Thursday, July 23, 2009

Born in the USA!

What I Love About Baseball
Well, it's just all about America for cryin' out loud. There is eating and drinking, cussin' and prayin', fold-out chairs and wheelchairs, old and young, rich and poor, dirt and grass, Pepsi and hot dogs,popcorn and peanuts,anthem and flag, pop balls and line drives,pops and bunts, homeruns and ou-oot!,hysteria and silence, top and bottom, pitcher and catcher, infield and outfield, glove and bat. Baseball is a study in contrasts and all the variety in between. It's busy and bustlin'at the slow pace that only baseball can have and mighty good fun. That's what I love about baseball!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

What's that?!

An attorney friend, visiting from the Deep South, came by to see my garden. Disbelieving she ask, "What's that?!" Not understanding the question behind the question I answered, "Okra. I love okra, it's really good sauteed, splashed with tamari." Blah, blah, blah, blah I babble on about the virtues of okra. She was relieved. Seems she thought it was pot. Well now that I look at it the new leaves do sort of look like it...

Friday, July 10, 2009

Fast Slow Food

On your mark: Pizza dough.

Get set:
a.3 cups of flour
b.1 teaspoon salt package of yeast
d. 1 teaspoon honey
e. 1 Tablespoon olive oil
f.1 cup warm water (from the tap is fine)

Go: Combine dry ingredients in a bowl (I use a food processor). Combine wet ingredients. Press on button to mix dry ingredients and slowly add wet to dry as processor is running. Leave it on for a few minutes. Dump the dough on a cutting board, knead in enough flour to keep it from being sticky. Cut in half. One half the dough will make a pizza large enough for two people.

Freeze the other half for another day. I do three batches because why get the bowl dirty for only one batch? I wrap the dough in plastic wrap in a neat package. When I take it out to thaw I unwrap, put the dough in a greased bowl and put the wrap on top. The rest is in a million recipe books.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sweet 100s

This is today's harvest of cherry tomatoes. I will cook them Ina Garten style in olive oil with fresh thyme, salt and pepper. Less is more.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Flowers in the garden...

Flowers in the garden bring bees and butterflies. This morning there were swarms of butterflies and bees busy working the flowers. They work the vegetables as they are working the flowers which are planted all around. The outcome is lucious squashes and juicy tomotoes.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Kids and Kittens

Patricia loves kittens. Here she is with a new litter. She is holding Milky Way and Truffle-going with the candy theme works for her. It was great fun listening to her name and re-name kittens. Snickers, Zero, Oreo, Chips; her list went on and on. You should hear her sweet, delighted laughter when she is playing with them. OMG it was so much fun to be with a happy 4th grader! She played with them until the fireflies came out and mosquitoes chased us indoors.