Calling All Scientists

First up today are questions I posed on August 29th:  Why were the leaves turning red so early this year? And what, if anything did this phenomena portend about weather?

The post in question was this one: Fall Already?

In this post I noted that the leaves were turning red far earlier than usual for Ohio (in August) and that the only other time I had ever seen that phenomena was in the fall of 1977. The following winter the Midwest was hit by the Great Blizzard of 1978, one of the worst storms to ever hitNorth America.

Fast forward to this week, when Sandy hit the East coast with a vengeance. Sandy is certainly the biggest and worst storm I have ever seen.

Now I have to wonder again – can early fall leaf color portend weather?

Any scientists out there care to weigh in?



Next up today are some rejected pictures.

To create the Autumn Beauty Photo Essay a few weeks ago I took over 400 pictures. It was time consuming and excruciating to go through them all and pick only 21 of them to use in that photo essay. I agonized on which photos were best. It took days  to pare them down from 400 to 223 to 100 to 42 to the final 21.

Today I thought you might like and enjoy seeing some of the Rejects. Just goes to show being rejected does not mean much of anything.

Featured Recipe    Lemon Garlic Tuna Burgers

It was serendipity I found this recipe. And I am so glad I did, mostly because it is SO delicious. I was just surfing the net, not even looking for recipes. But since ‘they’ track you ‘they’ know my interests. On a side bar I saw the words, “lemon” and “garlic” I mean I was hooked right then and there. Those two ingredients together are flavor and aroma nirvana for me. I had, HAD to click the link I tell you. My hand moved the mouse and clicked involuntarily.

That click took me to a cooking/recipe site I had never seen before, Can You Stay For Dinner? Well let me tell you, “Yes I can!”

I of course changed it just a bit. One, I do not use the tuna burgers as a sandwich on an English muffin or even a regular bun. As a doctor once told me, “It’s not the burger, it’s the bun.” In other words, it is not the fat, it is the carbs that make you gain weight. But a sandwich is an option if you so wish. The picture on the Stay For Dinner site shows the tuna burgers on an English muffin with tomato, lettuce, and more sour cream on top.

Second, I did not use panko. First I don’t care all that much for panko. It is not the taste. It is cost and it does not works as well or any better as a binder than plain bread crumbs. By using regular brad crumbs in the recipe I made below I saved $1.44.

In addition to how delicious these tuna burgers are I like that they are baked in the oven and not fried. It gives the tuna patties a slightly different taste, but more importantly, the patties do not fall apart since you do not have to flip them over.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

2 – 6 oz cans tuna fish, drained and flaked  

½  cup bread crumbs 

¼  cup chopped green onions  (2-3 should give you ¼ cup)

3 tablespoons minced parsley

2 cloves garlic*

Juice of half a lemon

3 tablespoons sour cream

1 egg**

Salt and pepper to taste

Spray oil

NOTE: I used only 1 clove as it was hugemongus.

SURPRISE: When I cracked open the egg to my surprise it was a double yolker. I have not seen a double yolked egg in more than twenty years. WOW!

Here is what you do:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Spray a baking sheet lightly with oil.

Wash and chop the parsley; wash and slice the green onions. Peel and press the garlic. Juice the lemon.

Drain and flake the tuna.

Combine tuna, bread crumbs, green onion, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon, sour cream, and egg in a bowl.

Mix well with your hands.

Form into 4 patties (they might be wet), place on a greased baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F.

I served the burger with lemon slices, left over cranberry sauce and roasted veggies.

Bon appétit!!!


2 – 6 oz cans tuna fish                      $2.58

½  cup bread crumbs                       $0.88 

¼  cup chopped green onions           $0.36               

3 tablespoons  parsley                      $0.08

2 cloves garlic, minced                     $0.10 

Juice of half a lemon                        $0.50

3 tablespoons sour cream                 $0.29

1 egg                                              $0.12

Salt and pepper to taste                   ——

Spray oil                                         $0.03

Total cost = $4.94
Cost per person = $1.24

Quote of the Day

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.

Groucho Marx


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1 comment to Rejects

  • Horrible storm, wasn’t it? My nephew’s office is across the street from the Staten Island Ferry and everything is soaked and/or ruined.

    I’ve never had a tuna burger in my entire life. I think I should give it a go.