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Suplee prepares mushroom-spinach pizza

Posted On: 9/5/13
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

Suplee prepares mushroom-spinach pizza On Friday, Sept. 6, at 11:27 p.m. the launch window opens for the LADEE Mission on Wallops Island.  This is a big deal for the East Coast as it is, to my understanding, the largest rocket ever sent into space from our side of the country. If the Antares taught us anything, it was that this will be quite a show and worth a late night trip to Chincoteague to witness the spectacle in sight and sound. Recently we were able to take a group of kids up into the launch tower, The Gantry, designed to emulate the underground silo in which the Minotaur ICBM (the propulsion module for the mission) has purportedly resided for decades. The tower was massive to us at 120 feet tall, give or take. The views of Wallops were stunning and the look on the kids' faces when one of the girls dropped her phoned and screamed at 120 feet? Priceless, and heart stopping at the same time (no worries, though, as the phone only fell to her feet). Once everyone was safe and sound on the ground,...
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Carne asada tacos simple dish to prepare

Posted On: 8/29/13
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

Carne asada tacos simple dish to prepare The kids are back in school, which means that it is now time to get ready for Christmas and next summer.  There's simply so much to do.  I have to clean the garage, finish the many projects around the house, get ready for a season of robotics and make sure that the kids all get their homework done. A milestone year, this is our last of 13 years with a child or children at Showell Elementary.  It will be odd to not have one of our young ones in that marvelous school.  Our oldest is also graduating this year, another monumental event in our life; and then the adventure of college begins.  Where does the time go? 'Breakfast for dinner', the typical meal for the first day of school is done; it's a meal that always seems to comfort the soul since a couple of the kids come home on the first day and jump into pajamas.  To finish the meal, our traditional ice cream cake with the inscription 179 To Go!  was thawing in the middle of the table ...
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Suplee's secret to successful beach cookout

Posted On: 8/22/13
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

Suplee's secret to successful beach cookout Another week brings us closer to the end.  Our clock is ticking.  We are all one day to be bereft of life. Try as we might, we must own up to the reality that with each passing season comes a sense of mortality.  And nothing seems to remind a parent with young children of our very finality like the late summer sales. I can't tell you how many friends have written recently of their woes of back-to-school shopping.   It is as though a doom has settled on their souls, their beings shaken to the core with fright as they reflect on what could have possibly happened to the summer. And yet, I just don't understand the issue.  I can tell you where the summer went.  It went the way of each and every subsequent summer to date.  For countless decades, time has stalled for no one.  We are all in this together. Maybe this is where we need to become a little tougher; a little more willing to accept our fate, whatever that may be.  Ma...
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Tuna, pepper melange and musubi on menu

Posted On: 8/15/13
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

Tuna, pepper melange and musubi on menu I walked around all day on Sunday proclaiming 'Musubi!" Donning my Hawaiian shirt and an apron, it was a fitting exclamation to another successful party at the Yacht Club. An event held to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Ocean Pines, an opportunity for the ribbon cutting for the new and improved pool facility, and a kickoff of sorts into the new club, it went off with barely a hitch. On the menu for an incredibly reasonable price was fresh wahoo and tuna, katsu chicken, pineapple chicken, Kalua pork, chicken long rice, homemade coconut custard, Poke salad, mocha-nut brownies, sweet potato salad and more.  But I would be remiss of my duties if I did not talk about my two favorite foods of the day — seared tuna and Musubi. Musubi is not only one of my favorite words to say loudly, but if made correctly it is also one of the greatest Hawaiian lunch items that I experienced during my brief time on the island. Musubi, put simply, is Spam Sushi. I k...
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Beets taste ‘sublime’ when prepared correctly

Posted On: 8/8/13
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

Beets taste ‘sublime’ when prepared correctly One of the simple pleasures in life for me is picking beets out of the garden. This amazing vegetable sums up the word ‘summer break’ to me and their taste is nothing short of sublime when prepared correctly. Our little farm in the backyard has seen better days but these beauties grew like champs. It was a nice surprise and we will not look a gift horse in the mouth. As anyone knows who has grown in their garden, plants and vegetation come and go as they please, not necessarily following any specific rules as to whether they will obey your command to grow and flourish. In harvesting the few vegetables that we grow, we love beets the most. When they are fresh from the ground, they have a sweet and earthy taste after cooked and we know that the nutritional value is second to only a handful of powerhouse provisions. We need to dig deeper than the carb/fat/protein profile when looking at the health benefits of beets.  When we eat the beets, utilizing the gree...
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Try topping cupcakes with velvety mocha icing

Posted On: 8/1/13
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

Try topping cupcakes with velvety mocha icing Survival: A simple word that can mean many things to many people.   Some merely try to survive the day-today drudgery of their cubicle or try to make the inane seem ultimate and extreme. Others are literally fighting for their survival.   Many years ago after finishing SERE training (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape), I graduated from Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival School. The attrition rate made finishing the course commendable and those of us who did complete the training were joined by a common bond of being able to hold our breaths under duress for incredibly long periods of time.   Out of all of the madness during the weeks of aquatic torture, nothing topped survival day.   For one competency the instructors had us sit crisscross applesauce and then tied our ankles together. The same rope was tied around our waist in a manner that left our folded legs at a complete 90-degree angle to our torso. This created an unbel...
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Smoked salmon canapes follow basic rules

Posted On: 5/9/13
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

Smoked salmon canapes follow basic rules There is nothing quite like seeing the flash of fear on a child’s face when he realizes that his seat on the water park ride is now at the bow of the craft ... heading backwards as he plummets over the falls. It seemed that the more he requested of the lifeguards to be facing the deep and fast drop the more they employed their stealthy tactics of spinning the multi-person tube just right. I guess it’s the same as pushing the “close door” button on the elevator when someone with an armful of groceries is asking you to hold the car.  Our children enjoyed their weekend at Great Wolf Lodge a few weeks ago as did we. While enjoying the three-acre, four-story water park, it seemed as though the more hair-raising rides we went on, the more our youngest would defy his young mind’s logical processes and continue to get on the rides for more excitement. Arriving home, there was no rest for the weary. It was time to get down to business as I had to plan and c...
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'Murka! : No matter how you say it, it’s a good burger

Posted On: 2/7/13
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

'Murka! : No matter how you say it, it’s a good burger Raised in a country that thrives on patriotism, it is second nature to pronounce the four syllables of our national moniker when singing one of the myriad anthems written to inspire and move us. Mayhap when one is speaking to a board of some sort, or arguing his case in front of the magistrate, “Amer- ica” is quite polysyllabic. Yet, after a week­- end of monster trucks, mechanical construction and the Super Bowl, one all but falls into the habit of yelling “’Murka!” at the top of his lungs. It is the rally cry of the masses; a country brought together by 5-ton trucks hurled into the stratosphere, a feat that salutes the ingenuity of Gravedigger and Ghost Rhyder. It is the battle drum of a nation united to help the USA to regain ground in technology and science. It is the summons of all football fans, followers of the contenders or not, to come together to watch the most observed sporting event of the year. But most of all, it is a salute to ...
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Simplify dinner, allow for more game time

Posted On: 11/22/12
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Simplify dinner, allow for more game time  So it is now almost midnight. My keyboard is well-warmed as I have already finished tomorrow's agenda and menus are done for the various parties that I have coming up this holiday. I wish the game could have been a little closer to at least be interesting, but you can't always get what you want.  But football or no, I did get what I want in this particular case as I work through the virtual pile of work that I have on my desktop. Dinner was hours ago, and I feel like eating as do the Spanish. Traditionally, many if not most Spanish families eat dinner very late in the evening, starting their repast at 9 or 10 in the evening; and this is with young children.  This eases my mind as I catch my second wind. So wait; aren't we all being told to 'eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper'?  Shouldn't we not eat late since 'that' is part of what's causing our national obesity epidemic? Oh, you know where I'm going with th...
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Eat like a nomad and try some global grub

Posted On: 11/15/12
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

Eat like a nomad and try some global grub Wanderlust rocks my very foundation as I awaken. Did I dream about the British Isles? Was I thinking of Provence as I nodded off? Am I really itching to travel to the Germany or the Pacific Rim again? No, it is the after-effect of teaching global cuisine, a fascinating subject that confuses the issue of ethnicity in food and then attempts to explain the amalgamation of various cultures into one, synergistic body of work. In studying the foods of the world, one cannot help but note the vast and numerous paths of migration, amalgamation and destruction left in the wake of exploration, trade, conquest and discovery. The Nomads, Vandals, Alans, Moors, British, Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, Asians, Goths and Normans were all known to explore mightily in the name of trade or conquest. And with them came the foods and cooking techniques of their homeland. As the groups moved from land to land, the culinary treasures of untold worlds were combined into a one-pot meal. In many c...
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