Spike William is our new kitten and he was born January 30th, 2013.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

WCB: In Honor of Sher

Weekend Cat Blogging is at Paulchen's Food Blog this weekend
and here is a picture of China Cat and Willow out in the screened-in porch
being cute little catloafs!
I am making Sher's recipe for Roasted Green Beans, Tomatoes and Onions. My daughter and her husband have a good sized plot in their backyard for growing vegetables. I think that her husband has already enlarged the plot three times! When we were out there visiting, they gave us some green beans that they had grown. Looking through Sher's recipes I thought this one was perfect to make, as I had the green beans and also had some tomatoes from our backyard. I had hoped to use some of our oregano that is in a pot out front but it's not big enough so I used dried oregano. The roasted vegetables smelled wonderful - and tasted great!
Roasted Green Beans, Tomatoes and Onions
adapted from Sher's Recipe at What Did You Eat?

2 lb. green beans, trimmed
1 large white onion, chopped
3 large tomatoes, chopped
4 tsp. minced fresh oregano or 2 tsp. dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit.

To prepare the green beans, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add a pinch of salt and the green beans. Cook the green bean until they turn bright green and are just tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Timing depends on the age and size of the beans. Drain the beans and plunge them into a bowl of ice-cold water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.

Combine the chopped onion and tomatoes in a heavy large baking dish. Add the green beans and oregano, and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the olive oil over the vegetables and toss to coat. Cover with aluminum foil and roast until the beans are tender-crisp, about 20 minutes. Uncover the dish and continue roasting until just tender, 15 to 20 minutes more (for a total roasting time of 35 to 40 minutes). Stir the beans 3 or 4 times during roasting. Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. Transfer the bean mixture to a serving bowl or platter and serve hot or at room temperature, with capers sprinkled on top.

It's time Weekend Cat Events
The Friday Ark is at The Modulator
Weekend Cat Blogging #215 is being hosted by Othello
at Paulchen's Food Blog - In Honor of Sher
Bad Kitty Cat Festival of Chaos Edition 106
is being hosted by Mom Robyn and the Hotties
The Carnival of the Cats #278
is being hosted by Mr. Tigger at The M-Cats Club

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Photohunt Theme: Rock(s)

"ROCK(S)" is the theme this week.
In September of 2008 my husband and I went to meet my parents at Lake Taho
e. We took a tour of the lake which took us to Emerald Bay, on the west shore of the lake. The only island in Lake Tahoe is located in Emerald Bay and is called Fannette Island. It is an upthrust of granite (aka ROCK) that rises up 150 feet above the water. It has not always been called Fannette Island. Among it's other names from the past are Coquette, Baranoff, Dead Man's Island, Hermit's and Emerald Isle.
Geologists say that Emerald Bay was gouged out by glaciers thousands of years ago. The Island supposedly is a resistant rib of granite ROCK that was overridden by the glacial ice.

Vikingsholm was the summer home built on the shore of Emerald Bay, west of Fannette Island. Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight bought the property and the island in 1928 for $250,000. Before construction started Mrs. Knight and her architect went over to Scandinavia for ideas. Construction had to stop at the first snowfall in the winter of 1928 and started up again in the spring of 1929. Two hundred workers were brought in to hand hew the timbers, carve intricate designs, hand plane wood for the interior walls and forge hinges and latches. The granite (aka ROCK) for the foundation and walls was quarried from behind the house.

The ROCK structure on top of the Island that looks like a miniature castle is the "Tea House" which was built sometime between 1928 and 1929 while the main home, Vikingsholm, was being constructed. The owner, Mrs. Knight, would take guests over to the Island by motorboat. There was a small fireplace in the corner and a large oak table and four oak chairs sat in the center of the 16 by 16 foot room. Over the years the Tea House had been vandalized and now only the stone shell remains. The island is closed from February 1st to June 15th. If we go back to Emerald Bay I would love to go up to see the Tea House and take a tour of Vikingsholm!I got my information from California State Parks website:
Fannette Island

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009