29 May 2008
27 May 2008
This is the best meatloaf I've ever thrown together. Inspired by a recipe I found from Ming Tsai for Asian Meatloaf, with a few changes depending on what I had around the house. Here's what I ended up with, and its the best damned meatloaf I've ever made.
1 pound of Oregon Country Natural Beef. Nothing but the happiest ground up dead cows for me.
1/4 cup Ketcuhp or Catsup (whichever you prefer) plus a tablespoon of Sambal Oelek.
1 tsp of onion powder. Onions be damned!
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp Tamari (Regular ol' soy sauce will do)
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup Panko (You can use plain ol' bread crumbs if you want, Panko is just what I have tonight)
1/4 cup of Mayonaise (since I didn't have an egg, a tip on the internets told me to use a 1/4 cup of mayo. Seems to work.)
Mix it all up in a bowl, use your hands to smoosh it all up into that meatloaf texture. Plop it in a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 F for 35 minutes, pull it out of the oven, switch the oven to Broil. Make a festive design on the top of the loaf with ketchup and siracha (cock sauce)
Broil the loaf for about three minutes, until the top gets a nice crispness.
Let it stand for about 6 minutes before cutting it up.
Here's where there'd be a picture of it if I had the foresight to take a picture of the Best Damned Meatloaf Ever.
22 May 2008
From Bull Run to the bottle.
Hot Lips Pizza decided to bottle our local tap water because its the best damned tap water in the world. Fed by gravity straight from the mountains down into the city, I love to geek out on Portland's Water system, it's just so cool! Gravity is magic!
Hot Lips is also my favorite Portland pizza purveyor, and it just worked out this afternoon that I had to stop by there around lunchtime to drop off some t-shirts. Tasty convenience.
Best appreciated with instant rimshot.
18 May 2008
The perfect solution for your sliding door that no longer slides? Sliding glass patio door. Awesome! And the greenhouse window on the other side, nice touch.
Even cooler, after I took these pics in Old Town yesterday afternoon, I spotted it again at Jantzen Beach Super Center when we were on our way to Hooters.
15 May 2008
In the late 19th century the hotel added such ammenities as an opera house, a pony and bicycle track, a baseball field, and of course a casino.
In 1901, the hotel burned to the ground.
In 1916, Sinclair died, leaving the hotel to his daughter and her husband. The building became an Army Hospital during WWI, when Lillian Sinclair fell in love with an officer she met there, divorcing her husband and selling the hotel to a local casino manager named Ed Ballard.
12 May 2008
11 May 2008
09 May 2008
Just a quick post as we're packing our bags and heading for a whirlwind tour of Cincinnati, before heading back to Portland on Saturday.
Its been an awesome week here in the sticks, more random pics of Hoosierdom will follow in the next few days and weeks as I get back in the routine of working life and manage to find time to sort through the hundreds of pictures from this trip.
07 May 2008
There are a few places in Indiana that I consider "hometowns." When meeting folks from other states, I claim Bloomington as my hometown because most folks from outside the state have at least heard of it, know that it's where IU is, and perhaps know about John Mellencamp and/or Bobby Knight. If I'm talking to a fellow Hoosier, I'll usually mention that I went to school in Bloomfield but lived out by the Crane Depot, they usually know about the area enough to know what I'm talking about. I feel really connected to this chunk of land where I'm staying this week, this is the only place I ever lived until I moved into Bloomington for college when I was 18.
However my roots run deep in Martin County, even though I never lived there, my family has been around Shoals for the better part of 150 years. I spent a whole lot of time there as a kid, Mom & Dad both grew up there, Dad is the undisputed winning-est Catfish Festival bridge fisherman, and it seems I'm related to about two thirds of the town in one way or another. Even though all of my immediate family have moved away to other places near and far, Shoals is a very special place with an interesting history, and quite photogenic, with one of the most peculiar high school mascots in the entire country.
06 May 2008
Today began with a nice late morning drinking coffee and hanging out with Mom and Dad. Around lunchtime we headed down to Stoll's Lakeview, my favorite of the Amish Buffet restaurants that populate the area. I ate and ate until I should've felt all bloated and tired, but the food is made from some great ingredients which treated my body like food should. Always one of my favorites.
G and I drove separately from Mom & Dad so we could go do a little exploring of the Amish country and some other small towns after lunch. We made it to a whole lot of places I haven't seen in ten years, many of which have sadly taken a turn for the abandoned.
05 May 2008
We did a lot of exploring today, mostly showing G around Bloomington and campus. I'm fading a little too fast tonight to go through a whole lot of pictures, so I'll limit this post to Greene County.
One of my favorite places near where I grew up is the small community of Scotland, population 100. This is the little town about five miles down the highway from the homestead. This is the town where I got off the school bus and waited for Mom or Dad to pick me up on their way home from work, and ate copious amounts of soft serve ice cream from the former Toodie's Cafe.