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    Summer rituals

    Another one hit today. The nice folks down at the local farm stand called to let us know our pickling cukes were in today so we swung down and grabbed them at lunch.

    After work I ran over to a buddies house who has some grape leaves and picked a bunch of those. The tannin in them helps the fermented dills stay crispier.

    25lbs of cukes, 2 heads of garlic, a whole lot of dill and a bunch of grape leaves later we have ~4+ gallons of pickles pickling (oh and plus some lacto culture - I've had better luck using a culture than relying strickly on luck.. This time I'm using a commercial culture from a friends tank, but have made my own from a sourdough culture as well).

    The "extra" (muhahaha loml accused me of planning, she might even be right) grape leaves went into a batch of dolma's which are stewing away on the stove in their olive oil and lemon juice bath and will be dinner tomorrow (and probably the next day and the next day.. if you're making them.. make them ).

    We don't do the pickles every year, probably more every other year on average.. but we do do the dolmas from fresh leaves at least once a year.

    What's your crazy summer project you do somewhat regularly?

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    Why tanning by the pool of course...
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    Actually, my wife's grandparents used to make a living growing pickle cucumbers, my wife can't stand them as it was their summer snack almost every day when she visited. Me and my daughter love them though.
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    Nothing specific, but the general gardening, and BLT sandwich craze that hits when the tomaters come on line.

    But I do like the sounds of getting a big batch of pickling cukes.

    We've made the dolmas before. I wish we had a big ole batch of fresh grape leaves to use...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Why tanning by the pool of course...


    Got to indulge in one of my summer pastimes tonight...watching nature's light show. These are shots taken around midnight by a friend of mine, John Cline, and posted on Facebook. I was out driving around in it wishing I had a good camera with me. I'm using links so you can see the pics in their larger size.

    http://tg3k.com/images/John%20Cline%2026072013%20A.jpg

    http://tg3k.com/images/John%20Cline%2026072013%20B.jpg

    http://tg3k.com/images/John%20Cline%2026072013%20C.jpg

    http://tg3k.com/images/John%20Cline%2026072013%20D.jpg

    http://tg3k.com/images/John%20Cline%2026072013%20E.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post


    Got to indulge in one of my summer pastimes tonight...watching nature's light show. These are shots taken around midnight by a friend of mine, John Cline, and posted on Facebook. I was out driving around in it wishing I had a good camera with me. I'm using links so you can see the pics in their larger size.

    http://tg3k.com/images/John%20Cline%2026072013%20A.jpg

    http://tg3k.com/images/John%20Cline%2026072013%20B.jpg

    http://tg3k.com/images/John%20Cline%2026072013%20C.jpg

    http://tg3k.com/images/John%20Cline%2026072013%20D.jpg

    http://tg3k.com/images/John%20Cline%2026072013%20E.jpg
    O man, I remember sitting out in the middle of the night at the monkey farm ( NM research facility) at white sands, watching these storms. Nature sure puts on a great show.

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    Red tomatoes yech! Who wastes a great green tomatoe letting it ripen to red????????? Green fried tomatoes is where the flavor is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    Who wastes a great green tomatoe letting it ripen to red????????? Green fried tomatoes is where the flavor is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have to agree with you on that point, Jonathon.

    I tried to buy green tomatoes from the tomato lady and she wouldn't sell them to me. Go figure!
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    Well this is a real interesting thread. I had never heard the word cuke before had to look it up. Whats wrong with using cucumber???

    Anyhow i know a store in Little Britain where the owner sells pickles on a stick from the roadside in summer. She makes a killing out of them. Nothing more than putting a pickle on a stick thats it.

    The only summer only thing that happens in our house is Linda makes a batch of blueberry jam from wild blueberries most years. Funny thing is we talked about it this morning before i saw this thread. It started when we first came to Canada and each year drove up north to go camping in August and on the way home bought the wild blueberries. Pretty nice Jam and it goes quickly.

    If i had my way we would do a whole lot more of this kind of thing but i aint the boss in that dept.
    cheers

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    My friend John posted a good 6 minute audio recording of last night's thunderstorm. It's in stereo...listen with headphones if you have them.

    http://tg3k.com/mixes/John%20Cline%2...understorm.mp3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack Cameron View Post
    I tried to buy green tomatoes from the tomato lady and she wouldn't sell them to me. Go figure!
    You guys have the wrong tomato logic..."Green" mean grow, you aren't ripe yet. "Red" means stop...you're ripe and ready to munch!
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