Archive for November, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to all. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’d like to share my oyster stuffing recipe that you can make for your loved ones for the holidays.

Now, I can’t cook worth a damn, I can only make a few dishes. But with the few dishes I can make, I’ve been told I do a good job. This is one of the few dishes that I can make (with a little help from Stove Top of course). ūüėČ


What you’ll need:

1 stick butter

3 strips of bacon

shredded cheese

1 pt. oysters

1 box turkey flavor Stove Top stuffing



1) Melt butter in a saucepan.

2) Fry bacon in a separate pan.

3) Drain oysters; save liquid. Place liquid in a 2 cup measuring cup. Add enough water to make 2 cups.

4) Chop oysters. Leave some oysters aside for later.

5) Add oyster liquid, chopped oysters, packet and¬†bread crumbs from stuffing box together and mix in a bowl. Drain off any excess liquid; you don’t want a watery mix.

6) Grease up or butter a medium baking /casserole dish and spoon in the oyster stuffing mix into the baking dish for the first layer.

7) For the second layer, top the oyster stuffing mix with the oysters you put aside.

8) For the third and final layer, top the oysters with a layer of oyster stuffing mix.

9) Lightly sprinkle with shredded cheese on top. Not too much cheese; its added to act as a binder.

10) Chop up the bacon bits and sprinkle on top.

11) Bake at 325 degrees for 1/2 hour. Let it sit for ten minutes after baking and it’s ready to eat.

If you’re allergic to seafood don’t make or eat this stuff. But if you’re a seafood lover like me, enjoy. And don’t say I never gave you anything.

–Roz Abellera








Absinthe Robette is an 1896 Art Nouveau poster created by Belgian artist Henri Privat-Livemont.

Henri Privat-Livemont was a fantastic artist of many works but he was most famous for his absinthe posters, which are very popular with private art collectors around the world as well as with auction houses and antique dealers.

What is Absinthe? Absinthe is described as a¬† distilled highly alcoholic beverage. It is a spirit¬†derived from the flowers and leaves of¬† Artemisia Absinthium (“grand wormwood”), also containing sweet fennel, green anise and other medicinal herbs. Absinthe has a natural green color but is sometimes colorless. It is commonly referred to in historical literature as¬†“the green fairy”.

It became popular as an alcoholic drink¬†in France between the¬†late 19th¬†century and early 20th¬†century. It was very popular among Parisian artists and writers. Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde, Rimbaud, Vincent Van Gogh were just a few of¬†some famous absinthe¬†drinkers. It’s¬†been¬†rumored that Van Gogh used to down the stuff like¬†it was water.

Now I’ve never done it myself because I’m drug free, but absinthe has often been described as a dangerously addictive¬†psychoactive drug and¬†hallucinogen. It has a chemical compound in it called thujone,¬†which is¬†blamed for its alleged harmful effects. By 1915, absinthe had been banned in the United States¬†and in much of Europe due to its hallucinogenic properties.

The word ‘absinthe’ is in fact the French word for wormwood and derives from the Latin name, Artemisia Absinthium. It’s commonly understood to mean a high proof liquor containing wormwood.¬†There¬†are legal versions of absinthe that can be bought in the United States but it has to be free of the compound thujone. So to some purists, it isn’t the real thing.

Absinthe Robette is probably the most iconic image used to advertise absinthe. It depicts a beautiful semi-nude woman holding up a glass of absinthe in amazement. The color green dominates the background because of its association with absinthe.

I don’t know if the woman is supposed to be the mythical “Green Fairy” associated with absinthe or what, but Privat-Livemont depicts her beautifully. In my interpretation of the painting, she IS the Green Fairy waiting to seduce and allure, much like the many Parisian artists who were seduced by its hallucinogenic properties.

This is a timeless masterpiece that has stood the test of time and one doesn’t have to be an absinthe drinker to appreciate its beauty.

–Roz Abellera