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Cold, Windy, Sunny, Azure skies. Just how I like it. A brisk Thanksgiving morning that's chilly enough to warrant a blaze on the hearth.
Clambered down the hill just now to fetch me a carrot for my squash soup. It's a fine specimen, indeed.
Or maybe I'll stuff that thing down my pants next time I get yanked for the porno scanner at the airport. Make those TSA creepers get all buggy eyed. They'll be makin' a discrete call for Enzyte before the day is over. Five bucks says so.
BTW, to give you an idea of size, those are twelve inch tiles on the fireplace hearth (excuse the ash).
They're difficult and messy to eat. And you better wear your painting-the-guest-bathroom clothing because the juice stains pomegranates leave behind are worse than red wine. Like red wine, pomegranate juice is good for what ails you, helping to reduce bad cholesterol, improving oxygen flow to the heart, and pushing out the day of reckoning a little bit. Not only that, you can make a tasty Thanksgiving stuffing.
TWC has a lovely pomegranate tree so fresh is easy. If you don't have your own tree, you can often find fresh pomegranates at the supermarket or local farmer's markets.
1 lb sausage of your choice (try Johnsonville Italian or Jimmy Dean Sage)
1 cup (more or less) bread crumbs (artisan breads are great for this--TWC likes sourdough)
Fresh thyme and sage to taste (use less sage with Jimmy Dean's sage sausage)
Fry the sausage in a cast iron skillet while breaking it up with the spatuala
Dice onions & celery and sautee in a cast iron skillet until the onions are limp and the celery is bright green. Don't overcook.
Dice the apple
Melt the butter
Whisk or whip the eggs and half & half as if you were making an omelette.
In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Add the egg mixture and the butter to the dry ingredients, mixing throughly. The stuffing should more or less stick together.
Recipe makes about enough to stuff an average turkey. Double the recipe if you prefer. Proportions are somewhat loose.
Pomegranate is more subtle than cranberry in a stuffing though it serves a similar flavor purpose.
TWC doesn't like mushy food so he generally bakes the stuffing separately in a loaf pan for 45 minutes to an hour at 350. Hard to do when the turkey is cooking at 325 and the rolls go in at the end on 450. Maybe that's why some people have two ovens.
What Else Pomegranates Are Good For:
Pomegranate juice drizzled into the finished drink is what puts the sunrise in a Tequila Sunrise. Pomegranate juice defines a good Singapore Sling. Oprah makes an excellent pomegranate martini. King Solomon made spiced pomegranate wine. The Jewish culture holds that the 613 seeds found in a pomegranate represent the 613 commandments of the Torah.
And, get this: It is more than likely that Eve was offered a pomegranate from the Tree of Life by the Satan hisself. Scoff if you will, but most apples require 600-800 hours of winter temperatures below 45 degrees to thrive. They don't get much winter chill in Mediterranean climates.
This guy is only about two inches in length. It is probably a very young Orange Throated Whiptail, although it could be a barfly or a skink. I assume he has recently hatched as it appears that the eyes are not yet open. He currently resides in a crevice in the granite behind the flower garden.
The only downside of having vermin killing barn cats is that they make no distinction between lizards and rats. Our once-thriving, culturally diverse lizard population around the house has been decimated. The survivors have relocated down the hill where it is a bit safer.
Clumb down the hill this morning to check on the produce and to see if I had enough stamina to make it back up again. Turns out the shot in the butt and the antibiotics are finally making themselves evident.
Peaches, Figs, Yella Squash, & Peppers
Course the dam birds have got at the peaches as have the Fig Beatles, which some chick I used to know referred to as the B-52's of the bug world.
Warning: Ms E and those with a bug aversion should not scroll down
Fig Beetle Chowing Down--Note Bird Peck on Peach to the Left
But by far the most interesting story de jour is the bees. Dozens of bees competing with the Fig Beatles for the sweet, soft innards of ripe peaches. Both on the ground and on the tree. Now, who knew bees ate peaches? Or whatever it is that bees do before they barf up the honey.
Bees Lunching on a Peach
When we were little kids we called these things H Bees and we believed that there was a well defined H emblazoned on their backs, which we could clearly identify with our little boy eyes.
So Cal's notorious June Gloom hung around for an extra coupla weeks this year but summer has arrived with a vengeance. We're easing into triple digits this afternoon with about 25% humidity and there are billowy, monsoon-lookin' cumulonimbus clouds off over the desert toward Arizona. The cats and The Boy escaped the heat of the day by moving indoors.
Kramer, who careens into a room exactly like his namesake, lounges with The Boy