Monday, June 23, 2008

Are You One?, Open Wide!, -and- Hic!

Are You One? - 6 most annoying coworkers
Open Wide! - dentist accused of dropping tools down patient's throat
Hic! - man charged with DUI in wheelchair

On this day in history: June 23, 1996 - A story by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward in the Washington Post reveals to the world that First Lady Hillary Clinton employed psychic Jean Houston to help her get in touch with her inner "Eleanor Roosevelt."

Born on this day in history: June 23, 1929 - June Carter Cash (1929-2003) Born in Maces Springs, VA, daughter of Ezra and Mother Maybelle Carter, June Carter belonged to the first family of country music. She and sisters Helen and Anita performed as the Carter Sisters. Carter performed with Johnny Cash and the two married in 1968. After semi-retirement, she began recording again in 1999, winning two Grammys. Carter died in Nashville, TN.

Scripture of the Day: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23

Video of the Day: The Fly

This is Mr. Fly. I have taken his as an office pet. I have him tethered by a gossamer thread of 15 feet in length. He is able to fly about the office, but he cannot leave. Click to enlarge.

One of my brothers came to dinner Saturday. I made chicken and penne with artichoke hearts. I sautéed a head of garlic (peeled and cut into thick slices) and two medium white onions (julienned) in extra-virgin olive oil, seasoned with Tony Chachere's More Spice, Italian seasoning, and ground black pepper. When the onions were translucent, I added the contents of a can of quartered artichoke hearts, a red bell pepper (cut into 1/4-inch slices) and three previously-grilled chicken breasts (cut into 1/2-inch slices). I cooked a box of Barilla penne until underdone by two minutes. I drained the pasta and placed into a large pasta bowl, added the chicken and vegetables, tossed, and sealed securely with aluminum foil. I allowed this to rest for five minutes prior to serving. At the table, we added DiGiorno shredded Parmesan cheese. It was a delicious meal.

We watched "Identity." [Ten complete strangers are stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm and soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer might be. This spine-tingling thriller stars John Cusack, Jake Busey, Rebecca DeMornay, Clea DuVall and Ray Liotta.] This movie is fast-paced and certainly entertaining. It is unpredictable and disturbingly realistic. I recommend it to those who enjoy such movies. I enjoyed it.

My brother returned for dinner Sunday. I made dirty rice and red beans. I cooked a box of Tony Chachere's Dirty Rice in the rice cooker. I simmered a can of red beans in a large, covered sauce pan. When the rice was cooked, I added it to the beans and allowed this to simmer on low while Laura completed the grilling of two large pork loins. She seared the loins on both sides then moved to indirect heat and cooked for two hours—mopping every 20 minutes with I sauce I prepared from apple cider vinegar, molasses, brown sugar, honey, lime juice, cumin, ground black pepper, and Tony Chachere's More Spice. The pork loins took on a beautiful glaze from the mopping sauce and were succulent and delicious. Laura took photographs of the pork on the grill, and I shall feature one of her photographs tomorrow. The rice and beans were excellent.

We watched "The Brave One." [Oscar winner Jodie Foster stars in this dramatic thriller as Erica Bain, a New York City radio host who decides to take the law into her own hands after losing her fiancé in a brutal attack. With a determined cop (Terrence Howard) hot on her trail, Erica hunts down the assailants one by one, seeking her own brand of justice. Directed by Neil Jordan ("The Crying Game"), this gritty tale also stars Naveen Andrews, Mary Steenburgen and Nicky Katt.] This movie is fast-paced and entertaining. While it is predictable, this fact does not diminish its impact. The concept of a vigilante as a heroine—while certainly not politically correct—had me cheering her exploits. I enjoyed the movie and recommend it to those who enjoy such movies. There is a good deal of foul language in the movie, as it depicts criminals realistically.