Monday, October 22, 2012

Where Have You Been?

I would like to apologize for being absent from posting for a month.

Life got in the way, you know how it is.

Here is a list of the future post to look forward to…

1. End of Season Round Up for Dragonfly Farms CSA 2012 and the outlook for next season
2. What has Chassie and Dave Been Eating?
3. Revisit: Items in our CSA Share We’ve Never Had Before
4. Fall 2012 Report Card:  Freshman Shows
5. The Renew/Cancel Lineup

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pictures of Our Dinners....

I promised a couple weeks ago to post some pictures of our dinners...well here you go.
Roasted Turkey, Pesto, Roasted Red Pepper and Gouda Panini and Green Bean Salad

Hot Pepper Pesto Penne with Green and Yellow Zucchini

Kale and Roasted Beet Salad

Speck & Zucchini Bruschetta

Kale and Sausage French Pizza and Corn on the Cob

What's in the Fridge Crustless Quiche with homemade corn bread

Chassie’s What to Watch

With most of the premieres starting this week, we should have a full WTW.

Dancing With the Stars-Monday on ABC at 8:00 pm
Hawaii 5-O-Monday on CBS at 10:00 pm
NCIS-Tuesday on CBS at 8:00 pm
NCIS: LA-Tuesday on CBS at 9:00 pm
Vegas-Tuesday on CBS at 10:00 pm
Last Resort-Thursday on ABC at 8:00 pm
Elementary-Thursday on CBS at 10:00 pm
Scandal-Thursday on ABC at 10:00 pm
Blue Bloods-Friday on CBS at 10:00 pm
Amazing Race-Sunday on CBS at 8:00 pm
Once Upon A Time-Sunday on ABC at 8:00 pm
Revenge-Sunday on ABC at 9:00 pm
666 Park Avenue-Sunday on ABC at 10:00 pm

Happy watching…

TV’s Big Premiere Week

The week of September 24-30, 2012 is Fall TV’s big week. Most shows will premiere this week. And it will be busy. Normally the first couple of weeks after all the shows premiere is a stressful for me. I push my DVR to its limits and when shows sit on the hard drive it stresses me out.

Here is the schedule (new shows are listed in RED):

Dancing With the Stars             ABC                             8:00pm
HIMYM                                   CBS                             8:00 pm
Partners                                    CBS                             8:30 pm
2 Broke Girls                            CBS                             9:00 pm
Mike & Molly                           CBS                             9:30 pm
Castle                                       ABC                             10:00 pm
Hawaii 5-O                               CBS                             10:00 pm

NCIS                                        CBS                             8:00pm
New Girl (Special)                    FOX                             8:00pm
Ben And Kate                           FOX                             8:30 pm
NCIS: LA                                 CBS                             9:00 pm
New Girl (Time Period Prem)    FOX                             9:00 pm
The Mindy Project                    FOX                             9:30 pm
Private Practice                         ABC                             10:00 pm
Vegas                                       CBS                             10:00 pm

Animal Practice                         NBC                             8:00 pm
The Middle                               ABC                             8:00 pm
Guys with Kids                         NBC                             8:30 pm
Criminal Minds                        CBS                             9:00 pm
Law & Order: SVU                   NBC                             9:00 pm
Modern Family                         ABC                             9:00 pm
The Neighbors (Special Time)   ABC                             9:30 pm
CSI                                          CBS                             10:00 pm

Big Bang Theory                      CBS                             8:00 pm
Last Resort                               ABC                             8:00 pm
Two and a Half Men                 CBS                             8:30 pm
Grey’s Anatomy                       ABC                             9:00 pm
Person of Interest                      CBS                             9:00 pm
Elementary                               ABC                             10:00 pm
Scandal                                    ABC                             10:00 pm

CSI: NY                                   CBS                             8:00 pm
Kitchen Nightmares                  FOX                             8:00 pm
Fringe                                      FOX                             9:00 pm
Made in Jersey                          CBS                             9:00 pm
Blue Bloods                              CBS                             10:00 pm

The Amazing Race                   CBS                             8:00 pm
Once Upon A Time                   ABC                             8:00 pm
The Simpsons                           FOX                             8:00 pm
Bob’s Burger                            FOX                             8:30 pm
Family Guy                              FOX                             9:00 pm
The Good Wife                         CBS                             9:00 pm
Revenge                                   ABC                             9:00 pm
American Dad                          FOX                             9:30 pm
666 Park Avenue                      ABC                             10:00 pm
The Mentalist                           CBS                             10:00 pm

The returning shows I am most excited about are:
Once Upon A Time
Grey’s Anatomy
The Good Wife

The new shows I am going to watch are:
666 Park Avenue
Last Resort

I will let you know my thoughts about the new shows…

Friday, September 21, 2012

Pumpkin Beer Tasting

The Mission: Review this season's hottest flavored beer...Pumpkin Beer.

The Group: Joanna, Nick, Sawyer, Ashley, Dave and me.

Location: Joanna and Nick's Home

The Lineup:
1. Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat Ale
2. Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale
3. Terrapin Pumpkinfest
4. Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale
5. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale
6. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
7. Southern Tier Pumking

Me-Novice Beer drinker and new to beer evaluating
Nick Anderson-Beermonger. Beer Expert Evaluator. Author of Beermonger and blogs for ArlNow.

1. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale-Had a velvety taste of cinnamon and brown sugar. There was just the right amount of spice which lingered slightly. It was just enough to entice your tastebuds to want some more. And is my number one pick! Too bad they're sold out.

2. Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale-This ale was lighter in color than the others. I couldn't smell any aroma. But it had a nice spicy flavor which only lingered for a second. The reason I choose just this one for my top three was because I like that is wasn't too spicy. This one was the closest to my Bud Light Heart.

3. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale- This has a nice clear caramel color in the glass and a hidden spicy flavor. The spicy flavor was more than the Schlafly and Blue Moon but was not overpowering. I really enjoyed this beer. 

Terrapin Pumpkinfest-This was a dark amber, low foam lager. It was lightly spiced with a heavy taste. It was the heavy taste which put it on my "loser" list. 

Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale-It was lightly clouded in my glass. It had a spicy taste which I couldn't decide was all spice or cinnamon. This ale was heavier than the Terrapin. 

Southern Tier Pumking-Tasted like a Pumpkin Spice Yankee Candle. Enough said.

Final Thoughts:
All of the beers were good. But as a new beer evaluator I divided them in Winners and Losers. Only one didn't make the Winners or Losers List. Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat. I just couldn't decide if I liked it or not. I guess I need to drink some more of it. :)

Beer tasting is fun. I don’t know why we didn’t do this earlier. But I hope there will be some more pumpkin beer out there so we can do another tasting with pumpkin. Or just regular beer.

Who's with me?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Chassie's What to Watch (Sept. 16-22, 2012)

This week we have a few more season premieres than last week. But the bulk of the shows will start next week.

I am a little disappointed that Grimm is a rerun this week. But next week it will be new at its new time and day-Fridays at 10:00 pm.

Switched at Birth on Monday at 8:00 pm on ABC Family

The Mob Doctor on Monday at 9:00 pm on FOX

Revolution on Monday at 10:00 pm on NBC

Survivor: The Philippines on Wednesday at 8:00 pm on CBS

Happy watching...

Fall Share Week 2 (Week 18)

To my great surprise Brett was waiting for me when I arrived at Harris Teeter on Saturday. I was even ten minutes early.

We exchanged my empty crate for a filled one and I was on my way home.

Here is the bounty:

1 bouquet of sunflowers
12 eggs
1 loaf wheat bread
1 butternut squash
1 zucchini
2 onions
2 green bell peppers
1 tomato
3 sweet potatoes
1 large globe eggplant
1 medium bunch kale
1 mystery red long pepper
1 mystery orange long pepper
6 ears of corn

I was really excited to receive another butternut squash and some sweet potatoes.

Here is the menu for the week:

Gnocchi with butternut squash and kale with garlic toast
Shrimp Stir-Fry with rice
Haddock tacos with stuffed peppers
Deviled eggs with roasted butternut squash salad with warn cider vinaigrette
BBQ ribs with mashed sweet potatoes and corn on the cob

I feel like I should tell you, the ribs are not completely homemade. I bought pre-sauced ribs I can just throw in the oven. I've never used pre-sauced ribs, in fact I have not made ribs ever. But I thought BBQ ribs would be delicious with mashed sweet potatoes.

Happy eating everyone...