Friday, January 23, 2009

Picture a Day-Day 51

As I was walking to my car yesterday I spotted a rather familiar sight in this state (we are all corn huskers after all, though I should probably update my husking training):In the middle of the lawn at the base of a tree outside my building sat a picked clean corn cob, probably drug here from a field by an enterprising little squirrel. I imagine there was quite a bit of bickering on his part with his neighbors over just who got to eat the corn and who got to watch the eating.

When I was younger my sister and I were sent off to an old corn field to look for any missed cobs of dried corn that my grandparents could put up to feed the squirrels, and seeing that took me back.

Getting home I whipped up a more usual simple Asian dinner that is made up of some meat, rice, some vegetables and various special spices and sauces (I love hoisin) but there is one thing that ties pretty much every dish we eat or make together.

From omelettes to spaghetti to spicing up hamburger helper I will always think it'll taste a lot better the liberal application of mushrooms. While we can shrug off milk and bread, it's a bad day when we run out of mushrooms in the fridge.

Basically what I'm getting at is that if you ever visit us for a meal expect lots and lots of tasty fungus in everything.

What's one of your staple food stuffs or flavors that you just have to add to anything (we are pretty notorious about cinnamon and nutmeg too)? Is there something that you didn't have much growing up but adore now?

And since the two pictures I already showed off have next to nothing to do with each other, here's one I snapped of the clouds and gorgeous blue sky yesterday:

Man do I miss summer and a bright blue sky.


Chesney said...

We did have a gorgeous sky and day yesterday didn't we?? Your corn experience brought back memories for me too (us darn Cornhuskers)!! Mushrooms and green, red, & yellow peppers are our staples that we add to everything (and I don't want to leave out the onions)! :) Great pictures!

Linda said...

It's staying a little lighter later these days. I'm so looking forward to summer.
Love me some mushrooms. I'd love to know how you cook with hosin sauce. Tai loves it but I've never used it.

Linda said...

Yum, thanks. I'll give it a try.

AmyJean said...

Love that last picture of the sky!


Rachel said...

We put up dried corn cobs for our squirrels too! Of course, we have to go to stores to search for the corn cobs, usually Home Depot! But we built a little feeder in a tree that in our back yard, outside the window. It's cute to watch. Of course, then the dogs see them, and all hell breaks out! ;-) One of these days, the chihuahua is going to catch one...

Hmmm, I'm not that big a fan of mushrooms. I don't hate them, I just don't really like them. I'd have to say a couple staples in our fridge are Diet Coke and Coors Light (Chris). Food wise, spices and tomatoes figure heavily. But there's not just ONE thing that we always have on hand and use on everything.

Oh, and we've been blessed with upper 70's the last 2 days - it's heaven! But of course, tomorrow will be in the 40's for a high. Boo.

Miss Anne said...

LOVE your pics! sorry i've been mrs.slackypants at commenting... i'll get better!



Krista said...

What a pretty sky ... :)

Cate Subrosa said...

I'll put mushrooms in pretty much everything too. Yum :)

Lady Jaye said...

Black pepper and fresh cilantro (when I have some) are the two food elements that I must add to almost everything. :)