Thursday, August 30, 2007

August 22, Day 6

Okay let’s just skip to the food, since most of you are interested in it anyway!
Breakfast was Oatmeal with all the trimmings, raisins, brown sugar, yogurt and cream. Besides that there were big golden fluffy Biscuits, sausage gravy, sausage patties and fried apples.

Lunch, was Spinach Quiche, baked seasoned potato wedges and the best avocado-tomato recipe. You can bet I will pick up that recipe. And once again the board was wrong, it said watermelon and it turned out to be Blondie bars.

Tomato-Avocado Salad
3-4 tomatoes
2 medium avocados
¼ c. chopped basil
4 chopped green onions green tops and all
½ to 1 c. vinaigrette (recipe follows)
Freshly ground black pepper

Slice the tomatoes and avocados in small chunks. They added black olives and red onion wedges that are not listed in their recipe. Sprinkle the basil and a little salt and pepper over all. Drizzle the dressing and serve at room temperature. Dress the salad as soon as possible to prevent the avocado from browning.

Vinaigrette Dressing
1 T. Dijon mustard
½ lemon
3 T. red wine vinegar
¼ t. salt
¼ t. freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, finely minced
¼ to ½ c. olive oil

In a small bowl whisk the mustard, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper until smooth. Continue to whisk the mixture while slowly dribbling in the olive oil until mixture thickens. Adjust seasoning to taste. Use the smaller amount of oil if you like a tart dressing.

Make the dressing a little ahead of time to allow the garlic to flavor it well. Whisk again before using.

Dinner was something I didn’t think I would like, but it was great. Broiled Halibut with Mango Chutney, steamed broccoli, wild rice pilaf and homemade dill bread. Dessert was lemon curd pie. You see in Missouri, we think fish has to be fried to be good. Twice this week I have been wrong!

Morning song was performed by JD Robinson a volunteer firefighter from Brasstown, who played his guitar. He is also a teacher at the school, teaching guitar. He asked us if we knew EDITH. One guy in the front row shook his head yes. You see he was giving us a little school lesson, mixed in with his singing. EDITH stands for

E – Exit
D – Drill
I – In
T – The
H – House

Everyone should know that. Teach it to your family and practice it. He then told us about an elderly woman who lay dying in the hospital, just before she died, she told her husband, the one thing she hated the most was when he opened a new loaf of bread and he took out the end piece and gave it to her. And with that she died. But the husband unknown to him of her passing went on to tell her. I gave it to you because it was always my favorite piece.

Morel of the story, Do unto others, as you would want them to do unto you.

After classes ended at 4:30, I went to the Print making studio to see their demonstration. It involves drawing and making a print block and using a printing press. Not something everyone has lying around the house.

At 7:00 Rhonda and I went to the Glass bead making demonstration in the Enameling studio.
Later I meet up with Bonnie in the Music studio where she was in on the jam session.
Chuck and Peggy Patrick were playing; they are so much fun to watch. They live in a cabin in the area and both teach at the school, he teaches knife making and music, she teaches basketry and music. Bonnie and I took our wine with us in fancy plastic cups. The tunes were great.

We tipped toed back to room, shortly before 10.

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