Thursday, August 31, 2006
It’s as easy as 1,2,3,4,5,6,7:
Roll up 1) chicken, 2) sour crème mix, and 3) cheese into 4) corn tortillas (not flour); place close together in a 13x9 dish; 5) pour red sauce over everything, and 6) sprinkle with more cheese. 7) Cook at about 350 until the red sauce boils. Voila!
Pulled chicken recipe: place whole chicken into pot, add 5-7 cups of water, 4 sprigs of basil, and 6 sprigs of oregano. (You can also use a bunch of chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken, but add a cube of chicken bullion for depth of flavor.) Cover. On medium, bring to boil. Simmer 5 minutes. Turn off stove and let it sit (covered) for between 10 minutes to 1 hour. Then simply pull the chicken off. Stringy, chunky, whatever is your fancy! Keep the broth for the next part.
Sour crème mix: Mix in a bowl a container (8 oz) of sour crème, about 1/4 cup of the spicy chicken broth, and 1/2 can of diced peppers (jalapeno, hatch, etc).
Cheese: Chedder, what else. If you have never tried Tillamook cheese, you’re missing out. Yes, you can even get Tillamook in Texas at almost any grocery store.
Red sauce: Olive oil (or whatever) with 1/2 onion and 4 cloves of garlic. Add 2 sprigs of basil and 2 sprigs of oregano. When onions are translucent, add 1 can of tomato sauce (organic is best) and 1 can of expensive enchilada sauce (most enchilada sauces are nasty gravy). Add spices (2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp Italian Seasoning (or something else green-ish), 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (or something else spicy), and salt & pepper. Add the other 1/2 can of peppers. Simmer for a while (10-30 minutes, whatever). Remember to take out the sprigs of basil and oregano. That would be a nasty surprise in an enchilada.
Monday, August 21, 2006
In the meantime, here is a fun link: Wikihow. It's a compilation of "how to's" that anyone can edit. There's one on China adoptions, pretty nifty. The original author, Patti Urban, is a great help to prospective adoptive parents in the pre-adoption paperwork stage (of course my old agency, IFS, does this part of the adoption for free).
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Two months ago I spoke to my old friend Jon. I mentioned I was in
Rob says: Many thanks to my colleagues in LTD Strategic Finance at Intel. Five months ago I finagled my way into an internship by bugging more than a dozen employees. LTD provided a positive learning experience beyond my expectations. I’m looking forward to bragging about my adventures to my Rice colleagues: cool project, lots of support (thanks Chau, Craig, Roberto, George), fun activities, “private” jet to
Rachel says: Thanks for giving me back my husband
Next up: 3 day trip to
Sunday, August 06, 2006
1) Baristas should have a license (like bartenders, only optional) so customers will know where to find the consistently good coffee.
2) A great idea is to have a computer screen where complicated drink-orderers can enter their drink information, and the information is sent to the barista ensuring that the drink will be correct.
3) Any coffee shop that invests the money in a La Marzocco machine probably cares about the coffee they make. Two places to find great coffee and La Marzoccos: Dog River Coffee in Hood River (owner thought I was swiping the logo from the machine), and Vivace Coffee & Crepes on Portland's 23rd Street (owner winked as I exclaimed, "ooh, La Marzocco").