Friday, October 31, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I saw a t-shirt once that said something about Cross Country helping skinny kids make friends...SO TRUE! They really are a nice bunch of kids, so supportive of each other. They really give their all too, Steve saw one kid cross the finish line and immediately lean over and hurl (UGH! It's a darned good thing I didn't see that, or it would have been a party!)
The coolest thing I witnessed... probably more than 5 minutes after most of the kids crossed the finish line. The last runner came "down the shute." He was little and not the same body type you see in most of the kids that run. He was totally spent, BUT STILL RUNNING!!! The crowd went wild! You would have thought this kid was in first place, not last. A very heart warming moment.
It was raining and muddy, the kids slid through mud and ran through puddles...what a mess! There was even a pile up at the finish line when a few kids in front of Kraig lost their footing in the slippery mud. Despite this, Kraig had his best personal time for this course.
We are proud of him and the hard work he puts in as part of the team. Wednesday is his next meet; GO WEST ALBANY BULLDOGS!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Corn Chowder ala Kris (serves 6 to 8)
6 slices of bacon, fried
1 onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
2-3 TBL flour
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup dry white wine or sherry (optional)
3 cups corn (I only use the corn we froze from grandpa's garden)
1 large potato, grated (yesterday, I used red potatoes and cut them into large cubes, it was good too.)
1 cup heavy cream or 1/2 and 1/2
In a frying pan, fry bacon until crisp. Set aside. Add onion and pepper to the bacon fat and saute until softened. Transfer to a large stock pot and sprinkle with flour, cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes. In the frying pan, add wine or sherry to deglaze the pan, reduce by half. Add broth to stock pot and let thicken. Introduce potatoes and corn along with the reduced wine (sometimes, I even double the amount of corn, if I want it to be really "corny".) Cook until potatoes are cooked through. Add back the crumbled bacon. The very last thing should be the cream, once it is added, don't boil the chowder, just heat through.