Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Baking in Kansas

Both indoors and outdoors, literally.

First, outdoors: The high temperature in Victoria today will be 112 degrees around 5 p.m. this evening. It is 110 degrees right now -- a new record high. It has been in the high 100s since Saturday across these parts of Kansas. Some people are concerned that the wildfires consuming Colorado will make their way to our state in the northwest and north central regions. I am concerned about Independence Day celebrations, what with fireworks and all. With all those pyrotechnics going off, even in the slighter cool of evening, you have more than enough sparks to start a fire should things go wrong, given all the dry heat, the parched grasses, and the wicked winds.

Second, indoors: I am on the cooking crew this week. Last night was our debut, and our menu was fried pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans, cornbread, fruit salad, and oatmeal raisin cookies and bars. Diligent readers of the blog will know what I contributed to the feast. Brother Anthony, baker, at your service. This evening the fare will be oven-fried chicken with macaroni and cheese and broccoli. In the dessert department: a vegan fruit cobbler. Our crew will also prepare the midday meal on Saturday; this is the main meal of the day. No spoilers here: tune in this weekend for the menu and your baker's offering.

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