Saturday, May 24, 2008

Sixth Issue - 19 May 2008


My Summer Vacation. I was on vacation. Sorry about making you all wait for the next edition. Bet you all thought I gave up… HA !!! Fat chance. Took a trip down to Carlsbad, NM to see the caverns and the bats. Saw the caverns but the bats didn’t feel much like flying the night we were there. Temperatures this time of year are usually warm to hot. We lucked out and the high was only 65 degrees that day and while waiting for the bat performance, temp dropped down to around 50 with a slight breeze. Anyway, it wasn’t bat-flying temperatures and we didn’t get to see one bat come out of the cave. BUT… the experience of going thru the caverns was great. So, accomplishing one feat out of the two I’ll have to live with for now. However, should any of you ever plan a trip to Carlsbad Caverns, go in mid-September, stay at the Days Inn in Carlsbad (about 20 miles from the Caverns), and eat dinner at the Red Chimney. Dang if they ain’t got the best smoked bbq! And we visited Riodoso during a motorcycle rally. Fortunately found a place to stay. Made a trip out to White Sands outside Alamagorso… something about the first atomic bomb being tested there. Amazing how these white sand dunes just pop up out of nowhere… Spent some time (and money) at the casino in Riodoso. Nice place… And that about highlights our summer vacation. Next… Mindy heads to Kennewick for her daughter’s high school graduation; I’m looking forward to my trip to Portland in July (which I hope to see most of you then…) and then Jeffrey, my son who just loves his job, will be home in September so we’ll be heading up to Utah for a visit along with my daughter… And dat’s my suma vacation…

Recipe. This issue of “Recipes” brought to you by Rosemary… Sounds good!
Mar-a-Lago Turkey Burger

1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
1/8 cup canola oil
4 pounds ground turkey breast
2 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. black pepper
2 tsp. chipotle Tabasco™
1 lemon, juice and grated zest
1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup Major Grey's Chutney, pureed
Sauté the scallions, celery and apples in the canola oil until tender. Let cool. Place the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl. Add sautéed items and the remaining ingredients. Shape into eight 8-ounce burgers. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Season the turkey burgers with salt and pepper. Place on a preheated, lightly oiled grill. Grill each side for 7 minutes until meat is thoroughly cooked. Let sit for 5 minutes. Serve with a side of Mar-a-Lago Pear Chutney and your favorite toasted bread, pita or hamburger roll.

A True Confession. Remember the last issue regarding Bart’s misadventures with Clay? Bubble gum in the hair moment? Well Bart, the sport that he is, has another confession to share…

“That was me but it was no mystery who did it. I was caught and sent to the principal’s office who promptly called my home. I was in big trouble. They tried to get the gum out with butter but all attempts failed. When I saw Clay again he had a big bald spot. He was not completely innocent. He had spit his gum on my completed paper. Poor Mrs. Flatt we just about did her in. Do you know what ever happened to Clay? I know when we had paper routes together he had brain surgery. I lost track of him after grade school. He was a good guy.

Another confession that got me expelled and sent home, was an event I am not proud of but can still appreciate the sic humor. It was either 6th or 7th grade. During the Union 76 antenna ball craze. It was lunch time and of course I had some stolen balls in my Sur Jac. As I was walking around the ball fields, I happened to see a fresh dropping from a dog. I proceeded to put a 76 ball right into the dropping. I then went looking for a victim. It did not take long. To save her the embarrassment, I will not tell you who. But I walked up to her and said, “Hey look, there’s a 76 ball out in the field.” She immediately took off running, I gave her a head start and took off chasing her. She scooped the ball at full speed. I could no longer run because of the fact I was laughing too hard. My sic humor. The next thing I knew I was being dragged to the office by my ear by a teacher. She had watched the whole sic plan develop. I got sent home and had to go to this girl's house that night and personally apologize. Those were the days.” Bart

Aw yes… those were the days. Clay had another brain tumor during high school. I lost track of Clay after my senior year. Should anyone have an update on Clay, or anyone for that matter, and would like to share the information, send to me and I'll get it posted in the Review.

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