Day 69

Cement posts

I have lived in Indiana all my life, with the exception of thirteen months in Germany thanks to Uncle Sam. I have been in many of the other states. I have seen cement posts like these in lots of places, but I don’t know what they are for. To me they look like a gate might once have hung from them, but I’m not sure. To make matters more confusing, there is a third post to left of these two. I should have backed up and gotten all three in the photo. Lost opportunities.

I received good reviews for a side dish I made to go with the fried chicken. It is a rice salad, modified slightly from one I have done in the past. My recipes change as time goes on. Here is what I did last night:

I cooked 1 cup of brown rice in 2 cups of orange juice, bringing to a boil, covering and turning the heat down to a simmer. After about 45 minutes the rice was done. I transferred the rice to a bowl, covered it and put it in the refrigerator. Then I chopped up two stalks of celery, three mini-peppers (yellow and red, not hot), and about half of a red onion. I folded that, along with a small can of corn (do they call it an individual serving?) to the rice, and returned it to the refrigerator. By the time the chicken was fried, the rice salad was ready. As I said, people liked it. I want to try a fruitier version sometime, using apple juice (or maybe cranberry), along with using fruits instead of the celery, peppers, etc. I’m thinking grapes, cut up pears and oranges, maybe other fruits. If I try it, and it is good, I’ll post the recipe here.

I need to clear up a couple of things from yesterday’s post. 1) Instead of vultures, I should have said buzzards. It occurred to me around midnight that buzzards come back to Hinkley, Ohio every year. I believe they are turkey buzzards. 2) I thought many of Cindy’s friends would be coming over to see her, but only one turned up, and she didn’t stay for dinner…and she isn’t a buzzard.