Dos Equis?

Well, when they get tired of “the Most Interesting Man in the World,” they can start a campaign how “Dos Equis” actually means “double cross” as in “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”  The gold prospecting partners came to distrust each other, fearing a double cross.  “Badges, badges,… we don’t need no stinkin’ badges.”

Average Teacher Pay Surges to Nearly $55,000 in Senate

http://www.wesleymeredith.com/2016/06/average-teacher-pay-surges-to-nearly-55000-in-senate/

I see from one of his flyers that “Wesley Meredith voted to raise teachers’ pay by 15.5%”.  Now that sort of angers me because I have repeatedly over the last several years asked that he pay attention to State Employees’ pay and he has done little, if anything, to work for even a fraction of that amount.  He “stepped aside” last year and between the Senate leader and the House Leader, they gave some bonus leave for State Employees.

Shrimp & Hot Italian Sausage

  • Hot Italian Sausage (Whole Foods – Raleigh)
  • Cocktail Shrimp (frozen)
  • Leeks (round, white portion, sliced into rings)
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Italian Parsley (chopped)
  • Dried Onion Flakes
  • Garlic powder
  • Celery Seeds
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Fresh Ground Pepper (mix)
  • Half & Half
  • Margarine (butter)
  • Olive oil

I tried this also with onion and a few ramp roots when I was out of leeks.  I also added some fennel seeds, which I suppose should be in the Italian sausage.  Used mixed red and yellow bell pepper and with the Italian Parsley most colorful.

This was something I cooked on the stove top after 1 am in the morning.  It turned out really, really, good!

The leek almost disappeared.  Needed more red bell pepper, and maybe sliced smaller.  The margarine and half & half were excellent touches that brought the sauce together.  I think the home fries, like those in the Helen’s Kitchen Country Ham Breakfast photo would go very well with this.  The crispy outside texture of the potatoes with the cream sauce, and then the softer potato inside, soaking up that sauce to the last drop;-)  Mmmmm, Good!

 

My Favorite SciFi Movies

 

  1. Chronicles of Riddick
    This movie takes you far from reality to another, dark universe/underverse.  It moves quickly until the final moment when Riddick sits, victorious, but alone.
  2. The Mist
    Some of the brief imagery toward the end of the film is aweing.  The gigantic creature walking and the earth shuddering with each footstep feeds the imagination.
  3. Prometheus
  4. Resident Evil
  5. Red Planet
  6. Gattaca
  7. Serenity
  8. Oblivion
  9. Predator
  10. Edge of Tomorrow
  11. Total Recall
  12. Pitch Black
  13. Forbidden Planet
  14. Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Tamarind & Date Chutney

tamarind&date-chutney.jpgI think this is the brand of Tamarind & Date Chutney that I bought at an India Indian market in Apex, NC.  It is sweet, but for some reason reminds me of Texas Pete Chili.  It would go well with ham on a sandwich.

Kinlaw’s Welcome Grill

With the Rainbow Restaurant being closed the week of July 4th, I had to find other breakfast providers.

I visited Kinlaw’s Welcome Grill again. I had forgotten how good their Country Ham breakfast was.

You get:

· Country ham (“off the line”)

· Grits

· Scrambled eggs (you choice)

· A biscuit

· Drink (unsweet tea, sweetened by me)

All the above for $5.25 including tax. That is an awesome price, and the food is all good!

You don’t pay for atmosphere. It is a metal building with no windows.

You are served from a serving line, with plastic utensils and paper plates.

It Ain’t Barbecue Chicken!

I was listening to a promotional video by our chancellor today and he started to talk about the Agora Project and then he reeled off the words that made up the acronym.  My mind was walking through the first letters of the words, and I said to myself, “Those words don’t spell out AGORA!”  I thought, “Maybe I didn’t hear him correctly,” so, I replayed that segment of the video.  And again, and again.  Using the first initials of the words the acronym should have been “NNGORI”.

Navy Next-Generation Outreach and Recruitment Initiative  (AGORA)

I then found the web page that explained the acronym.  The “a” in “Navy” was used.  The “N” in “Next-Generation” was not used, and the final (insult) letter, the “a” in “Initiative” was used.  The first “N” in “Navy” wasn’t used either.  Whomever came up with this acronym must have gone to the “GenX School of Acronym Makers” whose acronym is of course “NCAA.”

Why is this post entitled, “It Ain’t Barbecue Chicken?”  There is a post from several years ago when I visited a restaurant and ordered the Barbecue Chicken special.  It arrived, but it wasn’t Barbecue Chicken.  It was chicken cooked in tomato sauce.  The sauce was still runny, and was much like the “tomato-like” sauce in a can of pork-n-beans.  When things like this happen, you stop and begin to question the unquestionable standards on which you have based your life, up to that point.  What are the requirements for “barbecue chicken” to actually be considered “barbecue chicken”?

I think one of my requirements for barbecue chicken is that a thick, at least mildly sweet tomato based sauce, that may also have a smokey flavor has been baked on to the outside of the chicken so that it does not run off when you pick up the chicken.  You can cook the chicken in an oven, or on a grill, or maybe even on the stove top, but you couldn’t boil chicken in a pot of tomato sauce… unless you let it cook down until the sauce sticks to the chicken.

So, if you are the “Navy Next-Generation Outreach and Recruitment Initiative” and you want to used the word, “AGORA” as an acronmyn,…  DON’T!  It isn’t an acronym for that group of words or phrase.  You can’t pull out middle letters from the group of words to make an acronymn, but if you do… you are a moron.

The Ice Crusher on Sis’s Kitchen Wall

I don’t recall if the ice crusher mounted beside the kitchen door at my Aunt Sis’s house was exactly like this, but it was pretty close.  When I look at the shape of the red plastic ice catcher, and the cast iron teeth, alot of it comes back to me.  The kitchen walls & cabinets were of cedar.5-2-2016 10-52-04 AM 5-2-2016 10-52-51 AM 5-2-2016 10-52-26 AM 5-2-2016 10-52-14 AM 5-2-2016 10-53-10 AM