Monday, July 15, 2024

Lemon Garlic Bliss

 

I discovered this post online two years ago when I was looking for a new salad dressing to serve at a dinner I was hosting.  I wanted something new, light, and tasty.  This appealed to me because I love lemon and I love garlic.  And that's two of the four main ingredients. 

Is there anything more delicious than the combination of lemon and garlic?  I think not.  

Well, not only did Ed and I love this dressing, but my dinner guests gushed about it SO much, that I printed a copy of the recipe for her to take home.  She later told me that it was the only dressing she'd been using since that night and that she and her husband loved it.

Trust me, it's truly delicious.

I like more garlic, so rather than rubbing it around the bowl and discarding the garlic clove (blasphemy!), I grate at least two cloves (three if they're small) on my microplane so the pieces of garlic in the dressing are all small and smushy.  Yes, smushy.

Not only have I used this on salad, but I've also used the dressing on chicken, both grilled and baked in the oven.  

If you love lemons and garlic, this is the perfect dressing for you!



INGREDIENTS
½ lemon
1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed
1 spoonful of Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Good quality extra virgin olive oil
1 head or bunch of salad greens (the freshest you can find), torn into bite-sized pieces if needed


INSTRUCTIONS
Squeeze the juice from ½ lemon into the bottom of a large salad bowl.

Add the garlic, and rub it around the bowl. If you like a mild dressing, you can pull the clove out (I always leave it in).

Whisk in a spoonful of Dijon mustard, and season with salt and pepper. Whisk in olive oil—you’re aiming for about twice as much oil as lemon juice.

Dip a lettuce leaf into the dressing and give it a taste. Adjust the flavorings as desired.

Pile the lettuce leaves into the bowl. If you’re not eating the salad right away, stick the bowl in the fridge (without tossing).

Right before serving, season the greens with salt and pepper, and toss them with the dressing.

Click HERE to print the recipe.


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2007: I’ve Been Everywhere Sunday
2006: That Eddie Guy
2005: Pee Bum Head

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Eye See You

 


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2014: Nature's Bounty Fills My Fridge
2013: Bags, Boxes, And Bikes
2012: Wrappers Delight
2011: Breaking The Spell
2010: It Never Ends
2009: 275 Square Miles Of Brilliance
2008: Four Standards, One Newbie
2007: Semantics
2006: 36 Hours Of Hell On Earth
2005: 11:11:11

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Mountain Men And Vaqueros

 

I just came across this photo of my brother Michael (on the left) and a family friend, John Foss (on the right) holding the banner for the Tucson Mountain Men in the La Fiest de los Vaqueros rodeo parade. This picture was taken over 40 years ago! 

As you can see, the banner says "sponsored by Damiano's".  Damiano's was an Italian restaurant on Stone and Drachman in Tucson, Arizona.  It was owned by Damiano and Assunta Ali.  

The restaurant has since changed names and is now known as Bottega Michaelangelo, located at Magee and Oracle in Oro Valley.  This is the Italian restaurant that Ed and I go to regularly.  And the Ali family still owns it.  We always have a great meal there!

What a fun little history flashback!



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2017: Backlit
2016: Theatric Reading
2015: The Trout Capital Of Oklahoma
2014: Looks Like A Regular Moon To Me
2013: Laundry Options For A Modern Trucker
2012: It Can Only Mean One Thing
2011: It’s Like Cheers, Where Everybody Knows Your Name. OK, So It’s More Like Where Just One Guy Knows Your Face.
2010: Social NOTworking
2009: Scattergories
2008: Time Isn’t The Only Thing That Flies When You’re Having Fun
2007: Anything I Want
2006: Burglar And Idiot Proof
2005: Virginia Is For Lovers

Friday, July 12, 2024

Following The Sun

 

This is the seedhead of a Western Salsify flower.   In this stage, it looks like a dandelion, but on steroids.  This one was about the size of a softball.  I came across this one in the badlands of South Dakota.  It is considered an invasive weed.



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2017: Seventeen Years Just Whizzed On By
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2015: We Have Our Very Own Air-Conditioned Theater
2014: A Real Weekend
2013: Gary Hits Me Up With Another Gem
2012: After Dinner Pusch
2011: Moments Before Sleepy Time
2010: Bakin’ It The Fake Way
2009: The Elegant Gathering Of A Life
2008: My, What A Nice Berg You Have
2007: The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Grapes Being Crushed Into Wine
2006: There Are No Words To Explain The Misery Of A Three Digit Temperature
2005: New York State Of Mind 

Thursday, July 11, 2024

The Eye Of The Day Is Pretty And Everlasting


Red tulips and white and pink English Daisies in the Sunken Garden at The Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada.

The scientific name, Bellis Perennis, comes from the Latin words meaning "pretty" and "everlasting".



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2014: Moab Muster
2013: Farm To Garden
2012: You Know You’re Getting Old When You Start Carrying Your Own Sugar
2011: America Runs On Dunkin’
2010: Los Links!!
2009: Here Kitty Kitty Kitty
2008: Intense Eddie Friday
2007: It’s An iPod, Not A wePod
2006: Doing The Wade
2005: It’s A Numbers Game

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Color Pop!

The Mexican Bird of Paradise is one of my favorite desert plants.  I love the pop of color they provide to an otherwise bleak and colorless landscape.



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2014: Total Throwback Thursday
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2012: The Art Of The Merge (And Other Simple Courtesies Of The Road)
2011: Montana Fluff
2010: Stop The Presses!
2009: Fiesta Ed Friday
2008: Crotchety Old Woman
2007: One Side Of A Coin
2006: Why Oh Why
2005: Sign Of The Times

Monday, July 08, 2024

Mecca Of The Midwest

Navy Pier originally opened in 1916 to be used as a dock for freighters, passenger ships, and events, the 3,300-foot-long pier now houses over 50 acres of shops, restaurants, theaters, etc., and draws over nine million visitors each year.  

It's been used for everything from a jail for draft dodgers to a training center for the United States Navy to a classroom for the University of Illinois.  It is one of the most visited attractions in all of the Midwest and it's Chicago's second-most visited tourist attraction.



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The Little French Dining Car
2016: Shiny Happy People
2015: The Oedipus Driving Complex
2014: Summer At Percy Priest
2013: Heat And Humidity Abundant, Wind Nowhere To Be Found
2012: Delicious Eats And Healthy Treats
2011: Special Seasoning
2010: Two Truck Drivers, A Writer And A Photographer Walk Into A Bar
2009: Taking The Express To The Heartland
2008: TIT-illating Sights On The Road
2007: I’ve Been Everywhere Sunday
2006: Embracing Your Inner Bike Riding Hussy
2005: It Takes A Village To Wake A Child

Sunday, July 07, 2024

The Great Indoors

Today it's 107 degrees.  I spend most of my time indoors during the summer.  It's like people back east during the winter who complain about the snow and who don't like to go out when it's cold.  I'd trade for that scenario in a heartbeat.    

It'll only be getting hotter going forward.  Now's the time to do all the indoor projects I've been putting off.  

Here's to being productive!


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2012: The Honey-Do List
2011: Following The Trail Of The Father Of Our Country To The Place Where A Cuckoo Flew Over A Nest
2010: Amid The Corn
2009: I’m Going To Be A Millionaire!!!
2008: How I Do Love A Colorful Lunch Plate
2007: Lucky Sevens
2006: My Head Has Been In The Clouds For Weeks
2005: Chunky Cheese

Saturday, July 06, 2024

White-Winged Growth Spurt

I posted about these baby doves a week ago, when they were small enough to share the nest and barely had their pin feathers. Now they have full-fledged wings!

I took this photo yesterday and after a few minutes of picture taking they must have felt uncomfortable - mama was giving me the side-eye the entire time - because they all flew away, the babies making a short flight to the ground before they scurried under a bush. 

I checked later in the afternoon and noticed they didn't come back.  They've flown the coop!

This nest has been used yearly - I've read they sometimes use the same nest or other doves will use an existing nest - so we'll have to wait until next summer to see new white-winged dove babies on our porch.

Have a good life, little ones!



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2013: Bursts Of Light And A Bean
2012: Cool As A Cucumber
2011: I Think We Have A Winner
2010: Progressively Yours,
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2008: I’ve NEVER Colored Inside The Lines. Why The Surprise?
2007: I Didn’t Make It, But I Ate It
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2005: Slim Or None! I’ll Take None.

Friday, July 05, 2024

Looks Can Be Deceiving

 
Tucson experiences the Monsoon Season from June 15th to September 30th.  Every day, usually in the afternoon, we get rain.  Often it's a short bout of rain but other times, it can be quite torrential.

Then it just stops.  And the sun comes out again.

I took this photo today as the clouds were gathering over the mountain.  I could hear thunder in the distance, the sky was darkening, and the light was eerie.  Some may say this is a beautiful scene.  That they love the mountain.  Or the saguaros.  Or the blue sky peeking through the clouds.

But what you can't tell from this photo is that it was 108 degrees out.

ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT DEGREES. 

I could barely stand it long enough to take the picture.  It's like walking into an oven.

And that's why I'll continue my love of the indoors.  Me, a book, some music, maybe a little TV, snacks, frosty beverages, and ice-cold air conditioning.

You're welcome to join me.



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2016: Putting In The Miles
2015: Grand Parking Lot
2014: True Independence
2013: Pyrotechnic Parade Across The Midwest
2012: Plane, Train, Or Automobile – Just Get Me To Canada!
2011: Hello, Kitty. Who’s Your Friend?
2010: If It’s Good Enough For Homeland Security, It’s Good Enough For Me
2009: The Top At Dock
2008: Night Interrupted
2007: Just A Train And A Tree
2006: This is One Lawn Boy I Have No Desire To See Naked
2005: Not So Cuddly

Wednesday, July 03, 2024

Body At Rest

 

When I wake before Ed - in the truck - because it's such a small space and any amount of light can be disturbing when you're sleeping, I always cover Ed's head with my pillow leaving his nose and mouth out for breathing.

He usually always sleeps right through this and rarely feels me placing the pillow over his eyes.  Of course, because I'm so gentle and considerate.

Is there a male version of Sleeping Beauty?  Because if so, he's it. 


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Tuesday, July 02, 2024

Before I Came Along

My mother and father, early sixties, in my grandmother's living room in the Bronx.  Look at the plastic on the couch!




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Monday, July 01, 2024

Soap Box Racer

Racer in the Spavinaw, Oklahoma neighborhood Soap Box Derby




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Sunday, June 30, 2024

New Kids On The Block

I came home from running errands the other day and was greeted with these two neon people holding red flags warning that children were at play.  One says "SLOW" and the other, "SLOW DOWN KAREN!"

I've lived in this neighborhood for forty years.  Same house, same cul-de-sac, and almost the entire time, the same neighbors.

Well, now we have new neighbors.  A nice couple with two girls and a boy, ages ten, nine, and six. They often play in the cul-de-sac, their parents sitting in lawn chairs watching them.  Ed has been out there several times talking to the guys - the new neighbor and our other friend, John, who lives one house over.  I've spoken to the wife a few times and have mentally given her my stamp of approval.  Both the husband and wife are high-energy, friendly, funny, open, and super nice.  And the kids are respectful, polite, fun, and social.

The other day we were sitting in the living room basking in the air-conditioning when our doorbell rang.  Ed got up to see who it was and he found four kids waiting for him to open the sliding door.  It was the three neighbor kids and John's grandson, who was visiting for the day.  They wanted Ed to come out and play.  Hysterical.  

The entire time I've lived in this cul-de-sac, I've never seen a kid.  I did babysit the girl next door when I was sixteen, but I  never saw her playing outside.  And John's two kids (both of them are twenty-plus years younger than me) must have grown up in the house and the backyard because I never saw them either.  I pay attention.  I'm observant.  But in forty years?  No kids.

Now, we have warning signs and bikes and jump ropes and running.  A lot of running.  

And finally, we'll have someone who will appreciate our Christmas lights and all the yard accoutrements Ed bought to go along with them.




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Saturday, June 29, 2024

Waiting For Their Feathers To Fill Out

 

These two baby doves have been hanging out in their nest, high above our front door.  They were so tiny just last week, it's amazing how much they've grown! Every year the dove reuses this same nest, so we always have new babies to watch.

The mama and papa must take turns sitting with them because when I open the door to go out, the one I believe is the mother, always flies away, scared.  The one who I think is the father - he's bigger and a little meaner looking - just gives me the side-eye and watches my every move, but he doesn't leave his perch.  He just sits there staring at me.

I check on them every day and wonder when the babies will leave the nest.


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2011: Straight Talk
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