Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Let it Snow!


Every Friday and Saturday night, it snows in downtown Vicksburg. Some of my loyal blog readers asked for photographic evidence. Note the variation in protective clothing, from short sleeve to warm hats, people seem to be enjoying the weather! Thanks to the Ware House for making this precipitation possible, it feels a little more like Christmas.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Turducken III

Before going in...Out of the oven and across the street. From left to right: turducken, turkey, duck, and chicken (not shown). Chefs and designers shown from left to right: Robert, Sandy, Todd and Jeff.
Lots of help to get things ready for serving. All the work that went into the deconstruction and subsequent reconstruction, no room for error. Thumbs up across the board--one of the best ever!


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Turducken Rears Its Ugly Heads

Time has come again for the annual Turducken here in Vicksburg. Before we unveil Turducken III, let's look back to times gone by...
2006: Turducken I: On a whim, Jeff and I decided we could pull this off. We used wild mallards, extreme stuffings, and it was a triumph beyond our wildest expectations, especially for those who said it couldn't be done (by 2 immature butchers).

2007: Turducken II: New and improved adapted with a domestic duck, 2 new stuffings, and met with rave reviews. Especially by those who ate shot last year. Hip, Hip, Hooray!! We had a small turkey which presented some logisitical issues. Once the glow had worn off, we vowed to go big in 2008.

And today is the day...we have a new venue, co-hosts, and are expecting RECORD numbers. Here's hoping we knock it out of the park.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Deck the Balls Christmas Parade Party


With the lights all strung and the sound check done, doors around 4:00 pm. The theme was DECK THE BALLS, and despite the obvious references/responses, everyone was creative and brought food and beverages in the spirit of this theme. Some notable mentions included spinach balls, triple threat cheese balls, many many meatballs, peanut butter balls, sweet potato balls, death by chocolate balls, and "Holy Bocci Balls, Batman!"What a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season! Thanks to all those in attendance. More ambitious bloggers have a posting up with more pictures. Even one of my "mic-ed up" for commentary. If only I had more to say...

Friday, November 28, 2008

Benefits of a Turkey Coma

Early to bed, early to rise! But you won't find me at the mall, I was down by the lake for sunrise. And it did not disappoint.

Happy Thanksgiving from Florida

Rascal samples the turkey and was unavailable for comment. The weather was beautiful, the meal was delicious, and the company was priceless. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

You could always have more kitchen gadgets...

And here is the one I used last night...a cherry pitter! Debbue says she will leave it to me someday. Until then, I will daydream about it, and wonder if it works for olives.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Backlog Blog

I will summarize my blog silence in pictures: Took Veterans Day and headed to visit my friend, the world-class designer, in Memphis. while he was busy busting walls apart, I stole away for a homecooked meal at Mtown's oldest cafe, Arcade. The broccoli with cheese was a supreme disappointment. In a very short time span, the team demolished, rebuilt and reopened the restaurant with a facelift. The website is still under construction, but we will keep watching for updates. Sole Restaurant and Raw Bar, the new hottest spot in town.

A few days later, I packed my bags and headed south. SETAC was in Tampa, FL and luckily the sun was in attendance. We managed to soak up some rays in between talks, it made it difficult to leave the patio and soak up the science. That meeting went well, but it is over, and I am further north in Melrose, FL to spend the week with my family. Plus I have a lot of sleep and silence to catch up on. Conferences mean talking too much, sleeping too little. Time to recover.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Winter is Coming

Too fast for my liking. I was so looking forward to the last warm day on the balcony for a while (as I complete my slides), but Mother Nature decided to chill things down and kick up the wind. Brrrrr...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Meet the Folks


Late blogging about it, but the kitties and I welcomed by my parents and nephew this past weekend. For those loyal blog followers, this is the little brother of my summer intern, Xandi. They drive down from Tennessee for a few days of R&R in sleepy little Vicksburg. We arranged for a motorcycle parade and a Titans win for the occasion. We even had wildlife participation by a very large grasshopper that held the attention of a 3 yr old for longer than 5 minutes (photo taken by the 3 yr old himself).

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Popover Paradox




SOLVED!!! Multiple issues were identified, including all purpose v. bread flour, room temperature eggs and milk, and letting the batter sit for an hour before baking. I love the internet.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It was nice to vote in person on election day. I think it made my day!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Calling All Cooks


My first attempt at popovers was a disappointment, and they were more accurately referred to as popunders or flopovers. If you have any suggestions or comments on this, I welcome them. I will be taking a systematic scientific approach to this issue, although as many of you know, I usually prefer to leave it in the lab.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

People with black cats don't really need additional Halloween decorations.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

End of Days

Hopefully the sun setting on more than just monuments in this town...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Feel the Flutter

With some extra time in DC yesterday, we opted not to join a political campaign, instead headed to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. And on Tuesdays, the live butterfly exhibit is free. Score one for the good guys! Then we met up with my friend Kim, who led us to this happening spot for dinner with great food and unique menu style, Matchbox--a vintage pizza bistro.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Getting it together...

a place for everything and everything in a place...in between football games, I managed to reorganize my kitchen cabinets, launder a mountain of clothes, and finally found the floor in my traveler's room. There is still work to be done, but I feel great about a weekend of "nesting" as my friend Chris used to say. Err, I should say the new Dr. Blanar.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Goodbye and Good Luck Liz!

She is on her way to save the day! One of our favorite locals is headed to parts far and arid to flex her leadership and diplomacy skills. We wish her all the best and will count down the days until she returns.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Case of the Vanishing Food




If you follow the progression of pictures, the food slowly disappears...EXCELLENT! Thanks to all who attended and assisted with the preparation of my apartment as well as the food. Thanks to Natalia for providing these pictures and her discerning Spanish palette for the tapas!

Monday, October 20, 2008

a chilll in the air

Mississippi is in its finest hour, weather wise. Slightly chilly in the morning and evenings, warm during the middle of the day--like summer in Saint John!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Goodbye and Good Luck Liz

Last night, Team Mitchell hosted an awesome party to bid our dear Liz bon voyage. Specialty hot dogs were on the menu, paired with not one but TWO potato salads, homemade pimento cheese, local tamales and mix your own Lynchburg Lemonade. I hope others share their pictures, since mine are always blurry and not reflective of everything going on. What I did manage to capture was Liz and Todd watching the slideshow, featuring not only us Vicksburgers, but also the beloved dogs. Thanks to Mary Beth for allowing us to show animal pictures. No animals were harmed during this party, except for the ones on our plates.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Table of Tapas

Thursday night was my turn to host Vicksburg Supper Club. In true form, I bit off more than I should chew--with a guest list numbering 14 and a menu streching to 10 recipes. Myfriend Sarah Coughlin taught me long ago, in our Stillwater days, when it comes to entertaining, "if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing." My hope was to dine outside, but the weather intervened and we stayed in. It was a great party with all the right elements--food, friends, and flamenco music!
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

I never thought I would see the day...


Guess I will adjust my gas budget to reflect falling gas prices. I suppose I should just stuff it under the mattress, given the recent losses in my meager investments.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Let there be light...



Illumination is at an all-time high. If only it translated to my productivity at work.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Come Sail Away

Weekend project saw the installation of 2 sails on the balcony. They are like "an umbrella, deconstructed" with poles on the corners rather than in the middle. These will assist with sun deflection, aesthetics and a sure-fire way to anger my landlord. Note the carpenter on the roof. Huge thanks to Jimmy, Todd and Rob for their design and execution of this endeavor.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Upcoming Tapas Party

I am on travel in an altogether unexciting place, but I did pick up this new cookbook for next week's Tapas party.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Happy Belated Birthday, Truck!

Yeah, sure, you are a husband and a father now, but I can't seem to call you Chris. So Happy Birthday, Truck. Hope you had a great day! This picture was taken at his & Holly's wedding back in July 2006.

Friday, October 3, 2008

October Road


October is National Apple Month, Sun Dried Tomatoes Month, National Chili Month, National Pork Month, and National Spinach-Lovers Month.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Three more weeks with Liz!

Today marks the countdown of 21 days before Liz takes off for an assignment on the other end of the world. Although we will wish her the best, a support group will be formed to deal with the short-term loss felt here in MS. This picture was taken on Liz' birthday last year at Anchuca. We later sent this boa to Julie in Iraq as part of a girlie care package. Liz can expect similar treatment from the Vicksburgers. In related news, I am interviewing for new sidekicks. Maybe I can get Xandi back down here...

Friday, September 26, 2008

4th Excursion of Delta Diners: Bourbon Mall, Bourbon, MS

I am forced into premature blogging by The Ware House's mention of this website in association with last night's Delta Diners excursion. I wouldn't want to disappoint my loyal fan base.


Personally, I loved the stop in Leland for a CLEAN bathroom and restocking of the cooler. Here are the reasons I loved it:


1) we had to be buzzed in the door (someone look up the crime rate in Leland, MS and prepare a cost benefit analysis for a remotely controlled door)
2) live minnows for sale

3) no sales tax and proof that Rob does know how to stock a cooler (look, Todd!)

4) several men having a in depth conversation under a display of fishing poles


5) they shut out the lights while several Delta Diners were still inside using the facilities


6) a VW beetle covered in dirt and mud (nod to RH "you boys been muddin'?")


7) they serve Po Boys and Muffalettas (can we add this location to the Delta Diners list?)




Okay, onto the good stuff. Bourbon Mall exceeded expectations on so many fronts. We had an entertaining waitress who repeatedly coerced our laughter with tales of her daily exploits of extraordinary customer service. Also, of how her boss seems to have radar on when she accidentally says something inappropriate to the patrons. I think she sat us in the back room for just this reason. Right off she pegged Ned for as a problem child and warned him "you're mouth is going to get you in trouble." She bought us a basket of fried tamales for sampling, she upgraded my T-bone to a porterhouse at no additional charge and told me "just shut up about it" when I tried to thank her. I shamelessly shared my bounty with Kristen, who's dinner was delayed by the chicken breast selection, and Liz, who ordered the stuffed catfish, but still wanted steak. She was right to make a request, that slice of cow was so good, Rob and I felt the need to be thorough (see below). At least I draw the line at licking the plate (in public).


'Til next month's dinner, we leave the Delta as content Diners once again.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Movie Premiere in Downtown Vicksburg






I know you are skeptical of the title, but it really happened. The Ware House Lounge threw a red carpet bash for the DVD release of the Sex and the City Movie. We put on our unsensible shoes and hit the town on a Tuesday night. Pictures taken by the Ware House staff.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Last Day of Summer






The perfect setting for lunch and mai tais with friends, thanks for the invite, Amy. Luckily in Mississippi, we have 6 more weeks of summer. At least.