Monthly Archives: January 2011

Hicken Bleg: The Conclusion

Here’s what I did:

Took the mushrooms, as per Butch Cassidy’s instructions from my last post, and sauteed them in some butter with some chopped onion, about equal parts.  After they got soft and brown, I added another about equal part chopped leftover chicken, and a bit of chicken broth.  Simmered it for a while (maybe 7 minutes, probably too long) and then added some red wine that was handy in the fridge (yeah, I know, white goes with chicken… I’m not a snob, give me a break).  Simmered it a few more minutes and put it in a bowl to serve.  It was very good, and was very good with the other dishes served.

Other dishes:

I peeled, chopped, and boiled two russet potatoes and two sweet potatoes.  Added some butter and cream, some salt and pepper, and some garlic, then blended it with a hand mixer until it was fairly creamy, but still with a few little chunks.  Served in a nice orange bowl, which complemented the orange shade of the dish, in my opinion. This, my friends is the way that all mashed potatoes should be served.  It should be the signature side at some restaurant.  The sweet taters add a little bit of color and sweetness (duh), but not enough to be distracting.  Seriously, try it sometime.

Also, I made some asparagus.  This, I chopped off the stringy ends, and put on a cookie sheet that had melted butter on it.  I laid the asparagus out so it was in a single layer, lightly coated in the butter, and sprinkled some sea salt on it.  I baked it in an oven at 475 degrees Fahrenheit, for about 10 minutes (be sure to keep an eye on it, though, and take it out when it is done to your likeness.). This, also, was very good.  I ate more asparagus than anything else, I think…

With the meal we had a nice Riesling from a local vineyard, because as it was already a pretty fancy meal we had to turn it up to 11.  My mom said she felt like the husband out of one of those 50’s homemaker magazines, that always tell the wives to have a drink and a meal ready for the husband when he gets home from work, since she walked in about the time the meal was ready.  I think that’s a complement…



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Chicken Bleg

So, we roasted a chicken for supper last night, and now have a bunch of leftovers.  I’m not sure what I should do with them, but it’s pretty certain that they will be supper tonight, and I am liking the idea of mashed potatoes, too.  So now the question becomes, should it turn into a pot pie, which I’ve never done before, or just chicken and potatoes?  Anyone got a good pot pie recipe?

Oh, and the split pea soup is on the list for this week, so you can expect that at some point.


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Kim Jong Il

Did you know that  the Dear Leader was born under a… DOUBLE RAINBOW!  ALL.. THE.. WAY… ACROSS THE SKY!  So bright! So vivid!  *Cries* WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Okay, enough of that.  Move on with your day.

Hat tip, Gormogons, whose wisdom is unsurpassed on Earth.


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An In Joke

If you get it, you’re “in.” If not, look up Minecraft.

I finally broke down and bought an account, so I could play it with some friends.  Who woulda though that something so simple could be so engrossing.  It’s even simpler than LEGO’s…

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Sunday Music

Superchick, “Stand in the Rain”

Superchick is always good for some overly dramatic, yet catchy with a good message, music. This song is one of their best.

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If it all goes according to plan (why do I always say that? It never does…) we will be bottling that beer that was started at Christmastime today. Oh, and you may remember that I was missing my slippers? They were out in the garage in a box full of bottles–some empty and some full. Both the slippers and the full bottles should not have been out there. I think some wires got crossed when I was putting stuff away… in any case, I now have both more beer and my slippers back, which is a win in my book.

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Growing Colors!

Can you tell me what this is a picture of? I got it in a random email–

Sorry, I got no prizes for any winner, but you can go around smugly and congratulate yourself for how smart you are.


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Turns out that Anonymous is no such thing.

I have said this at other times, but the only reason I use a pseudonym is so my name doesn’t show up on any old Google search.  I have no expectation of real privacy.  If it’s on the internet, it’s fair game.

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Forever Plaid

Forever Plaid.  If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out.  Go forth, seek it out, and watch it for it’s amazingness!

Moving right along…

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Mouse hunting

As I was driving through town yesterday running errands and looking for a new mouse (the old one was 5 years old and still works at a level of 95%, I’d say, but that missing 5% is just so frustrating…), I saw three Statues of Liberty, one Captain America, and two homeless guys holding signs, all adverting for some store or another.  Since when did that become a good way to advertise?  Are they going for the pity vote, or what? All it did to me was bug me.  Since when did “mascot on a street corner” become good career choice?

Oh, and I did get a new mouse.  It’s amazing how far we’ve come in 5 years in regard to mouse technology–my old one had a left, right, and click wheel, and the new one has a left, right, and a click wheel.  Sometimes I just feel let down by the future.


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When would be a good time for political dissent?

1) Joe Lieberman wants to give the .gov an internet kill switch.

2) Egypt uses internet kill switch to eliminate outside communication.

3) These guys wouldn’t recognize a slippery slope if it punched them in the face.

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What he said

ASM826 has a great post up about compromising the Constitution. Making laws that go around the very simple and explicit things laid out there will only create new and exciting ways to circumvent other rights–yes, all you progressives out there, even the ones that you like.

There was a reason why the founders had such arguments over whether or not to include a bill of rights in their document–you start naming rights, someone will say “Well, this isn’t laid out, so it isn’t a right, and this isn’t specified, so it isn’t a right…”

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Front Page News

The mystery surrounding a piano that showed up on a Biscayne Bay sandbar has apparently arrived at a grand conclusion: It was the work of a teenage boy, with a little help from his friends.

That’s right. A piano on a sandbar out in the bay around Miami.

What? You say that this isn’t “front page” worthy? Obviously you haven’t been reading my local paper…

At first I thought, “Oh, good, nothing too important is going on in the world,” but then I thought “What if something important is going on in the world and this is all they see fit to publish?” And then I realized, printed media isn’t just dieing, it’s actually killing itself…

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Goes right along with my current downtempo techno phase

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