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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The First #Earth Day

              Does anybody remember the first #Earth Day?????
              I remember it like it was yesterday! I was in the 7th grade! I was actually more engaged and active politically then,as a kid then I am now! I was ready to change the world and just as ready to take down the "MAN"!
         I wore a green arm band to school, the local small college had a parade/demonstration. No one knew anything about it, not even my teachers. I had a book or pamphlet I let people read.
        Now here I am 40 years later. I've held on to my ideals. Organic gardening, cutting off lights wearing warm clothes in the winter instead of jacking up the heat. Recycling when I can, trying to lessen my foot print. Spending my money with companies that try to do good to the earth. I'm extremely lucky and blessed to find myself reconnecting with nature now that I'm a little more along in life and have pretty much given up on the #"American Dream.
      So now on this #Earth Day 40 years later~ the news is sad that even in some of our most remote wilderness areas  there is high levels of mercury.
                                            It is a very sad #Earth Day!  


The Thing Folks Seem To love The Best ~ #Buffalo #Meatloaf #Recipe

               The first couple of years I was the chef at the #Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch on the first night the guest arrived, I would serve buffalo meatloaf. EVERYONE loved it. In fact I had been serving at the ranch for two or three years and I hate to have returning guest get bored with the menu so I replaced the meat loaf with pot roast. Everyone loved the pot roast but was disappointed that the meatloaf was gone. Last year I returned the meatloaf as part of a wild game dinner on a different night and now everyone is happy! Ha,Ha!
                        This recipe works well with any kind of ground meat
                        The amounts are general and not exact adjust the recipe to your own taste
                       5lbs ground #buffalo
                        2 red onion
                         1  red bell pepper
                        2-3 stalks of celery
                        2 cups of bread crumbs
                         4- 6 eggs
                        kosher salt
                       white pepper
                       granulated garlic
                       a touch of dry mustard
                        a touch of celery salt
                       #Heinz 57 sauce
                       # kickapepper sauce or Worcestershire sauce
                      BBQ sauce
    Dice your vegetables fine, mix everything together except for the BBQ sauce and form into a loaf or I make 3 or 4 small loafs. Place on greased sheet pan cook in 350 degree oven for 30 - 40 minutes. At this time put a layer of BBQ sauce over the top and cook another 15- 20 minutes. I think it is best when it is still just a little pink in the middle.
         ****  Buffalo has no fat in it so it is quick to dry out and gets tough if over cooked.                

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Change Is Inevitable

      I love it when these guys show up!
It's a sure sign that the season is changing. Spring or fall, they are like clock work. They fly up and down the river by the ranch at sunrise and sunset for that period of time we call "mud season" or "shoulder season". It is an exciting time for me! I look forward to it. It's a time to take a breath, reflect on what has been. Look at what was good and reflect on what was bad and how to make it better next time it comes around. It is also a time to plan and prepare for the next season, the next thing.  I look forward to a certain amount of change. We change our haircuts, our style of clothes, the food we eat, our underwear. We gain and lose people, pets, places along the way. Our bodies change, we learn and grow, sometimes even our perspective on things change. Its all about how much you want to grow, in how much change you will perceive along the way.
                           It is true that when one door shuts another door opens.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Dear #Toshiba and #BEST Buy

               This is an open post to #Toshiba and #Best Buy. I hope this post makes the rounds and  the GM groups from #Toshiba and #Best Buy see this!
           I just wanted to show everyone a company that understands customer service. I will NEVER spend another penny with #Toshiba or #Best Buy because of the way they have treated me. On the other hand I will always shop #The North Face first for products they may carry because twice now they have gone above and beyond what I expected.  Thank you #The North Face for proving there ARE companies that understand customer service.
       Here is the proof;

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Rant On #Sausage

                   I love sausage in all its various shapes and forms. From sweet Italian sausage, to hot breakfast sausage seasoned with sage, to rich decadent blood sausage. Grilled, boiled, smoked, fried.... its all good to me!
   Although in an effort to lose this belly, my constant companion for most of my 58 years on this planet, I've cut way back on my sausage consumption.  I still, or maybe more so consider myself, if you will, a sausage snob. Always looking for that perfect blend of spices and meat served in the perfect way. Yes, there are certain sausages that go with certain styles of food, at least in my own mouth. If I go into  restaurant and treat myself to a breakfast sandwich, breakfast burrito or a "Scramble" as they call them and it comes out with link sausage on or in it, I will probably look for somewhere else the next time I treat myself. These meals require a bulk crumble or patty sausage, believe it or not the taste and mouth feel are different than sausage in a casing. At least to me it does. I've found most people don't get it.
    As a kid I also grew up on pancakes. another food I don't eat very often any more. : (
      I DO like to support communities I live in through charitable events and what more of a treat for me and to help support the community then to attend a pancake breakfast. I did just that recently. The pancakes were good and it was a fun time. Every one serving knew Govt Mule and commented on my shirt but to my dismay you could tell the sausage was precooked. It leaves me in wonder why people use it but you can buy precooked bacon and sausage. This had been heated and now resembled jerky sticks but not half as tasty! DO everyone a favor if you don't have access to equipment or personnel to prepare sausage, just don't use it. It would be better off to serve cold slices of ham then to serve something like this. It would be better for EVERYONE to serve a piece of fruit and not even have sausage if your other choice is to use the precooked sausage.  It was a good cause and I'm glad I went but I can't tell you how disappointed the sausage was to me.  

Sunday, March 2, 2014

#Crock Pot #Beef Short Ribs

  I prefer pork ribs but the other day I caught some nice looking #beef ribs on sale.
            I also needed; 1 can of french onion soup
                                  1 can of beef broth
                                   4 medium size Yukon gold potatoes quartered
                                   1 large yellow onion ~ chopped course
                                  a couple of carrots~ chopped course
                                    about two teaspoons of chopped garlic
                                  I had about a half a cup of Anasazi beans. I soaked them over night ~ I've come to really like these beans they have no sugar and are packed with fiber and protein.
                 I seasoned the ribs well with Cajun  and Italian seasonings. I added them along with the beans and the cans of soup plus two cans of water to the #crock pot and cooked on high for about an hour and a half. Then I added my vegetables; cooked on high for another hour and a half then turned down to medium. At this point everything should be about done. Being at altitude, I cooked mine an additional hour on medium.
            All I can say the ribs were tender and everything was yummy!!!!