April 18, 2014
Winter weather is here PDF Print E-mail

Do you suppose fall is just about over? One gentleman at Farmer’s Market Friday thought we would have Indian summer yet, so maybe a few more warm days! It was just too chilly Friday. The temp was 53 when Jim and I set up. We were the only “nuts” there. I finally turned the van on and the heater and told Jim to get in. It was too cold and breezy to sit out in the open.
When the sun came out more, and people began to stop, we braved the elements and sat out. A sweet friend took me to Hardee’s to get breakfast before she went to work. That helped me to warm up some. I didn’t have time to make anything before I left home. Jim didn’t want anything, he said he had breakfast. He must get up really early. That was our last day till next spring, so we’ll all see you then.
We did get to watch all the really neat, old cars from the 30’s-up. They had been chopped and painted really sweet. I thought they were going to the Pike County Color Drive and then heard on the news there was a car show in Hannibal for some cause. They started out a few years ago with maybe 20 cars (guessing) and now this year had over 900 registered. We saw at least 100 of them.
When husband and I were going together in high school, we had a white coupe. Wish we had kept it, but when you’re young you don’t think about antiques or restoring anything. Husband didn’t have that kind of money then, anyway. He worked at the local bowling alley, sitting up pins. I was a car-hop at Teen’s donut shop, on the corner of 15th and State. My how times do change.
The Korean War was going on, and I wrote to five service men. Some were friends from school, and some were friends of friends. I still have most of the letters they sent to me. They never seemed to have much time to write but were glad to get letters from home.
I still have a Kimona from Japan, that I made the mistake of washing in the machine, and ran the colors together. It had big dragons in gold thread on it, and I wish I hadn’t ruined it. It’s an antique by now being 65 years old, and not worth a hoot!
Today (Sat.) I’m going to trim the blackberry canes. I was supposed to do it right after harvest, so I hope it won’t affect next year’s production. We had a real good crop this year, so I must have done something right last year. We do have Fire Blight on the one pear tree, so will probably have to cut it back or down.You’ll have that if you don’t keep up the maintenance, and I didn’t do a very good job this year. Will try better next year, the good Lord willing.
I need to get busy, so here is this week’s recipe. Roasted Cauliflower, Herbs and Parmesan: 12 cups cauliflower florets, about 2 heads; 1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil; 1 tbsp. chopped parsley, fresh; 2 tsp. chopped thyme fresh or less if dried; 2 tsp. tarragon (same); 3 cloves garlic, minced; 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese; 2 tbsp. lemon juice; 1/2 tsp. salt; 1/4 tsp. pepper.
Heat oven to 450. Place cauliflower in large roasting pan or jelly-roll pan; drizzle with oil, toss to coat. Bake for 20 minutes, until tender and browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Sprinkle with herbs Bake 5 minutes. Combine cauliflower mix, cheese and remaining ingredients in a large bowl, toss to combine. Yields eight servings.
Pray for a few more warm days, see you next week, behind The Garden Gate.