Hot, Hot, Hot!

There’s this classic buffalo wild wings challenge. I can’t talk, y’all. Why would they make something — Get your life right with God. Uh-huh! This is very painfuol. No one can do this challenge. But the aftermath is not …. worth it. And then Shaq tackles the NBA Paqui one-chip challenge. I’m not making a face, I’m coughing. Ernie, I’m coughing! Anybody got some milk? You win, Chuck! … Two percent milk saved my life. The Cure summarizes it all nicely with Hot, Hot, Hot.

The Last Best Thanksgiving

I am remembering Robo’s last Thanksgving, our last Thanksgiving together. I recently spoke to a friend who is going through a rough patch with a dying relative. She told me, I keep thinking of things in terms of “last” as in last birthday, last Thanksgiving, last Christmas, etc. I told her not to thinnk of them as the last, but the best or the most cherished. And that is what Thanksgiving 2011 is to me, and always will be. Thanksgiving was always Roberto’s favorite holiday, for reasons you can imagine: Food and football, a license to pig out and overdose on sports on TV? It doesn’t get better than that if you are a guy! The menu was fairly simple. We were hooked on Giada DeLaurentiis and her cooking shows, so a lot of the dishes were Giada-inspired. For starters, I made a berry strada. Followed by tomato and green bean casserole. I also made cornbread with creamed corn and jalapeno peppers, rich and creamy. I had found a fresh turkey breast at the grocer and roasted that on my own (later I would come to rely on precooked turkey from Pappas and Honey Baked Ham Co.). Dessert was the …

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The Great Birthday Cake Caper of 1990

In a conversation with Robo today, I was reminded of how badly an office birthday party went some years ago. I was working at a law firm in San Antonio at the time, for a female partner who had a reputation of being a real perfectionist and a task master, both with her staff (me) and the attorneys she worked with. (Okay, when they hired me, they told me I’d be working for the “firm bitch.” — but it ends up nothing was farther from the truth.) We were working on a case with the hospital district who was defending a sex discrimination lawsuit by a nurse. Our defense was that the nurse was a certified nut job. We even tried to claim she had Munchausen’s Syndrome. In examining her medical and personnel records, it was discovered that she, too, was born on July 13. And since her case bore so much resemblance to the case of Genene Jones, the infamous Baby Death Nurse of South Texas, I soon discovered that Genene also shared a birthday with me and our mischievous plaintiff, July 13. My boss, not being someone generally taken with mirth or game-playing had decided to go out …

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Chicken Tequila … It’s What’s For Dinner

Tonight, I’m making one of Robert’s favorites. It’s a dish copied from the Alonti Deli in downtown Houston, and made better by me (at least according to Robert, but maybe that’s because he likes sleeping indoors!). It’s very easy to fix, start the salted water boiling for the pasta while you prep the vegetables. By the time you’ve melded the sauce, the pasta is ready to drain and dinner is served, in under 30 minutes. Ingredients Olive oil 1 cup grilled chicken, cubed (I use 6 oz. Hormel Select Carved chicken breast) Four bell peppers, cleaned and julienned 1 cup mushrooms, cleaned and sliced 12 ounces pasta (I recommend fettuccini or bow tie pasta), cooked in salted water Alfredo Sauce (I use Monterrey Pasta Co. fresh alfredo sauce) Tablespoon granulated chicken boullion Tabasco sauce Sea salt Cracked pepper Shredded parmesan Preparation Once your salted water has come to a boil you can start preparation. Add pasta to boiling water. Clean and julienne four bell peppers (I like to use green, orange, yellow and red). Clean and slice mushrooms. Heat olive oil in wide saute pan and add peppers. Saute lightly for about five minutes, then add mushrooms. Add chicken, toss …

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Guilt-Free Lemon Cake With BlueBerries and Lemon Cream Sauce

Since both Robert and I are diabetic, I devised a quick and easy dessert that tastes good and is sugar free. It requires obtaining a sugar-free lemon pound cake, which I have found at a local grocer, Seller Brothers. If you can’t find such a cake in your location, I suggest angel food cake as it is the lightest cake you’ll find other than this. Ingredients A sugar-free lemon or plain cream or pound cake or an angel food cake 2 cups fresh sweet blueberries sprinkled with Splenda to make their own juice 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1/2 cup Splenda 2/3 cup water 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice Container sugar-free Cool Whip Preparation In saucepan, combine the cornstarch, Splenda and water. Cook, over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and clear, about 5 mins. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, stirring constantly to blend the juice into the mixture. Cool mixture in refrigerator for at least half an hour. Blend one cup of sugar free Cool Whip into the cornstarch mixture. Place two thin slices of lemon cream cake onto a dessert plate, put a dollop of lemon cream sauce on each cake slice, sprinkle with berries and …

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