Hatfields and the McCoys

Do you think it’s bad to give blood because you get a $50 gift card? I do but I did it; there confessional. I am blessed with type O negative blood, so I am pretty sure I am on speed dial at Red Cross, even though they have calmed down recently on the phone calls after I completed a survey they sent asking if they called too much. Really, do you need to ask? Well, I had given a few weeks ago when my church had a blood drive, but I received an email stating that if I gave again before Sep 1, I would receive a $50 gift card. Would I have given again without that incentive? I would like to say yes, but I usually only give when they come to our church, and I had to go to a church in Chapin to get in under the wire, so the true answer is, probably not. Ashamed but not disgraced. I am going back to many years ago when my husband had to have heart surgery in Houston and needed a lot of blood during the surgery. The “finance person” told me the blood alone cost an enormous amount, but if the blood was donated back in his name, insurance would not be billed for any blood donated back. Yes it was insurance, but I called where my husband worked and they quickly organized a blood drive and collected many more units than he was given. My heart was warmed, until my heart froze quicker than Elsa’s all in a matter of less than a minute. I was told in Houston, they didn’t accept blood from Red Cross in South Carolina. After I regained my senses, and asked why without losing it, I was told there was some “bad blood” between the two organizations and it had been going on for years. What were we still living the Hatfield and McCoys? This made no sense, so what does any good girl do; I called my Mama in tears, it had been a trying week anyway. Well bless her soul; she had the entire problem solved by 10 AM the next day. She and Representative Floyd Spence graduated high school together and I went to school with two of his four sons, so she called him at his home that night and told him the situation, then she called Strom Thurmond the next day and explained what was going on to him. The next day, I was thanked for how quick the blood was donated and that portion was completely covered. So yea, I want the $50 gift card.
I enjoyed the cooler weather this past weekend. The rain on Sunday was welcomed and needed. Roomie and I hung around the house and I basically worked, what’s new. We did however make a delicious salad Saturday night for dinner so I am sharing the dressing. I love Caesar Salad, but am a little uneasy about making anything with raw egg at home. I order it at restaurants knowing it has raw egg, but I have someone to pay my medical bills if I get sick from it
Caesar’s Dressing – No Raw Eggs
The only thing we would do different is use less mayonnaise. We both thought it was just a bit to mayoey (made that up and spell check is not happy.) I had anchovy paste at the house so we substituted 1 tsp of paste for each anchovy fillet. Don’t leave the anchovys out, it will have no flavor except mayo.

½ cup mayo (We amended the recipe to use a very full 1/3 cup next time.)
2 ½ Tab fresh lemon juice
2 Tab olive oil
4 to 5 oil-packed anchovy fillets minced (or just use the paste I we did)
2 minced cloves garlic
½ tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp Worcestershire sauce

• Put all ingredients in jar with screw lid, and shake vigorously.

For the true Caesar’s Salad
Romaine lettuce chopped
Parmigiano-Reggiano (not out of a green can, the real stuff) grated
Freshly ground black pepper
Roasted chicken (optional)

62 days and 17.22 lbs till Disney Food & Wine.


About rosestancil

I am your average 50+-year-old who woke up one morning wondering how and where the extra 30 pounds suddenly appeared came from. I am a Mom to two grown children, an Environmental Engineer (go Clemson Tigers), and a farm girl. I was raised on a green onion and collard farm in what was then rural Lexington County, SC. I still live on a part of the farm and hope to stay there. I have had a subscription newsletter, Green Onion & Collards for several years. I published recipes using seasonal local foods. I became a bit overwhelmed at the responses (I know, this should have been a good thing right?) and stopped it about a year ago. Some of the recipes I post will be from the newsletter. I will not count calories or eat lettuce. Girl gotta eat. I also will not give up good craft beer and wine, I will watch my portion size however. I intend to cook healthy, full of flavor foods, which will allow me to eat more, exercise at least 4 times a week (no gym or gym contracts), reduce and try to eliminate processed foods, and have snacks handy. I am a work in progress and will always be. If I am crazy enough to post my weekly weight, you need to be crazy enough to tag along on this journey.
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