PEACEFUL, Last night when I was talking to my oldest daughter, she was telling me about the visit to Pike's Place she and her husband made just this past Sunday. I told her it has been so long since I was over there the only things I remember about it now were the Elephant ears' cookies sold at the bakery right there as you enter, AND the smell or the orange tea. Guess I'm going to have to find out where that tea is sold here in Tacoma, maybe at Trader Joe's. Aw... memories. Will check at a couple big asian markets to see if any carry Dow Gauk or plan to this summer. Mary
Mary L. Constadopoulos (Can you believe it?!)
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Ann: I'll bet you are glad to have DH back. Did he enjoy the reunion?
Mary: Thanks for the info on the beans. Is there an Asian market up in Tacoma? I know there's at least one in Portland. It has been years since I've been to Pike Place Market and it's a wonderful place. I especially remember the orange spice tea. I can get that tea at Sweet Williams in Ocean Park, WA. I love that store!
The garden sod is all removed. We are doing a soil test.
For me today is housecleaning. So far the kitchen and bathroom floors are swept & mopped, toilets cleaned, sinks cleaned, a lot of putting away and tidying. Getting ready for the kids and friends coming for the Scandinavian Festival this weekend.
ANN, The Dow Gauk seed package says you can use them in the same ways you use any other green bean. It also says they are best when cooked quickly and can be frozen or canned. Supposedly they have a slight, asparagus taste, but those I am used to eating taste more like a lighter flavored green bean to me. They used to cook with them a lot in Chinese & other Asian restraunts, but don't much anymore. I think that's because there has been such a boon of Asian eateries opening in the past 15/20 years, not enough farmers growing the beans (need more Asian farmers, but maybe Asians don't want to be just farmers anymore), so the demand for beans out did the production,availability and the price is now too high. Oh yes, you clean and prepare them just like you would other green beans, cut, slice, or dice in whatever way you want to use them for. At the Pike's Place Market in Seattle I used to see them and they did look a yard long; but a couple of people who have tried growing them said they only get to maybe 10 to 12 inches long. Which means I'll be darned lucky to have any over 6 or 7 inches long. I'll keep you up to date as they get to growing, and it takes 70 days to maturity so we do have a wait. And I am going to check out the web sites you mentioned, so thanks for that infor, too. Be 'seeing' you later. Mary
Mary, just how do you cook those Dow Gauk long string beans. I've wanted to try them but have no idea what to do with them. Do you cook them whole, cut them up, boil, stir fry or what. I even asked an Oriental lady in a grocery store who was buying some but I really didn't understand what she used them for.
I'm not the best typist in the world but have enjoyed putting the missing recipes on this web site. Are you ladies familiar with the Ruth Bond web page and the KWQC TV web page. Jo use to write recipes for the TV channel and many many of the recipes are on their web page. I found a couple of links on the Ruth Bone site.
I've enjoyed my long alone week end and will be picking my husband up at the air port in a couple of hours. He flew to Dallas for a reunion and see his older brother and sister.
Ann in San Diego
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This morning was very special. I got up and went into the kitchen to make coffee, looked out the window and saw a doe laying down in our front yard. This happened once last year, too. I can't grow anything out front that the deer will gobble up. After awhile she moved on, but when DH got up there was another doe in the front yard with a spotted fawn! We didn't get pictures of that- mama deer hustled her little one to a more protected place.
After church we went to the local Sunday Market. I looked at some vegetable starts but decided to wait until next week when the new garden area is more established. Almost everyone who has a dog brings them to the market to walk around. It is so much fun seeing them. One lady had a black and a white scottish terrier. Reminded me of an old (liquor?) ad when I was a kid - cute dogs. There's a man with a booth at the market who carves animals out of clay- they are really great. He makes pins or pendants and some small figurines. I think about getting a cat one.
Mary, Good for you starting a garden. That is one interesting bean! I like to plant a few unusual things along with the more tried & true.
Today I get to go pick up and stack more sod and then I want to plant sunflowers against the fence.
Hi ANN & PEACEFUL, ANN... I echo Jan's applaud for your work on providing the recipes you have. There are quite a few I intend to try and will enter into my menus. I thank you and a couple others... this has been such a great help to many of us. JAN... I, too, applaud your ambition and energies in gardening. I am NOT a gardener, but did get a few edible tomatoes off a couple 5 gallon containers in my first attempt last year. Lord, they tasted like I'd never eaten a tomato before. Well, with food going up like it has in the past month I really did get motivated just this week and have started seeds for kale, 2 kinds of tomatoes, zucchini, romaine and, get this, DOW GAUK... more commonly known as yard long green beans. I have always been fascinated by those beans and decided if I ever did try to grow a vegetable, it would be that one. Yes, JAN, it sure is a bit late to try for a garden in mid June, and especially from seed, but I'm willing to risk the challenge and the experience should stay with me... good or bad. Wish me luck, but pray for the fool in me. (LOL) It is so wonderful, the good memories we have of our parents and other loved ones so long after they've passed. I think just about everyone has mixed memories of good and bad all through their lives; but when people, dear or not, pass on and you come to a stage you can't remember anything except the good memories about them... I feel you're a pretty exceptional person. And I'd bet as you and your siblings grew up and Dad grew older, he never forgot you kids sitting in that wheelbarrow, either. Those kinds of memories are our treasures. Guess its time to get off and do some more clearing of my backed up emails. Love to you both, have a happy day. Mary
Yea, the computer is working this morning. Yesterday I could not get on line until supper time.
Jan, it's going to be cool here today too. The big Golf Classic is going on at the golf course that is beside the ocean and they probably won't get any sun at all. It is trying to break through here. You are very ambitious to do garden work. That is not my cup of tea. I've never had allergies like this year. I did try about 4 over the counter meds including Claratin and that didn't do a thing for me. Dr. prescribed XYZOL and that helps a lot. One news caster said our allergy season would probably last until Christmas.
Ann in San Diego
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I think there's a nap coming on today. One cat, sleeping in my room, wanted out of the room at 5 AM so I let her out and went back to bed. Then the other cat sat outside the door meowing because she thought it was time for me to get up- I finally did.
It's overcast and 50 degrees this morning. Our high will be 60. I'm told my job today is to shake some dirt out of the sod and stack the sod in piles. I'll weed another flower bed, too.
Before I go outside I'm going to make the Coconut Pie from May 08 newsletter.
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Hi Ann, Don't you love those times when you don't have to cook. I love cooking but after so many years of doing it the breaks are welcome. I was diagnosed in 2003 (in January after Christmas goodies!) but have not had to take medication. I am not eager for the a1c either because this spring has been a struggle with sweets. I am feeling better tonight. My allergies have been worse than they have been for years. My sister called and told me the allergies can sap your energy, too. I was looking for decongestant in my medicine cabinet (in Oregon even OTC decongestants have to be prescribed because of the meth problem) and found a smaple of Oregon's Wild Harvest Freeze-Dried Nettle. I very skeptically took them and by golly a while later everything cleared up. Yay! Ann, you are doing such a good job with the recipes. Jan
Hi Jan, I wanted to type in a bunch of recipes today from the Kids cookbook but darn AOL was down all day. I'll do a few anyway. My DH is in Dallas for a school reunion and visiting his older brother and sister so I don't have to cook. He has to have an A1C test on Tuesday. I had annual blood work up last week. I sure hope they didn't do an A1C on me as I've been bad with the sweets. Do you have to take meds for diabetes? DH was declared diabetic last year after tests showed high numbers. That was after Christmas when he had eaten a fruit cake, a big box of Nestle Crunch Bars from Costco and Costco Cookies and ice cream nightly. After he cut out the sweets and lost some weight, he didn't need to loose, he is now considered pre diabetic and only has to test once a week.
Ann in San Diego
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It is just hard to believe it's mid-June with our cooler weather. The sun is out this afternoon, though, and that makes me smile. I had coffee with a friend this morning. Also made an appointment with a new doctor. It's time for labs for thyroid and a1c. I suspect my thyroid med needs to be adjusted up. This is also the anniversary of the day my Dad passed on. Can't believe it's been 17 years. So many good memories of my Dad. I have a wheelbarrow he had made when he worked for a steel manufacturing place. When we were little kids he would mow the lawn and put the cut grass in the wheelbarrow. When it was full he'd plop us on top of the grass and give us a bumpy ride down to the orchard where he'd dump the grass. How's your day going?
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