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Can Brussels sprouts be edible?


Clearly I'm NOT a fan. I've too often seen them served hard as bullets. Supposedly they're "like a little cabbage", but there's a strong flavor that I can't quite get past. Here's the best recipe I've managed to find.

SMASHED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Ingredients
2 lb. Brussels sprouts
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. chopped thyme
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 c. shredded mozzarella
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

Directions
Preheat oven to 425° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl. Blanch Brussels sprouts: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add Brussels sprouts and cook until bright green and very tender, about 10 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts to ice bath to cool then drain. On a large baking sheet, toss blanched Brussels sprouts with olive oil, garlic and thyme. Using the end of a small glass or mason jar, press down on the Brussels sprouts to smash them into a flat patty. Season each smashed Brussels sprout with salt and pepper, then sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan on top.

Bake until the bottoms of the sprouts are crispy and the cheese is melted and golden, about 20 minutes.

Garnish with parsley and serve warm.



An unusual sighting!


Based on the head shape, and paws as well as what appeared to be a mask, we deduced this is a coon-bird (i.e. baby racoon) who took up residence in our bluebird house. When the weather was especially warm, he'd stick his head and paws out, going back in the box once he cooled off.



A friend with some experience in fostering orphaned or injured critters came over to effect a rescue. The "coon-bird" - took off running and turned out to be a squirrel-bird instead. He then kindly posed for us:

As a matter of fact, it turned out to be a southern flying squirrel, and was likely an adult. See this link for info about these fellas.






James Taylor.... Gotta love him!



Waiting for the show


Sweet Baby James


70 years old, and he still puts on one h**l of a great show!

Opa!


Traditional dancing from the Greek festival held at Saint Barbara's in Durham NC.First the little ones danced, then the older group put on quite a show!








Saints among us, then and now


I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world - Teresa of Calcutta

I am certain in my heart that all that I am, I have received from God. - Saint Patrick

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. - Psalm 91:11

My immortal life is on the point of beginning. - Andrew Kim Taegon, Korean martyr

Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily. - Francis de Sales

Allow the light and healing presence of Christ to shine brightly through your lives. In that way, all those who come in contact with you will discover the loving kindness of God - John Paul II


Appalachian artistry

Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina, you'll find the Folk Art Center, where traditional and contemporary crafts from the region are displayed. Through much of the year, craft demonstrations are held daily. Enjoy looking at some of the pieces on display there.







Titanic movie costumes on display at Biltmore

The connection between the Vanderbilts and the Titanic may not be immediately apparent, but the Vanderbilts were originally booked to sail on the disasterous maiden voyage of this "unsinkable" ship. At the last moment, they decided to sail on the Olympic, her sister ship. A servant of the Biltmores stayed with the Titanic to take care of their belongings; he was among the 1500 souls lost when the ill-fated ship sank.



























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