Archive for June, 2009

Michael Jackson

June 25, 2009

is dead.  And it is crazy.  Not breaking any big news, here, just commemorating this insane event.

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For some reason, my favorite pictures are of Paul McCartney and MJ together.  Yeah, I know about everything that happened after this, but I don’t care, ok.

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German potato salad – the summer standby

June 18, 2009

This recipe for german potato salad is totally foolproof and delicious.  I like to try to make a lot to keep for a few days, but we usually eat it pretty fast.  I remember intensely when my mom taught me to make it as a child.  We made it for a potluck lunch at an all-day weaving and felting workshop somewhere.  I knew it would be delicious from the beginning, because it includes mustard and vinegar, my two favorite condiments!

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GERMAN POTATO SALAD, courtesy of my mom

Potatoes, as many as you want/have (I like red, but any will do).

Red onion, sliced thin.

Whatever veggies you may have, sliced: radishes, salad turnips, snap peas, haricot verts, pickles, or quartered hard-boiled eggs

Whatever herbs you may have: dill, parsley, mint, basil, tarragon, cilantro (choose carefully)

For the dressing:

Dollop of stone ground, pebbly mustard

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons vinegar (I use brown rice, apple cider, or red wine vinegar)

2 tablespoons olive oil

Teaspoon of sweetener (optional, I use maple syrup or brown sugar)

Copious black pepper

First, put a pot of water on to boil.

Wash and cube your potatoes.  Throw them in when the water boils, adding a splash of olive oil and a pinch of salt.  Cook until tender but not crumbly (important), drain, and set aside to cool.

While your potatoes are cooking, make the dressing in the bottom of your salad bowl.

Mix together mustard, olive oil, vinegar, (optional) sweetener, and garlic.  Add lots of pepper, a bit of salt, and minced herbs.

Throw thinly sliced red onion, radish, salad turnip, and whatever else in there to marinate and become delicious.

When the potatoes have cooled, toss with dressing, add more black pepper, and eat!

Nasturtium garnish is optional and delicious.

P.S.  If you don’t have brown rice vinegar around, you should get some.  It’s pretty amazing.

Summer photo dump

June 17, 2009

I’ve been busy.

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IMG_2706IMG_2801snake mountainFrom the top, my past three weeks:

Spring woods at Rock Point

Downtown Plattsburgh

Homemade sourdough

Camping coffee

David Byrne

Ladies of Addison summerfest

Addison county from Snake Mountain

Button Bay bike trip

June 10, 2009

These past few days, Dale and I took a little bicycle trip down to Button Bay State Park, which is about 7 (very long feeling) miles west of Vergennes — 35 or so miles from Burlington.  This was my first touring bike trip, and the thing about taking a longer than 10 mile bike trip, especially with a trailer and camping gear, is that you realize why people wear bike shorts, bike shoes, bright neon clothing, and bike gloves.  It’s a wild world out there, people!  It was also easy to realize why people have touring bikes, and don’t take long trips on fixed gears, like we did.  That was something I already knew, in my mind, but now my legs in general, and more specifically my knees, understand exactly why it is be desirable to have a choice of gear ratios, as well as the ability to not be pedaling 100% of the time for 30 miles.

It was beautiful out there!  I can definitively report back to you that it is SUMMERTIME — meaning everything is green, plants are just growing like crazy, and there one million wildflowers along the lovely roadsides of the Champlain Valley.  Prominently featured: daisies, buttercups, red clover, swamps full of yellow irises, and a TON of phlox hiding the woods.  I had no idea there was so much phlox in the woods around here, and if I had been traveling by car, I would likely still be ignorant of this wonderful reality.

It’s also very lovely to bike through the super agriculture of the Champlain Valley, the highlights of that, for me, being Ferrisburgh and Panton, two very farmy towns with the corn coming up, farmers out spreading shit, and belted, holstein, and jersey ladies all relaxing in their pastures. Many dairies of distinction!

Of course, part of the agricultural landscape in Vermont is abandonment.  Here’s the most interesting thing we came across, a crumbly old windmill just outside of Vergennes that we saw as a witch hat.

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The Nerves

June 4, 2009

Listening to the Nerves today, and hopefully learning how to cover this song tonight!  They sound like the Zombies, I love it!

See what I mean?

And a very good point about this song, made by Mr. Jonathan Richman, which I read today on Now Voyager.

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PS. Thank you, Jonathan Richman, for writing Roadrunner — I had a REALLY REALLY great time dancing to it on Sunday night.