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Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

I have to respectfully disagree.

I've been there many times. Your exaggerations are beyond the pale: Oysters in brackish water actually clean the environment; a few boats tending the oyster beds have minimal impact; I have no idea what you're talking about when you say "the amount of debris, pipes and plastic in the water is high." PLEASE quantify that egregious comment. It also appears you have a problem with folk making a living.

In short, Drake's Bay's future will be decided by the courts.

Dazzle me with insight and fact next time.

1 day ago
steve h. in San Francisco Bay Area

Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Indeed. Drake's Bay's legal arguments heretofore have been weak.

Having said that, it would be a shame to lose their low-impact, entrepreneurial initiative on the Bay. It's a shame that accommodation could not be reached.

1 day ago
steve h. in San Francisco Bay Area

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

We're going to reprise Sunday's lasagna tonight. I ground the chuck, Deb made the Sauce Bolognese and assembled the beast (it's her recipe). The results were good Sunday night but this is a dish best served the next day. I'll parole something appropriate from the wine jail to complement the meal. Burn Notice: Season Three will be on the plasma. Following recent current events, I'm looking forward to hourly episodes where the good guys overcome great odds and carry the day.

1 day ago
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Deb and I resemble that remark. ;-)

1 day ago
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Happy 12th!

Cheers to you guys and scratches for the dude.

1 day ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Love the experimental wine. My landlord in Napoli back in April asked me to taste and critique a bottle from her vineyard. It was pretty good. The next day I told her I would need at least a case of her wine to do a thorough study. She roared.

Jul 19, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Looks nice. Experimental St. Emillion?

Jul 19, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Chicken thighs, really fat chicken thighs (Kardashian-esque chicken thighs!), have been luxuriating in a spicy buttermilk bath since last night. Said thighs will be lightly dredged, seasoned and fried in vegetable shortening tonight. Sides will include corn on the cob and potato salad. Beer and wine will be at the ready. Hey, it's summer.

The house smells pretty good. I ground up a bunch of chuck today and Deb did her magic to make a Sauce Bolognese. There's good dining in my future.

Jul 19, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Ah, got it.

Jul 19, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

TCC, COTC...

MOUSE.

I got the corn on the cob but the TCC went over my my head.

Jul 19, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Very cool.

Jul 18, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Yep.

I was a St. Joe's boy: jacket and tie every day. I looked good.

Ramapo was maybe the closest high school thing to a college campus. Were you a Franklin Lakes girl?

Jul 18, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

I bought a skirt steak today as well as some fresh corn. Deb's been busy rubbing the meat with spices and prepping for a hearty dish of black beans and rice (lengthy process). The steak will be cooked on a stove-top griddle. Beer and wine will be on the counter, Lawrence of Arabia on the plasma.

Summer was always special. Growing up in the hills of Oakland, most of us kids turned feral and hung out in tents and tree houses until called back by yells/bells. We all knew how to fish, hunt and amuse ourselves so parents were never too concerned. Later, my folks liked staying at a Victorian inn in Spring Lake, New Jersey. We'd stay there for a month and I was gifted with the tower room at the Normandy on Tuttle Avenue. Good times.

Jul 18, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Based on many years of reading Hunt's posts, I bet that is one hell of a renovation.

Jul 14, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Indeed. The man loves his food and wine.

Jul 14, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Deb's crispy fried chicken (marinated in buttermilk then floured and seasoned) was on the menu tonight. She also made potato salad. Beer and wine was on the counter. Germany won, Argentina lost. Pity there had to be a loser but that's why they play the game. I wish I was back in Berlin watching the match on the jumbotrons outside the Brandenburg Gate.

Looking forward to the Polar Vortex.

Jul 13, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Picture perfect. That is one hell of a good looking meal.

Last I checked, splurging on wine (channelling his inner Bill Hunt) is a good thing.

Jul 13, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Picture perfect. That looks like one hell of a good meal.

Splurging on a quality bottle of wine is intrinsically good. Hunt would be proud.

Jul 13, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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Car Week, Monterey. Need advice

Thanks for the suggestions. Sarita's sounds interesting.

Jul 13, 2014
steve h. in California

Car Week, Monterey. Need advice

Thanks, Melanie. I knew I could count on you.

Jul 13, 2014
steve h. in California

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

It was a good meal. Simple but tasty.

Edited to add: I dusted off my old Nikon 7X50 binoculars and took a magnified look at tonight's moon. If you haven't done this already, I highly suggest you do. Fat moons have a special appeal.

Jul 12, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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Car Week, Monterey. Need advice

Love car week, been going for years.

Over the years I've become pretty predictable: 1833, Sand Bar, Crown & Anchor, Passionfish, Hog's Breath, Sardine Factory and the rest of the usual suspects.

This is a work week so if I can add one, maybe two places to the lunch/dinner/drinks mix I would be greatly appreciative.

Thanks in advance.

Jul 12, 2014
steve h. in California

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Best time of the year to travel. You've done this before ;-)

Jul 12, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Club steak is on the menu tonight. As long as the grocery store butcher keeps supplying them, I'll keep buying them. Corn on the cob and baked potato will be the sides. A decent red from the wine jail will round things out. This will be a sit-down meal in the dining room. Maybe some Chicago blues on the box.

Jul 12, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Chorizo mussels? Good call. Crusty bread, too?

Best of luck on your excellent adventure.

Jul 12, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

It was a tasty burger. The 1:1 chuck to short rib grind is a keeper. I think I'll stick with the coarse disc and grind twice technique, too.

Jul 11, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

Yeah, I have no sympathy for me either. I'm getting old (or is it the milage?) so multi-tasking is becoming a chore. I need to do better.

Jul 11, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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One Dinner in SF - Where and Why?

Good to know. Deb and I will be back in the Bay Area come August after car week down in Monterey.

As an aside, what are your favorites these days in the Monterey area?

Jul 11, 2014
steve h. in San Francisco Bay Area

What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

Homemade tomato soup and a short rib grilled cheese sandwich might work.

Jul 11, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

It's been pretty busy lately: scheduling contractors/material for the second floor reno; crossing t's, dotting i's for car week in Monterey; completing negotiations for our rental flat in Napoli for the month of April. All quality stuff but taxing nonetheless.

Burgers are up tonight. I ground chuck and short rib at a 1:1 ratio. I upped the balance in the hopes of extracting a little more depth of beefy flavor. I used a coarse disc and ran the meat twice through the grinder. We'll see if this works. The patties will be seasoned and pan fried in a cast iron skillet.

The burgers will be topped by American cheese. Sliced tomato and caramelized onions will be the condiment. A lightly toasted Big Marty's roll will be the delivery mechanism. Chips (classic Lay's) will be available. Beer and wine will be on the counter.

Jul 11, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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