As I was working in the kitchen making pesto, I believe, there was yet another ad on the radio for coffee – this time McDonalds. What is with these fancy, expensive, WICKED FATTENING coffees? When did we get to this point of spending almost 5 bucks on a sweet coffee each day? Check this out – is there really anything better? And, it’s made at home, hot and fresh….nothing added.
This is how coffee is made in Oakland and Berkeley – in the cafes. People stand in long lines at the Farmer’s Market to get a cup of drip coffee. The only thing I would do to alter this is get a glass filter carafe instead of the cheap plastic one I have. Sometimes I drink this black or with a touch of Evaporated Milk. Yum. Super cheap treat!
I remember visiting my parents and sister out in Seattle when Starbucks first opened. I was amazed at all the little vendors under umbrellas on what seemed absolutely every corner in the city. I asked my sister what the heck was going on. It was a media blitzing. Funny, just prior to that whole thing I lived and worked in New York City. I would get a coffee at Chock Full of Nuts in a ceramic cup and saucer. No big deal.
Anyhow, back to the pesto. I thought of quick flashing the basil in a pot of boiling water, drying and freezing it but then remembered how much I like to drop a blob in all my soups in the winter so….
You know all those queer little ice cube trays you buy or get as gifts (thanks Ruth) that you have no use for??? Like who makes cute ice cubes? Not me. Anyhow, this is the perfect use for them. Just the right size for a tablespoon of pesto in the winter.
As the basil was harvested so were the sweet potatoes. They may have been planted too close as they sure are squiggly. They are delicious though, very soft. I roasted them along with everything else in the house, many squashes, leeks and greens and made a pureed vegetable soup with a big blob of pesto in it. It’s too green for those that live with me…..brats, but, it’s yum. I garnish Luna the dogs food with it – that’s my girl, stands by me, loves it.
A happy little note on Gomer, aka gomey!
He wear sweaters. It comforts him being snuggy warm. He has been medicated now for two weeks with phenobarbital and is doing really well. He still thinks his foot is interesting but doesn’t attack like before. Everything is healed up. I still insist he is autistic. Any change in his routine sets him off big time. I tried to take him in the car yesterday to the store….not two seconds out of the driveway he started spinning and yelping – we returned, he was exhausted and scared. I gave up. You can’t touch him when he’s in that state. But, medicated and at home like he likes to be – he’s good and happy. He even plays a bit now, not for long but long enough for Luna.
The boys – husband and son are working together (always a scary situation). They are so similar with goof ball ideas. I am third man out at all times when we are together. You’d think I would learn and just go with the flow but no, not me, I have to jump in with my opinion and get dashed each time. Currently the jr. one is siding the house with cedar shakes and building overhangs. The older one is just “advising” for the week-end.
They are cute boys though. If you’d like to see them from the front you can google up Men’s Journal, October 2006, Page 108 – American Craftsmen is the title and even Luna is in the shot. Great centerfold shot and story about my husbands boatbuilding. Cute guys.
The latest BRAINSTORM of my husbands (and son):
Here we go. This little boat is ours. We got it for a song. Paul restored it and then decided to co own it with some elderly friends of ours. The deal was they bought the hardware as needed, Paul did the labor and labor and labor. The boat was a wreck! But, we always liked it as we watched it pass through various elderly owners throughout the seacoast. We’ve never used it….busy. Paul’s newest rocket scientist brainstorm idea….just hatched this week is now – Lets take SANDPIPER down to the south for the winter….like Miami or something. He’s talking Bahamas, Cuba again!
Of course the Jr. person is all over that one. Everyone and his brother now want to be part of this little project – the thought is how cool to have a boat in the tropics. I’m told it doesn’t draw much and it has a strong engine – no sails, no tipping, not to big. My contribution is: When you get where it’s going to be let me know and I’ll drive down with the car. I’m all done transporting boats. Paul thinks I should help him move through New York City – why I ask? because it’s so exciting. I hate that kind of excitement!!!! Nope.
Anyhow I’ll be spending some time cleaning it up, making some cushions, pillows and outfitting it with some of the catering dishes I have around here. He’ll need to be on the water with it within a month. The big positive aspect – inside steering and heat. That’s novel for us.
Stay tuned, there are future days ahead with more nuttiness I’m sure. Nothing is ever consistent and planned out around here.
Pool was up to 72 yesterday even though it was cold out….I didn’t go in. I think it was faking me.
Today’s food idea: Barbecued Pork Ribs on the grill and Apple Pie with Sharp Cheddar. Yesterdays article in the newspaper was all about Kansas City Barbecue. At last, I finally know where the sauce idea comes from that I like. Yup KC. Red sauce with molasses. Who knew? Carolina’s is defined as vinegar and Texas as smokey chipotle/peppery. I’m on it. If you go back some posts in the archive you’ll see that I crock pot the ribs on low most of the day then sauce it and pop it on the grill. Check it out – easy.
Have a yummy day.