Sunday, January 2, 2011

Jim Meirose's Burning River Book and Happy New Year!

First, Happy 2011!!

I'll admit I've been watching Twilight Zone reruns late into the night on the Syfy network, and I had a nightmare about "Talkie Tina" before I woke up this morning. *shuddering* Is this where Chuckie came from, I wonder?

So, the most important news: At Gently Read Literature, a review of Jim Meirose's Crossing the Trestle, a collection of short fiction published by Cleveland-based Burning River Press, is live. Read the review here. Meirose's book is wonderful, filled with carefully considered portraits and strong symbolism. You can buy Meirose's book directly at the Burning River storefront.

In the meantime, an excerpt from the review (referencing the story "Stellazine and the Mudpies"):

"The title character is a lovable misanthrope, an aging woman, not friendless but ecstatically cynical, who is stuck inside a dilapidated gas station off an interstate that facilitates the high-speed disregard of what her store offers (although it should be mentioned that Stellazine gets quite a few customers over the course of the story). The woman creates a physical manifestation of her disdain in the form of small tarts apparently filled with mud, which she sells to the unwitting and easily persuaded."

Q: "What are you doing New Yeee-ar's...New Yeeee-ar's Eve?"
A: Well, for our part, we worked, hiked, and cooked. C'est ca:

Savannah loading the pressure cooker after a long hike with the boyz.
Nope, I absolutely cannot fit one more appliance on my counter.
Man, the place looks like a serious mess in this picture.
It's not that bad in person. Honest.

Beef stew in the pressure cooker, with Guz-grown potatoes.

Mmmm.....cornbread out of the oven.

And, the finished product: beef stew with a cornbread hat (at a jaunty angle).


  1. And a Happy 2011 to you! That meal looks great.

  2. Hey Jason!! Happy 2011 to you, too!! Thank you so much!!!!

  3. As Carl Weathers would say....."That's a damn good stew".

    Seriously though....that is one awesome looking stew.

  4. *laughing* "I’d go to Craft Service, get some raw veggies, bacon, Cup-A-Soup, baby, I got a stew going." -- Carl Weathers
    I was so proud that it turned out as well as it did, and more importantly, that I didn't have stew on the ceiling (this was only the second time using the pressure cooker, and I have somewhat dubious luck with electronics) :-)
    Happy New Year!!

  5. Hah! Glad you got the reference. Good stuff.