Monday, June 18, 2012

This week in Oberlin...

Even in summer Oberlin is a happenin' place.  In addition to on-going exhibits at FAVA and Allen Art Museum, and the comings and goings of prospective students and their parents, this week we have:
  • The Oberlin Chalk Walk coming up this Saturday
  • Two baroque music performances, by faculty and students on Friday and Saturday
  • A "Sonic Arts" recital on Saturday
(See the Oberlin College events page for more information on the recitals.)

We'll be crazy busy starting this Thursday with people coming and going all weekend.  But I think we'll try our artistic hand at the Chalk Walk.  I'm thinking of using the statue Reeny gave us as a model to create a buckeye and a frog.  Stay tuned.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Jumping the broom on Juneteenth

Sadly, my collards didn't make the cut - I think they were waaaay too spicy - but Dom and I did jump the broom, reaffirming our commitment to each other after almost 7 years.  Awwww.... 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Juneteenth in Oberlin

I've just learned from our neighbor Justin about the Juneteenth celebration in Oberlin to commemorate June 19, 1865, the day that the last slaves were freed in America.  This year it's mostly being celebrated on Saturday, June 16.

I have to admit, I'd heard of Juneteenth but didn't know exactly what it was.  It's actually very interesting and I found a web site that explains it well:  It also lists all the events around Juneteenth, which are extensive, to say the least.

I just noticed the "Greens" cook-off.  I've got a killer collards recipe - I think I'm going to enter it!  And Dom and I should definitely jump the broom!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Our new (but temporary) 5-star chef

With Dominique in Harrisburg at his new job, it was a relief to have another cook to prepare breakfast for our guests this morning.  Mackenzie Bierman, chef non-pareil, whipped up a fantastic breakfast of huevos con chorizo, fried potatoes, and flour tortillas.
I contributed grapefruit with fresh home-grown mint and the usual sides of cereal, juice, and tea.  The guests ate almost every bite and sent their compliments to the chef!

Here he is, scrambling up the eggs:

And serving it up:

Looks good, doesn't it?  And the room looks so pretty; it's a beautiful spring day here in Oberlin.

Finally, the chef gets to enjoy the fruit of  his labors. Thanks, Kenzie!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The egg production team

Dominique likes to joke that we should add a surcharge to the bill of guests who don't like eggs.  It's true that we are sometimes in danger of being overwhelmed by our brown and pale green eggs from our Dominique (yep, that's the name of the breed), Mimique, and our "Easter Egger" (a hybrid variety of Araucana), Chipmunk.
Mimique (left) and Chipmunk, the egg production team
These girls are turning 2 years old at the end of the summer, though, and egg production is likely to wane, so we've got our trainees standing by.  They're 3 weeks old today and won't start laying for another 5 months or so, but that should be just in time to take the baton and enable us to keep serving omelets, quiches, and more with eggs from our very own free-range, organic chickens.
Our trainees