Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cooperstown, NY visit

Although we didn't get to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame, we did go to the Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown.  The Art Museum had an art fair and the Farmer's Museum held a hops festival.  We also had dinner at the Brewery Ommergang.

Lake Otsego in the distance

Apple Molly at the Fly Creek Cider Mill

Bob, Carmen and Cathy at the Farmer's Museum

Through the pub's doorway looking out at the garden.

Temperance to Intemperance sign in the pub

Bicycles in the cafe.

A reproduction of a room at the inn at the Farmer's Museum.  Hand made wallpaper decorated the walls.  If you were a wealthy traveller you could pay to stay in the room.  If you couldn't afford the room rates you could pay a quarter and sleep on the floor in the hall!

Hops growing in the field.  During the mid 1800's, these three NY counties supplied all hops for all the brewers in the US.

Young girl making flax to make the linen.

Volunteers making flax.

Continued flax presentation

Flax spinning. That's how they made thread in the 1800's.

Cathy and Carmen on the Carousel.

Bob on his fish.

Cathy's house in Cooperstown

Just couldn't resist.

On the other end of the spectrum - the Cooperstown Opera House.

A tree on the lake.  Perhaps planted by James Fenimore Cooper.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rye Crackers

Nice recipe from Bob's Red Mill:


Mix together dry ingredients and seeds. Work in margarine until fine. Stir in milk. Form into ball and roll out to 1/8 - 1/16 inch between waxed paper. Cut into desired shapes, prick with fork and transfer to ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400°F for 5-6 minutes until lightly browned on edges. Cool on rack. Store in airtight container.

Makes about 24 crackers.

Honeyboat Delectica Squash

Here is the seed packet.  The squash do look like this.
This year I tried again to grow Honey Boat Squash.  Last year's didn't produce edible fruit.  This year I had three seedlings, but only one survived.  But this one is producing!  Tonight we're roasting the squash.  Here is the recipe from www.foodista.com:

"One of the sweetest squash varieties in existance. Oblong, Delicata shaped squash have tan skin with green stripes. Fantastic roasted on a cookie sheet in half moon slices. Halve the squash, scoop out the seeds, then slice into half moons and bake for 10 minutes on each side at 425 degrees."

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Goldfinch sighting

On my way to exercise I saw this bit of yellow among a field of flowers.  A lovely goldfinch (the state bird of my beloved NJ!)