|Anglers Charlie Ingram and Ray Brazier will video Fishing University|
on Green River Lake in mid-October.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
|Fall turkey hunting is challenging, but dedicated hunters enjoy the sport. Photo courtesy Masolowski NWTF,|
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Visions of the burning Twin Towers on 9/ll still are strongly etched in my mind. I'll never forget. Below is a column I wrote several years ago, and the event remains just as vivid in my mind and heart today....
My head is filled with thoughts related to 9/11. They are numerous and difficult to organize. That may be the case for many Americans.
I know exactly what I was doing when the first twin tower was hit. My wife Phyllis and I had made plans to attend an outdoor writer’s conference. We planned to take our motorhome, so I had scheduled some minor maintenance at a Tell City automotive garage.
When I arrived at the garage with the motorhome on the morning of 9/11, a radio was playing in the back of the shop. A newsman was talking about a plane crashing into a World Trade Center tower. A short time later, the second plane hit. Being an old news guy and retired Air Force officer, it didn’t make sense.
The rest of the day, and for several days, I was glued to the television and radio. It was hard to believe. I couldn’t get enough information.
The thoughts and mind-pictures from the scene poured into my head, and my heart. I felt for the victims, their families and their friends. And to me, the physical loss of the buildings also was like losing a friend.
For four years, I rode the train from Mt. Lakes, NJ, to Hoboken, then boarded the PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson). Rode under the river to the train station in the basement of one the Twin Towers. Each evening, I made the reverse trip.
I can still see the escalators which carried me daily up from the lower level station. There were sandwich shops and restaurants. I often visited them for lunch.
There also were other restaurants higher in the building.. And if I remember right, in the early days of CNN, the network had an office there that covered Wall Street. I sometimes worked with its reporters.
Windows on the World was a wonderful restaurant atop one of the towers. The food was good, but the view was even more spectacular. I remember attending a Christmas party there. The view at night was breathtaking.
I worked about a block and a half away in media relations for AT&T. It still is hard for me to imagine or believe the towers are gone.
One day a wacky guy using suction cups on his hands and feet decided to climb one of the towers. Fred Heckman, the former news director of WIBC in Indianapolis, was a good friend. He called me and asked it I could see the climbing guy, who I think called himself,”The Human Fly.”
“Sure,” I said. The next thing I knew I was live on WIBC providing an account of the nutty guy’s climb. In fact, I did several reports for Fred.
I have many memories of the now missing beautiful buildings. I still see them in my mind.
Had the timing been a bit different, I could have been in one of the towers.
My fear is that something similar will happen again. It is hard to protect against people who have no respect for human dignity, for life, and freedom.
We do the best we can.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Salmon, northern pike, and lake trout are good eating. They are tasty baked, broiled, smoked, and made into patties.
And nutritionists claim it is one of the healthiest meats you can eat. They say fish and seafood are healthy additions to a well-balanced diet, and salmon is one of the most nutritious fish you can place on the dinner plate.
Salmon is high in protein and low in calories and saturated fat. Salmon is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which offers a wide range of health benefits.
There are many recipes and ways to prepare the salmon, but when fellow outdoor writer Jim Zumbo wrote that he had just cooked a salmon meal in the dishwasher, I thought it was a joke. But, believe it or not, it wasn’t. Jim does work for the Outdoor Channel and who formerly was hunting editor for Outdoor Life, and really prepared a salmon meal in the family dishwasher in his Cody, Wyoming, home.
According to Jim, “I cooked this meal in my dishwasher. Yep, I'm serious. I learned the trick from Mabel, an Inuit woman whose family I hunted with for muskox in the arctic. I understand this is a fairly common Inuit technique.
“And no, for those of you who are wondering, they don't do this in an igloo. They have perfectly fine homes in the settlement of Cambridge Bay, well north of the Arctic Circle.
“So here's how you do it. (A dish of northern pike and onions.) I put thin onion slices on foil, put several squares of butter on top, then fish fillets which I already coated with herbs and spices, then another layer of onions and more butter. Wrap the fish tightly. Then double this with another layer of foil so the food is essentially airtight.
“Lay the package on the top rack of your empty dishwasher. Lay it flat, not vertical. Obviously you do not add soap. . Turn the dishwasher to its longest or highest setting if you have the option.
“Guaranteed a superb, fantastic meal. It cooks by simply baking the meal inside, and I think the heat and water combine to add a different dimension that you don't get with conventional baking or steaming.
“So why bother with this? Three reasons. The food is wonderful. No cleanup. When you're done, toss the foil. And what a conversation piece.
“Say you're sitting there and your friend Susie says, "wow, that's delicious. Did you steam it?". And you say, "nah, cooked it in my dishwasher." The incredulous look on her face will make it all worth the effort.”
(Read more from Jim at: outdoorchannel.com/jim-zumbo-outdoors. You also can order his books as well.}
Apparently any meat that can be slow cooked can be used along with the spices of your choice.
However, there is the potential of again having to run the dishwasher through another cycle after you complete cooking your meal. Is it worth the time and energy?
Italian food writer Lisa Casali says you can cook your meal and do the dishes at the same time. She says the method can be quite environmentally friendly.
There's a method: Instead of using aluminum foil, as many websites recommend, you should put the food into airtight canning jars or food vacuum bags. Then the hot water doesn't touch the food. So you can add soap to the cycle and really clean your dishes while poaching dinner.
Dishwasher cooking is best for foods that need to be cooked at low temperatures, Casali says. "After some experiments, I found that it wasn't just a different way to cook — it was a really particular technique,"
On You Tube you can find recipes for everything from shrimp, salmon, spinach and pears cooked in the dishwasher.
No dishwasher at the Junker house, except wife Phyllis and maybe me a couple times of year, so I can't try the method. If you do, add a note and let me know how it works for you.