Sunday, February 23, 2014

Out and About - Steuben Park

Utica was once known for its beautiful parks.  Many have fallen into disrepair
 but the city people are trying to bring them back to what they once were. 

When ever I see a photo of a building or area, I try to figure out direction, 
what is there now, did my grandparents or parents walk there?

The above photos were from the mid 1800's, the year my 
Heinrich ancestors arrived here from Germany.
taken - autumn
angle - I think is looking north towards Park Ave. and Charlotte St.

But then something happened.  
The elm trees grew, so other young trees were added  
AND the fountain was transformed.  
Still looking the same direction which makes me think we are looking north. 

Over the years, some interesting buildings were part of the park landscape. 
Constructed 1893 - 1894  and vacated in the 1950's was
Utica Steuben Street (Steuben Park) Armory

I think the photographers was standing on the top of 
Charlotte Street and I think those elms on the left are still
there or at least one is and have a "face" on the side. 

Looking east down rutger street

Old Postcard

Monday, February 17, 2014

bean burgers yum

1 (15oz) can black beans
1 ranch seasoning packet
1 egg, beaten
1/2 onion, diced
2 jalapenos, diced
1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp paprika seasoning
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
3 tbsp sriracha sauce - type of hot sauce - a paste of chili peppersdistilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt
3 tbsp water
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
Mash black beans in a bowl; add onion, garlic, jalapenos, & bell pepper. Mix. Set aside.
Whisk water, sriracha sauce, ranch packet, chili powder, cumin, paprika, & garlic powder together in a separate small bowl.
Mix oats & egg into the black bean mixture. Combine with the seasoning mixture.
Spoon ‘burger-sized’ mounds of batter onto the prepared baking sheet, about a 3/4-inch thickness per mound. Shape into burgers.
Bake in the preheated oven until cooked in the center and crisp in the outside, about 10 minutes on each side.
Enjoy bunless or you can use lettuce leaves for a Paleo “bun.” My favorite buns are the Ezekiel bread brand!