Monday, May 29, 2006

Tortillas on Demand

This morning's blog post is on demand for Devour.

Tortillas are super simple to make, I made my second, well third really, batch ever this morning. Here's the play by play.

For 1 dozen 8 inch tortillas;
2 Cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 Tbsp Shortening
1 Cup water

Sift together the first three ingredients, cut in the shortening and then add the water. Combine till it makes a nice ball, add flour/water as necessary but only 1Tbsp at a time.

Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and let rest for 1 hour.

Heat a cast iron skillet at medium high for at least 15 minutes before you're ready to cook the first tortilla.

Cut the dough ball into 12 equal portions. On a floured surface roll out each dough ball, or for the fancy pants people use your tortilla press, somebody buy me a tortilla press please, pretty please.

Toss a rolled out tortilla onto the cast iron and let sit for about a minute, you should start to see air bubbles, big ones, show up. Check the under side after about a minute and flip when it's to your liking, let the other side cook for about 30-60 seconds. Toss the cooked tortillas onto a plate or into a warm oven.

This morning I used the above proportions but made 8 instead of 12 tortillas, they were between 10 and 12 inches each, none too round though, I'm still learning that part. They made great breakfast burritos, well worth the extra hour and a half of prep time.

There ya go, tortillas on demand.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

McCain says he's for legalized segregation

Ok he didn't really say that, but if Senator McCain's vision of states deciding on the issue of gay marriage becomes a reality that is in essence what will happen. Normally I think McCain has some decent ideas, campaign finance for instance. This article says that McCain will have an issue with the GOP base in 2008 if he continues to buck the trend and vote against a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. If the states get to decide the issue what happens is legalized segregation, if you're gay and you want to get married you cannot live in Kansas, move to New York, or California, or Vermont, and that's a throwback to the days of separate but equal. This is why we have a federal government and federal law, to ensure that everyone gets treated the same, in all of these United States. Thanks for reading, rant away.

Mr. Coffee shall be mine!

The object of my desire is at Sears for less than $50. It only makes 8 cups, not that I ever make more than 3 on average unless we have house guests, that means you Mom. The stainless steel (thermal is the word the manufacturer uses) carafe is what sealed the deal for me, and of course programmable, it has to be programmable, I'm a geek.

I've actually done pretty well this week considering I go two and a half hours before my first espresso at work, ok double espresso at work. Not too cranky, not too sleepy during the bus ride in, at least I think I'm not, you'd have to ask other passengers to make sure.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Best Week . . . Evar?

714.

I could rant and bitch and moan about the steroids but I'll just throw this out there, it took Ruth 8,388 at bats to get to 714 while it took Barry 9,234 at bats, and to put that in perspective it took Hammerin' Hank 11,219 trips to the plate to hit 714.
*fast forward 5 minutes*
OK, I was going to go into some stats about the Babe not being as big of a threat on the bases as Bonds was but how he was a pitcher and all that so I searched for "babe ruth versus barry bonds stats" on Google and the first result was . . Popular Mechanics. Nerds run the earth.

In the spirit of semi-live blogging we're watching the Family Guy season finale, good in and of itself, but also getting to see some good previews for this summer's movies. X-Men, Superman Returns, Nacho Libre, Cars, The Fast and Furious: Tokyo . . wait, they made another one, gonna go out on a limb here and say the latest Gran Turismo has more of a plot than this movie. I cannot wait till the Pirates trailers show up.

To finish up today's post a note on the settling portion of the new house; I parted the sea of boxes that had taken up most of the basement, they are now broken down and stacked up and the ever so trendy 60's brown and tan asbestos tile is again out and proud.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Twicebuzzed Nirvana

A local brewery, Twisted Pine, has an Espresso Stout that was featured in the Post today. Why has it taken me so long to find such a brew! Coffee and Beer, good stuff.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Radio in Wyoming

My Dad had his retirement party today at the school he's the elementary Principal and District Superintendent and I drove up to surprise him. I was fully intending on spending that 2ish hours listening to some music off the trusty iPod but lo and behold I left it on the table right by the door last night when I walked into the house, no iPod, no tuneage. This was an acceptable situation as far north on I-25 as Cheyenne or so, most of the Denver stations still come in, but by mile marker 25 or so I was out of range and into what many refer to as the black hole of radio. Basil scrolled and scrolled through the 5 radio stations that came in, religious Rock, NPR, the same rock songs that were being played 8 years ago, the same country songs that were being played 8 years ago, 70's/80's/90's rock mix, Top 40/TRL craparama and back around to the God Rock. Super. Now I don't mind country, I had a phase when I listened to it, bought CD's even, but are the songs on those CD's still popular enough to be playing on the radio, Strawberry Wine, that was what like 1997?

Ok so I'm a "cultured" kind of guy, NPR is fine. Top stories today on BBC News Hour were on the reports coming out about the bombings in London last July, the revelation of a database of phone numbers being collected by the NSA, an Italian soccer scandal and a couple close up pieces. One of those pieces was about the death of Corinne Rey-Bellet a Swiss skier, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4961784.stm. The case was solved, the husband shot her. I learned that all Swiss men are required to serve in the Swiss military and take their side arm with them when discharged. Ok first off why does a country with stated neutrality need a military . . eh? The next thing I learned was that in Switzerland everything is very precise and run on time and with a plan including people's lives, so when couples have issues and/or break up, as was the case with Rey-Bellet, people do not handle it well. So we have men with easy access to guns who do not handle break ups well. Turns out this was not an isolated event or even type of event, the Swiss media even has a term, Family Drama, for these types of events. The report wrapped up and I found myself saying, out loud, "What is wrong with the Swiss!".

Dad congrats on your upcoming retirement, you're the best big guy.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

another misc post

Too early, not enough coffee . . .

Ok so I love having a camera phone, I just wish I could take pictures of stuff more than 10 feet away and be able to tell what it is . . and get my finger outta the way, d'oh! Oh well, I had to take a pic of the yellow Beetle with the yellow rims to send to my wife, not as cute as our Mini, but pretty cool nonetheless.





Ok so some random thoughts that might lead to posts later;
  • I need to do the blog I promised in a comment on Marshall's blog about some stupid MTV show, yeah stupid, anyway the denverpost did an article about it yesterday and got a show on Bravo into the mix as well, good stuff.
  • I was wondering with all this talk of illegal immigration and amnesty how the existing and proposed paths to citizenship compare to the rush of immigration in the mid 19th century and the early 20th century? I'll need to do some looking.