Sunday, December 15, 2013

Microwave grilled cheese sandwich

Our new above-the-range microwave is fantastic.  The same size (16" wide) as the 20 year old one it replaced, it boasts 1.7 cubic feet rather than 1.0.  Other than that it is all about the features: (1) microwave with lots of presets, (2) convection oven [has two racks and I've done muffins in metal muffin pans and cookies on steel cookie sheets], and (3) "speed cook".

This grill cheese sandwich was done with the speed cook feature. All you need to do to get the "oven" ready is remove the normal rotating glass dish and replace it with the included Teflon coated metal one.  Put the sandwich directly on the Teflon  dish.  Close the door.  Then, turn the dial and press at each sub-menu:  cook by food > sandwich > grilled sandwich > cheese > 1-2 sandwiches.

It takes 14 minutes to cook one or two sandwiches, by combining four cooking methods: microwave, convection oven, upper element and lower element. There's a black box in there somewhere that mixes the four cooking methods differently depending on the food selected.

Once I pushed the start button for this sandwich I sat down and worked on my computer until the bell went off.  You can't do that while grilling in a frying pan!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Marshmallow People

We visited Cataldo's nursery last weekend to get into the holiday spirit.  Free cider, cookies, music, etc.  And lots of Christmas ornaments hung from probably 50 Christmas trees.  One tree was dedicated to Marshmallow People.  Over recent years the manufacturer certainly has expanded this line of tree ornaments.  Here are a few I especially liked.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Laurie and me... a new picture

I took this picture (self-timer on a tripod) in Maine last week just before we filled three gallon jugs with mussels we pulled from the rocks.  [To my brother:  I'm getting to like fill-flash!]

Yes, that's a little gray fuzz on my face.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Taste of Maine

We're back!  The vacation was terrific.  All days (except yesterday for our drive home) were sunny and the temperatures were such that we weren't sure whether we were enjoying summer or fall.

I just posted on my photography blog pictures of our stop at Moody's Diner for lunch yesterday.  If you don't want to see a picture of a lobster roll, don't click on the link :-)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Ribs: Moguls Sports Pub

Quite a cooker (smoker? grille?)  Moguls pub is along the Killington access road, right across the street from Inn at Six Mountains, where we stayed.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

More Killington Hay Scultpures

The other day I posted images of the Pink Panther made from bales of hay.  Below are a few more hay scultpures, put up by various commercial enterprises along the Killington access road.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Laurie's birthday dinner

No time to cook tonight.  Thanks go to Whole Foods (for the carrot cake we didn't have room for... maybe tomorrow), Kimball Farm (for the "Almond Joy" ice cream) and Cafe Luigi's (for the Shrimp Verdicchio and Chicken Caesar Salad).

I wish you could smell the Shrimp Verdicchio.  It is unbelievable.  Sauted shrimp with white wine,  mushrooms, black olives, sundried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts.  Mmmm.  It's becoming a birthday tradition.

Kimball Farm will be open for about three more weeks.

The building of a hay sculpture

While in Vermont for a long weekend a couple of weeks ago, we had some fun watching this hay sculpture being created by the owner of Charities, a restaurant on the Killington access road.

That's a lot of pink spray paint!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Coffee and a donut.

We found this selection at a pretty fancy gas station convenience store in Woodstock, VT.  Even with this many choices, I didn't have to look too far down the row to find my basic "French Roast".

Prefer Iced Coffee"

Mmmm.  Fresh donuts.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What do you do when this happens?

We can't be the only ones who've found ourselves in this situation.  It happens to me about once a year.  What are you supposed to do?  (Just to get your bearing right, I took the picture while driving but while stopped.)

Friday, August 30, 2013

Don't rinse off your blueberries

...that is, if you plan to freeze them.  We have learned from the Internet (so it must be true!) that if you rinse off blueberries before freezing them it will make their skin tougher.  Instead, freeze them and wash them before use.  Apparently, for all other berries washing before freezing works just fine.

We came home from our vacation in Maine with a nice quart box filled with native blueberries.  We're hoping for a few batches of blueberry infused treats this winter... a pie or two, blueberry pancakes, blueberry muffins.... yummy.

Not a bad deal for six dollars American!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Best Store-Bought Sandwich Cookie Ever!

Note: no artificial color or flavor!  Over the course of two days, I have eaten a box of these.  If you like maple frosting, you'll love these.  No question.  I hope you have a Trader Joe's nearby.

Friday, July 12, 2013

I drove a different way home today

After fishing in Miller's Falls, I drove home a different way.  I found this upscale Dunkin Donuts in the town of Harvard.  It wasn't so upscale inside, but Wow!, what a nice building and what a nice sign.  No pink sign for Harvard!!

I stopped to take the picture below and went inside with the full intension of getting a hot coffee french vanilla black.  But I came out with something different *grin*. (See second picture below.)

Actually the last time I remember having Baskin Robbins ice cream was in Boulder, Colorado in 1975 when I was traveling west with Mac, my grad school room mate.  I remember ordering a pint: half "German Chocolate Cake" and half "Pralines and Cream".  When I saw Pralines and Cream on the ice cream menu today, I just had to have some!!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

From flowers to berries in just a few days

It's amazing how fast things are growing right now (including the grass!!)  Just a few days ago the blackberry bushes were all little flowers.  Then on Sunday I noticed they'd turned to little red berries.  Then, yesterday, they began turned black.  That sounds like a bad thing, but these are blackberries, so black means ripe.

Unfortunately, though moist, they don't have the sweetness that they usually do.  I wonder if that's a function of too much water and maturing too fast.  This year's weather is so very strange.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Lunch Sunday at Loco Coco's Tacos

There is an awesome Mexico restaurant in Kittery, Maine, called Loco Coco's Tacos.  One room in the restaurant is "full service" with waitstaff and a bar (I think there was a bar, but at the very least drinks are available).  The other room, where we ate, is set up so you order and pay for your meal at the "order here" counter, and then wait at your table until your food is ready and your name is called. Very easy and fast.  Prices are very reasonable.

The food we ate was totally delicious. Laurie had the taco salad with chicken.  It was so big she took half home.  Sander and I managed through our burritos.  His was chicken.  Mine was barbecued pork.  They must have each weighed two pounds!  There was plenty to eat.

Saturday, June 22, 2013


I'll be taking a trip to Sears Hardware in Chelmsford today: