Online Edition No.65 June 2011
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    GIZMO'S GOSSIP     Gizmo

Me? Jealous? 

Hi Everyone. Gizmo here.


Well,  here we go again.  Another pet photo contest !

Do I really need to watch my parents stare at over 60 photos and hear them constantly exclaim  "How Cute",  "Oh Brad look at this one",  "Isn't he adorable ?" and  "What a beautiful dog !"  NO I DON'T !!  and NO I WON'T !  Yes,  I realize that Utah and I are not the only knock down gorgeous dogs to inhabit the earth (though Utah has added more than a few pounds over the last year) ,  but don't rub my nose in it (so to speak).  Maybe I'll create my own PET OWNER'S PHOTO CONTEST and invite my subscribers to submit photos of their masters.  Oh now wouldn't that be fun !  I can hear it now as Utah and I put the page together for a vote.

"Wow Utah,  look at that nose".  "Oh Gizmo,  I'm being blinded by his forehead".  Or perhaps  "Can you believe what she has done with her hair"?  Hey, it's only fair.  You judge us so we'll judge you.

This however can be avoided.  All I ask is that all of you who send in a vote also stick a nice fat dog treat in the mail.  Send it to me at this address but make sure it's in a plain brown envelope.

Now to the business of voting. Once you reach the page to vote Mom says to make sure you not only scroll all the way down the page but across as well. Some screens may have some of the pictures hidden to the right. There are three pictures across and 23 down for a total of 69 entries.

VOTE HERE and follow the instructions to cast your vote.

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Spanish Potato Omelet

Vegan Mixed Berry French Toast

The Tortilla Con Patata Spanish Omelet or Potato Omelet was a dish commonly served when I lived in Spain. Bars and cafés serve it as a tapa or appetizer, but it is often served as a light dinner in Spanish homes. Because it is easy to transport, the Spanish make bocadillos or sandwiches by placing a piece between two pieces of a baguette. This easy version eliminates flipping the omelet in a frying pan.

5 small unpeeled red potatoes
3 tbsp olive oil for pan frying
salt & pepper to taste
7 eggs
1/4 cup light cream or milk
2 tsp onion powder
parsley for color (optional)

Preparation:

This tortilla espanola or tortilla con patata makes 6 servings as an appetizer, or 4 servings as a main course.

Cut the unpeeled potatoes into small bite size pieces. The smaller you cut them the faster they will cook when pan fried.

In a large, heavy, non-stick frying pan, heat the 3 tbsps of olive oil on medium high heat. Carefully place the diced potatoes  into the frying pan, spreading them evenly over the surface. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.  You may need to turn down the heat slightly, so the potatoes do not burn turning them until cooked evenly.

 If you can poke a piece of potato with a spatula and it easily breaks in two, your potatoes are done. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon or spatula and allow oil to drain.

Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and add the 1/4 cup cream or milk and beat by hand with a whisk or fork.

Lightly spray a Pyrex pie plate with cooking spray. Lay the cooked potatoes evenly in the pie plate and then gently pour the egg mixture over the potatoes. Sprinkle the top with dry parsley.

Place in a preheated 350 F oven for 30 minutes or until done. When done slide the omelet into a plate and cut into pie wedges.

If you are serving as an appetizer, slice a baguette into pieces about 1/2 inch think. Cut the tortilla into 1.5” squares and place a piece on top of each slice of bread.

It is simply delicious served with sofrito, fried tomato sauce that is made all over Spain. Tomatoes, onions, garlic, green peppers and olive oil sautéed in a frying pan.

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

Vote For Your Favorite Pet photo!

Buck Hollow Farm, Fairfax, VT

Hi,
We  are really excited about  Gizmo's 4th Annual Pet Photo Contest. We have some outstanding photos this year and I know it will be difficult to choose just one. You can see the love and devotion in the eyes of every one of these blessed animals as they stare back at their owners through the camera lens.

 Please look in Gizmo's Gossip for the link to vote for your favorite pet photo. Winners will be announced in next month's newsletter. The first prize  winner will receive two complimentary nights at the inn with second place receiving one night. A link to vote is below.

 

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We hope all of you will remain on our list.  We enjoy keeping in touch and we know Gizmo loves the attention.
 

 

Thanks, Brad & Jacquie

VERMONT FLOOD UPDATE !

 Most of you have heard about the flooding on Lake Champlain. No doubt it has been a serious situation for those on and around the lake. However, the lake is now just under flood stage and dropping quickly. State parks are opening, or in the process of cleanup, and things are quickly returning to normal.

Except for those planning a significant amount of time on the lake in the near future, those of you planning a trip to Vermont will see little effect from this difficult spring. Parks, resorts, tourist attractions and Buck Hollow Farm are ready to go and look forward to greeting you.

Brad & Jacquie

 

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VERMONT EVENTS  June  2011

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Guests frequently  take a day trip to Montreal which is only a short 90 minutes away. Montreal is wonderful in the summer and hosts a variety of festivals and world renowned events. Just some of the top entertainers this summer are Josh Groban, Taylor Swift, Sade, Prince, Cirque de Soleil,  & Diana Krall. A few events are listed below but you can visit MONTREAL EVENTS for detailed listings, dates and ticket information. N.B.: If you plan on visiting Montreal you MUST have a passport or passport card for both border crossings.
Cirque de Soleil - Totem June 16- Jul 17 in Montreal - Directed by the acclaimed Robert Lepage, this production traces the evolving journey of humans from amphibian form through dazzling acrobatic displays, awe-inspiring sets and visual surrealism. .
Montreal International Jazz Festival -  Jun 25 - Jul 4 in Montreal: Certainly at the top in world Jazz Festivals, this annual event brings the sounds of jazz to the streets of Montreal every summer. The festival brings in some of the world's greatest jazz performers as well as other renowned artists, and draws crowds of up to 2,000,000. Over 300 of the 400 shows are free and festivities and performances are held at many different venues.  
Just For Laughs Festival - Jul 5th - Jul 31st in Montreal: Street and stage comedy performances and galas in both English and French are featured at this long-standing festival, which showcases emerging and established performers from regional and international locales. Past guest stars have included the Monty Python cast members, Shaun Majumder and Godfrey.
Vermont Brewer's Festival - Jul 15 to 16 in Burlington: Oldest Micro Brewers Festival in New England
Shelburne Farms - Summer fun in Shelburne: Shelburne Farms is a membership-supported, nonprofit environmental education center, 1,400-acre working farm, and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. Check out the many events scheduled for the summer. Some examples: Sun to Cheese Tour, Green Mount Draft Horse Field Day, Vermont Cheesemaker's Festival, Moonlit Campfire, Shore Explore and much more.
Shelburne Museum - Summer Exhibits: Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is one of the country’s most diverse museums of paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, and New England history and architecture. Over 150,000 works are on view in 39 exhibition buildings located on the Museum’s 45 acres of lilacs, landscaped grounds, and gardens. Download the Museum Map (pdf)  Click on the museum link for lists of exhibitions.
 
Whistling Man Schooner Co. - Voted Best Sail by Yankee Magazine 2011: The "Friend Ship" , operated by Whistling Man Schooner Co. is a reproduction of the Friendship Sloops that operated along the New England coast during the end of the 19th century and very beginning of the 20th century. Similar craft also carried people and small cargoes on Lake Champlain when sailing vessels were the heart of commercial activity in this area. This one is United States Coast Guard certified and takes guests on 2 hour  tours of Lake Champlain from Burlington, Vermont's waterfront. The route is flexible and determined by "wind" (direction and speed) and "whim" (that of the passengers and the captain). Guests of all ages are welcome and are free to bring along food and beverage of their choice. Private sails of 2 hours or longer are also available. The "Friend Ship" is a totally different way to experience Lake Champlain. It invites you to see the Adirondacks to the west and the Green Mountains to the east much as Samuel de Champlain saw them in 1609, from the quiet elegance of a wind powered vessel slicing through the water of America's 6th largest body of fresh water. Phone: 802.598.6504
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival - August 12 - 14 in Essex Burlington: Celebrate the Past, Present and Future on the shores of Lake Champlain! Join us for a festival of all things maritime! Free admission! (Nightly Concerts and ECHO require ticket purchase) * Stroll along the shores, view classic boats, long boats, canoes and more! * Experience boat building; sample local fare; peruse arts and crafts; enjoy music during the day and evening; bring the children for interactive, hands-on exhibits. * Bring the entire Family to Kids' Day for fun events and festivities! * Look for the Vermont Wine and Food Tasting, presented by the Vermont Grape and Wine Council at Perkins Pier on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14! * Enjoy the Antique Boat Show and Parade! * Take a cruise and enjoy the sights of Lake Champlain! *