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Utah Signs of Summer – Halloween Stuff, Angry Bears & Poopy Swimming Pools.
Signs of summer along the Wasatch Front… First, Target is already hauling out their Halloween stuff. Our neighborhood pool is closed for a “fecal accident.” And there are pissed-off black bears charging at campers, and the Utah DWR says “They’re cranky because they’re hot.” Oh. Well, I feel much better about camping now. Just offer the bear gnawing on your leg a cool beverage!
Plus! Llama therapy and our most tasty salad yet- you’re going to love this salad with a deep, abiding passion. BTW: craving more summer salads? Try the glorious German Potato Salad here, and Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Vinegar here.
Asparagus and Corn Salad
- 3 ears corn, shucked
- 2 bunches asparagus, ends trimmed and cut in 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, parsley, whatever you like)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp honey (can replace with sugar or agave)
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil.
Add the shucked corn to the boiling water and boil for about five minutes. Remove the corn from the pot and set it aside to cool.
In the same water used for boiling the corn, add the cut asparagus for 2 minutes, just until they’re cooked – you want them to still be bright green and crisp. Remove from the pot and set aside to cool.
Once the corn is cool enough to touch, cut off the kernels and add them with the asparagus pieces to a large bowl.
In another bowl, whisk the herbs, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the corn and asparagus. Mix together and chill until ready to serve. This salad holds up beautifully for up to two days without losing its crunch.
Church Ball: Starts With a Prayer, Ends With a Riot.
We all know that “Church Ball” at the ward can be brutal – what do they call it? “The only riot that starts with a prayer.” Someone just took a case to the US Supreme Court for “excessive injury” from an LDS ward game.
It sounds like a country song- police pulled over a drunk guy in a stolen truck with an open bottle of bourbon and a gun. But wait, there’s more. So much more.
Our No AC Challenge continues – with cheating accusations – and why we don’t think the “Urban Deer” are so cute anymore. BTW: if you have some genius ideas on how to survive the searing hell of summer here in Utah without AC, we’d love to hear them! We’re giving away a $50.00 Amazon.com gift card on August first for one of your recommendations. Please leave a comment below.
(Cover screencap image courtesy of Halestorm Entertainment)
Why Storming Area 51 Is A Super Bad Idea. There’s a social media push to gather all the Area 51 fans together and sort of “gang-storm” the base. Their motto: “They can’t stop all of us!” Why this is a bad idea explained on the show today.
Starbuck’s new Tie-Dye Frappuccino is this summer’s sold-out Unicorn Frappuccino – which we never tasted. Zoe and I found the Last Tie-Dye Frappuccino in the state. Taste test!
Our “No AC” Challenge continues and you’ve all given us such great suggestions! Have some to add? We’re giving away a $50 Amazon.com gift card for one of your clever ideas on August first. If we live that long – head here to leave a comment.
With New Orleans flooding AGAIN (those poor people!) the Cajun Navy is gearing up as another tropical storm is about to hit the coast. This amazing group made up of “Guys with Boats” is so inspiring… Also today- chess-master cheaters, Tell Me Something Good and subversive vegetables.
(Cover image credit: NotEvenAThing)
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In Japan, They’re Using Rental Cars Cars For Everything BUT Driving. Car rental companies in Japan were getting confused because consumers were renting the cars and returning them without any miles on them. You’ll never believe what they were doing instead of… you know… driving.
Prince Charles just opened up his summer castle- the Castle of Mey in Scotland as a bed and breakfast! You know you want to stay there. The reason? I mean, it’s not like he needs the money. But the region did- and he wanted to bring it to life again. Here’s the website.
Two mysteries answered…
Why you can’t drink a Polygamy Porter beer in North Carolina, and why Canadians are so courteous they’re actually lethal.
Plus! Creamy cucumber salad today. The recipe is so easy! BTW: have you tried our rather glorious Warm German Potato Salad yet? I think it’s the best of our Summer Salad Series. Find the recipe here.
Is This A Boy Scout Badge? Build A Canoe. Immediately Sink It. Who thinks this is a good idea? Two Utah Scout groups who made their own canoes from PVC pipe and tarp – you heard me – launched them on the Green River for a rapids river trip. The first one sank 100 feet from the launch site. It just gets better… or worse, depending on your point of view.
Today’s summer salad? Warm German Potato Salad with stone ground mustard and bacon. Freaking amazing. Have you missed any of our other tasty summer salads? Like watermelon and balsamic vinegar? How about corn and cotija cheese? Strawberry and spinach?
Think Salt Lake City is hot now? There’s a scary new global study out that says we’ll be hotter than Las Vegas by 2050. The last time I was there, it was 115 in May. This is bad news.
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Charging $125 At The Door For Your Wedding Reception. Say you RSVP’d “yes” to attend a friend’s wedding, and when you got to the door, they charged you and your date $250.00 to get in. Would you turn around and leave or grit your teeth and hand over your credit card? Here’s the creepy new wedding trend this summer…
Today’s Summer Salad recipe is for the rather epic Watermelon salad with balsamic vinegar and feta cheese. BTW: looking for more lovely, lovely salads? Try our tasty Mexican Corn Salad. So few ingredients and a small tutorial on the joys of Cotija cheese – the recipe is here. Plus, have a look at our Strawberry-Spinach salad here.
Ewwww… did you see the viral video of that ridiculous girl peeling off the top of the ice cream container and licking it? Now, there are copycats. Poor ice cream, this is a tragedy!
When you see a big pile of illegal contraband all laid out with triumphant officers standing around it, you’re thinking some kind of a big bust, right? This one involved… trout.
(Cover screencap: Bridezillas)
Yet More Reasons To Kiss A Lot… Like You Needed An Excuse.
Up next in our “Daily Stream Summer Salad Series,” (catchy, eh?) we’re making Mexican Corn Salad today. It’s ridiculously easy, but it was so tasty!! BTW: If you’ve missed any of our lovely, lovely salads the Spinach-Strawberry Salad is here.
If you’ve dreamt of telecommuting for work here in Utah, the state is about to be your new employer.
Also! The health benefits of kissing (like you needed an excuse.) Plus, WHY is it that women do three times more chores than men? Even in the more “progressive” countries where women make nearly equal pay and equal responsibility in the workplace, they’re still doing at least twice the chores at home as men are! The reasons why though, will surprise you.
Yay! Salt Lake City Is Hosting The National Quidditch Cup!
Welcome to the Todd & Erin Salad Series! (See how catchy that sounds?) We’re putting together a bunch of side dishes this week so you look like the Best Guest Ever for your next neighborhood BBQ. Today: Spinach Strawberry Salad. BRW: are you looking for a way to keep that super-duper expensive produce fresh? Here’s some genius tips.
Yay! SLC is going to host the national Quidditch Cup! Did you know such a thing existed? Oh, yes. In fact, we have several high-ranking collegiate teams here. Quidditch Muggle-style is a brutal mix of football, soccer, and rugby. And played by a coed team. (image credit via Wikipedia)
Dude: when you’re drunk, maybe jumping out of the boat without a life jacket to avoid the police is a bad idea… What happens when your standard drunk boater decides to “outsmart” the rangers.
Would you return a lost wallet? Would it make a difference if there was money in it or not? There’s a global study just completed by the University of Utah that might surprise you. (image credit via Wikipedia)
We Taste-Test The New M&M Flavors!
We Taste-Test The New M&M Flavors! M&M’s have kindly sent us three of their new flavors to try- one of them is a chocolate bar. Wasn’t that the point of M&Ms, that they were in the coated candy shell? We’ll tell which is tasty, and which one you’ll spit out immediately. BTW: did you miss our last M&M flavor taste-test? Find it here.
Smoke Detectors Are Evil:
I firmly believe that smoke alarm people design them to have the battery die right at 2am so the alarm can start that horrible, endless beeping every 30 seconds. Am I right? “Cats at Large” getting tickets: seriously? A woman in Murray came out of her house to find her cat had been ticketed for lying on the front lawn. I’m not kidding. Apparently, it’s a misdemeanor to be “An Animal At Large.”
One poor mom was up extra early to feed her new baby and found what looked like human remains on her front porch. Ugh! Apparently, the word spread to the point where the police had to put out a statement revealing what was really on her porch. Frankly, it’s not much better in the way of an explanation.
A Scary Case of Mistaken Identity
Imagine being woken up when the police kick through your door and arrest you at gunpoint for robbing a bank. That’s what happened to Kerry Maw– except for the part that it wasn’t him. Ogden prosecutors dropped the charges with a sort of “Hey, no harm no foul, right?” attitude. Meanwhile, he spent two nights in jail and he’s out $5,000 in attorney’s fees. How would you handle something like that? How should the city handle it?
NASA wants you to name their new Mars Rover!
An Ode to a Lost Quarter Million Dollar Sports Car:
And my favorite: the story of a man who lost his $250,000 McLaren seven minutes after driving it off the lot. Seven. Minutes.
Amazon Won’t Stop Sending Me Packages. So you find a box from Amazon.com on your doorstep. That you didn’t order. The next day, another one. Then another. All random crap like knick-knacks and home shaving kits. And Amazon won’t tell you who’s sending them. We’ll explain. Because it gets weirder.
Coming at you from Red Butte Gardens today- have you been here recently? Freaking paradise. It’s not summer for us until we visit our favorite gardens there, like the children’s gardens and the pond. For you, it’s not summer until you… what? Share! For some of my girlfriends, it’s not summer until they’ve read some spicy romance novels. Here are three of my favorite writers – you’ll love them!
There’s a scary new real estate scam that’s cost Utah over $200 million in the last year- be warned! There’s hope for even the most couch-bound among us with a new study linking music and exercise… and here’s a new one the EMTs have never heard, “I mean it! The bear shot ME!”
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Twenty years of marriage, three kids, an emotionally needy Portuguese waterdog and the long-running Todd and Erin Show - we're about as Utah as you can get. The Todd is the master DIY genius that might save you or sink the boat. Erin is the Comic Con regular with celebrity chats and film and entertainment news. Be sure to enter our weekly $100.00 gift card giveaway - everyone deserves a little extra luxury in their lives, and we're here to give it to you, missy! Stick around, let's be friends. Life is good here!