ish your young colleauge would have a tough time getting into Army OCS because the upper age limit is thirty-three(with as a minimum a BA degree )and you must accept your commision prior to age thirty-four. Also OCS is at Ft. Benning GA. and lasts twelve weeks, no leave, so I don't know what..."and in OCS" means. Being in OCS is like being pregnant, either you are or you're not.
Wednesday at 22:50 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Suggested Reading  Our Kindles were updated recently. A new feature is a household account. It only allows for two adult accounts to be shared, but, in our house that works. Mom and I are on one account, Big Sis has another. When we clicked the Settings, and to share a household account, we suddenly each had all the other's books available. You can block your books from the other account, so if there is something you don't want them to see, they won't. The nice thing for us, is we won't have to buy duplicate books (we sometimes do ).
December 10 at 21:21 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  The plane that crashed into a home in Maryland, killing a mother and her two very small children, happened less than an hour from my home. It has made local news a lot. A waitress who served the family every week set up the following Go Fund Me page:

The blessing is, since Monday they have raised $325,000 for the husband, and surviving 5-year old. I know he will eventually get insurance, and whatever, but, I can't imagine his loss. Or how he is dealing with this. The outpouring of love and money is totally amazing. As much as it is a lot of money, it will probably cover the cost of a house in that area, not much more.
December 10 at 10:02 EST .

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   Balogreene  P.S. If you live in the area (closer than me ), the father is asking for clothing and shoes, toiletries, etc. On the page, in one of the comments, they show a list of sizes, etc., and a drop off point. I think it says he works in the restaurant industry, so he is not one of the high-paid government contractors who abound in this area.
December 10 at 10:12 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Linder: Here is the Magic Cookie Bars. I can't for the life of me remember what the 7th ingredient is. But, here goes, they are so good, and so easy:

½ cup butter or margarine, melted
1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
1 (14 ounce ) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
1? cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
1.Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with chocolate chips, coconut and nuts. Press down firmly with a fork.

2.Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut into bars or diamonds. Store covered at room temperature.
December 8 at 18:24 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Balo, the 7th layer is butterscotch chips.
December 8 at 20:31 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Yum....Question-what keeps it all from falling off once it is cooked?? Are the topping ingredients listed in order that they are placed on top of the crust?? Does it all melt together and become "one". My blood sugar just went up 100 points reading about it but I still want to make it!!!!!!
December 9 at 08:00 EST .

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   Balogreene  Holly, I thought that too, but, I can't imagine my great-grandmother having butterscotch chips 100 years ago.

Bird, yeah, that's the order you put it together, and everything just melts together and then semi-hardens when it cools. Good for a sugar rush every time!
December 10 at 09:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  350° oven? Maybe your grandmother used raisins or some candied fruit or ginger.
December 14 at 00:07 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Household Hints  My Christmas gift (early ) Sorry, couldn't get a good link, but it works.
December 5 at 00:10 EST .

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   Balogreene  OK, I got it. Used it the other day, it works well.
December 5 at 00:12 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  I got a new cookbook today ($1.99 used from Amazon ). "Simply French" it is Joel Robuchon's recipes. Terribly French, Duck, foie gras, truffles, all kinds of stuff normal people don't eat. I got it for the salads, appetizers, soups, and deserts. I skimmed it tonite, but was so concerned about getting things done on my TM, I didn't do much more than skim. When I get to the good recipes, I will post.
December 2 at 23:04 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  My MIL loved to cook from her French cook book, one of our favorite dinners was Veal Oscar, since you are of Swedish descent, you should appreciate it named after Sweden's King Oscar II
Tarragon Bearnaise Veal Oscar

not exactly her recipe, but she hid a lot of her secrets. ( Like nutmeg in the Lobster Newburg ! )
December 3 at 15:52 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Surf:
Your recipe for bars, on the second thread makes me giggle. I think it can be found on a can of sweetened condensed milk. But, my Great Grandmother owned a bakery in MI. It was her most requested item. She called them 7-ingredient bars. She gave the recipe to family only, with the promise we would never share it outside the family. It is a SECRET family recipe. Of course, she was born in the 1880's and lived all her life in a small town, even though her husband and brother were both Great Lakes ships captains!
We never have shared the recipe, but, refer people to the cans of condensed milk.
November 27 at 12:58 EST .

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   Surfhut  Hi, Balogreene! You just made me giggle!
November 28 at 16:59 EST .

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   Linder  Loved these posts! Love people who do not take themselves too seriously. Didn't have time to follow recipe posts but will be looking on a condensed milk can for the recipe.
November 28 at 20:29 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Crafts  I hope to make this for me and my mates.
   November 26 at 20:11 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss Balogreene---say it isn't so. ;- )
November 28 at 11:55 EST .

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   Balogreene  The thing is, you either knit, or crochet a hat, and then a "string", and attach it to the hat. Several of us who work together, using most of our brain cells, find it amusing!
December 5 at 20:16 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I love it, maybe, please, maybe, you could make an extra one for an out of towner, it might be the only brain I have that will function. Trying to get off the roller coaster, after the Ortho Dr couldn't treat DH until Workers Comp assigns a MRI facility, had to take the Beaglie to the Vet, he has a sprained elbow, who knew doggies have elbows, this was all after the 7 am dentist for adjustments to the dern foreign object in my mouth called a 'flipper' denture. I feel like I went down the yellow brick road and Need a Brain. LOL
December 6 at 08:54 EST .

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   Surfhut  I want one.
December 7 at 16:16 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Balo-when you get it made, take a picture, then I can offer an opinion. As for right now, not so sure.
December 7 at 17:58 EST .

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   Gerty  Hey, if you people are serious about this "hat", I may have a way of doing it.

As Miss Balogreen has already stated: first knit or crochet a skull cap (no pun intended--that's what this kind of basic hat is called ). That's the easy part.

Now get a used wooden sewing thread spool (with a hole going through the center ). Drive 4 small horseshoe nails around the hole at one end and proceed to weave a tube-like thread for approx. two yards. Use this to sew on a pattern imitating the convolutions of the brain covering the scull cap.

Good Luck!
December 9 at 06:38 EST .

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   Gerty  Just found additional information on the woven tube which will simulate "brain matter"---the craft uses a "Knitting Nancy". Look it up! Some of us used these when we were kids.
December 9 at 06:48 EST .

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   Hollyhock  This little hat is so clever. Another way of knitting the "brain" would be to use the I-cord technique then sew onto the hat.
December 12 at 10:09 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Suggested Reading  I just finished "The Forgotten Highlander" by Alistair Urquhart. He was a young man (19? ) when WWII broke out in Europe. His family was comforted that previously the UK had called up people in alphabetical order. They must have started at the other end for WWII. He was stationed in Singapore, and was there when they surrendered. He spent the next five or six years as a Japanese POW. He worked on the Bridge on the River Kwai, and was at Nagasaki when the bomb went off.

I think he went into reasonable detail in the beginning to establish who he was. The detail of the time in the camps is amazing. When he wrote the book, at age 90, he had not forgiven the Japanese, or the British War Department. He does not go into much detail about his life after the war, except the first maybe year at home. He fought the War Department, tried to put his life back together, and struggled with acclimatization to a normal life. Then he gets really vague.

The story is his wartime experience, the evil of the Japanese, and the ill-treatment at the hands of the War Department, of all who had been POWs. It is a riveting story of courage and strength.
November 23 at 22:45 EST .

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   Gram77  This sounds like a book I want to read. Thanks for the review.
November 24 at 09:49 EST .

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   MeiDei  I worked (in the 80's ) with a Dutchman who as a young man was in the spice trade in Asia & also imprisoned several years by the Japanese doing hard labor. He never spoke much about it other than to marvel at dealing with them 40 years later with his renewed side-line spice business.
November 24 at 17:14 EST .

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   Balogreene  Apparently, this is the first Alastair ever talked of it, not even to his wife.
November 27 at 13:14 EST .

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