"I cannot live without books: but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object." -- Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, January 16, 2021

MIcrowave: Mug O'Banana Crumble

Make a crumble from almost any fruit.
Microwave: Banana Crumble


1/2 - 1 Banana, sliced

1-2 TBspns Sugar
1-2 TBspns Flour
1-2 TBspns Oats
1-2 TBspns Vegetable oil
1-2 Dashes Cinnamon

Place banana pieces in a small microwaveable bowl or cup.
In a separate bowl, add remaining ingredients.
Stir ingredients to mix well.
Spoon topping over banana slices.
Microwave on high for 1-1/2 minute.

Optional Sauce:
Mix 1 TBspn each, yogurt and honey together.
Spoon sauce over cooked banana mixture.

Variation: Top cooked banana mixture with additional slices of banana and a dash of cinnamon.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Microwave: Mug O'Mexican Bread Pudding

Mug O’Mexican Bread Pudding


1 8oz Coffee mug
1 TBspn Olive oil (or margarine)
2-3 TBspns Raisins
1/4 Apple, diced
1 Slice Multi-grain bread, torn into pieces
1 Egg
1 - 1 1/2 TB Sugar
2 Dollops Milk (or yogurt) or more if needed
1 Capful Vanilla flavoring
1 TBspn Almonds, silvers or crushed
2 Dashes Cinnamon
2 Dashes Nutmeg
Topping: Mixed cheese or other cheese, grated
Optional: 1 Slice of toast with mayo.

Add oil to mug.
Swirl oil in mug to coat bottom and sides of mug.
Add the rest of ingredients except cheese.
Stir and mix ingredients thoroughly.
Add more milk if contents are not moist.
Top with grated cheese.
Place mug in microwave. Use a saucer as a cover.
Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
Check to see if all liquids have been cooked off. If not, microwave on high for 30-60 seconds.

Tip mug contents onto a plate or onto a slice of toast (with or without mayo) on a plate and spread over toast.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Happy Birthday (91) - Guy Williams (b. 1/14/1924)

A Tribute to Guy Williams - Zorro
b 1/14/1924 d 4/30/1989 -- Updated 1/2/2021

Zorro, the perennial masked hero, has been portrayed in film, on TV and on stage by many, such as: Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Robert Livingston, John Carroll, Reed Hadley, Tyrone Power, Guy Williams, Frank Langella, Alain Delon, George Hamilton, Henry Darrow, Antonio Banderas, Christian Meier, and others in a wide variety of adaptations of the stories of Zorro by Johnston McCulley.

But, unofficially, many Zorro fans consider Guy Williams, the greatest Zorro ever.

Guy Williams, an Italian-American, was born in New York on 1/14/1924 and died on 4/30/1989.

Guy Williams and Gene Sheldon as Zorro and Bernardo, his servant.

He gained fame acting in Walt Disney's TV production of Zorro which ran from 1957 to 1959. The series was cancelled at the height of its popularity due to Disney's conflict with the broadcasting company that aired the show.

Guy's fans have created many online fansites as well as campaigned for variety of historic markers including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to honor their favorite Zorro.

Below are just a few of the Guy Williams/Zorro fan sites.

Guy Williams' Family website

Guy Williams Web Shrine with links


Beth Wilson's Guy Williams on Bonanza

Bill Cotter's Disney Page

Disney's Zorro Page

Many of Guy Williams fans wonder what happened to him after Disney's TV show Zorro was cancelled.

To learn the answer to that question and much more about Guy Williams' life and career, read Antoinette G. Lane's fine biography, "Guy Williams: Man Behind the Mask" published by Bearmanor.
Update: "Guy Williams: The Man Behind the Mask" is now available as an audiobook.

I interviewed Ms. Lane and posted the interview "An interview with Antoinette G. Lane" in an earlier blog post and a shorter version was featured on Boomer Cafe.

According to Ms. Lane, Guy's early training in fencing and horseback riding as well as his early modeling career made him a perfect candidate to star in Disney's Zorro.

Personally, I have a fond affection for the entire Walt Disney production of his 1950s TV show Zorro.

I learned from Ms. Lane's biography that Disney brought movie-making production techniques and quality to television production. This can be seen in the choreographed sword fights, horseback riding and chase scenes.

Disney also used Mexicans and Native Americans as actors and extras. The stories were set in the early history of California when it was ruled by the Spanish, providing an authentic historical context for the story.

Today, we celebrate the life
of a wonderful man and actor, Guy Williams.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

My Favorite Free Online Cookbooks

Recipes from the Kitchen of a Frugal Non-Cook
Helping those who feel like an alien in the kitchen with
simple, basic, one pot, single serving, easy, healthy, recipes.
My recipes are:
  • Frugal, healthy, and simple.
  • Friendly for those who have difficulty trying to cook.
  • Focused on those who do not have a full kitchen complement of equipment, utensils, or supplies.
  • Helpful for those who do not have regular access to fresh fruits and vegetables or specific ingredients.
  • Geared towards small portions or single servings.

Being frugal in the kitchen means finding free or sales on kitchen utensils, cookbooks, and food items. Other money savers including: using inexpensive food items as substitutes for more expensive items, and making your own (DIY) dressings, sauces, salsas, pesto, and more.

My Favorite Free Online Cookbooks
Including PDFs, free eBooks, Websites, and Extension sources

NIH/NHLBI Delicious Heart Healthy Recipes

Keep the Beat Recipes
HHS Healthy Home Cooking African American Style
USDA White House Healthier US School Challenge Celebration -- October 17, 2011
The Great Little Cookbook
A Cookbook by Ted
Need to login at Smashwords
Project Gutenberg
Search "Cookbook" or “Cook Book” and you will get lots of choices like:
The Cookery Blue Book
Barilla Celebrity Cookbook
Cusinart Convection Oven Microwave Grill CookBook
Wikipedia Cookbook

Mount Vernon Recipes
Open Culture Cookbook Archive
AmeriFlax Cookbook
Yucatan Goverment / Servicos de Salud de Yucatan
Recetario Saludable

Washington State University

University of Ilinois

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Iowa State University

University of Nebraska

Virginia Tech

University of Maryland Extension

University of Florida IFAS Extension

BBC Food

Budget Bytes



Cocina Vital

Cooking on a Bootstrap / Jack Monroe



The Guardian - Recipes

The Incredible Egg

The Kitchn
My Latina Table
My Plate

My Recipes
The Spruce Eats

Wikipedia: Food

Wikipedia: Food, Cookbook, Recipes

Note: Many Food Manufactures have recipes on their websites, for example:
A Cookbook byTed
from Smashwords

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Microwave: Mug O'Denver Omelet

Mug O’Denver Omelet

A Dab of Olive or Vegetable oil
1-2 Drops Hot sauce
1 Egg
1 Dollop Milk
1 TBspn ham or turkey, diced (or 1 slice lunchmeat, sliced), or imitation bacon bits
1/4 Bell pepper, diced or sliced or 3 TBspns Frozen mixed vegetables, cooked
1 Tspn of Canned mushrooms, drained
1/2 - 1 Tspn Onion flakes or 2 TBspns Onion, diced
2-3 TBspns Pickle juice
1 Tspn Salsa
1 Heaping TBspn Cheese, grated


In a mug, add dab of oil. Swirl oil around to coat bottom and sides.
Add hot sauce.
Add egg.
Add milk, stir and whip ingredients.
Add meat.
Add bell pepper, mushrooms, onion flakes, pickle juice, salsa and cheese.
Stir and mix ingredients thoroughly.
Microwave on high 2-4 minutes to cook off liquids.
Variation: Use as a toast topping. Spread mayo on toast, add layer of mixture. Refrigerate any leftover mixture.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Microwave: Mug O'Peanut Omelet -- An Introduction to George Washington Carver

From tragic beginnings, George Washington Carver became a noted botanist who promoted various agricultural methods and new cash crops like the peanut and sweet potato that helped save the American agricultural economy in the 1930s.
This is the first of several peanut recipes, I will attempt to adapt based on Carver's recipes published by Experimental Station, Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, Tuskegee Institute Press in BULLETIN NO. 31 June 1925 (Revised from the original publication of April, 1918).
Original Recipe
Cream a slice of bread in half a cup of rich milk; beat the whites and yolks of two eggs separately; add the yolks to the bread crumbs and milk; to half a cup of finely ground peanuts add a dash of pepper and salt; mix thoroughly; fold in the whites, and cook as usual in a buttered pan."

My Version is below.

Mug O’Peanut Omelet (Bread Pudding)
(Adapted from: How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption Seventh Edition, January 1940, By George W. Carver, M.S. in AGR., Director, No. 44, Peanut Omelet)


Olive oil
2-3 Drops Hot sauce
Ground Black pepper to taste
A Dollop Milk
1 Egg
1 Slice Bread, multigrain, torn into pieces
1 TBspn Crunchy Peanut Butter or Smooth Peanut Butter
1/2 Tspn Crushed peanuts (Optional)


Add oil to mug, swirl to coat bottom and sides of mug.
Add hot sauce and milk.
Add black pepper.
Add egg.
Stir and whip thoroughly.
Add bread pieces.
Stir and mix to make sure bread is soaked in liquid.
Add peanut butter.
Add crushed peanuts (optional).
Stir and mix thoroughly.
Cover and Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

Came out pretty good. For me, because it was a bit sweet, I think of it as a dessert.
For more information about George Washington Carver:
George Washington Carver -- Biography.com

George Washington Carver -- The State Historical Society of Missouri

George Washington Carver -- National Agricultural Library

George Washington Carver -- Peanut Products

George Washington Carver -- Wikipedia
(Source: https://www.tuskegee.edu/support-tu/george-washington-carver/carver-peanut products)

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Microwave: Mug O'Apple & Mock Mincemeat Crumble

This is just one use for Mock Mincement.
Mircowave: Mug O’Apple & Mock Mincemeat Crumble


1-2 Tspns Sugar
2  Level Tspns Flour
2 Heaping Tspns Oats
2 Tspns Olive or vegetable oil
2 Shakes Cinnamon

Add ingredients into a cup. Stir well. Reserve.

Additional Ingredients:

1-2 Drops Hot sauce
1/2 Apple, washed, diced
2 Full TBspns Mock Mincemeat
2 Shakes Cinnamon


Coat bottom of a mug with oil.
Add hot sauce.
Add diced apple, mincemeat, and cinnamon.
Stir and mix well.
Top with reserved Oat Mixture.
Microwave 2 minutes on high.