Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Social Climber, Never Too Young, -and- Controlling the Substances

Social Climber - Hillary admits she was not named for Sir Edmund
Never Too Young - 14-year-old girl accused of supplying machine guns
Controlling the Substances - using LSD to cure alcoholism

On this day in history: October 17, 1989 - The Loma Prieta earthquake strikes the San Francisco Bay Area, killing 67 and causing billions in property damage. The 6.9-magnitude temblor manages to collapse a long section of the double-decker I-880 freeway, smushing motorists between the two layers. Part of the Bay Bridge also collapses.

Born on this day in history: October 17, 1915 - Arthur Miller (1915 - ____) dramatist. He dealt with social and political problems in "Death of a Salesman," 1950 and "The Crucible," 1953.

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I was discussing food with my friend Corey—the owner of neighboring Corning Auto Parts—and shared with him the wonderful green bean dish I made to accompany the grilled top sirloin steaks last Saturday. He suggested that I include it in a blog post, so here it is!

I poached a pound of green beans in boiling water for 3 minutes, rinsed in cold water, and set aside. In a large sauté pan, I cooked three strips of extra-thick, hardwood-smoked bacon, cut into one-inch sections, over medium heat. After the bacon cooked for 2 minutes, I added sliced red onion and minced garlic and cooked for another 2 minutes. I then added sliced white mushrooms and cooked for another 4 minutes. I then added sliced cluster tomatoes, ground black pepper, sea salt, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper and cooked for 10 minutes, turning the heat to one notch above low. I then turned the heat to low, stirred in the green beans, and awaited Laura's grilling of the steaks. The beans were delightful!