Monday, July 14, 2008

Fighting Back, You Are What You Eat, -and- Good Dog!

Fighting Back - woman, .357 blazing, chases intruders from home
You Are What You Eat - docs pull screws, nails from metal-eating man
Good Dog! - hero dog helps couple fight pirates of the Caribbean

On this day in history: July 14, 1881 - In the Sumner, New Mexico home of his friend Pete Maxwell, notorious outlaw Billy the Kid steps into a darkened bedroom and is shot dead by sheriff Pat Garrett. Billy's last words are "¿Quién es?" (Who is it?)

Born on this day in history: July 14, 1912 - Woody Guthrie (1912 - 1967) Born in Okemah, Oklahoma, folk musician and songwriter Woody Guthrie lived a hobo’s life until becoming a radio personality in Los Angeles in 1937. He wrote or adapted more than 1000 songs, including "This Land is Your Land" (1940). Guthrie spent his last years ravaged by Huntington's chorea.

Scripture of the Day: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14

Video of the Day: Time-lapse Road Trip in a Hybrid - Texas to Canada - submitted by Darin

Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions. Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with meltwater and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form. When an iceberg falls into the sea, a layer of salty seawater can freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe. Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the sea. Click to enlarge.

The air quality has improved somewhat since last Friday. The temperatures have dropped a bit from the triple-digit heat wave of last week. Today is forecast to be a mere 99 degrees! The winds abated over the weekend, and this greatly reduced threats from wildfires in California.

While shopping at Sav-Mor Foods Friday afternoon, I encountered the largest white mushrooms I have ever seen! They were 3 - 4 inches in diameter! I purchased a quantity of them. For dinner yesterday, we made stuffed mushrooms and steamed green beans. I cleaned the giant mushrooms and carefully hollowed them so that they would accept a goodly quantity of stuffing. Laura mixed hot New York-style pork sausage, Tony Chachere's More Spice, Italian seasoning, ground black pepper, ground cumin, Italian bread crumbs, minced garlic, and shredded cheddar, jack, and pepperjack cheese. She stuffed the mushroom caps and refrigerated. I placed a package of green beans in a casserole dish, seasoned with Red Monkey lemon pepper seasoning, covered, and set aside. I made a marinade of extra-virgin olive oil, rice wine vinegar, ground cumin, ground ginger, garlic powder, fresh lime juice, honey, and Red Monkey mango habanero seasoning. I marinated Tyson boneless, skinless chicken breasts for six hours. I grilled the mushrooms and chicken for 45 minutes over indirect heat. I brushed the chicken with the marinade every 15 minutes. I sprayed the mushrooms with a mixture of 1 part extra-virgin olive oil and 3 parts balsamic vinegar every 15 minutes. When the mushrooms and chicken were nearly done, I steamed the green beans in the microwave oven for 5 minutes. The dinner was incredibly delicious. The mushrooms were so enormous that we each were able to eat only one share a second. A mushroom and some green beans will follow Laura to Chico this morning. Two mushrooms remain for a meal later in the week. The chicken will be used for a meal later in the week. Laura plucked a nibblet from one of the breasts and declared it delicious.