Thursday, August 9, 2012

Things to Come

Taken July 16, 2012.

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  1. ::salivating:: Oh my, would I love for you to come cook us up a feast, Jen.

    Yay for places-kitty-hides progress, Dina. :)

    Excellent, Larry. We're really happy we'll get to see you.

  2. FALL!!! Just around the corner!!!

    Okay, so I might be exaggerating a bit. ::g:: Still, Andi's pretty leaf pic does evoke my favorite season.

    Ended up miming @ home yesterday, but today, I'm going in. Then, weekend, w00t!

    Hope everyone is keeping cool.

  3. This is usually a mime at home day, but I have a meeting to conduct this afternoon. Grr.

    Not feeling terribly communicative this morning, maybe coffee will help. Worth a try.

  4. What a lovely picture, like a tiny autumn paint palette. I've been dreaming of fall weather, and the hope that I'll finally be able to walk more than a few steps without agony is not the least of the reasons why. Andi, I wish I could have helped as well as come provide a nice spread for you all while your family tends to this emotionally charged transition, alas, my good wishes are all I can deliver on.

    Sounds yummy, Jen. You sound even better, feeling pretty good?

    Thanks for asking after me, Larry. I've actually had a terrible summer physically but have finally exhausted my give-a-shit about being stuck at home all the time so I AM finally feeling better emotionally. :) I'm glad you got your B&N stuff worked out, and I hope your sales numbers are mind-blowing!

    My dad's family is 100% Eastern European so cabbage-eating is in my genes (I make a mean pot of halupkis -- stuffed cabbage) but the other day was the first time I ever made cabbage soup, on request for E's dad (he's out of the hospital but still feeling really dodgy). It was easy and delicious and I'll definitely make it again.

  5. Cabbage Soup

    2 medium-sized onions, diced
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    4 carrots, chopped
    2 potatoes, diced into soup-size pieces
    1 head green cabbage, shredded (approx 3-4 cups)
    6 cups beef broth
    1 small can tomato paste
    vegetable oil/olive oil or butter
    kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, whatever else you like on cabbage
    (suggestions: LOTS of people use caraway; ground coriander and cumin; curry and ginger; chili powder, pepper flakes, chipotle flavorings)

    1. In your soup pot over medium heat, heat up the oil or butter (or you can use both if you want). Saute the onions (add leeks if you like) covered until translucent (5 min), then add the garlic and stir together. As the garlic becomes fragrant, stir in the carrots and cover for a couple minutes. Add the potatoes and stir. Season now if you are confident, wait until next step if you are not. :)

    2. Add the beef broth, stir in the tomato paste, and then add the cabbage in large handfuls, stirring each into the soup. If the cabbage peeks up out of the liquid too much, add more broth or a little water to cover. Hit the whole thing with whatever seasonings you chose.

    3. Bring to a low boil, turn down to a simmer and let it go, cover on tilt, stirring occasionally, until everything gets soup-tender. Adjust seasoning at end if necessary. Takes about 20-30 minutes.

    Better the second day, once the flavors have some time to mingle. :)

  6. Jen, that sounds really good. I think a crusty black bread with lots of butter and a beer would go with it really well.

  7. Hi, all. Love this picture, Andi, but then fall is my favorite season. One reason I love living where I do.

    Latest on Maddie - she came out of hiding this morning almost as soon as I put out food. Yesterday it took several hours. And she is getting more curious about the rest of the house.

    Now if only Shadow would stop hissing!

  8. Jim, you are a genius. Smitten Kitchen has a black bread recipe that sounds amazing so I will learn to make that next time.

    Dina, fwiw, we used Feliway in a diffuser and Pet Naturals calming treats to some decent effect when we let Ruby & Co into the general population. Good luck!

  9. Morning all,

    The new mini-library is all but complete. Still have to hang some pictures and figure out what to do about the floors, but that's a ways out. Pics at:

    Soup sounds lovely, Jen, and very glad to hear that your emotional well being is doing better.

    Janet from a couple of days ago, :-) and Neil would indeed make a lovely person to visit with for a weekend.

    Andi, my sympathies on the declutterfication. Been there (sort of). Hated every minute.

    Heyo to Maria, Larry, Beth, Jim, Dina, the long absent Nancy, and all and sundry.

    Off to write now. I've got a couple of not-a-deadline deadlines that need to be met.


  10. Andi, Jim, are there any events going on this weekend that would clog the local motels? Just trying to plan ahead. ;-)

  11. Larry, assuming you mean Columbus, the only we can find is that there's a car show at the Clarion Hotel but I don't know how big it is. I'm guessing there will be rooms at the other hotels.