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Thank you James Taylor

The music and lyrics of a James Taylor song can soothe a broken heart, make you dance in the kitchen, or add that sumpin-sumpin to an open sunroof ride on a fall day. James Taylor has been a part of my life since I can’t remember when. The first time I stepped foot into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, aka SPAC, I was too young to drive there myself. I will never forget the smell of Adirondack Pines, the cool…

Cheese (may not) heal: Easy Cheese

Cheesemaking has evolved from the ancient Greeks to modern-day farming and production methods. Various cheeses have been produced in this country since the 17th century. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, more than one-third of all milk produced each year in the U.S. is used to manufacture cheese. I do not believe that the ancient Greeks ever imagined that cheese would come in a can. Enter Easy Cheese. What is the definition of cheese? According to Merriam-Webster, Cheese is…

Sassy Bacon Jam

Bacon is one of heaven's finest gifts. Real bacon, not turkey bacon, and do not even think of vegan bacon, although, if you must, I won't judge. The image of bacon sizzling in a skillet on a Sunday morning says, "Ahh, it's Sunday." When you add a little cayenne, this bacon jam becomes very sassy! Jam conjures up images of sweet and sticky jars of fruit. Slightly burned toast that my Gramma Amelia made with her favorite jam or jelly.…

Recipe for a pandemic work out with a mask

We are living in an unprecedented time. We are also at a breaking point, each of us with concerns and struggles. No one is immune. No one is exempt. I want to think that no one is genuinely alone, but I know that is not true. Pasta on the Floor strives to add levity when there is often little to no chance of lightheartedness appearing. "Recipe posts" I have written several recipe posts over the years. The recipe play on…

Pasta On The Floor Schenectady NY

Confessions of a quarantined and frustrated writer

Pasta on the Floor has been more than a blog to me. Since 2009, I have shared my experiences with you writing about the people, places, and situations that I  have encountered. Oh, and the food! Cheese does indeed heal, and great food makes a great night with friends more than memorable. I thank you for every text, hug, and comment that you have given to me. The quarantine has squelched my inventiveness. My creative, externally stimulated mind is forced…