I had hoped to see the fiddleheads emerging, but it looks like Spring visits Squam Swamp last. It looks the same today as it did during Winter. Look up and you see the bright blue sky interrupted by twisting tupelos. Look down and the only colors you see are the fluorescent green moss and the swamp blood, the dark red water flowing under the footbridges. Still, here are some pics from mine and Amy’s morning hike…
This is a wonderful benefit for the hospital and for the families delivering at NCH. I was glad Amy wasn’t with me to see the hats; she would’ve wanted one…
Go to Sheep to Shore now to see the hats and vote for your favorite!
After hanging perpendicular for about three weeks… Carley lost her first tooth!
One day later, another tooth gone. And we watched the movie “Tooth Fairy” as well.
Here, taken with a proper portrait lens (instead of the distorting wide angle lens above), is another view:
Second place. Two years in a row.
I’ll take it. There was some incredible competition this year.
This was my recipe.
Queso a la Plancha del Diablo
Something Natural Portuguese bread
chipotles in adobo sauce
sharp cheddar cheese
red onions, sliced thin
Cut the tomatillos a little less than a half inch slices, salt them, and put them in between paper towels to sit and dry out for about 15 minutes. Make the spread. 6 oz can of tomato paste, 3 tblsp of chopped chipotles, with some of the sauce, and 1 tbslp agave nectar, processed until smooth in the food processor. Dip the tomatillo slices into milk, into flour, into the egg, and then in to a mix of cornmeal, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Fry them just until brown and crispy in about 1/4″ of peanut oil at medium heat. Set up to drain on paper. Pre-warm a cast iron skillet to a low-medium heat. Assemble the sandwich as such: olive oil on one side, and the tomato-pepper spread on the inside, place a piece oil-side down in the skillet; then working quickly, add a handful of the above cheeses (less the parmesan, grated and mixed), two slices of tomatillo, a few slivers of onions and chopped cilantro leaves, more cheese, then another piece of bread, similarly coated on the inside with the spread, and oiled on the outside. Cover (because it helps the cheese to melt more quickly) and cook until the bottom side is browned as you like. Carefully flip and do the same for the other side. Cut in half and serve with a sweet or bread-and-butter pickle.
Here are some pictures from today’s event:
Renee Bistany won the Wicked Fancy category, and People’s Choice with a grilled asiago cheese, with oven-roasted tomatoes, pancetta chips, & baby arugula on portuguese bread crusted with truffle butter, parmesan cheese and fresh rosemary. Served with a balsamic roasted-tomato soup for dipping! Yep. It was good.
Plain & Simple:
1: Dave Berry
2: Liliana Dugan
1: Renee Bistany
1: Neil Hudson
2: Barbara Gookin
3: Liliana Dugan
People’s Choice: Renee Bistany
Special Category: “Spirit Award”
Bob and Donna (Don’t have their last name yet)
First, let me announce that my Squam Swamp Alphabet poster is now on sale at Bookworks, for those of you who have asked. Heavy card stock. 12×18″ in size. UV coated.
But this past weekend, me and the boys hit the streets of town to look for more letters. Here’s a sample. Not sure what we’ll do with them just yet.