Monday, July 18, 2011


Oak Park, MI has withdrawn the suit against the homeowner who dares to grow her own vegetables. But they apparently are leaving the case open. Now they are going after her for licensing her 2 dogs; her lawyer says he has the documentation showing she licensed them in June 2011. Bureaucrats, what else need be said.

D.W. has posted pictures that he took at the Guest Chef event on his blog,

Friday, July 15, 2011

Yum, Yum! and for a Good Cause

On Wednesday, July 13th, D.W. and I went to dinner.

So what?, you ask. Everybody does that at some time or other.

This dinner was the "2011 Guest Chef On The Waterfront" event to celebrate Washington Chefs and for the purpose of raising money for FareStart, More later.

There were 23 restaurants or caterers, 17 wineries, 4 breweries, and 6 other vendors (coffee, water, soda, produce) represented. Everything from appetizers to desserts. All presented in a "taste of" style, and a pretty even distribution of meat, seafood, cheeses and desserts [the cutest dessert were the thumb sized ice cream cones]. It started at 6PM and went until 9PM.

Several tables ran out of their goodies before time as word of mouth spread the "that was S-O good", i.e. Starry Nights "Irish Cake Bombs: Chocolate Cake Balls with Guinness and Jameson Caramel (I know, how not?!) They still had their Cherry Cake Bombs with Brandied Cherries to tide them through the evening.
The gentlemen at Roxy's Diner/The Backdoor at Roxy's told me that they FORGOT to bring the Kale Chips which were to accompany their Hot Pastrami on Rye. The pastrami was quite good.

I think my personal favorites were: the Cold Smoked Columbia River Sturgeon, on Yakima Corn Pancake, with Horseradish-Lemon Cream Cheese, and Caviar Creme Fraiche presented by Chef Jay Bartleson and the catering department of the Bell Harbor Int'l. Conference Center, and the Fess Parker Winery 2008 red blend Big Easy [who me prejudiced? just because I'm a member of their wine club?] They grow good grapes in Santa Barbara County.

D.W. didn't say what his favorites were. I'm thinking the Irish Cake Bombs or the Barking Frog at Willows Lodge offering of Jivara Cremeux, Peanut Butter Powder, Caramel Mousse, Fleur De Sel had to be up there at the top someplace.


FareStart has been around for nearly 2 decades but they are not nearly well enough known outside of the food industry environs. [I learned about them first through a women's help shelter that my company works with.]

Their missions statement is to "provide a community that transforms lives by empowering homeless men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training, and employment in the food service industry."

They have provided millions of meals to those in need. So we went out and spent more than we would have at Shari's but less than we would have at Palisades and supported a good work in the process. Do we pat our backs or rub our tummies?

Where do you grow YOUR vegetables?

Last week, July 8th, D.W. had a blog link regarding Oak Park, MI and their response to a citizen turning their front yard into a raised bed vegetable garden. That city says it is going to sue for "unsuitable use" of the front yard.

Here I am going to ignore my own rule about not talking politics.

Today I emailed the named councilcritter a piece of information about an event planned for Seattle.

The event is called "Grow Veggies In Your Parking Strip".

Think he will read it?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Editorial note about what I will write

I grew up being told "do not talk politics or religion"; and that meant everyone, most especially family and friends.

So I am going to let my XY-half (the Song in my Heart) deal with those issues. Besides which he is SO much better with a quip and/or caustic remark than I am.

From me you will hear about goings on in & about the house: if a recipe comes out particularly well, how the 4-leggeds (meow) are doing, if I have managed to grow something.

You will also hear about beauty discovered on vacation, social outings, probably a bit about crafty stuff. Life. Just me sending memories into the vapor.

I hope you enjoy it.

Bearcat rejoins the world


On my last post I said that I would be gone for a few days.
That obviously stretched into a l-o-n-g time. Over a year.
But I have rejoined the world at large and am slowly becoming a social creature once more.

I dealt with settling my Dad's estate.
We remodeled the house that I inherited - new doors, windows, updated/upgraded kitchen and bathrooms. We moved in. Still need to buy new draperies.
I learned a new commuting routine. Y-a-w-n, it starts way early.

The cats like the new yard, but are not so sure about the traffic. They are used to a street running in front of the house. Now they have a corner lot with 2 streets; one of which leads directly to a school so we get buses. Big noise.

I'll be talking to you. :)