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  • Birthday 08/30/1954

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  1. Drowning in Figs!

    Fig and prosciutto stuffed with a blue cheese and 8 minutes in a 350 F oven.
  2. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    We are leaving Sunday for a week cruise so trying to use up whatever is in the fridge... Some leftover cooked elbows and peas so just add cheese, some mustard, an egg and some milk for mac and cheese. Yellow beans I got from a local farm stand and some grape tomatoes. Saute the whites of some scallions, last of the shallot, some garlic, Add the beans with some water and the tomatoes and cook until the beans are soft and the tomatoes burst. Add some sherry vinegar, the basil from my new kitchen herb garden and a tiny bit of sugar with some salt. Take off the heat and add the last bit of the ricotta salata. Today I don't know if John will get home or not but I saw a local place has got some corn in so.....2 ears for me along with a salad of using up the last of the tomatoes and some good red leaf lettuce. If he does get home I have some chicken breasts thawed to pound out, some sage from the new kitchen garden and some prosciutto de San Danielle and some pasta.
  3. Celtuce and Its Tops

    Thanks @liuzhou...this has just been turning up at least 3 or 4 times this week......... there are no conincidences
  4. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Johnnybird was meeting friends up at Bethel Woods for the Santana concert but it a truism around here that he can't drive more than 1/2 hour before he asks "What is there to eat?"...and he might have just finished a full dinner. @Kim Shook potato salad with local yellow beans, minced shallot, minced scallions and a homemade Italian vinaigrette. This is his favorite thing for the summer. Turkey wraps with avocado cream(ok...mashed avocado, a bit of celery salt and a bit of mayo), meatloaf sandwiches on marbled rye and grapes to nosh on. I made myself the potato salad I grew up with - potatoes, drained pickle relish, minced shallot, minced scallions, some celery salt and Miracle Whip along with a dash of my great grandmothers cooked dressing. Heated up some of the meatloaf and drizzled with a ketchup/barbeque sauce and some long, slow cooked local yellow beans with garlic and butter.
  5. Kicking back in Manitoulin

    Funny...I grew up with B & G red hamburger relish...
  6. Kicking back in Manitoulin

    Can you bake them lightly and make nachos? Dang......a day or two away and 5 pages to catch up on ... and even more in the Hong Kong one ..........
  7. Kicking back in Manitoulin

    Oh, No Anna!!! Fat, flour, dry mustard, beer, Worchestershire sauce, cheese........ I'm so sorry
  8. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Our family name for a casserole of elbow noodles, tomatoes, onion, peppers and browned meat.....other names are Johnny mazetti or American chopped suey.....
  9. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    The first days of the week were very fruit forward with peaches, cherries and cantaloupe with cottage cheese; green salads; last night a western omelet with tater tots. Johnnybird is due to come home today and, since I basically cleared the fridge out and gorged myself on fresh Jersey fruit, I had to resupply. Made smooch with bison and his gluten free elbows, boiled up some of his pasta, baked off two chicken breasts with herbs and am finishing up a half portion of @ElainaA's roasted tomato sauce with all the small mixed tomatoes I had and some of the first basil I picked from my new kitchen garden!!!!!!! For lunch tomorrow or Friday or dinner I figure the tomato sauce with the pasta and some sautéed shrimp and some olives. I just make stuff and leave it in the fridge for grazing. I HAVE earmarked one of those chicken breasts for a chicken, walnut and dried cranberry salad for ME.
  10. Kicking back in Manitoulin

    Welsh rarebit perhaps? Hopefully Kerry will have a quiet day tomorrow..........
  11. Thanks... she was such a sweet girl and I was up visiting the weekend before she died.

    You would NOT believe how scary she could be in the middle of the night when you woke up and saw nothing but two big eyes staring at you!!


  12. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    have you ever tried sage honey with the carrots? It is so good.
  13. Calandra's Family Village

    I do not know what is going on but I have been trying to post to this thread for the last few days!!!!! Over the last few months a group of us have been going here. One of my husband's work friends got sick. His sister had moved away from NJ to Southern Cali but she came back. After he passed she has stayed on to take care of the estate and she really likes this place so we get together to help her and go out to dinner every few weeks. We always try to sit outside if possible as it is so nice. The servers have to split their time between tables inside and outside so we try to be aware. Unfortunately the last time all of us were there our server was not quite on his game and left us hanging for about half an hour for our bill and then 15 minutes for the pick up and this was after sitting for another half hour between appetizers and mains and the same time to see if we wanted coffee or dessert. This is the first time in years I have tipped less than 25%....Ieft about 15%. This is a complex.......deli/ pizzeria.....bakery area....gelateria ...bar..restaurant. We have eaten in the restaurant area and taken bakery stuff away as you can get 20% off if you eat in the restaurant. The small meatballs sugo on the appetizer menu are in the top 3 off all meatballs I have ever eaten. Had a salad of watermelon and tomato with goat cheese, caramelized walnuts and a balsamic vinaigrette. I think it will be even better once the local tomatoes come in. Everyone else who has eaten the seafood said it was very fresh and wonderful. They devour the bread that is brought to the table with the cheese...olives and olive oil. My only complaints are : 1. When we first walk in all I can smell is burned bread....turns out it is the pizza from the area to the right of the bakery 2. I have ordered the pasta e fagioli and the lentil soups....both were woefully under seasoned 3. The volume of the music from the bar will bleed into the dining room at levels that make normal conversation almost impossible....I'm guessing that is an effect of the high ceilings and the stone used 4. We want to eat outside since the main dining room will be wildly cold when the air conditioning is being used... see above for possible reasons.
  14. Foodblog Fanfare

    ohhhh....gottta get my husband's friend Peggy Lee(Americanized name) to see this. Her family is from Hong Kong......
  15. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    yeah it has absolutely started though our goldfinch(potato chip birds) are just starting to court and nest...... headed to our place near Cape May in October for the raptor migration