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March 12, 2007

Vermont Visit

Overnight it seemed to turn from winter to spring in Vermont. On Saturday I skied all day with my old back-of-the-pack buddy, Walter. The temperature was mild but the wind kept things feeling brisk. We skied on 'MADgical" packed powder, as they were calling it on the MRG website, and Walter commented that it was unnaturally quiet for Mad River skiing.

Overnight the rain came and changed it all by the next day. Sunday, I skied with Laurie, another old-time Mad River skiing friend from college. We started out on much more solidly packed powder at the top, which changed to crusty glazed over snow in the middle, and later started getting soft and mushy towards the bottom. As we skidded around the moguls, yesterday's abnormal quiet was replaced with the noise of edges chattering on the slicker surfaces, sounding more like the Mad River we were used to. Still though, the skiing was great, the sun was out and even more old friends were around. There's just no place like Mad River.

Of course we also spent time at the house, and were happy to have Todd and Melissa came by to see it, followed the next day by Laurie and a new friend who lives just below us off Old Mansfield Road. We had great fun trying to knock the big icicle from the overhang above the front door by throwing snowballs at it. After a good twenty minutes though, the icicle was kind of the winner. Once the metal roof is on, the snow should just slide off and not build up enough to form icicles. Otherwise, I guess we'll have to improve our snowball aim. Check out the progress photos.

March 18, 2007

St. Patrick's Day Pizza

Boston was overrun with rowdy revelers dressed in green when I walked in town yesterday, reminding me that I still had time to prepare something properly Irish for dinner.

My supper plans were already made however, based on a craving for homemade pizza. Ever since Trader Joe's stopped carrying jars of Cilantro Walnut Pesto, I've bemoaned the loss of my most favorite replacement for red pizza sauce. Obviously this cilantro sauce would have been the perfect thing to satisfy my craving and to supply a bit of the old green on St. Patrick's Day.

Not wanting to deny my Irish heritage, even if it's only by marriage, I turned to the ever trusty Google. Along with many other sad folks, Oh my GOD> MY trader joe's discontinued the cilantro walnut pesto!!!!!, I also found what I was really looking for, a couple of recipes so I could make my own. I chose the one from Emeril, thinking it would be the most like the bottled stuff, but after making it, I realized it was too cheesy and not oily or spicy enough. I doctored it up a bit with lots more oil, some lime juice and extra salt. It looked perfect for St. Patrick's Day as it went into the oven, all bright green underneath the toppings of caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms and split Kalamata olives, and it tasted pretty darn good too.

Next time though, I'm going to try this recipe from Kat; it has more oil, no Parmesan and a Jalapeno to spice it up. Right now though I've got two authentic TJ's Cilantro Walnut Pesto jars (saved because I thought I'd use them for beach plum jelly) filled with my homemade version. And I'm not waiting till next St. Patrick's Day for more green pizza.

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