Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

No, not like the car commercial on TV-like the GarlicZoom! Maybe I am the last person on earth to know about the GarlicZoom, but let me tell you, if you like minced garlic but hate to mince garlic, then you need the GarlicZoom. See the photo below.

If you  know about the GarlicZoom, skip this section, but if you don't know about this fun, little kitchen gadget, read on. While shopping with Gram in Saratoga, we were wandering through a cook's store and I saw this little item. Now, I love fresh garlic in various recipes, but I do not like the garlic press that I have and trying to mince it on a cutting board always gets so sticky and messy. So I decided to invest in this GarlicZoom. Tonight I made Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic, from which called for 6 cloves of garlic, minced. I peeled the 6 gloves and then opened the top of the GarlicZoom and dropped in a clove and zoomed the rollers across my counter tops. After a few zooms, I had beautifully minced garlic. I tapped the garlic out and repeated with the other cloves. As an added bonus, it goes in the dishwasher when you are done zooming around! The garlic zoom has 3 little knives that spin around when you zoom the wheels across the counter, mincing up the garlic. It is wonderful. If you want more info, or want to see a YouTube video about this check out this website: 

Today was a very productive day for me. I seriously cleaned the livingroom (Corey, ask me if you cannot find something when you come home, but it is probably now in your room!). Then I went to the Village Yarn and Fiber store in East Rochester for a couple hours of spinning with my spinning teacher. There were a few other spinners and knitters there this morning so I had a nice time talking about knitting, spinning, and life in general. There were several questions I wanted to ask my teacher so I also learned a few things too.

From spinning, I went on a errand marathon-from booze to bike tires! 

Yesterday, in the 90 degree heat, I went for a 56 mile bike ride-excellent training for RAGBRAI. I rode from home to Lock 32 on the canal trail, went south on Clover Street to Mendon Ponds Park, did a loop through and south of the park including the hill on Quaker Meeting House Road. I came back north on Clover Street to the canal, where I continued on to Schoen Place, where I had a very sweaty lunch at Aladdin's. After about 3 glasses of ice water and a humus pita, I took a 20 mile route home. It was a good ride and I would do it again before I go to Iowa, maybe with some friends (B & S???) and maybe when Corey was working at the Lock, so I could use that as a rest stop.

Corey called from almost heaven,West Virginia, in an Appalachian Mountain High (how's that for 2 John Denver references!). He and Mike had just finished kayaking a Class 5 stretch of the Cheat River and he was psyched. He described a gnarly river that challenged them and exhilarated them. When they got to the take-out, they were shuttled back to the van (the rig) by a classic West Virginia mountain man, named Glen Miller. Corey estimated his age to be somewhere between 150 and 200 years, with a pick-up truck of similar age! Ahh, to be 19 and flying by the seat of your pants!

Uncle Bob sent photos of their completed kitchen project and it looks great! I don't think I know anybody who had their kitchen remodeling project come in on time! Do you?

On Monday night, we signed our papers for our Long Term Care Insurance. If you are in our area, and interested in this kind of insurance, we would recommend the guy we worked with. Get in touch with me and I will pass along his particulars to you.

Tomorrow is bike riding day (on new tires!), and I think I will head north and check out a short new trail that goes between Durand Beach and the Seabreeze road. The forecast is for cooler temps than Monday, which will be a welcome relief. 

Hope all is well.

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