Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
We're heading into the last couple of weeks for sweet corn around here and that means get it or lose it. Today I'm going to try something I've never bothered with in other years and that is, get a whole bunch of Collinsville sweet corn and freeze it for winter.
Keller Farms put up a Facebook post explaining the best way to do this.
Clean corn by removing husk and silk. -Place corn in boiling water, when water returns to a boil cook about 1 to 2 minutes. -Remove corn and immediately place in ice water until completely chilled and you cannot feel any heat when held. -Remove corn from water and drain well. -Remove kernels from cob and place in freezer bags or containers.
I also came across a food site which recommended using a bundt pan to remove the kernals-put the narrow end of the cob into the hole in the bundt pan and then cut down. The kernals fall into the pan and not all over your counter. I also bought a corn shaver at Bed Bath and Beyond yesterday to make the cutting easier. This is the one I got because it was recommended to me by someone who recently cut up a lot of corn. I looked at this one but thought it looked impossible. The mandolin type is just too dangerous, and the guy who used an electric drill (better left alone) was just too weird. So we'll see how it goes.
I love the idea of opening a freezer bag of fresh sweet corn in January.
Last night Kruta Bakery asked a question on their Facebook page: " What items do you remember from the past that you wished we would re-introduce?"
This received quite a few responses and it got me to thinking about a couple of their items we don't see much, if at all, anymore. I miss the Cheese Fingers. This may have gone by another name, but most longtime Kruta customers know what Cheese Fingers mean-retangular slices of a coffee cake like dough layered with bakery cheese and drizzled with frosting. These are so good. And, Peanut Squares. These used to be available fairly regularly on one or two days of the week. Now they're by order only.
It would be nice to see a small version of their Dolly Madison cake available without ordering as well. But even without these selections, Kruta's is still the best bakery around.
According to a story in Slate, the rising cost of meat in grocery stores may give us all a chance to see how we'd like being vegetarians. The price of meat is being affected by all sorts of things.
Pork: a deadly pig virus is decimating the pork supply
Beef: the domestic cattle herd is the smallest it's been since 1951
Chicken: ok for now, but there's a rooster fertility issue which could affect the chicken supply in the future
Feed: Ongoing conflict in Ukraine—a major exporter of corn and wheat—has left farmers facing higher feed prices for what livestock they do have.
Who among us knew that we exported corn and wheat from the Ukraine? Our country with its endless fields of corn and wheat?
Vegetables on the other hand have seen only modest price increases so they become more attractive...
But, if you're paying attention to the news, you'll have learned about all the fruit recalls due to a Listeria contamination at the packing plant in California. Trader Joe's, Costco, Walmart, Ralph's, our own local Dierberg's and others have been asking those who purchased the various affected items to either toss them or bring them back for a refund. Even Wegmans alerted customers that baked goods with fruit should not be eaten.
It seems the local Schnucks chain hasn't been affected.
What this all means is food can be tricky no matter the cost or the type.
While in the Richmond Center Schnucks yesterday getting some cream cheese, I saw an entire section of Philly Cream Cheese with "Great for Passover" printed on each package. Needless to say, I passed over that box and got cheese with a more timely sell by date.
That store does a ton of business, the shelves are being restocked constantly. Some time back I was talking to one of Schnuck's regional managers who told me this particular store is the largest grossing in the chain. So why on earth are they still putting out cream cheese which was boxed specifically for a religious observance in April. And, you'd have to believe that passover cheese was around some time before Passover.
A Consumer Reports survey of people who eat out lists what bothers people most about restaurants. Dirty restrooms and utensils tops everything. This comes from the current issue of Consumer Reports on newsstands now.
After driving from St. Louis to DC and back last week, we had many occasions to stop to eat at various highway places and we never knew which place would be clean and which would not. Chain restaurants varied in cleanliness from stop to stop, the ickiest being a McDonald's in Terra Haute. The bathrooms were yuck and the employees were the scruffiest and unkempt employees we've ever seen. The best was Sheetz, a gas station/fast food chain on the mid east coast. Sheetz was so clean it made everything better.