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calendar   Tuesday - April 12, 2016

any excuse will do

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day !!!

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It’s true! It really is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day! [ and, while I would not combine the two, but to each his own, it is also National Licorice Day* ]

Some say the stately “GCS” had it’s roots in ancient Rome. Others say it didn’t really come about until factory sliced bread was widely available. Others have odd ideas about making them, using the toaster or the microwave. And the debate over the cheese is endless: Pre-sliced American, thinly sliced Cheddar, hey maybe let’s try Swiss, and let’s do pumpernickel instead of white bread. Still others just can’t resist temptation and have to add things, like tomato slices, bits of hot peppers or green peppers, various seasoning. And then there are those glassy eyed frightening types ... like this girl ...

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who would probably spread store-brand Cheeze Wizz on raw bread and call it done. And then go on a killing spree. With serrated knives and peanut butter.


My way is my mom’s way, mostly.  You start with getting the butter out an hour ahead of time. Then you open up a loaf of a good quality white bread, like Arnold. None of this fluffy spongy stuff like Wonder. Heat the griddle gently to a low-medium heat, and lightly butter the outside of two slices of bread. A quick wipe of mayonnaise on the inside, and each slice of bread gets one slice of yellow American cheese. The real stuff from the deli if you can afford it, Borden’s from the dairy aisle if you can’t. Butter side down into the pan, and let them cook. In a couple of minutes use a metal spatula to peek underneath; nicely browned but not scorched is what you want. The cheese has melted by now, so drop on any additions, like two thin slices of a ripe tomato, drained and dried on paper towels. This is one time to avoid the bacon, because we’re not making BLTs with cheese. Let the cheese have it’s day. Don’t even add Bacos. Not today. A little ham slice is Ok.

Flip the two slices together, cut on the diagonal, and serve with a bunch of chips and a nice hot bowl of Campbell’s Cream of Tomato soup. Made with whole milk of course, not 2%, and not 1/2 water, 1/2 milk. All milk. Hey, might as well pour a fresh cold glass of milk to go along with it. Sit and eat, and for 10 minutes you can be 7 again. Now, sit up straight and don’t let me catch you feeding the dog any of those chips.

* A note to Licorice Day celebrants: If it ain’t black, it ain’t licorice. You’re not fooling anyone with that red crap, especially not today. Anise extract, licorice root, molasses. No artificial strawberry anything. That’s rubber candy whips, not licorice.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/12/2016 at 04:01 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - December 27, 2015

third christmas

First we did the Christmas Eve party at the cousins, with dozens of relatives and friends.

Then we did Christmas Day here with a dozen more relatives.

Now we’re taking a day trip to do Christmas once again with a few more of them.

Then when we get back here this evening, Christmas will finally be over.

And we can start the loop all over again for New Year’s!!!

Oy.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/27/2015 at 02:28 PM   
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calendar   Friday - December 25, 2015

Christmas Morning

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a day free from political argument. That’s going to be hard to do.



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/25/2015 at 03:28 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 24, 2015

merry christmas to all.  well, don’t kno bout all. ok. libtards too cos it’s the season.

I don’t imagine there are many folks surfing today. Especially late as it is here. Late for me that is. Dark, rainy, cold and only 4:30.
Of course, where Drew and Vilmar are, it isn’t yet noon.  I guess there are lots from different time zones.

Might not be anyone at all tomorrow, Christmas day. But what the heck .... even if just one person happens by it’s worth the time to wish that person and all the truly great folks here at BMEWS, a (hopefully) very Merry and Joyous Christmas.  You are an outstanding group of people and apologies if that causes any embarrassment.  But it really is true.  If I have any complaint with you, it’s that none are in public office.  Not one that I am aware of is even interested.  And what a damn shame that is, because I do honestly believe and no smoke blowing here, that you folks are way brighter than the powers that be who rule us.  And btw, how’d you let that happen?  It isn’t the fault of Bush after all. It’s yours.

Hey ... your country needs you.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/24/2015 at 04:31 PM   
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crivens

Neighbor called me up this evening, tells me my car’s trunk lid is open. And we’re having a deluge. Of course. So I grab a jacket and run out and check, and it’s not my car, it’s hers. So I close the lid, thank you kind neighbor, and I’m soaked. And the rain stops. Mostly. I’m very glad we’re having a bit of a weather anomaly right now, because we’re getting a solid week of rain, still needed from our rather dry summer. But if it was cold, and all of that was snow instead, we’d be buried. Kind of just like last year. I don’t want to go through that again, ever.

Right. So I get dry, get some food in me, and go off to my evening job. And it starts to rain again, but not so hard. And the driver’s side power window gives out, 3/4 closed. Rats. Won’t go up or down. Well whaddya want? The old Satrun is 19 years old with a quarter million miles on it. Bound to be some issues sooner or later. And you know stuff like this always happens when the weather is lousy and when your time is short. Like the day before the big holiday weekend. So I taped a couple of plastic bags over the door, and we’ll drive her car this time. I’ll figure out how to fix the thing, or at least get the window closed.

And now, it’s time to go to sleep. First thing tomorrow, shopping! And returns! And trips to the grocery store! And housework by the ton!! Woo hoo, guess who won’t be sleeping late tomorrow?? Me!! Crap. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/24/2015 at 05:15 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - November 25, 2015

furious prep

I am baking, madly. Furiously. Is there any other way to go about it? Pies. Pecan, blueberry, mincemeat. Maybe an apple one? We’ll see. “Bring desert” they said. “For 11” they said. So that’s what, 3 pies? Because nobody has “oh just give me a tiny sliver” with my pies and then doesn’t come back for the rest of the slice. Never.

Right. Then to my mom’s on the weekend ... so 5 pies? Crivens, I might have to make more dough. Or run to the store and get a topper or two. And some pineapple rings!!

Hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving.

Here ... a recipe so easy a child could do it. Well, a child you can trust with a knife and a ladle in the kitchen. basic cream of celery soup, enough for 4 medium bowls full.

http://www.copykat.com/2014/05/02/cream-of-celery-soup-recipe-2/


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/25/2015 at 07:14 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - April 04, 2015

holiday weekend

Having an extra busy time here, getting set for another exciting double leg road trip for a holiday weekend. Moved my weekend work to Friday and Monday. Did Easter and Birthday shopping. Got a nice ham to cook up, not too big, one of those easy eating spiral sliced ones.

We had the bye at Fun League, and J was absent, so it was just the two of us. We won all 7 points, although just barely on Game 3. Good enough, and we were out of there nice and early. I’ve got to run around this morning, hit the bank, hit the gas station, maybe hit the grocery store to get a little bag of chocolate bunnies ("Don’t get any candy!” they say. But come on; it’s Easter. And I do love me some black jelly beans, and the fancy kind with all the oddball flavors). Pack a bag with a couple of outfits, then it’s time to drive. One relative’s house for an Easter Saturday dinner, then up the parkway to overnight at another’s, for Easter Sunday. And a birthday.

And I’ve got to get some tax information squared away this morning.

And I better get a pile of quarters for the Parkway ... NJ’s most famous highway*, which has a toll booth every few miles from one end to the other.

We were going to decorate some eggs, so she boiled up a dozen. I found them in the fridge. Brown eggs. rolleyes So I drew little happy bunnies on them with a Sharpie. Good enough.

Happy Easter to everyone, and a Happy Passover to everyone else if Easter isn’t your thing. 

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/04/2015 at 12:24 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - January 01, 2015

happy new year

I got nothing.

I won’t be able to post much until Monday. And it isn’t even Thursday yet.  Gak.

So I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year.  I suppose I’ll stay up and watch the stuff on TV, but I could care less, really. I really haven’t had anyone to have a New Year’s party with since 1982, so it’s never been any kind of event for me.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/01/2015 at 04:26 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 27, 2014

Holiday Survivors

I get most of today off I think. Got a chance to sleep late, and then we can kick back a little and do a bit of laundry and cleaning here. Then it’s time to run over to Allentown Pennsylvania to go to a AHL hockey game. Which means my Saturday cleaning work will get pushed back to Sunday, so Sunday will be pretty busy. And then by Monday it ought to be business as usual once again.

We gave ourselves a nice Christmas present at Fun League last night. Once again we had the bye, playing against ourselves. So instead of carefully throwing just minimum scoring games to win points and temper our averages, we relaxed and just bowled really well. Seriously, the hardest part of bowling is not letting it eat up your head from inside. Everybody threw at least one Deuce (200+ game). I threw a 638 series, bracketing a careless 169 with 2 games in the 230s. Definitely my best series so far this year. We beat our team average by at least 100 pins in each game, so we took all 7 points with ease.

I think all the Christmas goodies have been eaten up at this point, other than the cheese and crackers. We took the sushi, the sea scallops, the wine, the soup, the deserts, the artisan breads, and even another tri-tip steak to my mom’s, where we ate like princes for 2 straight days. I guess we really did buy too much food. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/27/2014 at 03:02 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 25, 2014

Christmas Repast Repeat

Christmas begins in just a few short minutes here. We got the last Christmas Eve reveler out of here maybe half an hour ago.

I’ve been going all day; breakfast this morning was a free coffee and half a bagel, under the canopy outside the fish market, waiting for them to open, along with a half a hundred others. At 7 o’clock in the morning. We were 2nd in line so we got our stuff and hightailed it. 17 hours later and I’m just about run down.

Everything was a success. The sea scallops with pancetta and avocado were great. The sushi we made was great; tuna, salmon, hamachi sashimi, Inside Out rolls, California rolls, and a roll for each kind of fish.  The cold shrimp plate, awesome. There were clams on the half-shell, yum! And squash! My brother’s recipe for cream of celery soup worked out, but only after I stopped halfway through and got as much carrot out of it as I could. Too overwhelming. After that it was fine. And when we finally got around to making the tri-tip beef, all the “oh God, I’m so full I couldn’t eat a thing” people suddenly had an appetite again. And ... bang, zoom ... the whole big steak was gone, just like that.

But the biggest hit of the night was really the sort-of crab dip. Go figure. They were fighting over who got to take some of the extra home.

Sort-Of Crab Dip

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 c. sour cream
1 very large handful shredded Mozzarella cheese (most of a 6oz package)
A dozen big shakes Parmesan cheese
1 small onion, finely chopped, or about 1/3 of a medium yellow onion
1 - 1 1/2 c. chopped sealegs, seasticks, crabmeat or shrimp (250gm, or half the package)

Unwrap a dozen sealegs and chop the heck out of them. Mix all ingredients as best as you can by hand with a fork. Bake at 375 degrees, uncovered for 10 minutes. Now everything is warmed up and soft, so mix it properly now with a fork. Back in the oven for another 25-30 minutes, at which point the onion will fade into the background. Serve with crackers or thin slices of bread.
You could EASILY get by just making half this recipe.



I see that Christmas snuck up on me while I was writing this, so I’ll sign off now.


Merry Christmas To All, And To All A Goodnight




And tomorrow we pack up all the extra food and take it to my mom’s, so they can get a fancy holiday meal in too. And presents!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/25/2014 at 04:57 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 24, 2014

God Bless Us, Every one

I’ll not even try to comment on this from The Great Communicater:


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/24/2014 at 03:25 PM   
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calendar   Monday - December 22, 2014

Cooling Off And Going To Bed

Hoo boy.

Ok, the cheesecake is cool now. Wrap it up and put it in the fridge to mature. She likes them “white”, so to her this one came out perfect. I like them browned a tad on top so I think it’s underdone. Whatever. Best tip ever for folks using the water bath method of cooking cheesecake: Go get a roll of extra wide tinfoil, so you can wrap up the springform pan with one seamless piece. No leaks that way. And use a big roasting pan as the bathtub itself. Two teakettles full of boiling water gives you enough depth to moderate the oven temps. ( she made a regular size cake in a 10” spring form pan. It floats! )

The next bunch of mincemeat bars is done too. The “test batch” lasted just over 2 days before we nibbled up the last of it. I threw a shot of Grand Marnier in the mix and a handful of brown sugar, and got them out of the oven on time. I’ll leave them uncovered overnight, then wrap them up tomorrow.

The test batch of lobster bisque was a failure. Ok, call it canned crab bisque, since lobster is too expensive to experiment with. Fine. It just didn’t taste so good. I’ll make my brother’s cream of celery soup instead, and do scallops with pancetta and wasabi avocado for a fishy appetizer. That’s easy, and it’s very impressive.

Fine. Off to bed. More to do tomorrow.

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Yes, I’m keeping an eye on the news. I am so pissed off at NYC Mayor deBlasio right now. And I saw it coming with those two poor NYPD officers, especially after the “we want dead cops now” rally the other day. The line has been reached, and now it’s been crossed. Which is why you’re seeing the “look at us, having a peaceful, prayer filled vigil, community support” and all that BS, when yesterday these same baboons were flinging poo through their cage bars. They’ve just figured out that they’ve pushed things too far, and realize the pendulum is going to swing back the other way. And it’s a damn big pendulum.

Not that any of that is going to slow down the worst of these animals. OMG. OMG, OMG, I want to do the most un-Christian things to these evil sickos. Father and son in the bunch too. Ewww. It’s going to take a mighty big can of Raid to clean out those roaches.

Early morning update: watch the oon change the tune. Just like I said.

Our city is hurting, we are hurting. Today we mourn the loss of two NYPD officers who were gunned down in a vicious act of senseless violence.

As soon as news broke of the tragedy in Brooklyn, I spoke with both the families of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. And let me be perfectly clear, we are all outraged and saddened by the deaths of these police officers. Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases.

I don’t buy this crap for a second.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/22/2014 at 05:18 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 20, 2014

Game Of Holidays

Holiday Oath

Christmas approaches, and now my work begins.

It shall not end until the last leftover is properly stored after the holiday weekend.

I shall blog few posts, bowl no games, read no books.

I shall take no naps nor spend time on any frivolity.

I shall strive and sweat to complete my tasks.

I am the cleaner of the dark corners.

I am the scrubber of the walls. And the floors.

I am the carrier of big things to the garage.

I am the mover of furniture.

I am the one who dusts and vacuums the high spots.

I am the chef that cooks fancy things for the ravening hordes of relatives.

Later on, I will be the hanger of pictures, the placer of holiday decorations, the wrapper of gifts and the guy who knows where the extra tape is.

I pledge my energy and my focus to this Holiday Event, for this day and the several days to come.



And that’s my plan for the next couple of days. Busy busy busy bee. See ya!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/20/2014 at 04:35 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 18, 2014

So say we all!

Macker, didn’t take me long to find this:


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/18/2014 at 12:42 AM   
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