Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Father's Love

"Let me tell you a secret about a father's love,
A secret that my daddy said was just between us.
You see Daddies don't just love their children every now and then.
It's a love without end, amen, it's a love without end, amen."
- George Strait

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Merchant's Gate

Unveiled: 1913
Sculpted: 1901-1913
Architect: H. Van Buren Magonigle • USA
Sculptor: Attilio Piccirilli 1901-1913 • Italy
Gift of the National Maine Monument Fund Committee

At the entrance of Merchants' Gate, the main gateway into Central Park, stands the colossal marble statue and fountain of the Maine Monument. A powerful 1913 Beaux Arts monument to commemorate the controversial sinking of the battleship Maine in 1898 and created in a 1901 design contest sponsored by a Spanish-American War commission vice-chaired by media magnate William Randolph Hearst who had a driving interest in promoting the cause.

It is a massive 44-foot limestone pylon, crowned at the top with a gilded bronze sculpture of Columbia Triumphant in a seashell chariot pulled by three hippocampi, sea horses that signifies the United States' dominance of the seas. At the pylon's base, surrounding the ship are the mythological figures, Victory, Peace, Courage, Fortitude and Justice.

Though the destruction of the Maine as it sank in the harbor of Havana, Cuba claiming the lives of 266 seamen, was later revealed to be a terrible accident the popular jingoistic slogan, "Remember the Maine" lives on.

Cousins....:'Are Two Of A Kind'

I ran across this photo of me with my sister Ashley and our cousins...
(L to R beside me Kc, Megan, and Lindsey).  
Love this photo! 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Basic Baked Lemon Butter Cod

2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/4 cup of white wine
2 cups ritz crackers or panko crumbs
Juice of 1 lemon
1 lemon for lemon zest and lemon slices/wedges for serving

1 1/2 pound wild cod fish filets
7 tablespoons butter, melted
salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Heat butter and put in 9 x 9 dish add wine lemon juice and garlic – mix.

Place the cod pieces, side by side, in an oven-safe baking dish (preferably glass). Sprinkle the fish with salt, pepper and make sure to dip both sides in butter mixture. Generously top each piece of fish with the crumbs, gently pressing them into the top of the fish.  (Note: The crumbs will only be on the top).

Bake for 25 minutes, or until the fish is opaque, but still moist, in the center.

Remove from oven and add fresh parsley and lemon zest.  Serve with a lemon slice.

Serves: 2.

Serve with broccolini.  Saute with olive oil and 1 garlic clove over medium heat - cover and stir often.  Will be tender and ready to serve in 10 mins.