October 27

Falling in Love with Tomatoes

In the Meantime in Churchville Krissy and Mark have been spending almost every evening together cooking and drinking wine.  Last weekend they taught each other to can tomatoes.    The simple act of making something for the future hit Krissy hard and she sent this note to her sister Jane.

“The heat coming off the tomatoes about drove me crazy.   His strong hands working to gently peel the tomatoes and his strong arms lifting the pots I wanted so badly for him to take me in his arms and hold me forever.  I know Sis I am the one that told him I am only interested in being friends.  That I don’t stay in one spot for long.  But I feel it more and more each day this is my home I am staying in Churchville and I am in love.  But now what do I do I want him to love me back?”

Krissy’s Famous Spaghetti  Sauce with Home Canned Tomatoes (she calls it Naked Tomato Sauce)

2 quart jars of canned tomatoes
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt

2 large clove garlic, thinly sliced

Pinch of red pepper flakes
Small handful basil leaves, most left whole, a few slivered for garnish
1/4 cup olive oil
12 ounces (3/4 pound) dried spaghetti
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, or maybe two if nobody is looking

Add  the canned tomatoes and salt to a large saucepan (you’ll be adding the pasta to this later, so err on the big side) and turn the heat to medium-high. There are several ways to break the tomatoes down (with your hands, chopping, an immersion blender that I don’t think Italian Grandmothers would approve of but don’t worry, they’re not in the kitchen with you anyway) but Krissy used a potato masher, as it gives you the maximum control over how chunky, smooth you want your sauce.

Once the sauce has begun to boil, turn your heat down to medium-low and gently simmer your tomatoes for 35 to 45 minutes, mashing them more  if needed.

While the tomato sauce cooks, combine garlic, a few whole basil leaves, a pinch of red pepper flakes and 1/4 cup olive oil in a small saucepan. Heat them slowly, over the lowest heat so that they take a long time to come to a simmer. Once it does, immediately remove it from the heat and strain the oil into a small dish. You’ll need it shortly.

When the tomato sauce has been simmering for about 25 minutes, bring your tomato-blanching pot of water back to a boil with a healthy helping of salt. Once boiling rapidly, cook your spaghetti until it is al dente, i.e. it could use another minute of cooking time. Reserve a half-cup of pasta cooking water and drain the rest.

Once your sauce is cooked to the consistency you like, stir in the reserved olive oil and adjust seasonings to taste. Add drained spaghetti and half the reserved pasta water to the simmering tomato sauce and cook them together for another minute or two. Add remaining pasta water if needed to loosen the sauce. Stir in the butter, if using, and serve immediately with slivered basil for garnish.   This sauce is so simple and good it needs no grated cheese.

Serve with Warm Baguette.

Adapted from the Smitten Kitchen. 



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October 10

Earl For Congress… You Want To Know Where The Middle Class Jobs Went

In the meantime in Churchville, USA the women of St. Marta have decided to share the limelight with Earl as he makes his bid for Congress.  They are unofficially heading up his campaign…let the race begin

Earl released this yesterday via social media and plans to make this is platform.    

What happened to the middle class jobs?

The government has taken them away with taxation and regulation.

The following are the hoops an employer must jump thru to hire someone.

1)      They have to document that an employee has the right to be in and work in America.

2)      They have to notify the government they hired an employee.

3)      Taxes and fees- They have to match federal taxes.

They pay 8 to 12% of wages for unemployment.

They have to pay 3-12% of wages for workers comp.

If  an employee washes a truck, then mow a lawn, then shovel rock they have to track and report the pay for said work  as it is charged at different  rates.  

They have to make sure all taxes are collected (at the current rates) from the employee and then fill out forms and send the money to the respective governmental agencies.

This alone requires more payroll which is more taxes taken from the business.

 ** A current total payroll at a small business of $45,000 of that $45,000 employees received $28,000**

4)  They have to inform employees how to obtain health insurance.

5)  They have to take child support out of paychecks and send it to the correct agency.

6) They have to have a legal employee handbook stating obvious rules of employment.

7) They must track hours because they cannot afford to pay overtime.

8) They have to file quarterly reports with both state and federal governments.

9) They have to send out w2’s to employees.

10) They have to post employment practices posters for all to see. (cost of $275)

         What else they must do to operate a business?

1)  They are expected to know and follow all OSHA regulation standards.

2) They must collect, file, and pay 6 different sales taxes, and use taxes

3) They must track every dollar earned and spent and prove it to the government.  (than pay an accountant $1000’s of dollars to prepared the reports to file to the government)

4) They must know and follow all dot regulations, and keep aware of the constant changes.

5) They have to track every gallon of fuel used and file fuel usage forms with both state and federal governments.

6) They have to pay real estate tax if they own a building.

7) They have to file to keep business name.

8) They have to pass fire code inspections.

9) They have to pay attorneys $10,000’s every year because they will be sued several times every year without justification.

10) They will be demonized by politicians for success and have the fruits of labor taken from they.

This is the short list off all the hoops small business owners have to jump thru.

“All of that just to mow some lawns and shovel some snow. You want to know where the middle class jobs went. Owners could pay employees 2x what they make if not for all the government. They could grow their business, offer better value to customers, and a better career to employees, if they could spend time focused on mowing and plowing business instead of governmental compliance.” said Mark Brothers of Churchville, USA

“I ask myself daily: Why am I doing this with my life? How many other entrepreneurs are on the sidelines or have given up because instead of doing what they love, they spent most of their time doing what they hate and what the government mandates them to do.”  said the American Entrepreneur

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August 27

Mark Brothers of Churchville Talks Politics

The time has come that Churchville must deal with the one thing that was remain taboo “politics“.

The other day Mark Brothers was engaged in a conversation with the mayor about this very subject.  Everyone know’s what  is said to the mayor is never with out drama and at times excitement for the city’s gossip circle.    This conversation lit a fire under the mayor to make a name for himself on the national level and he has released this on his personal site which until this point he has used for city election and self promotion.   It is just about word for word what Mark told him.

The mayor is making a bid for a seat in the Senate next election and he has recruited Mark un be-announced  to Mark to be the brains behind his his bid.  Let’s just say the mayor quite possible has never had an original thought.  With that being said he is perfect for Chruchville as the women run the town for all practical  purposes.

The women of Churchville never pay the Mayor much attention unless they need something done around town.   He is a rather large man due to all the testing he does for the Church Cook Book.   The women keep feeding him as they enjoy running the town and using him as their tool to due so.  He has yet to figure this out, poor guy?

The Mayor The Churchville

Problem #1 we don’t teach economics.

Over 50% of Americans have no clue how different forms of government affect the economy of a society.  It is actually quite simple and can be historically proved.

Problem #2 Term limits.

We now have a ruling class. People are elected and spend most of their energy grabbing power and money for reelection. Many spend their entire career determining how the rest of us should live. They get huge salaries, special retirement, special healthcare, access to government assets, and that’s before the lobbyist give them kickbacks.

Problem #3 Racism.

What other answer can you give for Obama getting 93% of the black vote and 74% of the minority vote.
Problem # 4 voting has become too easy for people not invested in or knowledgeable of America.

This is not a Republican rant. I think all the bums should be thrown out. Our founders would surely be saying “We tried to warn you. “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, this alone will herald the end of the republic. Sell not liberty to purchase power”. – Benjamin Franklin

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. – Samuel Adams

Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom. – John Adams

The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. – Patrick Henry

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have. – Thomas Jefferson

Compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful & tyrannical. – Thomas Jefferson

It is universally admitted that a well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people. – James Madison

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August 1

Sarah Smith and Chocolate Pie

Sinsinawa Cook Book


July 31st

From: Markbrothers@gmail.com

To: krissycarpenter@eatcreatedesign.com

You are not going to believe who just left my shop asking 100 question about you?  Guess?  Sarah Smith… are you free tonight for dinner?

From: krissycarpenter@eatcreatedesign.com

To markbrothers@gmail.com

OMG Mark what did she ask?  She is so nosey it drives me crazy.  I cannot believe she had the “balls” to ask you about me.  I bet it is driving her crazy cannot wait to hear what she asked and what you told her.  I bet you had a load of fun watching her trying so hard to get information out of you.  Did she at least buy something?

Yes I am free tonight what time and I will bring dessert.   I am dying to try this German Sweet Chocolate Pie I found in my Aunties Cook Book.

What time are you thinking?  I have some writing to do but could get to your house by 7?  Do you want to watch a movie after  dinner? What about Brides Maids I heard it was super funny have you seen it yet?

From: Markbrothers@gmail.com

To: krissycarpenter@eatcreatedesign.com

7 tonight is fine and the pie and movie sound great see you than.  I just checked and Brides Maids is on cable.

German Sweet Chocolate Pie

Just Blend and Bake.  It makes its own crust!

1 can (13oz.) evaporated milk

1 package (4oz.) Bakers German sweet chocolate, melted

¼ cup butter or margarine

3 eggs

½ cup white sugar

1 1/3 cups Bakers angle flake coconut

½ cup pecans or almonds, chopped (optional)

Place milk, chocolate, butter, eggs, and sugar in a blender and blend at medium speed for 15 seconds.  Pour into a greased 9-in. pie pan and sprinkle with coconut and nuts.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  Cool . Store any leftover pie in refrigerator.

Recipe from Sinsinawa Mound Cook Book by Sister Catherine Houtakker, OP

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July 6

Churchville USA, Mystery Girl and Pizza


To: brothersmark@gmail.com

From: kirssycarpenter@eatcreatedesign.com

July 12th 2013

Hey Mark,

What a great time we had last night I loved making homemade pizza and remembering my Mom.  Once again I dumped my sad life on you.    You always seem to have a way of making forget about the sad and remember the happy.   You are right I was very lucky as a kid luckier than most.   I need to figure out a way to bring that luck and happiness back into my life.  I am trying lord knows I am trying.  Anyway thanks for recreating my Mom’s pizza for me.

I have been thinking about your suggestion to become involved in the Women’s Club at St Marta’s and how to respond to Sally Ray.  I agree I am enjoying being the mystery in town and I think you and I can have a little fun with that.  On the serious side you are also right in that I do not need that group of gossips in my life right now.  So we shall play for a while and see what we can stir up.  I just hope we can win again.  Maybe we should enter my Mom’s pizza?

Thank you for offering me the part time job at your shop and will take you up on it as a friend it will get me out of the house.  I am so excited and happy that you are adding the landscaping side to the business.   You have to admit a guy like you running a floral shop is funny and the fact that the entire town thinks you are gay.   Won’t it be a big surprise when you have a date with a girl?   Your Aunt will be proud of how well you are doing with her shop and the plans to expand into landscaping.

I love what I do but writing all day gets lonely.  Anyway I will stop by the shop tomorrow and you can train me in I love flowers almost as much as writing.

See you Friday for dinner


PS how does the below sound for my Mom’s pizza to submit to the book?

Mom’s homemade pizza recipe

1 loaf of frozen bread dough she used Rhodes

1 Jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce

Corn Meal for dusting the crust with

Flour for rolling out dough

1 pound of Mozzarella Cheese to grate by hand

Pizza toppings such as Pepperoni, Sausage, Peppers, Mushrooms, Olives, Pineapple

Thaw bread dough per directions of bag can be done in microwave for last minute pizza’s

Roll out dough with flour to desired size and thickness

Put rolled out dough on cookie sheet or pizza pan and bake until almost brown popping any bubbles during baking

Spread sauce, toppings, and cheese on baked crust and bake again at 400 until cheese just starts to brown


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