Monday, July 07, 2008

back from a whirlwind weekend in Wisconsin

Hope you all enjoyed the 4th! Paul and I spent a busy weekend up in Wisconsin -- drinking Strongbow on the Union Terrace, listening to Cracker at Summerfest, checking out all the new development in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward... As soon as we made it back to Chicago (painfully slow going due to construction), we headed down to Lincoln Park to picnic and toss the Frisbee. All in all, quite a nice weekend.

One of my picnic contributions:
Dill sauce
Serves 8-10

1 C. mayonnaise (not light) (I use Hellmann's, but homemade would be even better; I do not recommend Whole Foods or Trader Joe's mayo for this recipe)
1/2 C. drained dill pickle relish
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. celery seed
1 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice (or a bit more, to taste)
1.5 tsp. dried dill

Be sure to drain the dill pickle relish well. Mix all ingredients . Refrigerate for at least a few hours to allow the flavors to blend.

I spread this on baguette slices and topped them with smoked salmon. It's equally good as a topping on salmon burgers. I often make a half batch.
Progress on the February Sweater is slow (not much knitting in the car this weekend since the a/c is on the fritz):On the interwebs

The NYT gives a list of the 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating. Hello, my dear friends cinnamon, turmeric, frozen blueberries, pomegranate juice, and canned pumpkin! I'm considering this license to eat even more of you. Cabbage, not so much. Swiss chard, I'm still sick of you from last summer's CSA boxes.

Now that the FLDS sect has opened their own "modest" clothing website, how about revisiting Mo Rocca's discussion of polygamist style with Tim Gunn?

Finally, the hydrangeas are in bloom. :-)

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