Saturday, November 05, 2005


Hello Everyone! Another year of Verboortian goodness has come and almost gone...
Title Bar link goes to an article KATU did a little while ago.

I didn't plan it, but my arrival at approximately 3:30 am got me the first slot in line this year, along w/$25.00 in FREE sausage! They don't normal give out any for any reason, and other years people have come at midnight, or 1:00 am, (I thought for sure the guys in the RV would have reserved their normal 1st place w/chairs, but no...). It didn't rain until about 7 am, and it' wasn't as cold either. "It's downright balmy!" said one of the early birds who's been there in years past like me.

I spent the wee hours w/Becky, who's husband is up in Vancouver B.C. painting the Lion's Gate Bridge. He's been there since May, and is planning on coming home around Thanksgiving or Christmas - the communte, long separation and high cost of Canadian life, plus the growingly nasty weather are all part the decision to leave the job early. They are just like Snabby & me, like to spend 24/7/365 together! (Their first phone bill after he took the job she admitted was $1,000!)

He's not missed one Verboort Sausage Festival since they've been together, so she was grabbing kraut & sausage and heading up to B.C. for a 3 day weekend!

The next group of people were old timer's from Tigard. They have lots of family/friend parties like we do, and over discussions of how to make your own kraut and camping advice, they spoke about a "Salsa Garden Party". Basically you grow tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cilantro and when it's all about ready, (they often go to a local farm to supplement supplies), have a Mexican-themed party w/Margaritas and everyone can make their own salsa!

I think it's a great idea and I'm going to try it this year, as last year we didn't have a garden. Yay!


brett said...

i love it. i was in verboort in 1994 and have always wanted to return. luckily, my family does a sausage making yearly with freinds and has done so for 30+ years.

also, the salsa idea is genius. good luck.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Grün! Grün! Mein Gesicht ist grün geworden!

Speaking of greens, maybe I can hop a flight and be there in time for your salsa garden party...

Pandabonium said...

I'd say "pass the Tums" but I can't find any such thing in the land of the rising stomach acid, err, sun.

Pandabonium said...

Well, two comments in a row may be cheating, but I think the grow your own salsa is a great idea.

In Hawaii I used to eat a lot of vegetarian chili and rice - canned chili of course. As such things as canned chili are not available in Japan I've learned to buy dry kidney beans, grow my own veggies and cook up a big batch of my own chili. We eat some and put the rest in the fridge and freezer for later use.

Cheddar cheese is rare here too, and sour cream is expensive, so we've substited yogurt and avacado as a topping.

Because we get to adjust the recipe to our own taste, it is better than the pre-made product I used to eat.

Vulgarius said...

The kids use a book to create "meal gardens"

They pick a dish and strt work on for instance... A pizza garden.... growing everything except of course, the MEAT!

The Moody Minstrel said...

Yeah, livestock restrictions can really suck sometimes, can't they?

"Honey, why don't we make a pizza tonight!"
"Good idea, dear. Hey, Bob and Michael, turn off that PlayStation and go slaughter Bessie, okay?"

Don Snabulus said...

Planting cow seeds is wet, gross and usually nothing grows there but weeds and mold.

DewKid said...


Here's a fun project: go around your neighborhood, and collect as much MEAT as possible. Fill your recyclable container to the top with MEAT , and then watch as the truck dumps MEAT all over their aluminum cans and newspaper! Fun times!!

Philrod Piddlewaif said...

Bloody hell (quite literally...if INCONSEQUENTIAL!!)

rllim - Seymour licking his lips before offering the little girl candy.