A little peek at the Big Darby Creek at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park:
My city is well-known for their impressive Fourth of July fireworks display. The festivities are always held ahead of the actual holiday. This year, they were on Friday, 1 July. The Chef and I live right around the corner from the riverfront, where the fireworks are launched. We watched the display from our deck. Although we missed the lower ones due to a tall building being in the way, we saw a good 75% of the show without having to mingle with the throngs. That’s a win. Here are a few pics that I took with my camera phone. They’re not the best, but I think they can qualify as being *mildly* artistic.
It was a touch too warm this morning for a long walk, so we only put in 2 1/2 miles. Such a gorgeous day, though.
Happy turning of the seasons to you (and, yes, I realize that it isn’t summer everywhere around the globe):
A wee flower plucked from my grandma’s garden:
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Harper’s, August 1897:
Food is magic, so it’s no wonder that I feel deeply, divinely alive and loved when The Chef cooks for me. His most recent culinary offering started like this:
CHEF LEIGHTON’S GRILLED CORNFUSION
- 5 OR 6 EARS OF CORN ON THE COB
- 1/2 OF A FRESH PINEAPPLE
- HABANERO SUGAR
- 6-8 THIN PATS OF BUTTER
- SRIRACHA SALT, TO TASTE
- DRIED CHILIES, TO TASTE
- GRILL THE EARS OF CORN USING YOUR PREFERRED METHOD. SLICE OFF THE KERNELS AND PLACE IN A MEDIUM BOWL.
- CUT THE PINEAPPLE INTO LARGE SLICES; RUB ONE SIDE OF EACH SLICE WITH A THIN LAYER OF HABANERO SUGAR. GRILL BOTH SIDES UNTIL SLIGHTLY BROWN. YOU CAN GRILL THE CORN AND THE PINEAPPLE AT THE SAME TIME. DICE THE PINEAPPLE AND ADD TO THE BOWL WITH THE CORN. STIR.
- ADD PATS OF BUTTER AND STIR WELL. ADD THE SALT AND CHILIES, TO TASTE, INCORPORATING FULLY.
It is slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and 100% marvelous! Kind of like a certain special someone I know…
“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”-George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”-John Donne