Upcoming Long Trail backpacking trip

Posted on 6 June 2011 in Hiking - Comments Off on Upcoming Long Trail backpacking trip

Lobster Mac -n- Cheese

Lobster Mac -n- Cheese, originally uploaded by Squidly.

Via Ina Garten/Food Network

Kosher salt
Vegetable oil
1 pound cavatappi or elbow macaroni
1 quart milk
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
12 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (4 cups)
8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 pounds cooked lobster meat
1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.

Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don’t boil it. In a large pot, melt 6 tablespoons of butter and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Still whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt, the pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and lobster and stir well. Place the mixture in 6 to 8 individual gratin dishes.

Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.

This was EXCELLENT. We will be having this again.

Posted on 31 January 2011 in Food - Comments Off on Lobster Mac -n- Cheese

Vt. Long Trail, Division 3

Vt. Long Trail, Division 3, originally uploaded by Squidly.

Posted on 12 October 2010 in Hiking, Long Trail - Comments Off on Vt. Long Trail, Division 3

Stratton Pond

Relaxing after a long day of hiking the Vermont Long Trail.

Posted on 11 October 2010 in Hiking, Long Trail - Comments Off on Stratton Pond

Long Trail Division 2 GPS Track

Track from our June 18-20 trip.

View Long Trail Division 2 in a larger map

Posted on 25 June 2010 in Hiking, Long Trail - Comments Off on Long Trail Division 2 GPS Track

Boston Creme Pie

Boston Creme Pie, originally uploaded by Squidly.

It actually was just “ok”. If we do it again, I’ll change up the cake recipe (too dry) and the glaze.

Posted on 28 May 2010 in Food - Comments Off on Boston Creme Pie

Topo Maps for iPad

Topo Maps For Iphone, Ipod Touch, And Ipad On The Itunes App Store
This is a really cool app that allows you to explore USGS topographical maps. Pinch-n-zoom, place waypoints, and export to your computer – this is an excellent tool that will get a lot of work as I prepare for our June Long Trail hike.

Cost is $7.99 for the app, but you can download as many topos as you want for free. Only downside is that many trails don’t appear on the map – (although the Long Trail does.)

Here’s a link to the iPad version:


Posted on 21 May 2010 in Hiking, Long Trail - Comments Off on Topo Maps for iPad