Saturday morning market.

Making’ mozzarella.


Posted at 10:46 am in Detroit life, iPhone |

38 responses to “Saturday morning market.”

  1. beb said on June 9, 2012 at 11:08 am

    You think there’s enough “flares” on that hat?

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  2. beb said on June 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Weird thing happened Thursday evening. I was coming home from work and stopped for gas at a station just off I-94. I was surprised to find a Wayne County Sheriff’s department mobile command center (a truck based RV) and in an open lot next door were 3-4 sheriff’s cars (with a couple more racing away with lights on).

    I happened to see an officer walking to the command center so I approached an asked what was going on. “We’re helping out the Detroit Police Department,” he says, which seemed a little suspicious. Now sometime in the near future the police department is going to be decimated but that hasn’t happened yet. More than that the help that Detroit PD needs are detectives to investigate home invasions, robberies, carjackings and murders. I’m not sure what a temporary command center based at a gas station achieves.

    I must have looked skeptical because the sheriff’s deputy asked if I had a problem with that. He said it without an accusatory tone in his voice but still I backed down. I didn’t want to get into an argue with a cop. But still the question remains, what was the Sheriff doing in Detroit. I understand that they can operate in the city but my impression, based on the movement of the scout cars, was that they’re running a traffic speed trap.

    It’s just strange.

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  3. brian stouder said on June 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Beb – and remember – whereas it was infelicitous for the president to say (something like) ‘The private sector is doing fine, but the public sector is hurting’ –

    it was even more infelicitous for Michigan’s own Mitt Romney to say, in direct response (something like) ‘it just shows how out of touch the president is! We need to CUT BACK on public sector jobs; teachers, police, and fire fighters’.

    Funny how the more “in touch” people with Romney’s viewpoint take power, the worse it is for regular folks like you and I (right down to speeding tickets and the like for more revenue; or more crowded classrooms for our children); whereas the more “out of touch” people like President Obama take power, the better our schools and roads and bridges and police and fire (and/or first-responders) get

    edit: here’s an article about the “slip-up”, if that’s what it was

    and here’s one calling out Thurston Howell the Third – a/k/a Romney’s premature miscalculation response:

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  4. Jakash said on June 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks for that second link to your pictures, Jeff (tmmo). That one worked! Those looked like some pretty prodigious clouds there at the beginning. Nice that they moved out in time for those fine looks at the Venus and Sun combo before sunset.

    Cricket Hill is about as close as we get to Alligator Mound around here (Chicago), and that’s not very close at all. I love the rolling hills and views in parts of Ohio. [Well, not Dexter’s part… ; )]

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  5. Jakash said on June 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I suppose this is some kind of sacrilege, but, other than as a vehicle for connecting the pepperoni to a pizza, I just don’t get the appeal of mozzarella. I’ve consumed what has been purported to have been some pretty good mozzarella over the years, too. But I always end up wondering why, if I’m allowing myself the fat and calorie infusion suggested by cheese, I might not just as soon be eating many of the other varieties that have so much more flavor. (I DO realize that mozzarella has significantly less fat, but that advantage is more than undercut by the flavor deficit.) IMHO, needless to say.

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  6. brian stouder said on June 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm


    OK – we’re calling Raimondo’s (a small pizza place with a tremendously good product, plus a great signature salad) and gettin’ one!

    Spent an hour planting Shelby’s watermelon sprouts. She got a seed packet on a whim at WalMart, and the sprouts did amazingly well and we have now transplanted them…..

    Further watermelon news updates as they develop

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  7. Deborah said on June 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Brian, I love reading about your kids. I remember a few years back when you posted a really cute video of your youngest sitting at a table commenting on some questions put to her by her Mom. I think she may have been about 4. I was astounded when you said recently that she is now 7. My how time flies.

    And Nancy your daughter has blossomed into a lovely young lady. I saw pics of her as an infant and she was seriously adorable then, although that was before my time on this blog.

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  8. Sue said on June 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Why, thank you Illinois! So helpful!

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  9. Judybusy said on June 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Jakash, I assume you’ve had fresh mozarella with other summer goodness such as tomatoes, basalmic vinegar, olive oil and basil? The cheese just soaks in everything and makes it taste so full of flavor!

    Huh, in the second link by Brian at #3, I find that my mayor, R.T. Ryback, is the vice chair of the DNC. In the kerfuffle between Romney and Obama, I don’t think it will really change anyone’s mind, will it? I’ve never understood how anyone could be undecided days before an election (there will be the usual “stories” about this in early November) when there is such a real difference in policy. All the advertising must be aimed at the dim-witted who can’t see early on what a stark difference there is.

    And, just for fun, OCD a bit redefined.

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  10. Deborah said on June 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    We just had carpese,made with mozzarella slices, fresh basil leaves and sliced tomatoes from the green market this morning drizzled with olive oil and really good balsamic vinegar out on our deck overlooking Lake Shore Dr just now. We also had fresh pesto made with basil we purchased today, ciobatto rolls and fresh strawberries for dessert. Delicious and so simple. Along with a good bottle of wine of course.

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  11. brian stouder said on June 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Judybusy, the OCD link made me laugh out loud! And Deborah, this past Friday Chloe (our youngest) turned 8 years old; Tuesday was the last day of school, so they celebrated there, and then she chose to go to Bob Evans for breakfast this morning (so that we could all go).

    It is amazing just how rapidly the years and the milestones flow past. It is a cliche to say it, but it’s true. We definitely try and remember how many treasures are passing before our eyes every day, before they become (as they all do) yesterdays.

    And btw, the Raimondo’s pizza was superb, as was the Cindy’s Salad.

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  12. basset said on June 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Just got in from the dog run – mentioned earlier in the week that we were helping get a boxer pup from Great Bend, Kansas, to just outside Greensboro, North Carolina, we were one of several who drove him for an hour or two and handed him off.

    We went just over the Kentucky state line and picked him up at a truck stop on I-24, drove him to Nashville and settled him for the night with someone who’s driving him to Knoxville in the morning. Sue asked for pictures, here they are:

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  13. Sue said on June 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    basset, what a sweet puppy face!

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  14. basset said on June 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    he was really good-natured, insisted on cuddling up to Mrs. B. in the car. his “forever” family has a ten-year-old son. perfect.

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  15. Judybusy said on June 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Basset, that’s so cool you are helping out. We frequent a dog park in which most of the dogs are rescues. I’m amazed at the people who have literally driven to other states to meet their new pal. We’re coming up on two years with our girl, Cora. Sorry for the shameless sharing, but I know there are dog luvvers here. (That beat-up looking fence in the background just got a fresh coat of paint, courtesy of my honey who is between semesters of nursing school!)

    Brian, I literally laughed out loud, too. Those are the ones I share.

    Deborah, dinner sounds perfect. It’s one of our favorite summer meals, as well.

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  16. Kirk said on June 9, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Got a “This content is currently unavailable” when I went to take a gander at Cora.

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  17. Dexter said on June 10, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Crazy Firefox…finally, just because it bugged me so damn much, I stayed with my problem and finally fixed it. I went to my IE browser and used Google from there and installed another copy of Firefox 13 , and my videos are playing again.

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  18. Prospero said on June 10, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Great google:

    I’m with Jakash, mozzarella is the most in-sipid cheese known to man. It has no flavor. It may be the glue in the lasagna, but it’s better left out in favor of scamorze, which actually tastes like something other than Elmer’s.

    See your Van, Dexter and raise you:

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  19. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on June 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    As JudyBusy said, moz is really just a canvas; but if you have a little balsamic to add to the basil leaves and tomatoes, it all soaks together nicely.

    But if it’s just piled on substandard meatballs to make a sandwich that’s merely a calorie bomb without flavor, no thanks.

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  20. Jakash said on June 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Yes, Judybusy, it was pretty much Caprese Salad that I was referring to. I understand that lots of people love it, but I’ve always ended up being disappointed on the numerous occasions that I’ve had it. Maybe the quality of the balsamic and olive oil has been lacking…

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  21. basset said on June 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Might as well use tofu as mozzarella. Meanwhile, I just posted a pic of Ozzie’s handoff in Knoxville, he should be crossing the NC state line about now.

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  22. Prospero said on June 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Doesn’t it seem that when actual vote fraud does show up, it’s always conservotrons doing it? I mean, James O’Keefe in Neh Hampsha, and now this:

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  23. Dave said on June 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Perseverance, Dexter, something I don’t always have when computers give me fits. Very good.

    Content unavailable with Cora, as Kirk noted.

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  24. Dexter said on June 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Oh MAN! I love mozzarella. Pronounced MOOZT-ah-rella, of course. 🙂 I am heading to the store right by gawd now to get some.
    Here’s a weird one…I was at an outing yesterday and I had to use a port-a-potty. Yuck. Last night I dreamed I was using one of those really filthy port-a-potties and I was also drinking beer out of quart bottles. This is significant to only me, because I remember I always said my drinking dreams plagued me for seven years after I quit alcohol and then disappeared. It’s been thirteen years since my last drinking dream. It must be all the beer commercials I see during my TV baseball games…?

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  25. brian stouder said on June 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Or – you now associate drinkin’ with outta-control porta-potties…

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  26. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on June 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Just got back from our leader’s orientation for Cub Scout Day Camp, so I’ll be giving everyone a break from my long, meandering, waiting-for-someone-to-call-back comments this week.

    But since Dexter brought it up, we heard from our den walker coordinator a funny note from last summer (there’s 23 “dens” of 10 to 21 kids assembled for the week from all over, set up by grade/rank level, and 40 some adults are one-week den leaders, or “den walkers” as we call these ad hoc group leaders). A new den walker, who had relatively little camping or even outdoor experience last year, who did in fact come back, had come up to him quietly on close-down Friday with a very small, quiet, “I’m sure there’s nothing you can do about it” complaint. Or maybe more of a concern.

    She wanted to let TJ know that apparently, in the port-a-lets, sometimes it looked as if men were, when they used them, well . . . urinating in the purse holders.

    TJ was dumbstruck, because he couldn’t figure out what she meant. “In the purseholders, ma’am? You mean in the port-a-johns?” “Why, yes; you know, right next to where you sit down.”

    It was good to learn that the lady came back after the initial explosion of hysterical laughter when TJ figured out what she was talking about. They’re gonna be called “purseholders” at Camp Falling Rock for a long, long time I suspect.

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  27. Julie Robinson said on June 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Porta-potties *shudders violently*

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  28. basset said on June 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Sue, Ozzie made it to his forever family just a few minutes ago:

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  29. alex said on June 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Purse holders! Did anyone have the heart to tell her? If not, they’ll get their just deserts next time she sets her bag down on their kitchen counter.

    Dex, I put on my Freudian analysand thinking cap and the best I can figure is that you have succeeded in making yourself as averse to John Barleycorn as you are to Johnny-on-the-spot, and that’s a good thing.

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  30. brian stouder said on June 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Basset, those are tremendous photos.

    We added two kittens to our household in late May, and it has been a marvelous thing, all around.

    Alex/Jeff, it reminds me of the old (old!) joke about the guy who pulls into a full service gas station in a small town (now THAT’S old, right there!) and the attendant sees golf tees laying on the seat. The attendant asks what they are, and the guy says golf tees. When the attendant, having never heard of golf, gets a puzzled look on his face, the customer says “You place your balls on there when driving” – whereupon the attendant says “Wow, what will those GM people think of next?” (I suppose this joke envisions a Gomer Pyle type fillin’ station)

    Here is something I tripped across, when I was catching up with reading the newspapers this weekend; an anti-Obama letter from a person with the last name “Osha”. The letter caused me to wonder (for a few seconds) whether the editor hesitated before printing it.

    But then, when I considered the obvious racism within the letter, and wondered how much further this person would (or could) go in an on-line forum, I had to chuckle.

    Or maybe I’m all wrong, and this person is NOT a racist hate-monger…?

    (see “Obama leading America into darkest of nights”)

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  31. Suzanne said on June 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Brian, that letter to the editor is just strange. Who’s she gonna back? Romney, I don’t believe has ever toted a gun either, has he? And I wonder, did she mean “dark knight”?
    Lord help us! The inmates are near runnin’ the asylum as far as I can tell. And I think there is more of them than us…

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  32. Dexter said on June 10, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    alex. I like that…you may be right about aversions.

    michaelg: what the HELL? Sacto sounds about as bad as Waterloo, Indiana.

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  33. MichaelG said on June 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I don’t know, Dexter, but it’s not just Sacramento. It’s this country which is heading somewhere awful fast. Did you see that stuff about three people being killed and three others wounded at Auburn Univ.?

    By the way, the people in Sac are Hmongs and the police are saying that it was some kind of Asian gang thing, not a random home invasion.

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  34. alex said on June 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    (Or, Fox leading America into dumbest of fights)

    Yeah, how dare those Democrats steal a Republican dirty trick and then have the gall to be earnest!

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  35. Deborah said on June 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Basset, what great story. I hope for the best for that dog. Good for you to do that.

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  36. Sherri said on June 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I think Sally Quinn has turned into a parody of herself:

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  37. Judybusy said on June 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Bassett, thanks for the happy ending. That boy looks so satisfied!

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  38. Charlotte said on June 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Sherri — check out E.J. Graff’s exegesis of the Sally Quinn article:

    Pretty good ….

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