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Bud Tricia is back or simply: There's no place like home

June 8, 2009 - Taste Buds
BUD TRISH can - and has- been called many things in her day.

Heck, in a recent blog Bud Em called her unAmerican, over the hill and even hinted she had bad taste in music (BeeGees rock, for the record!). It’s great to know the love runs deep!

Despite Bud Em’s playful knocks, one thing Bud Trish has never been called is “world traveler” but, due to circumstances beyond her control, that has all changed.

Bud Trish is the type of person who doesn’t get out much. Because of a busy family life, her world is limited and most things she has to attend to happen within a three county radius. Sure, she hits Pittsburgh for a concert of two each season. She heads for Columbus for a swing through COSI or a OSU football game and there’s always the odd chance that one of the kids will have a track meet or event of some sort that requires her driving more than a few hundred miles from home.

Admittedly, most of her miles are spent driving to the store, delivering children to various activities and dashing into the paper for one story or another.

Not a big time traveler by any stretch of the imagination.

It’s not that she wouldn’t like to travel but commitments on the home front dictate otherwise. She and her husband are sure travel will come once the kids are gone and her mini van is no longer loaded down with sports equipment and bags of groceries.

Despite her love of the valley, Bud Trish actually spent 16 days in the month of May out of the valley!

Two of the days were spent traveling with one son’s seventh grade class on their field trip to the Creation Museum in Kentucky followed by an overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Cincinnati and a day at King’s Island.

What fun!

We learned about the Lord, played around in the lodge’s indoor water park and hit the amusement park to ride some coasters that were so scary we were glad we were on a first-name basis with our Maker!

The other days were spent in travel out of the country due to a family member’s medical emergency.

The Army called and she answered by hopping a plane to Germany.

Yep! You read it right! Germany!

And ich spreche kein Deutsch! (translation: I don’t speak German!)

She’s very proud of herself just getting from Pittsburgh to Newark to Regan National to Dulles to Frankfort and back all by her lonesome!

On the plane from Dulles to Frankfort, Bud Tricia was seated next to a Swiss lady who lived in Paris but spent several months of the year in Coco Beach, Fla. After discussing Bud Tricia’s odd aversion to chocolate, she asked if it was difficult for her companion to switch back and forth between languages and expressed her concerns over not speaking German.

Her fellow traveler stated how lucky Americans were in that we can travel for days and days and not have to know another language. Still, she said, it was a little difficult switching her brain back and forth but noted Europeans had to know several languages if they were to travel because the countries are small and they couldn’t go very far before the native tongue changed.

She did ease Bud Tricia’s fear by telling her, referring to the Germans, “Don’t worry and don’t let them fool you! They all speak English!”

Bud Tricia was pleased with the care her brother received while in Germany - truth be told they literally saved his life - but was extremely pleased when she walked through the doors at Walter-Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and could understand and read every sign and understand ever word that was being said around her.

She may not be a world traveler but words that can be used to describe her are “grateful English-speaking American.”

EVEN THOUGH Bud Tricia spent more than a week in Germany, she did not get a single solitary bit of German food! She spent all her time in the hospital eating cafeteria food as well as Burger King and Subway! Yep! Burger King and Subway - in Germany!

So much for coming back to the United States fat and gassy from brats!

Still, here’s a recipe with a German flair that she wishes she could have sampled in Deutschland!

Hot German Potato Salad recipe from “Recipes from a German Grandma.”


Boil in their jackets, peel and slice:

4 large potatoes

Dice: 5 thick slices of bacon

Prepare: 1 Cup chopped onion

Mix dressing ingredients in measuring cup:

1/4 cup wine vinegar

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

Use to taste: salt and pepper

1 .Fry the diced bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until almost crisp.

2 . Add chopped onion and continue stirring until onion is cooked and turns slightly golden brown.

3 . Add mixed dressing ingredients, heat and stir until mixture boils and sugar is dissolved.

4. Add sliced potatoes, mixing everything together well.

5. Season with salt and pepper.

6. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, for at least 10 minutes, or until the potatoes have absorbed all the liquid and are heated through. Continue heating and turning the mixture over for another 5 to 10 minutes. May allow to stand for additional 10-15 minutes to let the flavors blend completely.


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