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The Romance of Trailers, Part Two

More trailers (and a tiki bus) on my to-do quest list:
The Shady Dell in Bisbee, Arizona.

The Romance of Trailers

Is this not the cutest burrito stand you’ve ever seen in your life? Rural Intelligence’s Dan Shaw profiles Bubby’s Burrito Stand in Red Hook, New York this week. A road trip to Bubby’s has moved to the top of my to-do quest list.

It’s not the only trailer on the list. I also want to check out Kate’s Lazy Meadow Motel, which offers accommodations in several Airstream trailers.

Fred Flare gives a tour of the Kate’s Lazy Meadow Motel Tinkerbell Trailer in this video.

Sweet Spring Turnips

I had to schlep the child and crank out a festival press release this morning, but managed to make it to the last seven minutes of the Great Barrington Farmers’ Market. Indian Line Farm had a few bunches of spring turnips left. The crunchy, sweet sample was a revelation. The turnips tasted good raw, but I’m going to try caramelizing them as the farm’s Alana Chernila recommended.

Caramelized Spring Turnips

Slice, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Spread on a baking sheet.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

…and, by the way, I happened to learn yesterday that Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial and former Stockbridge resident, got his artistic start as a child by whittling turnips.

First Figs of Summer

Slice, stuff with a bit of the best goat cheese in the world, wrap with a narrow strip of prosciutto, skewer with a toothpick, drizzle with honey, and bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. Repeat.

(Thanks to Whole Foods for the photo, though I found today’s figs at Guido’s. There’s no Whole Foods around here. For years I shopped at the one on Telegraph in Berkeley. I only share this as it makes me nervous to lift the image from Google. Hello, corporate lawyer: I’ve already paid and paid and paid for figs at Whole Foods.)

Open Window

Matisse, Open Window, 1905

Today is the first day in at least six months, maybe a year, that I don’t have a freelance magazine article deadline to contend with on top of my regular job and family life. This happened because I said a word I rarely say to editors: No.

The various assignments have mostly been fun and the income welcome, but I’m so relieved to have a break. I googled images tonight to illustrate the feeling: open road…big sky…open window.

The Sound of Music notion of God closing doors and opening windows looms large in my world view. I hope I manage not to say yes to the next thing until the view looks like this painting.

Our Funky Cheese Shack Girls in Action

Another fun shot from Paul. Annalena just forbade me from posting any more pictures of her with braces, so this is the last one…for now.

The girls, by the way, were the top earners during the radio station’s recent fund drive, raising $1300 during their hour on air. They were, as usual, hilarious and relentless.

More Middle School Graduation Photos


Thanks to our buddy Paul (H’s stepdad and D’s best Berkshire friend) for forwarding these graduation photos. I’m especially happy to post them here for posterity, as Junior’s braces come off this summer.

How to Make Mayonnaise



(Video linked from
Food Wishes Video Recipes)

Ingredients:
2 egg yolks
1 tbl fresh lemon juice
1 tbl white wine vinegar
3/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp sugar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup olive oil

I’ve been trying to wean myself of Hellman’s Light, which for the record (thanks, Kate B.), consists of:

WATER, SOYBEAN OIL, VINEGAR, MODIFIED CORN STARCH**, WHOLE EGGS AND EGG YOLKS, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP**, SALT, LEMON JUICE, XANTHAN GUM**, (SORBIC ACID**, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA) USED TO PROTECT QUALITY, PHOSPHORIC ACID**, DL ALPHA TOCOPHEROL ACETATE (VITAMIN E), BETA-CAROTENE**, CITRIC ACID**, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL** FLAVORS (SOY), PHYTONADIONE (VITAMIN K), PAPRIKA OLEORESIN.

*INGREDIENTS NOT IN MAYONNAISE.

My Mother Likes This Picture

My mom wrote today that she thinks this photo should go with my blog profile. It’s perhaps not so pretty as the teeth posted above and I’m not quite prepared to let that winning smile version of reality go, but for those of you who may wonder what I actually look like at seven in the morning in the woods with Goose…

Father's Day


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