Friday, December 30, 2016

Obituary for Joseph Valentine Quigley

Joseph Valentine Quigley

Joseph Valentine Quigley passed away peacefully at home December 25, 2016.  Born February 14, 1931 in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late Catherine and Joseph Benedict Quigley, he attended Cathedral Grade School. During his eighth grade year, he went onto Saint Meinrad Seminary in Saint Meinrad, Indiana to prepare for the priesthood.  Years later, he graduated from Butler University with a BA in history, and attended law school at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana.  After one year there, he met Clarissa Jan Lux and they were married June 11, 1955 in Shelbyville, Indiana.  He later received his MBA from Indiana University.

Joe joined the ranks of IBM and enjoyed many years of employment with them.  He went on to work at other Fortune 500 companies, notably Smith, Kline and French in Philadelphia, now Smithkline Beecham and RCA, now General Electric, in New York City.  In 1976, Jan and Joe moved to Houston with their six children to take a Vice President position in Planning and Development with Gulf Oil (now Chevron).  He later started his own firm, known as Quigley & Associates, which was a consulting firm that specialized in strategic planning working with companies such as Phillips Petroleum, Brown & Root, BFI, Outboard Marine Corporation, Pratt & Lambert, and the list goes on.

Joe enjoyed public speaking, was a gifted writer and had an incredibly beautiful signing voice.  He wrote a business book titled Vision that was published by McGraw-Hill.  Along with tennis and running, he loved a good book or a collection of poems, and was especially fond of short story anthologies.  He was passionate about Notre Dame football, even at lullaby time, when he sang the fight song to his children in a hushed voice.  He loved traveling to far off places and he never met an oyster he didn’t like.

His generosity and hard work will always be remembered, along with his ability to problem solve and help those in need.  He believed in giving back and was passionate about helping non-profit organizations.  He was a  Board Member of St. Joseph Medical Center, The University of Saint Thomas, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and Saint Meinrad Seminary.

He is survived by his loving wife, Blanca Gonzales and her children, Danielle "Dani" and Sal, and siblings, Mike, Jerry and Kitty and the late Danny and Mary Ellen.  He was father to Karen Quigley Micciulla, Joseph Shaun Quigley, Kathleen Quigley,  the late Tara Quigley (Shaw Cranfield), Beth Benefield (John Cahill) and Molly Quigley (Bob Truscott).  He was also a devoted grandfather to Alyssa, Max, Faith, Noah, Ryan, Aaron, Julian, Paige, John, Matthew, Jake, and Lucy, and an uncle to countless nieces and nephews.

There will be a funeral mass on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., at the Co-Catherdal Church of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston, Texas.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What To Do With 4 Bushels of Blackberries

Blackberries in the bucket - ripe. The red ones on the vine - not ripe yet.

It all started with an Instagram picture of my friend, Sharon Rupert Dunaway, picking berries in Houston in July somewhere near Houston, Texas.  With camp out for the great Lucille,  I started making a Summer Bucket List and decided this must be on it.  I found a great downloadable one to use thanks to The Day Designer, Whitney English, that you can get here for free.  Her organizational tips, list and planners have been beyond helpful, but that's another post entirely.
With the idea of sunshine, hats on our heads and buckets in our arms, I started researching which farms had what and what hours they were open, etc. and landed on P-6 Farms, in Montgomery, near Conroe, Texas.  Let me save you the time and trouble for the novices, like myself, to know that July in Texas means the only berries still available to pick are blackberries. When the lady at the front counter says, "Stay at the front of the rows," just politely ignore her since it is almost the end of the season and all the blackberries at the front have been picked already.  Go to the farthest row and head to the back.
My 84 year old mother picking blackberries
Pro Tip: Pay attention to the prices before you start picking. Because . . . we picked 4 buckets and when they rang me up, imagine my surprise at $65.00.  I was more than happy to give that to the farm, well deserved, but what I don't like to do is waste food. An opportunity presented itself to figure out what to do with these. My mom and I got home and she diligently cleaned them all, while I made dinner and dessert, which was a cobbler from our day's bounty.

Below are all the recipes I found and used with pictures and links. I made other things and I still have 2 galloons in my freezer. As many of you know, I am new at the culinary arts, but I love a challenge and this made a very memorable July for me and my family

This was so pretty, you could not begin to take a bad picture of it
Blackberry ice cream you can make without a churn.  I received this from the fabulous Amy Huff, who saw my plentiful supply and was more than ready to lend me a helpful hand, plus she introduced me to the blog it came from, Baked by an Introvert, and what can I say, but that I identify with her completely. #introvertsunite

Next on the list, I looked for cocktails and this blackberry mint julep was it.  I loved making the simply syrup for this (in the picture on the left), but the cocktail on the right made for some messy business in the kitchen, and my white porcelain sink.  Taking the blackberries and pushing them through a sieve does not only stain you, but everything else it touches.  Muddle next time and live with the seeds is what I say, and wear black when you are doing it.

I loved this Martha Stewart drink recipe called Blackberry Mint Julep. You have to do the sieve thing with the blackberries for this one, as well, so you might as well do a very large batch and then try both.  I preferred one over the other, since they both have completely different tastes.

John Besh's cobbler from My Family Table, a cookbook that I love, love, love because I am most interested right now in Southern fare (things like grits & seafood dishes are tops on my list).  I have made this before and you can use any type of fruit, but unfortunately this time, it was a bit mushy the next day due to the ripeness of the berries. Note to self: add cornstarch next time.

By far, the best thing under the sun, was this recipe, called Grilled Fontana + Blackberry Basil Smash Sandwiches. If the name alone doesn't compel you, the pictures will.  When you make it, pleasssse, have no shame or guilt.  God did not put these things on this earth and the blogger who put them together, Jessica Merchant, for you to do anything but savor them.  Amen.