Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tavo's project

Now that the neighbor's burned house has been torn down, we really, really need a fence to keep our yard a little...private.

Check out Tavo's efforts!!

Is that kid amazing, or what?!! Great job, babe :D

Monday, July 27, 2009

2 years! Happy blogiversary ;)

Hello all,

Here it is, two years in, and I have no pictures of food to show you. Oh well, you'll just have to settle with one of us, instead.

We've been light on posting recently--just wanting to get that little orange house ready to rent. Will return to regularly scheduled blogging in a week or so!


Friday, July 24, 2009

July 24, 2009

This has been a good day.

Here are some songs that are linked to celebrate:

Ice Cube
(Have to admit--we will ALWAYS hit up the Fatburger -- hands down, best veggie burger, ever.)

This pic is from Tequila and Donuts flickr account. Yo, check it out. This is the Veggie Burger, with Skinny Fries, from FatBurger. Basically, this is why I will never lose weight. So tasty.

Though I prefer Pete Seeger's version, here is "Kisses Sweeter than Wine"

and this one is for Tavo--the Woody Guthrie is for me and the Wilco is for you

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Refrigerator Pickles

Our garden is in full bloom, with tomatoes and jalapenos ready to eat. I'm pleased to report that no other tomatoes got the black bottoms that those first couple green tomatoes had! I've been cooking up a storm, think ratatouille (used Julia Childs' recipe) and pizza (of course!) with fresh vegetables everywhere. Our neighbor gave us a bunch of cucumbers, though, so of course I had to make some refrigerator pickles.

I am almost positive I found this recipe in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, but I haven't been able to find it online. So...perhaps its a combination of recipes. At any rate, its fairly quick and makes good, crunchy pickles. You need to eat them within the week.

Refrigerator Pickles--recipe approximate

Slice cucumbers and soak overnight in a water and salt combo. I think I did 1/3 cup of salt to 2 quarts of water, but don't quote me on that!

Drain and rinse cucumbers, then pack into a jar with pickling spices, garlic, and dill. Fill jar with white vinegar and set in fridge overnight. They should be good to go by the next day, and flavor will become more intense with time. As these aren't processed, you will need to eat them fairly quickly, but that has never been a problem here. Very good on sandwiches!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Crickets, Cats, Art and Authors...Chicago Part Deux

Okay, just to keep some semblance of a food blog--here is another loaf of challah and some dipping sauce I made before we left. As requested, the recipe follows below.

Challah Bread

* 2 c White bread flour
* 1 c Wheat bread flour
* 2 tb Sugar (I used brown)
* 1 1/2 ts Salt
* 1/4 c Butter
* 2 Eggs
* 1 Egg yolk
* 3/4 c Water
* 2 1/4 ts Yeast
* Sesame seeds to put on braided loaf

(make sure you save that egg white to brush the loaf with!)
This is enough to make one large loaf or two small loaves. I set my bread machine to dough cycle, braided and baked at 375 for about 25 minutes. Eat right away!!

Now that we have that out of the way--here is some more Chicago for you! As I said, I stayed in Chinatown--I tried a different restaurant every night, and I'll be honest--I made some poor dish choices. I did really, really love one version of seaweed egg drop soup from the place next door. Clear broth--very good--not your traditional fluorescent yellow variety ;) Did not take pics of the food because it was not very photogenic.

my key.

Went to Second Friday in neighboring Pilsen. My friend, Kate, and her man, Robert, had their studio open to the public along with a variety of artists and crafters. Here are the cats, quarantined to the loft, along with some of Kate's paintings.

a bowl of delicious grasshoppers.

Robert, after trying the delicious grasshoppers.

Some of Robert's stained glass work, gently blurred.

Kate's painting--this photo doesn't do justice to the color or sheer size of this piece--it's huge.

Speakers at the American Library Association Conference--there were so many excellent authors!! Here's just a glimpse, because I don't think you want to look at 30 pics of authors ;)

James Ellroy

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus

Melba Pattillo Beals (one of the Arkansas nine--incredible speaker!!)

And I had to sneak a seat on the side to see Sherman Alexie speak.

ALA 2009 was absolutely excellent--thank you so much to my employers for sending me!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Back from Chicago!

I have some more pictures to upload later, but these are from my jogging route. Chicago is just awesome during the summer!! Stayed in a fourth floor walk up in Chinatown--was a great trip. I took these with my phone, so not the best quality pictures. More to follow later on.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Challah and that house is going DOWN!

Oh dear--do you ever make something that is SO GOOD that you eat too much of it? I made a loaf of challah last night, and we sat down to watch season two of Weeds (we just rented season one a couple days ago and fell in love with the show!) Forty minutes later, I looked down and was shocked to see that we'd eaten almost the entire loaf!! Sheesh! At any rate, this is obviously an excellent loaf of bread.

A bit of a lumpy braid--but I made the small loaf of bread. I'll try a full size loaf next time, and see how my braid looks, then. Recipe from Electric Bread was used, subbing sesame seeds for poppy seeds.

So...remember that enormous fire that occurred way back in February? After numerous calls to the owner of the burned out house, calls to the city, calls to the demo company, and in general mayhem...its FINALLY being torn down. We have had a LOT of problems with homeless and vagrants so I am very, very pleased that this scary heap is going away.

This will no longer be our view from the window!

Got a bit precarious, but luckily, the side of this house didn't crash down on us. The demo guy came around and pushed it away from our house. I was scared!

Supposed to be down completely by the end of the week! (we'll see....)

I'm off to Chicago for a week for work, but Tavo will stay in Atlanta and hold down the fort. Happy Wednesday, everyone :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Fireworks, Friends and Food

A couple of young men decided to take a quick trip to Alabama and grab some fireworks...
Wait--here's a close up of that one. O-Bomb-A

Here are some shots of the race! Natalie and I running--I'm on the right with the sunglasses. This is about 6 miles in, so we're almost at the finish line.

Post race, we went to our friend Mark's house for pool swimming and firework watching!

(I'm there, too. I'm the one that is a foot shorter than everyone else)

Every single pizza place was closed! Every single Chinese food place was closed! Even the wing place was closed! No worries, though. Somehow a box of rice and a bag of frozen veggies managed to feed all eight of us--chicken, too, for the non-veggies ;)
Happy Fourth of July!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Peachtree Road Race 2009

Hello everyone--Happy Fourth!!

I ran the Peachtree Road Race 10K yesterday, with my friend Natalie. Here is a link to a really cool time lapse photo of the race--with all 55,000 runners! I'm in the very last group--time group 9. Clark Howard always runs in time group nine, too ;)

Tavo brought us Krispy Kreme doughnuts after the race--thanks, babe!