Field Notes on poetry, music, photography, and cooking


David’s Macques Choux, (Cajun Creamed Corn)

Macques Choux, Cajun Creamed Corn

Macques Choux, Cajun Creamed Corn

Sautee 3 cups corn in bacon fat till bright yellow. Add  one diced red pepper, green onion, fresh thyme, basil, parsley, and hot sauce to give it some kick, I use Cholula. After the vegetables get tender, add cream and ½ tube butter and continue to cook and stir until it gets thick.

Penne with Sausage Sauce from Wine Country Cooking

Over Thanksgiving Holiday, I watched Joanne Weir make this delicious sauce on Wine Country Cooking. Made it last night and it came out better than any restaurant sauce we ever had!

While making sauce, cook 1 lb. Penne, reserve 1 C. of the cooking water.

Recipe for Sauce:
3/4 lb. Italian sausage removed from casing, crumbled, browned, set aside
1 T. olive oil
1 red onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
2 bay leaf
1 t. fresh minced thyme
1 t. fresh minced sage, (optional to use: basil, parsley, rosemary, or any herbs combinations you like)
1/2 C. dry red wine
1 can San Marzano whole Tomatoes with basil
1/4 C. heavy cream
S&P to taste

1/4 C. grated parmesan cheese

Saute onions and garlic in olive oil until soft, Add red wine reduce to 1/4 cup. Add tomatoes, squishing them by hand and add all liquid from can. Add sausage meat. Mix well and simmer. Add all remaining ingredients (except cream) and simmer ten minutes. Add 1/2-1 C cooking water from penne to desired consistency of sauce. Add S&P to taste. Lastly, mix in heavy cream and cheese and serve.

Blue Eyed Darner

Shot manual in A with my new Nikon D7000. Yippee!!

Blue Eyed Darner Smiling for the Camera

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Don’t look down on Corona!, originally uploaded by BlaiseAllen.

Eggplant Rollatini

Eggplant Rollatini, originally uploaded by BlaiseAllen.

Recipe on Flickr, just click on photo. It really came out good. I’m off wheat at the moment, so this is the next best thing to lasagna. It is also meat free, a good dish when you are craving rich Italian meal. I would have loved to have had a crusty loaf of bread and pasta as a side. Alas, I miss wheat products once in a while, but feel so much healthier, I can easily overcome my cravings.

First Full Moon of the new year! 1-7-12

Happy New Year 2012

Easy Southwest Black Bean Salad

Easy Southwest Black Bean Salad, originally uploaded by BlaiseAllen.

1 c. fresh cooked corn kernals (or 1 can shoepeg, or 1 c. frozen)
1 Hass avacado cubed
1 shalott or sm. red onion chopped fine
1 large can Black beans drained and rinsed
1 can Rotel mild diced tomatoes & green chilies
1 cup fresh chopped cilantro
Juice of 1 lime

Mix all together and chilll to let flavors marry. Serve 6 1/2 cup servings.

I served it over brown rice seasoned with lime and cilantro. All I can say is, OLE!


Listmania, originally uploaded by BlaiseAllen.

Listmania defined: On any given day–these are the lists on the wall next to my lap top. I like to stay organized and on top of things, maybe I’m just perimenopausal and have lost some connections in the memory archives. Thank goodness for sticky pads. One of the notes actually says, “Shamatha” Which is Pali for Peaceful Dwelling! Confession, I get a tiny thrill from taking down a note and throwing it away when done!

The way i love rain

The way i love rain, originally uploaded by BlaiseAllen.