Do what you want to do, enjoy what you do and use it to touch those around you.
Aug 31, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
1/2 Lb Bacon 4 Cups Potato, Diced
3 Tsp Garlic, Minced 1 1/2 Cups Carrot, Shredded
1 Cup Green Pepper, Chopped 3 Cups Corn
Salt, To Taste 1 Cup Milk
Pepper, To Taste 1/2 Tsp Thyme
2 Tbl Flour Pinch Cayenne
4 Cups Chicken Stock
Cook bacon in a soup pot until crisp, remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
Remove most of the grease from the pan, keeping enough to sautee the vegetables. Toss in the green peppers and garlic., cook until garlic is fragrant. Sprinkle flour on vegetables, add broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil, cover and cook until potatoes are soft. Add the carrots and corn and simmer 5 minutes more. Stir in the milk, thyme, cayenne and salt and pepper to taste. Cook over low heat until just beginning to simmer. Stir in crumbled bacon.
Aug 28, 2012
Recently, a friend of mine posted about Arborio rice. That post started my wheels spinning - what is the difference between rice. Originally, I wanted to cover every type of rice - White, brown, black, mahogany, basmati, arborio.....the list went on, and on.......and on..........that idea was quickly squashed. So the above chart is a general overview of white and brown rice - the two types that most of us are familiar with. The weight for all is 100 grams.
I was not surprised to find that the lowly russet potato had fewer calories, but I was surprised at the number of fewer calories. I use a lot of arborio rice making risotto, but when I need rice for a dish otherwise, I usually use brown or a black/mahogany mix. White rice is a rice that has been processed to remove the husk, bran and germ removed. You are essentially left with just a starch. The amount of starch varies between short, medium and long grains. The packaging of the rice says not a significant value of some things, such as protein, but it is still there. There are pages and pages of data available about rice varieties and many types to try. I found many of them in my local grocery store in the organic section, but I have yet to find Forbidden Rice. Maybe in Manhattan on our trip?
Aug 27, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
This week, I learned about Lake Louise recreation area at the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website.
Lake Louise was made in 1932, when the south fork of Wolf Creek was dammed. Water depth in this 164-acre impoundment averages nine feet, with a maximum depth of 25 feet. Anglers and hunters come to this area for its abundant game. The park is located in the heart of pheasant and duck country.
I should be turning north toward North Dakota by next week.
Aug 24, 2012
1 Tbl Butter 2 1/2 Cup Rice Krispies
1 Cup Sugar 1 Cup Nuts, Chopped
2 Large Eggs Coconut
1 Cup Dates
Put butter, sugar, egg and dates in skilled and cook until mixture looks like scrambled eggs. remove from heat. Add 2 1/2 cups
rice krispies and nuts. roll into balls and roll in coconut.
Aug 23, 2012
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Aug 19, 2012
- Sculptor Gutzon Borglum began drilling into the 6,200-foot Mount Rushmore in 1927. Creation of the Shrine to Democracy took 14 years and cost a mere $1 million, though it's now deemed priceless.
- The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are sculpted into Mount Rushmore the world's greatest mountain carving.
- Fossilized remains of life 50 million years ago have been arranged in unusual forms, which is Lemmon's mark of distinction at the world's largest petrified wood park.
- Perhaps the most significant fur trade/military fort on the western American frontier, Fort Pierre Chouteau was the largest (almost 300' square) and best equipped trading post in the northern Great Plains. Built in 1832 by John Jacob Astor's (1763-1848) American Fur Company as part of its expansion into the Upper Missouri region, the trading activities at the site exemplified the commercial alliance critical to the success of the fur business.
- Jack McCall was tried, convicted and hanged two miles north of Yankton in 1877 for the shooting of Wild Bill Hickok. He is buried in an unmarked grave in the Yankton cemetery.
- The site of a rich gold strike in 1875, Deadwood retains its mining town atmosphere. While Deadwood is one of the most highly publicized mining towns of the trans-Mississippi West, much of its fame rests on the famous or infamous characters that passed through.
- Tom Brokaw of NBC graduated from Yankton High School and the University of South Dakota.
- Belle Fourche is the geographical center of the United States of America, designated in 1959 and noted by an official marker and sheepherder's monument called a "Stone Johnnie".
- Bowdle is known for the tallest water tower in South Dakota.
- Clark is the Potato Capital of South Dakota. Clark is home to the world famous Mashed Potato Wrestling contest.
- In 1803, U.S. President Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, a real-estate deal that at the time doubled the size of the United States.
- South Dakota is the home of the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota tribes, which make up the Sioux Nation.
- Custer State Park is home to a herd of 1,500 free-roaming bison. Bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Historically, the bison played an essential role in the lives of the Lakota (Sioux), who relied on the "tatanka" for food, clothing and shelter.
- Jewel Cave is the third-longest cave in the world. More than 120 miles of passages have been surveyed. Calcite crystals that glitter when illuminated give the cave its name.
- With more than 82 miles of mapped passages, Wind Cave contains the world's largest display of a rare formation called boxwork.
- The Crazy Horse mountain carving now in progress will be the world's largest sculpture (563' high, 641' long, carved in the round). It is the focal point of an educational and cultural memorial to and for the North American Indian.
- Badlands National Park consists of nearly 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States.
- Badlands National Park contains the world's richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 23 to 35 million years old.
- Sage Creek Wilderness is the site of the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America.
- The name "Black Hills" comes from the Lakota words Paha Sapa, which mean "hills that are black". Seen from a distance, these pine-covered hills, rising several thousand feet above the surrounding prairie, appear black.
Aug 18, 2012
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Aug 15, 2012
Duck is a high fat poultry, so it is handled a little differently from chicken.
Option 1: Duck Breast Only
If you have been marinading your duck for the last day or so after my Monday post, I though I should start with how to cook duck breast. First - score the skin and fat with cuts about one inch apart. Start with a cold pan and put the duck breast in the pan SKIN SIDE DOWN. Most of the cooking will occur with the skin down - this will render the fat and help keep your meat moist as it will have limited contact with the pan. This also allows your skin to crisp. When your duck is almost done, remove it from the pan, remove most of the grease from the pan, and return the duck to the pan skin side up turn it for the last 5 - 10 minutes. I highly recommend a deep pan and/or a splatter guard. Temperature - chefs will tell you to cook duck to medium rare to rare. I am sorry, but I just cannot do that. I prefer mine medium - about 130 degrees.
If you prefer, you can render the fat then finish the duck in a 375 - 400 degree oven until the desired temperature. Allow to sit for 5 - 10 minutes before serving.
Option 2: Whole Duck
Roasted duck is wonderful. Because it is a higher fat content, I do not recommend stuffing. That does not mean that you cannot put flavor enhancers in the cavities in the duck. Using the blueberry chambord sauce? Then put strawberries and raspberries with a little rosemary in the cavity. I at least recommend salt and pepper.
Slow Roasting -
Heat oven to 275 degrees. Poke the duck all over with a sharp skewer breast side down in a pan. Roast for 1 hour. Remove, poke, put in pan breast side up, roast for 1 hour. Cook to desired doneness (130 for medium). This can take 4 hours or more, so I recommend removing the rendered duck fat at the 2 and or 3 hour mark. Remove and let rest 10 minutes before carving.
Aug 14, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
1/3 Cup Blueberries 1/4 Tsp Fresh Rosemary
1 Cup Red Wine. 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
1/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar 1 Tsp Garlic
1/4 Cup Carrot 1 Lb Duck Breast, Skin On
1/4 Cup Celery
Crush blueberries and rosemary. Mince garlic. Dice carrot and celery. Combine all ingredients except duck breast and mix well, pour into a pan. Place duck breast skin side up in marinade. Marinade at least 24 hours.
Aug 12, 2012
This lake provides excellent family fishing for walleye, perch, crappie, pike and bullhead. The lake is also a premium site for water skiing, boating, camping, swimming and picnicking.
Take the family on a true South Dakota vacation and camp on the banks of Lake Byron. Enjoy the fishing, the hiking and the water sports available."
Not only is it a habitat for Walleye, the Lake Byron Development Association recently posted the picture below. It is a snapping turtle, approximately 40 inches long, that washed up on the shores of the lake with apparent propeller damage. Sometimes I am glad not knowing what I am swimming with.