Family Salmon Recipe

Family Salmon Recipe

Traditionally cooked Salmon (in my wife’s culture, Karuk) would be roasted on redwood sticks over a very hot Alder fire.  It is not possible to do this on given random weeknights at home when we want salmon for the family dinner.  However, my wife has found an oven-roasted salmon recipe that creates some of the same wonderful flavors of salmon cooked on sticks over a fire, simply and quickly.

This is a high-heat recipe, intended to imitate the properties of searing heat from the fire on the salmon fillets.  The basics of the recipe come from  “The Joy of Cooking”  1997 edition.

You don’t want to overcook the fish, keep to the recommended cooking times, then inspect the fish for doneness.  You want to remove it before the center is totally opaque, 125-132 degrees, depending on taste.

The oven should be fully preheated to 500 degrees.  

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small sauce pan and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a half teaspoon of salt.  

Get a shallow roasting pan, spread half the melted butter/oil mixture over bottom of pan.  Add salmon fillets, 1.5” thick (plus or minus), into pan, skin side up.  Spread remaining butter/oil mixture over fish.  Salt and pepper as desired.  

Roast for five to six minutes in fully preheated 500 degree oven, remove fish, close oven to keep it at heat, flip fish, return to oven, cook for another five to six minutes on other side.

Check for doneness.  Remove the salmon to a platter, pour pan juice over it.  

Enjoy.

Family Quiche Recipe

The Family Quiche Recipe

I am reposting this by request.  This is one of my best meals, not only according to me, but as verified by family and friends that keep asking me to make it over and over again.  The “secret” is that it is really easy to make.  If I have all the ingredients I can prepare it from start to oven in less than 10 minutes.  After that it is just cook, cool, and eat.

½ cup+ jack or swiss cheese, coarsely grated (I like pepper jack)
¼ cup sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated (sharper the cheddar, the less you need)
9” deep dish unbaked pastry shell (try a whole wheat shell if you can find one, or make your own crust!)
1 cup creamed cottage cheese (nonfat or low fat)
1 tablespoon onion chopped (I like green onions)
4 eggs (the ones still warm from under the chickens are the best!)
¼ cup of milk (nonfat or low fat)
1 tsp salt (I cut this in half and it still tastes fine)
1/8 tsp pepper (I go heavy on pepper and still add more at the table)

Optional Items: 

dash of hot sauce (I like the green kind best in egg dishes)

½  to ¾ cup of any filler item(s) you like, chopped into appropriate sized bits.  I have tried each of the following at one time or another:

  •     Bacon (I just can’t help it, sometimes I’m bad.)
  •     Alder Smoked Tofu (redemption for the bacon, and really good too!)
  •     Smoked Salmon (traditional quiche? Aaaaay)
  •     Spinach (lightly cook the spinach leaves to reduce the water content before adding to quiche)
  •     Mushrooms (also lightly sauté to reduce water content before adding to quiche)
  •     Broccoli and Pine Nuts

Combine cottage cheese with eggs, milk, and seasonings in blender, beat on high till smooth and frothy.  Pour a thin layer of egg mixture on bottom of pastry shell. Sprinkle jack or swiss cheese in bottom of pastry shell.  Then scatter into the pie shell the onions and any filler items from list above, (or invent your own). Pour remainder of egg mixture over cheese, onions and filler items in pastry shell. Do not overfill.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese over top of quiche after first 30 minutes in oven so it melts all over the top during last 15 minutes of cooking. Cook at 350 degrees for 45-50 min (or more) till silver knife inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool and set for 20 minutes or more before serving.  (I guarantee whatever you don’t finish will be even better the next day!  I usually just double the recipe and make two).



PLEASE BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A STOLEN VEHICLE:

PLEASE BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A STOLEN VEHICLE:

A co-worker's daughter had her car stolen last night off of Albee street in Eureka, CA.  She is a single mom who works as a home health care worker to support herself.  Not only did they take her only car (which she needs for her job), but her recent christmas shopping was still in the car so the thieves got all her family christmas presents too!  

The car is a "charcoal grey" 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid.  (although the factory paint is called "charcoal grey" - it actually looks faintly "plum" colored in certain light).

The license plate is 5TEU067

If you spot this car, PLEASE CALL THE EUREKA POLICE AT 707-441-4060


UPDATE: The car was recovered in Eureka, the plates had been switched but the car was not damaged.

What's in a name?

Ryan Burns of the Lost Coast Outpost posted an article yesterday afternoon that resonates with me.

The Internet is abuzz today with news that the U.S. Patent Office has canceled several trademarks belonging to, as John Oliver calls it, “the-football-team-for-some-reason-not-yet-formerly-known-as the Washington Redskins.” The patent office ruled that the term “redskins” is “disparaging to Native Americans.”

The move comes — coincidentally it would seem — at the crest of a wave of public backlash. Last month 50 U.S. senators wrote a letter urging team owner Daniel Snyder to change the name, and President Obama recently suggested the same thing. (Snyder has vowed repeatedly that he’ll never do so.)

Anyway, all this hubbub got us thinking about a certain auto repair shop near Costco in Eureka.

Honest Engine has been in business since our nation’s bicentennial, and lest you miss the pun, its logo features an “injun” in a feather headdress — an apparent riff on the old Indian Head penny.

Is that racist? In our experience, opinions locally range from totally blasé (“Meh, I never even thought about it.”) to fairly incredulous (“How can they still have that name?!”).

I encourage you to jump over to the Lost Coast Outpost and read Ryan's entire article.

Ryan sent me a private message via Twitter asking me my opinion before he posted his piece.  I replied, but unfortunately my reply was sent hours after he had posted his article.  (hell hath no fury like an editor's deadlines scorned?).

I decided to publicly post my response here.  I truly appreciate Ryan's article, discourse on this issue is long overdue.


To: Ryan Burns, Lost Coast Outpost

The local business name, coupled with the logo is insulting to say the least.  The entire concept of the pun behind that business name belongs in the history books chronicling the dark ages of this country, next to blackface and minstrel shows.  (Do a google image search on "Negrobilia advertising"). Would any decent person approve of Negrobilia style advertising in this day and age?  Why is it ok when it is an Indian?  

While I am not Indian, my wife and 8yr old son are Indian.  I am tired of having to try and explain why society allows the inherent racism of the Washington R-word team name splashed all over national media to my son, and I am saddened by local businesses using cultural appropriation and racist implications in their pun-based name as a dark ages advertising gimmick.  

Greg Gehr







Update #1 6/20/14

Ryan from the Lost Coast Outpost has done an update on the issue, including a letter from the owner of the business, with a welcome and respectful response.  Sometimes things do get better!

"What's Wrong Little Pookie"

This is a old video of my son, 2 yrs old at the time, reading Sandra Boynton's book "What's Wrong Little Pookie?" to his grandparents.  It is one of my all-time favorite videos and I decided I want to have it accessible on-line.  He really is reading it, it is not memorized.  He even starts to read the back of the book at the end of the video.  The book is of course copyrighted by Sandra Boynton, and if she objects, I would/will pull the video at once.  But I hope she agrees that this is fair use, and pretty darn cute too!  (I am sending her the link so she can let me know if she objects).  If you want to get a great book for a little kid, I highly recommend buying this book (and her others too!)

http://www.sandraboynton.com/sboynton/boyntonbooks.html#Anchor-What's-49575



David Isley - Humboldt Studio Sessions

My good friend, David Isley, has provided me some of his recent studio session recordings, and I am honored to post them here for you to enjoy with his permission.  I could wax on about David's musical talents, and the many instruments and styles of music he plays, but I think the music speaks for itself.

Enjoy.





Apple Responds to my Open Letter

Eleven days ago, I send an "Open Letter to Apple" regarding the "motion sickness" symptoms that I was experiencing due to my upgrade to iOS 7.  I sent this letter to the known email address for Tim Cook, and to accessibility@apple.com.

I actually received a response.  While, what I am assuming is a canned response from Apple, told me to change all the settings I indicated I had already changed in my initial letter to Apple, I still was pleased to hear them state that:

"Apple is aware that some users may need additional motion control options. We do appreciate your feedback and will forward this information on to the appropriate people for review."

This is GREAT NEWS.  Apple has acknowledged the problem, and indicated that they are reviewing what else they can do to assist people like me!  This is truly great customer support and wonderful news!  Even though I still am getting a little nauseous when I use my phone, it helps me in dealing with it to know that some team at Apple is considering what to do to make it better!  

Thank you Apple!

Greg Gehr


_________________________________________

COPY OF EMAIL SENT TO ME BY APPLE:

Begin forwarded message:

From: Apple Accessibility <accessibility@apple.com>

Subject: [417739] An Open Letter to Apple

Date: October 4, 2013 12:30:33 PM PDT

To: #####@mac.com (My personal email is removed to prevent "spamming"  If you want to contact me, tweet me @GregGehr)

Reply-To: Apple Accessibility <accessibility@apple.com>

Hello,

Thank you for writing to Apple.  At this time we want to ensure that you are aware of the current options to help reduce motion in iOS 7. 

If you have an iPhone 5, iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, you can Reduce Motion, which turns off Parallax and limits the animations of other apps and icon badges, by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. 

Additionally, you can Increase Contrast and enable Bold Text - some users have informed us that that has helped them reduce the perception of motion they encounter in iOS 7.

Apple is aware that some users may need additional motion control options. We do appreciate your feedback and will forward this information on to the appropriate people for review. 

At this time, we cannot comment on when a possible solution will be made available. 

Apple Accessibility

Please also visit our sites

http://www.apple.com/accessibility/
http://www.apple.com/support/accessibility/

_____________________________________________

11/21/13 - Update #1: The 7.03 update to iOS 7 provides significant relief from the aspects of the iOS system that were causing my distress.  I have the following settings under Settings>General>Accessability:

Bold Text ON

Reduce Motion ON

These settings provide less animations (with Reduce Motion on, most animations change to "fades") and larger type that does not seem to "vibrate"

THANKS APPLE!

An open letter to Apple, Inc.

The following Letter has been sent to "Apple Feedback" at http://www.apple.com/feedback/ as well as being emailed to accessibility@apple.com and tcook@apple.com

__________________________

Dear Apple

I am experiencing a problem with iOS 7. Specifically, the thin lines (text and objects), parallax motion, and aggressively swooping animations are causing me nausea, similar to feeling "car sick."

I have turned on "REDUCE MOTION" to cut down on the parallax effect, which helps. I have reduced the brightness. I have turned on "bold" for my font preference in accessibility to help with the overly thin "vibrating" fonts on the screen, again, this provided some relief, but the interface is still full of objects that are composed of lines that are simply too thin, and there is way too much unnecessary motion.

Despite all the changes, I am still experiencing nausea when using my phone with iOS 7 due to the aggressive swooping animations throughout the system. My phone is a 4S, which I have had for two years, and this issue stared with the upgrade to iOS 7, it never occurred before that. I also had a 3GS for two years before that, no problem with nausea there either.

I went to research the issue, and have been finding similar reports that many many other people are having issues with this on twitter and in the blogs.

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5322295

http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-7s-motions-effects-are-triggering-vertigo-and-nausea-symptoms/news

I am writing to ask that that you consider prioritizing an update that allows us to scale back or turn off the unnecessary animations, similar to the preference that allows me to turn off the "genie" effect in the dock of an OS X Macintosh.

Thank you for listening.

Greg Gehr

Darien Gap's Chris Martinez - two original songs recorded acoustic and live.

These are two original songs by Chris Martinez of Darien Gap.  These are live acoustic solo recordings done at my home in July of 2013 with my Tascam DR100mkII and a Shure 57/58 mic combo, using a Behringer mixer and mic preamps.  They have been compressed into 192k mp3 files and uploaded to Posthaven.

(copyright 2013, Chris Martinez)


Logan's Birthday Idea

(updated, see end of post)

My son is turning 7 years old soon, and he has decided to ask all his friends to help him do something different for his birthday.  He is starting a donation drive for the local Animal Shelter.  I am very proud of his idea and wanted to share it with you.


Logan's bedroom is full up on toys and games, so we asked him what he'd want to do instead. Earlier this year, our next door neighbor adopted this handsome dog Django Reinhardt from the shelter. Also, Logan and Susan recently visited the shelter to donate old towels and meet the animals. So, instead of giving him a present for his birthday, he's asking for his friends to help in putting together a big care package for the dogs and cats at the Humboldt County Animal Shelter.

The shelter says that they can always use the following items:

• Cat treats

• Dog treats

• Canned food (no dry food, please)

• Cat toys

• Dog toys

• Peanut butter to put in KONG toys for dogs

• Used blankets

• Used towels

• Donations to the shelter's emergency medical fund  (make checks payable to Friends for Life Animal Rescue and send them to PO Box 962 Eureka, CA 95502 or donate online at www.dogrescuers.org)


Update #1

The donation drive for the local Animal Shelter was a great success!  Here is a photo of Logan with all the great items that were donated at his party. In addition to what you see in the picture, there is a whole bin of towels, and $50 in cash! 


Update #2

Here is Logan helping to deliver the donations to the shelter, and getting a VIP tour of the animals!