HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA… 239 YEARS AND COUNTING.

Here’s a little July 4 trivia to nibble on ~

Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs

over the July 4th holiday.

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Love that Joey Chestnut.

UnknownLast year, he won his eighth straight hot dog-eating contest by polishing off 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Then he got down on bended knee to propose to his fellow competitive eater/longtime girlfriend. She said yes. ♥ This year, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut will attempt to defend his title in the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. He’ll probably win, and if he does it’ll be his ninth straight victory—a feat of longevity rarely seen in any athletic competition.

But today is all about America.

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Two hundred thirty-nine years ago, a Pennsylvania journalist penned the first news coverage of what was likely to be the most important event in U.S. history. The entire story, buried beneath almost two pages of classified ads for runaway slaves, was one sentence — no longer than a tweet~ Philadelphia, July 3: Yesterday the Continental Congress declared the United Colonies free and independent states.

So, before the fireworks and fun begin, whip up some of these for your fellow Americans. Move over, Joey Chestnut. I’m doing small bites. peter-people-mag2 Thanks go to BFF Mary-who-knows-how-to-share and the Master of Miniature Eats, Peter Callahan. peter-callahan-best-wedding-caterers-new-york

You absolutely must follow him on Pinterest.

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Callahan’s signature hors d’oeuvres pop up time after time at the chicest events when only the best will do.

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I love these minis.

I’m going to marinate mine in triple sec.

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And share them with my friends.

It’s my patriotic duty.

Toni 7/4/15

It’s a rainy day; take the family to White Memorial Conservation Center!

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Clear as the husky note of the Yellow-throated Vireo: the anti everything voices of Republican Presidential candidates: Bush, Cruz, Paul,Rubio, Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee, Santorum, Pataki, Graham, Perry, Trump, Jindal, Christie, Walker, Kasich, & not Romney. (a 420 character 9-line poem)

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Clear as the husky note of the Yellow-throated Vireo: the anti everything voices of Republican Presidential candidates: Bush, Cruz, Paul,Rubio, Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee, Santorum, Pataki, Graham, Perry, Trump, Jindal, Christie, Walker, Kasich, & not Romney.  (a 420 character 9-line poem)

Clearest note: The Republican nominee will be  someone who is

anti-women, anti-black, anti-Hispanic, anti-Asian,

anti-gay, anti-young, anti-working families & pro-1 percent.

I detect this as well as I discern

the slow husky phrases of the Yellow-throated Vireo who,

while he follows the classic pattern of its Vireo family—

short, multi-syllabic phrases repeated & repeated–

sings with a  distinctly burry tone.

Clearest.

PATTY

Who Is Running for President (and Who’s Not)? (NYTIMES)

THE REPUBLICANS

RUNNING

BUSH

CRUZ

PAUL

RUBIO

CARSON

FIORINA

HUCKABEE

SANTORUM

PATAKI

GRAHAM

PERRY

TRUMP

JINDAL

CHRISTIE
PROBABLY

WALKER

KASICH
NOT RUNNING

ROMNEY

http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/can-you-name-all-the-republican-presidential-candidates-in-seconds/youtube_c4bcc0e9-deb7-5834-99ec-5fbd8adc48e1.html

THIS IS FROM MARCH  https://youtu.be/ZEtMTSM7Xf4

The Dear Enemy Effect involves clear boundaries and mayhap leads to something called Interspecies Feeding (helping): I feed the bears; Orioles feed baby titmice; House Finches feed baby Cowbirds; (all this done WITHOUT the help of John Kerry), so WITHin the same species, hey there, Israel and Palestine? How about it?

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Why not concede that a Hamas-Israel joint attack on Isis

might build momentum for a 2-state solution.

Plus “The Dear Enemy Effect” of other species

shows that clear boundaries make for a better life.

Check out the Baltimore Oriole in Chatham MA  who feeds the Titmouse babies,

the House Finch parents who nurture the Cowbird

whose mom laid him deliberately in their nesT.

(& they’re doing it WITHOUT John Kerry.)

Why not.

Patty

http://www.birdwatchersgeneralstore.com/OrioleTitmouse.htm

http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/routine-emergencies/.premium-1.660350

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hamas-to-Israel-ISIS-linked-rebels-trying-to-spark-conflict-between-us-405144

 

 

OFF THE STALK, INTO THE KITCHEN

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Heavenly peas, devotion-worthy lettuce, let-it-be-praised asparagus

Stop and smell the garlic! That’s all you have to do.

– William Shatner

welcome, garlic scapes!

In season and delicious, these little wispies are swellegant.

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The scape is the stalk, the thin green curlicue, produced by hard-neck garlic. It’s just the sweetest breath of yumness ~ not garlicky, but merely a subtle hint of what’s to come, a super-fresh cross between bulb garlic and scallions.

So, now what? Here are a few ideas~

Oil the whole scapes lightly, then cook them quickly on the grill or roast them at 350 degrees on a cookie sheet with olive oil and salt until crispy.

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I learned that garlic scapes make great pickles, too.  Who knew?

Or just cut the scapes into inch-long pieces, steam or saute in olive oil, then toss with pasta, veggies, or rice.  Add some grated cheese or, if you like it pyrotechnically spiced, a dash of red-pepper flakes.

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I love to make pesto, and scapes are a swashbuckling addition to the usual basil, parsley, and herb pesto crew. Stir into hummus or butter and spread on your favorite veggies or sandwich.

So hit the farmer’s market or stop by my garden.  And put scapes on your menu with help from those Fabulous Beekman Boys.

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Well we bought our farm in 2007. And we call ourselves accidental farmers because we were Manhattanites, obnoxious Manhattanites, who would drive up to upstate New York and bother all the locals and buy their apples on the weekends. And we found this farm and we fell in love with it and purchased it thinking it would be a nice weekend place. And then we got a letter in our mailbox from a man named Farmer John who was losing his farm and he said, “I’ve got 80 goats and can I come put them on your farm?” And we thought, still obnoxious Manhattanites at that time, we thought “Oh great! We’ve got a petting zoo.” So he came in with his goats. So that was 2007. In 2008 us obnoxious Manhattanites lost our fancy-pants Manhattan jobs; both within 30 days of each other. And when life hands you lemons you make lemonade. Life gives you goats you make goat milk soap, goat milk cheese and goat milk whatever you can make. That’s how we became accidental farmers”

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Shrimp and garlic Scapes Scampi

Adapted from The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook

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Serves 4
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
5 garlic scapes, thinly sliced (½ cup)
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
½ pound sugar snap peas, strings removed
½ teaspoon coarse (kosher) salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut up

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In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic scapes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.
Add the shrimp, sugar snaps, salt, and lemon zest and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are just cooked through. Stir in the lemon juice and parsley, remove the pan from the heat, and swirl in the butter until creamy.

 

Got a summer bucket list? Pencil in a trip to the Beekman 1802 Mercantile store in upstate NY.

1811a878520fe48e09c38d65ebd3c7f7The Immutable law of gardeners :)

Are you drowning in lolla rossa?  orgies of kale? bushels of beans?

Are you a gardener too? do share.

 

Toni 6/28/15

 

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