A Drive in the Country

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We have been having a spectacular fall here in the Northeast.  October has been a near perfect month with warm daytime temperatures and cool nights, with no frost yet.  The deep blue skies have set off the colorful foliage beautifully.  So on Mr. D’s. birthday which was last weekend, we set off on (another) foliage drive.   Even though some of the color was fading in a few areas it was still quite beautiful, and I was able to capture a variety of scenes with my camera.  Come along with us for a ride.

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For my readers who live in parts of the world where nature does not put on a show like this, I thought you might like to see some of what we experienced through my photographs.

A stream by the side of the road.

A stream by the side of the road.

Every bend in the road brought new delights.

Every bend in the road brought new colors.

I love these old farm houses, especially if they're red.

I love these old farm houses, especially if they’re red.

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A group of kayakers were out on the river, enjoying a beautiful day.  A short distance from this scene we came upon an old covered bridge spanning the river.  The following photos are from that spot.

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One car at a time can pass through this bridge.

Side view of the bridge.

Side view of the bridge.

Along the riverbank, orange leaves and evergreens mixed.

Along the riverbank, orange leaves and evergreens mix.

More of those orange leaves, so bright against the greens.

More of those orange leaves, so bright against the greens and browns.

Continuing on our drive,  we came upon another old farmhouse, beautifully maintained.  Note the stone chimney.

Another old red farmhouse.

Another old red farmhouse.

Another bend in the road brought new sights:

Bend in the road!

Bend in the road!

IMG_5429In New England there are many stone walls.  Constructed by hand to mark property boundaries, you see them everywhere, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one along a river bank like this.

IMG_5446Red barns are a common sight.  This one has an unusual round window on the side.  The weathered barn in the center is attached to the back of the house, seen at the right.

Big and little barns.

Big and little barns.

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Another style of old barn with a silo attached.

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I guess we know who these folks will be rooting for. 😀

At the end of the day,  a scene in my own back yard.  As I look out my kitchen window, I see this tree set “on fire” by the setting sun.  Gorgeous!

Sugar Maple tree lit by the setting sun!

Sugar Maple tree lit by the setting sun!

Hope you have enjoyed the day’s outing with us.

Lobster Rolls

Perfect Lobster Rolls

Perfect Lobster Rolls

A lobster roll is a simple thing;  basically it’s lobster meat stuffed into a warm bun.  The quintessential New England sandwich, it’s the street food of the coast, served in high and low level restaurants, lobster pounds, seafood shacks, supermarkets, gas stations, and home kitchens.  Purists would insist that the “less is more” approach is the only way to prepare it.  Meaning that lobster meat only, either cold with a little mayonnaise to hold the meat together, or warmed in melted butter, and served in a New England-style hot dog bun that has been toasted is the best way to enjoy the sweetness of the lobster meat.

For a lobster roll to be true to it’s classic roots, it should not contain a lot of extra ingredients;  you can bend the lobster-roll rules a little, but you shouldn’t break them.  This recipe, I think, meets the standards for the classic sandwich, with some minimal additions,  and is very tasty indeed.   If you purchase whole lobsters and have them steamed by the fish monger, preparation involves cracking the lobster to retrieve the meat, and adding celery, green onions, and seasoned mayonnaise.  They are easy to make at home and come together in a snap.IMG_4864

With lobster roll in hand you can vicariously meander along the coastline of New England, traveling down some long narrow road to a harbor, take in the big view, sounds of the seagulls, splash of the waves, hear the rubbing of the fishing boats on the piers, and feel the sand between your toes.   Ahhhhh, heavenly.

I made this meal to welcome my visitors from North Carolina, one of whom had never been north to New England.  I tried to put together a typical summertime meal that, in addition to the lobster rolls, included corn on the cob and a mixed green salad.  For dessert I served my Cracker Jack Sundaes.  He was captivated!!  Why don’t you try one?

PERFECT LOBSTER ROLLS

YIELD:  Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup chopped celery

     lobster, celery, scallions, lemon, and mayonaise dressing

    lobster, celery, scallions, lemon, and mayonnaise dressing

  • 1/2 tsp. grated lemon rind
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 Tbsp. canola mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 3/4 – 1 pound lobster meat, steamed and chopped
  • 4  top-split hot dog buns, toasted

Preparation:

1.  Combine all ingredients except the buns in a large bowl, stirring well;   Cover and chill a bit.  Chilled, but not quite cold is best.

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2.  Split the buns, brush with some melted butter and slap on the griddle to cook to golden-brown.  Then divide the lobster mixture evenly among the buns and serve.

buns toasting on the griddle

buns toasting on the griddle

A toasted bun, filled to the top with luscious lobster salad.

A toasted bun, filled to the top with luscious lobster salad.

3.  Serving:  a pickle on top is OK,  so is a lettuce leaf, a sprinkle of celery salt or paprika, and maybe a squeeze of lemon or a wedge of lemon on the side.  Add a few crispy chips or onions rings and you’ve got it all.

My meal consisted of lobster roll, salad, and corn on the cob.

My meal consisted of lobster roll, salad, and corn on the cob.

SOURCE:    Cooking Light