Returning to Work

Returning to Work

On this edition of the Galley podcast, we’re returning work after a long layoff.  This program is really to let you know what we’ve been up to as well as highlight a few changes that we have in store for the Galley podcast.  We’ll postpone our Ella’s Grill Prairie Life segment to a future date and get our feet under us as we embark on a new direction.  In our “Sailing through the 60s and 70s” segment we are going to feature the Willliam A. Irvin.  We’re excited to tell you about it on this episode of the Galley podcast.

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Our garden produced a lot of summer squash which we used to make quite a lot of ratatouille.  Then the winter squash came in heavy… particularly the acorn squash… and to supplement the butternut squash that we grew in the garden, we purchased additional stocks of butternut squash at around 39 cents a pound at our local greenhouse slash garden center.  We were buying around 30 pounds at a time and paying a little over $10 dollars.  That’s a great deal.  If you can find those deals definitely take advantage of them.  A lot of time has been spent making acorn and butternut squash soup which are some of my favorites this time of year.

Minnesota Harelson apples recently arrived in the supermarkets so we have been perfecting our Caramel Apple Pie.  I think we’re pretty close on that one to perfection, but there are still a couple of tweaks we need to make to our basic recipe.  When we have it down, we’ll bring that to one of our pie series programs so we can pass along tips and techniques that made our pie a success.  But, we still need to work at it a little bit.

The William A. Irvin was the flagship of the United States Steel fleet and it was said they spared no expense on her even though she was a depression era ship.  If you go on the guided tour, the engine room has brass rails and the guest cabins have wood paneling and other such amenities not found of other ships of the era.  It was said to be bold by the company to lavish the Irvin during a time of economic hardship, but the company wanted to impress VIPs who would sail aboard the Irvin by the amount of money that was invested in the ship.  Their goal was to send a message of their high confidence in their company and the outlook of the steel industry.

Back in the day, the Irvin was a regular visitor to the Duluth ore docks where my grandfather worked for over 30 years.  In Duluth, it’d be loaded with taconite pellets and transported to ports in Ohio and the lower Great Lakes.  My grandfather even mentioned having coffee aboard the Irvin when she would be tied up at the ore docks.  The ship’s service spanned 40 years from 1938 to 1978.  In case you’re wondering, the primary reason the Irvin was taken out of service was because of the new 1000 footers being put into service at the time.

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