Tuesday, February 20, 2007

HOT DISH

Having never attended the funeral of a Lutheran from Minnesota, I have never had the opportunity to partake of the Hot Dish. Having perused the recipes easily available on the web, I don't imagine I will be making it any time soon, but I also think that, were I to have the sad misfortune of having to mark the passing into eternity of a man or woman of the Plains, I would eat heartily , enjoy, and be sated.

Today I unloaded a mess of pictures from my camera. One of the down sides of having a memory card that holds more than 20 pictures is that you don't unload the pictures as often, and they can get away from you. Hence this post. It will be the blog equivalent of Hot Dish -- a pedestrian mishmash which, in theory is not recommended, but in the execution is rather bland and not entirely unpleasant.

OK -- let's start. Having recently -- recently being mid-January -- purchased one of these...

... I put back a lovely batch of home-made, home-smoked kielbasa. It was, in my opinion, a touch salty, but Myfanwe loved it.


Not being a sports fan, I did not have any plans for brews, brats, or buds on SuperBowl Sunday. Instead I braved the -30 degree wind chills and hied myself to Loopy Yarns for their Super Bowl party. And who was the first person to great me as I walked in the door? My Beloved Kwiky! Isn't she darling? And a better than average friend, too, making me a luckier than average man.

Loopy was full to the brim with knitting sports enthusiasts...



People who know me know that I am very, very bad with names. Actually, I have a pretty bad memory for just about everything. But I am especially bad with names. Anyway, I ran into this lovely young woman who I have run into on a dozen occasions and who I thoroughly enjoy and whose moss green Clapotis (her Knitting Olympics project) and porcelain skin I admire and who I think is one of the most beautiful and photogenic women I have ever met. If you put a gun to my head I couldn't tell you her name. But she is ever so much fun to be around. You should get to know her.


So, the next ingredient in the Hot Dish would be this Wool of the Andes worsted weight yarn. Apparently if you take this...

... and add it to lemon-lime KoolAid...

... or Strawberry Kiwi KoolAid ...

...you end up with this...

And that would be how I got the lime and red yarn that I am going to use to knit a tea cozy. (Thank you to everyone who gave suggestions for patterns...but I have decided to design my own to be knit it in the round.)

And congratulations are in order to my little Love Puffin, Norbert, who turned 10 recently. On the day of we celebrated with dinner, just the three of us. Can you believe this dessert was meant for only three people? The top half of it is whipped cream -- which turns out to be about a quart of whipped cream! Let me tell you, it was divine.


I can't wait for MY birthday. (Realization -- 10 months is too long to wait. Isn't Administrative Professionals Day coming up soon?)

You know the problem with Hot Dish? In three or four days, you're just going to be hungry again.

9 comments:

mc78 said...

I think I would make that face too if contemplating that much ice cream.

And one more vote for yay to Beloved Kwiky!

Angie said...

I sat with that green Clapoti'd chic at Franklin's soiree' I can't believe I didn't meet you either...I must go north more often. I also must.have.that.sunday...

Aidan said...

Ah, but Angie... I live SOUTH! I'm a resident of Hyde Park...a small college town nestled inside a huge Metropolis. And very much one of those anti-north-side bigots I swore I'd never become! But it is inevitable... once you have lived in slow, beautiful, Hyde Park -- land of plentiful parking -- you never want to go North of the Loop again! (Though when I do, I always say how lovely it would be if Hyde Park had some of the North Side ammenities...like grocery stores and places to buy underwear.)

Michelle said...

Greetings from a fellow Hyde Parker! (We met at Franklin's Dulaan gathering - not sure if you'll remember me...)

Anyway - delurking because I simply *must know* where y'all went to get that ginormous ice cream!

Diane said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Norbert. Oh to be 10 again with a lovely bowl of ice cream in front of you ...... sorry .... I was having a moment there.

Aidan said...

The sundae is on the seddert menu at Leona's on 53rd Street in Hyde Park. I'm sure it is served at the other locations as well. This is the one with Rease's Pieces on top. I wouldn't have thought it possible, but it tasted even better than it looked!

Nat said...

Happy (belated) birthday to Norbert! He is one great kid, i really enjoyed chatting with him at the knit flix at the Stitching Salon last month. I honestly thought he was older, in part because i don't spend enough time with kids, and in part because he is a good conversationalist, and knitter.

Gotta love Hyde Park!

Leslie said...

Happy belated birthday to Norbert! Ah to be 10 again...

Your hot dish comment reminded me of a former interim minister standing in front of our UU congregation one morning making the announcements. "Folks with last names beginning A-L please bring a salad or dessert, M-Z please bring a hot dish." He then realized the double entendre and broke up. God I loved Jose Ballester - best minister I ever had... Thanks for the memory.

hugs said...

Her name is Jamie. She works for Intelligentsia Coffee.

I love your kool-aid yarn. I miss you. This is Hugo. You might not remember me, but I still miss the Britches group. Lafayette, CO is lonely.