Concert tonight :-)

I’m playing a solo and John’s conducting and we forgot to mention in the press stuff that we’re married 🙂  Probably would have been a nice hook but we totally forgot!

There’s been lots of concerts and John’s recipes we should have been posting – hopefully more posts soon!



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Concert today, plus a recipe :-)

Since my concert is online, I figure people might try to google me. Sure enough, I see some traffic on WordPress – yikes!

Here’s the link to info about today’s concert

For my bio, go to the “About” page here on our WordPress site.

Here’s the newspaper article!


And, since this blog is also intended for us to keep track of John’s recipe creations, here’s a link to a chicken shawarma recipe he recently made that’s awesome!  (Usually I post his own recipes, but this one from the NYTimes is worth sharing!)

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Cindy’s playing this Sunday 11/24

I’m playing the last movement of Weber’s Second Concerto with the Grays Harbor College’s Symphony Orchestra! 7 PM

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Concert this Saturday!

We put things on Facebook and then forget to update here!  John is the guest conductor for Tacoma Concert Band this Saturday, and Cindy is the clarinet soloist.   TCB is conducted by Robert Musser, and this is the first time in many years that he is not conducting.  John is honored! for tickets

Dance Rhythms cover

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Tonight: Cindy’s playing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

I suppose I should list this on the front page of the blog!  Nice article in the printed newspaper:

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Bing Crosby’s 110th birthday today

This is my first post in the “Music Appreciation” category, so if you’re looking for recipes, sorry! This blog is intended to be multi-topic – we just happened to only post recipes so far.  Subscribe to the “food” category on the right for recipes, or enjoy non-food posts!

Bing Crosby was born in Tacoma on May 3, 1903, and he was a recent mention in my Music Appreciation class.  This weekend on TCM, they’re showing the classic movie High Society, which stars Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and there’s a scene with Louis Armstrong.  I’ve only seen that one scene so I’m recording the whole movie this time and watching it :

He’s mentioned in the class mainly as a contrast to Louis Armstrong, so it’s interesting to see the two together in the movie.
Here’s Bing Crosby’s version of “Dinah”:

And Louis Armstrong’s:

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Marinated Mustard Thyme Chicken

John fixed this last week, and now I’m finishing the post.  It was soooo good!  He said “You’d pay a s***load of money in a restaurant for this.”


John wanted sort of a French mustard, thyme sauce. To go with it, he steamed some broccoli and fixed some rice. The sauce is savory, so the bitter broccoli went well with it.

Marinate six chicken thighs in this sauce for at least a couple of hours. Overnight would be better but that would take planning:

Minced shallot (a whole shallot)
A couple of cloves of garlic
Dried thyme (about a tablespoon or two)
Olive oil (about a cup)
Grainy mustard (about 2 tablespoons)
White wine (1/2 cup or so)

Fry them with the skin down for a little while to get them brown.

Put them in a 425 degree oven for about a half hour in a roasting pan.

Take chicken out. Put roasting pan on the stove top, added some cream (about a 3/4 or a cup?), added some mushrooms (about 12, sliced), added a little bit more thyme, a little bit more white wine, and now he’s reducing it. It’s the bits from the roasting pan that make it great. It’s deglazing.  He let it sit on simmer for a while (at least a half hour) while the kids went to bed. It can simmer as long as you want.

Put the chicken back into this.

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