Tuesday, July 22
We spent the latter part of last week in Chico, CA, visiting our friends John and Janice. John and Bob spent a lot of time mounting John's industrial tool vacuum system high on the wall in this shop. Now he can get the hoses that run to the various machines up off the floor and reduce the tripping hazard.
We managed to find time for a brewery tour at Sierra Nevada, and just in time to taste the special beers of Beer Camp. Sierra Nevada is opening a new brewery in Ashville, NC. To celebrate the occasion, they partnered with 10 breweries across the nation to make craft beers for the celebration.
The Beer Camp is moving across the country, destination Asheville. Saturday the party (5,000 people) was in Chico, Sunday in San Diego. Today they'll be in Denver. And then it's on to other destinations later in the week.
The tour was interesting, and wow! did they pour the beer afterward. We "tasted" 10 beers, and they were hefty tastes. We then staggered next door to the restaurant for lunch and sobering up.
Saturday morning John left early for Niagara Falls, where he will spend the next week in a woodworking class featuring hand tool use -- things like cutting dovetail joints, for example. Bob, Janice and I dropped in on the peach festival in Marysville and then did some shopping.
We journeyed home on Sunday, with a stop at Diana's to collect some bounty from her garden, to wit: a huge cabbage; ripe heirloom tomatoes; a huge bag of fragrant, green basil; carrots; fennel; zucchini; and as a bonus some pesto and peach jam. There may have been something else as well -- that picture did not turn out (sigh).
I have reserved some outer leaves of the cabbage for stuffed cabbage rolls (this recipe from simplyrecipes.com), and chopped some for stir fry (a modification of this recipe from finecooking.com). Bob will make kraut with the rest.
Last night we had zucchini grilled to melt-in-mouth perfection, a bit of leftover lamb sausage, and a big cucumber-tomato-red onion salad. Tasty tomatoes!