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Coyote Ugly, an excerpt from OW7, screenplay

  • September 10, 2021

int. crowded bar – night

Mario and OW7 enter a crowded dance club.  An ugly woman is instantly infront of  OW7.  She is much younger than she looks, wears thick glasses, a uni-brow, and a sloppy crooked mouth slathered with too red lipstick.

Super: “LAST CALL”

She gushes at OW7, and her eyes open wide like a doe frozen in headlights.  She’s wearing a red dress.

OW7:  Ugh.  Come on Mario.

Lasagna, noodleless (gluten free)

  • March 22, 2020
Lasagna, noodleless (gluten free)


  • 1 lb ground buffalo
  • 1 lb ground hot Italian sausage
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 eggplant, peeled and sliced into ½ inch discs or 2 large zucchini, sliced on bias ½ inch thick (try to maximize surface area)
  • 1 purple cabbage, steamed, leaves peeled, tough/thick whitish parts cut out (outer layers are best because they’re larger)
  • Sliced crimini mushrooms (a lot)
  • Spinach or mixed super greens, 4 cups+
  • 1 container ricotta cheese
  • 1-2 bulbs garlic, oven roasted
  • ½ cup parmesan
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Tomato sauce (recipe below)
  • S&P
  • Italian herbsIngredients

The individual ingredients are cooked separately prior to making into the lasagna: Cut the core out of cabbage, steam with core hole down

Cook buffalo and hot sausage, strain excess oil

Into a well-oiled pan add seasoned eggplant or zucchini as a single layer with space between the pieces. Once lightly seared on one side flip and cook until beginning to get translucent. Using the flat base of a potato masher or spatula push the liquid out of the eggplant or zucchini while continuing to sear the other side. (about 5 minutes each side) This should create a lot of steam as you smash all the pieces. The key with all the vegetables is to get as much liquid out as possible. Set aside to cool.

Sauté the mushrooms, do not salt until the desired doneness is achieved, set aside.

Mix ricotta with egg, Italian herbs, and parmesan cheese.

Sauté the spinach/super greens until wilted, set aside.

Peel the cabbage leaves – using a sharp knife, remove the thick whitish center vein, retaining the thinner more delicate leaves. Compile the lasagna. Start with a layer of sauce on the bottom of a deep cake pan. Layer the ingredients piecing together cabbage to make a solid layer (without overlapping too much), add ground bison, zucchini or eggplant, half of the ricotta mixture, the second layer of cabbage, roasted garlic cloves, more sauce, mushrooms, sausage, the remaining ricotta, greens, mozzarella, more sauce. Repeat the layers as many more times the pan will accept. Reserve some of the sauce for serving once the lasagna is cooked. Top the last layer with cabbage, then sauce and some mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

Bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees (F), remove from oven and let cool. After about 30-45 minutes, when cool enough to handle, pour off and discard the liquid by tilting the pan. The veggies will release a lot of liquid. You should get at least ½ cup + liquid from all the veggies. Cover and refrigerate overnight if possible. Warm in a 325 degree (F) oven for 40 minutes or until warm in the center. Before serving pour reserved sauce over the lasagna, and top with shredded mozzarella. If you dont remove the liquid, the lasagna will be too wet and will not hold its “lasagna” shape.

Tomato Sauce:

  • 2 large cans organic fire roasted tomatoes with juice, crushed by hand
  • 1 regular can crushed tomato/sauce
  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Salt and pepper

Sauté onion, then add garlic after about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, and spices, salt and pepper. Simmer and use as is, or puree.

This recipe is a labor of love. worth it. I eat two pieces in two days and freeze the rest or feed hungry peeps. I usually drain off liquid the next day.

My Soul Is Like Water

  • November 19, 2019

My soul is like water

Water, the most ambitious force on the planet, always finds its way from one place to the next without loss of substance.  As a river it crosses the terrain of time, people, place. I gravitated toward the path of least resistance engaging with life.

My soul is like water.


Chasing Rainbows, Summertime Roadtrip (fiction)

  • October 9, 2019

The 1978 convertible Cadillac soars down the freeway like a fat cigar boat on still water.  Mom, in the front passenger seat, wraps a floral silk scarf around her long wavy red hair.  She knots it tightly under her chin; the tail end flaps in the wind and gently laps at her cheek and neck.  Dad with one arm out the window smoothly glides the vehicle with his fat right palm planted squarely at noon on the steering wheel.  Read more...

Gossamer Dreams Chapter: Date Night (fiction)

  • January 9, 2019

Charlie giddy with nervous energy walks back and forth under the bright lights from the marquis.  It’s been years since they’ve had a date night, but he’s hopeful that the magic of the symphony will rekindle the warmth in her heart.  A light drizzle of snow glistens on the shoulders of his velvet blazer.  The crowd, that only minutes ago flooded the entrance, has gone inside to claim their seats and only a few people sucking down the last of their fast burning cigarettes remain.  

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Dark Moon Lilith, excerpt from Dark Night of the Soul (non-fiction)

  • April 9, 2017

Lilith is a mythological and religious figure who has been a part of human folklore, religion, anthropology, and astrology for as long as we have recorded history. Her roots are found in ancient Sumerian, Babylonian, Egyptian and Greek sculptures and texts, she is mentioned in The King James Bible of Genesis and Jewish mythology. Her branches have spread across hundreds of years, and she is represented in Renaissance and contemporary writings and artworks. Michelangelo depicted her as 

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Mom’s Style Chicken Mole

  • February 2, 2017
Mom’s Style Chicken Mole


This recipe uses all dry powder chili/spices

  • Whole cut up chicken, save back, carcass, pieces and part
  • Coconut oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Paprika, spicy
  • Paprika, sweet

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Crockpot Recipe for Gluten Free Chocolate Lava Cake

  • January 25, 2016

lava cake steam a risin


1/2 to 1 cup cane sugar (can do up to 2 to taste)

1 cup sorghum flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup gf flour mix (like Bob’s Red Mill) Read more...

Golden Milk

  • November 22, 2015


Golden Milk, 2 cup serving

  • 1 – 2 cups water (1 if using coconut water)
  • 1 cup coconut water (optional, I don’t use because it has too much sugar)
  • 1 Golden Milk Puck Concentrate (see below)

honey to taste, 1/2 tbsp +/-

Heirloom Turkish Turban Squash Soup

  • September 23, 2015

   turkish turban squash soupTurkish Turban Squash Soup

Squash or cooking pumpkin, quartered and seeded (do not peel). Seeds can be roasted and eaten or saved for planting.

2-3 oranges, juice of only

1 sweet onion, large rough chop

Bison Stroganoff

  • April 16, 2015

bison stroganaoff

Bison Sirloin steak, 1/3 to 1/2 pound per person

Crimini mushrooms, small bin

Greek yogurt, ~ 1/2 cup

Egg noodles ( I used gluten free)

Clam Chowder

  • February 25, 2015
Clam Chowder

First Snow Clam Chowder

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Basta Pasta

  • February 25, 2015

I like to make this for friends or family, when I don’t really feel like cooking up a big meal and messing up my kitchen, but want to impress with yummy flavors, colors, and textures. Read more...

Fried Green Tomatoes

  • February 7, 2015

Winter is on the way, so I had to pick my heirloom tomatoes before the first freeze. What to do with these beautiful green tomatoes?
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Green tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices.