I am a not-so-harried house-husband these days. My wife is away on company business and somehow, I've been left in charge. Men are pigs, albeit smart pigs. We've learned that dust won't hurt us if we just leave it alone. So what if the floor is grimy - if you leave your shoes on your socks won't get dirty. Out of toilet bowl cleaner? My family quit drinking from that receptacle a long time ago so it's not on my urgency list. Hey, it's been a great bachelor's party. My youngest, Willie, misses his mother and the organization she brings to the table. He regards me with a tinge of pity.
Makes 8 servings 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock 1/4 cup marsala wine 3/4 cup diced carrots 3/4 cup diced celery 1/2 cup diced onion 1 tart apple, peeled, cored...
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Makes 4 servings 2 cups cucumber, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce 1/2 cup coarsely chopped green pepper 1/4 cup coarsely chopped onion 1 tablespoon minced...
I wish I was a farmer - the Farmer in the Dell, Old MacDonald, Fannie - any farmer. I wish I grew enough vegetables to feed a neighborhood. Not a huge city neighborhood, mind you. I can't see myself standing on a street corner in lower Manhattan and surreptitiously whispering to shady passersby, "Hey, you. Pssst! Need zucchini? Crookneck? Some ornamental gourds?" A neighborhood like the one on Wooddale Road in Nisswa would be far more suitable. Farm kids weren't cool when I was growing up. Of course, there wasn't much farming to be done in the north woods of Minnesota.
For some reason, this time of year makes me think of caramel apples and popcorn balls — you know, those homespun treats invented by early dentists? To tell the truth, I’m not fond of either of these so-called “convections” from my past. I prefer rotting my teeth a little more systematically with Dots, Gummy Worms and Everlasting Gobstoppers.
What’s that rumble? This is the weekend it really gets noisy around here. When the big drag race comes to town and tens of thousands of happy people descend upon the lakes area, one can almost feel the hum of traffic, coming from all directions. The buzz the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals create — from radio, TV, print and the arrival of 50,000-some extra folks — is electric. It is difficult for anyone to get married this weekend, at least in these parts, because lodging accommodations are few and far between. And don’t forget about the rumble.