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Carlos Conrique's Salad

Friday, August 17, 2012

Carlos Conrique's Salad
Gourmet | May 2001

main ingredients
Lettuce, Fruit, Tortillas, Grapefruit, Passion Fruit, Avocado, Leafy Green



dietary considerations

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/

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NOTFATCAT 8/19/2012 4:18PM


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TINAJANE76 8/18/2012 8:43AM

    Thanks for sharing. This will be great for the Spirited Underdogs challenge this week!

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MNABOY 8/17/2012 8:56PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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GRANNYSUE9 8/17/2012 8:17PM

    Will have to try this one! Thanks for sharing!

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RUFFIT 8/17/2012 12:58PM

    I LOVE salads!! Hugs,

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KAYDE53 8/17/2012 12:53PM

    sounds yummy!!! Thanks for sharing!

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Best one-liner of the weekend:

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

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NOTFATCAT 8/16/2012 5:34PM

    HAHAHA. Good one, Gov.

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MNABOY 8/16/2012 9:17AM

    I love it!

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4DOGNIGHT 8/15/2012 12:20PM

    Good one!

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DHA Pruchases 750 Million Rounds of High-Power Ammo

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.

RT reports,

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.

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NOTFATCAT 8/16/2012 5:28PM

    Thanks for sharing this as I had not heard about it.

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MNABOY 8/14/2012 9:57PM

    Maybe DHS is trying to drive the price of ammo up and reduce the supply at the same time? Bad folks will find a weapon to fit their plans.

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Let's Get CIVILIZED Again!!

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.


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.


And when you go to bed tonight, ask yourself this question:

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TINAJANE76 8/15/2012 7:17AM

    Civility is always the way to go in my book. Kindness, respect and courtesy should be given to all people regardless of their beliefs or political points of view. The world would definitely be a much better, and nicer, place if we all put that into practice.

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/15/2012 12:33AM

    Good point sometimes new ways are not best!

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MNABOY 8/14/2012 9:43PM

    You are right on point!

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4DOGNIGHT 8/14/2012 1:41PM

    It is truly rare when I don't shower, get dressed and put on makeup. I rarely venture out without foundation and mascara, not heavy, just enough to make me feel dressed. ANd lipstick is key as well. I agree, our society does not pay too much attention to dress. You can wear anything anywhere it seems. Unless you are going to the theater I suppose. In our church, we have some folks who even wear shorts to church. Not many seem to mind. Thanks for the reminder to put our best foot forward.

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SUCCESS-AMT 8/14/2012 1:31PM

  I liked what you said. People and kids today say and do things we wouldn't having doing 20 years ago. With all the electric gadgets and the internet I believe we have gone backwards in many ways. It use to be that children knew they had to show respect to their elders. Now most kids are to mouthy for their own good and especially when it cvomes to school. They don't think they have to learn or study. I guess we have to realize that a lot of the parents today didn't grown up like we did. Thanks for making us stop and think. emoticon

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Getting Ready to Sew

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Here's your laugh for the day. This is from a 1949 sewing manual.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/14/2012 1:21PM

    My, how the times have changed! Love reading things like this--I have old cookbooks that have similar kinds of advice in them. Um, no, I think not!

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NOTFATCAT 8/13/2012 5:16PM

    OMG that is so great.
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.

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TINAJANE76 8/13/2012 5:26AM

    I love these old bits of advice from the 1940s and 1950s! I can only imagine what my husband would think if he came home and saw me sewing dressed to the nines and with full makeup on, lol!

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SANDYW1945 8/12/2012 5:49PM

    A - What's a dress. emoticon

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JAMARIGOLD 8/12/2012 9:30AM

    Oh, dear! I think a visitor or my husband would fall over in shock if they came in and I was doing anything in dress and full makeup! I do, however, like the first part where it's suggested to have the sewing attitude. That attitude idea works for just about everything. "Good results are difficult when indifference predominates."

Have a great Sunday!

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    OH THIS IS PRICELESS !! HAHAHAHAHA !! I SURE do wish my Mom were still alive,,, she'd SURELY ENJOY hearing this ! HAHAHAHAHA OH YEAH ! HAHAHAHA I LOVED Just READING IT !! Bought back some memories of seeing Grammie back in the 60s myself ! HAHAHAHA SO FUNNY !!!

I DO Remember wearing the HORRIBLE Slips and ironing EVERYTHING,,,,,and wearing dresses to school ALL the time,,,,,, in the 7th grade,,,,it was a part of us OUR doing in which we got the school to NOT doing this any more,,,,,for it was MY class which wore jeans all on the same day,,, what could they do? KICK US ALL OUT? NOT !! LOL I LOVED IT !!! I had to borrow my youngest Brothers Jeans.

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/12/2012 12:53AM

    I love to sew but really I am no poster child when I sew but I was not even born till ten years after that was written so can I get a pass?

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TOWHEE 8/11/2012 10:40PM

    That was published when I was 2 years old and my sister was just born. I certainly don't remember those days, but I do remember the mid-50's and women still dressed every day, down to stockings and girdles. Little girls wore dresses and crinoline slips (highly starched) when they went out in public. I certainly prefer today's more casual style of dress, although I think some of the younger generation have taken it a bit too far.

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4DOGNIGHT 8/11/2012 4:37PM

    ?? Lipstick and powder? Sometimes I'm in my housecoat with no bath yet. I'm on a hyatus for a few days. Dog chewed cords, sewing machine in shop. Carol

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0309COOKIE 8/11/2012 3:19PM

    Oh, that is priceless!

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KIN59VARA 8/11/2012 3:04PM

    I love it!!!

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