Friday, May 5, 2023

Words & Brush Weekender: Easy listening music and chat, Friday 5th May 2023, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome

Easy listening music and chat, Friday 5th May 2023, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome!

Enjoy some good music here on Words & Brush, it's your free choice so please post any of your favorite music of all genres! 


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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Come What May Open Thread

 Come what May our works are in progress.  Summer is near as the days get warmer and the mornings are best here before you get to work.  May it be a productive day!

We writers keep a note pad or idea box wherever we go.   If something is said in a certain way, it is also written down for possible later use.  While scientists have "Labs"  I call the world around me
 my "Lab."

Think outside the box, read someone else's work, a book, take 
a walk, go to a festival. I hear the Renaissance Festivals are in full swing now.

Don't worry about the critiques, there are good ones and terrible ones, but some
where you least expect it from. 

Remember your creativity is yours alone
May you create to the best of your ability.
Some projects take a lot of time

For the Star Wars Fanatics this month or 
forever be one with the Force.  
Let the story simmer some more

To create a strong ending

Be who you are, all the time and creativity   
It will set you free.

Dream, reflect and tap into that subconsciousness

Be eccentric, be you

All great works of art take time on their path.  Stay on the path,

Remember, it is your story, your work of art. 

Spend a time with us for tea or coffee,
whichever is your fancy!

Let it pour from the brush or 
the pen, be in your element.   Great projects take time, late nights, revisions, looking for the right angle of the project, to repaintings, reconstructions for others to enjoy. Be you, stay creative!

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Words & Brush Recipe Corner: Ree's Top-Rated Salisbury Steak

 Ree's Top-Rated Salisbury Steak 

The Pioneer Woman, Food Network

     Level: Easy, Total: 35 min, Prep: 15 min, Cook: 20 min, Yield: 6 servings 


Meat Mixture: 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon ketchup 2 teaspoons dry mustard 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce 1 cube beef bouillon, crumbled (or powdered beef base) Salt and pepper 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 

Gravy: 1 whole onion, halved and thinly sliced (or diced if you prefer) 2 cups beef broth, more if needed for thinning 1 tablespoon ketchup 1 teaspoon seasoning sauce, such as Kitchen Bouquet, optional 4 dashes Worcestershire 1 teaspoon cornstarch, optional Salt and pepper 


For the meat mixture: Combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, ketchup, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, bouillon and some salt and pepper. Knead until all combined. Form into 4 to 6 oval patties, and then make lines across the patties to give them a "steak" appearance. Fry the patties in a skillet with the butter and oil over medium-high heat on both sides until no longer pink in the middle. Remove from the skillet and pour off any excess grease. 

For the gravy: Reduce the heat to medium and add in the sliced onions. Stir and cook until golden brown and somewhat soft, for several minutes. Add the beef stock, ketchup, seasoning sauce, if using, and the Worcestershire. Then combine the cornstarch with a little beef broth and add to the sauce if using. Stir and cook to reduce. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper and more broth if needed for thinning. 

Then return the patties to the gravy. Spoon the gravy over the top and let them simmer and heat back up for a couple of minutes. 

For more directions watch the video


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