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   Balogreene posted on Sports  Man, didn't I post about Spring Training?

It has started!
Wednesday at 21:49 EST .

   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  Wasn't there something here?
Wednesday at 21:47 EST .

   Escaped commieny  I had a peeve about the terrible computer store service, but it just sounded too crabby, so I took it down.
Thursday at 05:36 EST .

   Balogreene  Thanks EC, I thought I had lost my mind!
Yesterday at 22:00 EST .

   Balogreene posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Can you find the cold baby? I closed the window shortly thereafter.
   February 19 at 21:22 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  Surf, and other Oklahomans, I'm going to be in Broken Arrow (Tulsa ) from 25 April to 2 May. We are definitely going to the OKC Bombing Memorial one day, but, maybe we can meet?
   February 12 at 00:08 EST .

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   Surfhut  We absolutely must get together when you are in OKC! Do you have an OKC bucket list? The Memorial is hallowed ground, even more moving when you are walked through it by a local. Do you have an OKC bucket list? There are many wonderful things to do in this city. It is so much fun meeting fellow Ldotters in person! (You do know you'll be here during tornado season?! ) We should email each other over the weekend. Can't wait!
February 12 at 20:22 EST .

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   Balogreene  The OKC Memorial is an absolute must! My sister (in Broken Arrow, and a Lucianne member ) is my tour guide, but she insists on an architectural tour of OKC, and more. We are also going to the Cherokee Heritage Museum, the Prairie something to see the Buffalo, I don't know, I have a week, but, we will be in OKC. We will get together. I know there are also good restaurants in OKC.
February 12 at 21:06 EST .

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   BirdsNest  You both will have such fun!! Remember, pictures.
February 13 at 08:24 EST .

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   Balogreene  I hear there is a Spanish/Tapas Restaurant on the Canal Walk. And my sister, who usually lurks here, wants to meet Surf too. Fun, fun, fun.
February 13 at 12:06 EST .

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   Linder  Great fun and we'll expect to be kept posted on it.
February 13 at 19:24 EST .

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   Surfhut  The tapas bar is Bolero, in a part of downtown known as Bricktown. Tons of great things to do and see downtown. Architectural tour probably includes the Overholser Mansion. Beautiful, historic neighborhood. Hope you put the Cowboy Hall of Fame (now called the Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum ) on the list.

I'm house hunting and hope to be moved into an historic neighborhood closer to downtown by the time of your visit. I haven't talked with Magdalene recently but will call her this weekend. She has chemo behind her and, hopefully, will feel well enough to join us. Mags is one awesome, intelligent, interesting, FUNNY woman! Fun will be had by all!
February 14 at 07:34 EST .

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   Magdalene  Count me in! Can't wait to meet you! (& get Surfie hugs! )
February 15 at 01:06 EST .

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   BirdsNest  This is the start of something good!!
February 15 at 07:45 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on The Road Automobilia  Buzz, WW, other train buffs. Going to OK in April. Anyone know anything about the OK railroad museum in OK City?
February 12 at 00:06 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Veterans' Page & Militaria  We're working on a Technical Manual, have a Chief Warrant Officer, and a Staff Sergeant this week helping us get ready for testing. Today the buzz was, the major was coming to meet us. Someone said "she", and I did a double take. I weirdly think Major=male. Bad, bad, me. She came, and was really a nice person.

She seems very young to this 62-yr-old woman, I was told, graduate from college at 21 or 22, 6 to 8 years to become a major, you should be a major by 30. She's also about 5' and 90 pounds. But, we entertained her, let her play with our system without judgement of her skill (we've all been there ), and laughed and had fun, while she figured out this new thing she is in charge of.

I love working with soldiers, but, this was a new experience. The respect shown is kind of new, I've met high officers before without having to stand in their presence, but, the soldiers,and ex-soldiers were, so I did.

Chief and Sergeant are different, we are all equals, and they are teaching me so much. I love them, even offered to adopt the Sergeant, but, he said I'd have to take his whole family : )
February 12 at 00:04 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Orange Salad with Red Onions and Black Olives
Juicy salads made with citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits, are popular accompaniments to the spicier, and sometimes fiery, tagines. Colorful and refreshing, this salad is also delicious with grilled and roasted meats.

3 fresh oranges, peeled with a knife to remove the pith, and thinly sliced (they cut the ends off, and then peel )
1 red onion, thinly sliced into rings
about 12 black olives, pitted
2– 3 tablespoons olive oil
freshly squeezed juice of 1 lime
sea salt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, roasted
½ teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
a small bunch of cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped

Arrange the orange slices on a serving dish or in a shallow bowl and place the onion slices and olives on top.
In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, lime juice, and salt to taste and pour the dressing over the oranges.
Sprinkle the cumin seeds, paprika, and cilantro leaves over the top and serve.

Basan, Ghillie (2014-02-21 ). Tagine: Spicy stews from Morocco (Kindle Locations 734-736 ). Ryland Peters & Small. Kindle Edition.
February 10 at 21:57 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Dried Fruit and Nuts with lime and coriander
1 Cup whole almonds (I used slivered )
1 Tablespoon Olive oil plus 1 Tablespoon butter
2 Tablespoons Macadamia nuts (I used cashews or pistachio )
2 Tablespoons Cashews, halved
3/4 Cup ready to eat dried pitted apricots
3/4 Cup ready to eat dried pitted dates (I used prunes )
1-2 teaspoons finely chopped dried red chili
grated zest of 1 lime
a small bunch of cilantro leaves, finely chopped
Sea Salt

Put the almonds in a bowl and pour over enough boiling water to cover them. Leave them to steep for 5-10 minutes, then drain and refresh in cold water. Using your fingers, rub the skins off the almonds and halve them. (I don't have real teeth, and find almonds hard to chew. I also don't like the taste that well, thus I used slivers, still got the taste, easy to chew ).

Heat the oil and butter in a wide, heavy-based saucepan, stir in the nuts and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add the apricots and dates and toss the mixture around the pan until the nuts begin to color. Stir in the chili and lime zest and cook for a further 1-2 minutes, then toss in the coriander/cilantro.

Drain the mixture on paper towels and tip into a serving bowl or basket. Toss in some salt to taste, and serve warm.
February 10 at 21:52 EST .

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   Balogreene  For this recipe, I had things I wanted to use up, so switched the prunes for the dates. Rather than buy macadamia, I meant to use pistachios, but used the cashews instead. I think these are easy switches, if you know the taste of things.
February 10 at 22:02 EST .

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   Balogreene  This is from: Vegetarian Tangines and Couscous by Ghillie Basam.
February 10 at 22:04 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  Thank you, Balogreene. I'm going to try this.
February 14 at 08:49 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  The next is oranges. These are both from my Moroccan cookbooks. This one is oranges, red onions, and olives. Quite nice.
   February 7 at 19:20 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Sorry, I have to post two, first is dates, apricots, almonds, and cashews. It has a pepper, and is a little picante
   February 7 at 19:18 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Can you add the recipe? That looks and sounds wonderful.
were they dried apricots?
February 9 at 05:11 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  This looks delicious! I'm with EC - can you please share the recipe?
February 9 at 09:47 EST .

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