...And the piper will lead us to reason   

The One-Legged Sandpiper

   October, 2009   

     Friday, October 2, 2009     

Stalker Texas Ranger

Stalker Texas Ranger

The series is about to be cancelled!

A     S p i n n i n g     C h i c k e n     L y m e r i c
Spinning Chicken

It's known around town...
That the Chicken is "down"... with anything twisted and sleazy.
He won't be bested... Until he's arrested.
And man is he making that easy.

     Saturday, October 3, 2009     

     Eight Years Ago Today     
     Newport Cover Pictures     

C o v e r    P i c t u r e
O f     T h e     D a y
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
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Pearl Neclace

And Other Picture Postcards

     At the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, Rhode Island. Pearl Neclace is an "after". The next boat is definitely a "before". Way "before". All it takes is time, money and skill. That's all.

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Wednesday October 3, 2001

Cover Picture Archives

Chicken Crossing... Recent Chicken News and Events
Chicken Crossing

Day 53...


      Fifty-three days straight with no electricity at The Chicken Tabernacle. Seems like it's just the Chicken and his last bestest buddy as the weather turns colder. They'll be doing the Frozen Pipe Limbo eventually... How low can you go? Will the Captain go down with the Chitannic? Stay tuned and see. Can you imagine what it smells like in there now?

Spinning Chicken Golden Oldies

I smell like
ass and catfood

     Sunday, October 4, 2009     

Last Day At The Beach
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

     Ten Years Ago Today     
     October Gardening Issues     

Green Side Up

      October changes everything. We always have the first frost in October, which puts an end to annuals and most bulbs, and most of the standard garden vegetables. It's not time to give up yet though, just change the face of the garden a bit. Chrysanthemums and ornamental kale can replace the color missing from the loss of the annuals, and plantings with evergreens can still be kept neat and proper. Weeds of course will still grow and need to be pulled, and the final mowing of the lawn should take place late in the month to skin it down to the ground. It's Easier raking leaves that way and there's less decay under the pre-raked leaf piles and eventually snow.

      Don't give up on vegetables yet. brussels sprouts, kale, carrots, beets, rhutabagas, turnips, pasnips jerusalem artichokes and salsify all seem to tolerate a litle frost, especially if protected with mulch. Brussels sprouts, kale and pasnips can stand hard freezes, and with some mulch and in the case of buried parsnips, a cover to keep ice and snow off so the ground can be dug, can be harvested though all but the coldest part of the winter. Squash and pumpkins will last six months if kept cool and dry, and cut with three to six inches of stem left. Beets, carrots, turnips and rutabagas will keep well in a cellar and the last green tomatoes can be harvested before frost to make piccalili or put in a brown paper bag in a cool, dry, dark place and will ripen enough for Danger Kitchen Tomato And Basil Pasta or Baked Fish And Vegetables.

      Keep watering the evergreens as well. They take water all year, and get much less of it after the ground freezes. It's not over but ... It's getting close. Time to start planning next year.

Should Be Pickin' (even now)

Beets, Carrots, Kale, Lettuce, Radishes, Rutabagas, Sugar Snap Peas, Winter Squash, pumpkins, pasnips, last of the Green Tomatoes for mince meat and piccalilli.

This is as good as it gets. Early October marks the end of the growth season with a killing frost not far behind. It seems like it's worth taking a picture to serve as a reminder when it's the beginning of February and there seems to be no end to winter in sight.
01 As Good As it Gets
02 Elephant Ear
This Elephant Ear takes fisrt prize for growth this year. Hopefully the bulbs will survive winter storage and have an even better season next year.
There was no chance to take a better picture because the very next morning ... This happened. The temperature dropped twenty-five degrees over night and the frost did it's worst. A very depressing sight. 03 The Very Next Morning
04 See Ya
The wilted brown mess in the middle of the evergreens is all that's left of the caladium, salvia, marigolds, coleus and dahlias that were the source of favorable comments from the neighbors just days ago. What a difference a day makes.
A close-up of a caladium, down for the count.
05 Caladium
06 Dahlia
This is a bad day to be a dahlia.
Like finding a survivor in the wreckage, a new caladium sprout was up before the weekend was over. That's what I like about plants. They never give up.
07 Survivors
08 From The Ashes
From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success. Or in this case, a new elephant ear sprout. A warm spell after the frost is responsible for this behavior.
Remember what this looked like just eight pictures ago?
09 What Happened?
10 Time To Go Inside
What this all means is it's time to get busy. All of the bulbs and tubers that can't tolerate freezing need to be dug up, dried, brought inside ans stored for the winter in peat moss or vermiculite. This is an Elephant Ear bulb just out of the ground. After washing off the loose dirt and insects, the stems will be cut away, the bulb will be dried for a few days and stored until next March or April, when they'll be potted inside to start, transfered to the green house (West end of the lumber dryer), and then planted outside in June.
No Chrysanthemums or Ornamental Kale were planted this year so any kind of floral gratification must come from arrangements like this, made by Rachael Paul of Eastside Marketplace in Providence Rhode Island.
11 Rachael's Arrangement
12 Make Like A tree And Leave
The first killing frost usually triggers another event: The Changing Of The Leaves. Aside from having to rake them out of the yard, this is the beginning of what may be my favorite time of year.
The big maple nearest to the shop drops first, Then the big maple in the center of the yard and finnaly the maples along the property line and the river across the street. At least they're all down within three weeks or so. Oaks tend to release a few every week all winter long and into the spring.
13 Here We Go Again
14 The Victims
The first order of business is to get the dead annuals out of the garden. They look messy and dreary and can provide insects a good place to winter over, so out they go.
Raking leaves out front was easy last year. The new evergreen plantings seem to collect small piles of leaves around them every night as the wind pick up and swirls around the front of the building. 15 Raking Challenge
16 Keep On Waterin' Baby
It's not time to put all of the hoses away yet. It's a good idea to keep the ground around the evergreens moist up until the ground freezes so they have ample water to make it through the winter. The greatest danger is from dehydration. surrounding them with burlap or heavy plastic keeps the wind from blowing through and drying the leaves, and mulch prevents frost heaves from exposing the roots. A good idea when they're young.
TK enjoying some outside time next to a pile of hoses on the lumber dryer tracks. She doesn't get out much now after the weather turns cold.
17 TK And Hoses
18 Ready For Winter
Here's one of the front plantings raked clear of leaves, weeded, cleared of dead plants and turned over and ready for next year. Nothing left to do but mulch and protect the evergreens.
October's windy weather means it's time for weekly stick patrol. The big maples dump a ton of sticks in the yard every week and these need to be picked up for esthetic reasons and they make raking leaves a more difficult task.
19 Stick Patrol
20 Shingle Patrol?
The winds also remove a fair portion of old shingles from the south side of the roof. No reason to panic though, there's two layers of shingles on that side so there's no danger of leaks for a while. Time to look into a new roof in the spring. I'm not looking forward to doing that. It'll be like shingling a parking lot on a forty-five degree angle. Not fun. Probably only thirty truck loads of old shingles.
A pile of hoses used to water the annuals and grass ready to be stored for the winter.
21 The Hose Knows
22 Lady Bugs
The whole place was crawling with Lady Bugs for a week. Does anyone have a Farmers Almanac? Is this a good sign or a bad one?
A load of wood and hoses ready to come inside the shop.
23 Wood And Hoses
24 Valves And Stuff
A collection of valves, sprinklers, nozzles and tools cleaned and stored for winter.
This reminds me of an illustration of all of the artificial body parts available now. You know the one. I think the Plastics Industry Council or somebody like that sponsors the ad. Need a new faucet installed? See ya next year.
23 Need A New One?

I eat my own poop!

     Monday, October 5, 2009     

The One-Legged Sandpiper The August 2009 Archives is online now. August was a big month... Sandpiper wise.
The One-Legged Sandpiper The September 2009 Archives is online as well. See what you may have missed.

Clamming - September 2009 - Island Beach State Park
Island Beach, New Jersey

Decent Clamming Results For This Time Of Year

      September clamming got off to a tough start. We tried the day of the Labor Day beach picnic but the logistics of getting ready put us at the park too late to get in and we ended up putting the kayaks in at the beach next to the old Wheelhouse Marina which now belongs to Island Beach State Park. We worked for hours to no avail and had to leave to make it back to the beach picnic. Kelly was planning on putting clams in a boil for the non-participants of the picnic but had to make do with shrimp and crabs. The boil turned out great and the beach picnic was better than usual but the disappointment of "no clams" was still stinging.
      We went out again Monday for Labor Day and hauled in 158 which is decent for September. Most of them were huge chowder size. This put us back in the zone after the previous defeat and we planned to go out again as soon as I could get back to the beach. This batch of clams was steamed and shucked and frozen for future chowders and such. We got back to the beach and cleaned up just in time for the Labor Day Cookout at Kelly's Aunt's house in Monterey Beach.
      The next shot to go was Friday, September 25. The day started out cold and VERY windy and cloudy. By two o'clock the wind had eased slightly and we were working against a schedule that left us no other days to go out so... We made our move. It wasn't the coldest or windiest we've been out but it was sure close to it. The first hour and a half yielded ten clams even though we were as far west and south as we've ever been. We were getting very discouraged and decided to move back east and started hitting them well. We got close to sixty clams in less than thirty minutes and our moods were much better.
      We were both coming off of being sick and I was still on antibiotics for bronchitis so our pace started slowing as the sun sank lower. Big dark clouds were heading towards us from the west and it was getting colder by the minute when Kelly called it. There was no discussion. We lucked out and were able to walk two thirds of the way back to the put-in ramp and got a few more on the way. It felt good to be back out of the wind and we lingered at the ramp for a while trading clamming stories with some beach folks that were showing some company around the park.
      We got back just ahead of the evil looking storm that defined the weather for the rest of the weekend. Kelly headed to the store for the ingredients for beef stew and I unloaded and unpacked the gear and counted up the spoils. Kelly made a fantastic beef stew with giant corn kernels from the market in Patterson in it. The weather turned so cold so fast that closing up the windows didn't help much. The pot of stew on the stove warmed up the house nicely and made everything smell great. After showers and warm dry clothes and a few Oktoberfest beers we settled in to watch some "ghost shows" on TV. The storm didn't keep us from grilling up a whole grill full of roasters (clams) and enjoying the fruits of our labor. A bowl of stew and a few more Sam Adams later and there was nothing left to do but settle in for a great night sleep listening to the ocean waves and the howling winds batter the beach.

Clamming Stats
Date Month Year Clams Rank Total Notes
06/29/02 June 2002 92 19 92  
07/06/02 July 2002 156 11 248  
07/22/02 July 2002 167 7 415  
08/10/02 August 2002 210 4 625  
08/23/02 August 2002 177 6 802  
09/14/02 September 2002 188 5 990  
? ? 2003 1 26 991  
? ? 2003 2 25 993  
? ? 2003 130 16 1123  
? ? 2003 166 8 1289  
? ? 2003 252 1 1541  
07/09/04 July 2004 13 24 1554  
07/10/04 July 2004 80 21 1634  
08/16/04 August 2004 103 18 1737  
10/01/04 October 2004 1 26 1738  
Date Month Year Clams Rank Total Notes
07/07/07 July 2007 53 22 1791 Back in the game after two years.
07/26/07 July 2007 104 17 1895  
07/28/07 July 2007 226 3 2121  
09/05/07 September 2007 164 9 2285  
09/26/07 September 2007 226 3 2511  
06/16/08 June 2008 154 12 2665 The earliest in the season ever.
07/07/08 July 2008 244 2 2909 Could have broken the record but had to get away from a thunder storm.
09/05/09 September 2008 133 15 3042 Farthest out yet, 6 or 7 places, 5 1/2 hours, Good luck north of the put-in on the east side.
06/29/09 June 2009 19 23 3061 Kelly by herself at the first area with no kayak. Almost lost the Clam Killer.
07/04/09 July 2009 142 13 3203 Made it back in time for the party at Matt & Shelia's house in Monterey Beach and fireworks at OB1. The park was closed temporarily when we got there. In the water by 2:00.
08/08/09 August 2009 135 14 3338 The latest start in the day ever: After 4:00.
09/05/09 September 2009 0 27 3338 The first ever with NO clams!!!
Couldn't get IN the park.
Tried by Wheelhouse Marina.
09/07/09 September 2009 158 10 3496  
09/25/09 September 2009 88 20 3584  
Date Month Year Clams Rank Total Notes

Hopefully one more run this year!

You can never have too many clams!

I'm the King of Danielson!

     Tuesday, October 6, 2009     

The One-Legged Sandpiper

Clamming Page in online!

     When I think of the beach I think of the ocean and the bay of the Jersey Shore. Crabbing and clamming are two favorite activities and are mentioned here frequently. Clamming takes more finesse and so seems to deserve a page of its own. It starts with a rum drink recipe to set the mood and proceeds from there. It's not so much a how-to guide as a multi-part essay on the Zen of the activity. Decide for yourself... Or not. Look for it always on the menu to the left. There are stories and pictures, results and recipes, and if this doesn't make you want to try clamming then nothing will.

I'm so stupid it takes me an hour and a half to watch Sixty Minutes!

Spinning Chicken Golden Oldies

Patty O'Chicken

     Hiya Folks!!! Patty O'Chicken here. I'm made of ground Chicken with the tint of the Emerald Isle and the smell of a Leprechaun's breeches. Spinning Chicken and I are grilling up a load of Blarney at McFarty's restaurant. We're taking a Shillelagh to the town 'o' Dublin here and stayin' open 'till the rainbow reaches the pot 'o' gold sure 'n' begorrah. Come on down and see the lecherous old Leprechaun behind the counter leering at all the women and farting like a ruptured gas main. Saints preserve us Chief O'Hara... Saints preserve us!

     Wednesday, October 7, 2009     

A Pre-Clamming Beach Breakfast
Friday, September 25, 2009

This isn't a Danger Kitchen feature but this was SO good I want to relive the event again and again. The weather was cold and windy and we needed to wait a while to see if the wind would die down so... Time for a big breakfast. This can best be described as a Breakfast Torta... A Mexican inspired egg, potato, chorizo and grilled cheese breakfast sandwich that can kick an Egg McMuffin's butt! It was the perfect gut-bomb breakfast before trudging through knee deep cold water in howling wind for four hours.

Everyone that I harassed, tormented, stole from, lied about and laughed at still has heat and electricity. What's up with that?

Spinning Chicken Golden Oldies

Stories and rumors from Danielson, Connecticut

The Spinning Chicken Theory of Gullibility
Theory of Gullibility

Spinning Chicken Plus Money Equals Bubbles

Or Expressed Another Way

Spinning Chicken Minus Money Equals Bupkiss

Let's Solve for Bubbles

Spinning Chicken Plus Money Equals Bubbles

Spinning Chicken

Money Equals Bubbles


Spinning Chicken Equals Zero

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Paranormal Piper
Paranormal Piper

Ooh... Scary
Providence Ghost Tour
The Piper's Pass to the Paranormal in Providence

   The Providence Skyline From Prospect Terrace Park   
Click here for a better picture of the Providence skyline from Prospect Terrace Park

   The statue of Roger Williams, sitting on top of his... GRAVE!   
Click here for a better picture of Roger Williams from Prospect Terrace Park

Providence Paranormal
A Walking Ghost Tour

     My favorite destination for a sunset walk in Providence is Prospect Terrace Park. The park is located on College Hill on the east side of Providence very close to where the first settlers of Providence, Rhode Island made their home. The park was a town dump at one point and is nor the resting place of the remains of Roger Williams, the founding father of Providence... and Rhode Island it seems. Everything is named after this guy.
     The neighborhood surrounding the park has some amazing sight for fans of architectural classics. Some of the houses date from before the revolutionary war. Brown university and rich people make up most of the inhabitants so that most of the buildings are well maintained. It's worth a walk around the neighborhood at night just to absorb the historic atmosphere. One of the benches in the park is a great place to look west over the Providence skyline and watch the sunset. I did so on two seperate occcasions last week.
     Both nights I noticed a strangely dressed woman and an accomplice standing near the statue of Rogger Williams. They seemed to be rehearsing for a play or some sort of presentation. It wasn't until after a decent size group of people had collected around them that I became curious enough to get up, walk over, and ask.
     The group assembled was there for the Providence Ghost Tour. The tour starts at the park and winds its way around college hill in the darkness. The tour guide tells the local ghost stories as they pass each haunted place. The story starts with tales of Roger Williams reburial in Prospect Terrace Park after being discovered with tree roots growing into his eye sockets and down his body and into his boots nearly replacing his flesh and bones with wood. Seems like a worthwhile way to spend an hour and a half for twelve dollars doesn't it?

Chicken Crossing... Recent Chicken News and Events
Chicken Crossing

I'm reminded of this song:


In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey
Butane in my veins and Im out to cut the junkie
With the plastic eyeballs, spray-paint the vegetables
Dog food stalls with the beefcake pantyhose
Kill the headlights and put it in neutral
Stock car flamin with a loser and the cruise control
Babys in reno with the vitamin d
Got a couple of couches, sleep on the love-seat
Someone came in sayin Im insane to complain
About a shotgun wedding and a stain on my shirt
Dont believe everything that you breathe
You get a parking violation and a maggot on your sleeve
So shave your face with some mace in the dark
Savin all your food stamps and burnin down the trailer park

Yo. cut it.

Soy un perdedor
Im a loser baby, so why dont you kill me? 

Soy un perdedor
Im a loser baby, so why dont you kill me? 

Forces of evil on a bozo nightmare
Ban all the music with a phony gas chamber
cuz ones got a weasel and the others got a flag
Ones on the pole, shove the other in a bag
With the rerun shows and the cocaine nose-job
The daytime crap of the folksinger slob
He hung himself with a guitar string
A slab of turkey-neck and its hangin from a pigeon wing
You cant write if you cant relate
Trade the cash for the beef for the body for the hate
And my time is a piece of wax fallin on a termite
Thats chokin on the splinters

Soy un perdedor
Im a loser baby, so why dont you kill me? 
(get crazy with the cheese whiz)
Soy un perdedor
Im a loser baby, so why dont you kill me? 
(drive-by body-pierce)
(yo bring it on down)

(Im a driver, Im a winner; things are gonna change I can feel it)

Soy un perdedor
Im a loser baby, so why dont you kill me? 
(I cant believe you)
Soy un perdedor
Im a loser baby, so why dont you kill me? 
Soy un perdedor
Im a loser baby, so why dont you kill me? 
(schprechen sie deutches, baby)
Soy un perdedor
Im a loser baby, so why dont you kill me? 
(know what Im sayin? )

Spinning Chicken Golden Oldies

C O M I N G       S O O N ! ! !

A spinningchicken.com exclusive!!!

Learn from the master himself!!!
Spinning Chicken
Spinning Chicken's...

How to Succeed in the Restaurant Business

Books On tape Series

Topics Covered Include:

  • How to turn Food Stamp Fraud into Food Service Success
  • Porn: When to watch it in the dining room
  • Customers and why you don't need them
  • ShirtLESS makes profits MORE
  • Why pay employees? YOU'RE the boss!
  • Partners and how to eliminate them
  • Stalking and propositioning the "help"
  • Running a kitchen with a garden hose when the water gets shut off
  • Borrowing money from REAL businesses
  • Gas off??? Grill On!!!
  • Insurance and other right wing conspiracies
  • Sales tax Schmales tax
  • Bare feet and dogs in the dining room? It's OK... Really!
  • Quality??? They're only customers
  • Stuffed animals rule!
  • The "Listen to Idiots" system and why it works
  • Why you don't need ANY dignity
  • One closure... two closure... three closure... foreclosure
  • Crazy is as crazy does

    Act now and receive a special bonus...

  • Shining a spotlight on people in the street while screaming obscenities
  • Staring at everyone with binoculars
  • What to do when the police are called
  • Catch 'em off guard and slip 'em the tongue
  • Indecent exposure: Accident or...
  • Know when to close...NOT!
  • How to blame others effectively
  • It can't be your fault... You're the MAN
  • Speedo or underwear... What's the difference?
  • Thank god for convenience stores

     Thursday, October 8, 2009     

The Last Night Dinner
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

This isn't a Danger Kitchen feature either but this LOOKED so good I wanted to capture the moment. Each beach trip has its own personality but there are some common factors and one of those is trying to make the last night special. Some times we head to the boardwalk. Some times we go out to eat. Many times we try and make a special meal. Lately our schedules warrant making the last meal easy and finances warrant making the last meal inexpensive. This meal was both but it was also spectacular. Pizza and antipasto. Kelly brought the pizza and antipasto ingredients back from Patterson after classes Tuesday. I was packing and loading and she was working on a project for 3D-Design class but she managed to construct a beautiful antipasto and served it in the serving dishes left over from my grandmother's every day set.

Check out Kelly's Garlic Crabs recipe.
     A Year Ago Today     
     The Providence Ghost Tour... Still Going Strong     

     Friday, October 9, 2009     

     Ten Years Ago Today     
     Weather Commentary and Pictures     


The mild late summer of September was replaced almost to the day by the more tumultuous weather of October. There's no denying it now. Summer is over and fall has begun.

01 Newport Rhode Island
October started with a trip to Newport Rhode Island. This is the view from Brenton Point just after lunch.
Like flying monkeys on the horizon, a sudden squall blows in from the East, sending everyone at the park packing, and a harbor full of sail boats racing back their moorings..
02 Sudden Squall
03 Back At The Harbor
Back at the harbor, everyone is battening down the hatches as the storm bears down on us. There isn't any panic, just well rehersed urgency. Even the traffic makes special allowances for the vehicles heading towards the docks, wharves and yacht clubs.
The view past the old draw bridge on the east side of Providence later in the week is nearly the same. Another storm blows in from Narraganset Bay.
04 Providence
05 Clouds All Month
This was pretty much the picture all month. Moments of clear sky between banks of clouds blowing in from Southwest to Northeast.
Back in the woods of Northeast Connecticut, the weather has turned much colder by the end of the first week of October. This is the first hard frost on the windshield of the truck. Temperatures had gone down into the twenties by the second week of the month.
06 Frost On The Truck
07 Neighbors Yard
This is the view looking out of the Church Street side past the neighbors yard. Notice the leaves changing on the trees in the distance.
Another symptom of October: Early morning fog and mist from the little river valley across the street.
08 Morning Mist
09 Back At OB1
Same story back At Ocean Beach NJ. Clouds blowing in from the East.
For all the weather excitement, the waves were still small. Small but servicable. This one makes a nice wallpaper shot for your Windows desktop.
10 Small Waves
11 Moon Rise
Luckily the clouds cleared most nights in time for the moon rise.
The last week of the month was like this everyday. Not overcast, just cloudy and windy. This picture is taken with a polaraized filter. Actually through the lens of a pair of RayBans held up in front of the camera, but the results are the same.
12 Clouds Everywhere
13 Favorite Picture
This is my favorite weather shot. Behind the clouds the sun was strong and glaring. The results were almost blinding when it broke through the clods and reflected off of the ripples in the water..
Total cloud cover except a small area in the North. Notice the great pastel colors in the clouds.
14 Pastel Colors
15 Low Low Tide
Thinning clouds were just a tease, revealing some of the strong bright sun hidden behind.
The full moon creates tides that are lower than low, and higher than normal.
16 Low Low Tide
17 Over THe Dunes
Sun and clouds over the dunes in Lavallette.
Thinning clouds in the late afternoon. I believe this is what's called a Mackeral Sky, but I could be wrong.
18 Thinning Clouds
19 Haze And Mist
The haze and mist made for some interesting sunrises.
This is my favorite weather picture for this month. Looks inviting doesn't it? Forget it! The beach is still closed. This scene lasted long enough to eat a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich from Sand Dune Deli and drink a coffee.
20 More Haze And Mist
25 Dense Clouds
The early morning mist usually cleared just in time to see the clouds filling in the clear patches of sky.
Another of the endless cycles of clearing and clouding that made up the last week of the month. Clear enough to be encouraging, then cloudy enough to make it cold and dreary.
26 Clearing A Bit After Noon
27 Here We Go Again
Here we go again.
The storm fence pickets look like bars on a cell keeping the sun locked up. That's October for ya.
28  The Sun Behind Bars

Chicken Crossing... Recent Chicken News and Events
Chicken Crossing

Day 59... Not Lookin' So Fine!!!


      Fifty-nine days straight with no electricity at the Chicken Ranch and the Chicken is rumored to be the subject of an ongoing investigation or two. Cell isn't just short for cellular. Squabo Wabo was spotted loading up on empty boxes and possibly moving a mattress out of the building. Maybe it's just a tiff and a trial separation. Maybe it's a run for the hills. Surveillance pictures have been emailed left and right so get ready for a special feature of local Chicken sightings. Stay tuned for more... These are exciting times for the legion of Chicken watchers. His legacy is about to bite him in the ass.

Consider submitting an entry to www.whatacreep.com

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Remember their comic antics on TV?

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Nothing says fun like a porch full of hillbillies!

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Just a couple of well groomed young go-getters.

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A little pickin' & grinnin' makes the time pass nice like.

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Hootin' & hollerin'...
Walkin' & stalkin'

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Don't fergit the pets.

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I'm gon miss the ole place... NOT!!!

Get ready to say bon voyage the Danielson Hillbillies.

Spinning Chicken Golden Oldies

One Closure
One Closure

Two Closure
Two Closure

Three Closure
Three Closure


Friday, October 10, 2008

One-Legged Sandpiper Update

Bringin' Back The Old Stuff

The One-Legged Sandpiper The 02/27/99 Sandpiper, #14, is back on line. This seems like the last of the very primitive Sandpipers. They grow in scope and complexity from here on. Slowly mind you... Don't expect Wikipedia for #15. See some shop updates and winter pictures on a somber gray background.

The One-Legged Sandpiper The 03/01/99 Sandpiper, #15, is back on line. Trouble with the little red truck, a furniture shop update and a Danger Kitchen recipe.

The One-Legged Sandpiper The 03/05/99 Sandpiper, #16, is back on line. See some local snow storm pictures, a furniture shop update and a Danger Kitchen recipe. The issue has the first link to a previous issue.

The One-Legged Sandpiper The 03/08/99 Sandpiper, #17 is back on line. The little red truck is retired after 400,000 miles. Ocean Beach has its own web page. Check out the latest shop update and a Danger Kitchen recipe. This was the first "web only" Sandpiper. It was emailed before that.

The One-Legged Sandpiper See what happened in the 03/12/99 Sandpiper, #18, back on line. This was the first Sandpiper published remotely (at the beach). See beach pictures, weather reports, real estate and furniture updates and more. Lots of links in this one... The Sandpiper meets the outside world.

Chicken Crossing... Recent Chicken News and Events
Chicken Crossing

Homeless Bill needs to get out of Dodge
The ghost of Christmas future.

Every one needs a dose of reality.
At least he's looking reality square in the eye now.

I worked really hard for years to get here!
He's worked hard for years to get here.
Stalking bimbos and blowing money that is...

New Address
Time to put in a change of address at the Post Office.

Cruise Night
At least he can still go to Cruise Night.

Remember all of that money he spent stalking Bubbles?

Maybe he should have saved a...

Buck   Buck   Buck!!!

Spinning Chicken Golden Oldies


Society to Protect Everyone from the Chicken's Terrorism and Rampant Evil

Bye Bye Central Coffee... Hello Big Y... Or Sunnuside Farms

This photograph, submitted by a S.P.E.C.T.R.E. operative, shows the Coffee Maker being retrieved by an employee of the company that owns it. There was no need for a coffee machine at the time due to there being no water and no customers... the latter condition being a frequent occurence anyway. I wonder if The Chicken cried "Fowl" when this happened?

     Saturday, October 10, 2009     

A Noble Prize
It'a a Big World Out There

      Alfred Nobel left a fortune to finance annual prizes to be awarded "to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind". My own opinion, based in part on contact with friends, acquantances and email "pen pals" from all over the world, is that Barack Obama was nominated for the Nobel Prize based on the way he ran his campaign for President and that his greatest Achievement, from the world's point of view, was being elected President of the United States AND... Instantly changing the tone by which our country as well as the world, conducts it's business. That's HUGE!!! All that in spite of being a Muslim Socialist Communist Nazi born in another country. There are those that always point out that we shouldn't care what the world thinks but... We need to remember that 1) like it or not, we are part of the world; 2) The Nobel Prize is an international award; 3) We are a tiny percentage of the world's population and 4) We are a shrinking percentage of the planet's wealth and power and our very survival relies on the rest of the world buying stuff from us. The whole planet has grown in spite of us and unbeknownst to the average American.

      For the peace prize, inquiries are sent to such people as governments of states, members of international courts, professors and rectors at university level, former Peace Prize laureates, current or former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, among others (Smart People all over the planet). After the deadline has passed, the nominations are screened by committee (More smart people), and a list is produced of approximately 200 preliminary candidates. This list is forwarded to selected experts in the relevant field (Probably not dumbasses). They remove all but approximately 15 names. The committee submits a report with recommendations to the appropriate institution (Not Simon or Paula Abdul). The Assembly for the Physiology or Medicine Prize, for example, has 50 members. The institution members then select prize winners by vote.

It takes an idiot a second to make an emotional, biased, prejudicial or ideology based decision. A rational decision or plan of action relative to a complex issue can take minutes, hours, days, weeks or even months and can involve evaluating input from many sources.      

      Unless I'm mistaken this give us three "Nobes" working in the White House as we speak. It's time to hush all your fussing and let the smart grownups fix things.


It's their award. They can give it to whomever they want!

It certainly is a noble prize

I want to eat your brain
Have you seen that new zombie movie?
     A Year Ago Today     
     Five Ancient Sandpipers Recovered and Restored     

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Farmers Market

      I woke up late this Saturday morning... Almost seven o'clock. I was at the Rain Desert until 11:30 or so last night and then spent a few hours editing Sandpiper issues 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 to get them back on line. That seemed to be reason enough to sleep in. I had coffee and a bagel while checking email and news. After that I set up tools and supplies, next to the tracks behind the building, to complete the individual sections of the cold frame for the herb garden prior to final assembly. The day was off to a good start. The next time I came inside, I added "Ham & Cabbage" to the Danger Kitchen things-to-do list. It was then that I realized I had promised Kelly I would purchase some local Connecticut cabbage from the farmers market to make Ham & Cabbage during the next trip to Ocean Beach. The "cabbage people" told me last weekend that they would be here for at least one more weekend and to get there by 9:00 am or risk not getting any cabbage. It was 9:15.
      I hurried out the door, across the town parking lot, past the Elks club and onto Main Street. I passed the recruiting station and town hall, Old bank and historical society, Church and town green complete with Civil AND World War One memorials. I passed the Knights of Columbus and Bank of America and arrived at the parking lot of the town library. There was my cabbage vendor and eight or ten others with heirloom varieties and organics and more. I bought the last two cabbages for $4.00 and walked back to the Train Station.
      This is small town America working the way it should be working. I had to ignore the unfortunates on the benches on the town green, and the fools driving by on Main Street but... For a brief period in time... everything was perfect. We should be able to walk for five minutes down a Norman Rockwell inspired Main Street to buy locally grown fresh produce. Why is this the only thing that's working right, here in Darwin's Leach Field?


Rain Desert Update

     Last night the Rain Desert was still open and a small group of regulars, or irregulars as the case may be... including myself, sat around talking politics and trivia while soaking up the special atmosphere there as long as we can. The end could come at any time. Stay tuned. Jan will be off to produce concert videos and more in his new digs above the Siri Wire mill.

Spinning Chicken

Spinning Chicken Update

      There seems to be a lot happening at the axis of idiots... also known as the Christmas Crap Factory and the Whirling Twirling, Blinking Stinking, Flapping Crapping Family Restaurant. Señor Dementia's plan to serve dinners three or four nights per week seems to be working. Last night there was actually someone sitting at one of the table with him. The real action is outside the building where a travel trailer has appeared in the parking lot. The pizza place is already thrilled about the laundry, bags of garbage and recyclables, Spinning Chicken sunning himself in a Speedo and steady stream of "visitors" climbing on to the roof from the apartment above the liquor store next to it. I bet they, and the appliance store nearby, can't wait to see what goes on with the trailer. Who will be living there? Will it be the drug dealer recently released from prison? Will it be Spinning Chicken's "son"? Will it be the soon to be homeless man-about-town son of another hapless victim of the axis of idiots? Seems like Catmandoodoo and the Chicken have been thick as thieves lately with three sightings of Catmandoodoo in the Santa Van. Who knows what C. Niles McNasty could be up to next. Check out some great pictures below and stay tuned for more. Maybe even an answer to the question: What about Bubbles?

Will there be any survivors?
   The Whirling Twirling, Blinking Stinking, Flapping Crapping Family Restaurant open for dinner.   
A whirlin and a twirlin. Don't get too close.
   I hear some really scary stuff goes on upstairs.   
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   Looking good from the town parking lot. The laundry and flapping Tyvek is a nice touch. Is that a grill and a chair up on the roof? I bet they love seeing that from the pizza restaurant.   
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   The trailer makes a nice addition to down town Danielson.   
Click here for a high resolution version of this picture... If you dare.
   There's been red and purple Speedo sightings. The purple was a big hit at the pizza restaurant.   

     Sunday, October 11, 2009     

Danger Kitchen
Danger Kitchen

The Last Clams Get Steamed

Check out the One-Legged Sandpiper Clamming page.

Clamming Results
The Stats Get Changed

One gets by the goalie!

      Clamming is very rewarding and hard work so we always like to maximize our results. Keeping statistics is a very important part of the process. We seldom get clams that are too small (less than 1.5 inches) but it does happen. What happens WAY more often is that we find "fake" ones.
      Fake clams (our term) are clams that are buried in the bottom just like normal clams but the clam itself has died and been replaced over time with silt and muck. When you first hit them with the rake they seem the same as any other clam. Often they fall apart when you pick them up. Some times they make it into the bag, back to the house and some times even into the cooler.
      Twice now a fake one has made it much farther. The first time was a small one that was actually cooked into a batch of Clams Negra Modelo on the cold rainy first night of Kelly's 2008 summer vacation. Luckily it didn't spill any grit or muck into the dish. I have no idea how. The next time it happened was last night. A big one was scrubbed and placed in the pot with the rest and held together until I attempted to shuck it open after steaming. That's not uncommon since the clams on the bottom of the pot are crowded and weighed down by the others on top of them so they often don't open fully if at all.
      To add insult to the injury of a tough, tough September... We had to decrement the clam count by one. Luckily the rest weren't spoiled by this fake one. There was just a little grit o the bottom and I rinsed its neighbors as they came out of the pot to make sure. These will be the next batch of chowder, stuffed clams or maybe even clam hash at the beach in a few weeks. The revised stats are below.

Clamming Stats
Date Month Year Clams Rank Total Notes
06/29/02 June 2002 92 19 92  
07/06/02 July 2002 156 11 248  
07/22/02 July 2002 167 7 415  
08/10/02 August 2002 210 4 625  
08/23/02 August 2002 177 6 802  
09/14/02 September 2002 188 5 990  
? ? 2003 1 26 991  
? ? 2003 2 25 993  
? ? 2003 130 16 1123  
? ? 2003 166 8 1289  
? ? 2003 252 1 1541  
07/09/04 July 2004 13 24 1554  
07/10/04 July 2004 80 21 1634  
08/16/04 August 2004 103 18 1737  
10/01/04 October 2004 1 26 1738  
Date Month Year Clams Rank Total Notes
07/07/07 July 2007 53 22 1791 Back in the game after two years.
07/26/07 July 2007 104 17 1895  
07/28/07 July 2007 226 3 2121  
09/05/07 September 2007 164 9 2285  
09/26/07 September 2007 226 3 2511  
06/16/08 June 2008 154 12 2665 The earliest in the season ever.
07/07/08 July 2008 244 2 2909 Could have broken the record but had to get away from a thunder storm.
09/05/09 September 2008 133 15 3042 Farthest out yet, 6 or 7 places, 5 1/2 hours, Good luck north of the put-in on the east side.
06/29/09 June 2009 19 23 3061 Kelly by herself at the first area with no kayak. Almost lost the Clam Killer.
07/04/09 July 2009 142 13 3203 Made it back in time for the party at Matt & Shelia's house in Monterey Beach and fireworks at OB1. The park was closed temporarily when we got there. In the water by 2:00.
08/08/09 August 2009 135 14 3338 The latest start in the day ever: After 4:00.
09/05/09 September 2009 0 27 3338 The first ever with NO clams!!!
Couldn't get IN the park.
Tried by Wheelhouse Marina.
09/07/09 September 2009 158 10 3496  
09/25/09 September 2009 87 20 3583  
Date Month Year Clams Rank Total Notes

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Dennis the Public Menace

Dennis the Public Menace

     A Year Ago Today     
     All sort of goings on... Good AND bad.     

Sunday, October 12, 2008

One-Legged Sandpiper Update

Bringin' Back The Old Stuff

The One-Legged Sandpiper The 02/25/99 Sandpiper, #13, is back on line. Lots of interference from a winter storm and plenty of action in the shop.

The One-Legged Sandpiper The 02/22/99 Sandpiper, #12, is back on line. Shop projects and bitter cold are the order of the day.

The One-Legged Sandpiper The 02/21/99 Sandpiper, #11, is back on line. Winter weather and wood heat take up most of this issue. Gotta love those 320x240 pictures.

The One-Legged Sandpiper The 02/20/99 Sandpiper, #10, is back on line. Issues in the double digits... a long time ago. A little shop update, a winter walk, a sunset and a Vermont baked beans recipe well worth making.

The One-Legged Sandpiper The 02/15/99 Sandpiper, #9 #9 #9, is back on line. A shop cleanup is underway and there's time to check out some outside plants during a break in the bad weather.

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   What!!! Next they'll be wanting to vote or something crazy. My thoughts are as follows: If three circus midgets want to marry a lesbian rabbi, a giraffe and a toaster... If they can work out where to spend the holidays... Why would I not want them to be happy? Can you answer me that? How many heterosexual marriages is this going to destroy? You morons! Put a sock in it before you even get started. I don't want to hear it.   

Danger Kitchen Danger Kitchen

      Did you know that www.dangerkitchen.com is a real website? It points right back here to the Sandpiper BUT... Someday Danger Kitchen will live and breathe on its own. Send recipes... and pictures of the process. For now I have to get all of the old stuff back from oblivion. Please be patient. Have a Dark and Stormy while you're waiting.

   Typo Meir!   
Typo My Ear!

Danger Kitchen
Danger Kitchinski

A Sprat Sandwich... Just Like In Old Country

An easy quick meal with the flavor of Eastern Europe
Contributed by Bob Devlin


1 can of Riga Gold smoked sprats ( imported from Latvia )
4 slices soft white bread
Margarine... or softened butter


Spread bread ( both sides ) with margarine or butter to taste
Arrange the sprats across the bread alternating head to tail
Top with remaining bread slice and enjoy


Try topping the sprats with paper thin slices of red onion.

Emergency... Everybody to get from street!


     A few days ago, Bob Devlin asked me if I had ever tried sprats. I hadn't. A sprat or, in this case, a Baltic sprat is a small sardine-like fish that thrives in Eastern European waters. Yesterday he asked me if I'd like to try a sprat sandwich. I'm always interested in foods from different countries so I was eager to try one. I'm hooked... or in the case of the sprats, netted. The rich smoky flavor of the fish is reminiscent of smoked oysters or mussels. The creamy consistency of the fish works well with the soft white bread. Don't mess it up by trying this on some crusty designer bread. This works perfectly just the way it is.
     The sprats used are Riga Gold and are imported from Latvia. This would be perfect with an Anchor Steam, Geary's Pale Ale, Dale's Pale Ale or maybe even an Old Chub Scottish Style Ale. I'm tempted to try a little crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola on top with some red onion. Maybe shoot it under the broiler for a minute or two to melt the cheese a bit. That might work with some more substantive bread. Bob might consider this heresy but... that's why its called Danger Kitchen now isn't it?


      Visit the Baltic Sprat Wikipedia entry to learn more about the tasty little suckers. For more detailed ( way more ) information about sprats, visit the fishbase.org web page devoted to Sprattus sprattus sprattus. Check out the "Official" Riga Latvia web site and plan a vacation. It looks like a great place to visit.
      Anchor Steam was the first microbrewery product I ever tried. Tom Crowe brought some back from San Francisco when he visited his sister in 1977. It's been one of my favorites ever since. I tried Geary's Pale Ale with blackened ( aquaculture ) salmon in the Cannery Restaurant in Eastport, Maine in 1987. It was my first taste of farm raised fish, a new industry to Eastport, and my first taste of Geary's. You have to serve it in a pilsner glass or it doesn't taste like much at all. Eastport is as "Down East" as you can get. The Canadian radio station you get there is in a different time zone. That meal was so great I was back again a few days later for the best baked stuffed lobster until Johnnies on the Beach in Newport, Rhode Island... and more Geary's Pale Ale.
      My liquor store owner friend in Easthampton, CT was happy to oblige my request for Geary's and had a frequent steam of customers ask for it including a truck driver from Georgia that was delivering parts to the Connecticut Yankee Nuke plant on the Connecticut River near by. Unfortunately it seems the Cannery has been replaced by the Eastport Chowder House. They have a cheesy looking crab or lobster logo but... they give latitude, longitude and GPS coordinates on the home page so... maybe they don't suck. Maybe. The Waco Diner seems to have suffered the same fate. It was one of the great breakfast places near the water. As good as Blacked-Eyed Susan's on Nantucket. I ate there in 1988. I remember it like it was yesterday.
      Oskar Blues Cajun Grill and Brewery in Lyons, Colorado brews Dale's Pale Ale and Old Chub Scottish Style Ale and puts the results in cans. CANS you say!!! Yes cans. It works... Trust me. Both are delicious.
Riga Gold Smoked Sprats from Latvia


"Everybody to get from street" is my favorite line from the 1966 movie The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming with Alan Arken, Jonathan Winters and a bunch of other great actors.

Sorry about the busy background. They're sprats... lots of them. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

     Monday, October 12, 2009     

C L A M M I N G     P A G E
A Worthwhile Activity

All of the One-Legged Sandpiper clam and clamming entries on one page.

      Clamming is a very important yearly tradition at the beach. Success or failure clamming can have a huge impact on the quality of life for the duration of the beach trip. Success brings contentment at a job well done AND... A cooler full of clams and lots of great eating. The small yearly expense for licenses and a park permit, which we would probably get any way, is tiny. The result is a great feeling of accomplishment and hundreds of clams. They end up on the grill and in chowders and other recipes and bring happiness from the freezer all year long. This page is all of the One-Legged Sandpiper clam and clamming entries all in one place.Notice that the first entry is an excellent rum drink.

Check out the One-Legged Sandpiper Clamming page.

Chicken Crossing... Recent Chicken News and Events
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The Karate Creep
( He big Ah So )

Wax On Wax On...

Wacks Off
Wacks Off!

He has a black belt in CREEPY

Website Statistics as of Yesterday
Lots of Chicken Watchers

Web Stats

It always amazes me to find out how many people around here know about the Chicken and all his deranged and illegal activities. There is a seemingly endless stream of folks that have been lied to, cheated, stolen from, abused, stalked or assaulted. Mr. Big Shot really made a name for himself in town. I guess that's why everyone is having a good laugh over the fact that he's without a vehicle, heat, electricity and probably water now and will soon be booted out of the building he hijacked due to foreclosure. What's that old saying about being nice to the people you meet on the way up?

Spinning Chicken Golden Oldies
Remember when there was actually a restaurant (sort of) there? Seems like forever ago.

Try our new Chicken Wings, ¢99 each, both for $1.75

     A Year Ago Today     
     Old Sandpipers live again, politics and food.     

Monday, October 13, 2008

   It's coming up on 16 months since Pork Chop disappeared. Kelly took these pictures of him with her phone.   

   Porker seems quite pleased with himself in this picture. We were certainly quite pleased with Pork Chop.   

Adirondack Style Outdoor Furniture


      The third location for the One-Legged Sandpiper was adirondackstyle.net. It was my first domain. The first Sandpiper was an AOL personal website (igyirhltd) in 1998 and the second was an EarthLink personal website (igyirhltd.earthlink.net). The site was designed to showcase the furniture I was making and provide news and information for anyone who cared. So many of the links in the Sandpiper archives point back to adirondackstyle.net that I decided to see if it was still available. It was... and here it is again. It still needs to be debugged and restored but... It's back. I'm excited any way.


State Of The Situation

What I Like About Fall

      The sound geese make while they're flying south. How much extra energy do they expend "Honking" for a thousand miles? When you're flying a foot from your neighbor's wingtip, there doesn't seem to be much chance of getting lost.

      The first smell of smoke from a wood stove or fireplace. There's just something comforting about it. Like the smell of "Grandmother's house" after going "Over the river and through the woods" to get there.

      The opportunity to pick my own pumpkins and apples and all sorts of other things. I never do that, but I like the idea that I can if I want to.

      20 varieties of apples in the supermarket. Some have less, some have more. I've tried them all. I buy red delicious mostly.

      Bags of mixed nuts. They're around all year but I never think about them until the fall. I think they should reduce the ratio of Brazil nuts.

      Hay bales and corn stalks in every store. I think I'd be more inclined to buy a computer that was nestled in a hay bale.

      Winter squash. Some of the only truly colorful food available to the average American consumer.

      Stacking firewood into nice neat piles. There's something satisfying about seeing a wood shed jammed full of neatly stacked alternating rows of split firewood. And none of that mess around on the ground either. No bark or woodchips in the grass.

      The first fire in the wood stove in the shop.

      The first nap in the chair in front of the wood stove. It usually happens around four o'clock in the afternoon as the last sunlight streams in the windows through the bare tree branches.

      The warm spot in the shop near the stove. It's a great place to dry boots and gloves and there's a small shelf type thing on top to keep coffee or tea warm.

      Putting the garden up for the winter. Digging up and storing bulbs. Mulching the less hearty plants to protect them from frost heaves. Pulling the dead annuals and planning next year's plantings. Draining and storing all of the hoses and sprinklers and such. I'm not sure why I enjoy it so much. Maybe knowing there's always the chance to do it over again next year.

      Walking through leaves on the ground. That's the excuse I use not to rake them up as soon as they've fallen from the trees.

      The earthy smell of the ground in the fall. It's most noticeable under a pile of leaves that's just been raked after sitting around for a bit.

      The first time the ground is hard from freezing. It seems to make each step spring off the ground ever so slightly more for not sinking in.

      Hearing the wind whip piles of leaves against each other and the sides of the house. Also seeing the action from inside the warm cozy wood shop. Unless you're right at the windows you can't hear the rustling. It's like a silent movie.

      The smell of stew and soup cooking or a crock pot full of baked beans when you come in from the cool fresh air outside. Sometimes it's worth throwing a batch of bread in the bread machine just to smell it baking. It never seems to go to waste.

      Did you notice one that mentioned the sight, sound or smell of huge amounts of progress being made in the shop or on the house? I didn't either.

Chicken Crossing... Recent Chicken News and Events
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Day 63... Fills us with glee because he...

still has NO ELECTRICITY!!!

      Sixty-three days straight with no electricity at Fawlty Towers and the police were called AGAIN today apparently to dediate a screaming argument between all of the squatters in the building and the Chicken. I've heard he charges them RENT, or tries to, but with no lights, heat and even water I've heard, it must be difficult to convince them to pay whatever it is they have to pay. Maybe cash. Maybe "goods" or "services". How long will Mr. Big-Shot Real-Estate Guru be able to hold out in the Chicken Tabernacle? It must be getting pretty cold now!

Dick, can I get a couple a bucks to heat my place?    Sorry... I gave it all to Bubbles

Consider submitting an entry to www.whatacreep.com

     Tuesday, October 13, 2009     

Danger Kitchen
Danger Kitchen

  Serving Soup to Nuts for... oh... a couple of weeks now anyway  

  Check out the Danger Kitchen Online Cook Book for more than 71 recipes  
  J ' Eat ?  

      Danger Kitchen was due for a remodel and that process is underway. Tonight was the first step. It was way too windy and rainy out to work outside so... This is the result. The menu link at left now points to the new DK as well. The "Specials" blackboard will be back soon with archives and product reviews and all kinds of new stuff in the future. Danger Kitchen isn't just about survival under adverse conditions any more. There's been no illnesses, fires or explosions in quite a while AND... Professional chefs are now willing to contribute recipes (Suckers!). Stay tuned and even learn some of the reasons why it's called Danger Kitchen.

Visit the NEW Danger Kitchen.

Go to the OLD Danger Kitchen (for a little longer).

Danger Kitchen
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     A Year Ago Today     
     Pork Chop, www.adirondackstyle.net and what I like about fall.     

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


      You aren't from around here are ya? I like doing some research before I travel someplace new. I like to know what to expect, where to go, what to do and how to do it when I get there. I don't like over planning but... I dislike feeling like a "furiner". Yafahay.com is a concept that was born years ago and never ripened. The domain was registered the other day thanks to godaddy.com credit and hopefully will stand on its own some day. Right now the domain points back to the Sandpiper. Eventually it will be a library of day trips and more. Sailing and kayaking and hiking and fishing information that will get you to the best spots just like the locals. The idea is an homage to Charlie's Charts by Charles and Margo Woods.

One-Legged Sandpiper Update

Bringin' Back The Old Stuff

The One-Legged Sandpiper The 03/20/99 Sandpiper, #19, is back on line. Lots of furniture pictures in this one AND... adirondackstyle.net is born. Perfect timing since it was registered again just a few days ago, after all these years.
The One-Legged Sandpiper The 03/28/99 Sandpiper, #20, is back on line. The Piper is out of its teens. Issue 20 marks the onset of puberty for the Sandpiper. Issue 20 has a table of contents, the first Here's The Church section, and the first Here's the Steeple section AND... It's the first multi-page Sandpiper. Check it out!

Chicken Crossing... Recent Chicken News and Events
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Welcome to Dick 'n' Chicken's
Whirling Twirling Blinking Stinking Flapping Crapping
Haunted Horror Show

No mask needed!
No mask needed!

Stay out of the kitchen please!
Oops... Not part of the show. Stay out of the kitchen please!

Nope... Just a tenant.
Nope... Just the tenant in the walk-in cooler.
He pays $25 per week

Kindly stay with the tour please.
Kindly stay with the tour please.
Don't disturb the paying the tenants.

The dress code is strictly enforced!
The dress code is strictly enforced!

Be patient.
Be patient... The show will start any minute now.

Watcha doin' in the shower hun?
Everybody knows there's no water...
Watcha doin' in the shower hun?

Did ya steal that knife from the kitchen?

Sorry... No refunds.
Sorry... No refunds.

This will be a money maker for sure!

     Wednesday, October 14, 2009     

     A Year Ago Today     
     YAFAHAY and some old Sandpipers rise from the ashes.     

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

One-Legged Sandpiper Update

Bringin' Back The Old Stuff

The One-Legged Sandpiper The 02/14/99 Sandpiper, #8, is back on line. Setting up tools and taking a sunset walk; a typical Sunday at the Church.

The One-Legged Sandpiper The 02/13/99 Sandpiper, #7 is back on line. More tools set up, an I-beam under construction and a primitive Danger Kitchen recipe. A great way to spend a Saturday nine years ago.

Danger Kitchen
Danger Kitchen

Ham and Cabbage... Danger Kitchen Style

A traditional Irish meal... and more


Cooks shank portion ham (The biggest one you can get)
2-3 heads of cabbage.
3-5 pounds of white potatoes.


Skin the ham and trim off a lot of the fat.
Rinse the ham well in hot water.
Put the ham in a very large pot and cover with hot water.
Place on high heat until boiling, reduce heat and simmer for at least two hours.
Trim, core and quarter the heads of cabbage.
Wash, trim and peel the potatoes (Peeling is optional).
Put the potatoes and cabbage in the pot with the ham and return to a rolling boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer until the cabbage and potatoes are tender... about 40 minutes.
Turn off the heat when done. The pot can sit for an hour before serving and still be hot enough.
Best served in large bowls with plenty of the broth on the side. Should serve 15 hungry people. Use a big spoon to dig out chunks of ham and cabbage and potatoes for each bowl. Cut up the ham and cabbage and mash the potatoes before covering with hot broth. Its great all mixed together.


     Agnes Walter made the first batch of Ham and Cabbage I ever had. It was explained to me in great detail by her granddaughter Kelly Walter. I have to admit it didn't make too much sense at the time. The urge to make it into a New England Boiled Dinner was strong. Once I tasted it though I was convinced. Agnes Walter came over on a ship from county Cork in Ireland when she was eight. She's been here close to eighty years since then and has been making ham and cabbage the traditional way since the first time she made it. I have to admit that I put onions and carrots in a batch once as a test. Kelly was not amused. The results were not improved. Why try and change perfection?
     Agnes Walter uses a slightly different method. She doesn't cook the ham for quite as long and cooks the peeled potatoes separately. This may be due to her not having a large enough pot at the beach house. I've added some procedural enhancements to the process that extend the pleasure to additional meals. I slice a ham steak or two off a large ham shank to make Ham Steaks and Mashed Potatoes with. If you have a large enough pot, you have way more broth than you can use serving the ham and cabbage. Save the extra broth and freeze it if necessary. The broth makes the perfect base for pea soup instead of water. Don't be tempted to add any salt though, the broth is briny enough.

Look for a recipe for Ham Steaks and Mashed Potatoes soon.


Visit the Cooks Ham website.
Learn about County Cork by reading the Wikipedia entry.

Boat Notes:

This is actually a great meal to make on a boat for a number of reasons. Cabbage can stay fresh at room temperature for quite a few days. Cabbage can stay fresh for a month or more under refrigeration. Potatoes can last for weeks with no refrigeration. Ham is relatively forgiving when it comes to refrigeration. The whole meal is made in one pot. Seagulls will fight over the ham fat and skin. Crabs will be attracted to the ham trimmings. The ham is great on sandwiches for lunch, or egg sandwiches or omelets for breakfast... or cold right out of the cooler or refrigerator for that matter in rough weather.

Stay tuned for a Ham and Cabbage Soup recipe.

Chicken Crossing... Recent Chicken News and Events
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Spin & Rich Number 6

Spinning Chicken Golden Oldies
The key to success is to stick with what you're good at.

Tips For Leading a Corrupt Existance
From Years Of Observation

1) By all means... Lie to everyone... All the time... About everything.

2) If you're going to lie all the time about everything to everyone, and you know you are, practice telling the same story twice at least. Like the "repeat" part of "Lather, rinse, repeat" on the shampoo bottle. And as long as you're at it, try remembering who you told what to. And I guess as long as we're on the subject... Tell the same story to everyone within earshot at least.

3) If you're going to pay two different people to do the same illegal task, don't screw over both of them.

4) As a counterpoint to lying to everyone all the time about everything, make sure you believe everything that only the most disreputable characters tell you.

5) Devote your entire life to lying to, cheating on and stealing from everyone you come in contact with. Alienation is the name of that game... Legacy is the result. Build a pyramid of corruption to yourself.

     Friday, October 16, 2009     

Danger Kitchen
Danger Kitchen

The Taskin Bakery link is online now. It was accidently ommited from the Wednesday, October 7, 2009 entry titled A Pre-Clamming Beach Breakfast. This is good bread... Sorry I forgot the link.

An October Hike Around the Rez
A Good Sunday Afternoon Break
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Part 2
     A Year Ago Today     
     More ancient Sandpiper relics unearthed and restored.     

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Bringin' Back The Old Stuff

The One-Legged Sandpiper The 02/12/99 Sandpiper, #6, is back on line. A cold gray day working on the lumber dryer, making a dump run and cleaning up inside before a Danger Kitchen dinner... The first Danger Kitchen ever?
The One-Legged Sandpiper The 02/11/99 Sandpiper, #5, is back on line. Lots of lumber dryer activity but no Danger Kitchen.

Chicken Crossing... Recent Chicken News and Events
Chicken Crossing

Get your kicks... On Route 66 *

Rumor is that last weeks police involvement was due to a little misunderstanding in the Cash for Chunkers program. A foreclosed building devided cannot stand. El Chicko was spotted staking out the parking lot in the company of his "driver". They just love sitting together in the car don't they... Maybe because it has HEAT! A short time after they terminated their stakeout of the parking lot one of the current or former tenants (victims) was parked in front of the Whirling Twirling Blinking Stinking Flapping Crapping Disaster Area and busy loading boxes and such in a vehicle with haste. Looks like the last lifeboat is away from the SS Chittanic. At least lets hope that all the women and children are "off the ship". Rumor has it that the water is STILL ON! Or back on as the case may be. No one seems to be able to explain why the Captain and First Mate have been so scarce since the police incident of late last week. The "Network" is on the case so I'm sure there'll be some breaking news soon. Stay tuned. These are proving to be exciting times for Chicken Watchers everywhere even though the pace of craziness has slowed somewhat.

* My favorite version of this song was done by Asleep at the Wheel.

Praise The Lord!!!

What can The Chicken do to solve the predicament he's got himself into? It came to him in a revelation!!! (and a previous spinningchicken.com entry) Welcome to the Whirling Twirling Blinking Stinking Flapping Crapping house of worship... The Chicken Tabernacle!!! Tune in Sunday mornings for an inspiring sermon by the Right Reverend Pollo Loco Diablo from the House of Blues and Chicken Fried Snack Shack. Stay tuned and get inspired by the deafening rumble of the Glorious Roaring Lip-Syncers Inspirational Choir singing such favorites as "I Stalk the Lord", "Get a Little Jesus on ya" and "God Would Want You To". Pass the plate and fill your pockets... It's every man for himself at collection time. Give 'till it hurts!!! Can I get an AMEN???

The setting sun reveals a sign from above!
A Sign from above?

Maybe he could open a restaurant to feed the throngs of faithful followers that make the pilgrimage to Darwin's Leach Field to witness this miracle for themselves.


The Right Reverend Pollo Loco Diablo
The Right Reverend Pollo Loco diablo

Lor-duh... We beseach you in the name of the Chicken to turn on-a our eeelectriciteee-uh. Giveth us heat-uh and girls undergarments-ah. Yayusssss!!! I feel a miracle coming our way-ah. My nether regions are speaking in tongues. I am-ah a snappy dresser! AMEN!!!

Can I get an

Friday, October 17, 2008

Little Richie Weasel Rich Weasel Update
Tales of a pathological liar in Darwin's Leach Field

Click here to see a much bigger version of Danielson Weirdo Facts Part 6: Rich Wessel       I walked in to the Sunnyside Farms convenience store a few nights ago to get my lottery tickets... just in case. The "girls" behind the counter seemed very animated that night. The reason was soon revealed to me. They had received a copy of the small newsletter shown to the left: Danielson Weirdo Facts Part 6: Rich Wessell. This seemed to make their day. When I was offered the opportunity to read said pamphlet, I could see why. FINALLY... The truth about this despicable loser has floated to the surface.

      Rich lies even when there is no reason to... and he's not smart enough to remember who he tells what so he's constantly at odds with his own stories. The most recent example of this was an encounter I had in the Danielson Historical Society. Rich had informed one of the volunteers there that he owned the Rain Desert building, the Times Square, Danielson Inn and the Palladium in Worcester. Rich's dad actually owns (So far) the Rain Desert building, one fifth of the Times Square, a portion of the Danielson Inn (Currier building) and Rich once worked at the Palladium. He (Rich's dad) would own half of the Times Square if it wasn't for Rich blowing the money for the down payment and not telling Bob Bolton until the day before the closing. Rich had promised the Historical Society that he could restore the plaster on the ceilings of their beautiful building. I informed them that they would be best not to let him in the front door.

      Beware of this low life. He will tell you a plausible (unless you're really paying attention to details) story and you may be tempted to trust him with some money. Don't even consider it... Not even a quarter. He will steal anything he can get his hands on for cigarette money. Let the smell of cat urine be your warning.

      The latest episode with the police for Ritchie Weasel was a few nights ago when he tried to padlock the gates of the Rain Desert. Add this to the arrests for assault, passing bad checks and motor vehicle offenses and you have jail bait on the hoof. It's just a matter of time until his corrupt existence catches up with him and he is beaten up, jailed or... sleeps with the fishes.

One-Legged Sandpiper Update

Bringin' Back The Old Stuff

The One-Legged Sandpiper The 02/07/99 Sandpiper, #4, is back on line. Shop progress, a wood delivery, a snow storm and the first Sandpiper audio ever.
The One-Legged Sandpiper The 04/05/99 Sandpiper, #21, is back on line. A table of contents, inside and outside activity, local pictures, a lake cottage nearby for sale, the bell tower, two danger kitchen recipes AND... Playing with pictures with MS Paint.

Chicken Crossing... Recent Chicken News and Events
Chicken Crossing

The Chicken's “on the lamb”
Don't make me explain!

Spinning Chicken Golden Oldies
Why did he steal the guys trailer?

Why is watching Spinning Chicken
like watching a lousy DVD?

When you're done watching all of the other stupid crap...

You watch the TRAILER ! ! !

Who's living there? The Chicken or one of his victims? I bet the town loves this new development

     Saturday, October 17, 2009     
Should have gone hiking early in the day!

An October Hike Around the Rez
A Good Sunday Afternoon Break
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Part 3
     A Year Ago Today     
     Old Sandpipers restored and the TRUTH about a LIAR.     

Saturday, October 18, 2008

One-Legged Sandpiper Update

Bringin' Back The Old Stuff

The One-Legged Sandpiper The 02/06/99 Sandpiper, #3, is back on line. Back when the Piper was an email. It wasn't even called the One-Legged Sandpiper. Try Hooterville Happenings or News From the Front for a name. This one really gets back to the roots.
The One-Legged Sandpiper The 04/12/99 Sandpiper, #22, is back on line. See some technical facts about sandpipers; a recipe for Fern Bar Sauce, another Here's the Church section, an HTML lesson, sunset pictures and some history of the Jersey Shore in addition to the regular stuff.

Danger Kitchen
Danger Kitchen

Hot Buttered Rum

A great fall drink with a pirate flair


>   3 shots of good rum.
>   Apple cider (almost boiling).
>   Lemon slice.
>   Cinnamon stick.
>   3-5 whole cloves.
>   Pat of butter. >  


>   Put the rum in a large tankard, stein or mug.
>   Add the cinnamon stick, lemon slice, cloves and butter.

>   Pour the hot cider over all.

>   Serve while telling stories around a fire.


     This was one of my first ever takes-some-effort-to-make drinks. The first ever was a whiskey sour. The first time I tried these was a dark and stormy (no relation) night in Ocean Beach, New Jersey. We could hear the surf pounding and the wind howling. The comforting warmth of this drink can make all of that seem trivial.
     Goslings Black Seal rum works well for this recipe. Bacardi 151 is fine also; just adjust quantities to taste. Don't... under any circumstances... use Craptain Morgan. That's not really rum any way.


Visit the Goslings Rum website.
Wikibooks.org has a Hot Buttered Rum Recipe that looks interesting. I haven't tried it or the thousand others online. I like mine.

Boat Notes:

     This recipe can be adapted easily for making under way in rough weather , which is the perfect time for one of these. You can put all of the ingredients including, or except, the rum in individual covered containers to heat on the stove or in the microwave as needed. The lemon slice gets a little ugly after few hours in storage but still tastes fine. Add rum just before serving for a stronger drink. Best not to start drinking these if you're more than an hour from anchoring for the night.

Spinning Chicken

Spinning Chicken Update

      Fans of the Freaky Fowl will love this one. As mentioned earlier in the month; Spinning Chicken and Rich Weasel have been thick as thieves lately. Now part of the reason has floated to the surface. As payback for the aborted attempt to padlock the Rain Desert parking lot, Rich Weasel decided to sell off some of the restaurant fixtures (for cash no doubt) to Spinning Chicken. The Whirling Twirling, Blinking Stinking, Flapping Crapping Family Restaurant must be so successful that they need more equipment to serve the throngs of satisfied customers.
      The Freaky Fowl and his henchmen showed up with a rental truck to collect said property this afternoon and were rebuffed by Jan. Apparently Spinning Chicken even called 911 during the fracas. Dumb and dumber strike yet again. Best of all... Let's see Spinning Chicken try and get his money back from Rich Weasel. Ya just can't make this stuff up.
Sorry We're Open... but not as much as you'll be if you eat there.

The One-Legged Sandpiper The Back Issues page is up and on the menu to the left. The Sandpiper didn't just drop out of the sky. It was hundreds of pages of stuff almost ten years ago and is just starting to get back online now. Check out some of the early stuff and experience the metamorphosis. Feel free to comment or contribute as well. There are links for that everywhere.

Freedom FROM Religion

      Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a fundraiser in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Thursday night: "We believe that the best of America is in the small towns that we get to visit, and in the wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard-working, very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation," she said. We all know what this really means. The map below illustrates the concept. It was attached to an email gag in the form of an open letter to Canada. It suggested that Canada join with the "blue" states to form a new world super power, leaving the rest of the place to become Jesusland. The reasoning behind this was that most of the financial and intellectual might of this country is concentrated in said blue states. It was a good gag and parts of it certainly ring true.

      One of the rights we have in this country is freedom of religion. A right we need is freedom FROM religion. I don't care what or who or how you worship if that's your pleasure. Do not try and force me to comply with whatever you decide your religion compels you to do or not do. It's got nothing to do with me. If you truly believe whatever it is you claim to believe, then you shouldn't care that I don't. I think one of the reasons that one religion tends to be intolerant of another (or none) is that as long as everyone goes along with the plan, its easier to pretend yourself. Doubt leads to doubt. Don't expect, or require, me to pretend along with you. If you can't believe hard enough... That's your problem.

Jesus Land

Chicken Crossing... Recent Chicken News and Events
Chicken Crossing

Chicken Network News
    ( Chicken Network News )
The Wide World of Wack Jobs: Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of craziness.

Spinning Chicken Situation Room with Chick Blitzer


Don't fall for the sad tales. He lies like a rug!
Don't fall for the sad tales. He lies like a rug.

He's a serial stalker that blew all of his money stalking and showing off.

You can run but you can't hide... From McGrowl the Crime Tiger
You can run but you can't hide.

The Chicken's “on the run!

     Sunday, October 18, 2009     
Cold, Rainy and Miserable

An October Hike Around the Rez
A Good Sunday Afternoon Break
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Part 4 (The Big Finish)
     A Year Ago Today     
     Sandpipers, Chickens, Run Drinks and Politics     

     Monday, October 19, 2009     
A way nicer day than yesterday!

     A Year Ago Today     
     The Obamatron 4000 and the Danger Kitchen Cookbook is back!     

Click here to see the Obamatron4000 up close
Technology comes through again... Just in time!

      We can be thankful that a patriotic pro-America scientist named George "Fox" Palin McLimbaugh has invented a machine that can translate Senator Barack Obama's speech into easily understood language so we no longer have to rely on newspapers, TV news programs, radio broadcasts, video and audio tape and their fact based agendas. All we need to do is feed a statement from Senator Obama into the hopper and the Obamatron4000 will translate it into the truth. It has multiple translation settings including Carl Rove, George Bush, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. See the amazing demonstration results below. Isn't technology wonderful?
I'm Barack Obama and I probably wouldn't approve of this message
"We need a comprehensive plan

to withdraw combat troops from

Iraq so we can finish the job

we started in Afghanistan"
Click here to see the Obamatron4000 up close
"As soon as

I'm elected president

I will retreat from Iraq

and surrender to the French"

Austin McCain... Yeah Baby! Yeah Baby!!!

Danger Kitchen The Danger Kitchen Click here for the Danger Kitchen online cookbook page is back online after a long hunger strike. Find all your Danger Kitchen favorites and check back often for new ones. Look for a new format in the near future. It is time to remodel the Kitchen.

Chicken Crossing... Recent Chicken News and Events
Chicken Crossing

The Lads return to the scene of the crimes and then eat at the Golden Eagle.
What ARE they doing with the stolen trailer? Where have they been?
So many questions!

Stalk Like An Eqyptian

(not to be confused with the Bangles song: Walk Like An Eqyptian)

All the old paintings of the Chick
He drops his pants and he starts to whip
If he  moves too quick (oh whey oh)
He's falling down and breaking a hip

The nasty old man in the restaurant
He got the money for some underwear
He should by food (oh whey oh)
But he don't care he's got what he want

Nasty types with the frozen pipes say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Stalk like an Egyptian

The blonde waitresses quit the restaurant
They spin around and they run away from him
He thinks he's got the moves (oh whey oh)
He'll grope you any day on a whim

All the school girls get cell phones for certain things
Better than a Playboy subscription 
When the Chicken rings (oh whey oh)
They're stalking like an Egyptian

All the kids in the junior high say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Stalk like an Egyptian

Blow every cent then foreclosure
Try and sell don't tell the Realator
Now the van is gone don't ya know (oh whey oh)
So strike a pose on the Stee-a-mer

If you want to find all the cops
They're staking out down at Sunnyside
They sing and dance (oh whey oh)
Spinning Chicken how long can he hide

All the teenage girls don't mind to freeze
The parents call the state police
And the Chicken know (oh whey oh)
He stalk them all like Egyptian

All the cops at Sunnyside say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Stalk like an Egyptian
Stalk like an Egyptian

Translation: Beware of a great pestilence brought forth from the south and set upon the field of leach. Keep your wives and daughters from his presence lest they be stalked upon with vigor. Evil is the Chicken that spinneth. Woe unto thee who shall be giveth a phone of cell.

Chicken Network News
    ( Chicken Network News )
The Wide World of Wack Jobs: Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of craziness.

Spinning Chicken Situation Room with Chick Blitzer

Run Chickie Run!!!
Run Chickie... Run!!!

     Tuesday, October 20, 2009     

     A Year Ago Today     
     I Miss Ross Perot     

My Favorite Martian
How many times...

and other colorful non sequiturs
      I miss Ross Perot running for office. He could always be counted on to answer a legitimate question with some ridiculous down-home non sequitur delivered with the confidence and conviction of someone that actually knew what they were talking about.

"Mr. Perot... Would you consider ratifying the North American Free Trade Agreement?"

"NAFTA!!! How many times do I have to tell ya... Ya caint take a dead woodchuck, put it in a bushel basket, set fahr to it and call it fruit salad. It caint be dun... Next question!"

"Mr. Perot... Does Mikael Gorbachev..."

"Gorbachev's like Ester Williams sleep walkin' down a rumble strip of pine cones wearin' titanium skivvies... I'll show HIM how to do his laundry!!!"

How could you argue with answers like that?

My Favorite Perot

My Favorite Martian
Ross Perot... Ray Walston. Long lost brothers?

     Wednesday, October 21, 2009     

Chicken Crossing... Recent Chicken News and Events
Chicken Crossing

Who's living there? The Chicken or one of his victims? I bet the town loves this new development

Don't leave the trailer without it

The Walmart prepaid card...
Don't leave the stolen trailer without it Mr. Big Shot!
Better make sure it's activated...
In YOUR name!!!

     Thursday, October 22, 2009     
Beach Day!!!

     A Year Ago Today     
     The Herb Garden hunkers down for the winter.
It did pretty well this year with almost no attention.     

Green Side Up
G r e e n    S i d e    U p
The Herb Garden
T h e    H e r b    G a r d e n
Click here for a high res picture of Kelly picking herbs at the herb garden in August
   The cold frame was completed just in time. Monday night saw our first hard freeze.   

Click here for a better picture of the herbs
   Inside even the basil is still fresh and green. Success in small increments.   
The Herb Garden...
Still producing after hard frosts

     The herb bed has become a small island of success in a sea of turmoil. The cold frame was completed just in time Sunday. Sunday night was cold, but Monday night was the first hard freeze. Tuesday night I stopped to pick fresh herbs for the beach trip and everything was as fresh and green as a day in August. Every day that goes by now we lose something that is symbolic of summer so... every time I can pick fresh herbs from now on seems like a small victory.
     The next task will be to carefully dig up the annuals and pot them for life inside until spring. Two Rosemary plants are a definite. I may make a judgIent call on a few others. They all might not be hardy this far north and... It might be nice to have thyme and parsley for the important clam chowders and tarragon for C.W.S.O.G. I always try and make chowder for Thanksgiving and Christmas or New Years. We didn't get to put up as many clams this year so we'll have to ration them carefully. Herbs we'll have plenty of.

Number Herb Type
1 Thyme Perennial
2 Rosemary Annual
3 Empty (Cilantro) Annual
4 Basil Annual
5 Lavender
6 Chervil Annual
7 Scallions Annual
8 Parsley (Curled) Perennial
9 Empty Empty
10 Parsley (Flat)
(Beach Parsley)
11 Dill Perennial
12 Chives Perennial
13 Chamomile Perennial
14 Empty (Savory) Annual
15 Tarragon Perennial
16 Oregano Perennial
17 Marjoram Perennial

     Friday, October 23, 2009     
A stormy October beach day.

A Stormy October Beach Day
No Clamming Today
Friday, October 23, 2009
     A Year Ago Today     
     How can you not love the Rez?     

   Fall at the Rez   
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The Rez
Fall at it's best

     These pictures were taken at Wauregan Reservoir, also known as Quinebaug Pond State Park, just a few minutes drive from the Train Station in downtown Danielson. The opportunities to experience "The Rez" in all its glory become scarcer as fall approaches. It's a beautiful spot any time of year, but nothing soothes the need for nature in short notice like an afternoon paddle around the perimeter in a kayak. Fish were still feeding on the late season insects swarming in clouds in the warm spots left as the sun slowly drops behind the hills to the west. I never get tired of taking pictures of the Rez. This is one of the best places in Killingly, CT.

     Sunday, October 25, 2009     
A nice relaxing beach day.

     A Year Ago Today     
     Sandpiper fixes and adjustments... Slow and steady progress.     

The One-Legged Sandpiper Some issues with the September, 2008 page have been corrected and that page displays properly now. September doesn't have a calendar though. That wasn't added until early this month. Slow and steady progress.

Chicken Crossing... Recent Chicken News and Events
Chicken Crossing

     Saturday, October 24, 2009     
A Corrected Chicken & Biscuit Recipe

The following recipe has been a Danger Kitchen favorite for ten years now. Seeing that it's never too late to change, it underwent a minor adjustment today while is was being made to correct a slight innacuracy. It was delicious as always! This was one of a flood of seasonal recipes that appeared in the first BIG Sandpiper issue in October 1999. Docktoberfest Dinner, Smoked Turkey, Hot Crab Spread, Roasters, Danger Kitchen Turkey Thighs, Pasta & Shrimp with Bourbon Sauce, Danger Kitchen Carrots and Indian Pudding round out the offerings and together would easily get you through a whole month of leaf peepin', fall hikes, late season fishing and cold windy beach walks. Enjoy!

Danger Kitchen
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Serving Soup to Nuts for... oh... a couple of weeks now anyway.

Chicken 'n' Biscuits

Lots of work, but worth it.

This has been my favorite "Birthday" meal since I first tasted it a thousand years ago.


> 2 whole chickens.
> 4 onions.
> 8 carrots.
> 6 stalks celery.
> 8 cloves garlic.
> 1/2 bunch of parsley.
> 2 bay leaves.
> 2 or 3 cloves.
> 1 tsp peppercorns.
> 4 cups bisquick.
> 1 1/2 cups milk.
> 1 stick of butter softened.
> 1/2 cup parsley flakes.
> 1 can of creamed corn.
> 2 egg whites, beaten until stiff with some water.
> 2 egg yolks (from the egg whites). > 2 Tbsp Flour > Some flour and cold water.


> Put the first 9 ingredients in a pot and cover with water.
> Simmer gently for 2 to 3 hours.
> Remove the chicken from the broth.
> Strain and save the broth.
> Skin the chicken and pick from the bone in bite size pieces.
> Put the chicken pieces in a large baking dish.
> Thicken the remaining broth with some flour mixed in cold water.
> Simmer the gravy gently until thickened and pour over the chicken.
> Mix the bisquick with the milk and egg yolks until blended well.
> Knead the biscuit mix gently and roll out to 1/4 inch thick.
> Spread softened butter over the rolled out biscuits. Be generous.
> Sprinkle parsley flakes over the buttered biscuits heavily.
> Roll the biscuits into a long log.
> Refridgerate until ready to use.
> Beat the egg whites with a little cold water until fluffy.
> Mix 2 Tbsp flour into can of creamed corn.
> Mix the beaten egg whites with creamed corn.
> Pour on top of the chicken mixture in the baking dish.
> Cut the biscuits in 1 inch slices and place them on top of the corn mixture.
> Bake at 350 degrees until the biscuits are brown.
> Fill Plate. Eat. Repeat.

28 Off The Bone

Chicken off the bone.
Strain and save the broth for gravy.

29 Broth For Gravy

30 Kneading Biscuits

You need to knead biscuits.
Rolling out biscuits to 1/4 inch thick.

31 Rolling Biscuits

32 Buttering Biscuits

Buttering the biscuits with a thick layer of butter. Be generous with the butter.
Spread it on thick.

33 Spread It On Thick

34 Dump On The Parsley Flakes

Dump on the parsley flakes.
A good coating of parsley flakes is good.

35 Lots Of Parsley

36 Rolled And Ready

Biscuits rolled and ready for slicing. The biscuits can be refridgerated at this stage.
Put the chicken in a baking dish and cover with gravy.

37 Chicken And Gravy

38 Egg Whites Beaten

Egg Whites beaten until foamy with a little cold water.
Mix the creamed corn and egg whites together just until blended.

39 Egg Whites And Corn

40 Egg Whites And Corn On The Chicken

Egg whites and corn on top of the chicken and gravy.
Biscuits on top of the corn mixture and ready for baking.

41 Ready For Baking

42 Done To Perfection

Done to perfection.
Always make a double batch of this.

43 Double Batch

     A Year Ago Today     
     Happy birthday to me!
Seems like it was just a year ago...     

Anticipation and Expectation

Happy Birthday to me!

      Every year since 1980 or so I've made a point of spending the week that my birthday falls in at the beach. This year is no exception. Some years the weather is more like summer than fall. Some years the weather is brutal and stormy. Some years there are lots of people around. Some years just me.
      I start the week with some plans, or milestones, in mind but I've learned not to let expectations lead to disapointment. I can usually get the last swim in the ocean this week. Getting your hair all the way wet sometimes has to count. The last day with bare feet usually happens this week as well. That is: walking up the beach with coffee; walking on the beach to collect stuff; sitting up in a chair or laying on a blanket, all with bare feet. Daylight savings time changes everything this week. The long shadows from the beachfront houses reach you by four O'clock in the afternoon and the cold arrives well before that.
      There are other signs that summer is over. The seagulls become very needy. They flock to anyone walking up the beach with anything that looks like food. There's a steady stream of big cruising sailboats filtering down out of northern waters heading for more sun and warmth farther south. Trucks and fisherman monopolize the beach. The speed limits get raised ten miles per hour on the north and south highways. The roads are pretty deserted... Even on Friday night. It's time to put the storm windows in and take the awnings down. Time to test the heat any way. Time to keep everything secured outside. You never know when the wind will pick up from now on.
      There's still plenty to look forward to though. The last clamming probably won't happen but there's clams and broth in the freezer. I want to get out in the kayak a last time if only to test my new kayak seat. The first new one in ten years. The first boardwalk walk without encountering another soul. The first walk up the beach and not seeing anyone north to south as far as the eye can see.
      Beach people can be more in tune with the cyclical nature of life. Sunrise and sunsets. Seasons. Tides. Bird migration and fishing seasons. Every rhythm or cycle can be a cause for lament or celebration. The celebration should be the fact that it is happening and you are there to observe it. It could be way worse. You could be parked in front of a big screen TV and the only indication that life has changed around you is a different sporting even on or the sounds of the equipment that your lawn care company is using.
      So what all this means is that today is cold and rainy and windy. I'm looking forward to coffee in a Sponge Bob mug and the first walk up the beach. I can't wait to get the rest of the storm windows in and test the heat just to take the chill off. Kelly is looking forward to catching a giant striper and found two blue and one purple sea glass yesterday. Life at the beach holds limitless possibilities. Happy birthday to me.

     Monday, October 26, 2009     
He takes a slappin' & keeps on crappin'

The Spirit of 76

It's the Spirit of 76

      Seventy-six days without electricity for Osama bin Fartin at Al Kabong headquarters. Observers have the lads sleeping in the bunkhouse (stolen trailer) on the colder nights. The boys have a Coleman lantern or something similar so there's an eerie light coming out of the second floor at night on occasion. The state police have been making regular appearances as the situation deteriorates. Chaos and grief are what the Chicken does best and the whole mess is swirling around and going down like a toilet full of crap and paper halfway through a flush.
      Three independent witnesses saw the Chicken having the ugly and smelly slapped right off of him by a furious teenaged girl who had obviously had enough of his stalking and lecherous proposals. The screaming argument attracted the attention of half of downtown Darwin's Leach Field so quite a few people witnessed the Chicken trying to escape off of the porch while an errant high school girl battered him.
      Make no mistake folks... He has all of this coming and more. He's done nothing but lie and cheat and steal and stalk and worse since he arrived here. Everything he does is geared towards stealing from someone so he has more money to stalk the wives and daughters of anyone and everyone. He blew hundreds of thousands of dollars stalking and showing off and is now reduced to begging from local businesses to support his behavior. He creates all of his problems and then lies and blames it on everyone else but himself. He thinks he's tough but he's the first to whine to the police when whatever horror show he's cooked up blows up in his face. He's not a "poor crazy old man" as some like to refer to him as. He's a serial stalker and molester that has made a disaster out of everything he's ever been involved with due to his abhorrent behavior.

Mr. Tough Guy right before his encounter with a big mean high school girl
Mr. Tough Guy right before his encounter with a big mean high school girl.

Mr. Tough Guy right AFTER his encounter with a big mean high school girl

Mr. Tough Guy right AFTER his encounter with a little blonde high school girl.

Ha Ha

     A Year Ago Today     
     Garlic Crabs better than Bums     

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Danger Kitchen
Danger Kitchen

Kelly's Garlic Crabs

Way better than Bum Rogers


> One dozen blue claw crabs cleaned ( see notes below ).
> Butter.
> Olive oil.
> 1/2 red onion finely chopped.
> 1/4 bunch parsley chopped.
> 1 head of garlic peeled and minced.
> 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.
> White wine ( optional ).


> Melt 2-3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet.
> Add 1/4 cup of olive oil and the onion.
> Stir the onion on medium heat until transparent,
> Add the garlic and parsley, turn the heat down and cover for a few minutes.
> Mix well and add the crabs, turning to coat them well.
> Add more olive oil, butter or wine as necessary.
> Cover and reduce heat to low for 2-3 minutes.
> Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, turn off heat. Cover until ready to serve.
> Serve in bowls with good bread and ice cold white wine or beer.
> Leftovers keep for a day or two and can be served over pasta, or as is.


     Quite a few years ago a small kitten became trapped in a Maryland style crab trap a few streets over. I heard his cries for days before I found him. He was probably only two months old and it was a cold February and I was amazed he had survived. I got bit by him and had to get rabies shots because my dad didn't want to risk the kitten peeing in the bathroom where the cat in the trap was sitting in the bath tub until animal control could come capture him for quarantine. He made the guy take the kitten in the trap locked in the bathroom outside to put in the cage to take to quarantine and the cat not wanting any part of it made an easy escape. $2,500.00 worth of rabies shots later I had a crab trap to show for my trouble. The cat was fine and I can juggle rats for ten years if I so choose but that has nothing to do with crabs.

     Kelly wanted to try the trap so we put it in Barnegat Bay near where Cantaloupe the sailboat was moored and pulled in at least a dozen or more every time we set the trap. There's almost nothing better than sitting down to a meal of crabs and they quickly became a staple last-night-at-the-beach meal before I had to head back up north. One winter day after we were out of frozen crabs we stopped at Bum Rogers in Seaside Park. Bums has always been known for two things: Serving minors at the bar and... Serving the best crabs on the island. The garlic crabs we had that day were great. That meal made the whole beach trip and Kelly was able to reproduce, and improve on, the recipe with crabs she bought from the Crab Shack on Mantoloking road on day on a whim. This recipe is that recipe.

     We returned to Bums a year or two ago when the supply of crabs ran out and hoped to recreate the magic of the previous experience there. It was not to be. I would go so far as to say it sucked... Big time! The place was filthy. Everything felt greasy ( and I am far from fussy ) and sticky. Worst of all the crabs were lousy. We vowed never again and haven't since. We've been meaning to try the Seaside Crab House in the old Aztec motel on the boardwalk but... finances have been tight for longer than I care to remember. The good news is... It was a banner year for crabs so we dined on garlic crabs when Kelly came up to Connecticut for 2008 summer vacation. The Seaside Crab House says they have jumbos so we may have to splurge soon. The last time we had jumbos was at Skeeters restaurant in the Tuckerton Seaport Museum for Kelly's birthday about three years ago. Skeeters is gone now unfortunately so we need to find a new seafood eatery.

     Preparing crabs for garlic crabs is easy, but may not be for the squeamish. If your crabs are fairly lethargic they can be cleaned alive. This is not as cruel as it sounds since Mr. Crabby is separated from his brain in about a second so it's as effective as the guillotine and way better than the electric chair or lethal injection. Flip the crab over and pin his ( They should all be males, throw the girls back ) claws down. Lift up the pointed hatch-like structure on the underside of the crab and pull it towards the rear of the crab. Place your thumbs on the lower and upper shells at this juncture and pull the two apart, removing the top shell from the crab in one quick motion. Remove the feathery gills and rinse out the remaining miscellaneous guts under cold water. Break the bottom shell in half leaving two pieces each with three legs, a claw and a flipper. These "clusters" are ready to go into garlic crabs or the freezer.

     If you don't want to clean the crabs alive you can plunge them into boiling water to kill them and remove them immediately to clean or you can steam them. Place them crabs in as small a covered pot as will hold them. Put in a cup of cold water or wine or a 12 oz. beer. Cover the pot and turn the heat on low. The slowly increasing heat should make the crabs become drowsy and they should expire quietly. As soon as the pot starts venting steam, rinse them in cold water and clean as above. Be aware that you may hear them banging on the inside of the pot for way longer than you would like. Some times they don't go quietly.


Visit a Bum Rogers web page.
Try the Seaside Crab House instead and let me know what you think.

Boat Notes:

This is another great meal to make on a boat for a number of reasons. If you're in the right place at the right time, you should be able to catch enough crabs without any difficulty. The whole dish can be made with one pan on a grill or any kind of stove and a cutting board. The leftovers can be added to pasta for lunch the next day and... It's a great meal no matter where you serve it.

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