Open Thread: Thursday Night Menu

Take it (us) away, TaMara:

Since it’s been such a crazy week I wanted something simple for the menu tonight. But, just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s not tasty. And we gotta get those last few weekends of grilling in before summer ends. If you’re up for adventure, you can try grilling the sweet potatoes on the grill, wrapped in foil or placed in a grilling basket. Also, for those who have requested it, I am working on a Tapas menu, just needs some testing before it goes up. Maybe in the next two weeks or so I’ll post it. Something to look forward to. If anyone else has other requests for menus, let me know, it’s always more fun if I have to go on a scavenger hunt to prep a menu. And a final update: my tomatoes are still not ripe. They sit there, abundant and green, mocking me.
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On the board tonight:
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1. Cheesy Burgers
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2. Kaiser Rolls
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3. Cajun Sweet Potato Fries
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4. Raw Vegetable Tray
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5. Plums

Recipes and shopping list can be found at the link.

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There are worse fates than ‘abundant and green’ tomatoes… After almost two months of not-officially-drought, we got 5 inches of rain over a 4-day period. So today I got to pick, and discard, a whole lot of split, mildewed, blighted tomatoes that were hard green balls last weekend. And some of the gro-bagged potatoes (my new experiment for this summer) seem to be dying back, which can’t be a good sign. Days like this, I’m very grateful that my grandparents had the sense to decamp from their ancestral farms in Connemara! — Anne Laurie








Open Thread: Thursday Night Menu

Courtesy of TaMara (ex BHF):

One thing about peach week is that I’m about over recipe testing anything sweet. So tonight’s menu features some tangy chicken. Like Garlic, Garlic Chicken, this one could be called Lemon, Lemon Chicken, for it’s an intense lemon chicken.
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There is an interesting thing going on here in Colorado, I don’t know if anyone else is experiencing it, but our vegetable crops are very late this year. I spent some time at a couple of farm stands this past week. All were surprisingly sparse in produce. I talked with the owners and it seems this year everything is late to harvest. I thought it was just me. Most summers, by now, I’m up to my armpits in tomatoes. This year, while my plants are full, the tomatoes are still green and not yet full-sized. No one really had a good explanation. The summer as been fairly typical, maybe a few more afternoon showers, but normal temps.
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Even the patty pan squash I use in tonight’s menu was scarce and selection limited. Just a bit of a mystery here in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.
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On the board tonight:
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1. Zesty Lemon Chicken
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2. Patty Pan Squash
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3. Fresh Bread
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4. Mixed Berries and Whipped Cream

Recipes and shopping list at the link.

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From Anne Laurie: Here in New England, all the greenery has been running a good two weeks or more ahead of the normal schedule — but there’s been some real oddities in the distribution curve. We had an early, very wet, warm spring followed by almost no rain for the last two months. Plants that flourished in April have suffered through July & August, but that wouldn’t explain why my hand-watered, planter-grown full-sized tomatoes started setting fruit and ripening a good two weeks earlier than the cherry tomatoes when usually it’s the other way around…

Also, would anyone have any ideas as to why our morning glories won’t flower? This year’s transplants have grown explosively and leafed out lushly, but we haven’t gotten so much as one single flower all summer! We bought them from the same local nursery as in past years, planted them in approximately the same spots, and I’ve been watering them consistently. It’s driving me nuts that they look so healthy & productive and yet stubbornly refuse to blossom!








Habanero Bleg

I’ve got about 50 habanero peppers that are waiting for me to do something, so I need a good hot sauce recipe that won’t be too blazingly hot, will be good for all purpose spicy dishes, yet stay.

Any suggestions? I’ve heard of some mixes with carrots, some with tomatoes, but I thought I would tap into the borg and see what you all thought.








Good Eats

Did a picking tonight:

Got an heirloom the size of a softball that should be ready in two days and I’m really excited about that one.

BTW- that new series Rubicon starts this Sunday.








Open Thread

Some pics. First, the garden, which is about to explode:

I picked a bunch of maters today, but am reaching a critical mass point. As you can see, one of the plants is so heavy with fruit it is dragging the stake over and I had to prop it up. Going to have to figure out how to store all these for later use. The roma tomatoes are easy- scald and skin, squeeze out the seeds, and freeze. Any suggestions on the rest? Lily guarding the couch:

Rosie and Lily hugging it out:

And I couldn’t find Tunch to take a picture, and as I was writing this post he came in bitching at me. Rosie came in for a sniff to check what the ruckus was all about:

I feel like I have fulfilled all my pet/garden blogging obligations and can now relax and wait for Psych.



Early Morning Open Thread: Tomatoes!

Getting a steady harvest from the planters these days. Clockwise from the top: Big Boy, Momotaro, Golden Honeybunch, Juliet, Rose de Berne, Cherokee Purple, with a striped Vintage Wine and one lonely Chocolate Cherry at the center-top.

Neither my camera nor my photo-correction skills are good enough to represent these colors properly — the Chocolate Cherry, in particular, has a luminous ‘champagne pearl’ glow, the Momotaros have a pinkish undertone, and the Rose de Bernes are the color of the most expensive coral jewelry. As for the Cherokee, it may not be much to look at, but the taste is unsurpassed!

What’s on everyone’s docket for a summer Sunday?
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Nothing Has Changed Except Now They Have a Network

Josh Green (via):

Awhile back, particularly during the Clinton administration, the media would flagellate itself every so often for rushing, lemming-like, to cover some story or other that was being touted on the Drudge Report, and then, after a period of reflection, deciding that it shouldn’t be. There was usually a Howard Kurtz column to demarcate such an episode. But the recidivism rate was high. Invariably, the media would chase the next Drudge rumor, and the whole cycle would repeat.

That doesn’t seem to happen anymore, at least not with Drudge. But it does happen, and more powerfully than ever, with Andrew Breitbart, who has inherited Barnum’s instinct for what will cause a circus and the certainty that suckers are still being born every minute. One difference is that Drudge usually focused on sex scandals and tawdry personal humiliations, which, in the end, is hardly worth getting worked up about. Yes, yes, shame on reporters for taking the bait. But c’mon.

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But what’s galling to me–gut-wrenching, really, like watching old news footage of blacks being beaten and clubbed at lunch counters–is that Breitbart obviously understood the powerful effect his tape would have, posted it anyway, and then assumed the role of ringmaster, expertly conducting the media circus, fanning the flames. It’s hardly the first time. But the moral ugliness of what’s just happened is glaring, and it’s hard for me to see how the media can justify continuing to treat Breitbart as simply a roguish provocateur. He’s something much darker.

Josh is missing a piece- FOX news. Fox is a pivotal piece that was missing in the Clinton era, and moves all these crazy conspiracies and smears without so much as a thought. Watch Megyn Kelly yesterday:

And there are all sorts of “reasonable conservatives” out there willing to push whatever lie comes across their desk. Ed Morrisey:

The NAACP is about to learn one of the most basic of all lessons in life — those who live in glass houses should avoid provoking a stone-throwing war. After the civil-rights organization threatened to issue a condemnation of Tea Party activism by equating it with racism (a position from which they ultimately retreated), Andrew Breitbart announced that he would publish at least one video of the NAACP itself cheering racism. Breitbart delivers on that promise today at Big Government, showing USDA official Shirley Sherrod explain to an appreciative NAACP audience in July 2009 how she deliberately withheld information from a white farmer in Georgia trying to save his land and his business…

Nothing is going to change, though, because our media is just too afraid of being called liberal, and then when they are attacked, seem to relish being the victim. As DougJ pithily noted: “Why not just hire a hooker to dress up as Sarah Palin and beat you with a riding crop?”

I guarantee this will happen again in a few weeks. Already, the wingnuts are trying to claim this was not about Shirley Sherrod, but about the “NAACP crowd.” It’s absurd, but all signs point to the fact that they will get away with it.

Lee Atwater, eat your heart out.