Monday, March 09, 2009

Fighting Back, Fighting Back 2, -and- Fighting Back 3

Fighting Back - Australian man wrestles kangaroo intruder
Fighting Back 2 - homeowner strikes back against burglar
Fighting Back 3 - bank employees and customer chase, tackle bank robbery suspect

On this day in history: March 9, 1997 - Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) killed in a drive-by outside the Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles. The murder has never been officially solved.

Born on this day in history: March 9, 1964 - Juliette Binoche (1964 - ) Born in Paris, actress Juliette Binoche got started on stage as a teenager and went on to stardom in "Rendez-vous" (1985) and to international success in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988). Later films include "The English Patient" (1996), for which she won an Oscar.

Scripture of the Day: For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live
according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. - Romans 8:3-4

Video of the Day: MercyMe - "Finally Home" - submitted by Laura

Imagine my surprise Friday morning, when I saw this new menu item at the deli near my office. On the menu, this is named, "The Perfect Meal." It is a double bacon cheeseburger on a glazed doughnut. I shied from this and opted for the seared ahi with wasabi aioli on toasted sourdough bread. Click to enlarge.

The weather was really pleasant throughout the weekend. It was sunny, dry, and warm; the sky was blue and clear; and the birds sang with great merriment.

We watched five episodes from season one of "Boston Legal" and chortled greatly.

Friday evening, we enjoyed a Roasted Garlic Chicken pizza from California Pizza Kitchen. It was delightful, consisting of roasted garlic, grilled chicken, Mozzarella cheese, mild onions, and Italian parsley, with a white wine and garlic-shallot butter sauce. Visit the California Pizza Kitchen Web site to view their menu. It presents a dizzying array of pizzas, pastas, appetizers, etc. The local market at which we shop offers only the Roasted Garlic Chicken pizza. While this is disappointing, it is not nearly as disappointing as it would be were they to offer no pizzas from California Pizza Kitchen!

Saturday morning, we made a wonderful brunch: I sautéed New York style pork sausage links (quartered), 8 large garlic cloves (rough-chopped), diced green onions, and a large Jalapeño (diced) in a large sauté pan. I seasoned this with adobo, ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes. When the sausage was fully cooked, I added 8 large Eggland's Best eggs (beaten, seasoned with adobo and ground black pepper) and cooked until the eggs were fluffy and fully cooked—stirring often. Laura produced a batch of petite biscuits in the conventional oven. At the table, we added Crystal Louisiana hot sauce and made tiny sandwiches. It was a delicious meal. I enjoyed a quantity of leftovers this morning while composing this blog entry!

I grilled rib eye steaks Saturday. It was perfect grilling weather. The steaks were succulent, and a baked potatoes with sour cream and chives and a vegetable medley of corn, baby broccoli florettes, and diced red bell peppers in a butter sauce accompanied them.

I had intended to grill Tyson boneless, skinless chicken breasts Sunday evening. Laura, however, voiced great interest in having a pasta dish. I created a wonderful sauce with diced Italian sausage, diced red bell pepper, slivered white onion, a quantity of rough-chopped garlic, and 8 large white mushrooms (sliced). I sautéed these ingredients in extra-virgin olive oil. When this was fully cooked, I added a can of tomato paste and slowly incorporated it into the sauce. I cooked a package of spaghetti until al dente, drained, and folded it into the sauce. It was excellent. A quantity of leftovers followed Laura to Chico this morning.