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May 21, 2019 - 12:04 PM
298 posts since 8/29/2013

On the holiday weekend that officially ushers in the summer season is a good time to extend this wish.

Whether you're planning a camping trip to the lake or mountains, a music jam, bluegrass music festival, Indy car race, a parade or just plain chillin' at home, have fun and play it safe.

If you care to, tell us what your plans are.

As for me, the chillin' idea has a lot of appeal to me right now.

May 21, 2019 - 1:33:39 PM

1273 posts since 2/9/2009

Flatland Drive is headed to Ocean City, MD. Marriott has a "eclectic" hotel chain called "The Aloft". They want all kinds of music, so they booked us for Saturday. We have another one in June, July 4th weekend and Labor Day weekend, we will see how bluegrass goes with the beach crowd.

May 23, 2019 - 9:46:08 AM

46 posts since 1/24/2018

Will be playing at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO on Saturday. If anyone's in the area let me know if you want a ticket... (there, now i can tell my band I "marketed" the show!!)

May 23, 2019 - 5:42:55 PM

448 posts since 10/14/2009

Planting tomatoes tomorrow, was humming Guy Clarke's "Home Grown Tomatoes" today while getting dirt ready. You know, "HGT" might lay out pretty good on reso[content]. Rhubarb Pie is on the horizon, fortunate fellow I am. Have a safe weekend everyone.

May 24, 2019 - 11:08:19 AM

298 posts since 8/29/2013

There 'ya go Rob...a man after my own heart.

Ain't nuthun' better than home grown tomatoes. I never needed Guy to remind me of that with the words of his song, I've been eatin' 'em since I was a pup.

Can't wait 'til early, mid-July.  Salivating already just thinking about sliced home grown tomatoes with a  pinch of Himalayan sea salt, couple grinds of black peppercorn, bathed in olive oil vinegar dressing.  I also like to add some fresh sliced cukes to the plate.

And I ain't forgetting a side dollop of small curd cottage with with chopped scallions with a pinch of sea salt and a couple shakes of black pepper.  Man, what a treat.  Now, that my friend is what I call eatin ' high on the cob.

As for the rhubarb pie, I think I'd like to add fresh strawberries to the recipe.

You're right, the melody of the song does lend itself well played on dobro.

Edited by - DBChimer on 05/24/2019 11:27:21

May 24, 2019 - 5:36:24 PM
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Thanks DB, Sounds like you intend to have a happy weekend, I will too! Hey, I have some little green tomatoes already setting on a few of my plants in the greenhouse. This is an Heirloom variety, Aurea. Ribbed ox-head shape. In AK the outdoor planting often happens this week-end and that's my plan among other things. Here tomatoes and cukes grow awesome...IN A GREENHOUSE! I have broccoli, brussels, carrots, potatoes, pea pods and beets to plant outside. Back in the greenhouse I have 4 kinds of fresh basil and in a month or so I'll be lunching on bruschetta! So good last year. Hmmm, I wonder how the dobro would sound playing that fiddle tune, Brocco-Lee Highway...(requisite reso content)

May 24, 2019 - 8:30:13 PM

298 posts since 8/29/2013

I always had a feeling you had a green thumb AK.

That's one heckuva' lineup of veggies you're gonna' harvest from your greenhouse. I heard there never was a problem with growing things in Alaska due to the soil, the problem was with the length of the growing season.

Looks like you got the problem solved with a climate controlled greenhouse. Seems to me every house should come with a greenhouse in Alaska.

Talkin' 'bout green tomatoes...fried green tomatoes are a pretty popular lunch/dinner staple in the south. So popular in fact, they made a movie about them a few years back.

Fried green tomatoes are really a misnomer. They're not really green, green when you fry 'em, they're more like just in the process of turning from green to red or on the light pink side.

All you do to fry up a batch is slice 'em slightly on the thick side, dip them into a dry mixture of equal parts of flour and corn meal, space 'em out evenly in a wrought iron skillet with either olive oil, avocado or peanut oil in it and fry until the flour-corn meal coating turns medium brown and you're done.

Add a little sea salt and ground black pepper to taste and if you're adventurous, grate some fresh imported parmesano on 'em to tease the palate.

I always use fresh grated parmesan cheese, the commercially packaged pre-ground parmesan contains cellulose to prevent clumping. Cellulose FYI is just another word for wood saw dust.

BTW Greg...I've always it ever too cold to eat ice cream in Alaska?

May 25, 2019 - 9:17:51 AM

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Alaska has the highest per capita consumption of ice cream in the country. I don't think cold temperatures affect that because all that indulgence happens indoors in the winter. The cold and dark probably contribute to the consumption as folks turn to simple pleasures to ward off "cabin fever".

Just to clarify, the greenhouse is mainly for the hot weather, longer season veggies like tomatoes and cukes etc. Certain crops thrive in the cooler weather and cooler soil like anything cabbage related, and potatoes. A lot of water and fertilizer produces the 90 lb cabbages on display at the state fair. Also a moose proof enclosure!

May 25, 2019 - 12:32:55 PM

298 posts since 8/29/2013

My daddy always told me when I was a youngun'... "son, 'ya gotta' try to learn something new every day". Thanks to AK, today I exceeded my quota for an entire week!

May 25, 2019 - 8:58:53 PM

259 posts since 9/9/2016

The usual Sat morning jam . The plans for upcoming just barely slightly public Sunday afternoon jam are still pending .

Otherwise , just a regular week , with holiday pay on Monday .

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