Don Vine . com: Blog http://www.donvine.com/blog en-us (C)Donald L Vine donspoi@gmail.com (Don Vine . com) Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:00:00 GMT Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.donvine.com/img/s2/v4/u671348642-o181729465-50.jpg Don Vine . com: Blog http://www.donvine.com/blog 120 120 Sedgwick County Tiger_161027_130635_01-XSBYQ http://www.donvine.com/blog/2017/2/sedgwick-county-tiger_161027_130635_01-xsbyq Sedgwick County Tiger_161027_130635_01-XSBYQSedgwick County Tiger_161027_130635_01-XSBYQWichita - Kansas

Tigers appear to be doing a bit better. The Indian population, for instance is reported to be up by about six percent.
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Roasted Cabbage Onions and Carrots_161208_185537_09-HXSYQ http://www.donvine.com/blog/2017/2/roasted-cabbage-onions-and-carrots_161208_185537_09-hxsyq Roasted Cabbage Onions and Carrots_161208_185537_09-HXSYQRoasted Cabbage Onions and Carrots_161208_185537_09-HXSYQWichita - Kansas

Besides being photographically colorful, with a little olive oil and garlic almost any selection of veggies can be roasted into a culinary treat.
 

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Four Daisies_1717121-XSEYV http://www.donvine.com/blog/2017/2/four-daisies_1717121-xseyv Four Daisies_1717121-XSEYVFour Daisies_1717121-XSEYVWichita - Kansas

An abstraction of daisies.

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Adult elephants feet may be a yard and a half in circumference. They walk on their toes and African elephants have four nails on their front and three on their back feet.
 

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Mexican Omelette Sausage and Twice Baked_170209_184527_14-HXSEYA http://www.donvine.com/blog/2017/2/mexican-omelette-sausage-and-twice-baked_170209_184527_14-hxseya Mexican Omelette Sausage and Twice Baked_170209_184527_14-HXSEYAMexican Omelette Sausage and Twice Baked_170209_184527_14-HXSEYAWichita - Kansas

Had a potato to use and wondered how a twice-baked potato would go with a Mexican omelette and sausage.
 

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Fresh Tuna Salad Avocado and Veggies_170210_200924_13-HJXSEYQ http://www.donvine.com/blog/2017/2/fresh-tuna-salad-avocado-and-veggies_170210_200924_13-hjxseyq Fresh Tuna Salad Avocado and Veggies_170210_200924_13-HJXSEYQFresh Tuna Salad Avocado and Veggies_170210_200924_13-HJXSEYQWichita - Kansas

Fresh tuna salad on avocado with roasted veggies.

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The Sedgwick County Zoo us a rich treat for family outings.
 

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Tiger Swallowtail on Dianthus_050502_165932-HXSYQ http://www.donvine.com/blog/2017/2/tiger-swallowtail-on-dianthus_050502_165932-hxsyq Tiger Swallowtail on Dianthus_050502_165932-HXSYQTiger Swallowtail on Dianthus_050502_165932-HXSYQWichita - Kansas

Butterflies are endangered, so enjoy them when you get close.
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Torre pendente di Pisa_021208_092123-HXSYV http://www.donvine.com/blog/2017/2/torre-pendente-di-pisa_021208_092123-hxsyv Torre pendente di Pisa_021208_092123-HXSYVTorre pendente di Pisa_021208_092123-HXSYVPisa - Italy

One of these days this may fall over, but for now it remains architecturally interesting.

Pisa - Italy

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Christmas Carosello_021206_125052-XSYQ http://www.donvine.com/blog/2017/2/christmas-carosello_021206_125052-xsyq Christmas Carosello_021206_125052-XSYQChristmas Carosello_021206_125052-XSYQFlorence Italy

Holiday street-side color and music
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Ready for Second Bake_170209_173900_06-HXSEYQ http://www.donvine.com/blog/2017/2/ready-for-second-bake_170209_173900_06-hxseyq Ready for Second Bake_170209_173900_06-HXSEYQReady for Second Bake_170209_173900_06-HXSEYQWichita - Kansas

So after the first bake, you mix the guts of the potato with sour cream and butter, refill the shell, then add some cheese, and bake again.
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Wood Stork Not Storking_160427_115847_65-HXSYQ http://www.donvine.com/blog/2017/2/wood-stork-not-storking_160427_115847_65-hxsyq Wood Stork Not Storking_160427_115847_65-HXSYQWood Stork Not Storking_160427_115847_65-HXSYQGatorland - Orlando

Gatorland in Orlando has a whole bunch of birds, too.

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Daisybush Blossom_160222_095754_38-HXSYA http://www.donvine.com/blog/2017/2/daisybush-blossom_160222_095754_38-hxsya Daisybush Blossom_160222_095754_38-HXSYADaisybush Blossom_160222_095754_38-HXSYAWichita - Kansas

Osteospermum, also called Cape Daisy. This one found growing in Wichita, Kansas

 

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Common red grapes are great for salads and snacking and less often are roasted to go with meats and vegetables.
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Pretty powerful stuff... that TV

Wichita - Kansas

 

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Dump a mixture of fennel, onion, and grapes into a baking pan then roast in your toaster oven. Add the salmon and roast some more.
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Wichita - Kansas

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Creamy Italian Dressing_170128_090353_43-HXSYV http://www.donvine.com/blog/2017/1/creamy-italian-dressing_170128_090353_43-hxsyv Creamy Italian Dressing_170128_090353_43-HXSYVCreamy Italian Dressing_170128_090353_43-HXSYVWichita - Kansas

Basic Mayonnaise plus some sour cream and Italian herbs.

The mayonnaise consists of powdered egg and mustard, lemon juice and olive oil. Trick is to use immersion blender and a container about the diameter of the blender.

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Venison Sausage with Balsamic Grapes_170127_195605_08-HXSYQ http://www.donvine.com/blog/2017/1/venison-sausage-with-balsamic-grapes_170127_195605_08-hxsyq Venison Sausage with Balsamic Grapes_170127_195605_08-HXSYQVenison Sausage with Balsamic Grapes_170127_195605_08-HXSYQWichita - Kansas

Adapted from recipe for sweet Italian sausages, easy to prpare and quite tqasty. https://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipes/8420-italian-sausage-with-grapes-and-balsamic-vinegar. 

Wichita - Kansas

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Twice Baked Sweet Potato with Dover Sole_170120_193922_38-HXSYQ http://www.donvine.com/blog/2017/1/twice-baked-sweet-potato-with-dover-sole_170120_193922_38-hxsyq Twice Baked Sweet Potato with Dover Sole_170120_193922_38-HXSYQTwice Baked Sweet Potato with Dover Sole_170120_193922_38-HXSYQWichita - Kansas

I'm no big fan of sweet potatoes, but twice baked and the refill mixed with sautéed onions and sour cream, much better.
 

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Extreem Egret Sports http://www.donvine.com/blog/2016/9/extreem-egret-sports Riding the back of an alligator seems hazardous. But for this bird, the practice appears reasonably safe. 

160427_121417_347-HXSYQ_Gatorboarding160427_121417_347-HXSYQ_GatorboardingGatorland - Orlando

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