This dish was a big hit for Thanksgiving and I’ve been asked for the recipe, so here ya go! It is a spin on something Alton Brown makes.
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts w/ Pecans
1 – 2 Tbl olive oil
2 Tbl butter
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 large or 2 small shallots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup Craisins (or plain dried cranberries)
1/2 c leek, thinly sliced
1# of fresh brussels sprouts, sliced very very thinly (about 3 cups or so after slicing)
splash or two of chicken (or veg) stock
Start olive oil and butter in a large skillet over med-hi flame. When butter melts, add in pecans and sautée for 3-4 minutes – don’t burn them. Turn down heat to med and add shallots, garlic and Craisins and simmer until shallots are translucent and garlic is soft. Watch carefully so as not to burn! Add leeks and turn heat back up a little, then stir leeks until they start to soften. Add brussels sprouts and toss everything together. Add just a splash or two of stock (1/4 cup, max) to steam the veg. Add S/P to taste. Turn down heat to med and cover. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the sprouts are bright green and soft. Check your seasoning and serve!
Got back from Tucson yesterday, so today I give you: Critter Count! There will be another next week when we go to Nutsville.
All critters dead unless otherwise noted:
Greasy spots: 34
Road Pizzas: 67
Critters: 52 (animals I can’t identify)
Birds: 4 (could not identify)
Huge buck: 1
Teeny fawn: 1
And I saw a Bald Eagle fly over me in AR. It was a beautiful sight!
Thanksgiving Critter Count next week!
Seriously! This chicken chili actually has lots of flavour and is healthy to boot! I suggest doubling the recipe, because if you’re like us, once you taste it, you’ll gobble it up! :) [True story: the little bit of leftovers I used for this shot was immediately snarfed by me after the shot! IT IS THAT GOOD!]
The Best White Chili You’ve Ever Had
2 Tbl olive oil
1 med onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 package ground chicken (I did NOT use ground breast, I used regular 15% fat chicken for added flavour)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 Tbl chile powder
1 Tbl AP flour
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
.5 tsp red pepper flakes
.5 cup white wine
1.5 cups chicken broth
2 cans white beans, drained
1 small (4.5oz) can chopped green chiles
zest of 2 limes
juice of 1 lime (or both if you like it citrusy or they are not very juicy)
2 Tbl chopped fresh cilantro
.5 cup full fat or 2% fat Greek yogurt
S/P to taste
finely sliced scallions
shredded jack cheese or mexican blend cheese
In a large dutch oven or wide soup pot, put in the olive oil and turn on Med flame. Add onions and peppers and sweat until soft. Turn up the flame to med hi and add chicken. Saute until chicken is broken up and no longer pink. Season with S/P (about 1 tsp each).
Add garlic, chili powder, flour, cumin, lime zest, red pepper flakes and oregano and stir over med hi flame for a coupla minutes to cook the flour. Add in wine and broth and bring to a boil then reduce to simmer.
Smash up about one cup of the white beans, making a chunky paste. Add all the beans and green chiles and continue to simmer for about 10 minutes. Kill the heat and add lime juice, cilantro** and yogurt. Be careful with the yogurt so it doesn’t break on you. The chili should be off the simmer completely, then stir in yogurt a bit at a time to ensure it’s not going to curdle. The chances are low that Greek yogurt would break, but use caution.
Check your seasoning again, it will need more salt.
Serve with cilantro**, scallions and cheese.
**You can substitute Italian flat leaf parsley in this recipe if you hate cilantro.
This recipe is supposed to be 6 servings (ha!) and here is the calorie breakdown for that:
13 grams fat (4.5 saturated, 0 trans)
75 mg cholesterol
41 grams carbohydrates
9 grams fiber
29 grams protein
430 mg sodium
Yes, I did! I just spent $1305.36 for a new sofa, sleeper loveseat and coffee table! Yay!
And here they are:
I am trading the miniscule “twin” (NOT EVEN) sleeper for the full one (82″) and it will be delivered Thursday Oct 24. :) That “twin” is more like a child’s bed. It is ridiculously small. Lucky for me, American Signature (actually Value City Furniture??) has a seven day satisfaction guarantee, so it was no sweat to swap out the sleeper. Yay!
I got a 92″ sofa marked down from $499 to $299, a 72″ twin sleeper sofa for $599 ($100 less than retail because they had the wrong sign out) and a groovy coffee table for $200. Not bad if I do say so myself. It’s the Palmer collection for the sofas and the Clarity table.
The sofas are not as red as I would like – more on the maroon side – but they have real upholstery (as opposed to microfiber) and they match. My only other option was a really nice sleeper sofa ($894) but w/out loveseat, which defeats the purpose. Finding a sofa that is red, not microfiber and offers a sleeper option is REALLY hard. I was going to get the full sized sleeper (82″) because it’s the same price as the twin, but they wouldn’t take the $100 off of that one, so I stuck with the twin. Actually I was originally going to get the queen (92″) as a sleeper ($699), but when I saw the markdown on the floor model, I switched to the smaller pull out. It’ll only be used by us when we are sick or having insomnia, so whatever.
Bottom line, I went in there thinking I’d have to spend $1626 and left with spending $1305, so I’d call that a win. :)
It’s clear to me that Americans will bend over and take whatever is given to them. I think that is the root of all the problems that this country has: the inability of Americans to DO anything more than whine.
Americans whine about being molested by the TSA, yet do nothing to stop it. The TSA supposedly got rid of the nudie scans, but you can bet they won’t get rid of the backscatter xray machines all together because Americans just accept this violation of civil rights without protest. It’s easier than being delayed or actually having to say I OPT OUT. Whine, whine, that’s SO HARD.
Americans whine about no healthcare, yet are willing to allow the government to mandate that we pay private companies pretty much whatever they want in lieu of ACTUAL healthcare.
Americans whine about pollution by utilities, yet allow them (Southern Company, I’m looking at YOU) to continue using coal fired plants and refuse to change. All the while, raising rates continuously in the name of “innovation”. Right. Meanwhile, there’s no real use of solar or wind turbines in the US. Why? Well, that would stop the utilities making money hand over fist and lessen the kickbacks to politicians. That’s just crazy talk!
Americans pay 10x more for 100x slower internet speeds than the rest of the world, yet do nothing to end the oligopolies that are keeping things just like they are. Oligobble our balls!
Ugh. I’m just really put out with the bullshit today. It all started with AT&T being completely incapable of changing an account from consumer to business. It has been a MONTH. It’s finally in there, yet I can barely log in to the goddam control panel. Why? Because AT&T’s shitty website has cache issues. Jeeze. Dude I admin for pays that piece of shit company almost $300/mo for 5 phones and they refuse to even give him a minor iPhone upgrade as a bonus. It’s crazy! Why more Americans simply refuse to use AT&T is beyond my comprehension. I wouldn’t use AT&T if they were the last phone company on earth. I’d just use email. The level of SUCK of AT&T should not be tolerated, yet people just suck it up and keep paying the excessive bills because it’s easier than actually DOING something about it.
GODS. //end sheeple rant
This is an easy and delicious braise. Browning the chicken in brown sugar gives it a nice deep flavour for a very rich, satisfying dish.
Trinidadian Chicken Stew
1 whole chicken, cut up and seasoned (you can remove the bones if you like)
2 Tbl olive oil
1/4 c brown sugar
3 Tbl butter
4 cloves minced garlic
1 small onion, fine dice
1 Tbl ginger paste
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup coconut cream (1 small can)
2 Tbl ketchup
1.5 cups sliced carrots
2 cups diced potatoes
1 can whole or diced toms
2 cups chicken stock or water
S/P to taste
3 scallion, fine sliced
3 Tbl cilantro, chopped
Cook sugar, butter and oil until syrupy, add chicken and brown. Add next 9 items and cook over med hi heat for about 5 minutes. Reduce to simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Add scallions and cilantro after the cooking is done. Check seasoning.
Serve alone with crusty bread or over cous cous or rice.
This Turkish fish soup is really delicious and filling! It reminds me of Greek Avgo-Lemono (Egg and Lemon) soup. I rewrote this recipe to make it easier and faster. The original calls for a whole fish, which is cooked then strained for the stock. I had wonderful results with fish bouillon cubes.
2 Tbl Olive oil
1 large leek, sliced and rinsed
1 medium onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced (or use 1 Tbl garlic paste)
zest of 2 lemons
3 cubes Knorr fish bouillon
1 cup dry white wine
3 cups water
1.5# of firm white fish, 1″ cubes (I used flounder, but snapper, sea bass or cod would be fine.)
1 Tbl dill
pinch cayenne or red pepper flakes
2 Tbl fresh parsley, chopped
juice of 2 lemons
6 egg yolks
1 Tbl cornstarch
Greek yogurt for serving
Heat a large pot over med heat and add olive oil. Add leek, onion, carrot, garlic and lemon zest and cook until tender. Crumble in fish bouillon cubes. Add wine and cook for 2-3 minutes, then add water and fish. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer.
Whisk together egg yolks, lemon juice and cornstarch. Temper the eggs by adding several ladles of the hot stock, then add to soup. Add dill, red pepper and parsley. Add S/P to taste. Bring back to boil for a minute or two to cook the cornstarch, then kill the heat. The soup will be thick and have a lovely colour.
Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and lemon slices.
Tips: I used prepackaged flounder from Kroger. It’s cheap, ready to use and tasted fine. I buy it when it’s on sale and keep it in the freezer. If you have fish stock, use it, but the Knorr cubes worked great!
This fucking Obamacare bullshit is on my last nerve. It’s a lovely idea, but it will NEVER work as long as insurance companies are involved. Period. End of discussion.
Forcing Americans to pay insurance companies whether they want to or not is crazy. Insurance and big pharma got us INTO this mess, why on earth should we REWARD them for it? It’s like everything else in this fucked up country: fueled by greed and politicians. It’s insurance and pharma’s wet dream! Hand over the American people and let the money flow.
Have you looked at what it’s gonna cost you yet? Hop on over to Kaiser and take a gander at the subsidy calculator. Like what you see? They expect us to pay almost $400/mo for insurance – NO subsidy, of course, cuz we rich. FUCK THAT. I just had a bout of nasty bronchitis and it cost me $150. Our meds cost us about $25/yr. A Dr visit is $45, when we need it – which is not often. Now, in what reality would paying $400/mo make sense for us?
Obamacare is a grandiose idea that simply will not work as advertised. I love how the cheerleaders are becoming more and more quiet as they begin to realise just how much this shit is gonna cost. It ain’t FREE you dumbasses.
If Obama, or whoever is in charge, wants to help out Americans, then BAN INSURANCE. Let the market be TRULY free. Make Doctors run their businesses like a BUSINESS, where customer satisfaction and practicing medicine are the priorities, not how many cattle can be shoved through in a day. Without dealing with the insurance bullshit, doctors could run their offices with fewer employees – rather than the legions of medical secretaries required now to file the fucking insurance paperwork. Removing that whole layer of bureaucracy would save millions! Billions!
I’ve been saying this for years: the way to “fix” healthcare in the US is to get rid of the problem: insurance. No other countries in the world have insurance screwing up their systems. None. Until the people of the US realise this, the clusterfuck will continue.
Healthcare costs in the US are absolutely out of control. Why? Because of insurance, that’s why. Take a look at the costs of various items in the US vs other countries. $178 for a Dr visit? Fuck! Glad my doctor is mostly cash based and $45. Just look at this crazy! And keep in mind, this is what is BILLED to insurance, not what the Dr actually gets. Are you starting to understand the flow of cash now? INSURANCE makes the money. NOT the Drs. Here’s another article about costs and who actually benefits.
Providers largely charge what they can get away with, often offering different prices to different insurers, and an even higher price to the uninsured. -Ezra Klein, Washington Post, March 15, 2013
If the American people had any sense (they do not) then they’d notice that these same fucking politicians who are cramming this expensive plan down our throats are the very same ones who have voted to opt themselves OUT of it. Does that not bother anyone besides me? Oh, this expensive ass plan is FINE for the peasants, but not for the royalty, eh? Politicians are out of control. They ARE the 1% and they don’t give a rat’s ass about their constituents. They are all about getting paid and living large. Why should they, the elite, have to pay for insurance? Or travel? Or postage? Or anything, really? I mean, they are SO IMPORTANT.
This whole Obamacare scenario is just one big show. It’s not to actually help anyone other than the insurance companies, who will then “help” their friends on Capitol Hill. If it’s so fucking awesome, then the assholes in our government should be forced to do it, too. We can’t vote ourselves out of this clusterfuck. But we CAN vote out every motherfucker who currently holds office. It’s all we got, folks. The power to vote OUT these assholes who are getting rich at our expense is our only recourse.
So, NO, I do NOT want insurance. What I want is a relationship with my Dr and to pay her what she needs to run her business and make money. Luckily for me, I’ve got a situation that’s very close to this ideal. Our Dr has reasonable rates and she is all about prescribing generics rather than expensive meds. She knows us and she cares about us. We are not just more cattle to run through the system. I wish everyone could have a Dr like ours. My advice? Find an independent Indian doctor. The best doctors I’ve had have been Indian doctors with their own practices.
No, we won’t be participating in Obamacare. We’ll pay the fine. I’ve got better things to do with that $400/mo, thankyouverymuch. It won’t be around long, anyway. Once the politicians start losing votes, they’ll get rid of it soon enough. And it’ll be back to the same old shitty system we’ve always had. I am happy to not be a part of it.
As anyone who follows my twitter feed knows, I’ve been sick for a week. It started off as the typical viral bronchitis-type thing I’ve had before. I had a bout of it last year for my yearly sick. But this time, it got way out of control. After 5 days of tylenol, advil, aleve, mucinex and cough suppressant, it was clear that this was not going away. Yesterday, after another sleepless night, I got up early and asked Nick to call the Dr for an appointment. They took me immediately.
You know it’s serious when I choose to go to a Dr. You know it’s REALLY serious when I go to the Dr w/out a stitch of makeup or even my contacts in. o.O It was that bad.
She looked me over and prescribed pretty much everything possible for bronchitis: albuterol inhaler, medrol prednisone pack, Z Pack antibiotics and codeine cough syrup. I’ve never taken this many meds at once in my life! Welcome to old age. Harumph.
Luckily we got some prescription discount cards in the mail (randomly!) and the plan did indeed seem to bring down the cost of the meds. All that stuff cost a little over $100, which seems cheap to me. Last time we got a Z Pack it was $80-90. If Nick will find me the receipt, I’ll post the exact savings from the card. So with the Dr visit, it cost me about $150. Beats the SHIT out of $800/mo for shitty insurance IMO.
I consider this whole thing to be warning #2 from my body to STOP SMOKING. All the way, not just when it suits me. Until last year’s bout of bronchitis (warning #1), I’d never had lung issues. Now I do. I must stop, so I shall. The ecig will just have to do. With my body type leaning strongly towards my father’s side of the family, I need to heed the warnings. My father, his sister and his mother all suffer(ed) with emphysema/COPD and I will, too if I don’t stop smoking. I’m very healthy in general, but clearly my weak spot is my lungs.
I’m not better yet, but I tell ya, I feel FABULOUS compared to the previous six days. I plan to watch football and movies today and resist the urge to jump up and start cleaning things. I’m going to try to keep myself on restriction for a week. Rob’s got paperwork for me, which will fit the bill nicely.
Now I’m off to walk (gently) around the yard and enjoy this lovely day. :)