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.
The KSDK Twitter headline got me to click the link. "One of the most popular kitchen appliances is at its lowest price today." So I immediately thought of stoves. I mean, everyone needs a stove, right? It has to be popular. But no.
Turns out they wrote about the price drop for Yogurt makers. Yogurt makers! Are they really popular? Honestly I don't know anyone who owns one or if they do, they haven't admitted it.
A Great Dane in Oregon somehow managed to chew up and swallow 43 pairs of socks. Actually, 43 and 1/2 pairs as there was one extra single sock added to the total. By the time the last few pairs landed in his stomach he was very sick and it was then the socks were discovered by x-ray. Surgery took care of the massive blockage and the dog is ok now.
Dogs are known to love socks and many owners have had a swallowed sock incident but, wow, 43 pairs! This number had me doing a mental count of how many pairs of socks we own and it's no where near 43 pairs. That's a lot of socks laying around.
Fortune Magazine and Food and Wine Magazine teamed up to produce a list of the women who are doing creative and successful things in food and drink. The women range from a congressman who advocates for local family, sustainable farms to a woman involved in world wide hunger and everything else inbetween.
If we had a local list of innovative women I'd place Gayle Zollmann, our landscape/grounds director here at the seminary at the top of that list.
It seems that Senator McCaskill's family has a Labor Day weekend pig roast tradition and she Tweeted a photo of her Son in Law carving the hog for the meal. Wowser did that tweet and photo cause a firestorm of disapproval by many. Other responses were supportive and funny, but most were very unhappy with her and what was seen as animal cruelty.
Here's the photo and her tweet: "Son-in-law in his trash bag apron carving pig #2 in new Labor Day weekend family tradition."
Many replies to this tweet wondered about him wearing a trash bag. Here is the link to read the pig roast kurfuffle.
The September Feast which is a free St. Louis food magazine and distributed at local grocery stores and restaurants, has an opening column by the editor who writes about Fall bringing on comfort foods. The issue is devoted to south side St. Louis and some of the best sandwiches, slingers and other dishes. It's a great issue and has me ready to make the south city tour of many of these places.
But, a she mentions the chef at Quincy Street Bistro who "is applying his background in fine dining to the bar-and-grill fare at at his family's corner pub. Think smoked hog's head toasted ravioli...."
No, I do not want to think of toasted ravs filled with hog's head. Normally a hog's head is brined for some time (as I've seen on the Food Network), but his is a smoked head..maybe brined as well. Please don't serve me anything made with hog's head and especially, leave the most perfect appetizer alone-toasted ravioli.
From Food and Wine Magazine online, a slide show run down of US sandwich shops the writer consider the best and Fozzie's right here in St. Louis/Richmond Heights 5 minutes from the seminary is number 3. I agree Fozzie's makes fantastic sandwiches just wish his shop was bigger so it could hold the many people who flock there each day.
Wish they'd move into the now empty My Daddy's Cheesecake place.
This is the first year we tried planting watermelons here on campus and truly, knowing when they're red inside is a trick. Just looking at them tells you nothing and neither does thumping on it. We've learned on the fly that there are several things which must occur in order to be sure they're ready to be picked.
1. the thin curly string hanging from the stem and vine must dry up completely and it also helps to let the melon sit for a few extra days after noticing the dried up curly string.
2. the spot where the melon sits on the ground must have turned from green to white to yellow/brown
3. It should be difficult if not impossible to cut into the skin with your fingernail
4. the color should fade from bright to dull and some say get a rougher texture although rough is doubtful.
So here we are today with the very first red watermelon. Holding my breath as I cut into it.
We planted Sugar Babies which are smaller than the norm, about 8 pounds and dark green. We did this so we'd get more melons in order to give them away to students. It tastes about as perfect as a watermelon can. It's amazing to walk into the kitchen right now, the air is fragrant with the smell of watermelon.