Hoping to give my out-of-state house guests a taste of Lake Huron, I dreamed of serving up a platter of smoked salmon in the coming week.
But the fishing started out slow this summer, and I wondered if I could pull it off. Then, the fishing picked up and I started squirreling away the larger fish as I caught them.
I checked the freezer Saturday morning and found a small mountain of frozen filets.
Let’s fire up the smoker.
Life after summer
Like the three-day weekend, a touch of melancholy is part of the Labor Day package.
Regardless of what the calendar says, the coming weekend is the psychological end of summer. Your vacation days are spent. Your summer wish-list remains unfulfilled.
Don’t despair; a lot of fine weather and good times lie ahead of us. I can think of three excellent reasons not to cry on Labor Day.
Read my Michigander column by clicking on the setting sun.
Top of the line
I’m happy to report that my supper table has been swimming with fish in recent weeks - salmon, mainly, with an occasional steelhead and lake trout.
But when I spotted fresh wild-caught Canadian yellow perch for $7.99 a pound at Meijer Wednesday, well …. who could resist?
I prepared them the old-fashioned way - breaded with cornmeal and pan-fried in Crisco.
BTW, if you’re having trouble getting your breading to stick (as I was), try this: First, dredge your filets in all-purpose flour, then dip them in an egg wash, then in the breading. I learned this technique - where else? - on the Internet.
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We’re down to the final 10 days before the wedding. All the big things are in place. Of course the niggling details will continue to buzz around ears until the party gets rolling.
We’re expecting 160 guests, or so.
You should see my wife in her new dress. That 30-Day-Shred paid off royally.
It’s not illegal, but it should be
Once again, that outfit called Record Transfer Services is trying to trick people into paying $83 for what actually costs a couple of bucks.
For one thing, as long as your deed is registered, you don’t need a paper copy, except under specific circumstances.
Well, it just so happens that I recently needed a paper copy - for the creation of a family trust. I went to the Ingham County Register of Deeds in Mason, and all I had to pay for was the copying fees - a buck a page for two pages.
As a Lansing State Journal columnist, I confronted the guy who runs Record Transfer Services, and he assured me there was nothing illegal about providing such a “service,” which was true.
And apparently enough people are falling for it to keep the guy in business, sending out his dubious mailings.