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December, 2003 - Issue #31

 

BOB AND CAMILLE AT HOME ON MAUI

 

ITEY NITE

Starting the month with a strong dose of Italian food.  We've nicknamed this menu choice, Itie Nite in remembrance of the movie "Breaking Away" in which a father accuses his wife of cooking "Itey food" as in I-talian.  He thinks that the zucchini on his plate is a sympathetic gesture by his wife towards their teenaged son who suddenly begins behaving as if he were born in Italy instead of Indiana.   Camille sits on the couch, hovering over the fresh bread, salad and pasta with red sauce.

 

LINE  UP THOSE CHORES

First we bottled beer on December 6.

And then Cookie washed the car.

 

AND OFF WE WENT - TO A WEDDING RECEPTION

Beth, Cynthia and Camille sat at the same table.  Camille is pleased to have seated herself in front of the little horse party favor.  For more photos from Chris and Tamalyn's Wedding Reception, go to: Wedding Reception Photos

 

TWO TRIED AND TRUE FAVORITES: FRIED BREADFRUIT and MACARONI AND CHEESE

 

Camille fries up a pan of sweet, ripe breadfruit on December 11th after a trip to the Farmer's Market.  Notice the piece of breadfruit in her left hand.  One of the privileges of standing over a hot frying pan is sampling rights.  We also bought some tender, young zucchini to have baked, with macaroni and cheese a few nights later.

 

CHINESE PORCELAIN

These are just a few of our many knick knacks.  For a look at some more, go to Knick Knacks.

 

THE LEFTOVER QUEEN

 

Someday Camille is going to write a cookbook explaining the magic of turning leftovers into a whole new experience.  Very little of our food ends up in the compost pile.  We believe that anything can be transformed into another meal.  Here Cookie takes broccoli from the Pacific Biodiesel Christmas Party, stale bread, cheese, and a mushroom sauce and ends up with a bubbling casserole.

 

BOB'S WORLD

Bob has two views of the world; the one outside the front door and the one on his computer desktop.

  

SLUDGE

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Part of the job at Pacific Biodiesel is emptying tankers like this one into the sludge pit for composting.  The scary part about this operation is climbing up onto the tanker without slipping down into the warm sludge below.

 

These two views are down into the hole from atop the tanker and inside the belly of the tanker.  Bob got the second picture by holding the camera down into the hole.  It is amazing how clean the stainless steel lining inside the tanker stays.

 

CHRISTMAS DAY

 

Bob makes (soy) bacon, tomato and avocado sandwiches for breakfast after opening presents from Mom and Dad, John and various co-workers.  Camille revels over a hand towel with embroidered reindeer named Donner, Dominique Lapierre's "A Thousand Suns - Witness to History," two solid milk chocolate Walleyes, two tangelos, a tin of shortbread cookies and two pairs of chopsticks from Thailand.

Later, we got Mahlon on the phone and drank a shot of tequila with him.  This is a non-negotiable ritual for us when the three of us talk by phone.  Camille has her ear piece in and is listening to Bob and Mahlon talk while she pours.  Her phone is clipped to her shorts.

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