Music Thursday

Two great things that go great together: Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks. I didn’t get to see it as it happens because I was watching the World Series. GO CUBS!

Beyonce + Dixie Chicks Live at the CMAs

AND there’s a studio version up on Soundcloud.

Beyonce + Dixie Chicks on Soundcloud

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Warm me up, day 2

Yesterday’s kitchen adventure turned out pretty well. My house reeks of bacon, which I admit I really like. Some of the soup is in the freezer and some went to the office today to share.  Today is still chilly and rainy so I decided to try another cold-weather recipe and went for this:

Serious Eats pressure cooker Texas Chile con Carne

Serious Eats is one of my favorite sources. I’ve made this once before and it turned out great. My usual chili recipe involves a packet of chili seasoning and ground beef so the DIY approach was new for me. But just like my standard chili, this also proved to be great left over and there’s lots of add-on options at the end. I liked it in a tortilla with a little avocado.

I didn’t deviate too far from the recipe but I will admit I didn’t do a good job with the meat. First, I’m lazy and have terrible knife skills so I bought pre-cut stew meat. Second I was supposed to get it nicely browned before it went into the pressure cooker and that didn’t really happen. I imagine the goal was to get a little crisp on it and there I failed.

The chicken broth-chili mixture cleared me, coughing, out of the kitchen when I took the lid off the blender, which was awesome. And I mean that in all seriousness. It’s legit.

Post-dinner update: turned out great! For me the addition of masa harina at the end really makes a difference. I love the robustness and the balance of spices. If you like a bland chili I would say skip it but if you’re up for a flavor bomb, dig in. I can’t wait to see how it tastes tomorrow – should be even better.

Thirsty Thursday

Another Republican debate and I’m slowly climbing off the wagon. Starting slow and sipping gently. I am a big fan of Tallgrass Brewing’s Velvet Rooster, so I was curious to try this:

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Wooden Rooster,  which is Velvet Rooster aged in whiskey barrels. It was delicious and a wonderful slow sipping beer. Maybe just a tad too whiskey-ish for me, because I was mentally transported to a brief unsustainable period of my college life where I was in an intense and difficult relationship with Jack Daniels. Bad times, man, bad times. If you have positive associations with whiskey and enjoy a nice Belgian tripel I say go for it. I could be tempted to try it again.

End Times

In what may be a sign of the end of the world, I had a health scare that has led me to quit drinking for the time being. It’s giving me flashbacks to being a freshman Young Lifer primed on the D.A.R.E. program, armed with a plastic smile and the phrase “I don’t need to drink to have a good time.” Cringe, groan. So today’s Thirsty Thursday is a tall cold glass of water. Hydrate, bitches. I cleaned out the refrigerator and took all my beer to my dad, who says “I may never drink Bud Light again.” So there’s that. I’m doing the Lord’s work. What’s left in my fridge is cheese products, condiments and makeup. And ham.

The part that really sucks is that these presidential campaigns call for drinking. At this point Obamacare should cover booze. How am I supposed to stand this? I’m reduced to heavy sighing. And there’s nine months left of this dumpster fire.

Thirsty Thursday

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I was not an IPA drinker at all until last summer, and this is one of my favorites. My beer descriptors are terrible – I just know if I like it. It tastes lighter than it looks in the glass, and it doesn’t have as much hoppy bite as some IPAs. But it still has some punch. I took this picture last week when it was still warm outside, and now that the temperature has dropped I’ll be moving on to darker selections.

One of my favorite things to do when I’m out of state is find a good liquor store and buy any seasonal stuff that we don’t get in Oklahoma, and this was part of my spring/early summer buying spree at Spec’s in Dallas. That being said we have great local selection these days so the out-of-state buy is more for fun than for necessity.