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A Fabulous Fall Salad

October 29th, 2010

My garden, she still grows.

I’ve got broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach and a variety of lettuces going strong.

We hosted a med. staff party last weekend, so I harvested a large bowl of salad fixins to accompany the party boofay.

Here are the properly washed greens.

I threw a few nasturtiums in for color.

A few handfuls of dried cranberries…

Toasted pecans.


A splash or two of apple cider vinegar…

And olive oil that has been warmed on the stove.

I adjusted the seasoning to taste adding sugar, salt and pepper, and then a bit more of everything until it came out right.

This is a wilted salad – thus the warmed oil.

Don’t you just feel healthier by looking at it?

You can find the recipe that inspired it here.

Dear Charles,

I got this e-mail today…

Dear Rechelle,

I am practicing hypnotism. I know it is weird but would you
like to try getting hypnotized again so I could practice? I know it’s weird having a random guy message you about this. But if you want to try let me know.


So Charles, since you are the advice columnist on my blog, I thought maybe you could help me decide what to do about this letter.  Here are my concerns…

1.  Should I reply to this email?
2.  If I reply to this email – what should I say?
3.  For instance – should I consider allowing a total stranger who contacts me through email to hypnotize me and thereby suggest a meeting?
4.  Or should I send a reply that places considerable distance between myself and the idea of getting hypnotized by a total stranger that contacted me through an e-mail?
5.  Do you think that this guy ‘Mitch’ is possibly a serial killer?
6.  I have heard that serial killers have the most magnetic personalities.
7.  I have heard that politicians have the second most magnetic personalities.
8.  This email is not exactly magnetic nor political.
9.  What would you do Charles?

Looking forward to your coverage of ‘The March To Keep Fear Alive’.

Mediocre dinner at best,




Dear Rechelle –

This is indeed a difficult dilemma: whether or not to pass up a potentially interesting and almost certainly bloggable experience on the off chance that your prospective hypnotist might be a serial killer, a politician, or worse. First, let’s determine how potentially interesting it might be. How interesting do you find hypnosis? Do you fall asleep at night thinking “The hypnotized life is the life for me! If I ever got hypnotized, there’d be no stopping me! I’d be gorging myself on imaginary ice cream right now if I were only hypnotized. Oh my god! My eyelids are getting heavy; could this be the start of something wonderful?”? Or do you find those thoughts too exciting to fall asleep to? If you answered “yes” to either of these last two questions, it might be worth your while to investigate this opportunity to turn those scrawny dreams into brawny reality.

If you choose to reply in the affirmative, you might say something like “Dear Mitch, Your letter displays a commendable awareness of the weirdness of your proposition, and from that and the fact that your name is Mitch I infer that you’re a man or boy with both feet on the ground. Such groundedness certainly inspires confidence in your hypnotic abilities. I think I’ll take you up on your generous offer.”

If you’re not really too interested in exploring hypnosis and/or are at all creeped out by the prospect of putting yourself in the hands of a complete stranger who may be hungering for control of your mind, you’ll probably want to reply as follows: “Sir, I don’t know if you’re aware of it, but your proposition is weird. I’ll thank you not to contact me again. P.S. Thanks in advance for not contacting me again.”

If you do decide to let Mitch practice his hypnosis skills on you, you should avoid being alone with him in a nonpublic place for the first ten sessions or until he becomes a trusted family friend, whichever comes first. If he suggests meeting in a seedy motel room, insist upon meeting instead in the courtyard of the seedy motel and only during periods when the police are dragging the pool. Better yet, bring an entourage with you. Your entourage should include the Country Doctor, since you and he obviously make a challenging hypnosis team, as well as a more easily hypnotized person to sit between the two of you to keep you from distracting each other and to keep Mitch from getting too discouraged about his hypnotic powers. Round out the group with a photographer, and you’re ready to roll.

Mitch may well be a serial killer (the theory about serial killers having the most magnetic personalities was debunked long ago, but the myth has been perpetuated by all the TV shows and movies featuring glamorous, witty, and debonair serial killers), but if he is, he wouldn’t dare to harm you with your entourage present or with the cops dragging the pool only a few feet away. Unless he’s really, really demented.

As for what I’d do, I’d probably go for it. I’ve always wanted to be hypnotized.

May tonight’s meal be spectacular at worst,


I got the following email today in my blog inbox…

Subject: hypnotism

Message: I am practicing hypnotism. I know it is weird but would you
like to try getting hypnotized again so I could practice? I know it’s
weird having a random guy message you about. But if you want to try
let me know.


I have already sent Dear Charles a letter to help me decide how to respond to this request because I have NO IDEA!!!!!


Tonight at dinner Drew told us that his gym teachers allow the kids to pick a song of their choice to listen to during warm-ups.

Calder said, “I hope you picked Goodnight Moon’ by Go Radio.

And then I said, “Is the song based on the book?”

And Calder said, ‘No’ and then he jumped up and turned the song on the computer.

And I said, “How do you know that it is not about the book?”

And Calder said, “I just know.”

And then I listened to the song and it is totally about the book.

Sort of…

Well, it references the book.



Finally – I am working on a new Pie Near Woman post and below is one of the resulting photos. The best caption wins a copy of Tim Gunn’s latest book ‘Gunn’s Golden Rules’ which is a fun, spirited read, chock full of gossipy goodness and wise advice. Also – it makes a great last minute gift should you need one this upcoming Holiday Season.

So leave a caption for this photo in the comments.

Contest ends Friday.

Yes, you can submit more than once, just don’t be annoying about it.