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This year things are a little tight over at the iwantsecondsplease’s household. I’lI admit, I was never one to rise at the crack of dawn to scoop up bargains. I’m more of a “wait, how did it get to be this late in the holiday season, this is going to cost a fortune to ship…” holiday shopper. But, I have thought about shopping early. And, I’ve felt guilty when I didn’t. I think that counts for something. This year, however, the wallet is feeling a little light and the holiday gift list has been trimmed. So, while others rush out to kick off the holiday shopping season on the Friday after Thanksgiving, I will sit around eating leftover turkey sandwiches, without the guilt. But, in honor of Black Friday and my budget, I will raise a glass of Poor Man’s Black Velvet. Cheers to you and yours!

Poor Man’s Black Velvet

Fill a chilled beer glass halfway with hard cider, and then the rest of the way with stout, such as Guinness. Pour at a 45 degree angle allowing a bit of a head.

Relax and sip.

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pasta puttanesca
The economy has gotten so bad, according to ABC’s Nightline, that Nevada’s brothels are seeing a rise in applications. Things are getting so bad, a girl can’t even compete in the world’s oldest profession. While we contemplate the current state of affairs, join me in cooking up an easy dish of Pasta Puttanesca, also known as Harlot’s Pasta. Bold in flavor, it’s a tasty dish for someone on the run. Think Duece Bigelow in a hurry. There’s really no trick to it. So, let’s whip some up and hope for better days ahead.

Pasta Puttanesca

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic pressed
1/2 onion chopped
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
2 tablespoon capers
1/3 cup pitted black olives, coarsely chopped
4 anchovy fillets chopped
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 box pasta, your choice

Over medium heat, saute onions and garlic in olive oil in the onions are translucent. Add the anchovies and stir, allowing the anchovies to break apart. Add the remaining ingredients, and simmer, 5-10 minutes until warmed. Toss with pasta and serve.

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roller coaster cocktail

It’s not news to anyone that the economy has been downright scary these days.  With each passing day it becomes more difficult to just grin and bear it.   After years of watching the dow jones industrial average surge upward, the hurtling run downward leaves us all with our stomachs in our throats.  Oh, but wait, the dow is up again, no down, no up.  Oh no here comes the big one!  Might as well wave your hands over your head and scream at the top of your lungs.  Let’s hope and pray the ride brings back up again.  In the meantime, enjoy this timely cocktail, the Rollercoaster.  Now I’m not advising you to drown your  sorrows and your economic woes should not lead you to drink, but it is Friday! So enjoy this simple, tasty mix of grapefruit juice and amaretto almond liqueur.   It’ll help calm those fraying nerves.

Roller Coaster Cocktail

2 parts amaretto

3 parts grapefruit juice

Shake, pour over ice, serve.

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I’m a mom of three and love to cook.  sometimes.  well, most of the time.  I’m raising picky eaters on purpose.  I’m trying to teach them to love quality, nutritious foods in hopes that they will seek out vegetables when they get older.  It’s an uphill battle, but being a picky eater, it’s one I’m willing to fight.  For every time they eat their beans, they ask for the chicken fingers at school…  I know when I’ve won one when they ask for seconds, so I’ll keep serving up the good stuff, one dish at a time.

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