Every time I neglect this blog for a long period of time, Ten On Tuesday seems to be a good way to start paying it some attention again. And today’s Ten On Tuesday is an easy one for me, even limiting it – mostly – only to acts of which I have photos.
10 Bands (or individuals) You Have Seen in Concert
1. The Grateful Dead – They had to be listed first, because they’ve always been first.
2. Railroad Earth
3. Dead Can Dance – I’ve been lucky enough to see them twice.
4. Taj Mahal
5. Abigail Washburn
6. Warren Haynes
7. Gaelic Storm – I can’t believe I haven’t taken a photo of them, but at least Darcy makes a showing here.
8. Derek Trucks Band
9. Hot Tuna
10. Rhythm Devils
My childhood was full of many different types of food, for which I feel very fortunate. My family is Irish on one side and Italian on the other and we lived in blue-collar towns full of Irish and Italians and Polish and Germans. Everybody learned to make everyone else’s food, so my southern grandmother with the Irish husband could make corned beef, golumpki, and Spam salad* all in the same week. As a young woman, my mother had many Latino friends, so I grew up eating Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Mexican food. Two of the meals she had in regular rotation were chicken paprikash and picadillo. When I was 10 or 11 we moved in with my step-father and he introduced me to the wonderful world of Jewish food.
So I did have some fairly broad horizons when it came to food, but it was still the 70’s, which means as broad as my horizons were there were also an awful lot of gaps. That means it took only a bit of thought to come up with this week’s Ten On Tuesday.
10 Foods I Eat Regularly Now That Were Exotic (or unheard of) When I Was a Kid
- Sushi – I started eating sushi as a teen, but as a younger kid I not only hadn’t ever heard of it, but the idea of eating raw fish… I would have firmly placed it with fried worms as far as likelihood of it ever passing my lips.
- Thai food – Along with Ethiopian and Indian food, file Thai food under things I couldn’t even conceive of as a kid.
- Ethiopian food – Not something I’d say I eat regularly, but it’s a favorite.
- Brown rice – As a kid, rice was Uncle Ben’s, out of a box. Nothing existed except white rice.
- Bread other than Wonder – Bread came only in a plastic bag with colorful dots and its best quality was that you could squish a whole slice into a ball the size of a pea.
- Indian food – Another type of food I don’t eat regularly because Scott doesn’t like it, but I sure do love Indian.
- Craft beer – Not that I was drinking beer as a kid, but if I had been there was certainly no such thing as craft beer. Beer was Budweiser, Schlitz, and Shaefer.
- Real BBQ – Although my maternal grandmother was from the south, real BBQ wasn’t something we ate. Ever. Until I was an adult “bbq” meant grilling to me.
- Baja-style Mexican food – The Mexican food of my youth was heavy and full of sauces with little vegetable content. “Fresh Mex” was unheard of in New Jersey.
- Organic milk – Or organic anything, for that matter.
*Yes, Spam salad. It’s a monstrosity of a “salad” made with cubes of Spam and cheddar cheese, chickpeas, canned corn, and mayonnaise. It’s a true horror, but I still love it and writing about it makes me want to make some.
I’m not a huge fan of summer, but I am a pretty big fan of summertime food.
Ten Favorite Summertime Treats
1. Tomato sandwiches
2. Fresh corn
3. Fresh lobster on the grill
4. Fruit cobblers with fresh fruit
5. Grilled clams
6. Homemade ice cream and sorbet
7. Strawberry shortcake
8. Frozen grapes
9. Fresh herbs, and pesto
10. Low country shrimp boil
It’s hot. Too damned hot. I hate this hot, humid, sticky weather. Give me cool spring breezes, crisp autumn days, or even the bitter chill of winter. It’s all better than this disgusting, dripping-sweat, feel-like-you-can’t-breathe heat.
10 Ways to Beat the Heat
- Air conditioning. Of course this has to be first, because it’s tried and true. On really hot days I stay inside and don’t go out until late in the day.
- Make it dark. This goes with the air conditioning. I close all the curtains and blinds so the sun can’t beat in through the windows in the house.
- Frozen grapes. One of my favorite summer treats! They really help cool you down.
- Washcloth on ice. If we’re out somewhere hot and have a cooler with us, I wet washcloths at home then put them in a zipper bag in the cooler. One of those on the back of your neck, forehead, or pulse points is like heaven.
- Cold water. If I can’t spend the day in air conditioning, spending the day in water is my choice. Beach, pool, whatever. Lately I even turn the hose on my own legs while I’m out watering the garden because it’s such a relief.
- Lightweight clothing. And as little of it as is considered decent by polite society. When I’m hiding at home, that’s pretty little. At home, pants are optional.
- Cold dinners. Leftovers that can be eaten cold, salads… anything that requires no cooking and very little prep work.
- Icy cold cocktails. Because cocktails make everything better.
- Cold non-alcoholic drinks. I drink a lot of water every day, but more when it’s very hot. There’s also almost always a pitcher of iced tea in the fridge. And now… homemade brewed soda.
- Wear my hair up. My hair is long right now. Too long. So long I closed it in the car door yesterday. Twice. Any time it touches my neck in this heat I think I’m going to die, so I keep it up and off my neck and that does a lot to cool me down.