Saturday, November 22, 2008

Leaving on a Jet Plane Crossover Vehicle

My sincere thanks to everyone who commented on yesterday's post. You are such a creative and make-do bunch! I am so lucky.

I had bought a can of black spray paint the day before for the purpose of refreshing two iron candleholders. I had entertained the idea of painting the mat but wondered whether than would work. Your assurances have inspired me to try this solution.

I'm even more amazed at the vast sea of knowledge that flows through the internet. I'd wondered about the large hotel pictured in the etching. I purchased the artwork because it reminded me of a beautiful old hotel we'd visited many years ago in Waterton Park in Canada. This hotel was the stuff of legends, with a string quartet playing in the lobby and high tea served in the drawing room. Believe me, we were too poor to actually stay in hotel but it provided me with things to dream about back in my pup tent.

The building was identified as the original Cliff House in San Francisco. Can you imagine this enormous building partially hanging over the cliff? ....... in an earthquake zone? Sorry, I'll take tornados any day.


This morning I'm very excited to be making preparations to drive up to the Little White House to see the farmer. The two weeks prior to Thanksgiving is the busiest time of the year for fresh herb operators and the Farmer assures me that he's got stacks of fresh basil stacked 10 feet high waiting for delivery. For these two weeks and during terrible weather conditions he stays at the little white farmhouse. We call it the Little White House and it hold the objects of my affection, the Farmer and a huge Viking range. They hold my affection in that order.

Since the Little House has no laundry facilities we'll also be doing a clothing exchange. I'm hoping he'll take me out to dinner, although I'd love to cook on the Viking range. Just think, I've got a warehouse of fresh organic herbs just across the frozen field. Here's a recipe for you:

Chicken Breast Dijon with Basil

6 skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup flour
8oz heavy cream
2 oz fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 oz fresh marjoram, chopped
Garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste
Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Dust seasoned chicken with flour, shake off excess. Heat oil in 12 in. frying pan. Sauté chicken, 4 minutes each side. When done keep warm on plate. Add wine to frying pan stirring up herbs left from chicken. Reduce liquid by half. Add mustard and 1/2 the chopped basil and marjoram and all of the chopped oregano. Add cream. Reduce by half. Add chicken and cook 1 minute on each side. Arrange on platter. Cover with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle the top with remaining basil and marjoram.

This recipe is from The Herbal Garden website. Click on the link for more recipes. You can search by ingredients.

I'll be traveling north in my new crossover vehicle.

The Illinois grain harvest continues.

Yes, I've respectfully retired my ten year old Grand Am from daily service. She was a trusty steed and will occupy a bay in the garage, driven occasionally on a sunny day. I really needed a vehicle with hauling capabilities. You know, hauling all that stuff to Goodwill......shhhhhh, and bringing in a little more stuff! Don't tell the Farmer.

All my cars have names and the Grand Am was named Black Sunshine after the Rob Zombie song dedicated to his Mustang, and no, I won't subject you to the song this early in the morning.

As soon as I get the batteries charged on my camera I'll have photos, reveal the make and model, interview my personal car salesman and have a name-the-crossover contest.

Stay tuned!


Heidi said...

That picture looks JUST LIKE our farm today! Its colder than heck out and I am making a BIG pot of soup today, so as you are driving - come north and have lunch... I'll leave the light on for ya!!! LOL

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Well whatever you do, I hope that there'll be time for some fun and relaxation. Can't wait to hear more about the new car!

Cindy L said...

Sometime, Suzanne, I would love to learn more about your farming business -- your crops, everything.

And special thanks for the chicken recipe. This is the sort of dish I love to make, and with my son flying home for Thanksgiving, this will be a nice change from the usual holiday fare. Loved the photo of your "wheels" too -- motor on!

Joy for the Journey said...

Just found your blog and I love it! I'll stop by again soon :)

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi Suzanne....I'd love to have a Viking stove ....

I hope all is well with you!

Suzanne said...

Heidi - It's stinking cold here in northern Illinois. I'm going to be making potato corn chowder! Hey girl - I got this new vehicle so that I could make that road trip in the spring....... get a spot cleaned off for my tent!

Vee - Fun and relaxation didn't actually happen. The Farmer got literally buried in basil and had to break our date. Sigh! Thanksgiving and Christmas are insanely busy in the herb business.

Cindy - I will talk some more about the operation. As I explained early on in this blog the Farmer is the general manager of a large fresh herb operation. He works for an interesting man who is a world class chef who started the herb farm because of the difficulty in finding quality fresh herbs. More later about the place. I'll talk about the science of soil. That ought to put you to sleep. HA. I'm so happy you'll be able to use the recipe.

Joy - Hey Sarah come back!!! What is that cool car you're leaning into in your avatar. I'm a car nut so I need to know.

Punkin - There you are!! I dream Viking dreams!!

Thanks for visiting with me today you guys. You make my day.

Louise said...

Really, you are just too much fun! I know I'm a couple of days late here, but what could be more cheerful on a Monday morning than a post like this?

bayouwoman said...

I love your writing style and humor! Also, I am impressed at the idea that you purchased said crossover vehicle WITHOUT the farmer's help? Hmmmmm? Anyway, been enjoying all your posts, S.