Wednesday, October 31, 2007
As I like to describe it, I'm here to hobnob with the J.R. Ewings of the world. I've never been to Galveston, but I always hear about what a cute resort town it is, an island right on the Gulf of Mexico.
So far, it's not been so cute. It's late night on Halloween, and we did see some adorable kids running around the streets with their folks, going to local haunted houses in the plantation-style mansions, but mostly it's gas stations, convenience stores, and strung out people running in front of your car. Maybe it will look different during the day....
Texas is it's own "whole 'nother country". The people are so polite and gracious, but you never know what they might say about you when you leave the room. The hotel decor is always sentimental--it makes me pine for my 80s days of fuschia pleather tight pants, white flowing poet shirt, jellies, silver bangles, and big Jersey girl hairdo. It's not all bad, I suppose. You do get great stories and jokes out here. Like:
Once there was a Texan who was visiting Harvard and was lost. He stopped the first person he came to in the hall and said, "Can ya'll tell me where the libary is at?"
To which the affronted Harvard grad replied, "Sir, this is Harvard. At Harvard we never end our sentences with prepositions. Kindly rephrase your question."
"OK, can ya'll tell me where the libary is at, asshole?"
That's a nice one. I think I heard it over 10 years ago when I frequently traveled to Hill Country for a different job (between Austin and San Antonio). Ahhhhhhh, Texas. It seems I'll never be free from your bewitching spell.....
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Chopped Junk Salad with Jon's Dressing (serves 2)
Chop the following and toss in large salad bowl:
1 cup red cabbage
4 medium carrots
1 large red bell pepper
1 cup mixed greens
1 cup cooked beets
For the dressing, whisk together in a small mixing bowl:
3/4 cup unseasoned rice wine vinaigrette
3 Tbsp. canola oil
2 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
Drizzle over the salad and serve.
Wannabehomealotta (bun-less spicy burger over mashed potatoes and veggies)
1 lb. lean ground Angus or Kobe beef
2 cloves minced garlic or 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. mild red chile powder (New Mexico preferred, of course)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. chopped oregano, basil, or 21 Seasoning Salute (available at Trader Joe's)
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
Combine beef with remaining ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Split mixture in half and form two 1/2 lb. patties with your hands. Heat a non-stick skillet over med-high heat, and once the skillet is hot cook patties for 5-10 minutes on each side, until you reach the meat temperature you like (5 minutes should be rare to medium, 7 minutes med-well, 10 minutes well).
Serve over a bed of mashed red potatoes (boil 1 lb. red potatoes for about 20 minutes or until they break or fall off a fork when tested; mash potatoes (skins on) with a fork or a potato masher in a large bowl with 3/4 cup milk and 4 Tbsp. salted butter, soft or melted). Add fresh cut corn and peas--or frozen if you wish--and voila! Enjoy!Do you have a recipe you'd like to share with our blog community? Post a comment and include your recipe!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
It's strange being back in SF, but so far I don't regret moving to NM! It's fantastic being a tourist in this town: I get to stay at a trendy boutique hotel in the Financial District, jog on the Embarcadero every morning, get fresh coffee at Peet's in the SF Ferry Building, go to amazing dinners at the best new restaurants, and catch up with friends when I can sneak in some time.
Wednesday I spent the day working in the San Francisco office. I fit in a lunch at one of my favorite sushi spots, Ozumo, and spent the evening at Jennet and Tom's house in Orinda. They're 6 months pregnant and have an adorable 2-year old, Jarret. Tom showed me the incredible new shed he spent the past 3 months building (more like a small house), and Jennet made us a healthful, home-cooked meal of oven-fried chicken and quinoa with fresh fruit for dessert. It doesn't get much better than that.
This trip was good for the soul for many reasons:1) I learned a lot about the construction industry and my personal role in it
2) I had the opportunity to spend quality time with friends at lunch and in the evenings3) I learned that I truly WANT what I HAVE. I sorely missed Jon, the cats, and our lovely home so much while in the Bay Area; an unexpected, but welcome reaction. I'm IMMENSELY happy to be home this weekend!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Gorgeous, crisp autumn weather...excellent wine and food at every third hole...and a great couple in our foursome who were more interested in having fun than winning the tournament (like us)...a perfect day!
The 12th annual Gruet Golf Classic was part of the annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival. Gruet is a local family winery that began in France, specializing in excellent French-style champagne, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay--all sourced locally!
It was Val's first golf tournament. We had loads of fun, but no--we didn't win! Nevertheless, it was a great experience. We hope to do it again next year!
On the menu (each paired with a Gruet wine):
Hole #4: "Trash can" Angus beef burgers, topped with homemade cole slaw, lettuce, cucumber and sweet potato fries (Geronimo)
Hole #7: Alaskan halibut ceviche with habanero guacamole, salsa ranchera, salsa verde and mango salsa with fresh tortilla chips (Rio Chama)
Hole #10: Buffalo short rib taquitos with huitlachoche sauce and napa cabbage, quince & sundried cherry slaw (La Casa Sena)
Hole #15: Duck and asiago quesadillas with tropical mint salsa (Quail Run)
Hole #17: Asian crab cakes (Jinja)