Archive for August, 2008

Tasty Tools: Whisk

When we had our paella dinner party a couple of weeks ago, for an appetizer, I made this marinated melon dish, adapted from here, and used my little Pampered Chef whisk to stir up the dressing.

Marinated Canteloupe and Prosciutto

1 fresh, ripe cantaloupe
12 thin slices of jamón serrano (I couldn’t find serrano ham, so I used prosciutto)
1 scallion, finely chopped
8 tbsp olive oil
6 tbsp sherry vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Cut melon in half and scoop into balls with a teaspoon or melon baller. In a small bowl whisk together the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Add the scallion and melon, mix thoroughly and chill for 2 hours. Shape ham or prosciutto slices into cones and serve with melon.

Tasty Tools: Whisk

This is my entry in the August edition of Joelen’s Culinary Adventures, specifically for Tasty Tools.

Click: Citrus

This is my entry in the photo food blogging event, Click, hosted by Jai and Bee of Jugalbindi. We love having sangria during the summer and in my favorite recipe for it, a variety of citrus is the only fruit used. The citrus juice is so refreshing on a hot summer day, we often make a big pitcher just for the two of us.

This batch, though, was for serving at the paella dinner we hosted recently. I made two batches, one with pink wine, my favorite, and one with the traditional red wine.
Citrus Sangria

In the Garden: Tabasco Peppers

This is the first time we’ve grown Tabasco peppers, and they’re funny little dudes. They grow upside down, pointing up! They look like they’re about ready to taste. I need to find a recipe for Tabasco sauce.

Tabasco peppers

A Historic Night

Barack Obama, courtesy WikiMediaI just have to acknowledge witnessing history tonight. Barack Obama is the first African-American to be nominated for President of the United States of America by a major political party.

He is an impressive man and I believe he will make an excellent president.

Seawall Arts Festival 2008

Last Saturday, Dan and I went to the Seawall Arts Festival in downtown Portsmouth. It’s an annual event that draws artists from several states, held on Portsmouth’s main downtown drag, High Street. High Street ends at High Street Landing, a little man-made bay where boats can tie up and boaters can spend some time visiting antique shops, restaurants and other little jewels along High Street. Sunday was a beautiful, sunny day, not too hot, with a nice breeze.

Seawall Arts Festival 2008 - the view up High Street
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Hometown Olympian gets gold

LaShawn Merritt, courtesy WikiMedia CommonsPortsmouth’s LaShawn Merritt won a gold medal in the men’s 400-meter race at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing yesterday. Dan taught him in two classes – Earth Science and Experimental Design – when he was a student at Woodrow Wilson High School.

Way to go, LaShawn! We’re proud of you!

ETA: And today, Aug. 23, LaShawn added another gold medal to his collection, winning the 1,600-meter relay, along with the rest of the men’s team. Congratulations to you all!

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