After seeing some great recipes for French onion soup, I decided to try my hand at the dish. The end product was a success!
The soup was actually very easy to make - it just took a while to cook the onions.
Anybody have experience with French onion soup?
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Back in July, we decided to head down to the Eastern Sierras for some hiking. Our first time in the area was rewarding and spectacular. I highly recommend visiting.
On day 2 of our trip, we drove up to South Lake (elevation 9768') to start a hike. After trekking 6 miles one way, we finally reached our destination: Bishop Pass. At 11,972 feet above sea level, it was the highest I've ever been on land. The view from the pass was incredible - the expansive lakes we'd been hiking along earlier looked like puddles you could splash in.
Then it was only 6 miles back on tired-out legs...
Sunday, September 28, 2008
While hiking along a stream in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, I came upon this little cascade and pool. The creeks in Las Trampas are something else, descending from rugged canyons into the flat valleys below.
Anyone else have some waterfalls nearby?
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Donner Creek in Mt. Diablo State Park. To get this photo, I got down into the rushing creek with my tripod in the water. It really is an amazing creek, exciting and interesting. Upstream, in the canyons, there are several large waterfalls.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
...and today it was 92 degrees.
How has fall started for other gardeners out there?
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Fall starts tomorrow, and that means it's time for cool-season crops. I ordered a bunch of heirloom lettuces from the Seed Savers Exchange, and picked up some arugula, chervil, mâche, and Chioggia beet seeds at a local nursery.
I've already planted some of the 'Rouge d'Hiver' lettuce in a wooden wine crate.
Anyone else have some cool new vegetables to share?
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
This cascade is on the North Fork of Big Pine Creek in the Eastern Sierras of California.
The creek, fed by glaciers high in the mountains, flows down through the camp of Glacier Lodge and continues into the town of Big Pine. It really is an amazing creek, rushing and cascading over waterfalls and boulders.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Second Lake, near Big Pine, California.
This lake is fed by meltwater from one of the southernmost glaciers in the United States, the Palisade Glacier. The finely crushed rock washed downstream from the glacier gives the lake its milky, turquoise color.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
"BY LATE THURSDAY NIGHT ANOTHER LOW WILL MOVE IN OFF THE EASTERN
PACIFIC POSSIBLY BRINGING SOME LIGHT RAIN..."
This was taken from the National Weather Service. It looks like we just might get our first rain of the season here in northern California.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I just made this quiche lorraine from a recipe found in a 35-year-old French cookbook, La Cuisine Toute Simple.
The quiche was actually pretty good. Just make sure you use plenty of Gruyère cheese - that makes for the best flavor!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Mt. Diablo is an incredible wilderness oasis in the heavily-populated San Francisco Bay Area. There are several endemic plant species found on the mountain, as well as rare animals. Mt. Diablo is a jewel of a park, and worth stopping by if you're in the area.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Some flowers on my 'Cairo Apricot' tropical hibiscus. This plant has been doing really well, with lots of healthy, green growth.
Plus, the plant hasn't had spider mites, a definite sign of success.
Has anyone grown this variety? It seems to be readily available, but I do not see many people growing it.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
One of the many 'Grandpa Ott' morning glories this summer. They are actually experiencing a second bloom period, and the 'Heavenly Blue' vines are just getting started.
Does anyone else have some morning glories this year?
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Today, we had the first actual chilly day here in the Bay Area. There was a marine layer (fog) that stayed around until about 10:00 A.M. Cool winds dominated the morning.
This evening, the marine layer returned, and it's brisk outside.
It's amazing to have clouds after going 6 months without them.
Anybody else seeing signs of autumn?
Monday, September 08, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Another photo from today's visit to Redwood Regional Park. This park is just minutes from Oakland, and a short drive from the inland East Bay.
It was 98 degrees inland today; at Redwood, it was 83. Talk about relief from the heat!
Walking on the Stream Trail in Redwood Regional Park.
Although located a mile from Oakland, this park seems a world away. Huge, 150-foot+ redwoods stand majestically along the trails.
You will be craning your neck most of the time...
Saturday, September 06, 2008
The 'Grandpa Ott' morning glories are going through a second bloom period. There were over 50 flowers on the plants today!
The 'Heavenly Blue' vines are not blooming much yet, but there are a lot of flower buds...
Friday, September 05, 2008
I was at a shopping center and I heard people screaming (seemed a little extreme for a 4.0).
Steel frames in buildings made a thundering sound, while the ground seemed to bounce up from underneath.
Ah, life in California. Always full of excitement.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Monday, September 01, 2008
Anyone traveling through Pepin, Wisconsin must stop at the Harbor View Cafe.
All the plates they serve up are delicious and creative. I was at this cafe back in July on a trip and was amazed by the superb food.
Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area and the cafe is open.
P.S. The one on the top is "Lake Pepin Lime Pie" and the one on the bottom is chocolate buttercream pie. Which slice would you like?
I hiked to this lake back in July. The area around Big Pine and Bishop (California) is awesome. So many lakes and high mountains...
This body of water, Third Lake, is fed by meltwater from the Palisade Glacier, one of the southern-most glaciers in the United States.
These 'Thai Hot Dragon' chile peppers are great. After turning from green to orange to red, they take on a heat that is 8 times more intense than a Jalapeno.
Some of the peppers are crinkly, and have almost no flavor or heat. They seem to die on the plant and dry before getting any flavor. Any suggestions as to why this is happening?