Tupper Lake, November 6, 2012 by Jeff Boucher

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October 31st.......

Seriously, tomorrow is November 1st? How the hell did that happen?

Like, 2 weeks ago it was July 4th.

I dunno about you but the older I get, the faster time flies by, and I'm not really happy about it, but it is what it is.

Next comes Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then New Years and BOOM! It's Halloween 2013.

Somebody's got to hit the brakes on this time thing, really.

That said, here's the pics of the week- I ain't no chef, but every now and then dumb luck prevails and I make something palatable (Hey Pav, I said palatable!)

Amish White Bread-Looks good, but really wasn't. 
I rushed it, no patience equals bread that doesn't reach its potential.
 Lesson learned!

Well, it wasn't that bad....

Then I made a Stromzoli-Kind of a cross between calzone and stromboli.

Now that, was wicked good!

Finally , there was the Apple Pie.
Good stuff!

This pic will never make Foodgawker, but that's my 2nd slice, with Edy's Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream.


That's all kids-see ya! 


Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Had the urge to make bagels yesterday.

So I came home and started the process.

Here's the recipe I used, it's simple, well, it's simple for me, and I'm a simple man (love Lynyrd Skynyrd.)

Didn't use KA flour, any APF will do.

Mixed all of the dry ingredients and wetstuff and let it do a first rise,

Then I realized I didn't want to mess with it anymore, so I covered it with plastic and threw it in the fridge.

We'll call that the ferment!

So today, I finished it off.
Threw the dough, rolled it, made little bagel balls, poked a hole, let 'em rise again, boil 'em and bake!

The better half rolled 'em in onion flakes, poppy seeds and garlic flakes.

Everything Bagels!

After the boil, before the bake!

The finished product.  Seriously, if I can do this so can you!

 I just slathered a little Land 'o Lakes butter on one-it's almost criminal!


Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Easiest Chicken You'll Ever Make....

While mulling dinner options the other night, I decided to make chicken.
Now I'd been down with a cold for a week and the better half had been doing all the cooking, so I wanted to give her a break, I mean, I wanted to cook, but I didn't want to get locked in the kitchen on a week night.

So I ran across this, I can't even call it a recipe, it's too friggin' simple.

Dutch Oven Chicken.

I fryer, mine was 5 lbs.
Salt, Pepper, and whatever else you want to season with.

Splash some olive oil in the bottom of the dutch oven, cover the botttom.
Brown the bird on both sides, seasoning as you do.
When she's browned up, put the lid on and bake @ 350 until the internal temp. is 160. I'd say 70 -90 minutes for a room temp bird.

I served it with brown rice with a half cup of renderings, and carrots from the garden.

No fuss, no muss!

Browned, seasoned, and with a little butter on top. Just a little...

Lid on, and into the oven

There she is, ain't she a beauty?

And the other plus is, you get to make wicked good chicken soup the next day, which will last at least two more days. 

Carrots form our garden.

And rice.

I was going to name this post Cooking Chicken for Dummies! 

But I thought better of it, some people are just intimidated by the kitchen.
If they realized how easy it is to make decent meals, they might rethink it!

You often hear people say, "I can't cook!"
Well if you can't pull this off, you're probably right!



Just a little more than a year ago, I was the lucky guy who won a pack of heirloom popcorn seeds from Paula at The Dishing Divine.

The seeds were tucked away with our other seeds and needless to say, I almost forgot about them until mid-June.
Our growing season in the Adirondacks is 90 days give or take, so I was worried they wouldn't produce, but what's to lose, right?

So in the garden they went, they germinated, the cornstalks grew and grew, but my mid-August, no tassles. 
Oh well, maybe next year, but then, at the end of August, the tassles came, and sure as shit, we had some itsy bitsy popcorn growing. 

Well, to make a long story short, it kept coming, and we had a nice little harvest. We've got it drying now, and I might even try popping some at some point.

I love the colors. 

Cool stuff!


Quite a variety of color in those seeds, we'll definitely do it again next year, because it's fun!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Keep Your Friends Close...

And keep your friends that love food closer!

I've been blessed in this life to have many friends.
They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and religions.
Some are gay and some are straight.
And some of them love food. 
I love 'em all.

I've been down with a nasty cold for about a week, pretty much glued to the couch and watching a lot of bad TV
(Note to Self: Never, ever watch Honey Boo Boo again. ). 
Well I did watch The Unforgiven and Pale Rider back to back last night. Got to love Clint Eastwood, even if he's taken to talking to empty chairs lately.

So what better to help me recover from my weakened state?
Well, a couple of gifts I received over the past couple of days from a couple of dear friends.
Both were surprises and made my day each time.

First came the bread from Diana who lives just outside Syracuse in Liverpool.
She and her better half Jeff were coming North on Saturday.
Well, Jeff was riding his bicycle to Canton from Liverpool, Diana being a bit more prudent drove.
On Sunday, they came to Tupper on their way home stop at Jack and Anne Marie's for brunch.
I was under the weather so I couldn't make it, but.....
Diana baked bread for the occasion and I got a loaf which Anne Marie delivered!

Here's the bread and Diana's description.  The pic is Diana's.
Crusty Garlic and Three Cheese Bread

"I used some Grande provolone, asiago fresca and some parm reg. The crust was good and it did not taste burnt--they were burnished."

I love bread and I love cheese, so to say I was a happy, happy boy would be an understatement.
The crust was nice and crusty, the inside was soft and the crumb structure was a sight to behold.
I can't say I've ever had better bread.
( It was awesome with the baked ziti Nancie made last night!)

Here's some pics I shot.
When I say crumb, I mean the holes in the bread. The better the the crumb, the better the the bread.
This is just wicked, and if you were closer you could see the melted asiago. 
There's lots of bread out there but this is killer!

My next surprise came this afternoon, when there was a knock on the door and what to my wondering eyes should appear but my buddy Dan.

Dan hails from Hazleton, PA.
Hazleton is right off Interstate 81 south of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 
When he makes a pilgrimage to the old home town he stops at a bakery before he returns, and if I'm lucky, he brings a box of Pitza, yup I said Pitza.

The bakery is Senapes Bakery. 
According to Dan it's been in business for a long time, I'm guessing 60 years plus.
Hazleton is a classic American town, originally full of immigrants from all over Europe. Poland, the Ukraine, Ireland, Italy and on and on from the beginning of the last century.

Senape's is what the ethnic mixing bowl is all about. In this case the Italian bowl.
So what is Pitza?
Simple in construction, dough,sauce, and grated cheese.
Dan tells me when he was a kid they sold it in bars and stores for a nickel a slice (hope I'm not giving your age away buddy!)
At any rate Pitza is Pitza,not pizza in the classic sense, but a cousin, a very good cousin.
It's the kind of  thing that is sort of unremarkable on the first bite, then you say, OK, not bad, then 3 slices later you say whoa, better stop and save some for the wife and kids!

It comes in a box, wrapped in string. Old school.

Then you open up the box and ......
Well, there were 7 more slices there. Not sure what happened...

Eat me!

Like I said, before it's like Tomato Pie, and highly addicting.
I just ate 2 pieces in 5 minutes, when I finish this post I'm going back for more.
(It's best eaten cold, or reheated in a frying pan with a little bit of oil and the lid on.)

So, I'm on the mend, back to work tomorrow and a happy, happy boy thanks to my friends, all of 'em!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Leafs, they are a changin'.....

Yes, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, the leafs are changing.

The colors are spectacular.
The only problem is since the leafs went peak last week, you gotta be retired to get out there and get the pics!

I can't! No camera and work interferes!

Me, not retired, but friend Jeff Boucher is. 

He's given me permission to hijack his pics and post them here, and for that I am grateful.

Here's a sample of what he shot today. 
( All pics the exclusive property of Jeff Boucher- All rights reserved)

These pics were taken off the Raquette River and over looking Simond Pond.

Seriously, the colors this year are ridiculous. Might have something to do with the lack of rain this summer, maybe not. 

The reds and oranges are fabulous. 

If you can, hit the Adirondacks this weekend, one good wind and they're all gone. 
Right now they're here!

Thanks Bush!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Dear Protect the Adirondacks and Sierra Club,

For those of you not in the Adirondacks or nearby to the Adirondack Park I would like to share a little of what's going on in Tupper Lake, my hometown (hence Tupper Cooks!)

Without going on and on here's a little history.

Tupper Lake was settled in the mid to late 1800's. Lumber was king by the turn of the century,and Tupper Lake was a major producer in the industry. 

Many people moved here from all points in the Northeast, including my paternal grandfather Theophile Poirier, who came down from Quebec to work in the logging camps, where logs were moved by river and horse to the Big Mill on Raquette Pond. 

Thousands of jobs were created  and along with many mills and the Oval Wood Dish (which manufactured wooden bowls, spoons, and bowling pins among other products) the economy and job market was solid well through the 1960's.

Times change, and so does the economy. While lumber is still a vital part of our local economy, it's not king anymore.

The railroad shut down in the 1960's, making transportation from the Park a bit more expensive, the Oval Wood Dish closed. It did have a very successful 2nd life thanks to a man named Roger Sullivan who reopened it in the 70's and retooled it into a very successful plastic product corporation. 

Well, times change, and with overseas manufacturing, the OWD was sold and subsequently closed in the past decade, costing a town with about 6000 residents 200 full time jobs.

To say Tupper Lake is economically depressed might be an understatement.

We still have one asset, the beauty of the mountains. Nearly 10 years ago a man named Mike Foxman proposed a development for housing and resurrection of our favorite place to ski, Big Tupper, which had been closed since the late 90's.
The project was named The Adirondack Club and Resort (ACR).

Things looked promising. This was just what Tupper Lake needed. Jobs would be created by the construction of "camps" , basically vacation homes, second homes for folks that could come and enjoy our area and call it home for the time they were here.  
It would take up a small part of the Town of Tupper Lake and to any reasonable person have no environmental impact on the environment.

Many secondary jobs would be created. The tax base would increase.
There was light at the end of the tunnel.

The project would have to undergo a permitting process second to none in the U.S. by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA).  The history of the APA is another story entirely, suffice it to say the restrictions we face in the Park are stringent, like ridiculously stringent.

Then, times changed again, the meltdown on Wall Street, which slowed economic development nationwide, but worse was the interference of  environmental group, namely Protect the Adirondacks and recently the Sierra Club.

For the past three years Big Tupper has been run on a volunteer basis by ARISE, a local group promoting positive economic growth in Tupper. This year they can't afford to do it.  Part of the reason is the lawsuit by the aforementioned twits. As a teacher I can say, there a lot of disappointed kids.

 What has transpired over the past year has been mind-boggling and disappointing. 
The ACR after almost a decade long permitting process won the right to proceed last spring. 
A bigger light at the end of the tunnel we thought.

And then, Protect the Adirondacks, the Sierra Club and a couple of local residents filed suit saying the permitting process by the APA were flawed. 
Evidently someone didn't get an accurate count of toads and blackflys on the property.

Needless to say, my take is that the locals and groups opposed have two separate agendas.  For the locals it's a matter of, I have mine and go screw yourself. They own lakefront and simply don't want to share public water. We affectionately call them NIMBY's.
 The environmental groups fall into a couple of categories. Some are like the locals, and some have a hidden agenda to make the Park part of the Bob Marshall Wilderness (another story indeed).

That said, my buddy Mark Moeller wrote a letter which was published in The Adirondack Daily Enterprise, which pretty much reiterates what I've said (or vice-versa). Here's the link.

And the twits at Protect the Adirondacks responded with this on their website.

The fact that they question Mark's credibility is sufficient to say these folks have none of their own. Come spend some time with us  and the real working folks Protect and Sierra,instead of collecting your donations and sitting behind a desk. If you don't, you're chicken. And I know you're chicken. When is the last time any of you have spoken in Tupper? C'mon tell us what you're going to do for us and our kids.
No, you won't, because you're chicken.

Read them both, make up your own mind.

I'll ask this, why the hell is the Sierra Club involved?

Read Protect the Adirondacks mission statement,seems they value chipmunks over people, not that there's anything wrong with chipmunks.

Oh, and to finish my post title I'll say this:

Dear Protect the Adirondacks, Sierra Club and Phyliss Thompson-Nimby, 

Please kiss my ass.

Please go away,

Don't make it last,

Another friggin' day!

Just sayin' ...


Glenn Poirier

Monday, October 1, 2012

New Posts Arriving.....

And yes kids, Christmas is coming too....

I left the camera at camp in Cape Vincent, therefore, no posts, but, I've decided to forge ahead sans pics, just because my followers, all 3 of you have demanded it. 

Well, maybe not demanded, but you ragged my ass enough to make me almost feel guilty, almost.

That said, I'm getting back into a blogging state of mind. 

So Pav, DM and Doc, I'm ready to begin my comeback tour.

 I will retrieve the camera and display some phenomenal pics, (well, they'll be pics.)

That said, here's some views of the color change in the Adirondacks.

There may be a more beautiful  place on Earth, but this is my little corner.

I'm lucky enough to have a couple of friends who take lots of pics daily to document the changing of colors.

The pics below are from Jeff Boucher and Jim Lanthier.
All of the pics are the exclusive property of Mr. Boucher and Mr. Lanthier.
All rights reserved.

Jeff Boushie pic from the top of Coney Mountain.
That'd be Rt. 30 between Long Lake and Tupper Lake.

Jeff Boushie #2.

Jeff Boushie @ the Bog River.

Jeff Boushie # 5.

Jeff Boushie #6.

And now some pics from Jim Lanthier.

It's where we live, it's where we work, it's where we play.

Jim #2.

Jim # 3.

Wicked cool pic of a nest. Jim # 4.

Jim # 5.

OWD Smokestack on the Blvd. Great pic!

Underwood Bridge. Beautiful.

Thanks for the pics guys, I was short on material, but this is so much better than anything I could have done!