Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June 25, 2012


Tomato update: I now have 68 young tomatoes developing on the deck.  And I said to hell with it and planted a few squash and cucumber plants – everything is on sale now, so I’m not risking a lot.  If tomatoes can grow in pots, then why the hell can’t squash.  Just because it’s never worked before……[we had squash and pumpkins on the roof in Brooklyn, but we stopped gardening up there after the hurricane of 85]

The herbs are flourishing – lots of basil.  The end of the week I’ll trim it all back and do some more pesto for the freezer. It’s always helpful to have that on hand. I don’t think I’ll need to do tomato sauce, however. Still lots of jars in the basement from previous years. I do think I’ll try to put up some oven  dried tomatoes this year – great for those winter soups and braises. [We will need to do vegetable juice however.]

And I’ll say one thing about “farming” on the deck – it’s a hell of a lot less back breaking than planting in the ground….

Mon. AM    Cold Cuts

Mon. PM    Lemon Basil Shrimp with Pasta 
                    and Baby Spinach CL 4/07
                   Tossed Salad

Tues. AM    Cold Cuts

Tues. PM    Oven Fried Chicken Served Cold
                   Potato Salad with Red  Peppers, 
                   Oranges and Black Olives

Weds. PM   Beer Braised Grilled Pork Chops BA 7/86 106
                   Sesame Noodle Salad, Tossed Salad

Thurs. AM  Cold Cuts

Thurs. pm   Thai Marinated London Broil  PT 53
                   Chopped Vegetable Salad with Couscous FCA 48

Fri. AM      Burgers

Fri. PM       Trout Grenoble CFSF 219
                   Lemon Pasta EI

Sat. AM      Cold Cuts

Sat. PM      Gazpacho
                   Grilled Chicken Legs 
                   with Honey Dew Salsa BA 9/98 54
                   Cole Slaw
                   Peasant Bread

Sunday and Monday we will be in Warwick R.I. at a family gathering

Sat Lunch   Siena East Greenwich

Sat Dinner Legal Seafood Warwick R.I.

Sat night NYLO Hotel Warwick R.I.
(Couldn't resist this hotel name, we met at the New York Light Opera company, known in 1980 as NYLO)

Sunday Lunch S&P Oyster Company

Thursday, June 21, 2012

June 18, 2012


Summer is finally here – and with a vengeance.  Temps are in the high 90s and I am hearing the electric meter tick off hundreds of dollars as we do need the a/c in this weather.  We are also keeping the cat in – she is twelve and I can’t imagine this heat would be healthy for her (that fur coat and all).  So she is disgruntled to say the least.  Ever live with a disgruntled feline???? And who says they can’t communicate…..

I am running through my annual medical stuff in the next few weeks.  That should take care of whatever funds are leftover from the utility people. In addition to the pokes and prods and pricks one has to fast for 12 hours and refrain from using deodorant in summer.  What will they think of next???? Although to be fair, I am glad they check as thoroughly as they do.

My tomatoes on the deck are coming along. There are some small tomatoes already, but in the last week they are bursting with flowers which should bode well for production.  And the plants, themselves are starting to look quite lush. And there is that lovely tomato scent in the evening when I go out to water. I just wish I could plant more vegetables here.
Taken June 8

Same plants as above, taken June 23

Mon AM              Cold Cuts

Pickles seen in these pictures are all home done. We put up more than a bushel every 2nd year

Mon.  PM             Sweet Italian Sausage and 
                             Smoked Mozzarella Lasagna
                             Tossed Salad
                             Wolf Blass Cabernet Sauvignon 

Tues. PM              Lamb Chops with Dried Cherries 
                             and Port B A 4/08 70
                             Pasta with Fresh Pesto
                             Tossed Salad
                              Red Knot Shiraz 2010

Weds. AM            Grilled Burgers

Weds. PM            Nigella’s Golden Chicken Salad 
                             with Mango NF 127
                             Devilled Eggs
                             Sliced Tomatoes
                             Rosemount Pinot Grigio 2010

Thurs AM            Cold Cuts

Thurs. PM            Julia Child’s Syrian Salad Platter WTC
                             (Cooked roast beef marinated in oil, vinegar, 
                            anchovies and tossed with  
                            bulgur, cucumbers and capers) MMMMMMMM!
                            Rosemount Merlot 2009

and I seem to have forget to get plate pictures of this

Fri. AM                Grilled Sausages

                             Syrian beef platter 
                            (note Wed and Thur above were switched)

Fri. PM                 Charlie Trotter’s Poached Salmon 
                             with Noodles, Apple, Curry,
                             Celery, Mushroom, Leeks and Fennel KS-CT
                             Peasant Bead
                             Penfold's Koonunga Hills Chardonnay 2008

To wet to eat outdoors, but good sunset after a 3 day heat wave, temp dropped after the storm by 20 degrees F

Sat. AM               Cold Cuts

Sat. PM                Chinese Chicken Wings CC II
                             Chinese Spare Ribs CC I
                             Cashew Sesame Noodles GM 9/95 101
                             Red Knot Shiraz 2010

the moon 6/23 Contrast adjusted and color accentuated 

Sun. AM              Huevos Rancheros

Sun. PM               Julia Child’s Vichyssoise JC I
                             Oven Fried Chicken Thighs FW 6/97 128
                             Potato Salad with Orange 
                             and Sweet Pepper FW 1/86
                             Sliced  Cucumbers
                             LaPostolle Casa Sauvignon Blanc