Monday, March 31, 2008

More Hillary Hokum

Okay, Hillary has proven herself to be a liar already. Now she is saying that if she gets elected president she will cut middle-class taxes by 100,000,000 dollars a year. That's one hundred million clams a year. Is that more of that sniper fire we hear?

It's like her concept of universal health care. Make every American man, woman and child buy health insurance whether they can afford it or not. During Bill's first 100 days, she said, "We are going to make the deadbeats pay up!" Does anybody really think that she has had a change of heart during the past 16 years? Not on your sweet bippy!

So now she has her lapdog, Carville calling Richardson a Judas. He is anything but. He is a savvy polititian with a good sense of right and wrong. What Bill did for Governor Richardson has no bearing on Richardson's political decisions. If Richardson wants to back Obama, he is free to do so.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

New Mexico Breakfast - I hope!

This is my attempt to recreate the New Mexico Breakfast recipe I posted on Idolfriends before the database met a vicious, permanent end. Sorry Slim. Technology isn't supposed to do that to you.

New Mexico Breakfast

These ingredient amounts are per person. Reason being that I cook mine with Egg Beaters or Better-N-Eggs and my wife's with Just Whites. Different maladies, different diets. But I can handle it!

Two large eggs or 1/2 cup of egg substitute
1/4 to 1/2 cup New Mexico green chiles (sometimes called Anaheims but not in New Mexico)
More chiles will result in a difficult dish to handle and will serve up a little ugly, but indulge your passion for the spicy stuff. These chiles are mild enough for a baby.
1/4 cup Colby-Jack shredded cheese or 1 stick. My favorite is Precious brand Sticksters.

Preheat a 6 inch or 8 inch non-stick skillet. You may use either 1 tsp. of olive oil or 1 tsp. of butter. Put the chiles into the hot pan and stir with a plastic or wooden spatula. I love my wooden tools! Don't let the chiles overbrown or your eggs, especially if you use allwhites, will look an unsavory shade of tan.

You may also add minced onion at this step if you so desire. I like green onions in mine. Add the eggs and stir until the chiles and/or onions are well coated. Let stand for a few minuites and scramble. Soft scrambled works best. Add the cheese, either shredded or broken into pieces and stir continuously until all the cheese disappears into the eggs.

Serve with hot tortillas, your choice of juice and enjoy!

If everybody in the family or group wants whole eggs, you can go nuts with a big skillet and lots of eggs, chiles and cheese. Let your mind go and your hands get into it. :D

Nothing special today.

Just a word or two today. Not feeling all that great but still not bad. Weather is beautiful here this time of year. I need to get out and walk but just don't feel up to it. I suppose a walk to the mailbox will have to suffice. Of course, I intend to feed the birds as well. I'm still finagling with the new camera, trying to get a few good bird pix. I'll post any good ones here.

God bless you all and check back tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Howdy, friends!

It is nice to see my pals from idolbloglive coming over to wish me well. Thanks to all of you. I will be posting more recipes in days to come, too.

Mrs. E. and I are deciding where to go for our health walk today. The weather is so lovely at the moment that we just want to go outdoors and bask. We may do some of that as well as walking.

We know that this time of year brings severe weather to many parts of the country and for that we feel for those of you who are suffering the wrath of mother nature. Our prayers are with you all. We are especially disturbed by all the flooding in the Ohio and Mississippi basins.

So with the birds songs in our ears and a lilt in our stride, we venture forth. If anything interesting happens, I will let you know when we return from our walk.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Serious beef stew - for stew lovers only!

First recipe post. Yayzers.

Serious Beef Stew

A big, honking Dutch oven. Yes, a Dutch oven! Alternatively you may use a crock pot but the meat won't brown as nicely.

2 lbs. stew meat
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. baby or baby-cut carrots (unless you insist on cutting your own)
1 lb cut celery
six to eight medium potatoes or 2 lbs of baby red potatoes
onion to taste
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. rosemary, crushed or whole leaf
1/4 tsp. oregano leaves
1/2 tsp. parsley flakes or cilantro leaves, not both.
1/4 tsp. or 1 clove garlic, crushed
2 packages of Pioneer (R) Brown Gravy mix
1 cup of cold water

Put Dutch oven on stovetop. Add extra-virgin olive oil. Heat until oil just begins to smoke. Dump in all the meat. Brown all the meat chunks lightly. The more you brown the meat, the darker the broth will get. When the meat is brown enough for you, cover the meat with water.

It's ok to fill the Dutch oven almost to the top. Set the burner to warm or the smallest gas flame your burner will give you. The broth will not boil over. You do not want your stew meat to boil dry. It will burn quickly if it does.

Add in the black pepper, rosemary, oregano, parsley and garlic. Stir well with a stiff plastic spatula, scraping the bottom of the pot. Occasionally stir and make sure to scrape the bottom each time.

Let cook overnight. The meat will be melt-in-your-mouth tender in the morning.

In the morning, add in the celery and carrots. Hold off on the potatoes until one hour before dinnertime.

Right before adding the potatoes, mix the graviy mix, both packets together, in 1 cup of cold water. Make sure there is enough broth to cover the stew but leave a little room for the gravy mix. Beat the gravy mix with a whisk until the mixture is totally lump-free. Pour the mixture into the stew broth and stir in thoroughly. Add the potatoes. Cover and let simmer for one hour.

Serve with cornbread, biscuits or brown and serve rolls. We call them burn and turn rolls at our house. :) Enjoy your savory stew creation! This stuff keeps for at least a week in the fridge and can be frozen in batches to reheat later.

First post for my new blog. Woo.

I know a lot of reality TV junkies and hang out over at Slim's place, with my friends and worldwide neighbors.

However, there is one work of fiction that I, along with other like-minded people don't want to see cancelled forever. The show is CBS's Jericho. I have posted this bit of text prominently and now include it here:

I know some of my fellow reality junkies also like to watch Jericho on CBS. Well, CBS has cancelled the show. We fans, the Jericho Rangers, think we can convince SciFi Channel to pick up the show in the Fall if we get enough letters to them.
If you wish to help, write an impassioned plea to them and address it to:
SCI FI Channel
21st Floor
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

Please add your voice to the tumult.