Guns N’ Roses — Paradise City, live at the Ritz, 1988.
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happy wednesday pups!
Hiya Suzanne. Whassup by you?
hiya ecahn — nothing new here — high 70′s/low 80′s today but it is much cooler tonight. how’s by you?
Cooler, i.e. mid-80s, 70s at night. Going to get cooler for next few days, so I can get house temp down. Humid too.
Made bay scallops on linguine for first time. Easy dish for hot weather. Uses thyme, basil, parsley, which came from my herb garden. Yummy.
sweet! weather dood says we are getting a wee cooldown at night but the days should stay in the 70′s. i love it when we have those kinda summer days (and nights).
Hey Suzanne and eCAHN,
Big storms in the Ohio Valley tonight. We had heavy rains, but other places nearby had a tornado, hail, and severe winds. Lots of trees down.
Here’s the recipe. I would recommend twice the quantity of scallops. It will served 3-4, not the two that it says.
Hi folks. Cold and foggy in SF today. Yeah July!
Been doing a lot of painting. Of the ceiling. The good news is that I’m really pleased with the results. The paint I bought was an exact match to the old stuff and when it dried you couldn’t tell that I touched up a patched ceiling. That and the two coats of primer I put on.
Next I’m going to do some drywall projects. Anyone have any experience working with drywall? I have to patch one 5 by 2 foot hole and one 3 by 3 foot hole.
heya ce! was wondering if that was near you — how ya doing tonight?
Wow. Are the trees OK by you? Did you lose electricity or cable?
sweet! thanks ecahn.
Ohh Thanks. I’m going to try that! I’m trying to eat veggie one night a week and seafood one night a week. I need a new seafood dish.
hey spocko — how’s the city tonight? i’ve only observed drywall work :(
The coldest winter I ever spent was one August in San Francisco.
Purported to have said that. I’ve not tried to track it down.
No help on construction, sorry.
Rain all around, but damn, the place is so green now! Lawns bursting, hosta plants HUGE everywhere, and many, many bushes just growing out of control. Did miss sitting on the deck the last two nights, however.
We are just fine. No trees down in our neighborhood, but that is not the case west and south of us. Those neighborhoods are flooded and without power, as of 9:00 pm.
i missed your pictures of being out on the deck *laughing*
yikes! were you already home when the storm hit?
Two huge storms durning the day — we watched them from the 4th floor at work. Yowza! By 5:00, just a light rain. The sun came out at 7:00 and we were blinded by the brightness.
We’ve had enough rain to keep things green & growing.
Last year I enlarged my herb garden which is on the north side of the house. Also cut down a large white spruce that was interfering with a prettier large maple.
-garden is larger
-rebuilt with better soil
-gets more sun
-cat patrols for critters
I tried lettuce last year, thinking that bunnies would eat it, but cat keeps them away. This year I put in 2 tomato plants. Growing like crazy but probably a couple more weeks before any are ripe.
If we are talking recipes. Here is the best main dish I’ve made in the last 3 months. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/printerfriendly/Cider-Braised-Pork-Shoulder-with-Caramelized-Onions-105913
I used apple cider vinegar, otherwise I followed the recipe.
Here is the cherry pie I made for a dinner party. The wife of the friend whose part it was said, ‘This is the best cherry pie I’ve had in my entire life!” I asked if I could quote her. She said yes.
The changes in this one? 1 used cherries from Trader Joes (morello)
I used vanilla extract, added a pinch of nutmeg and mace. I used rice flour and arrowroot for the thickener because I’m allergic to corn starch.
For the crush I use a recipe that is 1/2 butter and 1/2 lard. I resisted using lard for 30 years, but I finally heard that it was the thing to use for pie crusts. They were right. Amazing.
Good evening, Suz..! Hi Christine, eCAHN & spocko..! A lovely evening..!
Cut the hole to fit the dry wall. Make sure that the two pieces fit evenly into the space, and nail. Be brave.
Hola Suz y llners.
So spocko, I have a bit of drywall experience. Are you able to match the thickness of the drywall with the new material? It’s usually a standard thickness, but sometimes it is thinner. . .best if you can match the thickness first.
Is there a good frame wall behind where you have to patch? It is good if you can trim the drywall where there are existing seams or at least at the center line of the framing structure underneath. Having a frame under the patch is important, and there are ways to create a structure sometimes.
Have you worked with drywall before? You can measure it and cut through the paper backing with a razor knife, and then the drywall will snap on the line easily. I am sure there is video on line if you look around that shows the basic steps. You should get a small quantity of pre-mixed “mud” and a roll of drywall tape. Watch how taping is done on line, it is easy but you have to do it right.
sweet! does ce’s storm in ohio mean that you have rain in your future? i’m not sure of the storm paths back east — only know the storms up here can head down to ca or over to montana/colorado area…
The drywall work should be interesting. Mrs. Spocko kind of wants to do it, but I do too. I feel the need to be “handy” around the house. Then she can brag about my cooking and my fixing. The painting was nerve racking because I haven’t done it for 20 years or so and I was worried I would screw it up. I spent a lot of time taping and prepping since everyone said that was important to a good job, and it paid off.
This year, I reduced my garden to pots on the deck. That way I tend them more and feed and water them. My three tomato plants are huge and have the largest leaves I’ve ever had in my care. Herbs bursting out of pots — I’ve already made two cups of pesto.
hey past — how was your day today?
the sound you just heard was my tummy rumblin’
hey bg — how’s nm tonight?
So right about the piecrust, but in a pinch, Trader Joe’s frozen, rolled ones are great. They taste like homemade. When defrosted and unrolled, they fall apart in little strips. Don’t panic, just leave the wax paper on top and bottom, and roll with rolling pin to mesh them right back together. Fantastic.
Well, it is hot as hell here in the day, and we are lucky if we get a little rain to cool us off or at least if the temps go down at night. We used to rely on diurnal cooling in the evenings, but the new weather has changed that. My father used to say you would need a blanket at night, but even in the mountains I have noticed it is not as cool at night as it used to get.
I have my little window a/c unit on every night. Can’t sleep w/o it.
I love pork shoulder, but make it with sauerkraut and serve with mashed potatoes.
Lard rules. I don’t do pies; crust too fussy for me & don’t want to turn on oven when fruit is in season, owing to heat. Did make a sour cherry pie a couple of years ago. Filling recipe called for some kirschwasser. Superior.
WRT fat, I save the lard from goose, duck, bacon. Don’t have to use much when cooking with it but adds flavor & doesn’t have chemicals. Lasts a long time in fridge, but if you’ve got too much, freeze some.
Getting 1/4 pig from local organic farmer in mid-September. Did a 4-H pig a year ago; meat was OK but the butcher butchered it. Hoping for more professional cuts this year.
Thanks! Very good suggestions. I’ve been watching stuff online. we have a frame on either side of the one hole, but I’m wondering if I need something down the middle. it’s not too wide, only 2 feet. I thing that should be fine.
Also I don’t need a huge sheet of the stuff. Can I buy it in smaller sizes?
The people I talked to said, “find someone who is building something and get some of their left over.” They say that like they live in a place where people are always remodeling, I don’t.
Doesn’t look like it. It is a normal weather pattern to get here from the west, but now it looks like another common weather pattern, sweeping up on an arc from mid-southeast. Rain on Friday, but otherwise intermittent t-storms.
tis a wonderful 59 at the moment — no a/c tonight! i wish you were having the same
weather patterns are changing all over the place.. tis totally fucked up
Great suggestion! I had the same problem with the crust. I pressed the bottom one together in the pan and didn’t use the top. When I went to use the top, it all fell into strips. I wish I had know of your tip then, but I put the strips on top of a rhubarb strawberry cobbler I was making and it was great.
Here’s an amazing documentary. Newburgh, NY is 17 miles south of here, 60 miles north of midtown Manhattan. Documentary is accurate as shit, and comes out of Tehran, over 6,000 miles away. You would never find anything so probing & accurate on U.S. media.
whoa… i’ve bookmarked that for later…
Well, that is right, sometimes you can get a damaged piece, and they will give you a good discount and not have to buy a whole sheet. Maybe you can hang around the drywall and find someone who is buying a quantity and tell them you are doing a patch and just need scraps. . .I don’t know if there is a free cycle at craigslist that you might advertise for small pieces.
busy day at work juggling projects – coordinating with power company on one to get the right size transformer for the building, answering construction contractor questions on a park service project, trying to get a decorative street lighting project off the ground among others – shit like that.
Or on chicken pot pie, rolled or strips.
ohh sauerkraut! Another great idea. You are being very helpful folks tonight. construction and cooking tips!
I bought lard in the store. “I’m looking for a tub of lard. Can you help me?”
Clerk, “What color is his hair?”
typical hump day in other words *laughing* i remember when jen was working admin on job sites… cracked me up to hear her talking about the sewage treatment plant they were constructing etc… the change orders, filing new blueprints etc. she loved it
We have a booth at our West Side Market that has barrel sauerkraut. OMG one can eat it right out of the bag.
hahahaha i know i should not laugh but….
I forgot to mention that Newburgh, NY has a population of 29,000. Not on radar of anyone, though it breaks my heart to see what has happened there. Wonderful stock of 19C town houses that have gone to wrack & ruin. Etc, etc.
Also the human story about how poor are treated by local thugs, aka cops (sorry, Suzanne, but there is no other accurate description).
You now I’ve wanted to make a chicken pot pie for awhile, but I haven’t really looking into recipes. I worry that they will be horribly fattening.
I suppose I could look in my Cooking light books.
right now I’ve got all the paint cans in the kitchen and the dining room table shoved into the living room.
Mrs. Spocko’s various fiber projects are taking over the house. I don’t mind, but it doesn’t make for some obstacle courses right now.
I’m really trying to find some more veggie meals that are main courses. I’m not too good at those yet.
Best sauerkraut ever
east coast cops were always way diff than the kinda i had on the west coast — well, at least at my dept. we all heard stories about the bad shit going on back east in various depts
Don’t buy lard, make your own a la goose, duck. Bacon fat won’t work for pie crusts because too salty, others sources should work.
if ya find them, please share… i’ve been trying and failing miserably at trying to have a veggie only night
I don’t make cpp, again crust is too fussy. But do make the next best thing, which is chicken a la king. Recipe I use starts with 7 pound chicken, I serve over rice & freeze the excess in single-serve containers. Do once/year and when I want comfort food, get a container from freezer.
No! I’m glad you did. I just wrote that joke. I’ve been thinking of how to use the purchase since I bought it. Remember I used to do stand up. It was just such a great premise, but I couldn’t figure out how to structure the joke so it wouldn’t be too obvious.
I tried a few set ups and delivery with friend and they were all working too hard. I’m glad this one worked.
My first attempt was based on what really happened. I did have to ask someone where it was and I was going to make it like the guy thought I was calling him a tub of lard, but that didn’t work. Considering how most people in the US are overweight, the clerk thinking I was referring to someone in the store makes it funny because it’s “true.”
Yeah, me too. Some of the best ones I’ve made are Jamie Oliver huge pan bakes. Fill a sheet pan with cut onions, peppers, herbs, etc. Top with lean chicken or other protein, splash with olive oil and bake high heat for 30 minutes.
i wish i had a freezer other than the tiny one in the kitchen…
Both me & a neighbor tried to make sauerkraut. It’s supposed to be easy peasy. Both of us got pink crude on top & threw it out from disgust. You’re supposed to be able to scrape that off & use the rest. My parents made huge crocks of sauerkraut; can’t get the trick.
i try to not laugh out loud when token is sleeping.. he gives me the harshest looks and then snorts in disgust….
Freezer for single senior woman sounds ridiculous, but it turns out to be practical. I shop once/month except for produce. I keep not only soup which I make in large batches, in freezer, but also bread, which I rarely eat, but when you want a poppy seed roll for tuna salad sandwich, there it is. Also I get ground venison during hunting season & make up huge batch of chili.
drywall is structurally sound enough to span a 2 foot wide hole as long as there’s framing on both (left & right) sides. Your 3×3 hole though is another matter, 3ft doesn’t correspond to any standard framing spacing (16 inches & 24 inches is standard). So you may have to make the hole wider in order to make sure there is framing to nail the drywall to on both the left & right sides of the hole. Sounds like you’ll need nearly a whole 4×8 sheet of drywall for your job.
i would love to be able to freeze leftovers like i used to. and being able to buy stuff when its on sale and then freeze it is a very good thing.
Right now all I have is a great mushroom soup with barley. The key is a veggie soup starter called Better than Bouillon (the low salt veggie version)
I used a combo of dried shittaki and fresh button mushroom and farro or barley. I have’ also used a handful of dried porcini when it is available.
you guys are making me hungry with all this food talk, might have to get something out of the pantry to munch on.
I also freeze meat bones until I get enough to make broth. Some broth I freeze in 1-2-4 cup containers for future soup making, others I freeze as ice cubes to throw into reduction sauces.
that would be a great winter soup…. i love making soups when its cold outside – cozies up the entire place smelling all warm and savory
tell me about it… i’ve already been to the peanut butter jar twice tonight…
do you roast them when making your broth?
ha, that sounds familiar – do you use a spoon or a butter knife? I usually do the butter knife.
Yes. Well the 3 by 3 hole is going to be the really tricky one since it’s in a plastered wall! I’m going to do the other one first.
Now since I have some folks with experience here. How about this problem.
The ceiling and wall in the dining room has two spots where the plaster has “delaminated” and is popping out. One is a big piece and the other is fist sized.
Anyone ever done this? The plasterer guy was telling me that they need to replace it and I probably will, but I want to try and stick some glue or something under it first. Probably too brittle, but I’m going to search the web for ideas.
Of course it IS winter in SF!
spoon — big ole tablespoon and sometimes i dip my peanut butter into the jar of nutella (or the jiff version of chocolate spread) for a sorta soft take on a peanut butter cup
i do miss those cool summer nights… having to put on a sweater at 4pm as the fog rolls in. fond fond memories
I’ve been very good at buying whole chickens and then making broth out of the backbone and neck. I cut out the backbone because I make “flattened” chicken. It cooks faster.
I’ve got some mushroom soup in freezer that I made using some dried morel mushrooms. Delish. Also laced with a bit of Madiera.
I should find someone local who knows about wild mushrooms & get some for soup & other uses. No one at farmers’ market, more’s the pity.
We went to calistoga for the 4th. Mrs. Spocko said, “It’s good for use to see this, it reminds us that we can’t handle the heat.” I can, but she can’t.
My problem with the summer is the fog. I’m at home, by myself and it’s glooming outside for 5 days at a time. No sun. I really need some sun, I’m already prone to depression, no sun makes it worse.
No, just throw them in a pot with water. Add celery, onions, carrots, herbs later so vegies don’t get cooked too long & flavor gets cooked off. Actually, I often add vegies after I turn off the heat. It takes more than a half hour for pot to cool, and by then vegie flavor is in broth but not cooked off.
I have never used morels, I should try. The soup I posted has dry sherry in it.
I’m glad I have a good soup recipe. I once made a mushroom soup with all these expensive wild mushrooms and it was lame. Most expensive soup I’ve ever made.
haven’t tried that, sounds tasty.!
yikes… i know that gloom thing. we get a lotta that in the winter and spring. summers tend to be better but once sept rolls around, the overcast skies return. makes ya appreciate it when there is sun. i now take vit d and calcium — lotsa folks up here do the same.
ooooh roast them first.. ohmystars you are gonna love the flavor that comes outta those bones.
being a solo, there is no one to complain about my dipping a peanut butter laden spoon into the chocolate spread jar :)
Oh BTW, I should plug my recent radio appearance on In Deep with Angie Corio. It’s a pretty good show.
I actually think that the previous hour to the show I was on was great. It’s about how people’s behavior changes when they have money, and it’s not just having it for a long time. They have a lot of experiements where they show how money can change you. The story about how they have two people play monopoly is really interesting because it shows how people who start with more think they deserve to win, even though getting the opportunity to have more at the beginning is just from the flip of a coin.
I have an elderly (early 80s) friend who is in great shape. She does have some medical problems, one of which is allergies. I asked her if any of them are pollen related. She said yes. I gave her a jar of honey & told her to eat a spoonful/day instead of taking her pollen allergy med.
She asked: What size spoon.
Me: Louise, it’s not precise. Swallow a spoonful for a couple of weeks and see how you feel.
It hasn’t been long enough to see whether it worked.
Sherry, Port, Madiera. Every recipe is better with a little je sais quoi.
ooh, plaster is an art, way beyond my pay grade. By your description I assume it means the plaster has come away from the lath screen behind it and is kind of bubbling out? If you can inject glue somehow into the ‘bubbled’ area and the glue can go partly through the lath screen, that may at least be a temporary solution. The trick I think would be that there is not so much glue that it forms its own layer behind the plaster, which would keep you from pressing the plaster flat.
Also the episode on “everyday sexism” is great. The woman is using the Spocko Method to get Facebook to change their polices on how they treat sexism toward women.
did you emphasize that she needs to get local to her honey or is she local to you?
What does a single woman have to do before a dinner party?
Wipe the lipstick stains off the milk carton.
The honey comes from my hives. Yes, it must be local, otherwise the pollen in it won’t work on your allergies.
Yes it is an art. I should probably just hire the guy who fixed the other parts (he did a really good job) but I’m into “try to do it myself first and if I mess it up bring in the professionals to fix it at 3 times the rate” mode.
Well I’m off to bed to rest my arm. More painting tomorrow.
Nite all thanks for all the great suggestions!
hahahaha ohmystars token is gonna be so pissed at me!
happy dreams spocko
My contractor (used him 25 years) on my historic house, knocks out cracked plaster until he finds some stuck to lathe then repairs in from there. Downstairs parlor was completely crumbling so he took out 2 tons & plastered back with 2 tons.
Since then (worth it I must say) I’ve learned to live with cracks.
On another topic, presstv is talking about Vatican bank scandal.
I’m not a fan of any religion, esp R.C. under which I was raised. But current pope seems on right side of history, at least for now. Watching with interest.
congrats on snagging the happy lucky 99 ecahn!!!
Ooow. Do I get a prize? A medal or a chest to pin it on?
wow, 2 tons. That’s a big job (to me, at least)..!
I didn’t weigh it, but accepted contractor’s word since it made a good story. And, yes, it was a big job.
tis about time for me to head out pups. thanks for letting me hang out with ya (and giving me more excuses to dig into the peanut butter jar).
PW tells me I also get bragging rights over diary with 200+ comments.
I want to know when those will turn into something practical.
I’m buggin out too. Nite Suzanne & all. Sleep well.
also raised RC but never really religious, started falling away during military service, then completely when scandals hit. I still have the greatest respect for the nuns though, they do the heavy lifting and the real work that was preached by Christ, IMO.
Sleep well, Suz..!!
that’s wonderful alice — thanks!
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