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Feb. 11, 2014 3:46 pm 
Updated: Mar. 4, 2014 5:05 pm
Sorry, but I wearied quickly of staring at a blank title line. It's been a long while since I lasted posted a blog entry, and I'm just not used to coming up with titles anymore.

Recently, I posted a recipe for a cocktail called the Tangerine Dream Cocktail. It was one of those odd things in which I really hadn't gotten up that morning with a desire to create an alcoholic drink. I did start thinking about a couple of drinks that I had made for a dinner party that my wife and I hosted. It was fun, and I suppose that is what got me going on creating one of my own cocktails to serve as a signature drink, more or less. Originally, I didn't have any intention of using raw egg white as an ingredient, but for some odd reason, the word "flip" came to mind as I tasted the first iteration of my creation. A flip is an alcoholic beverage that includes a spirit, spice, sugar and an egg. More modern mixology reference books occasionally allow for cream to be added, but that is more of an egg nog then.

The Tangerine Dream Cocktail became a success in my house, even though my wife doesn't drink much, and my youngest is only 17. She does like it, though she wishes I would let here have more than a few tastes.

But that is well fermented history now. Tonight I decided to try to make a soup purely on a whim. Sadly, as I began the process, my darling wife called and informed me that she would not be flying home tonight, but would be driving back due to an unexpected request to present her material at work despite the meeting going long. It isn't that bad, but she probably won't deliver her presentation until 6PM, and the drive home is about 3 hours. But she loves her job and she is well compensated. No complaints here. I am just sad that she missed out on a very good soup. Fortunately, she will have it when it is closer to perfection!

As I entered the produce department at the local market, I saw some smallish, round, green melons. They were called Melon-Oranges. I knew right then what I was going to make: cold, melon soup! I grabbed a lemon, and some vanilla yogurt and sour cream along with sundry other items. At home I cleaned and cut up the melon. I would say that the yield of fruit was about the same for a half of a normal sized cantaloup. I juiced the lemon and added that into the blender with the melon cubes, and the added 1/2 cup of orange juice, 1 cup of yogurt, 1/2 cup of sour cream and about 3 tablespoons of honey. I liquified the contents of the blender, poured into a bowl and garnished with a few raspberries. I have to admit that when it is 10 degrees outside, a cold, fruit soup is not what you are really craving. it was very tasty though, and my mind began churning out possible variations. I tried one of them, which was the addition of a dash of Garam Masala. That was fantastic! Now I want to try garnishing with a chiffonade of fresh mint leaves, and mint oil garnish (canola and fresh mint) or perhaps a whipped cream made with mint steep in cream and then strained out prior to whipping.

Next on the blog: Learning to make do in a small town.
Feb. 11, 2014 3:50 pm
Why can we no longer tag the blogs, and even worse, why can't we post images?
Feb. 11, 2014 3:50 pm
Why don't names show up on the comments anymore?
Feb. 11, 2014 4:33 pm
Doc, I envy your soup. I'm sure it was well received later. Do you suppose Spring is on its way? I saw you had seeds for the garden started. You are making me feel like a slacker! Even if we don't appreciate the anonymity of late, AR doesn't seem to be fixing it for those of us that enjoy the blogs.
Feb. 12, 2014 6:44 am
(Lela:) Hi Doc. Nice to see you here! Sounds like a wonderful drink. The blogs are having problems since January. You can use Wordpress and I have been able to post photos. However, no tags, no photos from the AR blog. I wis the AR people would fix the blogger platform. I really miss it.
Feb. 13, 2014 7:22 am
Nice to see a blog from you Doc! The melon soup sounds good, although it will sound even more inviting in a few more months! :)
Feb. 13, 2014 9:24 pm
Cat, thanks for the envy! It was pretty good, and probably fairly good for me too. Now I am seeing names with the comments. Weird. The seeds I started were all for herbs to use in cooking. It is hard to get fresh herbs in this tiny town in which I live. The garden seeds don't get started for another month!
Feb. 13, 2014 9:24 pm
Hi Lela! I really think that drink is the best thing that has come out of my mind in a long while. Thanks for commenting!
Feb. 13, 2014 9:26 pm
Tammy, thanks for your kind words. Yes, it is a strange time of year for a cold soup. My daughter told me it was really a smoothie in disguise!
Feb. 14, 2014 7:02 am
Yeah! The avatars are back! I need to get my tomatoes and peppers started. Again, this year I am going to try container gardening. For some reason, every time I try to grow lettuce it fails. I figure if it is in a container the deer will be less likely to eat it. One year I had some perfect heads of romaine and was waited 1 day too long to pick them. You couldn't even tell where they had been. Evidently the deer were waiting for the peak flavor time too.
Feb. 14, 2014 8:47 pm
Deer need to be eaten. Often!
Feb. 25, 2014 10:04 am
How are you surviving after that last big snowstorm last weekend? That melon soup sounds very summery! Perfect thing to help forget about this rotten weather we are having
Mar. 4, 2014 5:05 pm
Hey Sherilynn. We didn't get a big storm in this area. I think the Twin Cities got dumped on again. All was fine until tonight. There's about 3 inches of snow on the ground, and it is light, fluffy stuff. If the wind kicks up, we are in for trouble!
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About Me
I'm old and smelly, kinda like a really good salami with that really nice white mould all over it.
My favorite things to cook
Meat, carbs, meat, carbs, meat, carbs and did I mention meat?
My favorite family cooking traditions
Drop a plate of Pierogis and sausages in front of me and watch my eyes glaze over in pure joy.
My cooking triumphs
Schweinebraten mit Knoedel und Krautsalat. Also Edel Hirsch Gulasch was very nice. I make killer Spaetzle and Knockerl also.
My cooking tragedies
There aren't enough electrons in cyberspace! :) Actually, the tragedies usually involve well intentioned creativity out of control.
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