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About me

People ask me about the name of my blog and the Radish part.  I used radishes because they are visual attractive, round and red. And when old, they are old a little caustic and biting.   Sometimes that is me. 

 I live on Puget Sound, in Washington with my husband.   My subject matter is always in flux.  I go through different crazes and my blog goes with me.  I enjoy food, photography, I love my family, and I am creative always.  I write about life.    


July 21, 2014 / Amber waves of grain & CHEF

This is our local wheat growing here.  In the last two years wheat has been planted more here.  Potatoes and corn crops are down and wheat is up.  I hope this wheat is not genetically modified, but how can you tell.  We do have a local miller in the valley, and I know he is very particular about what he grinds.  

I have something fun to suggest today.  Go see the movie "Chef". My husband liked it a lot.  Not much has been made of this movie. I guess it might be too positive.   It is about a famous chef that takes his son across the country in a food truck.  It is an R rated film, but I guess it was for bad language, and a joint or two.  But the theme is wholesome.  It is cleverly written.   The knife skills are worth the price of admission.  



July 18,2014


For me these are dark days.  I have written here before about the day that Pearl Harbor happened, and I was driving in the car with my parents to the Post Office in the snow and the radio blurted it out that we had been bombed.  I remember the day I opened LOOK magazine to see the dead bodies of the German gassing in WWII. Then I pledged not to forget what happened to the Jews in Europe.  

Hamas is the worst.  When Egypt brokers a cease fire.  Israel quits the fighting and Hamas keeps lobbing rockets.  The Hamas have dug tunnels into Israel, there are photos of Hamas coming up out of their tunnels in Israel. Hamas does not care about the Palestinians. They want them dead.   They leave the women and children out so the rockets from Israel will fall and kill these women and children.  The reality for people in Gaza and in Israel is that the Jews are living life in their bunkers, and the Palestinians are in their homes with nothing.  

Below is a good article to read.  We all need Moral Clarity. 

Just so you know the Gaza Strip is 25 miles long, and it has 1.7 million people.  



January 17, 2014/ Ricotta sink


Seeing this sink, why would anyone want to make ricotta?  You would want to make ricotta because it is delicious. It can be salted to your liking.  It is additive free, and it is much sweeter than when you buy it.  I can eat it straight out of the jar I put it in.  You do need an instant read thermometer, but likely you already have one for meat.  And you do need cheese cloth.  This is a poor grade of cheese cloth and will need to be thrown away.   is the recipe I used from Food 52.




July 15, 2014/ Bread on a chair

This bread where the whole wheat berries were ground in a coffee grinder, ready to go in the oven.  


July 15, 2014/ Marfan Syndrome


I have one granddaughter that has Marfan's syndrome.Actually she does not, but what she has is so closely related that it is lumped together. There are a group of conditions that you have that collectively if you have a certain number puts you in the Marfan's Syndrome category.  It is a soft tissue problem.  You may have long feet and hands,or you might be very tall, your aorta can explode,  Your eyes are constantly changing.  Frequently you are double jointed.    About one in 5,000 have this syndrome.  This happens in all ethnic groups.  This can be very dangerous if you have problems with the heart.  

In the beginning my daughter and her husband took my granddaughter and the syblings to the United States Marfan Conference every two years. It was great for the whole family, including the brothers and sisters because they met up with brothers and sisters where the Marfan kid was getting all of the attention.   One year I went to the conference in Seattle.  My daughter and her husband were very active in this group and by themselves started a group in Mexico City.   But like many areas , you can get burned out.  You need a rest.  And it is hard to go to this conference and see all these misinformed people.  Plus my granddaughter was doing well in school and seemed to be managing okay.  But she was always tired.   

This time it has been six years since they had gone, Sleep issues were going to be focused in one session.  The older girl with the sydrome met a girl there about her age to really talk to and befriend. My granddaughter was allowed to follow a doctor as he did his work during the day.  The younger sister went on the teenage venture and found out about the medical side of Marafan's which she had not known. The teens get to go on sightseeing tours.  My daughter and her husband went to information sessions. 

My daughter said that there were many young people there without their families.  I almost find that hard to believe.  But I will say that most families do not know what to do, and how to treat these children.  My daughter talked to the Prominent doctor for brittle bones disease, a disease that my youngest grandson has.  Marfan's and Brittle Bones are similar problems.

What I am trying to say here is there is a lot to be gained by attending this conference,  especially if you think you are the only one looking the way that you do.  You meet other people, you meet doctors and parents and you get a lot of information.  The problem is that this is very expensive.  I once gave contributions for scholarships , but I fell off the bandwagon.  But I am going to go back to sending money for scholarships.  It is so helpful to young people.  But few people will leave the conference without shedding a tear.