Friday, June 26, 2009

King Automotive

For any automotive doohickey or Thing...
make sure you only get it from King...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tin Man from the mountains

This is a tin man I met on the way into the mountains. He didn't mention anything about trolls or gremlins ahead...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Queens Parking

Queens parking is out back...this us where the Fun People Shop!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Appalachian Trail

This was out in the western part of the state and up into Tennesee. While driving on the way back we saw a sign that said "trail" and so we hit the brakes. If I had continued to follow Guinan on this trail, we would have ended up into Maine and we could also head south from here, down into Georgia. Now that is a long walk!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Liberated Gardenia

I liberated this gardenia from the other house last year. It was almost dead and only 1 real branch, and now I think she likes the sun.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

1932 Roadside Diner

This is along US-70, somewhere between Durham and Statesville. As always click image for a bigger version and to see the inset of the interior.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Grilled Apples

Today is my first time grilling steaks on the new charcoal grill. I'm going to have some yellow squash from the garden plus tomatoes from the farmers market. I looked around the kitchen to see what could grill with the steaks and I spotted the fruit dish. What follows is how I fixed some granny smith apples using the grill. I'm writing this as I invent this dish, good or bad :)

- Granny smith apples
- citric wash (1 tbsp of lemon, lime, etc juice in water)
- Oil, corn or other vegetable
- Honey or sugar
- Salt
- Pinch of cinnamon

Peel and core, slice into rings and put the apples into the citric wash. Why the citric wash? The acid in the juice will keep the apples from turning an ugly brown. Just a teaspoon to a couple cups water will leave no taste in the apples, adjust up for more lemon or lime flavor. Tip: Peel the apple, dunk in wash, core, dunk, slice, dunk. Apples: You should try granny smiths, because they will hold together under handling.

Marinate in oil and honey or sugar. So here is my logic for the oil, probably false. It will allow the apples to come to a very high temperature without burning too fast. And the honey will carmeliz along with some apple. I love carmelization, the browning of sugar with high heat, its like the absolute best sweet flavor in the world when you do it on the grill. In hindsight next time I'm going to marinate longer in the wash and skip or seriously reduce the oil.

Sprinkle a bit of salt on the apples and Grill. 2-4 minutes per side but make sure a good sear happens in the first side.

I ate about half the dish, then thought I'd try some cinnamon. Both ways were good.

PS: Carol gave me the idea to blog this after posting her recipe. Sans green peppers :)

Friday, June 05, 2009

Killians of Conover

Pictured is the business of Killians. Way back when, there was a hardware store next door, and that eventually turned into...something, tire dealer I think. Supposedly one brother or another got it, and the other got this place. And even if I am on a first name basis with the Craters of Conover, I still don't know.

Anyway, it makes for an interesting picture to me. Dad refuses to do any business whatsoever with the Killians. He says they lied to him and he won't even stop to take a closer look at the plane up top or the train engine. I seem to remember this, vaguely...

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

I'm a Pepper Shirt

Okay, is this shirt a shade of red, or is it pink? What do you think?

Here it is closer. I wore this shirt to my sisters husbands memorial weekend cookout. I like the shirt, it has a message that comes across loud and clear. Don'cha think?