Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Changing the subject...
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
EDIT: My brother has appointments with his doctor every other month and while his CML is barely showing up on his tests, it's still present and will remain so until...well, we'll figure it out when we get there. He also has to do a yearly bone marrow biopsy. So, there you go. Let's cue NBC's The More You Know music and graphics. ;)
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Regardless, the recipe is surely going to be reused over and over with very minimal changes. It was absolutely yummy.
I knew it.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
- Bacon - I love bacon as much as the next person but wrapping a meatloaf in it just doesn't make it look appetizing for me. I just want it next to my over medium eggs, maybe on some potatoes but that's it. Personally, I find the taste can overwhelm your dish which is why I seldom use it outside of a typical breakfast meal. You will taste nothing but the bacon.
- Offal's high prices - It used to be a secret, the yumminess of oxtails and its cheapness, now suddenly, they're $7 a pound and it's sad. I'm happy that the animal, as a whole, is being used but holy moly, it's bordering on a luxury item.
- Gourmet burgers - Just give it to me straight with cheese and some good fries. Oh, with the grease (at least a little) running off the side. Yea, that's the ticket.
- Improvement of school lunches - I still remember the menu for my school lunches a long, long time ago and they were decent. None of what Mrs. Q is chronicling over at Fed Up with Lunch. If the children of today decide to lock me up tomorrow because of the shit they are eating this morning, I would totally understand. For realsies. During my early 20's, I worked as a reading tutor for elementary children. I enjoyed my job, loved those children and ate lunch with them a lot just to develop that trust with them. However, those lunches were crap. I'm sure, 10 years later, they are worse.
- Making time - Monday, I took a day and rather than not lift a finger, I cooked all day long. I made a batch of beans to freeze for future meals as well as made some chicken soup for that evening's dinner. It was a little difficult because in the middle of it all, I really wanted to take a nap but the fear of waking up to that distinct stench of burnt beans was enough to get me to power through. Yes, I would LOVE to take the easy route and eat some ramen on a cold day BUT that stuff is super bad for me. Besides, my caldo was yums and love really is the secret ingredient; Love for body and mind, that is. I know life can be hectic but even if you put in a little effort, such as after you come home with your groceries, prep them, marinade, etc., it really will make it easier during the week when the last thing you want to do is trim the fat off the chicken after dealing with workstuffs.
- Experimentation - I know what I like and what I don't like but not before trying it myself. For example, last night I tried moroccan food. How I manage to live this long, and in Houston, without trying it is beyond me. I would like to say I came into my own during my late 20's. I started trying all sorts of food and discovering exactly what meshed and didn't with me. I'm hopeful that more people will give unknown foods a whirl. You never know. Besides, in your late 30's, things change drastically. Gone are the Jack in the Box/McDonalds days, replaced with a turkey breast sandwich on whole grain wheat and light mayo because the aforementioned make you feel lousy afterwards. No one wants to feel lousy after eating. You want to feel nourished, energized and happy. Jack makes me hate myself.
I'm amazed at how complicated food has become. The labels, the government's half-assed involvement, the high cost of eating well preventing low income homes from doing so, the high cost of prescription drugs causing low incomes homes to make tough choices on eating well or purchasing their meals thus compromising their health (an issue that bothers me immensely) and a slew of other items. I love food, I love that in the past year, I have evolved much more than I thought I would. I have broaded my horizons, investigated food ideas and cut out things I knew were bad for me but ate them regardless. What was I thinking? However, today I am. Today I look forward to going home and making my dinner and enjoying the effort I put into it and I hope so many people feel that way.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
And it was a grand time. We managed perfectly, everyone ate, laughter and stories were exchanged, football was watched and hugs and I love you were abundant. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Something tells me next year I will find myself in the same situation and that makes me happy because that is what Thanksgiving is all about. I hope yours was a grand one as well.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
In other Thanksgiving news, it's warm and sticky here in Houston, not a complete shocker, but I was hoping to finally be wearing (sweat)pants to Thanksgiving dinner but, shorts it is...until that evening when a cold front will pass through and drop those temperatures quick. Stay classy, Houston.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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And with that, I have Europe's song in my head. Yea me. Anyhow, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 1 is a few days away and I already have my tickets. Wut, wut. But now, I have to come to terms with the fact that the end of an era is starting. It was a good time. I can't recall the last time I was so captivated reading a book much less an entire series about a boy who was a wizard attending Hogwarts, a wizard school, all the while battling Death Eaters and Lord Voldemort (yea, I said it, I ain't scared). I know they're children's books but I don't care that I waited in line to pick up some of the books, as they were newly released, with parents and their children. I wanted my book so I could rush home, turn off the TV, the phone, and read in peace and quiet sans my gasps as shocking surprises came about as the pages turned and turned. I was happy. I was happy these books made me so happy. I was happy that it got children reading again. I was happy when some friends, some I wouldn't have pegged as readers, were huge fans. I was happy that I got my MIL to knit me the Gryffindor scarf for Christmas one year (that I still wear). And I was really happy when the movies were made. I wanted to see how my visual interpretations compared to what JK Rowling, the author, and the director (various) envisioned. They weren't all winners but regardless, they will be classics just like the books.
Oh Harry. Oh Snape. Oh Weasleys. Oh Dumbledore. You will always sit safely on my shelf.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Form ground beef, seasoned with salt, pepper and 1 egg, into meatballs. Then, brown on each side not necessarily fully cooked. After they have a nice sear, get out your tomato paste, broth, thyme, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The Walking Dead
This site rocks. If the Woot t-shirt of the day isn't doing it for you, head over here. I purchased this shirt last week. I am officially a t-shirt addict. My apologies.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Every summer, the day after school was over, we'd get shipped out to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to be with our Grandma and eventually have our cousins from Guadalajara, as well as our Houston cousins, meet us there. We wouldn't return until the weekend before school was set to start and every year we'd hate the dash to get our supplies. Parents, I tell ya. Good times nevertheless. It was a time before school gave you assignments to do during the summer, before the internet, before people were scared to let their kids play outside unsupervised, a time when you were allowed to walk alone to the store a few blocks away and certainly before anyone was allowed to roam without caution in Nuevo Laredo. But, my last remaining grandparent is very much alive and doing very well. Everyone can always count on her especially when it comes to food. To this day, you are guaranteed a breakfast of papas con huevos, frijoles and tortillas de harina. The breakfast menu has never changed.
So last night, I decided to make Grandma's old reliable breakfast. And, true to form it didn't disappoint though, as usual, Grandma's is better. I used my remaining batch of frozen beans to top off my papas because it's the way Grandma does it only hers are always freshly made.
And a just because photo of Bitty Girl going through my Hello Kitty tote bag. I got that for $1 at Target and, let me say, I'm not a big fan of Hello Kitty. But it was $1!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Feliz Dia de los Muertos, Abuelito.