Sunday, March 29, 2009

Margaret and Helen....the blog


Here I am again directing you to leave my blog. You know I don't do this without good reason (remember Gusto? I remember Gusto....)so go to this blog and realize that the author is 83 years old.

I used to feel a little cheated that I never found a "hero." 

That was then. Now there's Margaret and Helen. 

And please let me note, before I start getting a bunch of nasty emails from people who have their personalities confused with one political party or the other; Margaret's politics are beside the point. The point is that she's hilarious, she's old, and she Gives Me Hope. 

Now go here: 

http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/about/


Friday, March 27, 2009

Spring Break here in Reality

My kids are sick. Tori's been S.I.C.K since Sunday. Zoe is almost over it, but it started on Saturday. We've missed swimming lessons, church, yoga and a weeks worth of fun spring break stuff like afternoon movies and slow walks to the park. And yes, I am feeling quite sorry for myself. I feel sorrier for the girls. They are going stir crazy and Tori's nose is very chapped. Oh, and now I've got the creeping week long crud, and I am hoping that it doesn't mean more missed swimming lessons, church, yoga, and the rare chance I have this coming Saturday to clean out the garage. My house looks like a Kleenex bomb hit it. Sick five years olds don't care where their dirty tissues land. We've been into the play dough, crayons, glue, and had breakfast in the last hour. And it's early, folks. Mommy wants to lay down. 

I was thinking of calling in sick, but then I remembered that there is no such option. 

Onward. 

Friday, March 20, 2009

On the Road Again

I haven't driven to Clear Lake in two months. That'd mean I haven't seen my dear teen aged son for....two months. As with most things in life, one does not plan to be absent from one's child for two whole months. It happens one snow storm at a time. Today, there is no snow. I'm leaving for the five hour round trip about 55 minutes from now. I think he will most definitely be taller than he was at Christmas. Last I checked, he was wearing a size 13 shoe. Which reminds me....I wonder if I have any ham in the fridge.

OK, enough with the rambling. 

On with the food. What I really wanted to say is that I made Eggplant Parmesan last night and I was underwhelmed. It was a lot of work for a not very impressive meal. That's all.

Happy Weekend. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Black Bean Salsa Polenta


I see the Sun! I do! I see it! It sees Me! Hooray!
OK, I'm not usually that jovial but wth (that'd be what the hell.)

Cook this:

Stir together one cup of cold water and one cup of white cornmeal in a small bowl.

Boil 1 can (or 1 3/4 cups of your own superior) chicken stock and a cup of water in a medium sized sauce pan. When it's at a rolling boil, carefully spoon in the cornmeal/water mixture. Turn the heat way way down and stir slowly for five minutes. Add 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and keep stirring for another 2-3 minutes. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Remove the pot from the heat and put a lid on it.

In a separate saute pan, put one small diced onion in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. While that is cooking, mince 2 cloves of garlic (or 5 if you like it like I like it) and add that to the onion. Stir in 2 tablespoons of regular old boring chili powder, 1 tablespoon of ground cumin, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Pour in one can of diced tomatoes with chili's, and one can of rinsed and drained black beans. Stir it up, turn the heat down to low, and let it sit for about ten minutes.

Spoon your cornmeal magic into a casserole dish, pour the black bean stuff on top of it, hit it with some lime zest, and slide it into a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes or so. You can't really overcook it, so if you need to wait longer to eat it, cover the dish with tin foil but give it a little poke with a fork so the steam doesn't build up and rain on it. If you need to eat it right away, skip the oven part. Garnish with Cilantro and Lime juice.

That's all for now. Go make this. It'll warm you right up in case the sun isn't shining on you at the moment.

Happy Spring!