Jodi Lea Stewart

Loving and Writing About the Southwest and the South

Unique Challenges Historic novel writing presents many unique challenges. Foremost, the writer didn’t personally live during that time era, or he/she lived in New York but loved writing about the Old West. Slick documentaries and photos often don’t go far enough to immerse the writer or the reader in the “feel” of that particular slot…

If ever an Ellipsis were to run for President, what would be the platform? No more dot-to-space-ratio lawlessness, of course! Yet, enforcing the Ellipses Laws may be trickier than a politician practicing magic tricks. The underground world of ellipses No punctuation mark is more misunderstood or misused (might I suggest “abused?”) than the humble ellipsis. What’s…

*low-altitude recipe 1 lb. dried black-eyed peas Salt pork (1- or 2-inch piece) 1 med. diced onion 2 cloves fresh garlic pulp (don’t slice) 1 stalk celery, sliced ¼ to ½ cup carrots cut into small chunks ¼ bell pepper, diced 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies. For slightly spicy, use ORIGINAL if…

3 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 3 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. ground ginger 1 tsp. ground nutmeg ½ tsp. salt 1 cup chopped pecans 1-1/4 cup cooking oil 2 tsp. vanilla 1 1-lb. crushed pineapple & juice. (I like the sweetened vs. packed-in-juice pineapple for this…

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