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Mar 26, 2012 09:12AM
Thank you, ladies, for posting the picture and providing the names caption. You all look happy with your meal and the company. It would be great fun to have a big gathering of the What's for Dinner posters.
The redbud tree is quite common here in our southern zone. It's usually an early bloomer and makes a glorious display. But it's not a long-lived tree. I planted one in my yard 19 years ago when we moved to this house. It has since died.
Another gorgeous spring blooming tree that grows wild in the woods is the dogwood tree. White blooms. It is gorgeous especially blooming in its natural setting.
I started cooking kale about a year ago. At first I tried sauteing it in EVOO with garlic. It was tough and bitter. I read about kale in America's Test Kitchen cookbook, VEGETABLES, in which it's classified as a bitter green. The recommendation is to blanch it first in salted water for a few minutes. I tried that technique and it worked for me. Actually the kale is tender and good enough to eat after the blanching. But I usually saute it with the garlic and EVOO. Can't imagine eating it in a salad, but maybe the kale I buy isn't young and fresh enough.
Laurie, I'm glad your sad day ended with the company of friends. That's a neat idea--whole family sleepover.
Michelle, your home in the midwest is lovely. We find the New England area very expensive when we travel there with our rv. Beautiful but pricey. And also crowded because of the nearness of Boston to the favorite vacation spots. In contrast there are very nice states in the midwest that offer a better value to summer rv'ers like us. We particularly enjoy the nice municipal golf courses in MI and MN where we can play golf for a reasonable price. Not so in NE, although we love Bethlehem, NH, which does have a reasonably priced golf course along with the quaint village atmosphere.
Now I must get on the phone and call Roto-Rooter. Last night when I was running the dishwasher, we had water rise in the hall bathroom tub. Not good! This house was built in the 1970's and the plumbing is in the slab foundation. We've had Roto Rooter out before in past years.
Happy Monday to all.
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