Archive for February 2013

Biscuits and Gravy

February 24, 2013

Well today we were at a breakfast put on by our OES chapter here in San Pedro. Nothing unusual here, Many lodges and chapters have breakfasts to raise money for their activities.

I am writing for my friends in New England who probably have not enjoyed one particular delicacy served at the breakfast. I am of course writing about “Biscuits and Country Gravy”. Biscuits and Gravy is a dish probably better known in the south. I was first introduced to it when I was working for Raytheon in Memphis, TN many years ago.

First off, it is absolutely not good for you, but it tastes SO good. It is loaded with sausage grease, artery clogging, cholesterol raising fat.

At any rate, it is very easy to make. First the biscuits. You of course can make them from scratch, but for me that’a a bit much. Either get the Pillsbury refrigerator biscuits at the grocery or use the recipe on a box of Bisquick. Either way is pretty easy.

Next comes the gravy or “country gravy” as it is often called. Get a pound of sausage meat and fry it up in a frying pan. There might even be a recipe for country gravy on the package. No matter this isn’t rocket science.

So fry up the sausage. Once it is browned, turn off the heat. Remove the sausage meat with a slotted spoon or drain with a colander. Reserve the sausage meat and return the grease to the pan. Add about a 1/4 cup of flour to the grease. Stir constantly over low heat while slowly adding about 2 cups of milk. Add a little extra milk if you want a thinner consistency.

If you want a gravy with considerable more “kick”, try using spicy sausage meat.

Add the sausage to the mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Slice the biscuits in half on a plate and add the gravy on top. Enjoy.

Here’s a pointer to the wikipedia article on the subject.

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Location:San Pedro, CA


February 10, 2013

How many people out there keep online journals or diaries? This blog is a sort of journal but sometimes blogs are much to public for my taste. For that reason, I have started keeping a journal on my iPad.

Most of the stuff is either too boring or too personal to publish in a blog. It seems that back in the day, many famous people kept diaries. Presidents, Senators, Ambassadors, you name it.

Currently, the app that i use on my iPad is iJournal. It’s easy to use. It can be password protected and one can export entries in a variety of ways.

I’ve done this off and on for the past few years. Started again recently. I have to get myself in the habit of writing something everyday, even though it may seem like nothing happened. Let the future ages judge.

Does anyone have any diary/journaling apps worth looking at?

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Location:San Pedro

Weather Here and There

February 9, 2013

Well, i have been eagerly following the weather goings on back east. Keep all the pictures coming. I am so enjoying NOT being there.

Here’s a picture of Valentine in the snow. Kathy posted a video of her running in the snow. Pretty funny.

So what’s the weather out here you might ask? Typically, the temperature range is from 50’s at night up to 60’s during the daylight hours. We are in a rainy season this time of year.

One of the side effects of the rain is that all of the hillsides next to the roads are quite green. By summer, the hills will be a golden brown.

Another interesting aspect, is that some of the trees lose their leaves and some don’t. I don’t know anything about why that is. It just makes for continuing business for the landscapers that bag up the leaves.

So one more picture for all of you waiting for Spring.

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Location:San Pedro, CA