Wednesday, June 11, 2008

We had a Board of Directors meeting for Fritz’s not-for –profit on Monday night and we decided to have it here at the new house rather than at the Center. The weather was oppressively hot outside but not bad in the house with its slab floor and earth-sheltered walls. We were one straight woman, two lesbians and three gay men, all friends for years. They were our first guests, the dinner was fun and the meeting very laid back.

We decided on a cold menu. Fritz made his wonderful chilled rhubarb soup--stewed rhubarb (8 cups of diced rhubarb, one quart of water, sugar to taste) that’s put through a strainer, frozen, then partially defrosted so that there are still some ice crystals, with whipped cream folded in. Everybody always loves this; it’s almost addictive on a really hot night. He also made the closer, a maple syrup pecan pie that’s just incredible.

I did the main course, a Chinese Chicken Salad:

4 cooked skinless boneless chicken breasts, diced
1 1/4 cup bean sprouts
1 1/2 cup snow peas
1/4 cup chopped scallions
chopped iceberg lettuce, romaine, field greens, whatever
1/4 cup diced celery
1 can (8-ounce size) sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 large can Mandarin Orange segments
Toasted Chow Mien noodles

1/4 cup vegetable oil
5 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon sugar (preferably brown)
or Newman’s Own low fat Asian Dressing

Combine the chicken, bean sprouts, snow peas, and scallions. Make a dressing using the oil, soy sauce, ginger, salt, pepper, and sugar. Add to the chicken mixture. Add the celery and water chestnuts and mix well. Toss in the noodles last thing before serving. Serve chilled.

Carpentry on the house was completely finished today. There’s still a very little electrical work to be done. For the rest, we’ll finish some second coats of paint in a couple of rooms, do touch-up on the others, and move the furniture in the great room around a lot until we get it exactly where we want it. There’s also the exterior work to do and I’m really looking forward to that. We’ll be dry setting a lot of stone to make the big raised bed for the wild flowers and the planters across the front of the house. Later in the summer we’ll have a garden shed built in cedar with roof shingles to match the house.

We’ll plant some trees and take saunas with our friends; after a career doing art for other people, I'll do some art just for myself and Fritz will continue to teach teachers to use the arts in every subject they teach; we've built our house and chopped our wood, we’ll bake our bread and make our garden grow.


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Alright, that's seriously good food. And makes my mouth water! I'm happy that you're getting the chance to begin FINALLY enjoying the new home.
the food was fabulous, the company even better.

thanks for allowing us to be your very first "guests" in your new home.

(and i still think you need a 42" plasma HDTV on the south wall.)


i've said it before; your life and all that you do remains fascinating and marvelous sounding.
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