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Yet another entry from our old Geocities page:


Norman’s Easy Never-Fail No-Mess Banana Bread


˝ cup cooking oil

1 cup sugar

2 beaten eggs

3 ripe bananas

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

˝ tsp baking powder

˝ tsp salt

3 Tbsp milk

˝ tsp vanilla extract

Whole walnuts

Chocolate chips                


Beat oil and sugar together. Add eggs and mashed bananas and beat well. Add dry ingredients, milk and vanilla. Mix well. Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan. Stir in chocolate chips to taste. Decorate with walnuts on top. Bake in a preheated 350 degree (175 C) oven about an hour- the top will brown and a knife will come out clean. Serve sliced, warm with butter. (The original recipe calls for chopped nuts instead of chocolate chips- up to you)

February 10, 2011

So what is a banana bread recipe doing in a blog? The background is true- it's the only thing I make well, I did alter it a bit from the original in our ancient cooking encyclopedia, and it was featured in our previous website. And it's SO tasty.       But the immediate reason was Nancy's challenge on Facebook, that my posts were too political. My response was that I would balance my old-timey liberal posts with a nice heartland recipe to show my lighter side. And here it is.

There was an interesting aspect of deja vu to this encounter. Once upon a time when the internet was young, I innocently forwarded a political piece to a bunch of my contacts. I constantly receive posts that are bland or obnoxious or politically not to my taste or simply dumb, and I delete them ad lib. But one of my correspondents, instead of thinking "what a jerk" and pressing "delete" replied to my forwarded message with a vituperous response on the order of  "How dare you send me this godawful offensive material you total reprobate." Wow....I was floored. Talk about killing the messenger. I fell all over myself apologizing sincerely for my un-self-censoring outrageous act. And I thought I'd learned a lesson for good and all. But perhaps I haven't. You really have to tread carefully with Iowans.

March 20, 2011

There is a commercial I hate- so much so, that I begin talking to the TV screen when it comes on. It's not about a product, but about the environment, about sustaining and protecting the environment? How can I be against something so clearly GOOD. Easy.

A young lady appears and tells us that Israel is drying out. And her face starts to dry and fall off. Horrors! yes, Israel is drying out and we have to be careful in our use of water. We have to conserve. We're not getting enough rain! Our winters are so dry. We have to do something! Like they said in The Bronx so long ago, Don't Flush For Everything.

Only there's a problem here. Israel has been short of water for many years. The winters have been dry for years. The population has been growing for years. And the Water Department has found its solution- berate us to save water. Never mind that many years ago the shortage of water was predicted precisely. Never mind that projections were made that we needed X desalination plants in Israel to supply water needs. Never mind that YEARS ago, plans were made to shlep icebergs to have huge water tankers bring water from Turkey. And meanwhile the same Water Authority has been asleep at the wheel. X/3 desalination plants have been built. I haven't seen an iceberg in the sea off Nahariya. And as far as Turkey sending us water, well, I wouldn't even trust that water today.

Water Schmucks....stop browbeating us. Whatever your budget for these obnoxious commercials, it would be better used to fund actual solutions for this pressing need for a growing country.

August 2011

Towards the end of the Keshet Eilon mastercourse, our Western Galilee annual cultural highlight.

Western Galileers who don't attend truly ain't got no culchuh whatsoever.


Ida Haendel masterclass!

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