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Category: recipes

07/09/09 05:58 - 76ºF - ID#49244

White Bean Dip

For (e:tinypliny)

5 medium garlic cloves, sliced
1/2 c. olive oil
2 15oz. cans of great northern beans (we used cannellini beans)
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice (we used from-concentrate juice)
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
1 t. ground cumin
salt
pepper
1/4 t. red pepper

Saute garlic in hot oil in a saucepan over medium heat 1.5 min or until lightly browned. Cool slightly. Remove garlic with a slotted spoon, reserving oil.

Process garlic, beans, lemon juice, parsley, cumin, salt, pepper, red pepper in food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. With processor running, pour reserved oil through food chute in a slow, steady stream, continuing to process until smooth. Chill at least 1 hr or up to 2 days.

Serve dip with assorted fresh vegetables, pita bread or bagel or tortilla chips.


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Category: holiday

07/04/09 02:16 - 67ºF - ID#49187

Fireworks @ Riverside Park

We didn't have nearly the adventure that (e:Mike,49186) did, but we enjoyed the Friendship Festival and fireworks at Riverside Park last night. Thanks for the suggestion. It was the first time I've taken pix of fireworks with the camera I got last summer. (I need a tripod!) The little festival carnival had more food vendors than anything else and not much local stuff. We were hoping for more of a Riverside cultural experience. The rides were bigger and more plentiful than any of the festivals held in Tioga County.

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Category: holiday

07/02/09 12:52 - 66ºF - ID#49175

Fireworks?

I'm unexpectedly in Buffalo this weekend and A's coming to visit. He's big into fireworks. So what's the best option? Sounds like Kenmore was really the place to be last weekend. We'd be happy to have company on our fireworks adventure; we'd also be happy to tag along with other folks.




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Category: tourism

07/01/09 03:58 - 72ºF - ID#49142

News from home: Bear on Main Street

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(photo by Kelly Stemcosky, Wellsboro Gazette)

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A bear found its way up a tree around 8:30 p.m. Monday night, June 30, in front of Subway on Main Street in Wellsboro [Tioga County, Pa.].

Crowds of people watched from the sidewalk as the borough police, members of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Game Commission worked to get the bear down safely.

Jacob Brink, 11, and Branden Enck, 10, said they saw the bear near Austin and Purple Streets just minutes before.

"It was walking right down Purple [Street]. It was huge," said Brink.

This bruin headed for high ground, climbing a tree on Main Street, Wellsboro on Monday evening. The animal was subsequently tranquilized, captured and eventually destroyed because of its aggressive tendencies.



(I wasn't there, I didn't see it, it's Wellsboro, the county seat.)

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Category: economics

06/28/09 03:51 - 64ºF - ID#49108

The high cost of doing biz with Walmart

http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/77/walmart.html?page=0%2C1


It also is not unheard of for Wal-Mart to demand to examine the private financial records of a supplier, and to insist that its margins are too high and must be cut. And the smaller the supplier, one academic study shows, the greater the likelihood that it will be forced into damaging concessions.



Wal-Mart has also lulled shoppers into ignoring the difference between the price of something and the cost. Its unending focus on price underscores something that Americans are only starting to realize about globalization: Ever-cheaper prices have consequences. Says Steve Dobbins, president of thread maker Carolina Mills: "We want clean air, clear water, good living conditions, the best health care in the world--yet we aren't willing to pay for anything manufactured under those restrictions."



Also has an interesting discussion of Levi's entrance into walmart.

This video discusses similar things from a broader perspective.


What is the Story of Stuff?


From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.



Thoughts?
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Category: tourism

06/23/09 04:33 - 80ºF - ID#49042

Cool sticker



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(e:Janelle) - China, M* & I thank you! It was a disgusting 99 degrees in Raleigh this weekend.

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Category: parade

06/18/09 03:13 - 58ºF - ID#48999

Pictures! Juneteenth, client's birds

Taste of Diversity Festival - international foods festival at Grant & Lafayette 11-3 on Saturday, 6/20. (I'll be out of town

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I visited a client yesterday and met her birds.

This is Tango
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These are Tango's children, one male, one female, 10 weeks old
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This is Tango's son laying on his back like a baby, getting his belly rubbed. I had no idea birds could be handled like this.

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My hand petting a pretty white bird.
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My Juneteenth parade pix aren't fantastic, but they are an interesting contrast with the St. Pat's parade pix. (e:heidi,48092) Instead of Irish dancing girls, there were steppers & drill teams - even some with curly hair pieces - is this a Buffalo thing? My hometown parade never has dancing girls (and never any with curly wigs), other than the rare baton twirler. The Irish dancing girls were all on floats, while the steppers walked between drills. The Juneteenth parade had much better cars than the St. Pat's or Pride parades. About Juneteenth About Juneteenth of Buffalo

Anticipation!
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Cars - from old to new...
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Curly-haired steppers
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More steppers
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This was the only crew that had a large group of boys - they were with the girls in the orange shirts, a gospel group.

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Cheerleaders
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Drummers
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Buddhists - saw this sign at the Pride Parade
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The historically black fraternity & sorority alumni groups were well represented.

Alpha Phi Alpha
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The Delta Sigma Theta ladies were dancing to "Milkshake" by Kelis. Really funny!
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A parade to watch for some Sunday in September - Puerto Rican Day!
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She was the only queen with a tiara as big as the queens' tiaras in the Pride Parde.
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My friend Alisha was posing as a car model in front of this classic Buick.
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The Juneteenth festival is held at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, one of the Olmsted parks

That's supposed to be a five-acre wading pool.
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(more photos if you're really interested )

At Allen West Festival - a hawk rescue group member was showing one of the rescued hawks who can't be released because of a severe wing injury.
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For Uncle Dudley
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Basra loves strawberries!
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Category: movies

06/15/09 11:55 - 70ºF - ID#48982

Where are they now...

I'm sure someone here is going to love these "Where are they now" galleries

Ghostbusters:

Saved by the Bell:

Ferris Bueller's Day Off:

Friday:

Pretty in Pink:


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Category: home

06/11/09 02:21 - 63ºF - ID#48889

More office chicks

Two chicks hatched while I was at the Pa. office Wednesday. (e:heidi,48491)

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tight crop, same picture
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... and randomly ...

Eco-friendly, hand-crank vibrator - definitely read the second review...


Heard on AM radio on my way back to Buffalo tonight







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Category: parties

06/08/09 04:49 - ID#48869

That bluegrass party

I went to my favorite annual party over Memorial Day weekend. It features some of the best in bluegrass - Hickory Project,
(Tioga County-based, internationally known, mandolin player is a top national player)

and some more local folks - Fetish Lane (they were combined with members of another band, calling themselves Woodshed something, but i forget... ah, update: Woodshed Prophets )
Backwoods Experiment (who I don't really like)
Grass Stained Genes (who played in my living room for my 31st birthday party)
and there's jammin' everywhere. I didn't take pix of the whole event, and pretty much no performances except the Sunday afternoon jam in the area we call The Pines, just took shots when the spirit moved me.



The bonfire Saturday night was huge - those are people and trees dwarfed by the fire - and that's after it's died down a lot.
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My friend's kid turned 11 at the party.
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A's little brother wanted food from our stash because he's a big mooch and didn't bring his own food. We had decided that he couldn't have any unless he paid $1 for each item. He negotiated letting me take pix of him blowing bubbles in trade...I've definitely gotten more than $1 in amusement :-)

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My friend Marty is a blacksmith who lives in Ohio. He brings his "portable" forge and tools with him - this is one of his pieces.

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Each year, someone flies a small plane over the party and drops a gift for Bucky, the host. (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/leonardharrison.aspx - there's a little airport near the PA Grand Canyon)
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Bucky playing banjo at the "Hardy Hole Cafe" (aka the kitchen)
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Cellist Dave Bush playing in the Pines
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Sunday afternoon jamming (the cellist is back there playing too, behind the guy with the harp)
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More jammin'
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The stage area late Sunday night. My friend (father of kid above) is glaring at the other guitarist because he's sick of the same tunes the guy has been playing since the afternoon jam. There was a bassist, the cellist, a drummer, and a couple other folks that he would rather have been jamming with, in more of a rock style.
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The pews are where the audience sits when when watching folks play on the stage. The wooden platforms visible at the bottom of the picture are where folks dance. The couple on the right comes from North Carolina each year, but he grew up down the road from the party location.
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Just a funny shot.
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(if you're really curious about the rest of the party, msg me and i'll send you a link)
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