The Sound of Summer

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Despite setting my alarm clock every evening, what wakes me isn't the buzzing of some mechanical gadget, but rather the vigilant woodpecker dedicated to his craft right outside my window.

Each morning at around 5:30 he's ready to work on my copper rain gutters, which are obviously not up to his standards. Hearing his beak collide with the gutters, I pull back the covers. It's time to follow nature's example and start the day.

From there, I head to Starbucks with my Portuguese Waterdog, Summer. He waits patiently next the newsstand while the neighbors say their hellos and hand him treats. (I swear that more people know that Muppet of a dog than me some days.) Once that iced skim latte hits my hand, I'm out the door. With Summer by my side, we walk to the shore. The sounds of the sails flapping in the wind combined with the overheard conversations of the sailing crew, known to the locals as the Blue Shirts, we dash for the water.

At first, with Summer living for the waves, we play a few rounds of fetch. He leaps over the waves as far as possible until he can no longer reach the false bottom that the seiche provides. That's when he really shines. Hearing him pant with each stroke he seems as unstoppable and as unchangeable as the season itself. Swimming past buoys and clashing with the water, he finally reaches that tennis ball and returns victoriously to the sand.

After a couple hours lying on the designated beach cloth, we trudge back. Exhausted from the sun, I let Summer recuperate at home while I set up the sprinklers and head for the market with one item in mind: chicken, otherwise known as a little piece of heaven. If I've learned anything from Martha Stewart or Art Smith is how to make a batch of buttermilk fried chicken. More me, it's the perfect end to a perfect summer day. To sit on the front porch with my dinner in hand, watching the lightning bugs slowly appear and hearing the crickets make their musical score of the evening I realize that I couldn't ask for anything more.

The story continues at www.michaelryandesign.com and www. michaelryandesign.tumblr.com/ . I hope to see you there.

Art Smith’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 quarts cold water
- 4 quarts ice
- one 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
- 1 quart buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon Franks Red Hot hot sauce
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups White Lilly self-rising flour
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Vegetable oil, for frying

Directions:
In a pot, dissolve 1/2 cup of the salt in the water and ice. Submerge the chicken in the brine; refrigerate overnight.

Drain and rinse the chicken. Rinse out the pot. Add the buttermilk and hot sauce submerge the chicken in the buttermilk and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Remove chicken from the buttermilk. Place the eggs and hot sauce in a mixing bowl and add the chicken allowing it to be lightly coated with the egg mixture. Remove from the egg mixture.

In a shallow bowl, mix the flour, thyme leaves, garlic powder, Old Bay, cayenne, black pepper and the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt. Shake the excess marinade off the chicken, and then dredge in the flour. Dip the chicken back into the buttermilk and coat again in the flour.

Meanwhile, in a large cast-iron skillet, heat 1 inch of vegetable oil to 375°. Fry the chicken in batches until golden and cooked through, about 6 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and serve.

Haute Tease

  • Christie’s to Offer 1943 Picasso Masterpiece Formerly in the Ganz Collection

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Christie's is privileged to offer Pablo Picasso's Le Marin, 28 October 1943, in the May 15 Evening Sale. Alongside the Rockefeller Picasso, it is the most important painting by the artist to appear at auction since Les Femmes D'Alger (Version 'O').

     
  • M-Sport Bentley Charges Through The Order At Spa

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    (Spa, 27th July 2014) As the Total 24 Hours of Spa reaches the half-way point, 12 hours in to the race, the two Continental G3 racecars of M-Sport Bentley sit P15 and P26 after continuing to recover well from an unfortunate start. More importantly, Car #7 sits P9 in class, meaning that the car scores a vital championship point at this intermediate stage.

     
  • 4 Cool Summer Tools That Make Entertaining a Breeze

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With summer just around the corner, temperatures are heating up and it’s time to think about some ways to get the most out of the season, including cool tools that make summer barbecues, soirees, and family time sizzle.

     
  • Beltway Insider: ISIL /ISIS Beheads US Journalist; Ferguson Unrest; Renewed Russia/Ukraine Violence

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama, from Martha's Vineyard, addressed global tensions erupting in the Ukraine and in Iraq as ISIS terrorist's responded to the current United States Iraq policy with the murder of kidnapped journalist James Foley in a graphic and chilling video.

     
  • HL Auto: The Ten Most Affordable Luxury Cars

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    There are many appealing aspects of luxury cars, including the prestige of ownership, the superior craftsmanship and exceptional performance. However, for prospective buyers, the main detriment with luxury models concerns their hefty price tags.  

  • Brian Banks Review - Gripping, A Rare Exoneration Highlights Shocking Injustice

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Brian Banks, from Bleecker Street films, brings to the screen the story of the Long Beach football star, who spent eleven years fighting a wrongful conviction, and his story from USC committed to convicted rapist to free man.

     
  • UPDATE: Kate Middleton and Prince William Welcome Baby Number Three; Announce Name

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge announced the much anticipated name for Baby Number 3, His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge.

     
  • World Cities Celebrate New Year's Eve

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    From Sydney, St. Petersburg, and Dubai to New York, London and Hong Kong, cities throughout the world welcomed 2014 with brilliant, dazzling displays of pyrotechnic majesty, revelry, champagne toasts and midnight kisses.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump/Davos, Greta Thunberg, Impeachment Arguments, Auschwitz, Jim Lehrer, Election 2020

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Trump has apparently resigned his inability to control the impeachment hearings and has decided to adopt a business as usual attitude, appearing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as his impeachment trial begins.

     
  • A United Kingdom Review - Beautiful, Four Stars, A Must See Film

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A United Kingdom, from Pathe and Fox Searchlight Pictures, brings to the screen the true story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana and his wife, Ruth Williams, who together took a chance and changed a nation.

     
  • Jealousy Alleged Motive in Houston Family Massacre

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A jealous former lover entered the Houston suburb home of his former girlfriend, through an unlocked window Saturday night, and proceeded to restrain and systemically execute every member of the family, including his own biological son.

     
  • ROCCAT to Reinvent the 3-Button Mouse with Lua Launch at Computex and E3

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    German gaming peripherals manufacturer, ROCCAT Studios, is set to unveil the ROCCAT Lua Tri-Button Gaming Mouse at the Computex Expo in Taipei and E3 in Los Angeles.

     
  • FAQ’s Answered on FDA Approved Non-Surgical Balloon Weight Loss Method

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Americans spend almost 60 billion dollars annually in pursuit of weight loss with gastric bypass surgery the most common; an option that isn’t for everyone. Like any major procedure, gastric bypass has significant health risks and side effects.

     
  • HL A&E Presents The Best Summer 2016 Music Festivals, by the Numbers

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Every year, thousands of people flock to church. The devotees pray in flower crowns and straw hats, fringe-laden vests and neon body paint. They are the congregation of music lovers, gathering from many different corners of the world to worship at the summer’s many music festivals.  

  • Infant Receives Liver Transplant in a Real Christmas Miracle

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Baby boy Daniel McCabe, born with a degenerative liver illness, was dying. With every passing minute the life was escaping the little fighter and when doctors came to his parents the news they expected was every parent's worst nightmare.