This is a clean-up post...lots of odds and ends that had no place to go so they ended up here...sit back and relax...it's going to be a bumpy ride!
The The Rootbeer Store in Redmond, WA has over 100 different kinds of rootbeer - we brought home about a dozen to try...some we liked, some we didn't...for example, I loved the Jamaican Gingerbeer but my dad, pictured above, thought it tasted like medicine and he didn't appreciate the slow-burn afterwards! He liked the one called "Duh" and I thought that tasted like swill! We enjoyed tasting them all...while we nibbled on Radish Sandwiches...I'm still on the radish kick! Anyway, if you live near Redmond you really should pop in, it's a great place and along with rootbeer they have a great assortment of cream sodas! I think there is a Lynnwood location, too.
We need to talk about the radish sandwich for just a minute...after I posted about French Radishes, I heard from several readers who said they either grew up eating radish sandwiches or they eat them now! What a thought! I told my parents about this and they said it was very common place "back in the day" - especially for poor people! Well, I'm going to go on record and say, even if I'm living under a bridge, I shall not enjoy or be more thankful for a radish sandwich than I do/am today! They have become my new happy hour staple...and I can't believe I had never had one before last week! I make them with pita bread, slathered in butter with a bit of mayo...sliced radishes seasoned with salt, pepper and fresh parsley. Simple and so good. Truly. Rich or poor...this one's a keeper!
One day, when my brain was barely operating, I agreed to be the camp cook for one day...one day for 230 girls...one day that has involved many days of shopping and cooking ahead of time!! I had NO IDEA what was involved in cooking for 230 people! It's mind-boggling!
40 lbs. of fresh green beans
11 (six lbs. each) bags of chicken tenders from Costco - that's 66 lbs. of chicken! which is now marinating in a lovely teriyaki sauce,in the "coffin-cooler"
240 potato rolls and 8 lbs. of butter
10 watermelon, 9 jars of fresh mango slices and 25 lbs. of grapes
50 lbs. of rice...I cooked 25 lbs. myself and then, reeling from starch fumes, I called in some reinforcements to help! Thank you dear friends!!! All of this is just for ONE night...I'm told a huge trailer was used to transport the food for the entire week up to camp! And here's the amazing thing...the girls pay just $90 each for four days at camp and that includes 3 meals a day and snacks plus everything they make and do while there!! Today is the big day/night...I'll be going to girls camp to cook/serve/slave...then I'll be looking for some serious blessings to come my way starting tomorrow! Oh...I made the camp flag, too...their theme this year is "Survivor" - which I hope to be when all is said and done.
Ciao! Mi chiamo Nan. Io sono de Utah, ma abito a Seattle. Mi piace faray il dolci i cucinare. Oggi e' il diciotto Luglio 2012. Il mio compleano e' il Decembre.
That's what I've learned so far in my Italian language class! Si! I'm taking Italian!!! It's very fun but not one bit easy! I've discovered I have a 5-minute attention span...and I don't know how to study and I have no memory! But I'm really liking my class and with any luck at all I'll be able to learn enough Italian to purchase fresh veggies and fish at a Tuscan market...next summer...when we go to Italy for FOUR weeks to LIVE! Well, that's the plan...I haven't told the mister yet...waiting for just the right moment...like when we win the lottery...what? It could happen!
The National Pork Board and Nibble Me This had a contest and yours truly won! Just look at my loot! An 11-piece grilling utensils set, 2 grill baskets, flexible shish-kabob wire (so cool!) a Kingsford bottle opener/key chain, and a Kingsford hat...which I will proudly wear every morning at o'dark-thirty as I'm trying to walk off the damage from the night before...but wait, there's more! They sent me ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS worth of PORK COUPONS!!! I'm going to have to have a PORK PARTY!!! I surely can't eat $100 of pork by myself...well I could but I'm half pork already and I don't want to start snorting! (I'll be sharing some of those pork coupons with all ya'll very soon!) Thanks Pork Board and Nibble Me This - I'll be scouring your websites for just the right recipes! (If you haven't read Nibble Me This before, get yourself on over there...I can't start my day with dropping in and drooling over everything Chris makes!)
Okay, that's it - time to rotate the chicken, fluff the rice, cool the melons, turn the beans and hit the dusty trail...I've got to get my camp on!