Thursday, February 28, 2008

Eat Real food, not "healthy" food

Micheal Ruhlman has a little rant today about the reason he believes America got fat. His solution, eat real fat, just less of it, instead of processed sugar and salt.

Friday, February 15, 2008

vacation . . . delayed


mechanical problems caused our flight to be canceled yesterday which puts our vacation on hold for 48 hours. thank you very much united.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Recipe: Green Chile

A buddy of ours who lives in New Mexico brought up a bushel of roasted green chile's this past summer of which he gave us half. This then turned into 12 sandwich sized ziplock bags of green chiles with about 12 chiles in each bag and that's only half a bushel! So I've made 2 batches of Green Chile at this point, the best part is I usually have everything but tomatillos on hand so it is super easy to make. I've adapted the Denver Post's recipe a bit.

Green Chile
1 pound diced pork (I usually just cut up a couple loin chops)
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Onion chopped
1 Tbsp each; Chile Powder, Cumin, Oregano
3 Cups Chicken Stock
1 32oz can tomatoes
1 pound tomatillos
6-10 roasted green chiles

Brown the pork over high heat in the oil for about 5 minutes or until nicely browned
Add the onion and some salt and continue cooking for 3-5 minutes or until onions soften
Mix in the spices and let fry for a minute or two
Add the stock and scrape the bits off the bottom of the pan
Let this simmer over medium heat for an hour.
Add to a large stockpot or crockpot the tomatoes and crush with a masher or your hands, whichever is handy and clean.
Quarter the tomatillos and add to the pot of tomatoes.
De-stem and de-seed the peppers, give them a rough chop and put 'em in the pot.
After the hour of simmering is up add the meat mixture to the pot.
Simmer on the stove for an additional hour or in the crockpot for at least 8 hours or up to a day.

I like to throw some of the chile into a little pan, bring to a simmer and crack an egg or two into it, serve with a tortilla and cheese.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Pancake day!

That's right, two posts in one day, back to back even. I'm a day late, but yesterday was officially pancake day! I didn't make it to any pancake suppers but next year I'm on the lookout.

JH's ever changing pancake recipe

This version is my usual Saturday morning standby, but Ricotta pancakes have been known to make an appearance as well at our house.

1/2 C Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 C White Flour
1/2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
1/2 Tbsp. White Sugar
2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp. Salt

1 Egg
1 Cup Milk (or butter milk)
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

Sift together the dry stuff. Wisk together the wet stuff. Dump the wet stuff onto the dry stuff and mix up a little, not too much. Pour 1/4 Cup portions of the batter onto a hot griddle, flip when bubbles start to appear, usually a minute or two.

You could add blueberries once the batter is on the griddle, just be sure to push them into the batter a little.

Caucus Caucus Caucus!

This was the view in the cafeteria at Arvada High School last night. There were probably 300-400 people at the caucus location, 34 in my precinct alone. My precinct went 24 Obama, 10 Clinton, foreboding a big win for Obama in Colorado last night. One great sign for the general election was the big turnout of young people, in our precinct there were at least 5 who would fall into the under 36 crowd, in some precincts it was closer to half!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Who will you be voting for on Tuesday?

First off, I hope that all of you who are in states that have a primary or are holding a caucus are planning on participating, regardless of who you are supporting. "Super Tuesday" is only 2 days away, in fact in just 51 hours we'll be sitting down in Colorado to caucus. I had been a John Edwards supporter and was a little sad about his decision to postpone his campaign earlier this week but that did not stop me from wanting to participate in the caucus on Tuesday and have a say in who the Democratic nominee is.

Since I figure John won't be gathering the necessary 15% of delegates at the caucus on Tuesday I will need a 2nd choice, so I spent last night checking out the sites for Hillary and Barack to see whose policies I was more with sync in. All in all they are very similar and either of them will be a great candidate and President, but what set them apart for me was that Barack's policies and plans for Pre-K education and investment in Math and Science in K-12 that were very well thought out and articulated. He understands that early education is important and that America needs to make an investment in Math and Science to ensure we are the leaders in innovation throughout the 21st century. So on Tuesday night I will be a vote for Obama at the caucus. If you want to get involved in the campaign check out and get involved with your local groups.