Food Thursday

28 08 2009

It is Thursday and I made food, therefore I post about it.

Tonight’s menu came from Rachael Ray (whom I don’t typically like but her food is usually good). Mexican Lasagna was the dish du jour. It was very easy to make and included, among others, ground chicken, onion, black beans, corn, taco sauce, cheese, and tortillas (I used whole wheat). The dish turned out really great and as I said was very simple. I didn’t take step by step photos on this one but I do have three to share.


(the finished product)


(plated with a slight garnish of sauce)


(Mrs. M’s plate garnished with black bean and corn salsa)

-funny thing about the “garnish” both of the above plates were Mrs. M’s. I handed her the first one proud of what I had created and slightly geeking by putting a “garnish” swipe of taco sauce. When she decides she’s going to have some corn and black bean salsa I think “hey that doesn’t sound too bad.” When I turn back around I see that she has covered up my Top Chef style sauce swipe I say “hey you covered up my garnish.” To which I get the response “What do you mean? That red sauce on the plate? I thought that was just from the food.” I guess Tom and Padma would tell me I need to work on presentation…here’s hoping I don’t hear “please pack your knives and go.”


In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle…

26 08 2009


Last night America lost a truly great American. Edward M. “Teddy” Kennedy was the model of a public servant and truly an American patriot. He worked his whole career inside his own party and across the aisle for things like civil rights, healthcare, OSHA, Americans with disabilities, ¬†meals on wheels for the elderly and much more.

In his concession speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1980 he spoke words that echo still today:

“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.”

May Senator Kennedy rest in peace, and may the legacy he helped to build in the U.S. Senate continue to be an agent of change for the good of those in this country who cannot help themselves.

…the lion sleeps tonight.

Chef Boy-Are-Me

25 08 2009


(the master chef attempting to master cheffing)

I haven’t posted in a few days and since some of us are on a roll with blogging lately I thought I better throw a little something out there for the peeps. So here comes a food post. Enjoy!

Tonight I got antsy to test out some new ideas in the kitchen so it became experimental food night both with a basic recipe for fried shrimp and also a recipe I saw on TV for creamed spinach. So in two steps here we go:

1) Fried Shrimp-a few weeks back on the spur of the moment I made some fried chicken nuggets using what we had available making the breading out of crushed up ritz and saltine crackers. They turned out surprisingly well so I decided tonight to give that same basic mixture a go with shrimp instead. After crushing up the crackers I just dipped the shrimp in an egg wash and then the crumbs and gave them a quick fry. The second picture is actually of two different kinds of shrimp (the left side is the cracker breading the right side is some traditional bread crumbs). **Note: My father-in-law does this but instead of using crackers uses crushed up Lay’s potato chips and it is amazing.


(getting ready to start frying)


(left: cracker crumbs  right: breadcrumbs)

2) Creamed Spinach-before I started cooking tonight I was watching Food Network and saw this recipe that inspired me to give it a try. Now I will say up front as one who does not really like hot food I was already unsure of how this would ultimately turn out, but since Laura loves spicy food I thought we’d give it a try anyhow. Lesson learned, it was too spicy for me but I am excited to try it out again and leave out the crushed red pepper and maybe go with something a little less intense maybe roasted red peppers instead.


(sauteing onions and garlic for spinach)


(spinach almost ready)

So in the end I was very pleased with how the shrimp turned out. I preferred the cracker crumbs to the bread crumbs, they had a lighter texture that I liked better than the breadcrumbs. As for the spinach it was too hot for me, Mrs. M really enjoyed it but this is the woman that puts hot sauce on basically everything she eats. So the next round will have to be dialed down in terms of spice. The final picture says it all, it was good and I am glad I had an evening at home to try it all out. Bon apetit!


(final product)

Article on “Obamacare”

19 08 2009


I got the new issue of Newsweek today and there is a fantastic article in it about the healthcare debate that is going on in the country right now. A lot of it focuses on the “fear mongering” and the psychology involved in this process. I hope you will read the whole thing and then come back and leave your comments. Enjoy!


Healthcare-Something to Scream About?

12 08 2009

I know many of you have been seeing a lot of these kinds of things going on lately and honestly I am left speechless by the way people behave. I mean two things really bother me: 1) People, grown people, act this way? I mean really do they? I compared this the other day to when a child sticks their fingers in their ears and scream “LALALALALALALA” at the top of their lungs, 2) I can’t believe (and this has been happening a lot more lately) that people can literally just make things up and people will believe them (read: death panels, losing your insurance, single payer system, the President is a socialist, the Birthers, etc…). The facts are out there but people instead just go on what they hear. IT BOGGLES THE MIND!

I am really to the point in my life where there is no point in getting cranked up about this, because when you encounter this special kind of crazy you can’t argue with it for you would be just a likely to win an argument with a wall. That’s why I share this video. Jon Stewart and TDS do it once again. Thank you for being the mirror to America in times like these.

Death panels? Really? People believe that? It’s like saying that from now on the government is going to let all of your tooth problems be handled by the tooth fairy.

PS-Have you noticed the people screaming the loudest about healthcare and how they are “coming to take your grandparents” are the ones that seem to have healthcare already? It is strange the 45 something million Americans who don’t have any healthcare/insurance aren’t speaking up more against this. Or maybe that is just me.

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Real Quick

10 08 2009

I started a post earlier today and my battery died and I lost some of it and the rest is saved as a draft. I will get back to it hopefully tomorrow. Before I go to bed though I wanted to share this quote with you (seeing as school starts tomorrow and all). It sums up how I feel and it comes from, as always, the most brilliant show ever to grace the airwaves of American television.

“Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don’t need little changes. We need gigantic revolutionary changes. Schools should be palaces. Competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be getting six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge for its citizens, just like national defense. That is my position. I just haven’t figured out how to do it yet.”

-Sam Seaborn