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Blog 15: Cancer 6/21-7/22

July 26th, 2013 Evelyn Cole

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Ruled by the moon, Cancerians tend to be moody, loving, and generous sometimes, jealous and anxious other times. Their astrological symbol is the crab and like the crab they can appear hard on the outside but are actually soft and sensitive on the inside. Like the moon, Cancers go through phases while staying in place. And, like the moon, they are alluring.

Because their moods change rapidly, throwing a dinner party can be fraught. I recommend preparing for it two days in advance to allow for mood changes before the deadline so all tasks can be completed.

 

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Asparagus Rolls

These can be made the day before and frozen, and then baked the next afternoon and served warm. They do not have to be hot.

1. Cut the crusts off twenty slices of the cheapest bread you can find.

2. Roll each slice flat with a rolling pin.

3. Process 8 oz. of cream cheese, 3 oz. of blue cheese and an egg.

4. Spread each flattened slice of bread with this mixture, add a piece of canned asparagus at one end and roll the bread around it.

5. Place on cookie sheet.

6. Repeat for all 20 slices and place in freezer over night.

7. The next day cut each roll to make three servings per roll.

8. Pour a ½ pound of melted butter over the lot and bake at 400 degrees.

Your guests will rave!

 

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Greek Salad Salsa and bread of your choice

2 TOMATOES, seeded and cut to 1/2 inch dice (about two cups) 1 cup thinly sliced green onions 1 cup seeded, peeled and diced cucumber 8 Kalamata olives, cut into small bits 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/3 cup olive oil 1/2 cup finely snipped dill Scant 1/2 tsp. salt Scant 1/2 tsp. sugar Freshly ground black pepper 2 oz. mild Feta cut into 1/4 inch dice

Combine and leave at room temperature about 3 hours.

 

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Clam Linguini Adapted from LA Times circa 1983

2  Tbls. Olive Oil 2  Tbls. Butter 6 cloves garlic 1 big bunch green onions with their greens lots of parsley, cut up fine Grated Romano cheese, ground pepper and salt to taste 2 cans clams, chopped or minced, separated from, but keep the juice

1. Chop or press the garlic

2. Cut up the onions, using as much of the green part as you can.

3. Saute the garlic and onions in the olive oil and butter until soft but not crisp.

4. Add clam juice and simmer ten minutes.

5. Add clams and simmer five minutes more.

6. Add parsley, let simmer about a minute.

7. Check for taste—add salt and pepper as desired.
Serve over linguini with lots of fresh grated Romano and with plenty of good crusty bread and a salad.

 

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Dessert – Whatever you’re in the mood for, Cancer, preferably catered or ready-made

Do not, Cancer, apologize for your food or the condition of your house, and let the good moods prevail. And, if you get into an argument with your spouse over the cost, read next week’s blog on Money as a Metaphor.

 

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Written by Evelyn Cole

Evelyn Cole




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