Monday, March 18, 2013

The Tale of the Curl

     March 18 - It should have been/could have been warmer and the sun shining, but it wasn't. After all, spring is a mere two days away.  One look out the window took away all of the wishing and guessing.  The red sky in the morning combined with a tight curl of the rhododendron leaves were the foreboding signs of the weather now and to come.  

Mother Nature's thermometer
     Rhododendron leaves are Mother Nature's thermometer.  Normally they are fairly flat.That tight curl means it's not spring so put on the heavy winter clothes - again - to go out to the barn - expect the temperature to be nothing higher than the very low twenties.  Maybe even colder.  But who actually cares after reaching a certain low, anything lower doesn't seem to make much difference.  

     For a barn, the low twenties mean water freezes in the troughs and definitely make a point not to let any splash on your clothes - that is an instant return to the house to change.

      Apparently none of the animals seem to mind the cold, but I can't help but think all would be happier with a good dose of sunshine.

Great for St. Pat's Day or any day, this recipe is adapted from Jane Brody's Good Food Book.

1 lb red potatoes or yukon gold potato -- unpeeled
4 cups shredded green cabbage
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled 
1/4 cup milk
1 T butter
3 oz cheddar or other hard cheese, grated 
  salt and pepper -- to taste

     Quarter potatoes and boil in lightly salted water until tender.
     Remove potatoes from liquid, set aside. Drain,reserving the liquid,and set them aside to cool. In the reserved liquid boil the cabbage and onion for about 5 minutes- Drain and set
     Peel and mash potatoes with
milk,butter,and salt and pepper,to taste.
     Mix in the reserved onion and cabbage.
     Mix 2/3 of the cheese with the potatoes and transfer to a shallow baking dish.
     Sprinkle  remaining cheese on top.
     Heat in oven and let cheese on top brown slightly.

Extra cheese and bacon won't hurt! 


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