Monday, July 07, 2008

No Sense of Direction, Up Up and Away, -and- Passing Gas

No Sense of Direction - FedEx delivers 200-pound marijuana shipment to wrong recipient
Up Up and Away! - lawn-chair balloonist flies from Oregon to Idaho
Passing Gas - mechanic claims car gets 110 MPG

On this day in history: July 7, 1942 - Himmler gives the go-ahead for sterilization experiments at Auschwitz.

Born on this day in history: July 7, 1980 - Michelle Kwan (1980-) Born in Torrance, California, figure skating champion Michelle Kwan began skating at five, winning her first competition a year later. Kwan went on to capture the world title five times.

Scripture of the Day: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." - Matthew 7:7-8

Video of the Day: Rats Take over KFC/Taco Bell - submitted by Amber

This will not end well! Click to enlarge.

We did not travel last weekend. The only fireworks we saw were on television. It was hot, and the sky was filled with smoke from the fires. California fires continue to rage. It was reported that the fire in Big Sur may not be fully contained until November!

One of my brothers came to dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, I marinated Tyson boneless, skinless chicken breasts in extra-virgin olive oil, rice wine vinegar, granulated garlic, powdered ginger, cumin, lime juice, and Tony Chachere's More Spice. I grilled over indirect heat. For the final few minutes, I placed the breasts over high flames and charred slightly. I made a potato salad with diced white potatoes (steamed in the microwave oven), sliced radishes, chopped red onion, chopped red bell pepper, green peas, chopped hard-boiled egg, chopped celery, mayonnaise, ranch dressing, spicy brown mustard, wasabi paste, celery salt, Tony Chachere's More Spice, ground black pepper, Italian seasoning, and lime juice. It was an excellent meal.

For dinner on Sunday, I had planned to make fettuccine with marinara sauce. Laura indicated that she hungered for a steak, however, so following the early service at Harvest Christian Center, I shopped. I bought some thick New York strip steaks and marinated them in extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, granulated garlic, Tony Chachere's More Spice, powdered ginger, ground black pepper, sea salt, and Italian seasoning. I sautéed julienned red bell pepper, julienned red onion, and sliced Roma tomatoes. I placed a quantity of green beans in a casserole dish and covered with the sautéed vegetables. I covered the casserole dish and cooked in the microwave for 3 minutes. I sliced garlic bread and placed on a baking sheet. Laura baked this in the conventional oven while I tended to the grill. I charred the steaks on both sides over high flames. They were perfect—charred on the outside, with nice grill marks, and rare in the center. It was a delightful meal.