Yearly Archives: 2016

Day 88 of 365 – Dragon


High in the air on wings so vibrant
Twirling, twisting, dancing
A display of ferocity, of passion

Fire flashing, burning with desire
Arching to and fro
Like lightning charged with primal power

Talons clasping in the final act
Plummeting down in a test of faith
Dragons dance in aerial rapture

– Heims Draco


Day 86 of 365 – Merry Christmas and God bless Us, Every One!


“Hallo, my fine fellow!”
“Hallo!” returned the boy.
“Do you know the Poulterer’s, in the next street but one, at the corner?” Scrooge inquired.
“I should hope I did,” replied the lad.
“An intelligent boy!” said Scrooge. “A remarkable boy! Do you know whether they’ve sold the prize Turkey that was hanging up there?—Not the little prize Turkey: the big one?”
“What, the one as big as me?” returned the boy.
“What a delightful boy!” said Scrooge. “It’s a pleasure to talk to him. Yes, my buck!”
“It’s hanging there now,” replied the boy.
“Is it?” said Scrooge. “Go and buy it.”
“Walk-er!” exclaimed the boy.
“No, no,” said Scrooge, “I am in earnest. Go and buy it, and tell ’em to bring it here, that I may give them the direction where to take it. Come back with the man, and I’ll give you a shilling. Come back with him in less than five minutes and I’ll give you half-a-crown!”

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”

― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Day 81 of 365 – Kale, Sausage and Pasta


Bowtie Pasta with Spicy Sausage and Kale

inspired by Everyday Italian by Giada de Laurentis


  • 1 bunch of kale, stalks trimmed and torn into bite size pieces
  • 12 ounces mini bow tie pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Add the kale and cook until crisp-tender, about 1 minute.  Strain the kale, reserving all the cooking liquid.  Set the kale aside.  Cook the pasta in the same pot of boiling water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.  Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil over a medium flame.  Add the sausage and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until the sausage is brown and juices form, about 8 minutes.  Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add the kale and toss to coat.  Add the pasta and enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten.  Stir in the Parmesan cheese, salt to taste, and pepper into the pasta mixture.  Transfer to pasta bowls and serve.

Day 78 of 365 – Olive Oil Tasting




Begin by pouring a tablespoon of olive oil into a small glass. Cup the bottom of the glass in your hand to warm the oil; cover the top with your other hand and swirl gently to release the aromas.


Bring the glass to your nose and smell the oil. Take a note of the aromas.


Next, take a slurp. As you do so, touch your tongue to the back of your top teeth and inhale. This spreads the oil in your mouth and helps release the flavors of the olive oil.



Finally, swallow the oil and take note of the flavors you experience.