Holiday

My 2.5-week summer holiday has commenced, as of the close of the work-day yesterday.

Unlike other summers where I’ve taken a full four weeks away from the office, I’m departing for a shorter term this year, since I am music-directing two different shows and only have 1.5 weeks off between the end of The Sweet Smell of Success and the start of rehearsals for Out on Broadway: The Third Coming.

But summer holiday is filled, as usual.  I’m off to NYC next week, for a short visit and some research.  Then I have a dash over to Lee’s Summit and on to Des Moines to see Billy Budd at Des Moines Opera.


The next few weeks, until August 10 or so, are still three-days-in-office, and some long weekends.  I still have reading to do, and music to compose, and local tourism to do!


But I wish I were abroad this summer . . . .

The dentist

I saw the dentist again on Wednesday.

Cleaning.  Fluoride treatment.

And an appointment to see him again in two weeks for an adjustment on the crown he installed in April.


Then I walked across the street to HotBox Cookies and bought two yummy, sugar-laden discs of doughy goodness to bring home with me.

Sandy Creek Bridge

I went with a friend on Sunday evening to Sandy Creek Covered Bridge in Hillsboro, down in the county where my father was born.

Until about 1900, I would have paid 3¢ to walk across this bridge, and each head of cattle or sheep I drove across would have cost me 1½¢.

More recipes

A compilation of recipes I’ve liked and linked recently on Facebook:

  • Steak seven ways http://bzfd.it/2pUgc76
  • Salad dressing nine ways http://bzfd.it/2snhdtd
  • Fidget spinner cookies http://bzfd.it/2s4juqZ
  • Prime rib with garlic herb butter http://bzfd.it/2hrRuri
  • Rice cooker cheese cake https://www.facebook.com/dingo.food/videos/1434115123314375/
  • Cast iron cooking http://bzfd.it/2eE7R5f
  • Beef short ribs https://www.facebook.com/Vindulge/videos/10155367218469346/
  • Slow cooker Mexican lasagna http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2011/10/crockpot-mexican-lasagna-stack-up.html
  • No-bake strawberry lasagna http://omgchocolatedesserts.com/no-bake-strawberry-jello-lasagna/
  • Easy soft flatbread http://www.recipetineats.com/easy-soft-flatbread-yeast/
  • Steamed pork dumplings http://japan.recipetineats.com/shumai-or-shao-mai-steamed-dumpling/
  • Potato pancakes http://bit.ly/easypotatopancakes
  • Tornado cake http://myincrediblerecipes.com/do-nothing-tornado-cake/
  • Strawberries & cream cupcakes http://www.thenovicechefblog.com/2017/01/strawberries-and-cream-cupcakes/
  • Best buttermilk biscuits https://www.facebook.com/MrsHappyHomemaker/videos/1480964938589323/
  • Spun-sugar snickerdoodle blondies https://sugarspunrun.com/snickerdoodle-blondies/
  • Creamy Parmesan garlic mushroom chicken http://therecipecritic.com/2016/06/creamy-parmesan-garlic-mushroom-chicken/
  • Buttermilk blueberry breakfast cake http://myincrediblerecipes.com/crazydeliciousrecipes/
  • Fresh strawberry cake http://www.yellowblissroad.com/fresh-strawberry-cake/
  • Taco soup http://www.iwashyoudry.com/quick-and-easy-taco-soup-recipe/
  • Slow cooker Mongolian beef http://therecipecritic.com/2015/08/slow-cooker-mongolian-beef/
  • Breakfast bombs http://dlsh.it/qGwutzl
  • Banana pudding cheesecake http://dlsh.it/BG1OCRI
  • Chicken Francaise https://www.facebook.com/recipe30/videos/540542906101758/
  • Lemon strawberry poundcake http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2017/04/lemon-strawberry-poke-cake/
  • Honey garlic slow cooker ribs http://bzfd.it/2mzPuzO
  • Hawaiian cheesecake fruit salad http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2017/04/hawaiian-cheesecake-salad.html
  • Strawberry triple-layer cake http://www.gonnawantseconds.com/2014/07/strawberry-triple-layer-cake/
  • Spinach artichoke dip http://bit.ly/SpinachArtichokeRecipe
  • Slow cooker Salisbury steak http://www.spendwithpennies.com/slow-cooker-salisbury-steak/
  • Apple Tart http://bzfd.it/2oF4X6B
  • Frosted animal cookie cheesecake https://www.pinterest.com/pin/113012271882327085/
  • Cinnamon roll coffee cake http://www.eatingonadime.com/cinnamon-roll-cake-recipe/

Favorite things

I made shortbread again this weekend.
https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1018784-shortbread-10-ways

And this NPR story was too fine not to share:
http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2017/06/17/533211998/meet-the-nanotechnologist-behind-the-timpani-at-the-met