Monday, February 18, 2008

Brave New Schools, From China with Hate, -and- To Have and to Hold

Brave New Schools - child let out of class to attend pagan festival
From China with Hate - Trojan Horse attacks from photo frames
To Have and to Hold - couple married for 83 years

On this day in history: February 18, 2001 - During the Daytona 500, NASCAR phenom Dale Earnhardt crashes into the wall and dies instantly.

Born on this day in history: February 18, 1931 - Toni Morrison (1931– ) Born in Lorain, OH, writer Toni Morrison is known for novels that capture the deep passions and rhythms of African-American life, including "Song of Solomon" (1977) and "Beloved" (1987), which earned a Pulitzer Prize.

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Video of the Day: Very Funny Cats Part 10 - submitted by Cindy

This is the motorhome to have, when only the best will do! Click to enlarge.

I spent most of Friday setting up my prior notebook computer in order to give it to Laura as a Valentine's Day gift. I replaced the failed hard drive with an 80GB Hitachi unit. I installed Microsoft Windows Vista Business, Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise, and an assortment of other software. She was delighted with it.

For dinner Friday, we had a Freschetta four-meat pizza.

We enjoyed our Valentine's Day dinner Saturday evening—postponed because Thursday was a "liquids day" on the food calendar for The Lord's Table. I made a marinade for a giant rib eye stead (extra-virgin olive oil, minced garlic, ground black pepper, Tony Chachere's More Spice, and Almaden Cabernet Sauvignon), and Laura placed the steak and marinade in a zip-lock bag. I made a marinade for giant prawns (extra-virgin olive oil, rice wine vinegar, lime juice, minced garlic, grated ginger, and Tony Chachere's More Spice), and Laura placed the prawns and marinade in a zip-lock bag. The steak and prawns marinated throughout the day. Laura grilled the steak, prawns, four large Jalapeño peppers, a large red bell pepper, and four large white mushrooms. We had a delightful bottle of Mirassou Cabernet Sauvignon. After dinner, we enjoyes some delicious Giradelli chocolate.

Sunday, I made a marinade from extra-virgin olive oil, rice wine vinegar, lime juice, Tony Chachere's More Spice, and Almaden Chardonnay. Laura placed six huge Tyson boneless, skinless chicken breasts and the marinade in a zip-lock bag. The chicken marinated throughout the day. I made Cajun beans. I simmered a large red onion (sliced thinly), two large Jalapeños and 1/2 a large red bell pepper (left over from Saturday's grill and diced), 14 large garlic cloves (thinly sliced), Tony Chachere's More Spice, Gebhardt's chili powder, ground black pepper, brown sugar, cumin, and molasses in 6 ounces of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Laura tended to this for two hours. At that time, she added a large can of black beans, with juice, and began grilling the chicken breasts. I made a batch of small biscuits. It was a delicious meal, and a quantity of chicken remains for future meals.