Friday, August 21, 2009

Chef From Hell redux

I've made no secret the past couple of years that one of my favorite food and fun blogs was the Chef From Hell. Alas, that blog is no longer with us, but fortunately, the blogger is.

Chef J.P. Gelinas is a former restaurateur, occasional TV personality and longtime rocker. Thanks to some CDs he's sent me and online videos (like the one above), I've become a fan of his band, the Freelance Vandals.

The Vandals site is great fun, and is a great way to get into the mood for a wild weekend.

J.P. - as always, it's good to see and hear what's on your twisted mind!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mo likes Pie

Pardon the double entendre, but I'm going in two directions here.

I've posted before about Mo's growing interest in baking. She's finally mastered (sort of) cookies and has moved on to cakes and pies. Last weekend she and the Remarkable Marcy made a blueberry pie. The result was tasty, but a little runny. Nevertheless, a great effort from an 11 year old.

The other Pie Mo likes plays baseball. That would be Felix Pie (pronounced pee YAY), a reserve outfielder who plays for the Orioles. It was indeed the name that first attracted her to Pie, when he was a prospect for the Cubs. When he was acquired during the offseason by our hometown team, she was delighted. Pie hasn't quite lived up to his potential, but last night had what is without doubt the best night of his career when he hit for the cycle against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California/USA/North America/Earth/Milky Way/etc.

Here's the recipe used for blueberry pie (courtesy James Beard's American Cookery). For a Felix Pie recipe, you're on your own.

4 cups prepared berries
3/4 cups sugar
4-6 Tbl. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
Unbaked pastry for two-crust 9-inch pie

Combine the berries with sugar, flour and salt. Turn into a pastry-lined pie pan. Dot with butter. Trim the pastry edge and moisten it. Cover with the top pastry, trim the edge, crime the top and bottom edges together, and cut vents for steam. Bake at 450 degrees 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees, and bake 25-30 minutes longer. Cool on a rack.


Friday, August 07, 2009

Disabled List, Round 2

It was about this time last year that I posted about son Courtland's surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder. This time I'm posting about the surgery to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Unlike last year when the tear kept him from hitting during his summer baseball season, this time it kept him from pitching. He first started complaining about the pain in January during the Southern Maryland Baseball Camp. He looked strong throwing the first weekend, but after his moundwork in week two, he said his arm hurt. We took him to the doc and it was originally diagnosed as tendinitis. He stretched and worked on it all spring and by the time the high school season started, it looked like he was going to be okay. But a couple of games in, when he was catching, he made a throw that reaggravated the injury.

That pretty much washed out his senior baseball season. But he played this summer, playing outfield and batting. We tried some long toss, but his arm was still sore and we went a few weeks ago and got an MRI which showed a SLAP (Superior Labrum Anterior Posterior) tear where the bicep tendon attaches to the labrum.

So, this week he went in for the repair (see photos of the procedure above). As with last year, two weeks in a sling, isometric rehab, soft throws in three months then hopefully pitching in the spring.

The big difference this year is that he is off to college in three weeks. When he reports to York College of Pennsylvania, he'll hook up with the baseball team trainer, who'll work with Courtland while his teammates are on the field. I'm sure it will be frustrating for him not to play right away, but he'll have to take it slow. The doc said that often the kids who've gone through this repair say that the second season after surgery they're throwing harder than ever, courtesy of scar tissue from the procedure reinforcing the shoulder.

With any luck, this time next year I won't be filing any Disabled List posts.