Thursday, June 25, 2009
One of the reasons I started my blog was because I have always suspected that a lot of interesting things happen to us every day. Looking back we remember mostly the big stuff, but not all the little things that give our lives color. The blog is my way of documenting some of the color in my life. It has been a good year for me full of unique experiences, there are not too many blogs based out of Uruguay!
Volunteering with the Red Cross at the Ohio State University spring graduation.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
The Festival is about showing pride in being gay, lesbian, or transsexual. While most of the participants were just like the participants in any festival, this festival has drag queens and nudity. It is unlike anything I have done with the Red Cross. There were a couple people who were not happy to see the Red Cross there as the Red Cross as a policy does not accept blood donations from gay men. This is perceived by some as anti-gay. We were able to engage the people who challenged us by explaining that we were volunteers who were there for the safety of the crowd.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
It was a pretty quiet night from an injury perspective. There was a heart attack which was taken care of by the paramedics. We handed out a few band-aids and a few cold packs. My main role was to expertly show people how to use the aspirin machine in the hall. I am surprised there were not more injuries as alcohol was flowing freely throughout the event.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
This week in the CSA, we received:
- beet greens
- tiny bok choy
- rhubarb stalks
- loaf of chibatta bread
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
We subscribed to a veggie and bread CSA with Frijolito Farm. This is an urban farm that is run by a small family. They are trying to minimize ecological impact by growing vegetables in the city near the consumers. It is their first year running a CSA, which makes this a little riskier. In return for $575, we will be receiving a weekly basket with vegetables and a fresh loaf of bread.
We were part of a CSA a few years ago when we lived in Pittsburgh. It is fun because you never really know when you are going to get each week. We were forced to try new vegetables and really expanded our horizons when trying to figure out how to use some uncommon items.
This past Friday we picked up our first basket. As expected, it was pretty light. It contained beet greens, radishes, mulberrys, and a loaf of Italian bread.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Note: Be careful not to overwork or overknead the dough; you simply want to incorporate the flour into the pumpkin puree
1 (15 oz.) Can Pumpkin Puree (drain excess water)
Salt & Pepper
Dash Of Nutmeg
2 3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1/3 Cup Melted Butter
6-7 Finely Chopped Sage Leaves
1 Large Clove Garlic, Minced
Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
1. Mix together the flour, pumpkin and seasonings to make a soft dough.
2. Add additional flour if the dough is sticky or does not hold together.
3. Divide the dough into 6 parts, and on a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a rope about 1 inch in diameter.
4. Cut the rope into 1 inch pieces and roll each lightly along the floured surface.
5. Continue using up all the dough in this fashion. Place on a lightly floured baking sheet. You can refrigerate the gnocchi until you are ready to cook them.
6. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a slow boil.
7. Place the butter in a small saucepan and heat.
8. Add the garlic and sage.
9. Cook the gnocchi in lightly salted boiling water for until the gnocchi rise to the surface and float.
10. Remove from the water, mix with the butter sage sauce, and serve topped with the freshly grated cheese.