Outrider Reading Group
A  collective of readers, writers and reviewers scouting the frontiers of written communication.


Vinson Watts Tomato "Tomatoes tend to be color-coded, and most people grow or buy their heirloom favorites based on color. Pink: Pink tomatoes tend to be high in acids and sugars - what many refer to as "old-fashioned" flavor. The pinks are my personal favorites, and the Vinson  Watts tomato is my favorite one of all. ~ Kentucky Heirloom Seeds.
Vinson Watts Tomato

Attention to Details. The process of writing, drawing, or painting forces us to pay attention to details. How those details vary and change through time is roughly analogous to the phenology of flowers in a field, which also relates to time and place. We can catch  bits and pieces that serve as reminders.  ~ The Naturalist's Notebook
Leaves with caterpillars and butterflies


Pollo. Primates originated roughly 80 million years ago... "Today the primate order comprises two main lines. First, there are the Strepsirhini, including the galagos (bush babies), pottos, lorises, and Madagascar lemurs. A well-known example is the ring-tailed lemur with its distinctive black-and-white ringed tail." ~ Monkeytalk
Perodicticus Potto

Bologna. Before the age of refrigeration and preservatives, German immigrants incorporated Old World butchering, fermenting, and curing techniques to keep meat safe and edible. In 1902, Harvey Seltzer, a Pennsylvania-born butcher, created an ideal blend of beef and unique spices for his Lebanon bologna. This bologna beame so popular that he went on to produce it commercially... Bologna aficianados will tell you that the smoked meat flavor is what makes this party tray favorite so delicious.  ~ Pennsylvania Made
Double Smoked Sweet Bologna

Sunset Effect The (sun) sets behind the mountains, which now turn purple, slowly the fiery sky becomes subdued, more purplish, more gray, the sky above takes a greenish tint, the sunrays become pale and shortly nature will take on its usual calm appearance of the evening. What an inspiration for an artist, and what difficulty in attempting to reproduce such a magnificent scene. The best method is to make several sketches of varied sunsets, quickly, and without details. Study the masses of clouds and their varied forms and make several of them. Have plenty of color in your palette before you start those sketches so that you can give all your attention to nature. Later you can compare and compose your sunset picture from those quick impressions and from whatever you have memorized during those sittings. Do not lose sight of the fact that no color will ever give you the real strength of the sun. ~ The Teacher of Landscape Painting
Atahualpa Sunset by Michael Creese

Have You Tried... Caul Fat? A membrane of connective tissue surrounding the stomach and other viscera in pigs and sheep, caul fat is a handy cooking device. Meat enclosed in this fatty membrane virtually melts away during cooking. It can shape meat and keep it moist during cooking. Braised meats that have cooled can be wrapped and reheated in caul fat in a hot oven. ~  The Elements of Cooking
Caul Fat
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Acadia National Park. The first designated U.S. national park east of the Mississippi, Acadia is located in the state of Maine, reserving much of Mount Desert Island and associated smaller islands off the Atlantic coast. Initially proclaimed as Sieur de Monts National Monument by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, the park was renamed Lafayette National Park in 1919, and then Acadia in 1929. "At Acadia the landscape is defined by geology," writes Catherine Schmitt in Historic Acadia National Park. " Rock is everywhere... The mountains and coastal headlands - granite promontories now so definitive at the surface - are part of a long-lost continent formed from molten magma three miles below the surface and exposed by millions of years of erosion, hydrothermal and volcanic eruptions, recrystallization, oceans opening and closing, and collision."
Acadia National Park, Maine - Mount Desert Island
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Woodland Kingfisher. "Arrive in the Valley in the middle of the wet season and the place is unrecognizable... You find a completely new soundscape, one dominated by woodland kingfishers; handsome birds that are highly territorial and musically somewhat unimaginative, with a loud, far-carrying descending trill, repeated again and again. Woodland kingfisher is not the contradiction it seems: plenty of kingfishers live away from the water and make swoops - not into the river for fish, but onto the forest floor for large insects and small invertebrates." - The Sacred Combe
Woodland Kingfisher
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Reading List
The Elements of Cooking
Historic Acadia National Park
Kentucky Heirloom Seeds
Monkeytalk
Pennsylvania Made
The Sacred Combe
The Teacher of Landscape Painting

 
Sources
Book Notes Wild
The Book Stall
The Elements of Cooking
Good Spirits
The Nature Pages
Outgoing
Out of the Past
Out There
The Roster
Rural Delivery
The Sacred Combe
The Teacher of Landscape Painting

Roy Takeno (Editor) and Group Reading Manzanar Paper
Roy Takeno (Editor) and Group Reading Manzanar Paper
by Ansel Adams


Farmer's Market Online
Farmer's Market Online
 



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