March 2014 archive

Mar 30

Vincent

* On a couple of evenings this past week, the night sky was crystal clear. I thought of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night when I cast my eye upon that palette of deep blue and gray. Above photo taken at MoMA, NYC. The Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh was born on the 30th of March …

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Mar 29

Lamb Shanks

Lamb is a favorite of mine and the lamb shank is a special springtime treat! I season each shank with plenty of salt, black pepper and rosemary about 30 minutes before searing them in hot olive oil. After they are well browned on all sides, I add carrots, celery, onions and garlic to the pot. …

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Mar 28

Sacred and Profane

For many years after the event, I always remembered the date. April 19, 1993. Recently, I just think about how the event changed a lot of things in America and how it brought a change in me. The world should never forget what happened and the world should know and understand much more than the …

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Mar 26

The Waters of March

* The earth softens as the thaw begins. Winter’s long shadow is receding. Each day grows brighter, warmer and the scent of moisture replaces the harsh, caustic cold. The warming winds melt the snowdrifts. There are hesitant signs of life appearing in the garden, in the fields and surrounding forests. …and the riverbank talks of …

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Mar 25

A special treat!

Ingredients: Sea Scallops Scallions & fresh ginger root Soy sauce Method heat a cast iron skillet 30 minutes prior to cooking just before cooking, season the scallops with salt and freshly ground black pepper when the pan is ready wipe with oil and immediately add the scallops quickly sear on medium-high heat turn once to …

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Mar 24

Free Books!

As regular readers know, I try to share resources for a wide audience and eclectic tastes. I am continuously searching for interesting content to add to the blog. Recently, I received the following links to two very interesting and free sites. forgottenbooks.org is a fantastic site for books about almost everything. From books about art …

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Mar 23

Chicken

Second only to the pig in its versatility as a food product, chicken is the most common member of the poultry family. When buying chicken at the market, I like to look for a whole bird weighing about 3 to 3and 1/2 pounds. Over four pounds the birds begin to be too tough with very …

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Mar 22

Beethoven for Spring

A beautiful spring day with temperatures in the low 50’s but a breeze that kept things from feeling warm. Plenty of sunshine! A wonderful day for something from our old friend, Ludwig von Beethoven. Beethoven’s Violin Sonata number 5. op24. “Spring”,(a 28 minute piece) performed here by Anne Sophie Mutter and accompanied by Lambert Orkis …

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Mar 21

Spring has Sprung!

The Vernal Equinox, also known as the beginning of Spring arrived yesterday at 12:57 PM Eastern Time. Farmers and gardeners understand that, while the days are getting warmer and the sun is shining brighter in the Northern Hemisphere, we are not quite ready to begin the outdoor planting and sowing. Checking my garden plot, I …

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Mar 18

Momo’s second visit.

Student, Momo from Zheng Zhou, came for a second visit this weekend. Our weather was still quite cold and a fair amount of snow remains on the ground making for unsure footing while out walking. We did manage to visit the barn. Meeting a horse was a first experience for Momo. I enjoy when Momo …

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