A Sunny Jetties Skim-Boarding Day

Madaket Foggy Afternoon

A Madaket Sunset

The Farm

Coming Soon to a Chicken Box near you…

Two excellent artists at The Chicken Box in the next few weeks. Don’t miss these shows!

Donavon Frankenreiter
July 29-30

In addition to Wednesday and Thursday night shows, he is doing a signing at 3pm Thursday (sponsored by Billabong) and an all ages show Thursday at 5 pm (tickets available at the door only).

Touring in support of his latest CD, Pass It Around:






And Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
August 3-4

Latest CD, This is Somewhere:




Mark Bittman’s 101 Simple Summer Salads

Mark Bittman is one of my favorite food writers because every recipe he publishes is so simple; easy to do, and yet inviting with a new look on the usual ingredients. He has published a list of 101 Simple Salads for the Season on his NYTimes blog Bitten.

Here are some samples (left to right in the above photo):

56. Salade niçoise, sort of: On or around a bed of greens, make mounds of olives, cooked new potatoes and green beans (warm or at room temperature), good tomatoes, capers, fennel slivers, hard-cooked eggs and good quality Italian canned tuna. None of these is crucial; you get the idea. Serve with vinaigrette or aioli.

7. Grate carrots, toast some sunflower seeds, and toss with blueberries, olive oil, lemon juice and plenty of black pepper. Sweet, sour, crunchy, soft.

42. Trim crusts if necessary from day-or-two-old bread (or even three-day-old bread), cube and marinate in black olive tapenade thinned with more olive oil. Add chopped capers and toss with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. (Anchovies optional.)

49. Toss greens with walnuts, blue cheese and raspberries; drizzle with a simple vinaigrette. Sell for $14 a serving.

95. Mix cooked couscous or quinoa with orange zest and juice, olive oil, maybe honey, sliced oranges, raisins or dried cranberries, chopped red onion and chopped almonds. Serve over greens, or not.

13. A red salad: Combine tomato wedges with halved strawberries, basil leaves, shaved Parmesan and balsamic vinegar.

It is tempting to treat these salads as a daily treat and make them all, one by one.

If cooking is not really your thing, and the economic downturn has you thinking that maybe it should be your thing, and you only want a cookbook or two, you cannot go wrong with his two popular cookbooks:  How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.

A Snapping Turtle Exorcism

Our friends, The Goddards, have a Koi pond full of beautiful fish. And a giant, prehistoric snapping turtle that likely grew to its huge size overnight by decapitating smaller painted turtles and taking all of the Koi Chow. Tonight, using the Snapper’s known susceptibility to a powerful drug also known as raw chicken wings, the turtle was captured and moved, safely, to a larger neighborhood pond. No fingers were lost. Here are the pictures.

UPDATE–According to this interesting and timely article from Slate Magazine, perhaps we should’ve left the turtle alone! Might’ve been a useful pond tenant.

Panasonic DMC-TS1

Back in May, for Jack’s birthday, we got him a Panasonic DMC-TS1 compact digital camera. Any excuse to get a new camera in the house is good for me. I chose this camera because it is supposed to be tough. Impact resistant. And water resistant to 10 feet. This afternoon we took it to the beach, and I put it to test.

Diving in to the waves, snapping pictures while body surfing, not worrying about the water…made me realize that Panasonic has produced a real winner with the Lumix TS1. Mistreat it and it’ll still turn in better photos than many other digital cameras on the market. 12 MP. Movies. Great 28-120 mm lens. Sharp images without worry about beach abuse. Love it!

Dionis Beach + Evening Sun

Steps Beach Sunrise

© 2009 ackdoc - Greg Hinson, MD 508/325-9981 info@ackdoc.com Purchasing help RSS feed