Wednesday, December 16, 2015

2015 Year in Review - UPDATED (to include December)

Typically I wait until the year is over to do my year in review. However, it occurred to me that we are sending out these holiday cards that include a link to the blog. Since other people typically send a holiday letter about their year with their cards, it made sense to me to have the year in review waiting on the blog for the people who got our cards.

So here I go, a little early. I will update this with December details in January. Check back in if you are interested a Very Carusillo Christmas.

2015 was the year of all the cooking.

January
In January this year, we rang in the new year with new and old friends. Some of you may recognize my freshman undergrad roommate Carolyn. As it turns out, she and her wife had recently moved to Austin too.

New Years 2015

We also had visits from the parents in January. Cale's mom came out and we showed her the sights.

Annette Visits Austin

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My parents came out and became deathly ill.



February
We continued to explore Central Texas with a visit to Enchanted Rock.


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Cale got a new motorcycle...for himself...for Valentine's Day.

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Sara took a photography class and participated in a +Acumen MOOC (massively open online class) on Storytelling for Change.

And a picture of a dress on the internet completely blew my mind. That shit is white and gold, people.



March
March was a pretty good month for visual activities. My photo class assignment was to shoot an event, so Cale and I found a break dance competition.


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I was also assigned to create an image that represented time. I ended up spending many hours up on the 360 Overlook.

Time Photography Assignment


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We tried to go to SXSW, got sick of the lines, and saw the Night Owls at Bangers instead.

Night Owls at Bangers

There was a PhD wedding.


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My favorite Austin festival. HonkTX. Though, if we are being honest with ourselves, the only Austin festival we have gone to.


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And the MBAs celebrated Holi.


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And so begins all the food pictures.

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April
April was the best month of the year, I think.

We had a Very Veltri-Gillet Peace Corps wedding...


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...in Yosemite National Park.


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We saw Dengue Fever at Red 7 before the venue was closed later in the year.


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And went to the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

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We also continued to explore our new home.



May
Cale closed out his first year as a PhD student quite successfully with the his first publication (though it was for his work at IU). While Sara headed to Ghana with an MBA Global Connections course.


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June
In June our country finally made a big leap towards equality and legalized marriage equality.



And more cooking

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July

We celebrated our independence with Indiana friends who are in Texas now too.

Independence Day 2015

We discovered the wonders that are all the waterways so very close to our backyard and ate all the queso at the Mohawk Quesoff.

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And we headed to the coast for a beach vacation.


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And more cooking

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August
In August school started up again. Cale was back for his second and last year of PhD classes. But, more importantly, we added a new member to the family. Penfold. You can call her Penny.



Cale and Jodi entered the Austin Hot Sauce Festival with their offering, Hot Blooded, a blood orange hot sauce.

Cooking Hot Sauce

And...more cooking...

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September
Based on Facebook and Instagram, a whole lot of nothing happened in September, but we did do a lot of cooking.

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October

Cale presented at his first professional conference, one step closer to becoming a prestigious doctor.

And gratuitous Penny picture.

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November
We had another PhD wedding.


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And I had my big event for the year at work.


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Gratuitous Penny picture.

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Annette came back down to Austin and joined us for the Thanksgiving with all the foods.

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UPDATE: December
The cooking continued.

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It was a Very Carusillo Christmas in Indianapolis that also included more cooking. Cale bourbon glazed a ham and made a spinach mushroom lasagna, I baked a pie and a turnover, and between the two of us we also cooked a broccoli gratin and mashed potatoes. As we were sitting down to eat, it hit me, we completely forgot to make the salad. Clearly that was not one of the priorities!


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Monday, December 14, 2015

2015 Year in Review TK

I imagine that our recently mailed holiday cards may be driving some people to the blog hoping for news on Cale and Sara. I am in the process of posting our 2015 Year in Review. Check back in a day or two for details on our year.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Name This Plant: Celosia "Twisted"

Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana

I first saw this plant in Ghana at the Cocoa Research Institute and snapped this picture. It did not occur to me that I could do a Name This Plant with it until I happened upon the same plant in Whole Foods just a few weeks back and was provided the name. Otherwise it would have been hard to google red squiggly flower and find the name.

As it turns out, it is possible it hails from East Africa where it is known in Swahili as mfungu. But I do not remember running into any while we were in Kenya. It also appears to grow back home in Indiana where it is called cocks comb, but I do not remember having seen it there before either.

This particular variety of celosia is know as "twisted." It appears the more common variety looks like this:



Surprisingly, in addition to being decorative, celosia is also edible. According to Wikipedia:
Celosia argentea var. argentea or Lagos spinach (a.k.a. quail grass, Soko, Celosia, feather cockscomb) is a broadleaf annual leaf vegetable. It grows widespread across Mexico, where it is known as "Velvet flower", northern South America, tropical Africa, the West Indies, South, East and Southeast Asia where it is grown as a native or naturalized wildflower, and is cultivated as a nutritious leafy green vegetable. It is traditional fare in the countries of Central and West Africa, and is one of the leading leafy green vegetables in Nigeria, where it is known as ‘soko yokoto’, meaning "make husbands fat and happy". In Spain it is known as "Rooster comb" because of its appearance.
Clearly, its the leaves and not the flowers that are being eaten. It also appears to have many medicinal purposes.

So now you know.