We played euchre for three days - even better! If you don't know what euchre is, try to think of it as "bridge for dummies". Great game. Look it up in Hoyle's.
Our wonderful friends, Bob and Liz were in town from Massachusetts and we pretty much spent the weekend with them. I gained four pounds. I think we ate some of everything ever made for eating. The euchre was still more fun though. Their neighbors joined us yesterday afternoon for more eating and yakking. We were charmed by the wife and son-in-law and entertained by the husband with great stories of life over the road and race cars and ethnic jokes. I didn't quite understand the humor, then I discovered they are Canadian. Well, that just explains it all, doesn't it? (No, seriously all you Canadians out there, that was a joke too, okay? eh?)
I accidentally made a side dish that everyone loved. It turns out that when I was prepping our three-day-salad for the gathering, I chopped the onion and chopped a half of a jicama (for any of you unfamiliar with it, it's a Mexican root and it's pronounced hic uh muh)
We normally eat jicama raw either in slices or diced in a salad. I decided that this time I would saute the jicama, then had second thoughts because of its sweetness. I put them in a bowl and stuck the bowl in the fridge.
Next day after having forgotten all about the bowl, I sauteed a new onion and continued making the cooked portion of the salad. That left me with the bowl. I thought "What the heck?", and decided to saute them in some olive oil anyway to see how the jicama would cook. The jicama stayed crunchy and sweet and with a vidalia onion alongside, it was so good I don't know why this isn't a common dish. This will be a regular side-dish for us for many cuts of meat in the future.
Hope your weekend was as enjoyable. And I hope you took a little time, as we did, to honor those who have fallen for this great country of ours. If we don't let the government wreck it, it'll remain great for a long time. My new theme: FIRE them ALL!