It’s Going To Be A Rainy Day! Good Day To Celebrate leven Years Retired!

Did You Know?  The English word Thursday is named after the Norse god of thunder, Thor.  Thursday means Thor’s day in Old English.  Thor is represented riding a chariot drawn by goats and wielding a hammer.  In most languages with Latin origins, the day is named after the god and planet Jupiter.

No walking today… It is raining cats and dogs!  That means time to cook!  We looked in the frig and had a load of mushrooms, and Paul had been picking potatoes from the backyard for the past two weeks…  It sounds like potato-cheese soup and then mushroom soup!  Sue decided to add Barillo protein pasta to the soup, so we got our proteins.  Great idea!

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Great way to add proteins

To the stove… First, the vegetable broth gets an infusion of sauteed onions before getting its main ingredients of cream and potatoes or mushrooms!  I love the process, and tasting as it progresses is “almost” as good as licking the mixer blades when we make a cake… Almost I said!

Cooking up a storm

The mushroom were not cut into bits… They were already sliced in the package.  They look beautiful!

Paul’s favorite… Mushroom soup!

The pots were simmering, awaiting the pasta to be added.  After adding the pasta, the “soup” became a casserole, but that was just fine!

Potato soup underway

As we cooked, we watched the rain in the backyard.  You can see the new tomatoes, tomatillos, cabbage, onions, bell peppers, and grapes.  (The snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue is outside).

A view out the back window…

While the soup was cooking, we got hungry, so out with the new plan and Sue made a grilled cheese…  Not JUST a grilled cheese but a Havarti & Swiss cheese grilled cheese with sauerkraut and spicy German mustard!  FANTASTIC!

Did You Know?  In 1852, Havarti cheese was named after the Havarthigaard in Øverød, north of Copenhagen, where the owner, Hanne Nielsen, had developed modern cheesemaking in Danish agriculture during the last half of the 19th century.  Havarti was, however, not introduced in Denmark until around 1920.  Havarti is made, like most cheeses, by introducing rennet to milk to cause curdling.  The curds are pressed into cheese molds which are drained, and then the cheese is aged.  Havarti is a washed-curd cheese, which contributes to the subtle flavor of the cheese.

Did You Know?  Swiss cheese is a generic name in North America for several related varieties of cheese, mainly of North American manufacture, which resembles Emmental cheese. This yellow, medium-hard cheese originated in the area around Emmental in Switzerland.  Some types of Swiss cheese have a distinctive appearance, as the blocks of the cheese are riddled with holes known as “eyes.”  Swiss cheese without eyes is known as “blind.”

Simply delicious!

The new pan worked well… It is flat with a shallow side, so it is easy to use and does not require us to fire up the main griddle on the stove, which is much bigger and takes longer!

Paul got a new pan at BB&B (Bed, Bath & Beyond)

After lunch, we watched some TV and then Jan Mongel called asking about tonight’s dance.  We jointly decided that the weather was going to be bad so we cancelled the dance, and it turned out the weather was not too bad, but that’s OK.

We watched TV movies and some Grey’s Anatomy well into the evening, having some of our soup around 8:00 PM… It was good!  It was time for lights out… Friday is on its way!

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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