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July 18, 2007


Robbo the Llama Butcher

Oh, my.

Thankee kindly for your suggestion, Mrs. P.

In the heady days of my legal education, I used to pace myself while hoofing up and down the banks of the Maury River by shadowing squads of Keydets out for their daily constitutionals, so I am quite well aware of what ODT is capable of doing with his sash. (Indeed, it is remotely possible, I suppose, that ODT himself served as my stable-pony on one or more occassions.)

As a Dubyanell man myself, I'd only ask that if he must lash me to my computer, he also leave a bottle of single-malt within hand's reach.

Old Dominion Tory

Thank you, Mrs. Peperium, for the recipe for hermits. My grandmother would make them as you do (on the baking sheet) and my grandfather was fond of them with his coffee as well. I'm sure they'll be a big hit at the Tory household.
Robbo, when were you at Washington and Lee Law? I used to run and march down the Maury on many occasions (like almost every day). Therefore, you might have seen me in my fleeter and (much) thinner days.
Keydets still run a lot. In fact, a trustee on our board told a tale of meeting some young men who were alumni of an Atlanta prep school with which he is involved and now attend VMI. At the dinner, one of the young men asked him, "Do the cadets do anything else but run?"
I'll post a recipe soon, too.

Old Dominion Tory

Here is my attempt to keep Robbo well-fed in the absence of his wife. Yes, it has a cream sauce, but it is delicious.

Old Dominion Tory's Quick Straw-and-Hay Pasta


1/4 lb. proscuitto
1 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 lb. frozen green peas
1/4 cup half-and-half
1/2 tsp. white pepper
1/4 lb. pasta – Straw and Hay linguine if you can find it.

Cook peas until crisp-tender. Drain and set aside.

Cook pasta to desired “feel.”
Drain and return to pot with a little olive oil. Cover.

Cut proscuitto into strips.

Combine garlic, shallots, and green onions and, in olive oil, sauté until soft.

Add proscuitto and sauté for 1-2 minutes.

Add peas and sauté for 1 minute.

Sprinkle white pepper and other desired seasonings over contents of pan.

Add half-and-half and cook until sauce reaches desired consistency (coats the back of a spoon).

Pour sauce over pasta and toss until covered. Serve with grated Parmesan or Romano cheese.

Serves one Mink lawyer.

Old Dominion Tory

I made a mistake in my anecdote. The young men in question attend Washington and Lee.
Speaking of the Generals, if you haven't already purchased one, Robbo, you need to get one of the new Washington and Lee neckties that feature images of both Generals--Washington from the Lansdowne portrait and Lee in his uniform.
Mrs. Tory actually bought me one for my birthday; I refer to it as my "Lee and Washington tie."

Robbo the Llama Butcher

ODT - Thankee for the additional recipe and the tip about the tie (I hadn't seen it yet).

I grajitated way back in '91. I was back that way a year or so ago and it seemed to me that the footbridge going over the Maury next to Route 11 had vanished.

Old Dominion Tory

If the recipe I posted above seems too heavy for summer time in Washington, then perhaps Robbo might find this one a tad lighter.

Zucchini Linguine
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 small zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch half-wheels
1 small summer squash, cut similarly
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons fresh dill weed, chopped (or 2 teaspoons dry)
5-6 large kalamata olives, sliced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 lb. linguine
1-2 tablespoons sour cream

Lightly brown the garlic in the olive oil on medium heat.
Add the onion and red peppers, and sauté until soft.
Add the zucchini and summer squash, and sauté until soft but not wilted.
Salt and pepper to taste. Add the dill, lemon juice and olives.
Mix and remove from heat.
Toss the mixture with cooked linguine.
Garnish with a dollop of sour cream.

A nice Pinot Grigio pairs well with this dish.

Old Dominion Tory

I graduated in 1983 and, therefore, was long gone when you entered Washington and Lee Law.
The original footbridge over the Maury was built in the early 1980s to allow cadets and others easier access to the Chessie Trail.
The Maury flooded and swept the bridge away. It was rebuilt and, again, tons of debris carried down the river during another flood carried it off again.
This routine continued until, I believe, the mid-1990s, when the area experienced two "100-year floods" in three years' time. After the second flood, it was determined that the bridge should not be rebuilt. Talk around Post is for some sort of suspension affair to replace it in the future.

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