Saturday, February 15, 2014

Following the Tracks

Leaves blown into dog tracks, taken January 26, 2013.

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  1. Happy Saturday to all. May all our snow melt away. I guess given all the snow that storm dumped, I can't complain about our 2-3 inches ... but I don't have to like it.

  2. We only wound up with 3ish" of fresh snow at our place but we are out of salt. "We" in this case meaning most of our city as well as other counties/townships around the state. Department of Transportation requested bids for an addt'l 150k tons of salt to get through the end of the season and over a 10-day bid period got a big fat load of nothin'. At this point their entire story is, "Uhhh, we're currently pursuing other options."

    Dayton area woman arrested for trying to melt snow on neighborhood street with homemade flamethrower...

  3. The rain never did change over to snow last night. Or if it did, it melted on contact. Today is cool and windy.

    Jen, when I was in high school, we had a situation like that. The town got around on snowmobiles for a week.

  4. Snowmobile day would be a vast improvement over regular snow day! :)

    E had to go in to work today, she drives through several different neighborhoods to get there, and she said it was hilariously obvious where the lines for the snobbiest local township are because those are the only clear streets in the city.

  5. May be the towns could use giant snowballs to clear the streets. Looks like they're doing work on it at Reed College. That school has a way of producing unconventional thinkers. Steve Jobs went there for one year.

    1. Buncha math majors had themselves a snowball day instead of finishing up studying for physics, lol, no Feynman award for them!

  6. There is a real shortage of salt around here. Suppliers are refusing to sell to anyone but the government.

  7. We got more snow last night. :( Tomorrow's forecast is for snow, freezing rain, and sleet. :( :(

    Blecch. We're supposed to have temps in 40s starting Tuesday but I'm not sure I believe it -- this winter has pretty much not liked anybody anywhere.

  8. Tomorrow was supposed to be in the high 40s and now our revised forecast is for a peak of 35F with ice pellets. SALT-FREE ICE PELLETS. I'm about to get very sassymouthed with the mothers of nature, not that they'll notice.

    Here's how to make easy arroz con pollo (Spanish/Cuban style chicken & rice), which is a nice stick-to-your-ribs dish for wintertime and can be served alongside virtually any accompaniment:

    1. Put enough olive oil in a large skillet with sides and a lid to coat the bottom of the skillet. Over medium high heat, quickly sear/brown each side of 2-4 chicken breasts/cut up whole chicken. Set chicken aside.

    2. Add 2-3ish tablespoons more olive oil to skillet, then add 1 whole large/2 smaller thinly sliced onion(s). Cover and saute for 5 minutes, until onion becomes translucent. Stir in 1 or 2 cloves of minced garlic, saute a minute or so until garlic becomes fragrant.

    3. Add 1 & 1/2 cups of white rice, 1 bay leaf, some kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, and choose either saffron (expensive!) or turmeric (I prefer this cheaper, less intense spice) (but either one will turn the rice yellow), and stir that all together. Saute a couple minutes until the rice is well coated in the oil and then nestle the chicken pieces in the rice and add 3 cups of chicken stock.

    4. Adjust the heat until you get a steady simmer/gentle bubbling, but not a boil, cover, and cook about 20-25 minutes, until a thermometer says the thickest part of the thickest chicken piece has reached 165F.

    If you like other things in your arroz con pollo, like peas or peppers or whathaveyou, you can add them in either during the initial saute right before you add the broth (such as with diced green/red peppers), or about halfway through the covered-cook time (such as with peas). If you overcook the dish for about 5-10 minutes, just by letting it sit over low heat still covered, it will get mushy and sort of like a casserole and is excellent that way as well. Leftovers will keep 3-4 days covered in the fridge.

  9. Morning!

    I'll have to grab the recipe once I'm at the computer. (Sitting in the living room with the tablet, while Mason scrolls around the world on another tablet & asks nonsense questions.)

    Definitely Spring #3. No below freezing temps for at least the week ahead. The snow is all but gone now. Back to normal, if there is such a thing on Planet Georgia.