Apr. 27th, 2014

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It's been...that long since I posted here? Really? And it's not like I've been burning up the Book of Face with status updates; just the occasional amusing picture. No, most of what I use LJ for these days is reading other peoples' journals and commenting thereon. But it's been long enough that I should really put something up. So, some culinary stuff first.

For Easter last week, [livejournal.com profile] metesten and I did a muchness of cooking. She made the usual Polish assortment; hard-cooked eggs, smoked and fresh sausage, a lamb cake, and a couple of egg cakes, frosted like Easter eggs (surprise!). I made pasha (butter, cream cheese, honey, powdered sugar, raisins, dried cranberries, candied ginger, cinnamon) and kulich (sweet Russian egg bread with cardamom, though I didn't do the traditional decoration). Easter dinner was roasted turkey and [livejournal.com profile] metesten's familial cracker-based dressing.

Today was a day to go through leftovers, finally. I made French toast with some of the kulich, served it with pasha, and also fried some of the fresh Polish sausage to brown it (and incidentally drive off some of the fat). For dinner I made a paella sort of thing, mostly following Jeff Smith's recipe except where I didn't. Smoked Polish sausage, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, red bell pepper, peas, arborio rice, chicken stock, wine, and bits of saffron and smoked paprika. No seafood, and I was originally going to put some of the turkey in there but it had gone off. Ah, well. It turned out pretty well anyway.

Was in Madison yesterday for a meeting. [livejournal.com profile] metesten had to stay home to drive son A. up north to meet his gf at her grandparents' house; the grandparents then gave A. and gf a ride into town to C2E2. So daughter J. drove up with me. We went early to hit the Farmers' Market in Madison, as we're getting a bit low on maple syrup and a few other things. As we're heading into downtown Madison I notice a bunch of folks sitting on the shore of Lake Monona, along with a sign announcing a race. It turned out to be a rowing regatta, but it got me to thinking. One quick Google search later, my fears were confirmed: the Crazylegs Classic was yesterday. The starting line is on the Capitol Square (right by the Farmers' Market), there were thousands of runners milling around and forming up...and the first group was supposed to start in fifteen minutes. Despite this, we were able to get into and out of the FM in less than an hour. (It helped that we knew where everything was.)

The meeting was, well, a meeting, but it was good to see the people there. We took something like a thousand old VHS tapes up with us to hand over to someone else there, and they had some cast iron cookware for daughter J. (The condition of a couple of the pieces made me wish I still had access to a grit blaster at work. As it is, I'm thinking we'll have to start with a rotary wire brush and hope for the best. Not sure it'll come to naval jelly....)

Other things: daughter J. has been accepted into the surgical tech program at the junior college she's been at for the past couple of semesters after crushing the entrance test. Son A. is having some of the same issues I had with college right out of high school, but I think we might be catching them earlier. We Shall See.

We're planning on going to WisCon and working the con suite again, though there have apparently been some massive changes to the layout there...have to check with [livejournal.com profile] troublebrewing and see what's going on with that. We'll also be doing DetCon this summer, and will be taking a trip in early June that will hopefully take us through L'Anse MI in time for the interment of [livejournal.com profile] metesten's Aunt Amelia, who died a couple of months ago. (In the Upper Peninsula, it takes a while for the ground to thaw.)

And that's about it for now. Doubtless there are many things I've missed, like not totaling any more cars lately, but that can wait for the next post. In another several months.


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