another thank you note

I forgot to mention this, though it happened several days ago. Not even a week after I got a thank you note from the people at Stang Auto Tech, for taking my truck there for service, I got another personalized thank you note from the owner and head chef at a restaurant we visited a… Continue reading another thank you note

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Conviviality Love Circus photo

Just in case you missed the “Conviviality Love Circus” play, here’s a photo of the cast. Unlike last year’s Conviviality cast photo, you can actually see me in this one! We had a cast reunion party Friday night and watched the video of the show, which was a hoot. Touch the photo with your pointer… Continue reading Conviviality Love Circus photo

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Ah, it’s got Nutrasweet!

I figured out why the new Coca-Cola BlaK has only 45 calories (see yesterday’s blog entry, below). It’s because it’s got a mix of high fructose corn syrup and aspartame (Nutrasweet) as sweeteners! The coffee flavor does a pretty good job of masking the hideous taste of the aspartame.

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Coca-Cola BlaK

Have you heard of this new beverage from Coca-Cola? They’re calling it “Coca-Cola BlaK“. I saw it at the store today so I had to buy one to try. According to the company’s press release: Coca-Cola BlaK is a sophisticated, premium blend of Coca-Cola, natural flavors and coffee essence. The effervescence and rich flavor of… Continue reading Coca-Cola BlaK

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Borracho Beans

It wasn’t until I took a Spanish class that I learned that borracho means “drunk”. I’d had borracho beans at restaurants before but didn’t realize the source of the name. They’re called borracho because the beans are cooked in beer. Here’s my recipe. 4 cups cooked pinto beans 1/2 pound bacon 1/2 onion 1 clove… Continue reading Borracho Beans

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Pico de Gallo

Todd’s Fresh Salsa (called “pico de gallo” by those in the know) 8 Roma tomatoes 4 tomatillos 1/2 jalapeno 1/2 yellow onion 1 cup cilantro 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground pepper juice of 1/2 lime Roma tomatoes are much better for salsa than the big round tomatoes are. Roma tomatoes have more “meat” to… Continue reading Pico de Gallo

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Creamy Guacamole

Here’s how to make Beth’s favorite guacamole. 1 avocado 2 Tbsp salsa dash of salt dash of ground pepper dash of cayenne pepper dash of onion powder dash of garlic powder 2 Tbsp sour cream This recipe has evolved over time. Beth likes guacamole to be creamier than I used to make it, so I… Continue reading Creamy Guacamole

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Grilled Atlantic Salmon

Buy some salmon. Fire up the grill. Then make this marinade: Grilled Atlantic Salmon Marinade 1/2 cup extra virgin cold pressed olive oil 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp soy sauce 1/4 tsp ground pepper 1 tsp dill Brush over salmon on both sides before and during grilling on open flame.

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Seven Layer Dip

This one’s pretty simple, but people love it. Everyone has a slightly different approach to 7 layer dip, but this is the recipe I learned from my mother in high school, and I’ve stuck with it to this day. Take this to any party, and I guarantee you will have no leftovers. To me, 7… Continue reading Seven Layer Dip

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