Riches and Rhymes

The Poetry and Writing of Janis Gaines

Bruschetta

I make this almost every week and eat for lunch or snack. It’s quick, fresh, and healthy. Super easy and yummy! Posting here for my daughter and will add pics next time I make it. 🙂

Ingredients

4 Roma tomatoes, diced

1/4 red onion, diced

1/2 tablespoon minced garlic

2-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1-2 tablespoons olive oil OR pesto – OPTIONAL

1-2 tablespoons basil or Italian seasonings

Parmesan cheese

salt, pepper to taste

garlic bagel chips

 

Directions

  1. Dice tomatoes and onions. Add to container.
  2. Add garlic.
  3. Add balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  4. Add salt and seasonings to taste.
  5. Top with Parmesan cheese, if desired

    Lasts up to one week in the fridge.
    Serve with garlic bagel chips.

© December 2, 2017
Tryon, NC

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Corn Potato Chowder

This is a new favorite recipe that I’ve just learned to make; I make a vegan version. It’s super tasty and easy to make! Perfect for winter. It makes a lot so this is a great dish to make ahead and eat on for the week. Freezes well. Posting here for my daughter and will add pics next time I make it. 🙂

Ingredients

4-6 potatoes, bite size chopped. I use yellow golds for this stew.

1 box veggie broth (could use chicken broth if preferred or 4 cans)

1 onion, chopped

1-2 cups baby carrots, chopped

2 cans creamed corn

1 can peas or butter beans – OPTIONAL

1 cup nutritional yeast OR can sub cream of celery (or chicken) soup

1-2 tablespoons of thyme

salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash

 

Directions

  1. Chop all veggies. Add to stew pot.
  2. Add ½ to ¾ box of veggie broth to cover veggies and half the pot.
  3. Add creamed corn. Do not drain.
  4. Add peas or beans if desired.
  5. Add nutritional yeast or cream of celery soup, whichever you decide to use.
  6. Add 2-4 tablespoons of thyme
  7. Salt and pepper, seasoning to taste. I use Mrs. Dash.
  8. Heat on medium until well blended. Stir often and make sure there’s enough liquid so it doesn’t burn on the bottom. Keep adding veggie broth or water as needed.
    Simmer and serve.
    Makes 4-6 servings

© December 2, 2017
Tryon, NC

Brunswick Stew

This is one of our favorite family recipes that my kids always loved; now I make a vegan version. It’s super tasty and easy to make! It makes a lot so this is a great dish to make ahead and eat on for the week. Freezes well. Posting here for my daughter and will add pics next time I make it. 🙂

Ingredients

1 lb ground meat or veggie crumbles

V8 juice

1 can peas

1 can petite diced tomatoes

1 can cream corn

Worchester sauce

Apple cider vinegar

1 bottle ketchup

Mustard or honey mustard

 

Directions

  1. Brown the meat in a skillet. Drain grease. Add to stew pot.
  2. Add ½ to ¾ bottle of V8 to cover the meat and half the pot.
  3. Add canned ingredients. Drain peas. Do not drain creamed corn.
  4. Add 1-2 cups of ketchup. Usually half the bottle.
  5. Add 3-4 tablespoons of mustard
  6. Add 1-3 tablespoons of Worchester sauce
  7. Add 2-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. To taste – this gives it a kick.
    You can add more but not take away, so start small.
  8. Salt and pepper, seasoning to taste. I use Mrs. Dash.
  9. Heat on medium until well blended. Stir often and make sure there’s enough liquid so it doesn’t burn on the bottom. Keep adding V8 or water as needed.
    Simmer and serve.

    Makes 4-6 servings

    Tastes even better the next day!

© December 2, 2017
Tryon, NC

Coma

A silent breath
And again…
In and out.
No noise heard,
But a constant numbing hum.
I check for a pulse —
Steady, regulated blips.
My soul has morphine on drip.
They say it’s better this way.
Too much culture shock
Can kill, so they say
It’s better to stay still.
So please do not disturb
My dreamless, endless sleep
Wake me when
It’s safe to be
Me
Again…
In and out.

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© August 11, 2017
Atlanta, GA

Kites and Time

Who has kites and time for this –
To follow every whim and bliss.
Be ready when the wind blows.

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© April 6, 2017
Tryon, NC

The One Question

What’s the one question that you need to ask –
The one that you can take to task.
What’s the one question that erases all blame –
The one question that can clear your name.
What’s the one question where mercy lies –
And eliminates need for masks and alibis.
What’s the one question that brings the light –
That conquers fear and ends the fight.
What’s the one question that sets men free –
Whether we’re talking about you or me.
What’s the one question that lets love live –

Can you forgive?

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© April 6, 2017
Tryon, NC

Breadcrumbs

I’ve left breadcrumbs on the trail —
On this dark, windy path through the forest,
Where small footprints tread softly.

What were you thinking, really,
Heading that way in the first place?
Like Hansel and Gretel — did you find
Yourself seduced by a glitter-thing and
A sweet treat?
Some fabled fairy tale of freedom?
“Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids.”

When you find yourself in a witch’s
Fun-house of horrors, eat this bread,
And drink this cup
To find your way home.

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© February 7, 2017
Tryon, NC

Willow

I ran to the wood
To hide in the willow,
Seeking solace
In a cascade of branches;
A soft shelter from storm.

A wispy leaf
Brushes my cheek,
As a single tear slides down
To be buried in the ground,
And I hear a whispered beat.
“Gentle, humble, kind – hey!
Gentle, humble, mind – way.”

I kneel to pat the earth,
To dig my fingers in the dirt —
And to say thank you.
I know my weeping is safe
With thee, sacred tree.

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© January 24, 2017
Tryon, NC

 

 

 

A Boy with Freckles

Writing Exercise – Write an embarrassing moment.

I sat in the back of math class, my worst subject. I surely didn’t want the teacher to see me or call on me. I was seventeen, and it was “Spirit Week,” the week before Homecoming at my high school, and every day the students were encouraged to dress in a fun way, different from the norm. One day was Twin Day, or School Colors, or Backwards day. This particular day was Redneck Day. I grew up in the South, a suburb of Atlanta, and this was the home of Jeff Foxworthy during the height of his fame with the “You Might Be A Redneck If…” comedy routine.

On this particular day, a boy sauntered into the room late who fit the challenge to a T. He made a grand entrance with blue jeans, cuffs rolled up, plaid shirt untucked, with a straw hat on. He was even chewing a long, thin reed hanging out the side of his mouth as if he was fresh from the farm.

Impressed with his commitment to the costume, from the back of the room I shouted out for all to hear, ”Wow, look! He’s even added freckles!” I meant to congratulate the guy, yet he gave me an evil side-glance, embarrassed I had called attention to him.

To my horror, as the boy approached his seat, not too far from me, I could clearly see that he had not added freckles, but instead, he had a horrible case of acne.

I wanted to shrink into my chair even further. Now, we were both red in the face. And I wanted nothing more to do with math class.

© November 12, 2016
Spartanburg, SC

Lyla’s Tears

Attending a writer’s workshop today by Suzanne Van Atten with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Given this prompt: Pick an emotion. Write a scene. Can you guess the emotion? This was an exercise in Show vs Tell. 10 min.

Lyla walked to the edge of the riverbank, carrying a small wooden box. This was where they had first met. She had been walking her dog Rufus, and he had asked if he could pet him. Now, five years later, both were gone from her life. Just a year ago she had scattered Rufus’s ashes here, his favorite place. Today she didn’t have ashes but letters, his love letters.

She took them one by one from the box and read them again. She wept at the memories and then tossed them one by one into the river, which would carry her tears away.

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©November 12, 2016
Spartanburg, SC