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Yesterday we went to Price Chopper to pick up a few things for dinner and while we were there, I started thinking about those summer foods that I love.  You know, the foods you don’t go out of your way to get most of the year, but during the warmer months, you really enjoy them.  My summer food today was strawberries.

We walked into Price Chopper and as soon as I saw them, I knew I had to have them.  It was at least 86 degrees here yesterday.  That’s what the car thermometer said anyway.  The ones at the house were aver 90.  For Upstate New York in the Spring, that is a little toasty.  I am not complaining ( a lot), I just wish we could ease into it.  One of the local weather channels posted a Tweet saying we had a run last week that was a perfect temperature range.  Tuesday was in the 40s followed by Wednesday in the 50s, Thursday was in the 60s, Friday was in the 70s and then Saturday and Sunday were in the 80s.  That is how it should be.  The only problem is that for the beginning of the week, it was in the 30s and windy as hell overnight.

Ok, back on topic…I was looking for a snack tonight, when all of a sudden I remembered the strawberries were in the fridge.  I washed them and cut them up in a bowl.  Next, I grabbed some sugar and sprinkled it over them to take the bite away.  It just so happened that I had a fresh bowl of Cool Whip sitting in the fridge and I covered the strawberries with it.  Delish!

So, what I’d like to know from you is this – What food do you consider a summer food? A few others that I like are (on rare occasion) tomatoes eaten like an apple with a salt shaker, peaches, plums and grapes.  I really like freezer pops too.

Something I don’t like that is considered summer food is watermelon.  Unless you cut a hole in the top of it and fill it with (Insert favorite alcohol here) and let it marinate for a few days.  On the rare occasion that I partake in that ritual, I like Parrot Bay Coconut Rum in it.  Mmmm…but I ain’t one to gossip, so you didn’t hear that from me!

Tell me what you like.  Don’t be shy!  See ya soon!

FJR and FLHR

FJR and FLTR

Last night, our meetup group, No Destinations, meets for our last ‘winter’ meeting before we start riding again.  Every Wednesday night during the warmer months, we meet at The Mill on Round Lake around 6pm.  At 6:30, it’s kickstands up and we are off to a certain ‘undisclosed location’ to hang out and chat for a bit before returning to The Mill and having some food and good conversation.

The name ‘No Destination’ came about because most nights the location is kept secret as a surprise and we don’t find out until we get there.  Only a certain few that are leading and blocking know the route and location.  The phrase ‘where the hell are we going?’ came about because every Wednesday night, people would ask that question while waiting to leave.  “We’re going for a ride” is the most common reply.

This group of riders is a bunch of the most laid back, friendly people I have ever met.  We always have a good time, and everyone gets along very well.  It is a mix of all ages and motorcycle types.  There are sport bikes, Harleys, and even a BMW with a sidecar.  It is a great time.  I can’t wait for our rides to start up again.

See ya soon!

Yesterday was our 4th anniversary.  The past four years have had some ups and downs, but have, for the most part, been the most amazing four years of my life.  It’s not often that you meet someone who really gets you.  Someone who laughs at your corny jokes and likes a lot of the things you like, without just adapting to them.

Rose is that person.  She gets me.  She loves to encourage me and do things with me that she knows I love.  For that, I consider myself very lucky.  I could spend all day naming all of the things, but you would be bored and leave.  Let’s just say that she loves motorcycles and the Dukes of Hazzard.  Yeah, I am simple like that.

She doesn’t ask for much, so when she does, I try my best to do it for her.  Every year for our anniversary and her birthday, she asks me to make her a duck.  Duck is her favorite meal, and I enjoy it as well, so why not.    Last night was one of those nights.

I got the duck in the oven and had some time to kill, so I did the usual, Twitter, Facebook, yada yada.  After about an hour, I went down and peeled the potatoes and cleaned and sliced the mushrooms.  I was hoping to time everything just right to be done at the right time.  I can cook, but usually I focus on one or two things and that’s it.  With this meal, I had to make mashed potatoes, gravy with mushrooms, the sauce for the duck  and make sure the duck didn’t overcook.  Oh boy!

So, I got the potatoes boiling and started sauteing the mushrooms.  We saute them with a little butter, some garlic powder and Beau monde seasoning.  They then go into the gravy for some extra flavor.  If you’ve never tried it, get going!  It is amazing.

Below is the recipe I use from the Food Network website for the sauce.  I do make some changes to it while I am preparing it.  Feel free to do it by the recipe or doctor it up like I do.  Instead of using cherries, I use cans of Plums from Price Chopper and omit the scallions.  A word of warning!!!  This recipe requires the you flambe the mixture.  Please be very careful!  Fire is cool and all, but not when you burn down the kitchen!  If you can do this properly and without incident, the sauce is well worth it!

For the Brandied Cherry Reduction:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallots
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup brandied cherries, halved
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups rich duck or chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Set a 10-inch saute pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, about 30 seconds, add the shallots, garlic and cherries. Cook the shallots, garlic and cherries until the garlic is fragrant and the shallots begin to caramelize, about 1 minute. Deglaze the pan with the brandy and tilt the pan toward the flame to flambe. Cook until the fire goes out, about 1 minute. Add the vinegar to the pan and continue to cook until it is almost completely reduced, about 2 minutes. Add the stock and chopped rosemary. Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes, or until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat, swirl the cold butter into the sauce and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Dinner was fantastic!  Everything came out just right and it tasted so good!  Especially the Plum sauce!  What a great night!

Happy anniversary, honey.  I love you.

-Me

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Picture of the day 2-13-10

Carrots, Mushrooms and Celery

Carrots, Mushrooms and Celery

During the prep for dinner, I decided to snap this pic as the colors really jumped out at me.

Back in August 2008, Rose and I decided to take a trip to Montreal.  I had never been there, but had always wanted to go.  So, we made a reservation for two nights and packed our stuff.  We left around 5 pm on Friday, and hit monsoon like weather most of the way up.  High winds, torrential downpours, thunder and lightning.  Rose even thinks there was hail.  No big deal you say?  In a car, no.  But we were on the motorcycle.

We left Albany and the weather was threatening to rain, but didn’t start until the Adirondacks.  It was pretty brutal, but I loved every minute of it.  We had on raingear, with the exception of my jacket.  It had zippers on the sleeves, so the rain poured in and ran down my sleeves and into my shirt and pants.  Luckily, the Yamaha has heated hand grips, so my hands kept warm most of the trip.  My upper body, not so much.  If you don’t ride, or don’t know about riding in the rain, here’s a quick lesson.  The gloves are leather and dyed black.  When they get wet, the dye covers your hands and makes them black as well.  Until you scrub them with some type of a bristle brush, they will stay black.

We arrived at our hotel around 9 pm, parked the bike and went to our room.  I immediately stripped down and laid my clothes out around the room.  It was time for a hot shower, as I was freezing.  After we warmed up, we went out for a walk to see what we could find to eat.  We found a Chinese restaurant and then hit a grocery store for some soda and snacks.

And then it happened – I found Kit Kat Dark.  Kit Kats drenched in dark chocolate.  I haven’t been able to find them in the Northeast.  If you find them, please let me know.

The next day, we walked around the city, with showers off and on.  It is a beautiful city.  Of course I had my camera, and I took a few pics.  There was a church that I took this picture in, but I can’t for the life of me remember then name of it.  I didn’t have a tripod with me, so I had to brace the camera on top of one of the pews in the choir loft and hope for the best.

Overlook

Overlook

This window was also from that church…

Outside the church

Outside the church

We also went to see the Notre Dame cathedral, but it was closed for a private wedding and they wouldn’t let us in.  Here’s Rose sitting outside by the bike when we were getting ready to leave.

Rose

Rose

We were sweating, as we had our raingear on over our clothes.  It was supposed to rain that day.  It never did, and it was extremely warm instead.  So, we were lucky and stayed dry. Here’s a few pics of Rose getting ready to get back on and a horse and carriage.

Rose again

Rose again

Horse and carriage

Horse and carriage

Waiting

Waiting

When we left there, we went to St. Joseph’s Oratory.  It was huge.  I am not a religious person at all, but I do appreciate the architecture.  It was incredible.  I took quite a few pictures while we we there.  I could have spent hours there shooting, but we needed to head home.  Here are a few shots I took while we were there.

Incredibly tall

Incredibly tall

So many candles

This was handheld. Can't believe it came out so well.

Go towards the light

Go towards the light

Coming home took a bit longer than going up.  For some reason, we went through customs going into Canada in about ten minutes.  Coming home, it took us at least an hour, hour and a half to get through customs.  Why does it take so long if I am an American coming back into my own country?  Talk about being efficient.  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the extra security that is hopefully keeping the undesirables out.  However, they should put in a line for U.S. residents to come back in.  I understand having to wait to go into Canada.  But coming home?  Ridiculous.

It was a great trip, all in all.  I hope to get back up there soon.  The one thing about taking the bike is that it costs almost nothing for fuel, but you can’t pack too much.  It’s definitely worth it if you have the time.