A great big “thanks” to all of you who helped us with our “rice drive” for local food banks. We are wondering if we should continue collecting foodstuffs for the food banks only because the need is still so great. Let us know what YOU think … if yes, our next collection will be for pasta sauce. We would love to hear from you: 7732 741 0694 or send me a quick aye or nay email to [email protected]
           This month is a great time to arrange for your air conditioning maintenance service. (Do you have a contract for this or do you need one?) Just let Sue know. She is our featured employee in this issue so look a little bit south to get to know her a bit!
Thank you all for your wonderful support of Brown's Heating, Cooling and Plumbing...all of us in the Brown "family" appreciate your business.
Doug Brown
Many of you have spoken with Sue DeGiglio when booking you’re HVAC annual maintenance. She has been with us for almost three years and is an experienced HVAC service representative. Sue lives in Aberdeen with her husband Tommy and is a true New Jersey native! In fact, she has lived in Monmouth County all of her life! She has three grown children and is grandmother to four wonderful grandchildren! With such a youthful look, Sue must have married very young! When asked what her greatest satisfaction is from working at Brown’s she replied, “Satisfied customers.”
Based on our reviews she is getting a lot of satisfaction.
Household Hints

And, here’s an environmentally safe, money-saving hint from Sue for unclogging sink or bathroom drains.  Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup table salt and pour down the drain that is giving you trouble. Follow by pouring 1 cup of heated vinegar down the drain. (It will foam and bubble.) Cover the drain with a plug or duct tape to prevent the mixture from escaping. Let it sit for 15 minutes. In many cases it will save you a service call!

Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad
...from the kitchen of Brownie’s Mama, Retie straight from Summer Shade, Kentucky made with tuna, macaroni, chopped egg, celery, salt and pepper.

There are Lots of potential add-ins that will make this your own, too! Along with tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelon, I have eaten this macaroni salad so many times over the summer, I figured it was about time to share it! Retie served it right when she made it, when it's soft and creamy, but of course, refrigerate if your prefer it cold and be sure to refrigerate any leftovers. If there are any!

Great as a side dish, main dish, picnic potluck or just to grab a couple of spoonful’s throughout the day.


1/2 pound elbow (or shell) macaroni
1 cup mayonnaise, more or less (Miracle Whip for a tad sweeter taste)
1 hard boiled egg, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper
1 sweet onion or red onion
Salt, pepper, (or Cajun seasoning and Old Bay, to taste)
1 to 2 (5 ounce) cans of tuna in oil, undrained
1 to 2 tablespoons of pickle relish
Scallions and paprika as a finishing touch

Prepare macaroni according to package directions; drain and place into a storage or serving bowl. Immediately add mayonnaise and toss until well coated. Mix in the egg, celery and seasonings. Add the tuna and gently fold in, adding relish to taste, and/or additional mayonnaise if needed for desired moisture. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers. Double or increase as desired.

Wonderful optional Add-ins:, chow chow, black or green pitted olives, pimentos, chopped or shredded carrots, 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed, shredded cheese, 1-2 tablespoons of a creamy salad dressing with the mayonnaise, juice from a wedge or two of fresh lemon, splash of cider vinegar, chopped fresh parsley or dill--these are just a few of the more common add-ins. Shredded iceberg lettuce was often used as an extender for Retie with 9 children. May also substitute flaked salmon, boiled shrimp or shredded or chopped cooked chicken for the tuna.

Lastly, just a little humor...

Spring has sprung,
The grass has riz,
I wonder where the flowers iz!