The other day, we were in Cullman for a couple of hours - of course, Av had to stop and get a sack of Duchess doughnuts:
When it comes to plants, there are two people who I believe every word they say: Felder Rushing and Steve Bender.
My beautiful, creative friend Cindy in Oklahoma came up with the idea of making old purses into planters by poking holes through the bottom for drainage:
It's fruit stand season, people with tomatoes in the back of their pickup truck season, honor system melon patches (like the one I grew up close to) season, and full-fledged farmers market season.
The old, open year-round farmer's market on Finley in B'ham is a favorite too:
The USDA has a pretty spartan database of farmer's markets in every state, but the nice one is at LocalHarvest, which shows CSAs too.
This week's list of random things...
Starters include popcorn tossed with parmigiano and black pepper, white truffle, or pimenton and garlic. Other appetizers include caponata, flatbread pizzas, a hummus-and-tzatziki duo served wtih flatbreads and, as at Garcia's RioMar, a Spanish muffuleta and salumi from A Mano. Paninis, salads and a cheese plate are planned, along with pralines and chocolates from Southern Candymakers, Hubig's pies and cookies from Angelo Brocato.
Several $7 wines by the glass will be offered, along with other pricier ones, cocktails and imported and domestic beer.
The creation is the brainchild of Michel Guyot who launched a similar and very successful project in Burgundy, France, ten years ago.
A team of architectural experts, working together with historians of the Middle Ages and dedicated artisans, is raising a genuine, full-sized, fortified castle, with 24-foot high towers, a drawbridge, and 6-foot wide stone walls surrounding an expansive inner courtyard, using the materials, techniques, and rules of the 13th century.
Thirty masons, carpenters and stone carvers authentically dressed, will work all year round for twenty years, the time required to build a fortress in the Middle Ages. Imagine a place where you leave behind our technically advanced society to hear the clang of hammers on chisels as stones are being carved, and to hear snorting cart-horses pulling heavy stones on creaking wooden wagons. The blacksmith, the rope maker, the woodcutter will work right in front of you as they practise medieval techniques of construction.
Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation released its list of the "11 Most Endangered Historic Places" and the Treefoot Building in Meridian is on it, due to threat of demolition.
In 1930, the citizens of Meridian, Mississippi, had never seen anything like the newly dedicated Threefoot Building, a shiny, 16-story Art Deco skyscraper that was the tallest building in the state.
Named for its owners, a successful German-American family in Meridian, the building was admired for its decorative polychrome terra cotta and granite exterior and lavish interior details, including marble flooring and wainscoting, cast-plaster walls and ceilings, and etched bronze elevator doors. Although the Threefoot family lost their prized property in the Depression, the building was a mainstay of downtown Meridian for decades until it closed in 2000 because of deterioration and extensive upper-floor vacancies. Hopes were buoyed when the building's owner, the City of Meridian, began negotiations with a developer who planned to renovate the building and turn it into a hotel, but the City later abandoned that plan.---The Art Deco Queen of Meridian continues to deteriorate, and locals fear that her next date may be with the wrecking ball.
In the last several years, the building has experienced significant deterioration. Terra-cotta tiles are falling off the facade, water is infiltrating in several locations and windows are in poor shape. Without immediate action, portions of the masonry are at risk of falling into pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Even though a developer expressed interest in the building, the City of Meridian was unable to provide funds for gap financing or other incentives – and now locals fear that the City Council will attempt to remove the building from the Mississippi Landmark List in order to pave the way for its demolition.
Threefoot is the English variation on their family name, which before they came to the US was Dreyfus. To English (from German), Dreyfus translates like this: Drey (3) fus (foot).
This one for Treasurer begins, "I'm Young Boozer, and yes, that's my real name". Av said he's actually YB the IIIrd in his family. Bless his heart, I want Young Boozer to win just to try to make up for what he must've gone through in middle and high school.
It seems as though every cookbook that has a good dessert section has a recipe for Lane Cake, and they're all different.
...then they go on to say that they know the recipe they are about to give is the original because they have a copy of Emma Rylander Lane's book (published in 1898), which was loaned to the writer by Mrs. Lane's granddaughter.Here's where we set the record straight about one of the most famous cakes in American culinary history.We're talking about Lane Cake, that glorious invention, four layers deep, stacked with spirited filling and covered with soft white frosting.This cake has been attributed to others than its rightful creator, and its formula has often been desecrated.