Monday, August 17, 2009

Fighting Back, Putting the Squeeze On, -and- Falling Down

Fighting Back - 72-year-old shop owner fatally shoots two robbers
Putting the Squeeze On - NYC tickets 10-year-old lemonade-selling girl
Falling Down - NYC man falls 30 feet through rusted sidewalk plate

On this day in history: August 17, 1948 - Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard is arrested for bad checks in San Luis Obispo, California. In court a fortnight later, Hubbard pays the $25 fine.

Born on this day in history: August 17, 1943 - Robert De Niro (1943 - ) Born in New York City, actor and director Robert made his film debut in 1965, and received Oscars for "The Godfather, Part II" (1974) and "Raging Bull" (1980). In 2002, he set up a production company to help revitalize Manhattan after 9/11. De Niro received an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

Scripture of the Day: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. - John 15:16

Video of the Day: Paul Gilbert - "Hey Joe"

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while driving to my office this morning!

Weekend Grilling
The weekend provided weather that was perfect for grilling: It was hot, and there was a nice breeze.

Saturday, I grilled large, thick New York strip steaks. Laura performed a spicy dry rub on the steaks early in the day, using Pappy's Seasoning, garlic powder, and ground black pepper.The steaks were accompanied by baked russet potatoes, slathered with sour cream and sprinkled with fresh chives, freshly ground black pepper, sea salt, and crushed red peppers. It was a delightful meal. Nearly half of the steaks remained following our meal.

Sunday, following service at Harvest Christian Center, I sautéed the leftover New York strip steaks and made fried eggs and toasted Oroweat Health Nut bread. It was an excellent brunch.

Sunday, I liberally sprinkled three huge chicken halves with Pappy's Seasoning, ground black pepper, crushed red pepper, granulated garlic, and ground cumin. I grilled the chicken for four hours using indirect heat. The chicken was wonderfully moist and flavorful. The meat fell easily from the bones. A great quantity of chicken remains for future meals.

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