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Showing posts from March 23, 2008

Jack Black Kerouac 1996-2008

It's a sad day. After a rough year I finally made the difficult decision to have my loyal dog, Jack, euthanized. He was loyal right to the end. As big as he was all he wanted was my affection. The picture above is him in better days, but that gaze, that look of love only a dog can give to his owner, was there right 'till the end (albeit with cloudy eyes). I held his head in my hands while he labored for breath and told him what a good boy he was, this seemed to relax him a little. The doctor gave him a lethal injection, and until his eyes closed he had that same look of devotion, loyalty, and love in his cloudy eyes. He was such a good dog. It is a sad day indeed.

Peace, Jack, peace.

Lebanese Flavored Chicken and Brown Rice

This is an easy recipe with many variations. It's a variation of Lebanese Chicken-And-Rice I grew up eating as a kid.

Start by searing a couple chicken breasts until they are golden brown. Use a heavy skillet, sear it in olive oil with the skin-side down first, and make sure that the oil is nearly smoking hot before the chicken goes in the pan. When it is golden brown, remove it to a plate and set aside.

Remove the pan from the heat, add about 8 ounces or so of ground beef or lamb (I prefer lamb, but used grass-fed organic beef because that's what I had on hand). Also add about 1/2 cup of water. Return the pan to the burner and bring it to a boil. Mash the beef with a wooden spoon, while scraping any crispy pieces from the bottom of the pan (the crispy bits are pure flavor). Simmer the beef until the water reduces and it starts to fry in it's own fat (which was rendered out while boiling). Continue to cook the meat until it begins to brown, scraping the bottom with the woode…

Middle Aged Guy (and his son) on a Bike

Buffalo Spree's most recent issue is their green issue. I wrote a couple articles for it. One is about growing victory gardens, the other is on biking, more specifically about being a middle aged guy using bikes as an everyday transportation vehicle. The picture to the right is yours truly with my son, Isaac, on our tandem. Here's a link to the article.

Pasta Recipe

Another "clean out the 'fridge" for dinner night. I made this vegetable pasta dish, and here's how it goes:

Put a pot of water on to boil. While the water is heating dice a half of an onion, a half of a red pepper, and two tomatoes. Chop a small head of broccoli and mince two cloves of garlic.

Heat a few tablespoons of virgin olive oil in a skillet, then add the onion and pepper; saute until translucent but not browned. Add the garlic with a little crushed red pepper, fennel seed, and some basil and oregano. Saute for a minute or two longer. Stir in the broccoli and tomato, saute for a minute or two to bring out flavor, then add a cup of chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cook for about ten minutes, or until the liquid is reduced by half.

Boil the pasta and drain it. Add it to the pan and cook over low heat for a minute or so (to absorb some of the flavors of the sauce). Season with a little salt. Shred some cheddar into the pan, add a little Parme…