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After a lone 65F day, it has turned cold again and we've gotten some snow up here.  Just a dusting, though.  Still, this kind of weather requires hot soup, particularly clam chowder in a bowl of hand-made bread.  Yum.  Thick, hearty soups of all kinds will be kept in the warmers in case any of you get cold.

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It's Golden Week back in Japan.  The town I used to live in was a big vacation destination.  As such, the main national road that wound along the coast was gridlocked for the entirety of this week of National Holidays, so we would stay around our home, go for walks in the neighborhood, up into the mountains, whatever.  So, some traditional Japanese spring food: takenoko gohan (baby bamboo rice), dried fish (local specialty where I once lived) and nanohana (a relative of broccoli if I remember correctly), kashiwa mochi (for Boy's Day), and I think some manju because mm, manju. 

 

Fly your koinobori high and help yourselves!

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There will always be some fine, B-kyuu (second level) Japanese cuisine, but for Mother's Day (HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!) I'll get the grill going for a nice, spring barbecue!  Hot dogs and hamburgers, and some french fries and potato salad for good measure.

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I'll have a couple thanks ... if it keeps raining here, they will be nice to have in the boat  :D

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So my colleague went down to Menonimee/Marinette on Wednesday when it was 45F with thick fog up here.  I guess he got out of his car and it was 75F and sunny.  Lake Superior does not allow such shenanigans until we are well into June and the solstice approaches.  But who doesn't love a good brat?  Brats and grilled hamburgers and, heck, let's season up some kebabs and put those on the barbecue as well!

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The weather for the Memorial Day weekend is rainy and stormy here, so we'll have our picnic inside.  Sandwiches- nay, subs for all!  Let's add some pasta salad and potato salad, but I hate coleslaw so none of that.  Also, if you want mayonnaise, you're out of luck.  I shot the mayo delivery man...

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...a dirty look and he has never come back.

 

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meanwhile here in good ol rocky mountains it's sunny and memorial day weekend had a great festival

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Festivals!  I hope you have plans to enjoy a wonderful summer, as well.


Speaking of summer, we are having a minor heat wave.  It was 70F today!  Let's break out the ice cream bar a few days early to celebrate 80F on Saturday.  I'm having the chocolate with peanut butter ribbon, yum.

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Well I've never had peanut butter "anything" in my life, so hopefully I won't regret it, but I'll have the

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chocolate with peanut butter ribbon

icecream as well  :party:

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That stuff is super delicious.

 

Oh my, has it really been 2 weeks??  Well, I've been buried at work so my mind hasn't really had time to be right recently, but with the two new hires starting tomorrow it might begin to turn around.  Anyways, I had a nice Father's Day, and here's to a good one for you other dads out there.  Let's brush off the grill and have some barbecue, we'll put some kebabs on tonight, and wash them down with a little Oberon.

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There is always something for you here.

 

Tonight my wife made pad Thai, so let's have some of that, some coconut shrimp with peanut sauce, and some iced tea.  A good meal for a pleasant June evening.

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I'll pass on the meal, but will have a glass of the iced tea as it will go nicely with the sushi I'm having for lunch

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Aw, I missed Canada Day.  Oh well.  But I'll bust out the grill once again for some hot dogs for Independence Day.  I like mine charred and topped with chili, mustard, and onions, but since this is an outdoor thing I'll skip the chili hahahahahaha.

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Oh man, I miss the cold and the snow.  Of course, it is nice driving around with the windows open...

 

So today was nice and sunny and we spent it on the beach.  You know what goes well with nice, sunny weather?  Ice cream.  We'll have the ice cream bar open all weekend so you can enjoy vanilla ice cream with your favorite toppings: chocolate syrup, Oreos, M&Ms, whipped cream, and there's even some root beer in case you want to have a float.  Enjoy!

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It has been hot and humid back in Japan, and they're saying that they're looking at a summer of record heat all the way through the end of September.  Man, thinking about that, I am not sad I left, that weather is pure torture.  BUT!  There is a bright side to that, and it's called WATERMELON!  Break out the sticks, we will crack them open and eat them on the patio under the warm sunlight.  It's a Japanese beach tradition, and everyone should partake of it.

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It has also been scorching hot in South Texas, so out too came the watermelon, pineapple, and glasses of strawberry lemonade.  It is common here in South Texas to put chili powder on watermelon, just as it was common back in Hawaii to put li hing powder on pineapple.  Chinese li hing mui, or salty dried and sour pickled plums, from which the red Hawaiian powder is made, is supposedly not too unlike Japanese umeboshi.  I'm actually more than happy with just plain watermelon and just plain pineapple, but the family was too fast with the li hing red powder packet.

 

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I can enjoy umeboshi, but I can feel my mouth puckering up right now just thinking about it.  It just hits the spot sometime.  I've never had the chance to try anything with li hing powder.  I've never actually heard of it.

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On Tuesday, 18 July 2017 at 1:14 PM, NMUSpidey said:

.....BUT!  There is a bright side to that, and it's called WATERMELON!  Break out the sticks, we will crack them open and eat them on the patio under the warm sunlight......

...anything for watermelon ... just hope I don't get blown away while eating it ... I'll just stick to the plain watermelon no added extras  :thumb:

 

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Watermelon is so yummy!

 

Well, my wife has prepared some sweet potato rice to go with our slow-cooked barbecue ribs.  They are so good I think I should share them.  Grab an Oberon, it'll be a perfect meal on a beautiful midsummer night like this.

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