PCS Picnic 2013

Picnic Goings-On

karnak the magnificent performsWe all had a great time at the 2013 PCS Picnic which was held at the Garden Ramada at Willow Lake Park, Prescott. Some new events were added this year including contests for the best guacamole, salsa and dip. Winning recipes are posted below. In addition, some members shared their humorous travel mishaps. Or, as one participant suggested, we should call them "travail" mishaps instead.

Previously-held events were expanded to include additional raffle prizes and a more heavily advertised equipment exchange. OK - we all know that the latter is a good way of pretending to get rid of your excess equipment while picking up someone else's oh-so-useful stuff in the process.

Some new entertainment was added to the picnic program this year. The featured event was the introduction of that great sage and soothsayer Juan Karnak the Magnificent. Extensive apologies are offered to Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon who performed the original version of this classic routine. Karnak made his own costume just for this event and with the able assistance of his minions Ray Carlson and Murray Smolens, put on a semi-stunning performance which included a somewhat humorous look at current events. After all, you have to work very hard to NOT get a laugh when you poke fun at someone in the public eye who calls himself "Carlos Danger"!

While some of Karnak's jokes fell perfectly flat on their faces, the audience seemed to generally enjoy an update of the original skit "as seen on TV". This was especially true when "the last envelope" was announced! For some unexplainable reason, everyone present seemed to perk up at that moment with their unconstrained approval as demonstrated by their wild, enthusiastic cheering and overwhelming applause.

And "Ed" was afraid that the audience wouldn't know what to do at that point.

Winning Recipes

First Place - Guacamole Contest
Ann Chambers

4 large ripe avocados
1 red onion - minced
Juice of a lemon
2 ripe tomatoes seeded and chopped
Hot sauce - couple of shakes
Red pepper flakes - couple of shakes
Garlic powder - couple of shakes
Salt and pepper to taste

Peel and chunk avocados
Add lemon juice to prevent turning brown
Mash avocados to taste - chunky or smooth
Add remaining ingredients
Enjoy with crunchy chips

First Place - Salsa Contest
Ray DeCosta a/k/a Karnak the Magnificent

14 Roma tomatoes
1-1/2 large white onions
3 Serrano peppers (with seeds)
2 10-oz. cans mild enchilada sauce
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 bunch green onions
3 tablespoons ground cumin
3 tablespoons garlic powder
Several pinches of Kosher salt

Dice or chop all the produce as desired, mix ingredients together and store overnight in refrigerator. Adjust quantities of Serrano peppers and Kosher salt to taste. The heat of the Serranos will dissipate somewhat overnight and some salt is needed to bring out the overall flavor. This recipe makes a lot of salsa, about 3 quarts, so you might want to adjust quantities as needed.

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