Diva Tastings-Southern Sushi


I can’t find many Southerners who like sushi. However, its a shame not to take advantage of the summer vegetables and try this. Perfect for tea time savory treat or canapes´.

3 Lg English Cucumbers Cut into two inch tall chunks

2 Pkgs Deli Ham and Turkey (1 each)

1 Pkg Cream Cheese

¼ Cup Sour Cream

1 Bunch Flat Leaf Parsley finely chopped

1 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce

½ Tsp Pink Himalayan Salt

½ Tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Thoroughly mix all of the Cream Cheese components into a medium bowl.

Cut the cucumbers into 2 inch barrel size chunks. Carefully core out the middle. Paring knife or small melon baller will do the trick. Lay the lunch meat slice by slice out on the cutting board. Spread the cream cheese mixture out on each slice and roll up to seal. Fold in half and stick in the middle of the cucumber barrel like a flower. Garnish with a parsley leaf if desired.

Goes great with tempura fried squash blossoms and caprese´ toothpicks.


Diva Rambling-Unwise Advice

We are overwhelmed with various media giving us advice about our daily lives. Daytime talk shows, radio programs, and bloggers have thousands upon thousands of opinions. Many are sincere in what they share, even if they are sincerely wrong.

Much of their advice is based on humanism and society’s attempt to reconcile guilty consciences along with the desire to justify societies current status of over entitled brats. This stuff makes sense, but it’s in direct conflict with what the Laws of the Universe.  How then do we filter wise advice from the unwise so that we aren’t being led astray? Let’s start with following our conscience with good A.D.V.I.C.E!

A – Ask ourselves if there is any part of the advice that convicts our conscience? Your own soul will raise the red flag in our spirits if something doesn’t sound right.

D – Decide beforehand that we will table their advice until we’ve had time to meditate for discernment. It’s essential to meditate and seek Spirit to lead us in the right direction.

V – Visualize the end result of their advice. Does it lead to a place of spiritual or worldly tripe? Spirit’s wisdom always leads to life of the soul; while worldly wisdom will lead to death of purpose, dreams, and ill fated destiny.

I – Inquire from mature teachers about the advice your receive. Resist the temptation to keep it to ourselves especially if it gives more opportunity to serve our ill gotten desires.

C – Carefully examine your heart and consult ancient wisdom to research their advice. It may not always be readily apparent until we take the time to study the topic more thoroughly in the silence of meditation.

E – Expect that the Source Light will give us clarity if we only ask and wait. Even the Bible says that according to James 1:5, He will give us wisdom if we ask in faith.

Diva Ramblings- Frustration

frus·tra·tion;  frəˈstrāSH(ə)n/;   noun

  1. the feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something.

    “I sometimes feel like screaming with frustration

    an event or circumstance that causes one to have a feeling of frustration.

I’ve always said I can only piss in the wind so  much before I have to go shower.  Ever feel like someone put your tire on spin and  threw away the key?  After months and months of beating ones head against a brick wall the only answer seems to accept or walk away.  

This is a tough one! You want to be there for people who have no respect for your loyalty or personal attempts to make their lives better.  Not a personal affront; just nothing personal at all.  You go on each day accomplishing nothing while repeatedly begging the persons to get you what you must have from them in order to do the job at hand.  Result?  No Result ever.  

Take a deep breath, leave for the day.  Get in a quiet place, meditate.  I think I’ll take my own advice and do that .  TGIF!


The Queen Cronista

Diva Musing- Respect

Where has it gone?   For 6 months I’ve been trying to get one of the infamous communication companies to send someone to decipher the 15 plus bill my client receives and to work with my technical consultants to organize their equipment and list it.  I has two technicians on hand all day waiting and at 1 pm EST today he cancelled his meeting with us.  

No apology, no care what this last minute cancellation cost my client.  No consideration for the technicians who ended up not charging us because the client is a non profit.  I have had an ongoing battle with two communication companies for over a year.  The client is held hostage because there is no competition in their demographic. This total lack of respect by these companies holding people hostage to their media nightmare of incompetent and uncaring employees is an abomination. 

I’m sure employer all over the nation experience lost time from their own workforce as they try to navigate the “Customer Care” issues with these companies.  They don’t just lack respect they lack conscience and scruples.  The Laws of Karma dictate they will always get their come uppins…but it’s still costing the labor force tons of time in lost employee time dealing with them.

Diva Tasting-Green Bean Wraps

Oven to 350*

4 Cans Whole Green Beans (drained)

1 Lb. Bacon Slices Halved

¾ Stick Butter

1 Cup Brown Sugar

½ tsp Garlic Powder

Preheat Oven to 350*. Wrap 8 to 10 Beans in ½ slice of bacon until all are wrapped. Place in a casserole dish. Melt butter and brown sugar together. Pour over bean wraps. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. The Broil for 2-3 Minutes.


Diva Rambling-Is It Just Me!! Funny Things!!!

Are you ever driving down the street and you see something that makes you laugh out loud?  This morning, on the way to work, I saw a large, bald headed man, with no shirt on, riding his lawnmower down the street.  I’d seen him several times before, but I always thought he was cutting grass near the curb.  Today I realized he was at the 4-Way stop and headed to the local neighborhood market.  This called to mind a video I once saw of a famous country singer doing the same because his license had been taken for drunk driving.

It struck me as funny.  Things like that really do happen everywhere; every day!  Like the time a man at work got bitten on his assets by a spider in the employee bathroom.  He had someone take a picture of his bum so he could sue the employer.  Then he went around and showed it to all the employees to …I don’t know?…  be his witnesses???? LOL!  Anyway its one of those things you can’t “unsee”.  We, in fact, could all have gone to Human Resources and reported him for making us uncomfortable in the work place.

How about the time …..I could go on and on with the “You can’t fix stupid” examples of things people’s inane actions that makes us laugh everyday.  My point is…when you are having a bad day, think of one of these happenings in your life, and laugh out loud. I am in dept to the man on the mower today.  He did that for me.


The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting- Herb Halibut


  • 2 (8 ounce) center-cut Halibut fillets/skin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


Season fish fillets with kosher salt. Line a baking baking sheet with foil and brush lightly with vegetable oil. Preheat oven’s broiler on high and set the oven rack about 8 inches from the heat source.

Process garlic, tarragon, and parsley in a blender or mortar and pestle to form a loose paste.

Mix mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper into garlic paste until combined.

Place fish fillets skin side down on the baking sheet. Spoon herb spread over the top and sides of each fillet. Cook under the preheated broiler until fillets are well-browned, about 5 minutes. Turn the broiler off and turn the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).Bake until the internal temperature of the salmon is 130 degrees F (55 degrees C) and fish flakes easily with a fork, about 3 to 4 minutes.