Oysters, Anyone?

Oysters are an acquired taste…you either love them or you hate them! I was first introduced to oysters at a tender age of five or six by my dad. He would periodically stop at The Oyster House in Market Square downtown Pittsburgh and bring home an order or two of breaded, fried oysters.  He loved to eat them so much that he kept a bottle of malt vinegar and hot sauce in his glove box for whenever the urge for oysters struck.  Honest!

I remember eating only the breading at first, which was thick, moist and chewy.  I  gradually began looking for and eating the sweet, plump oysters hidden within the breading. The taste of oysters is mostly bland, therefore needing the added flavors of vinegar and hot sauce.

As I grew a little older, my dad and I would share our own strange little snack of smoked oyster on top of Ritz crackers  topped off with a squirt of Cheez Whiz…unsophisticated but good!  I think I was more fascinated with the manner of opening that small oval tin of oysters.  I would take the metal key adhered underneath the can and attach it to the metal strip and unwind it along the edge of the top to peel back the lid with the key.  Very neat for a ten year old kid!

Fried oysters were never a part of our Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes, but made their way onto the menu only 10 or 12 years ago.  We still include them in memory of my Dad even though I’m the only one who will eat them!

Here in Hilton Head, oysters appear on the menus at restaurants a number of different ways.  Po’ Boy fried oyster sandwiches, Oysters Dafuskie, named after the island which is a hop, skip and a swim away, and of course, your traditional raw and roasted oysters. There are lots of Oyster Roasts held here on the week-ends serving not only oysters but shrimp, cole slaw, red rice, corn on the cob when in season, collard greens and for dessert good old southern peach cobblers and banana pudding.  They do know how to eat her in the South!  There is only one small peculiar rule down here about eating oysters, they are only available in the months that contain an “r” in it.  those excluded would be May, June, July, August.  Hmm, I’ll have to research that a little more……

Here is my adaption of Oysters Dafuskie ( A creamy oyster stew)  Serve with small oyster crackers, what else!?!

1 C Half and Half

1 C Heavy Cream

1 T Butter

1 T Cocktail Sauce

1 T Worcestershire  Sauce

1 t hot sauce (Tabasco)

1 Pint shucked oysters with juice

Heat all liquid ingredients in med sauce pan till just simmering.  Add the oysters with juice, and cook for about 5 min. or until the edges of the oysters begin to curl.  Take off heat, serve immediately in bowls with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of paprika.  Can season with salt, pepper and more hot sauce!

Enjoy!!

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Leadership by the Book

As  a small group leader within the choir at church, I am forever searching for ways to improve upon that leadership.  After all, I was not born a leader, I actually considered myself a follower, but that somehow changed throughout the years.  I reluctantly took the position as one of the leaders and have more or less “grown into those shoes”.

A great resource book that was given to my by my son-in-law, “Leadership by the Book”,  has proven to been a wealth of information on the subject of leadership.  It was co-authored by three men from different walks of life, but share the responsibility of  leading others.  Ken Blanchard is a prominent author, speaker and business consultant in the San Diego area.  He is founder and CEO of Ken Blanchard Companies, Inc., which does management training.  He also is co-founder of  the Center for Faithwalk Leadership.  Bill Hybels is also a sought after speaker, writer and consultant in addition to being the senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill.  Phil Hodges, for the past thirty years, has held a variety of staff positions in the areas of labor relations and HR management at Xerox Corp.  He is managing director for the Center for Faithwalk Leadership as well as a consulting partner for Ken Blanchard Companies Inc.

The book they wrote has an interesting format as it is told through three fictitious characters, Michael, a businessman who suffers a heart attack and calls upon his two friends, only referred to in the book as The Professor and The Minister.  Pretty ovbious who each one represents.

The title refers to using the leadership of Jesus Christ as the model to assure effective leadership in any career or position in life.  Jesus’ life embodies the heart and methods of a fully committed and effective servant leader.  The operative word is servant.

Here are some vital points from the book which I will try to apply to my role as small group leader:

Leadership begins with a clear vision with:

Purpose, Image, Values, Goals

If you want your people to be responsible, you must be responsive

The servant leader is a performance coach who uses:

Planning

Coaching

Evaluation

And lastly, solitude, prayer and daily study of scripture seem to be important ways for leaders to stay on track as you seek to lead others as God would have you lead them.

Leadership by the Book is a very useful and reliable tool for effective leadership.

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One Year Old

Happy Birthday to my blog!!!!   It’s been one year on Feb 9th that I launched  “Apple of His Eye”.

I read somewhere that a blog is “just alot of unread words and stories with no importance whatsoever”.  The nerve!!!

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Face Book, Blessing or Curse??

I really didn’t want to join Face Book.  But I was coerced by a good friend, “Join, it will do wonders for promoting your book”,  so I caved and joined.   I become one of the millions and millions of members around the world of this networking phenomenon.   It was a novelty at first.  Kinda fun peering into lives of others… internet voyeurism…

But then it reminded me of years ago, visiting someone and before you knew it, the furniture was cleared to make way for the pull down screen and you were forced to watch the silent,  poor quality, 8mm movies of the family vacation taken at the Jersey shore last summer.   There was Bobby jumping into thhe pool 300 times and waving frantically after each jump.  Then there appeared Aunt Tillie, cigarette in one hand, holding rabbit ears with thhe other behind Uncle Ralph’s head, of couse unaware.  Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.  Excruciating!

Just how important is it to know everyone’s status every minute of the day?   ” I’m tired, goin’ to bed now”….. “Just eating a bowl of cereal”…… “Cutting my toenails now”….  Give me a break!!!!   Here’s the one that gets top honors,  “Kathy is…the same”..the same as what?!?!?!  Who cares?

The number of friends you have must be equivalent to how important or popular you are!  Some members boast numbers as high as in the thousands!  Me, I have maybe 75.  And I really think that I was duped into becoming a friend of Troy Polomalu.  Does he really have time for this?  Someone must be posing as him!!  But I fell for the  bait, as did 3700 other members!

If you are a true friend of mine and honestly want to know what I’m up to,  JUST CALL ME!!  I’ll tell ya.

I preferred good old fashioned e-mail… I’ll give you a detailed list for your eyes only, not the whole world!!

I actually prefer snail mail!!!

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Cook, Bake, Talk, Mangia!!!!

I truly believe that Sunday ( after church, of course) is the best day for pie baking. Yes, Apple, Lemon Meringue, Coconut Cream ….whatever is your family’s favorite. Mine happens to be peach. Really, fresh peaches make the best pie, but if you couldn’t find the time to freeze or can them in August, like me, you’ll just have to settle for canned.

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “Easy as pie!” ? Well, believe it ’cause it’s true!! Mainly because no one is twisting your arm to make your own crust!! Those ready made ones in the dairy are just fine! Just unroll, place in pie pan, fill, cover with top crust (if needed) and bake. Easy!

And there’s nothing like the aroma that fills your house on a Sunday afternoon like a pie baking in the oven! Except maybe spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove.

Hey, here’s a novel idea, why not do both!! It really is doable, trust me. And I’m all for bringing back the family Sunday meal!! (Maybe you haven’t read my book, “Always on Sunday”).

Do you and your family a favor….cook, bake, talk, mangia!! Sundays are meant for it!

I’m not including any recipes this time, they are right on the can of peaches or apples or cherries that your going to buy and use! Enjoy….thank me later!

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