Saturday, November 22, 2008

New Recipe

I am tired of the same old food rotation. One time, Alison and I actually made a list of all the dinners we know how to cook. The list was impressive; when we really put our minds to it, we recalled many meals that we had forgotten. But now the list has been lost, and our home-dining experience lately have been a bit monotonous. (Fortunately, we've also been in the habit lately of watching Seinfeld reruns while we eat -- that's livened things up somewhat!)

Until last night, when I wandered into the produce section of the local supermarket. Butternut squash was up-front and center as being relatively in-season. Orange squash, I thought. What goes with butternut squash? I dreamed up the following recipe, and it was fabulous (all amounts are approximated, as that's how I cook):

-- Top half of a butternut squash, diced in half-inch square pieces.
-- One sweet potato, diced in half-inch square pieces.
-- One half red bell pepper, diced.
-- 1 tablespoon soy sauce.
-- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, ground.
-- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
-- 1 teaspoon black pepper
-- 1 teaspoon red pepper
-- 2 cloves fresh garlic, diced.

Preheat oven to 350. Oil a 9x11 inch glass baking dish with olive oil. Dice garlic; set aside. Spread squash and potato pieces in dish. Sprinkle soy sauce over vegetables. Spread ginger, cinnamon, black and red pepper over veggies. Spread bell pepper over everything. Spread garlic pieces over entire dish. Cover dish with foil. Bake for 40 minutes. Serves 2 adults (if one of them has an above average appetite and doesn't mind stuffing oneself).

We served the dish with white rice, salad, and cheap red wine. There were so many flavors coming at us from so many directions (including the cheap wine, which I enjoyed immensely). For dessert, we microwaved some gluten-free chocolate cake that we had made a few nights earlier. On the cake we served Ben and Jerry's ice cream.

And so ended our dinner-time monotony; it was a most excellent meal, and I highly recommend it to everyone!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


November is National Novel Writing Month. I have participated each of the last four Novembers and one time in April. Here's the deal:

50,000 words in 30 days. That about says it all. You write a novel in a month. And, no, the words I am writing for this blog do not count. The whole idea is rather silly, really. It means I have to find time to hit a daily word quota of 1667 words per day. Don't you think I am busy enough without writing a flipping novel this month? Apparently I'm not.

If I don't clean the bathroom, my own room (or even myself), you'll know why. I am busy writing the Great American Next Novel. Three cheers for Nanowrimo!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Latest Story

Check out my latest article about our weekend in Franconia Notch in Upper Valley Image magazine's Fall issue.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Wedding Photo Extravaganza

I'm not the type who spent his life "dreaming of my wedding day." And it's a good thing; if I were, my dreams and expectations would have never lived up to the time we had on September 12, 2008. Ali and I planned and looked forward to our wedding for 8 months and 17 days since the day I asked her to marry me on the Nordic trails at the Morse Farm. And everything was perfect.

We had so much fun, that we'd do it over again in a second. But we hear that people don't really get as excited about the second wedding. So, instead, we'll just keep re-living the day through pictures. And here they are...

First, a huge thank you to our tree-climbing photographer Dave Vuono. Also thank you to Julie Aiken and Jan Leja who snapped hundreds of pictures too.

Viewing Directions:
Choose Photos to view. At Picasa screen, click "Slideshow." Then fasten your seatbelt... it's a wild ride!

Click here to view Jan Leja's wedding photos

Click here to view Julie Aiken's wedding photos

Click here to view Dave Vuono's wedding photos

Click here to view Julie Aiken's Nite-Before Party photos

Click here to view Julie Aiken's Day-After Party photos