Friday, June 29, 2012

Garlicky Cilantro Roasted Potato Salad

Summer is the time for picnics and barbecues. Potato salad is a common side dish, but I only like two potato salad recipes so far. One is my mother's, which I never can make quite the same, and the other is this one, which is from Emeril. It's different than most with the lemon juice and cilantro. I don't process anything, just throw it together in a bowl and mix with a spoon. You could add peas, green chilies, bacon or just about anything. Tastes like summer to me!

Garlicky Cilantro Roasted Potato Salad

2 lb. new potatoes, quartered
10 cloves fresh garlic
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
3/4 c. mayonnaise
1 T. creole mustard
Juice of fresh lemon
1/4 c. fresh cilantro leaves, washed and dried
4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

    Preheat the oven to 400°.  In a mixing bowl, toss the potatoes and garlic with a drizzle of olive oil.  Toss well.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, or until fork tender.  Remove from the oven and cool completely.

    Using a mini food processor, combine the mayonnaise, mustard and lemon juice.  Process until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add the cilantro and continue to process until incorporated.  In a mixing bowl, toss the roasted potatoes and garlic, cilantro mayonnaise, sliced eggs, and red onions.  Mix well.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Remove from the refrigerator and mix the salad.  Re-season with salt and pepper if needed.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Free Utah Activities

Here is a list of some of the FREE non-music activites throughout Utah County & Salt Lake area that I found. There are just so many that I can't list everything. Hope you find something fun for you and your family!

*  Snowbird Favorites from the 80’s & 90’s

Every Friday night, bring the family up Little Cottonwood Canyon for a free showing of our favorite childhood movies. Shows start at dusk (8 p.m.-9 p.m.) on the Plaza Deck*. Coolers and snacks are allowed. Remember, no dogs are allowed in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

*Events are weather dependent and may be delayed due to sunset time.

June 29 – ET
July 6 – Beetlejuice
July 13 – The Sandlot
July 20 – The Neverending Story
July 27 – Big
August 3 – Home Alone
August 10 – The Karate Kid (1984 version)
August 17 – Gremlins
August 24 – The Princess Bride
* Springville Movies in the Park

A series of free family movies shown outdoors at the Spring Acres Arts Park (700 South 1300 East) throughout the summer. Admission is free to the public. Gates open at 7:00 pm. Movies will start at dusk (about 9 pm). Bring your own blankets or folding chairs. Concessions will be available. For the safety and enjoyment of everyone, NO ALCOHOL BEVERAGES OR DOGS ALLOWED.
July 2      Mr. Popper’s Penguins 94 min
July 9      How To Train Your Dragon 98 min
July 16    Zoo Keeper 102 min
July 23    Muppet Movie 98 min
July 30    Dark (Folkfest) NO MOVIE
Aug 6      We Bought a Zoo
Aug 13    Toy Story 3 103 min
* Murray Summer Children Matinee Series

Free children matinees are held every Friday at 2:00 p.m. in Murray Park Pavilion #5.
June 29        The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, Puppet Players
July 6           Eastern Arts, Dance
July 13        Creative Generation Musical Theater
July 20        The Magician Harry Shumann
July 27         Dog Tails, Brian Jackson Fetzer and the Yarn Weavers, Music & Stories
August 3      Brass Tacks
August 10    Acadamh Rince, Utah Irish Dancers
* Provo Balloon Fest
More than 25,000 spectators will have the opportunity to experience approximately 25 of these magical giants close-up as part of the ever popular Balloon Fest. Anyone interested may attend this free event at Bulldog Field, 1100 North Freedom Boulevard, Provo. Balloons will be flying each morning from 6:30-8 a.m., July 3 and 4. The event offers families and children the privilege of walking around the balloons as they inflate. Make sure and arrive at 6:30am to see the balloons inflate.
* Family Fun Day
July 7
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Utah State Fairpark, SLC
Free admission
Start with festive rides and games, thousands of smiling children and lots of volunteers, then locate them all at the Utah State Fair Park. The result: Family Fun Day, an event for all ages.
* Free Day Natural History Museum of Utah
Monday, July 9, in appreciation for the Zoo, Arts, and Parks funding. It is recommended that visitors reserve advance tickets for Free Days on a while-supplies-last basis.
Natural History Museum of Utah-Rio Tinto Center
301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
*Draper Movies
Draper City Amphitheater (944 E. Vestry Road))
Thursday, July 19     We Bought A Zoo
Friday August 17      Mr. Popper's Penguins
June 29       The Sandlot - Rated G
Riverside Park
739 North 1400 West
July 6         Curious George - Rated G
Fairmont Park
900 East 2361 South
July 13      The Muppets Take Manhattan - Rated G
Wasatch Hollow
1700 South 1650 East
The Gallivan Center is thrilled to join forces with the Utah Film Center for the 2012 Monday Night Movie series. This year's theme: 70s Disaster Movies! Movies start at dusk. Low back chairs, blankets, pillow and food are allowed. And don't forget about the Gallivan Center's new concessions stand offering all kinds of munchies and drinks as well!
July 9                    AIRPORT
July 16                  THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN 
Jul. 23                   THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE 
July 30                  THE TOWERING INFERNO
* The City Library - Salt Lake City  & Logan Movie

Contagion Tuesday, July 10  6:30 PM
Join us following the film for a discussion with University of Utah Pathologist Matt Mulvey on the latest research on pandemics.
From Time to Time    Winner, Best of Fest – 2009 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival / Winner, Adults Jury Award – 2009 Chicago International Children’s Film festival / Winner, Futurewave Youth Special Jury Award / 2010 Seattle International Film Festival Julian Fellows is the creator of the PBS smash ‘Downton Abbey.’ This film also stars Maggie Smith from the Harry Potter films AND Downton Abbey!
Saturday, Aug. 4 @ 11:00 AM
The City Library - Salt Lake City
Saturday, Aug. 18 @ 2:00 PM
Dansante Building – Logan
(check out a few more movie showings: )
June 29         Puss in Boots
July 13         Princess Bride
July 27        The Muppets
Aug. 3         John Carter
Aug. 17       Sandlot
* Movies in the Park  Provo 

Come check out the huge 25 ft blow-up screen!
Time: Monday nights in August at dusk (about 9 p.m.)
Location: Rock Canyon Park (2620 N. 1200 E.)
Cost: Free!
Bring: Blankets, chairs and bug repellent
Entertainment: Just Dance Wii before the movie
Concessions: Bring a few extra bucks for candy, popcorn and drinks.
Aug. 6             Disney's The Muppets (PG)
Aug. 13            John Carter (PG-13)
Aug. 20            Puss in Boots (PG)
Aug. 27           Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (PG-13)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Free Summer Fun

I'm not sure how many readers I have left since I've been posting a lot less this past year or two. And I'm not sure how many of you are in Utah or like listening to FREE music in the summer. But I do. So I've been searching around the net for free concerts in my area of Utah and thought I'd share my huge list of shows, all for FREE. I'm sure there are tons more, but this is a very long list to start with. Sorry I can't provide links for all of the artists since the list already took forever to compile, but look some up on YouTube or search them to see if you like the music before attending.

* Central Utah Gardens at 355 W. University Parkway, Orem UT has free outdoor concerts throughout the summer.  Concerts start at 7:00 pm.

June 29   Ryan Innes (Pop/R&B/Soul - *GOTTA GO
July 13   An Rogaire Dubh (Celtic -
July 27   April Meservy & Nikki Forova   (Contemporary - and        *GREAT MUSIC
Aug. 3   Brenda Burch (Country -
Aug. 17 Nik Day (Pop/Jazz/Ragtime -  *CAN'T WAIT!
*BYU Acoustic Explosion  
July 11, Aug. 1, Sept 4,  A night that showcases the amazing musical talents of six student performers will be held at 7 p.m. at Lee Lane. The lawn between the HFAC and WSC. In case of rain go to the Varsity Theatre.
* Provo Rooftop Concert Series   (So much fun!!!)

July 6      Heartbreakers & American Girls: The Songs of Tom Petty
Aug. 3     Isaac Russell w/Book On Tapeworm & John Allred   *GONNA BE GOOD
Sept. 7     Fictionist w/New Electric Sound    *BOTH FUN GROUPS
Oct. 5      The Lower Lights w/The Folka Dots
*Park at 500 North and 100 East Lehi
The audience is asked to bring lawn chairs or a blanket, bring their family and relax while listening to the free outdoor concert, which begins at 7 pm.

July 1      Miss Lehi Reunion
July 8      The Young Sax Quartet, 
July 15    Bittersweet Bluegrass
July 22    JaNae Kotter
July 29    The Shane Lee Band
Aug. 5     Jeff Hinton
Aug. 12   Music City - Butch & Connie Grace
Aug. 19   The Lehi Silver Band & Chorale
*Summer Concert Series at City Center Park 300 E. 100 North Orem       
  7:00 at the stage
June 27     Fully Clothed Gentlemen
June 30     Wasatch Winds
July 7       The Forget Me Knots
July 9       The Elemental
July 11     Rebecca and the Lopez Family
July 14     Center Stage
July 16     Mississippi Mud
July 18     Musician Caleb Blood
July 21     Hale Center Academy for the Performing Arts Youth Group
July 23     Paul Burnside Band
July 28     Taylor Olson    *NICE MUSIC!
July 30     Bluegrass Thunder 
Aug. 1      Utah County Men's Choir
Aug. 4      One
Aug. 6      Utah Lyric Opera
Aug. 10    Gabe Dominguez of Shake Your Face!
Aug. 11    Kemari Rawlings and Sunset Ride
Aug. 13    Matteo
Aug. 18    Mad Dash
Aug. 20    Joe Flores and Maxed Out Puppetry
Aug. 25    Kismet

* Snowbird Hot Tunes and Cool Air

Shows start at 6 p.m. on the Plaza Deck. Coolers are allowed. Remember, no dogs are allowed in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Events are weather dependent and may be cancelled at any time.
June 30   Old Californio
July 7      JP Harris & Tough Choices
July 14    Tinsley Ellis
July 21    The Quick and Easy Boys
July 28    Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Aug. 4     Cash’d Out
Aug. 11   Natural Roots
*Night at the Gazebo at Shops at the Riverwoods

June 29       They Shall Be Lions    6:00 - 7:30 pm
July 6          Rio Rock                     7:30 - 8:30 pm
July 16        Constance Jensen        7:30 - 9:00 pm
July 20        Lucid 8                        8:30 - 10:00 pm
July 27       The Headlights            5:00 - 7:00 pm

Rock the River---Battle of the Bands Saturday nights until July 27 and 28 finals
 *Summer Lunch Concerts Murray Park Pavilion #5
Bring your sack lunch and enjoy an hour of entertainment starting at noon.

June 26      Jay Lawrence Vibes Trio
July 3         Public Domain String Band
July 10      Salt City Saints
July 17      Ripe Tomatoes
July 24      No concert for holiday
July 31      B.D. Howes Band
Aug. 7      Murdock Jazz Ensemble
* Magna Music in the Park at the pavilion at Pleasant Green Park at 7:00 pm

June 29     Wolf Gang
July 4        SuperHero    8:00pm (Prior to fireworks)
July 13      New Fiddlers
July 27      Caleb Blood
Aug. 6      The Royal We (during Night Out Against Crime)
Aug. 17    The Steve Walker Project
* Summer Concerts at Deer Valley Resort at outdoor ampitheater 6:00 - 8:00 pm

June 20     Mudpuddle     
June 27     Dr. Bob           
July 11      Afro Omega     
July 18      Swagger
Aug. 1       Shaun Canon  (Used to go by Shaun Barrows)
Aug. 8       Apres Swing Band
Aug. 15     Colin Robison's Honest Soul
Aug. 22     Detonators
Aug. 29     Josh & Friends
*Mondays in the Park Chase Home Museum at Liberty Park 900 S. 500 E. SLC
I couldn't find a time on these.

July 9         Tagaloa - Polynesian music
July 16       Evening in Brazil - bossa nova
July 30       Mariachi Sol de Jalisco - Mexican heritage
Aug. 6       TBA
Aug. 13     TBA
Aug. 20     Voice of Africa
* Summer Concerts at The Canyons    6-8:30 p.m.
Blankets, picnics and chairs will not be allowed in the concert venue until 4:00pm. Parking is limited and concerts are popular.
July 14      Fox Street All Stars
July 21      See-I
July 28      Tea Leaf Green (Note: 5-7 p.m.)
Aug. 4       Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Aug. 11     Truth & Salvage Co.
Aug. 18     Chali 2na
Aug. 25     Dumpstaphunk
Sept. 1       The Wood Brothers
* Brigham Young Historic Park Salt Lake City

Free concerts take place every Tuesday and Friday in June, July, and August. Concerts begin at 8pm in June and July, and 7:30pm in August. People are welcome to bring a picnic dinner. Seating is available, but visitors can bring their own blankets and chairs if they prefer.
June 26       Touch of Polynesia
June 29       Letter Carriers Band

July 3         Synergy
July 6           Aaron James Karr
July 10         Sam Payne
July 13         SunShade 'n' Rain
July 17         New Hot 5
July 27         Salt Lake Scots

July 31         Randy and Julia
Aug. 3          Mercy River   
Aug. 7          Kindle Creek
Aug. 10        Dr. Decibel
Aug. 14        Octappella
Aug. 17        Hart Strings
Aug. 21        Mountain Jubilee Chorus
Aug. 24        Fire on the Mountain
Aug. 28        Cherie Call    *VERY POPULAR
Aug. 31        The Lower Lights
* Gallivan Center Lunch Bunch  

Live entertainment every weekday afternoon (excluding holidays) May thru September from Noon-1PM. Get out into the sunshine and enjoy your lunch while listening to the sounds of solo acoustic singers, songwriters and local bands. Musical selections include folk, acoustic, rock, jazz, pop, blues, and all variations in between. Please click link above for very long calendar of artists.
* Concerts by the Creek at the Anderson-Foothil branch (Salt Lake library) at 7 pm

Jun 20          Jake and Rebekah Workman (Bluegrass Duo)
Jun 27          Public Domain String Band (Appalachian Old Time)
Jul 11           Better Off With the Blues (Blues)
Jul 18          The Drifter and Miss Judy (Cowboy/Western)
Jul 25          Melody and Tyler (Folk Duo) 
Aug 1          Idlewild (Irish/Celtic)
Aug 8          Red Rock Hot Club (Django Jazz)

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