Jodi Lea Stewart

Loving and Writing About the Southwest and the South

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…

If you grew up without television, you’d probably think watching chubby red ants bringing treasures home to their anthills was loads of fun too. I know I did. Luckily, we had tons of anthills to scope out on our Arizona ranch. If I stood or squatted on a rock beside the mounds, the ants mostly…

My childhood as the only girl on an Arizona ranch could get downright lonesome. Television and radio reception were nonexistent, and all the wonderful gadgets of today weren’t yet invented. Friends were far away, so play dates and overnighters were as scarce as green grass, which is plenty scarce in the high deserts of the…

High-quality 80/20 hamburger meat Hamburger Buns Salt and pepper to taste Shredded cheddar cheese, optional Potato Chips, optional Maid-Rite Special Sauce 1 large onion, chopped Shredded cabbage Dill pickles, chopped Mustard and mayonnaise Heat oven for lightly toasting the hamburger buns. Brown loose meat and season with salt and pepper. Drain off nearly all fat.…

1 large onion, chopped ¾ cup miniature carrots 2 stalks celery with leaves, chopped ½ cup chopped fresh parsley 1 head cabbage cut into eight equal wedges 1-1/2 pounds thick boneless pork chops or pork loin cut into 1” pieces 1 package Eckrich smoked beef sausage cut into ½” to 1” slices 4 Tbls. Butter…

  4 to 4-1/2 cups flour 1 Tbsp. sugar 1-1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp. oregano 1 tsp. basil 5 Tbsp. butter/margarine 1 egg beaten 1-1/2 cups buttermilk ½ cup chopped fresh parsley Mix or sift together dry ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly. I use two knives,…

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