Friday, August 17, 2012
Carlos Conrique's Salad
Gourmet | May 2001
Lettuce, Fruit, Tortillas, Grapefruit, Passion Fruit, Avocado, Leafy Green
Vegetarian, Healthy, Vegan
Makes 8 servings
active time: 1.25 hrs
total time: 1.25 hrs
The idea for this salad came from Carlos Conrique, who worked at Billy Cross's cooking school in Morelia, a beautiful 16th-century Mexican town
1 cup vegetable oil
6 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut in half, then cut crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips
2 ripe passion fruit or 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 large grapefruit (preferably red)
2 firm-ripe California avocados
1 head red-leaf lettuce, leaves torn (8 to 10 cups)
1 head Boston lettuce, leaves torn (4 to 6 cups)
16 nasturtiumblossoms (optional)
PreparationHeat vegetable oil in a deep 10-inch heavy skillet until hot but not smoking, then fry tortilla strips, about 8 at a time, turning once, until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
Halve passion fruit crosswise and spoon seeds and pulp into a bowl. Whisk in sugar, lime juice, and salt, then add olive oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified.
Cut peel, including all white pith, from grapefruit with a sharp knife and, working over another bowl, cut sections free from membranes. Pour off juices from bowl and whisk 3 tablespoons into dressing.
Quarter avocados lengthwise, then pit and peel. Cut into bite-size pieces.
Toss lettuces, grapefruit sections, avocados, and nasturtiums with dressing in a large salad bowl. Add tortilla strips and toss to combine. Serve immediately.
HINT: I purchased the corn tortilla strip chips, and exchanged the passion fruit for mango, kiwi and papaya. Really yummy.
Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
"If we want to keep our nation's secrets a 'SECRET' then we should store them where President Obama stores his college transcripts and birth certificate."
Gov. Mike Huckabee
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
it has been reported that the Department of Homeland Security had purchased over half a ton of explosive nitrates that they wished to be delivered by the end of the month. They claimed its use was to train bomb sniffing canines. What’s even more interesting is that DHS has also put in an additional order of 750 million rounds of high-power ammunition.
The DHS has updated a solicitation originally posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website earlier this year, now answering questions from prospective contractors about an inquiry the agency published back in April. All responses to the DHS’ request for hundreds of millions of rounds of high-power ammunition must still be sent in by August 20, but now the federal agency designated to thwart terrorism on the home front has answered some questions about what exactly they are looking for in terms of being able to blow stuff up.
In April, the DHS first published a solicitation “for commercial leaded training ammunition (CLTA) of various calibers for law enforcement officer firearms training courses” to be used at facilities in the states of Georgia, New Mexico, Maryland and South Carolina, as well as other unnamed DHS offices across the country. At the time the DHS demanded hundreds of thousands of test rounds for an array of ammunition types, including 209,000 rounds of #00 buckshot 8-pellet bullets for 12 gauge guns and more than 2 million shots for a .357 Sig Caliber. With their solicitation set to expire in less than a week, though, the DHS has taken it upon themselves to answer questions from contractors interested in their very pricey proposal.
In the latest amendment, published online over the weekend, the DHS answers such pressing questions as, say, “Would a 223 Rem 64Grain soft point round be acceptable?” in response to their initial request for 1.1 million rounds of .223 Rem Caliber 62.64 Grain JHP. (And, if you’re wondering, the official DHS-authored answer is, “Yes, that would be acceptable.”)
Understand that this is in addition to the 450 million .40 hollow points ordered earlier in the year. This means that DHS has order in excess of a billion rounds of ammunition! And this administration was concerned over the Aurora shooter who had only 6.000?
I have no idea what they need all this ammo for. It is not being used in Afghanistan or Iraq. It is being ordered for domestic use. We can speculate all day long about the use. PressTV writes about a study by Peter Tuchin titled “cliodynamics” in which scientists attempt to find meaningful patterns in history. It is possible that this may give us a clue. The article reads:
In the new study, Turchin, who reported his results in the July issue of the Journal of Peace Research, compiled historical data about violent incidents in U.S. history between 1780 and 2010, including riots, terrorism, assassinations and rampages.
The data indicates that a cycle of violence repeats itself every 50 years in America, like a wave that peaks in every other generation.
If Turchin’s model is right, then the current polarization and inequality in American society will come to a head in 2020. “After the last eight years or so, notice how the discourse in our political class has become fragmented. It’s really unprecedented for the last 100 years. So basically by all measures, there are social pressures for instability that are much worse than 50 years ago.” LiveScience
What I’m really wondering is with 24 hour cable news outlets, why is this not being questioned, instead of silly nonsensical news about Miley Cyrus’ stupid haircut.
Read more: http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/08/dhs-purc
There is only ONE reason I can come up with for the DHS to have all that ammo. And that is so they can use it against US!!!
Be afraid, America. Be very afraid.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I have had some very interesting comments from my last blog "Getting Ready to Sew". Most of you had a good laugh at it, but NOTFATCAT really hit the ball out of the park!
She said "I truely wish our society today would dress nicely and put on a good face. We have become such an uncivil society where anything goes."
That was like a blast of cold reality to me.
It got me thinking (I sometimes actually DO that!), and you know? She's RIGHT!
Like most of us, there are days that I get out of bed, dress in old crummy clothes, don't brush my hair or teeth, don't wash my face...........you get the idea.
Strangely, those are days I don't get much done other than feel lazy and disconnected.
Then there are the mornings where I make my bed, head for the shower, get all clean and shampooed and put on clean clothes that actually match or look good together.
Those are the days I get a whole lot accomplished, and I am actually present in my own life.
It doesn't matter if I am going to town or if I am going out to do gardening. Even my gardening and work clothes can be clean at the start!! I truly do NOT have to garden or houseclean in yesterday's sweat!
But going deeper, I understand what Cat means.
I'm old enough to remember when women didn't wear jeans unless they were riding a horse or working in the hay fields alongside the menfolk.
I am also remembering that women wore dresses...............yes, they had "everyday" dresses and "dress-up church dresses". AND they had their hair in order. Usually they wore lipstick, but only if they were "going out" to the grocery store or someplace else.
I remember all of those ladies being so PRETTY!
I also remember home made meals being served on time, every day. And I remember praying as a family as we all sat down together to partake of those meals.
Don't get me wrong. I am not about to throw away my jeans and sweatshirts, but Cat, you got me going with your wise comments.
Yes, our nation and its people were, at one time, CIVILIZED.
We used to be polite, and it was rare when you ever heard any cussing.
We used to help our neighbors, and make meals for those who were shut in.
Our churches were actually filled, and kids went to Sunday School.
We kids knew we didn't have a choice about going to school. We WENT, and boy oh boy, we better BEHAVE to the teachers, too!! There wasn't any question about doing homework, and we all knew the Pledge of Allegiance, because we said it every day in the classrooms.
We actually admired folks who worked hard and "got ahead". There was no resentment or jealousy of those who had more money, and no disdain for those who had none.
We didn't expect Society to support us; we knew that we had to EARN our own living.
We accepted life on life's terms, and knew that there would always be "them that have, and them that don't". All societies in the entire world have those living conditions.
We used to have "company" for dinner, and the house was clean, hands and faces were washed, manners were polite and curteous. No one was embarrassed to pray at the table, no matter who was sitting there, or what (if any) religion they were.
We RESPECTED the differences in people's political views, and we just got along, knowing it was "The American Way".
"Handouts" meant helping one another. It didn't mean "I don't want to get a job because the Gubmint will take care of me, including giving me a cell phone, all for free".
There was actually a work ethic, unlike now.
Not everyone thought they should go to college either. People were truck drivers, plumbers, carpenters, farmers, clerks, mail carriers, ministers, rabbies, teachers, business owners, secretaries, telephone operators, shop workers, mechanics..............the list goes on and on.
And you know what?? WE ALL GOT ALONG AND WORSHIPPED IN THE SAME CHURCHES.
Jealousy over someone else's good fortune was a sin. We all KNEW what the Seven Deadly Sins were, and tried very conciously to not commit them.
Have you ever noticed that when you are clean and cleanly dressed that you feel and think better? That you are actually kinder and more polite to others? That you just plain feel good about yourself??
Abe Lincoln said "A house divided by itself cannot stand". Our nation is being divided by itself, and will not stand until we get over it, put our big girl panties on and deal with life on life's terms.
So WHAT some of us are Democrats and some of us are Republicans??? Does that mean we should treat each other hatefully? Does that mean we should tell bold faced lies about one another?
It is time for all of us to clean up our acts. Start it with a shower and clean clothes.
JUST FOR TODAY, be KIND and COURTEOUS.
And when you go to bed tonight, ask yourself this question:
WAS THIS A BETTER WAY TO LIVE EACH DAY OF MY LIFE???
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Here's your laugh for the day. This is from a 1949 sewing manual.
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