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Bay Breezes Bring Fun Feasts And Friends

There is no modern prefab house update for the R1 Residential in California this week, as the plans were submitted and the client hears nothing until September. 

We are on the Chesapeake Bay, continuing to work on the 150yr old In-Town Ramshackle. 

This week's focus was rust. As in: Tin... Roof... RUSTED.

It might still be July, but I sense summer slipping away, and am determined to relish every moment.

A childhood sailing friend and his family are here for the week on vacation.
His wife is an *amazing* chef, with her own Greensboro, NC catering company, From My Pantry. So instead of it being a quiet week at The In-Town Ramshackle, our children played and played, AND PLAYED, while we happily ate our way through The H's Family Vacation.
His parent's renovated Mid-Century Modern
This family did a very nice updating of the mid-century modern home built by their grandfather...
And boy did we EAT.
Rockfish was caught, so Rockfish Tacos were made.
She served up Softshell Crab Sandwiches.

Corn pudding.
Tomato pie.
Tuna tartar... on potato chips.
Yes, tuna tartar on potato chips. No really, potato chips, try it.
I didn't even TRY to top her! Girrrrrrrl, SHE SO WON THE COOKING CONTEST...
So when it was MY turn to host, I served 'em sandwiches and PBR!
The antique beer stein was OFFENDED.

So was Grandma's china.

It was a *blast.*
Serve 'Em Up Sandwiches

Cucumber Spread: Mash cream cheese, Duke's mayo, salt, pepper, minced onion and garlic, fresh parsley and lots and lots of dill. Spread on sliced bread, top with slices of your garden cukes, top with a sprinkle of Old Bay.
Classic To-MAH-to Sandwich: Make sure you have the most delicious, ripe, warmed-by-the-sun tomatoes. It matters. Spread Duke's mayo on sliced bread, then salt and pepper, then top with tomato. Make 'em "new" by tossing arugula under the toMAHtoes.
BBQ and Coleslaw
Make coleslaw with shredded cabbage, onion, garlic, a fave vinegar, sesame oil, salt & pepper.
With a crock pot, keep your summer kitchen cool! Slow cook pork loin, onion, garlic, tomatoes, brown sugar, vinegar and sriracha about 6 hours, pull apart, serve on sliced bread.

Even my pocket is now a social butterfly: Apparently I took over 40 pictures (AND VIDEO) of the inside of my pocket on my walk. MY POCKET IS SO HIPSTER IT EVEN INSTAGRAMMED ITSELF.

The pool. A bunch o' sailor kids
taking a break from sailing.

At the pool, friends showed me pictures they had taken of the menhaden running off of their dock, and that reminded me of a blog I head read, about two sailors sailing around all over, and they stopped into a nearby town where Omega Protein has a plant, and learned about menhaden. What they learned, incensed them. Now, I love waterside towns. So the title to this article is picking a fight I don't want to pick. HOWEVER, I am appalled that

"...Menhaden are tiny bait fish that were once abundant up and down the Atlantic seaboard. They are filter feeders and have the ability to filter a volume of water equal to the entire Chesapeake Bay in less than one day with the potential annually to consume 25% of the nitrogen in the Bay.
Off the dock: menhaden
If you don’t know, nitrogen is not a friend to the bay. The survival of everything from bluefish to humpback whales depends on the small, oily fish. Eagles, Osprey and Pelican also need the fish to survive. In recent years, the menhaden population has declined by… are you sitting down… 90 PERCENT! 90 F’ing PERCENT, people! You feel me? When you over fish the main fish that sustains the bay, you kill everything. When the Rockfish, Striped Bass, Bluefish and other species don’t have food, THEY DIE! Thusly THE BAY DIES!

One local fisherman/scientist did a study over a couple of years and dissected approximately 10,000 striped bass pulled from the lower Chesapeake Bay. The majority of those fish had ZERO body fat and empty stomachs. Their diet is predominantly menhaden. The striped bass are starving to death right before our very eyes because Omega Protein Corporation takes a half a billion pounds of menhaden out of the Chesapeake Bay every single year. And they have for decades."

Not Menhaden.

But good newsThere are now menhaden catch limits. Read up here, and:
"In December 2012, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to establish the first ever coast-wide catch limit for the Atlantic Menhaden fishery, after urging from fishermen, conservationists, and many of you to protect Menhaden1. Menhaden are one of the sea’s most important fish because they provide food for many larger ocean species. For decades prior to this, fishermen were allowed to catch unlimited amounts of Menhaden, and because of this the Menhaden population declined by around 90%.
Now, a year later, the catch numbers for Menhaden are in and it’s good news. The 2013 catches remained just under the coast-wide catch limit in its first year of implementation2! This means that around 300 million more Menhaden were left in the sea to feed fish like striped bass, bluefish, and weakfish, as well as seabirds and marine mammals. This helps ensure the maintenance of ocean food-webs. And in turn it helps support commercial and recreational fishing and also eco-tourism, like whale-watching."

In the meantime, we are recovering ourselves FROM ALL THIS RELAXING. As social as The Bay is, we miss the steadiness of our off grid modern house, our dear friends, our roosters, turkey, and the beautiful ClydesAloosa, Miss ZeZe... 
But we must relish summer, every second.
A peaceful water / coffee set.
Note Pip 2's decoration in the pot...

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