Posts made in August, 2012

Out and About

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in New | 2 comments

Out and About

Last week MP and I drove up to Nevada to visit friends at their ranch in Gardnerville--it was a working holiday. More about that later.











Nearby we found Job's Peak Ranch Trail, a sandy hiking and equestrian path winding through a sage covered open space gradually climbing uphill and into a pine forest.







It is considered to be the gateway to a more rugged trail into the Carson Range and offers a majestic view of the Carson Valley.











The trail crosses a small creek, and continues to climb through the forest until it currently ends at the California/Nevada state line.











Too, too hot for an August hike. Water, sunscreen, camera, and a new hat--

I have late fall or spring on speed dial...

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Guest Blogger…3kerry

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Pasta | 2 comments

MP and I honor Kerry tonight...

As a 14 year old who is used to fast food and pasta, this week was a new experience for me. I ate great food and enjoyed it all. Tonight was my first time eating venison stew. I've never had anything like it before. It was similar to the kind of  meat I'm used to eating like beef, chicken, and pork, but it had a whole taste of its own.  The smell filled the house with a great savory scent. You start tasting it before you even put it in your mouth because the smell was so great. It had whole shitake mushrooms, baby carrots and a thick gravy. It was served on top of garlic mashed potatoes which added to the amazing taste. It was very tender so each time you took a mouthful the meat would melt in your mouth. This perfect meal was paired with a caesar salad and was finished with an iced brownie that tasted like no other brownie I'd have ever had before. Venison stew is definitely a treat, and I look forward to having it again in the future. I'm happy that I got to try it so early in my life, considering the fact that I was at a table with a variety of ages that ranged from 7 to 70 and most of them hadn't tried venison stew either until that night.


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Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Desserts | 4 comments


It is hot.  Well, it is August.

I needed a dessert for two that didn’t require any heat except the energy it required to whip.

I have a cookbook titled, Fifteen Minute Meals by Emelee Chapman.  The recipes are Italian and most serve just two people.  Emalee describes a dessert made with heavy cream, instant espresso, cocoa and sugar--cold but not frozen because the flavor is more apparent.











I had everything but rum--I did have Frangelico  and a handful of hazelnuts to add to the party.








Whip the cream to soft pillows.


I add 1 tablespoon of instant dry milk powder to each cup of heavy cream.

It prevents it from dismantling.








Add the cocoa.  Next time I will sift the cocoa...








Add the sugar and instant espresso powder.

I was trying to photograph the process with one hand while whipping with the other--the bowl spun out of control and across the counter.








It bounced back -- in time for the final shots.


















Eat this with a chilled tiny silver spoon.

Cream with Coffee and Chocolate


  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa (preferably Dutch cocoa)
  • 1 Tablespoon powdered instant coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons rum


  1. Pour cream into a bowl and beat with a whisk, adding cocoa, coffee, and sugar while beating until cream is softly peaked. Stir in the rum. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Serves 2
  3. Fifteen Minute Meals--Emalee Chapman






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Oatmeal and French Fries

Posted by on Aug 12, 2012 in New | 2 comments

Oatmeal and French Fries

Yesterday the City of Newport Beach honored the memory of our son, Gray.

Each year on the second Saturday of August the Gray Lunde Ironman attracts the most dedicated Junior Lifeguards.  At 8am they gather at the Santa Ana River Jetty to run 5 miles barefoot in the sand and swim 1600 meters in the ocean ending at the Balboa Pier.

The very youngest athlete is 9 years old.

The event is 28 this year.  When Gray was 8 years old he and I ran it together so we could be up and close to the elements—

We wanted to understand how grueling it was.

When he became a JG the following year he became the king of the Ironman

in his age division –year after year…


The event became the Gray Lunde Ironman.




Our girls and close friends dug deep in soft sand and conquered fearful surf

to honor Gray Jensen Lunde.

Year after year, footprints in the sand hold me upright.

Then, I eat Oatmeal and French Fries.




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Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Side Dishes | 1 comment


All but a few of the tomato plants have been pulled.  Without any reluctance MP and I are dining each day on a new creation~~ involving tomatoes.








Vertical and towering food is a big show on a plate.

Highlighting a wacky bumpy heirloom tomato in a stack shows off the luscious tomato slice.















Add a little salt as you go...















Buttermilk, a little mayonnaise, cider vinegar, lemon zest, salt and pepper.  All to taste-








Repeat, repeat, repeat until your prize tomato is sliced up and can stand on its own.








Teamed  with a zesty dressing, creamy avocado, and basil-- the tomato tower is one more summer salad to score.

Garnish with bits of roasted corn, chopped olives, bacon, hmmm ...

Herb Marinated Bocconcini Balls

Herb Marinated Bocconcini Balls rolling around would have been endearing too.


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