Who Is Anastasia?

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New Castle, Indiana Zone 5, United States
When I was 55, I decided to embrace the things I love and hold precious and dear, regardless of anyone else's thoughts and opinion. I am a visual folk artist who loves flowers - my own flowers, grown and/or painted by me. I love good, hearty, exotic foods, and I love to prepare them myself. I love the secret garden situated in my backyard, regardless of how overgrown and wild it gets. No longer able to afford a vacation, this will have to be it for the time being. In the winter months, I still enjoy it. Anyway, here I am sharing my art, favorite recipes, cocktails, gardening tips, and just my usual vents and bantering. After all, I'm old enough to say whatever the heck I want to now ...


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Stacey Torres ART Prints

Stacey Torres ART Prints
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August 19, 2010

What's In Your Tomato Sandwich?

I've been feeling a bit sluggish, stressed, and sad that summer is once again leaving me behind without me getting to "join in." Okay, that was the pity party. Usually, to crash such a party, I seek comfort food -- that can be good or bad. But, in this case, it was actually a good thing.
Yesterday, I wanted comfort food - which, for me, involves hot, steamy chicken soup, Chinese ribs (not pre-fab buffet), oxtail stew or Bananas Foster ... none of which would be suitable considering my lowly state of financial affairs and the extreme heat. I couldn't bear to light the stove for stew or soup, and can't afford the ingredients for my all-time favorite dessert; at least not today.
But, just now, a neighbor knocked on the door. I was so surprised that my evil man-eating dog did not make a fuss, but he just raised a lazy eyebrow. The neighbor handed me four delightful Beefsteak Tomatoes, home grown in his yard. I thanked him, and brought the almost too-ripe 'maters into the kitchen. We stared at each other gloomily, and then suddenly, it dawned on me ... TOMATO SANDWICH!
I had not had a tomato sandwich in ages, and it sounded really good (and comforting) right now.
There's several ways to make a tomato sandwich; my favorite is two slices of old fashioned Sunbeam White Bread, some Miracle Whip, beautiful chilled tomatoes, sliced, and salt and pepper.
I improvised with:
2 slices thick, multi grain bread
Mayonnaise (on one slice)
One large Beefsteak Tomato, sliced thick - pile it on!
Garlic Salt
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Smash it together, and go for it.
I've found my new comfort food.

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot
A simple garden meal in the shade. No, it's not my backyard, but it looks identical to the one I grew up with at our home in Queens. Looking for an original pic of it to post soon!

Old Fashioned Tips