When I decided to try and write a blog, I really wondered if anyone would take the time to read it. Much to my surprise, over 1200 people have now viewed this blog during its first three weeks on ChicagoNow. It just goes to show you that I am not the only nut job in the world.
Due to the response from my first interview with Virgil Cain, a second Q&A session is in the works. Virgil has agreed to provide some recipes next week including his famous wing sauce for your Daytona plans.
TRAVEL STORY OF THE WEEK:
Please allow me a moment to thank the cat sitting in 11D on my recent flight from Atlanta to New York's JFK Airport for deciding to break out his Double Beef Fajita platter with extra onions from On The Border while sitting on the tarmac prior to take off. I know that the only food available on the flight will be peanuts, pretzels and that cinnamon cookie made of sawdust, but think about others before you decide to subject the entire plane to your meal. I have been known to bring some food on board but I always try and be courteous to my fellow passengers...normally eating a plain cold sandwich or something like that. Maybe next time I will bring a nine piece of the Colonel, fish tacos or a plate of corn beef and cabbage.
**Loves the smell of the Blue Line in the morning. It smells like...victory. CTA...TAKE IT.
**Wondering how many times Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty is played on an average day.
**Always enjoys going home to the South where the traffic and news anchors say "wrecks" instead of "accidents."
**Was forced to listen to Clocks by Coldplay while standing in line at a store recently. It made me want to drop down into the fetal position until the folks at the Best Buy in Lincoln Park made it stop.
**Rick Santorum wearing a bolo tie with a button down shirt last Saturday at a Republican Lincoln Day dinner in Colorado made for some great unintentional humor. While watching two Texans (Roland Martin and Will Cain) on CNN lose it on set laughing about it was even funnier. The next shot of Santorum showed him wearing a red "power" tie...someone should have been fired.
**Everyone should have a closet full of beer.
**I am hating the Super Bowl more as the years go by. It is for true football fans what New Year's Eve has become to people who like a few drinks...amateur hour. So many people perpetuate the fraud about being football fans on Super Bowl Sunday. All real NFL fans know that NFC/AFC Championship Sunday is the best football of the year. On Super Sunday, people who can't cook make bad food. People who don't know how to bet football throw money into pots that they don't understand. It's about the commercials and the aging superstar(s) who perform at halftime. There are a lot more bad games than exciting ones. I am a bitter man about Super Bowl Sunday as you can tell. Of course maybe, I am just bitter because it has been almost two decades since the Dallas Cowboys last played in a Super Bowl? Upon further review, that is the main reason I hate Super Bowl Sunday.
**Hoping that the NBC Sports Network can really challenge the self-proclaimed worldwide leader. They did a great job last week and I know many sports fans are looking for an alternative to ESPN.
**Ben Gazarra. You made both Jackie Treehorn and Brad Wesley your own. I dug your style Ben. Goodnight sweet prince.
**I think that Barney Rubble was unappreciated as an actor.
**For all the JFK Conspiracy nuts out there, Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository and acted alone. You're welcome.
**Pork...The Other White Meat.
RECIPE OF THE WEEK:
- 2 (15.8 ounce) cans black-eyed peas, drained
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
- 2 fresh medium jalapenos, stemmed, seeded and minced
- 1 small onion, cut into small dice
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into small dice
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 6 tablespoons olive oil (not extra virgin)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl; cover and refrigerate 2 hours or up to 2 days. Before serving, adjust seasonings to taste, adding extra vinegar, salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl.
Have a great weekend folks and stay classy out there.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Refill?"
COMING UP: Bacon...The Candy of Meats.
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