I spent much of the day organizing an effort with one of my clients who specializes in swamp cooler repair 's workman, Mike Rodgers, to replace the motor and pads in my larger swamp cooler. I am not sure that it is much cooler but it surely will last longer now that I have replaced my old damaged motor and heavily calcified pads.
Suzette came home at around 5:15 and started reading the Venue, which we now receive with the increased subscription rate for the Journal and saw that Grammy winning guitarist Earl Klugh was scheduled to appear at a Zoo concert this evening.
Earl Klugh. Photo courtesy of Tanner Photography and Earl Klugh.
About Earl Klugh
GRAMMY®-winning guitar virtuoso Earl Klugh has recorded over 30 albums in his multi-million-selling career including 23 Top 10 charting records – five of them No. 1 - on Billboard’s Jazz Album chart. As a composer and recording artist, he is counted among the lynchpin figures of a new contemporary jazz, and rightly credited for the extension of his instrument’s artistic scope. Additionally, Klugh’s credit appears on recordings by Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Al Jarreau, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx and many others. He has been invited to play as a guest artist by such diverse peers and admirers as Jimmy Buffett, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson and Brenda Russell, and has recorded legendary collaborative albums with George Benson and Bob James.
I said, “We have the fresh Corvina that we should cook.” After a fair amount of discussion we decided to make a quick dinner and then go to the concert by 7:30 p.m. Suzette decided to make deconstructed tacos by sautéing the corvina in a kind of mango salsa (onion, mango, avocado, and garlic; we considered but left out Serrano chili) in some oil and butter. Suzette then asked if we had any rice and I said yes and fetched a pot of PPI rice that also contained some PPI Fried Rice from a few nights ago that contained mushrooms, shallot and kale. Suzette sautéed that in another skillet in some oil and butter to warm it.
As Suzette started sautéing I minced about ½ medium yellow onion and cubed two mangos and 1 ½ avocados, while she chopped up some fresh garlic. She then fetched some beers and sautéed the two skillets full of fish and rice , while I wet a tea towel and heated a small handful of corn tortillas in the microwave. I n about twenty minutes we had created a menu, prepped and cooked it and were sitting on the patio eating a delicious meal. The fish was still exceedingly fresh and the combination of tropical flavors with it was divine. I can not say enough good things about our spontaneous meals that fly together in a flash of creativity. Of course, as Suzette so generously said, ‘Good shopping helps.” Talking about shopping for a moment, we have really been enjoying the fresh corvina that Sprouts offers on sale occasionally.
As soon as we finished dinner, we loaded a Mexican shopping basket with a cotton blanket, a bottle of water, a bottle with some cognac, and a bag of dark chocolate covered fruit and nuts that I had bought at Sprouts on Wednesday on sale for $3.99/lb., when I bought the corvina for $8.99/lb. and ran to the concert, which was terrific. Wonderful straight ahead progressive jazz of the Al Jarreau and George Benson variety. The entire area around the band shell was filled with about 4,000 persons enjoying the slightly cooler and more humid weather and music in the twilight.Bon Appétit