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Category: food

07/02/10 05:52 - 74.ºF - ID#52085

Recipes

for (e:enknot)... I made these for the camping trip. Yum!

Black bean dip/refried beans

2 14 oz cans black or pinto beans
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
2-3 large garlic cloves
1 large onion
1/2 jalapeno pepper
1/4 c. fresh cilantro
1+ t. oregano
1+ t. cumin
1+ t. black pepper
1+ t. sea salt
olive oil

Chop the garlic, onions, jalapeno and cilantro (use the stems, too!). Heat the oil, saute the garlic, onions and jalapeno until the onions are translucent to lightly tanned. Add the cilantro & stir. Add the cumin, oregano, salt & pepper. Add the beans (use the juice - very important or it'll dry out).

For refried beans, mash them up as you cook them. Add the tomatoes and let it all simmer down and dry out. Make sure to keep stirring so you don't scorch them. They should be pretty dry.

For the wetter bean dip, you don't have to mash as much. Add the tomatoes and simmer down until it's a consistency that works with tortilla chips.

Lentil-Chickpea Salad
(from Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East & North Africa by Habeeb Salloum, p. 117. I highly recommend this cookbook.)

Serves 8-10

1 c. lentils, washed
water (3 c. min) (broth or bullion is nice - i used a mushroom base)
1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 c. lemon juice - that's about 2 fresh lemons worth
1 bunch green onions
3 large tomatoes
1 14 oz. can chickpeas
1/2 c. fresh parsley or cilantro
1 large sweet red pepper
salt & pepper

Cook lentils in water until tender but still intact and slightly firm; allow to cool. (Instructions for cooking lentils.) Drain.

While lentils are cooking, chop the onions, tomatoes, parsley/cilantro, pepper, and juice the lemons. Since it's a salad, you want the veggies pretty small. Put them all in a big bowl, add the chickpeas, salt & pepper and mix. Mix in the lentils before serving.

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I think I'm going to make this for a picnic tomorrow. I'll probably add garlic. It has a very clean, mild taste to it.

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Category: home

06/30/10 03:39 - 67.ºF - ID#52066

we're working hard!


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06/24/10 04:55 - 78.ºF - ID#52024

Furthur in Rochester?

I've got an extra ticket for Furthur at the Highland Bowl in Rochester tomorrow night. Furthur is a Grateful Dead related band featuring Phil Lesh (bass) and Bob Weir (guitar). Doors open at 5, show is at 6:30. The tickets are general admission. I'd be leaving here around 2:30ish.

Let me know right now!
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Category: home

06/18/10 12:09 - 75.ºF - ID#51943

Bear trap

Later that day...

I was on the Island taking pix, chatting with folks, and eating fresh pierogies and came across a bear trap. Mark Bowne, a former state police officer, had been having trouble with a mama bear and her three cubs getting into his and his neighbors' trash. He contacted the game warden, who brought a trap to his house. The morning of the parade, the trap caught the mama bear and the game warden brought it to the Island to demonstrate the tagging, weighing, and sexing process.

Trap
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Mark Bowne
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Warden Minnich prepared the tranquilizer.
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Warden's truck & the trap.
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Crowd gathers
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Like shooting fish in a barrel?
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The warden explained that he would take the bear to Taylor Run, just a little outside of town, hoping she'll collect the three cubs and scoot farther out now that she knows what happens if she stays in town. If he knew the cubs were second year, he'd take her farther away, but he didn't want to risk it. She weighed about 160 lbs, small for a female black bear (PDF).
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Tagged!
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For more pictures of Island Park and the Coal Festival car show, go here
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Category: home

06/16/10 12:01 - 65.ºF - ID#51901

Blossburg State Coal Festival

As usual on Memorial Day weekend, I was camping at a big bluegrass party and came down the mountain to do stuff at the Coal Festival. Here are some parade & festival pictures. I hope you're amused. (See (e:heidi,48848) for last year.)

My cousin's ex-wife
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Big flag
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Pennsylvania Bucktails Civil War re-enactors
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A's nephew Tyler... keep an eye out for him below.
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My hairdresser's son Jason.
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First Citizens National Bank began as Miners National Bank
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Red Hat Society, driven by town historian Keith Lindie on his precious John Deere.
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The tall redheaded boy is another of A's nephews. His niece Harley is 4th from left.

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Gratuitous fire engine shot. Blossburg, Morris, Liberty, Wellsboro and Mansfield fire and/or ambulance companies were represented.
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Uncle Dudley's bf Bernie hauled their float.
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Uncle Dudley & the float
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Tioga County does have a bus system although it's mostly impractical. The system does have some good specialized services, such as the one that picks up A's mom at their house and takes her to dialysis .
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Here's A's nephew Tyler again - the parade/town is so small that participants are recycled. Ty was prom king. Great hat.
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Girls softball... somehow they got to ride four-wheelers.
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My client Lucia's husband Jim.
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One of the Nickerson relations showing off the eggs that Gordie the Chicken Whisperer was selling (e:heidi,51745)
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I bought a raffle ticket for this antique tractor cuz ya know I really need one.
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The car show is a very popular event.
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Harley was in the parade with her recorder-playing troupe and then she got her face painted at the festival. I love how her teeth were blue.
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Just a cute picture of A's niece Tori Rose. She begged me to take her camping.
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The Island is one of the most beautiful and special places I know. It's so hard to capture the beauty of it.
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Wow, that was boring.

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Category: pets

06/15/10 11:01 - 65.ºF - ID#51900

Dog park

On Kristen Becker's suggestion, I took Nisha to the Barkyard before I had to take her home last week. If you need some cute in your life, that's the place to go.

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Patent attorney Rebecca and Brandywine, a dachshund mix.
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Some random cell shots...
Nisha & China hanging out
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I had my truck packed to go camping Memorial Day weekend and Nisha was happily snuggled in the midst of the blankets & pillows as I took her to A's.
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Category: holidays

06/14/10 06:20 - 71.ºF - ID#51886

Dyke March

Thanks to (e:mike), (e:libertad), (e:metalpeter), (e:fellyconnelly), and (e:lauren) for hanging out! It was a cool mashup of my Buffalo Queer Women meetup members and (e:peeps). (Whoa! the little flying pictures on upload!)

(e:libertad) loves Nisha! What a great shot - they're both so happy!
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Brigidann lives at Plankton, the other coop house. She's a cool nerdy punk type. Her shirt says "Sorry, I don't do boys."
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Alisa & Kavi
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Category: home

06/13/10 12:53 - 65.ºF - ID#51874

Scooters, windmills, cemeteries and Halliburton

April 10, 2010

Uncle Dudley and her bf Bernie bought a scooter to use when they're traveling in their RV. Here's Uncle Dudley scooting around the yard.

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I tried it out, too. It was way more fun than I expected, and much easier. Would this be a good city transportation option?
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Uncle Dudley & Bernie create "Headstone Halos," cemetery headstone decorations that keep the flower pots off the ground and make the veterans' flags stand up straight. This one is on my great grandmother's grave.

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I love the shadows.
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Bernie creates custom artwork for the Halos.
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I've mentioned the industrial invasion of Tioga County by gas well drilling... From 2007 through April 2010, Pennsylvania has issued 1,559 permits in the four counties of Bradford, Tioga, Susquehanna and Wayne. Choose Tioga from the drop down menu, then zoom in on the yellow pin on Ward Township. The photos are from Ward and Union twps. The yellow pins are Fortuna, now Talisman, well permits and the purple ones are East Resources, now Shell Oil.

This well pad is behind American Legion Post 167 in Morris Run.
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They're clearing paths to create roads for the well pads.
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This land was strip mined for coal and reclaimed.
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Another well site.
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This shows the truck traffic on a Saturday at Fallbrook, Pa.
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Permits displayed at another well site.
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A compressor station. There are lots of cabins around here - their property values are shot.
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Ward & Union townships are also the site of a large windfarm. Although windfarms do cause some noise pollution, they do not threaten water. The energy is exported to Virgina, Maryland & Delaware.

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These poor folks have both a windfarm and a gas well pad. Their house shows a bunch of new improvements, so they're getting money from somewhere, but I doubt they could sell their land. This used to be just another quiet country road.
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Drilling rig.
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You know life is bad when Halliburton appears. :-(
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We stopped for a little picnic lunch.
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All of a sudden Nisha laid down and stopped moving. I thought she was just following a scent trail but she wouldn't get up. I panicked and yelled for A.
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He picked her up and she had burdocks on her ear which then got attached to her eye fur and she was trying to wipe them away. He pulled them out.
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And she was grateful.
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I don't think this was constructed.
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Hundred-year-old foundation with a tree growing in the middle of it.
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Category: home

06/10/10 12:58 - 64ºF - ID#51848

Bodhi toes!

I have ooodles of pix to post but here I am posting a crappy cell phone picture of Bodhi's toes. Poor baby is at the doctor getting shots now.


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Category: holiday

06/05/10 01:33 - 73ºF - ID#51802

Dyke March

My meetup group is watching the Dyke March from my front stoop this afternoon - you're all welcome to join us! 5:00 p.m. Bring beer, dogs, chairs, dykes... (comment if you need my addy)





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