Post #674 Random Thoughts

October 2, 2019 at 8:22 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I’ve done a mid-week post so I wanted to be sure to get one done today.  Might be shorter than normal, but what the heck.  So driving to and from work every day is quite an experience these days.  The fall colors are exploding all over the place.  I won’t go on about the apples again, but I was talking to someone at work the other day and made the comment, “The best bite of an apple is always the first one.  You don’t know what to expect and it the flavor explodes in your mouth.  All the other bites pale in comparison because by then you’re used to it.”  She laughed and said I was right.  Then walked away laughing.

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I’ve got a writer friend in Australia.  We’ve never met in person, but we’ve interacted so much on line, and helped each other with our writing projects that we’re as close as if we grew up next door.  A few years ago, she was lucky enough to swing a trip to a writer’s conference in Boston.  I really wanted to get up there to see her, but I was in Arizona at the time.  We chatted online while she was here, and she made the observation about how disappointed she was that pumpkin in America didn’t taste like pumpkin she was used to.  It tasted more like cinnamon.  I laughed and explained that here anything that said pumpkin really meant pumpkin spice, and that pumpkin spice was a sweet spice blend that went into pies.  She was not impressed.  For the record, neither am I.  I prefer tacos.

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The last post I talked about staples, those items you keep on hand to make things with.  Before leaving for work, I took out a sirloin steak large enough to feed the two of us.  Typically, when that happens, we grill it on the stove with our cast iron grill pan, then have it with salad.  Or roasted potatoes.  But today, I grilled it and we had it with flour tortillas, pico de gallo, and cheese.  Kind of a mock fajita, but we enjoyed the heck out of them.  And it was all done with the things we nearly always have on hand.  Part of it was even leftover from last night’s Taco Tuesday!

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I was talking to a woman at work today and she was saying she wanted to learn more about meringues.  She’s been watching a lot of The Great British Bake Off and has been fascinated with the way they’re made and the variations.  The only one she hasn’t tried yet is the Italian meringue.  I told her it was my favorite.  I once made America’s Test Kitchen’s Mile High Lemon Pie with the Italian meringue.  She asked if the heated sugar cooked the egg whites and if that made it taste funny.  I told her it tasted like whipped marshmallows.  She seemed to like that.

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I’m a peppermint loving guy.  I love the smell; I love the taste; I love the impact.  I have a bowl of peppermint Lifesavers in my office and it keeps the smell of peppermint going all the time.  Peppermint is an astringent so it cleans really well, too.  I have peppermint shampoo, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste, and shaving lotion.  Several years ago, I learned a recipe to make my own peppermint candy.  Soften 8oz of cream cheese and whip it in a large bowl.  Add a tsp of peppermint extract and blend thoroughly.  Add two cups of powdered sugar, then keep adding powdered sugar in half-cup increments to make a very stiff dough.  Total should be about 4-5 cups.  If you like a stronger peppermint flavor up the amount to 2 tsp, but don’t go more than that because the flavor gets stronger over time.  Roll the dough out and cut into small shapes.  Dip them or drizzle them with chocolate and leave to air dry until completely dry.  You can also color them.  I made these for Christmas one year, and my sister in law insisted the blue ones tasted the best.  Go figure.

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I had a blueberry scone for breakfast today.  We bought them at the grocery store, so it wasn’t terribly fresh, but it tasted like a scone is supposed to.  I wish I could get mine to rise the same way.  But the star was the blueberries.  They were locally sourced, perfectly ripe, and there were a TON in this scone!  Every single bite was blueberry heaven.  Blueberries are one of my favorite, partly because they were the first berry I learned to identify as a kid.  I used to keep frozen blueberries around to throw a handful into anything going on.  My favorite was blueberries in salad.  Tastes so good.

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Well that’s what I got for tonight.  Random, rambling thoughts.  Any of you out there got any random thoughts to share?  Let us all know!

As always,

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