Rockefeller and the adirondacks

With the arrival of the new book by the late Bill Frenette, I remember the story of an Adirondack Town, Brandon. It was a thriving town of backwoods families (lumbering was the mainstay) until the Rockefeller family took an interest. The people of Brandon were no match.

Here is the orginal story from the archives of the NY Times.

ROCKEFELLER TOWN FACES ITS END – Railroad Now to Remove Station from Brandon, in Heart of His Adirondack Estate. – View Article – NYTimes

There some more information at this location, which is very sympathetic to the rockefeller owners as custodians of a private park.

And then there is the story of Derrick, NY which is also connected to the Rockefellers.


great recipe that I made weekly

It is from the LaLeche League cookbook but now can be found on the web. Great bread and makes your house smell so good in the early morning hours.

No Excuse Bread

Source of Recipe

Mother’s In the Kitchen La Leche League Coobook(1971)
Recipe Introduction

You can use this recipe to make bread bowls for soups and stews, too.
List of Ingredients

2 pkgs yeast
2 t salt
1/3 C oil or softened butter or margarine
1/3 C honey or sugar
2/3 C dry powdered milk (opt)
2 eggs
1 C wheat germ (opt)
2 C warm water
7 C unsifted flour, unbleached or wheat germ is best

Bake 30-35 minutes at 375 degrees F.

Whole Wheat Variation:
Replace honey in all or part with molasses
Use half whole wheat and half white flour

Bake 35-40 minutes ate 375 degrees F.

Have all ingredients at room temperature or slightly warmer. Put first 8 ingredients and 3 C of flour in large mixing bowl. Beat 5-10 minutes at medium speed with an electric mixer. Remove beaters. By hand stir in another 2 C flour, but there’s no need to make it smooth.

Sprinkle 1 C flour in a circle about 10″ in diameter on the kneading surface. Turn out the dough on this flour. Oil your hands and begin kneading in flour using finger tips only, until dough stiffens up and isn’t so sticky.

Knead 5-10 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic, adding additional flour if necessary.

Cover with plastic wrap and folded towel. Let rest 20 minutes. Punch down by kneading a few strokes. Divide into 2 equal portions. On oiled surface, with oiled rolling pin, roll out each portion into approximately an 8×12″ rectangle. (If you have never rolled yeast dough, it seems like trying to roll foam rubber, but keep at it.) Roll up toward your, jellyroll fashion from small end, sealing well.

Place seam side down in greased (not oiled) bread pans; brush with oil.
Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate anywhere from 2-24 hours.

About 10 minutes before baking, preheat oven and remove dough fromrefrigerator. Uncover, puncture with an oiled toothpick any air bubbles that have developed. Bake as directed.

Using this method, it almost takes longer to read the directions than actually to make the bread.

For Bread Bowls

Use oven proof bowls and grease WELL while bread dough is resting for 20 minutes. Punch down by kneading a few strokes. Divide into 6 balls. Flatten between your hands and stretch to fit over each bowl. Brush with oil. Use tall glasses on each corner of a cookie sheet and place bowls on greased cookie sheet. Cover with plastic wrap. About 10 minutes before baking, remove from refrigerator, preheat oven, poke any bubbles with an oiled toothpick and flatten the bottom of the bowls. Bake, checking after about 20 minutes. Sometimes they bake faster than others, depends on the bowl. Let cool for a couple of minutes and tap to loosen from bowl. Set aside to cool.

You can add 1 tablespoon rosemary to the dough or a tablespoon of Italian herbs or 2 t cinnamon to the dough when you are kneading it. You can also carefully roll the bowl covered with dough in sesame seeds just before baking.


new goose picture from

new goose picture from

“Ebony and Ivory”–totally black blue goose and snow goose on Treadwell Bay. Photo: Alice Connors, Cumberland Head, NY

this was printed on the site for picture of the day.

Some people in NY dislike geese, because there are two many of them. But this photo just proves that no two are alike!

google please come to New York

San Francisco people are protesting the gentrification of their city! I have alot of sympathy as I live in Broome County New York and believe me — we don’t have to protest that issue at all! People from San Francisco please move here and enjoy the cheap housing and the empty warehouse buildings that can be converted to artist lofts. We have tremendous architecture, most of it dilapidated and waiting for someone like you to come and refurbish. You will not find so many geeks as most of them have fled the area when the IT jobs left. Broome County lost 30% of their IT population last year ALONE!

It is absolutely heaven here in Broome County! You will enjoy the lack of technical people remaining here.

Here is a great building just waiting for some tenants after it is rehabilitated There are many more like it but not all on historical register.

As for Google — they have a fabulous building in NYC — a few square blocks and it is very empty. They actually have loaned a floor of it to Cornell University — they have so much room. And imagine — a large space in New York City!

And folks at Google know that NY transportation system is much better than anything in California. It actually operates DAILY!!!

So Google, save your chartered bus money and move to New York City, please!

reuse your soda bottles


The Monterey Aquarium is reusing liter soda bottles as a cephalopod nursery!

I want to find more ideas for soda bottles (all sizes) and other plastic products. I just think of the plastic six pack plastic holders as killers of wildlife when I cut them to bits. It is nice to think of ways of reuse that actually help our wild life.

If you click on the image you will see this is animated… Not sure why this is suppressed in the post.

binghamton, ny woman letting it go