Old Fashioned Fish Chowder

2 tb Vegetable oil
2 md Onions; minced
2 lg Baking potatoes; cubed
1/2 ts Dried thyme
1/2 c Turkey, fish or vegetable stock
1 lb Cod or haddock fillet
4 c Milk
1/2 ts Salt
Pepper; fresh ground
Paprika for garnish

Heat the vegetable oil in a large, heavy saucepan over low heat. Add the onions and saute for 10 minutes, or until golden but not brown. Add the baking potatoes (cut into 1/4-inch cubes), the dried thyme and the turkey stock. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

Add the cod or haddock fillet, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Add the milk, salt and black pepper to taste. Cover and simmer 5 minutes, or until the mixture is thoroughly hot. Gently flake the fish with a fork into bite-sized pieces, then ladle the chowder into soup bowls. Sprinkle with paprika and serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

Old Fashioned Butterscotch Candy

2 c Sugar
1/4 c Light corn syrup
1/2 c Butter (1 stick) (use real butter only)
2 tb Water
2 tb Vinegar

Combine all ingredients in 2 qt. heavy saucepan. Stir and cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, then reduce heat and cook at a medium boil, stirring as needed to control foaming to avoid sticking as mixture thickens. If sugar crystals form on sides of pan, wipe them off. Cook to the hard crack stage (300 degrees). Remove from heat and let stand 1 minute.

Meanwhile, butter 2 sheets of aluminum foil and place on 2 baking sheets. Quickly drop teaspoonfuls of butterscotch onto foil, making patties about 1″ in diameter. Space them 1/2″ apart. If candy thickens so that it will not drop easily, set pan in hot water until it is again workable. Makes about 6 dozen patties or 1-1/4 pounds of butterscotch.

Highway 522, Ontario Road Conditions

Segment Surface Visibility Observed at
Cranberry to 7 km W. of Fleming’s Landing Bare and Dry Good 2009/03/07 01:45 PM
7 km W. of Fleming’s Landing to Trout Creek Bare and Dry Good 2009/03/07 01:45 PM

China Crazy Talk In My Eyes

Now here is a statement that is right out to lunch.  First off through my eyes we shouldn’t be doing the trading we are doing with China.  Just look at our economy now.  If you think dealing with them over seas is going to help us get out of this recession you are mistaken. What we need to be doing is looking after ourselves an our closest neighbour.  When the chips are down it isn’t going to be folks overseas that helps us out. Let me tell you that.  Take a look at this article. Crazy thinking for sure. My opinion only.

Everyone has the same message: when will Ottawa cease bungling the China file and build Canada’s relationship with the world’s fastest growing economy, a rising power and Canada’s second largest trade partner – a country Stephen Harper has yet to visit since becoming prime minister in February 2006?   I would also like to know who he means by everyone, sure never asked me or anyone I know.  Kind of a laugh really.

Obama Says Reconciliation With Taliban

This sounds nice in writing but I can pretty well tell ya it will never happen.  Not over there in that country.  My opinion only.

President Barack Obama is holding out hope that U.S. forces in Afghanistan can peel away elements of the Taliban and possibly move them toward reconciliation. We or anyone else shouldn’t be over there anyways.  Hundreds of good men and women from Canada and USA gone forever.

Stolen Chicken

Take notice of the name on the bags they were put in to sell to folks.  Kind of makes you think Huh

Police are warning consumers to check their chicken after a shipment of the meat was stolen, repackaged and sold to unsuspecting customers.

A tractor-trailer with a large quantity of pre-packaged boneless, skinless chicken breasts was stolen near Paris, Ont. on Wednesday. The next day, police found the stolen chicken in an industrial building near Kipling Ave. and Rexdale Boulevard.

They discovered the meat had been opened and re-packed for sale in large plastic bags.

Although police didn’t specify where the chicken was found, they said the building wasn’t designed for meat processing.

Police don’t know whether the chicken was properly refrigerated or sanitarily packaged, meaning the meat could be unsafe to eat.

The chicken was sold with a label reading “Boneless Chicken Breast Meat” and “Wing Zhing Trading Ltd.”

Police are asking anyone who bought it to throw it away and contact them at 416-808-2373.

Greyhound Bus Killer

You know here is a fellow that went out and killed another human being in cold blood. Now with a good lawyer and the medical profession behind him this fellow is only going to jail.  I gotta’ tell ya, I sure don’t have much use for our justice system the way it is being run today.  I would love to tell ya what I think should be done with him. But I won’t as I think you all know.   My Opinion Only

Vince Li, who this week was found not criminally responsible for the beheading of a fellow Greyhound bus passenger in Manitoba last summer, will not be walking free any time soon, says an expert on issues involving mental illness.  Won’t be walking around any time too soon. What the heck is that for a statement.  I don’t know where this world is headed.

Unions Say No Pay Cuts. Kind Of Makes You Think HUH?

General Motors is struggling to survive, Chrysler has eliminated a shift in Windsor, yet the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) executive says that it can’t make wage concessions?

Some CAW members get 10 weeks paid vacation, family law legal fees, fully funded pensions and a good wage. Yet these people expect other Canadians to underwrite the “largest unsecured loan in Canadian history.” The federal government is not in the business of saving businesses, nor is the Canadian taxpayer.

The car industry –as it exists now — in Canada is dead. If automakers and their unions are willing to make the industry viable, they can. But don’t expect other Canadians to keep propping up a failed industry.  I say if they don’t want to help themselves why should we.  Simple as that.  My Opinion Only


Just one more reason to get to growing your own garden come spring. Which by the way isn’t to far off. Also look for my new gardening book comiing out April 2nd 2009   not far off either.

If you don’t already eat broccoli regularly, you could be putting your ability to breathe easily at risk. The reason? Research by University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) scientists concludes sulforaphane, a natural compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables (like Brussels sprouts and cauliflower), appears to protect against respiratory inflammation that causes asthma, allergic rhinitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other conditions that make it hard to breathe.