Sunday, October 25, 2009

Chicken Tomato Spaghetti

For two and half people (about 50 minutes (!) adding additional time for Aaron who rushed into Martin to get spaghetti noodles)

• Half jar of tomato sauce (13oz), so I can use the other half later meal with fish.
• 2 to 3 boneless chicken breast halves, skin removed
• 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
• 2 teaspoons dried leaf oregano, crushed
• Hot cooked spaghetti (which is the key ingredients for this meal)
• One large fresh tomato.
• A husband with a quick feet.
• 4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
• Grated Parmesan cheese to taste

  1. Brown the chicken in hot oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine chicken with tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, garlic, and oregano.
  3. Boil water for spaghetti.
  4. Aaron runs into a supermarket with a mission.
  5. 4. Cover and cook on LOW about 20 minutes and add cheese.
  6. 5. By the time spaghetti is ready, the sauce is ready, too!

This is a steaming hot pile of...noodle.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Japanese Style of Potato Croquettes

About 8 - 9 croquettes (About 40 minutes)

• 2LB redskin potatoes, either mashed or chopped
• 1 egg, lightly beaten
• 1/3 cup flour
• 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (Kikkoman, Panko) and more for cooking
• Seasonings of choice: chopped onion, chopped vegetable, fresh herbs, seasoning mix, etc. and add salt and pepper to taste.
  1. Combine the vegetable, mashed potatoes, salt, and pepper, and mix well. If the cakes are not holding together, add breadcrumbs. If they are too dry, add beaten egg to bind.
  2. Beat an egg in a bowl, and then mix flour, salt, and pepper in another bowl.
  3. Roll each ball in the flour mixture, the egg mixture, and also in the breadcrumb mixture to form croquettes.
  4. Heat the oil over medium-high. Dredge the roll in breadcrumbs. When the oil is shimmering, fry the roll until well browned, about 5 minutes per side.

You may serve with the dipping sauce on the side (hollandaise sauce, pesto, salsa, aioli, or other mayonnaise or dipping sauce to serve). I like Otafuku Sauce from Japan with croquettes.

My first Croquettes are three and half stars of five.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

It will be almost done.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Drawing at Quiet Friday Afternoon

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I forwarded this email to my students and posted in this blog because I support Analecta.


My name is Mitch Robinson and I am the 2010 editor of Analecta, an annual, award-winning magazine at IU South Bend that accepts written and visual?, art submissions from the IU South Bend campus. We consider submissions from both graduate and undergraduate students from any majors.

There is an early submission deadline for special consideration on December 18, 2009 and a late submission deadline on January 18, 2010.

Analecta Submission Rules:

1. For special consideration, manuscripts must be e-mailed by Friday, December 18, 2009. ALL manuscripts must be e-mailed by Monday, January 18, 2010.

2. Manuscript preparation:
A. Word-processed manuscript, double spaced, 12 point font, and Times New Roman.
B. The author's name, student ID number, and e-mail address must appear on the first page ONLY of each manuscript.
C. Please use IUSB email address
D. Manuscripts MUST be submitted as an attachment and not within the body of the e-mail.

3. Students should retain original copies of their work. Manuscripts are not returned.?

4. Please use, Analecta Submission, as the e-mail subject/title header.

Genre Rules
Poetry: 1 to 3 poems, maximum of 6 pages
Short Fiction: 1 story, maximum of 5,000 words.*
Drama: 1 one-act or 1 full-length play (no musicals)*
Non-fiction Prose: 1 work of non-fiction, maximum of 5,000 words*
Visual Art: 3-7 maximum.
Comics: 3-7 *

*Works accepted may be excerpted.

Please send all submission to or to

Any manuscripts submitted are automatically considered by the staff of Analecta, IU south Bend's student-edited and student-written inter-arts magazine, for publication in its annual spring issue as well as the English Department's Student Writing Awards.

Thank you,

Mitch Robinson

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The IUSB Creative Writing Program’s first fiction reading of the year is next Tuesday.

Darrin Doyle,
author of Revenge of the Teacher’s Pet: A Love Story

Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Third-floor Bridge of Wiekamp
Light refreshments and book-signing to follow.
(Books will be for sale, and are currently available at IUSB’s book store.)

Monday, October 5, 2009

My first wild S'more
(I usually make them indoors.)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Charmi has had two poems, "Late Cretaceous" and "The Great American Interchange," accepted by Ouroboros Review!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

"JUNE INK" was accepted by Cider Press Review.


..........for my brave friend, n.a.

It would be easier if I did not exist—
On my twenty seventh birthday,

a French airplane
disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean and my mother

told of a miscarriage hidden
from me for twenty eight years.

Don’t leave our home—
Her tears dripped on the newspaper

and red table cloth.
Paragraphs and paragraphs of rain

blot out the facts that I wanted.
I smelled June ink instead.

How quiet the kitchen was.
It was dyed empty green like a milk

glass. A nursing bottle
drifted out to turbulent waves. A passenger

held a burnt baby. They see
shattered windows

falling from the sky
and know how to return to the earth.