1. Sometimes the best moment on house concert day is the soundcheck. The adrenalin. The sound. The promise. It feels so good.

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2. Cooking. Jalapenos and colored small bell peppers.

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3. David's beard. I mean, really. Of course, the man grows a beard like this. No everyday beard for this guy. As Cyndi Holcombe said on FB just now, "just full out prophet, no regrets." Yup.

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Thx Teri McCarthy for the pic

4. WHEN will I remember that recipes generally use Diamond kosher salt so I need to adjust quantities when I use Morton kosher salt? Sigh. Sorry about the salty pork, all.

On the other hand, the Nishiki rice with the ginger-scallion sauce turned out nicely. A few requests for the recipe. It's super simple and no, I'm not sure if I followed it exactly, but it's a can't miss kind of thing.

GINGER-SCALLION SAUCE:

  • 2 ½ cups thinly sliced scallions, both green and white parts
  • ½ cup peeled, minced fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup neutral oil (like grapeseed) [I used vegetable oil]
  • 1 ½ teaspoons light soy sauce [I used regular soy sauce]
  • 1 scant teaspoon sherry vinegar [I'm sure you could use another type of vinegar, or lemon or lime juice as well]
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

I did the ginger in the blender, didn't even bother peeling it, and then threw it all into the food processor. Had some leftover rice this morning, with a bit of the celery salad and it was delightful.

5. Poor Cyril is under the weather…something to do with a spark plug…so the morning did not go smoothly. HOWEVER, I now have my favorite first day of school pic ever (after the one where Leo is hiding in the arbor, of course).

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Thoughts?