Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Immersion Cooking

This is not a new thing but certainly not in everyone's cooking repertoire. Leave it to our son Matt to come up with a way to do it.
Using an instrument used in the scientific field that heats with a coil in water and concocting a heavy plastic container to hold the water
and coil by cutting an opening in the top, he pulled it off. We recently used this to make carnitas (pork) tacos for our reunion dinner and I am once again making them for a neighborhood gathering tomorrow. Using pork shoulder with spices, peppers and onions all together
in a ziploc bag to seal it, you slip it into the "bath" and cook at 60c for 2 days. The finished product falls easily apart and has retained
its moisture and is so tender and tasty it's amazing. I can hardly wait to have it again!
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

At the end of the day

Six nites on Lake Michigan and at the end of each day the beauty of a sunset.  A wonderful way to end the day!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Getaway Car

At our nephew Jim's wedding yesterday this 1935 Ram was the car they used to go from the church to the reception. We all
thought it looked like a "gangster" getaway car!
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Saffron Kitchen

An interesting read.  Set in between the now and then time scenerio but not difficult to navigate between.  It's a story about a woman born and raised in Iran and how the times dictated choices we'd find hard to imagine and how the consequences affected her life.  The remarkable part of this book, for me anyway, was the ability of the author to make you feel like you could breathe the air and feel the essence of the time and place she ably describes.  Some authors have the ability to truly transport you.  This was one of them.

Friday, July 8, 2011


While I don't as a rule seek out books on spirituality, this one intrigued me as the premise was the "lost" years of 12 to 30 in the life of Jesus.  We heard nothing about that period from the time he was left at the temple by Mary and Joseph til his baptism by John as adult.  Of course it is fiction but nonetheless interesting.  And as usual, I did learn a few things along the way.  Especially in the readers guide at the end.  And it reinforced beliefs I've held as mine for a lot of my life.  Now I think I must expand on them.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer fare

Love trying out new receipes and this one was a winner.  Sweet potato salad with celery, onion, fresh pineapple, pecans and red pepper.  Turkey burgers with diced peaches on a garlic cibatta roll and topped with grilled peaches and blueberries and fresh mint.  Definately goes into the "tried and true" folder!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011