Joe and Petal are having a holiday, and Cablecar Gal (aka the Virtual Spoon), has kindly offered some more of her recipes. We hope you enjoy these.

Hello from the Virtual Spoon. I am writing this to you from my new location. Yes, after 8 years of living in an apartment, it was time for this virtual spoon to purchase a home. The first room that was unpacked was, of course, the kitchen, I am after all the Virtual Spoon. I needed a home for my recipes, my pots and pans. I have a new kitchen and a place now for everything, and lots of ideas to decorate. I fell in love with the kitchen and the pantry, as a well stocked pantry is a Virtual Chef's dream. 89 boxes later. Before I could even think about cooking, I had to adventure out and seek a grocery store. Well I struck gold. Like in the Gold Nugget, 2 minutes from my house. Gourmet aisles, a complete deli department, ice cream department, salad anyone? They have a aisle for salads & soups. Not sure what to make for dinner? There is a Ap for this - yes! You down load suggestions and they have ready made meals to pack up and take home. Roast Veal with lemon sauce, I wandered around there and they were passing out samples, but my stomach was telling me: OK time to get serious about dinner. You can wander later. My first dinner in the new house was: salad from a bag. Pork chops that I rolled in cracker crumbs and seasoned well, dessert was cantaloupe. I am defintely going back there. In the same location of the market is Traders Joes, another spot this Virutal Spoon loves to explore, Also Pier One, Rosses, Khols. I think I am going to like this area. Some of my Active Worlds friends live in the area too.

Cablecar Gal Virtual Spoon

The Recipes


Grilled Salmon with Lime Butter Sauce


  • 6 (6-oz) pieces center-cut salmon fillet (about 1 inch thick) with skin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lime zest
  • 6 tablespoons lime butter sauce


Prepare grill for cooking over medium-hot charcoal (moderate heat for gas).

Season salmon all over with salt and pepper, then grill, flesh sides down, on lightly oiled grill rack (covered only if using gas grill) 4 minutes. Turn fillets over and grill (covered only if using gas grill) until just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes more.

Sprinkle fillets with zest and top each with 1 tablespoon lime butter sauce.

Cooks' Note: If you aren't able to grill outdoors, salmon can be cooked in a hot lightly oiled well-seasoned large (2-burner) ridged grill pan over moderately high heat.

Melt some butter and add the lime juice to the melted butter to add a little kick to the grilling process.

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Classic Key Lime Pie


  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime peel
  • 1/2 pint (1 cup) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


HEAT oven to 325°F. Combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter and stir until evenly moistened. Press mixture into bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate to form crust. Bake 10 minutes or until crust begins to brown. Cool 15 minutes on wire rack.

WHISK sweetened condensed milk, lime juice and sour cream in large bowl until blended. Stir in lime peel. Pour filling into crust. Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until tiny bubbles begin to form on surface of pie. Cool completely on wire rack.

BEAT cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in large mixing bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until stiff. Top pie with whipped cream. Chill at least 1 hour before serving. Best served the same day.

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California Wrap Tortilla


It is back to school time. Mothers are happy, kids are not. Looking for some recipes to pack in lunch boxes that the kids will eat and not toss aside? I've got healthy ideas to share with you. And if you're a working Momn like Most mothers are these days, you may find yourself just packing this for yourself for lunch.

  • 1 whole wheat Tortilla
  • olive oil or mayonaisse
  • spicy mustard
  • some lettuce, tomatoes cucumbers, red, yellow, and green bell peppers
  • some red onions. Your favorite deli slices, and don't forget about the cheese.


Roll up the sides and make a pocket. Don't forget to place it in a zip sandwich bag to keep fresh. Add some fruit for the afternoon slide that will get you through the rest of your day until 5:00 pm.

These are great for a after school snack for the kids. Or when they say MOM I am hungry. Get them involved in making them. Great for watching football!

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Joe and Petal are looking for new recipes. Do you have a recipe you would like to share with our readers? Just mail your recipe to the Yellow Gazette, care of Joe. If you have a nice picture of the finished recipe, send us that too. And thanks to Cablecar Gal for her great recipes over these past two issues.