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Hey O — How To Cook Good October 26, 2009

Posted by Michael in Food.
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It’s easy.  Anyone can cook good stuff.  I’m going to give you a foolproof system to cook good food.

(I don’t do this myself.  I trained  Cathy.  Me, I just do barbecue.)

You find something to cook, like meat or potatoes or fish or vegetables or eggs or something, and then you add three things (plus salt and pepper and Marie Sharp’s Hot Sauce, to taste).

Here are the three things.

1.  Onion.

Duh.  All good food has onion.

Duh. All good food has onion.

2. Bacon.

Bacon has essential nutrients that make life possible.

Bacon has essential nutrients that make life possible, like fat.

The third necessary ingredient:

3.  NEW MEXICO CHILE PEPPERS!!!

Chile peppers are not just a seasoning, they are a drug with medicinal benefits (e.g., antioxidant, antidepressant and antibacterial properties), and New Mexico specializes in excellent tasting and non-threatening chile peppers.

The narcotic ingredient of chile peppers, capsaicin, is concentrated towards the stem of the pepper fruit (pluck the stem off — don’t chop with a knife) and in the fleshy white membrane that surrounds the seeds (you can throw the seeds away — they don’t add any flavor).  Capsaicin binds with pain receptors in the mouth and throat that are normally responsible for sensing heat. This chemical bonding is persistent; you can’t rinse it off with water or beer.   Trust me about this.   Water and beer don’t work to cool the heat.  I’ve read that yogurt or milk might help, but I’ve never had those things readily available when I needed them.  That’s just something you should know if someone dares you to eat a really good and ripe jalapeno pepper.

Once activated by the capsaicinoids, those pain receptors in your mouth and throat send a message to the brain that you have consumed something hot. The brain responds to the burning sensation by raising the heart rate, and increasing perspiration and nasal discharge.  The brain also releases those feel-good endorphins, just like sex and chocolate.  That’s why you like the chile pepper heat even though you sweat like a pig and snot runs out of your nose.

Ristras are an autumn tradition in Santa Fe.  They string recently harvested chile peppers by the stem and sell them at roadside stands all over the place, so you can hang them to dry and use in your kitchen.  You can’t drive five miles without going by a vendor selling these things.  Here are two ristras that we acquired on our recent trip to Santa Fe, seen as they currently hang at our house.

Hatch Chile Peppers

Large Hatch Chile Peppers - 3' string - $30 - 2,500 Scoville Heat Units

Santa Fe Grande Chile Peppers

Small Santa Fe Grande Chile Peppers - 1' string - $20 - 7,000 Scoville Heat Units

These are both medium hot, sweet flavored chile peppers.  They will not blister your lips or make your scalp sweat like some of the extreme Mexican or Thai chiles.

So, to recap, you can cook anything and make it taste good with these three things:

1. Onion

2. Bacon

3. New Mexico chile peppers

Here’s some music to go with this post.

Give Me Up Again October 25, 2009

Posted by Michael in Music.
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Jonny Lang live:

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A Change Is Gonna Come October 24, 2009

Posted by Michael in Music.
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Let’s Squish Our Fruits Together October 23, 2009

Posted by Michael in Entertainment.
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What an uplifting vision.

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Even the Smallest Candle Burns Brighter in the Dark October 22, 2009

Posted by geoff in News.
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…said my fortune cookie earlier this evening. WTF? Anybody know what that means?

Behold The Power Of Advertising October 22, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Commenting Tips, Crime, Economics, Handblogging, History, Humor, Literature, Lurkers, Man Laws, Nature Shit, Personal Experiences, Pop Culture, Religion, Science, Sex, Sidebar Flag Bullshit, Sports, Terrorist Hemorrhoids, Travel, Women Ranting.
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I dunno. I get the feeling this commercial is trying to tell me something. Something I should buy.

Give me a minute. I’ll be back with the answer soon.

MENSA Inducts 2-Year-Old, And Why We Should Care October 21, 2009

Posted by geoff in News.
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A toddler, only 2 years of age, recently became the youngest member of MENSA:

The Telegraph reports that Oscar Wrigley was assessed by the Gifted Children’s Information Center in Solihull, England, as having an IQ (Intelligence Quotient) of at least 160 — or about the same as Albert Einstein.

But maybe you don’t trust the Gifted Children’s Information Center. Well then, take a look for yourself and behold the genius of a 2-year-old:

Kid knows his meat

Kid knows his meat

“His vocabulary is amazing. He’s able to construct complex sentences,” Oscar’s mother Hannah added. “The other day he said to me, ‘Mummy, sausages are like a party in my mouth.'”

Heck with MENSA – this kid’s destined to become the youngest AoSHQ Moron evah.

6-6 Cav Kiowa Squadron October 21, 2009

Posted by Michael in Art.
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Budget Deficits for Dummies October 21, 2009

Posted by Michael in News.
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How big is $1.4 trillion?

Big.

I mean, real big.

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Compassion on Reality TV October 20, 2009

Posted by Michael in Crime, Pop Culture.
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The contestant pops a breast implant.

Further evidence that there may not be a God.

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Biden’s Plan for Solar Power: What Could Go Wrong? October 20, 2009

Posted by geoff in News.
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Our Vice President pitched his plan for getting us all using solar power. He’s going to government-finance the installation of the panels to remove the upfront costs, and you’ll just pay it off over 20 years via your property taxes:

The solar financing plan that originated in Berkeley in 2007 will become a national model, Vice President Joe Biden said Monday.

Biden’s program, known as Recovery Through Retrofit, creates a framework for cities, counties and states to set up tax districts that allow residential and business property owners to install solar panels and make other energy improvements, repaying the investment over a 20-year property tax assessment.

Doesn’t sound too bad – I mean, he’s just expanding a proven program, isn’t he?

Errrr….not so much:

Berkeley launched its plan last year with 40 homeowners. Of those, two dropped out and 38 have completed or nearly completed solar panel installation, according to the city’s energy department.

That’s nice. We’re going to launch a national initiative based on only one year’s experience gained with only 38 homes.

Oh dear.

The Case for Agnosticism October 19, 2009

Posted by Michael in Humor, Philosophy, Religion.
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Hmmmm

Hmmmm. Tough choice. Lord Krishna, what say you?