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An irregular marking on the exterior of Native American pottery: usually resulting from burning fuel coming in direct contact with the vessel during firing

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Heading for Cobscook

Camden, Maine

The three days in Camden have included two days of cold, rain and fog. We're moving on to Cobscook State Park in the morning before entering the Canadian Maritime Provinces (which I think includes New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia).


We did get in one day of tennis (I lost again 5-7 to Mrs. Phred). I used the rain days to explore the facial recognition features of Google's free Picassa program. So far, as an example, I have 518 pictures of Mrs. Phred's face in the 23,000 pictures I've taken since we retired and began traveling in 2005. They're are grouped in an album so I can make a slideshow or a movie with all the photos that she appears in. In 20 or 25 years it's going to be extremely tough to be a fugitive with millions of video cameras slaved to facial recognition programs...I've seen the future: it is prison.
Cobscook is on the Bay of Fundy and has 28 foot tides. The Indian name "Cobscook" means "boiling waters". Our oceanfront campsite has no water or electricity. Only 12 State parks in Maine offer camping and only two have on site water and electricity (Lake Sebago and Camden Hills).
We will be able to dig for clams when the tide goes out. I had some really bad clam chowder today. It was watery and the clams and potatoes were both tough. Maybe I can make my own better? I bought Mrs. Phred a big lobster and I had a mixture of lobster, scallops and shrimp in a pastry shell covered with a sherry cream sauce.

Ingredients

* One pound fresh minced clams
* 1 cup minced onion
* 1 cup diced celery
* 2 cups cubed potatoes
* 1 cup diced carrots
* 3/4 cup butter
* 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 quart half-and-half cream
* 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
* ground black pepper to taste

Directions
1. Drain juice from clams into a large skillet over the onions, celery, potatoes and carrots. Add water to cover, and cook over medium heat until tender.
2. Meanwhile, in a large, heavy saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Whisk in cream and stir constantly until thick and smooth. Stir in vegetables and clam juice. Heat through, but do not boil.
3. Stir in clams just before serving. If they cook too much they get tough. When clams are heated through, stir in vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.

This trip is now going on 60 days, and, except for the two week side trip to Belgium and the Netherlands, we've been mostly hitting places we've been before. New places are definitely better than repeat visits, but it's getting harder to find novelty. The Maritimes trip should be fun.

We did add Canada to our Verizon calling plan, but we'll have to rely on finding wi-fi for e-mail and blogging. Our wine cellar is depleted to the point that I can afford the customs duty. What is left is Cream Sherry and Ice Wines that I can't force myself to drink...Maybe presents for friends?

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