Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I love my Griddler

My kitchen is my "playroom."  I love all kinds of cooking, from smoking meat or grilling outside, to stirfry, roasting, crock pot cooking . . . I love to cook and bake.

One of my kitchen tools that I especially like is my Griddler.  I've had it quite a few years now and use it a lot.  It has reversible plates, one side is flat for frying, the other has ridges for grilling.  And the nice thing, they go right in the dishwasher!  There is even a hidden tray to collect run off grease.

It makes great paninis and grilled cheese sandwiches.  In the winter, I use it to grill steaks or hamburgers, when I can't fire up the grill in two feet of snow out back.

Mine is one of the original models that came out.  It is just basic, big enough for me, no frills, but it does a great job in the kitchen.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring time in Rochester, NY

The view out my front door this morning.  Just when I was thinking it was safe to put the snowblower in summer storage!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Another great salsa recipe

Salsa was never one of my favorite foods until I discovered homemade salsa!  Here is a batch I am going to make tomorrow.  I have the dried black beans soaking overnight.

2 cups cooked black beans
1 papaya, chopped
1  mango, chopped
1 cup chopped pineapple, juice reserved
4 limes
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
salt and pepper to taste

Run the limes through a juicer.  Combine all ingredients and mix well.  This is a real crowd pleaser.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A grilled cheese sandwich with pizazz!

I found this recipe posted on Facebook and decided to give it a try.  I love it!  As you can see from the recipe, there is room for your own ideas.  You can vary the cheese, the type of bread, or possibly add another ingredient.  Here is the way I made it.

Two slices of multi-grain bread
softened butter
olive oil
sliced mozzarella cheese
a slice of tomato
sliced avocado
salt to taste

Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.  Brush the other side with olive oil.

On the olive oil side, spread cheese, avocado and the tomato.  Sprinkle with salt.

Top with the other slice of bread.

Grill on a preheated Griddler or panini press for about 5 minutes.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

A real jolt

I think I am a strong, resilient person, having proved that through trials and tribulations over the years and always landing on my feet.

Then I took a 2 hour tour of our county jail as part of my Citizens Police Academy.  Wow. . .

It wasn't pretty and it was unsettling, to put it in delicate terms.  We came up close and personal with multiple individuals who had totally trashed their lives.

What feelings did I come away with?  I am grateful that I had a better foundation in life, that I own my home, that I have family and friends that care for me, I have a job, I am educated and capable of making wise choices - well, most of the time, that I have known the love of dogs that think I am wonderful and eagerly look forward to me coming home, that I am free to come and go as I please and do whatever I want.

As I listened to one of the guards speaking and letting us know what to expect behind the next door, I couldn't help saying to her, "My heart goes out to you."  She looked at me with a forlorn look and said, "Thank you."

Sunday, March 8, 2015

37, 43, 42, 37, 38, 39

So you are thinking, "Sherry won the lottery and these are the winning numbers!"

No, it's even better than that!  The numbers are the projected high temperatures for Rochester for Monday through Saturday this week.  Please note that they are all above the freezing mark!  That's a BIG deal when you have endured the winter we have had this year.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Quote for the day

Nothing is impossible.  The word itself says, "I'm possible." . . . . Audrey Hepburn

Does this mean I can push a button and immediately it will be Spring and all this (expletive deleted) snow and ice will go away???

Monday, March 2, 2015

And so it is March

Rochester suffered through a harsh winter and there is still a 2 foot wall of snow on either side of my driveway.  But we have something to show for it. . . February was the coldest month on record.  For just 6 hours during the entire month, the temperature rose above the freezing point.

The question is, what will March bring?  March in Rochester can be an extention of winter or the days can be warm and sunny.  So far, it is an extention of winter.

I look forward to wearing short sleeves, sending my winter coat to the cleaners, going to the gun range, smoking meat in my Weber smoker and sitting by the smoker enjoying that wonderful smell, inflating the tires in my bike and taking off for points unknown. . . anything that invovles being outside again.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Citizen's Police Academy

I am really thrilled with the Citizen's Police Academy that I am participating in for eight weeks.  We are learning so very much about the workings of our town's police department and the criminal justice system.

Being a gun enthusiast, I really liked the night they showed us their firearms.  You may remember in a post from last summer where I told about the police walking up my driveway with a shotgun in his hands!  I walked out the door and said, "Is this about the rabid fox in our neighborhood?"  They found it in my yard.

Another night, our county's District Attorney and the Public Defender spoke to us.  I didn't know that the DA's office has outreach programs to reach inner city youngsters at an early age to hopefully start them on the right path so that they never end up in the criminal justice system.  The idea is to encourage reading and to let the children know the police officer is their friend.

Recently our two town judges spoke to us.  Another new thing I learned, these two judges are on call 24/7 to be called in for arraignments.  The first question someone asked, "Why do you have to do an arraignment at 2:00 am?  Why can't you do it later that morning?"

The judge responded, "That's what my wife asks everytime the phone rings in the middle of the night!"

When someone is arrested on a felony, they need to be brought into court immediately to be told what they are charged with.  Our town police department only has a holding cell.  There is no way to provide for a prisoner.  Therefore, they need to be arraigned and then carried to the jail downtown unless they can post bail on the spot.

In an upcoming class, we will see the police dogs used by the City of Rochester.  I will have to curb my natural tendency to walk up to them and put my arms around them!  These dogs are not meant to be cuddled and played with!

Many police departments hold these classes, so check with your area to see if they are offered.  I highly recommend them.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

It takes all kinds of people. . .

to make this world.

I had to take my Honda Civic in for its 20,000 mile check up.  Can you believe it, the car is three years old and it doesn't quite have 20,000 miles on it.

Anyway. . . they told me it would take three hours.  I was going to ask for a loaner car, but decided instead, I'd take the book I'm currently reading and wait in the customer waiting room.

I arrived at 8:00 am.  There were only two or three other people, all involved in either a book or their kindle.  It was quiet.  That's what I wanted.

Just as I was settling in with my book, a large woman came barging through the door.  "WHERE is the coffee?" she demanded.  Everyone ignored her.  "WHERE is the coffee?" she asked once again, in an irritated voice.

"I'm not sure, ma'am," I replied.

She wandered around until she found it, then came back into the room and sat down near me.

"I don't like this waiting room," she said, to no one in particular.

When no one even looked up to acknowledge her, she seemed to settle down somewhat.  Secretly, I was hoping she was only there for an oil change and would soon be leaving.

After a short while, a man from the Service Department entered the room and called her by name.  Her reply, "Oh, God.  This can't be good.  AM I GOING TO BE UNHAPPY?" she demanded of the poor man.

Ignoring her question, he proceeded to tell her she would need a new radiator.  They both left the room and she never returned.

It was a rather pleasant wait from then on and they finished with my car in two hours instead of the three they initially estimated.