Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Dinner At Our House

The Pansy in bloom. The perfect sign of Spring. And in the Springtime, we also have Easter. Our traditional Easter dinner is lamb. I do remember the lamb dinners my Mom made when I was growing up. Scrumptious! Lamb, not mutton! There is a big difference ... It's a matter of time. So, here is what our dinner will look like this year. Do enjoy and do try the recipes. Here is a link to the Easter Dinner Wines. Cheers!

Easter Dinner 2011

Easter Roasted Leg of Lamb
Mint Sauce

Green Salad

Creamy Cauliflower Purée

Minted Carrots

Easter Ricotta Tart (Torta di Pasqua)

(We'll find a wine to go with this dinner! We did. Easter Dinner Wines.
OK. So there's the menu. Here are some of the recipes. Enjoy!

Easter Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint Sauce

1 8lbs Leg of Lamb

½ c Pomegranate Vinegar
⅓ c Olive Oil
¼ c Molasses
½ c Mint, fresh, stems removed and chopped
½ t Pepper
¼ t Kosher Salt

Mix all together and pour over lamb roast. Marinate 4-6 hours refrigerated. Roast lamb at 350 ºF until internal temperature is 150 ºF. Let rest 20 minutes before slicing.

Mint Sauce:
10 sprigs Mint, fresh
1 sm Shallot, chopped
2 sm clove Garlic, minced
4 T Cider Vinegar
5 T Olive Oil
2 t Sugar
½ t Kosher Salt

Puree all in a Cuisinart until smooth. Makes 2/3 cup.
Creamy Cauliflower Purée

Source: The 6-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle, 2009, Mary Dan Eades, MD and Michael R. Eades, MD ISBN 978-0-307-45071-5

1 lg head Cauliflower
2 T Butter, melted
½ Boursin Cheese with Herbs and Garlic, at room temperature – about 5 oz
2 T Heavy Cream
1/4 t Salt
¼ t Pepper

Wash and trim the cauliflower. Slice in ½ and slice in ½ again to make four pieces. Cut each piece into ½” pieces.

Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl. Cover and heat on high for 6 minutes. Stir and microwave for another 3 minutes. Allow to cool, slightly.

Place the cooked cauliflower in the bowl of a food processor. Add the melted butter, cheese, 1 T cream and salt and pepper. Process pulses to start then on high until smooth. Add more cream if necessary until purée holds its shape.

Adjust seasonings and serve warm. Should stay warm covered for about 30 minutes.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bike Cam - 1st for 2011.

The first video from 2011 along the Boise Greenbelt. The river is running very high to let water out of the dams for the Spring snow melt in the mountains. I need practice using the video camera! But, it'll come. Cheers! There are Mute Swans in this video. The video is about 7:41 long. Give it time to load.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

She Looks Great In Blue and Orange!

Miss Maggie sure does look great in Blue and Orange. And in all fairness, I heard that VA Tech is playing for the SEC Chanpionship. We might even watch the game if it is on ESPN. I really do wish them luck!! And Thank-You Maggie for being such a great sport. Hugs to you Maggie.

Friday, September 10, 2010

3-D Computer Viewing of the African Bush!

All I can say is WOW! 3-D computer viewing of an African Safari in real time and in 3-D. Look at Wildearth 3-D TV. Think about that for a moment: 3-D and in real time. No transmission delay. No video taped safaris. And all from the South African bush. The technology is awesome! My Dad and Robin's Dad would be amazed. I was lucky enough this morning to view the very first broadcast. Yes, you do need those terrible looking glasses. But they are free! We got ours from Blockbuster. It was an exciting event. I just can't explain it much more. You really have to look for yourselves. You say, "The cost for all of this expensive computer technology?" NADA! No Cost! FREE! All you need is a computer and a good high speed ISP. Join in on the fun and the new frontier! Cheers!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Alley Tomatoes

Alley Tomatoes
There is an old song called Homegrown Tomatoes by Guy Clark. These tomatoes are some of our Alley Tomatoes and they are soooo good! But even more than that, there is a line - the chorus - in the song that says,

"Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes,
What'd life be without home grown Tomatoes,
There's only two things that money can't buy:
True love and home grown tomatoes."

And just for kicks, here are the rest of the lyrics.

"1. There's nothin' in the world that I like better than
Bacon, lettuce and home grown tomatoes
Up in the morning and out in the garden
Pick you a ripe one, don't get a hard 'un.
Plant 'em in the springtime eat 'em in the summer,
All winter without 'em's a culinary bummer.
I forget all about the sweatin and the diggin
Every time I go out and pick me a big'un.


You can go out and eat'em that's for sure,
But there's nothin a home grown tomato won't cure
You can put em in a salad, put em in a stew
You can make your own, your very own tomato juice
You can eat em with eggs, you can eat em with gravy
You can eat em with beans, pinto or navy
Put em on the side, put em on the middle
Home grown tomatoes on a hot cake griddle


If I could change this life I lead,
You could call me Johnny Tomato Seed
I know what this country needs,
It's home grown tomatoes in every yard you see
When I die don't bury me
In a box in a cold dark cemetery
Out in the garden would be much better
Where I could be pushin up those home grown tomatoes.

Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes,
What'd life be without home grown Tomatoes,
There's only two things that money can't buy:
True love and home grown tomatoes.

And I feel so very lucky! I've got both!!! And if you look hard, you can probably find a copy of the song. Neat song and so appropriate! Cheers.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Shrimp Stuffed Cod And Other Things

I finished getting the pork ready for Monday - Pulled Pork, Roasted Corn, Baked Beans and Potato Salad. Maybe one of MJ's cakes (Hope so!) So now it's dinnertime! Watching how the weather blew in from the west and kept Earl out to sea. That was the onslaught of BSU coming to VA Tech for the game(?) on Monday. And all 10000+ BSU fans headed to FedEx Field to show VA Tech how to yell for their team. Listen for, "BOISE ........ STATE ...... BOISE ...... STATE!"
But tonight, we need dinner. I remember a Lobster Stuffed Whitefish from somewhere. No lobster in our refrig. But we have Prawns! And we have Cod! So make a shrimp paste - shrimp, bread crumbs, lemon thyme, cream and salt and pepper. Run through a food processor until in paste form. Cut a pocket in the fish and stuff with the shrimp paste. Bake at 375 degrees F until browned on top. And a fresh and local vegetable saute - tomato, Zebra tomato, summer squash, kohlrabi, leek. Here was the menu:

Shrimp Stuffed Cod

Garden Fresh Sauteed Vegetables

Potato Salad

So the Little Guys can't play with the Big Guys, eh? Why not ask Oklahoma and TCU. See what they say. Cheers! And enjoy the Shrimp Stuffed Cod!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

BSU vs VA Tech

OK, all you non-BSUers! Here's what I'll do, and I think this is a safe bet!! If BSU looses (yea, right!) send me a VA Tech shirt and I will wear it here and have a photo taken with it on - on BSU campus!! However, if BSU wins, I will send you a BSU shirt and you must wear it and have a photo taken in an appropriate place. There are supposed to be about 4000 BSU fans making the trip, maybe more. Look for the KTVB-TV truck and stop in and say Hello. Cheers!! (I wear an XL shirt.)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gabriel Blanket

I just received this from Shirley Duke, the lady who sent me the blanket as photographed below.

I just posted that the blanket was purchased at an auction some 30 years ago between Eurekia Springs, Arkansas and the national civil war park at Pea Ridge, Arkansas.
The location is in the NW corner of Arkansas.

Shirley Duke

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Interesting Blanket Discussion

Communications between my sister Peggy and her daughter Meg about the blanket. 22 July 2010. The blanket pictured here is the one I received from Shirley Duke.

Meg: I have a very very similar blanket from Coopersburg. Do you want me to take pictures of it?

Bob: Yes

Peggy: Yes, I know the one you have either came with them from Germany or was made here at their mill. How are you preserving it?

Meg: It’s in my hope chest.

Peggy: That's good. This should be interesting. My father's cousin, Gabe, lived in FL and he got a lot of things from my Aunts Marquerite and Sadie because he became, at one time, a Christian Scientist, which is the religion they were very active in. I wonder if this Shirley Duke bought the blanket at an auction in FL.

Henry Gabriel Blanket

(Left Click on these photos to enlarge)

Back in June, I received this note from one Shirley Duke who lives in Florida. She sent me a blanket made by H. Gabriel of Millersville, Lehigh Co., PA. I am thinking seriously about contacting the History Detectives (PBS) to see if it is real and then maybe some history behind the blanket. Ms Duke said she will send some genealogy information at a later date, per her note. Here are two photos of the blanket. Cheers!

The "end plate". The blanket has some deterioration issues and the edges are frayed. Some of the dyes (natural?) are fading, especially the red and yellow, which would be expected.

The design which repeats throughout the blanket. The blanket size would fit a single size bed and appears to be wool.