Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tuesday Recipe Share

Last night I tried this recipe for Polenta Spinach Pie. It's basically a cornbread crust pizza and I added fresh garlic, didn't use anything remotely like two cups of sauce, and I used both mozarella and parmesan on top. Dan and I were both very pleased with the results. It's easy, quick, tasty, and would probably be delicious with any toppings, if one weren't crazy about spinach.

We still don't have internet service at home and I'm torn on the subject of whether or not to spring for a land line for backup. We wouldn't use it very often and I would only consider it worth the initial expense if Comcast were going to be out for another week or more. But Comcast can't say how long before we have service again. It could be a day, a week, or a month. No one at the customer service level has any clue. It's frustrating.

I'm beginning to suspect that the problem with our cable is related to the fact that most of our neighborhood remains without power. This morning I saw that the street at the far opposite side of the neighborhood has power but they, like we, have back yards that abut university property. Everyone in the middle is dark and other than the tree-cutters, no crews have come to work at restoring service. And in spite of the Houston Chronicle's assertion that not all power restoration requires actual trucks, you've seen the pictures of the smashed pole, broken box and sagging cables. We do, in fact, need trucks. And workers. And equipment. Lots of it.

If our internet is related somehow to the power problem, we could be waiting awhile, since I don't think our neighbors are scheduled for electric service restoration until the weekend, and that's if workers actually show up and start doing something and no additional problems are found.

I'm going to check if my studio gets any wireless bleedover from the university. I doubt it, because I don't think the university's wireless service extends to the back of the parking lot and therefore to my fence, but one never knows and it's worth checking.

In the meantime, it's getting easier to write and do other projects. It was hard at first because I just wasn't in the right frame of mind. It gets easier, though, and I have to keep reminding myself that we've been much luckier than our neighbors and I need to grateful. Time will pass and someday this will all be an amusing memory.


The Bunns said...

Well by golly we might just have to fire up the 7BUNNY7 and round up some wire-experts and head on down there!

Oh wait .. we aren't really wire FIXERS.

Good luck ... glad to see Lil Cadbury is still priority 1!

bunnygirl said...

Cadbury recently tried to do some wire "fixing" on Dan's iPod. We need no more of that kind of assistance, no matter how well-intentioned.

But if we got enough bunnies chewing on the downed trees so the real fixers could get to work...

Ellie Hamilton said...

This pie looks delish. I'm recently doing a wheat-free diet (discovered upon starting low-carb that my IBS symptoms went away, have narrowed it down to wheat.) So the cornbread crust works for me. Your recipes are always yummy!

Sure hope you get your computer back up soon. I'm glad you're OK!

Thomma Lyn said...

I'm glad you're feeling more like writing. Frustrating about the internet service, and I hope they get going on fixing things soon.

The Polenta Spinach Pie sounds fabulous! And that's a good idea checking for wireless bleedover.

You have a wonderful positive attitude, and I admire what a trooper you are! Hang in there. I'm sending hugs to you and give that adorable little Cadbury a kiss from me. :)

Glenna said...

Oh, my! Polenta Pie! Yum! Our weekend recipe was some nice yukon gold potatoes turned into a gratin with mushrooms and some leftover gruyere cheese grated over the top. Anything with cheese on top is just wonderful.

Frustrating about the cable. I use a Sprint aircard because it's less expensive and more reliable than satellite or cable in our area. So far it has never gone out, even when satellite tv does. And a plus for me, who has little patience with such things: five minute non-technical installation (a single disk in the drive, click in a few places and it's done). Not sure how it works w/ two computers in the house though since we each use the aircard that matches our cellphone provider. Good speed, too--not quite as good as the T-1 at work, of course, but not shabby either. The card was free; I just pay the monthly ($59) for a 2-yr term.

Anonymous said...

The pie looks delicious!! With extra, extra cheese on top, YUM!! :D

the Bag Lady said...

That pie looks great! Will it work with dehydrated spinach, do you think?
Although, the spinach in my garden is probably frozen now (it went down to -5C or 20F last night), but I don't think that's the kind of frozen the recipe calls for!!

Missicat said...

The pie sounds wonderful, thanks for sharing. Funny how quickly we get dependent on our internet service! Hope everything gets back to normal soon!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Connections can be so frustrating, even in the best of times. At least you are eating well.