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Friday, April 25, 2014

Mo' Rain ~ Steve's Tortilla Soup ~ Happy Hour ~ Zucchini Bread

Good 45º very overcast gloomy still drizzly morning. On the news they just said we'd get 80º next week! OMG. Everything this rain has soaked will grow two feet!

Rain and more rain yesterday....... just over 1/2".
About noon:

Here's a recipe that came from a high school pal and former LAPD, Steve Geon.... Thanks Steve!
Original recipe makes 6 servings

1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained ( I substitute Trader Joes Corn Salsa)
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth (you should have extra can on hand in case you want more broth)
1 (10 ounce) can chunk chicken (I buy broasted chicken)
1 (15 ounce) can black beans (drained)
1 diced avocado, onion, cilantro and oregano to add to soup as deserved
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, drained (I use Homeboy Salsa from Ralphs)
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1. Open the cans of corn, chicken broth, chunk chicken, black beans, and diced tomatoes with green chilies. Pour everything into a large saucepan or stock pot. Simmer over medium heat until chicken is heated through.
2. Crumble Tortilla chips into bowl and pour soup over it. 
3. Have diced avocado, onions, oregano, and cilantro to flavor as desired.

As for the carmelized onions from yesterday, the recipe was told to me by Liz (aka Lizardbreath) my dental hygienist. Sorry Liz, forgot it was you. Brain fart. And yes, they are soooooooooooo good. Great idea.
Historically this date..........
1901 – New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates.

1939 – DC Comics publishes its second major superhero in Detective Comics #27; he is Batman, one of the most popular comic book superheroes of all time.

1945 – The Nazi occupation army surrenders and leaves Northern Italy after a general partisan insurrection by the Italian resistance movement; the puppet fascist regimedissolves and Benito Mussolini tries to escape. This day is taken as symbolic of the Liberation of Italy.

1965 – Teenage sniper Michael Andrew Clark kills three and wounds six others shooting from a hilltop along Highway 101 just south of Santa Maria, California.

2011 – At least 300 people killed in deadliest tornado outbreak in the Southern United States since the 1974 Super Outbreak.

And births this date include....

 1940 - Al Pacino, American actor
     Rode hard? Put away wet? Ewwww......

1964 – Hank Azaria, American actor, director, comedian

1969 – Renée Zellweger, American actress

This map shows the highest paid public employees in the United States.... this of course does not include government employees!

Yesterday after running a few errands (post office to mail Aaron's late birthday present... and dropped of a bunch of Wine Spectator magazines at the Kitchen Company for one of the employees...) the "gang" met up at Blondie's for happy hour. In the shopping center on SW G Street in Grants Pass. 

Jennifer snuck out of work early (Kitchen Company) and joined us... Jeannie and Bill, and the instigators Dee and Dale. We had wine (the guys had habañero/passion fruit martinis) and hors d'oeuvres. Nice! I had the Herding Cats Chard (made in South Africa) and I like it.... 

although the other girls are wine critics and don't.  They stuck with Kendall Jackson Chard. Sorry, I guess I'm just the no class country bumpkin! Fine with me. I wear jeans and my wine is less expensive!

Good thing I had some doggie treats in my purse as Dee and Dale's Sami who was in their SUV saw me and she got a couple and also Jeannie and Bill's Chaka in the back of their Jeep got a couple. Happy pups! Came home to my happy pup and glad to run outside cat! At least the rain had stopped.

All I know. Nuff said. TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
April 25th
National Zucchini Bread Day (OMG I LOVE it!)


Lydia said...

Lots of calories to start the day!

I am a wine sipper. Cost is irrelevant compared to taste- the two are not necessarily co-joined. I am happiest when the wine and food are in harmony.

Statistics are playthings.

A few coaches are highly paid because of capitalism encourages paying most generously those with the ability to bring revenue into the system. I've always wondered if you took the number of low-paid and volunteer positions vs. highest- how these numbers skew.

Anonymous said...

Oh I am so with you re the wine! I used to get teased for my liking Franzia Chard (WZ before that) in the box. Don't care because I like what I like and it's handy and low cost compared to some in the bottle.
I am not into pairing with food. I enjoy a glass of chard with anything.

I find it amazing that most on the map of the highest paid are football coaches. I can certainly believe that in the south! Those folks breathe football! I can understand it tho because of the big bucks brought in if you are a winning team.

XO Trisha

Oregon Sue said...

Yes Trish, we agree. If you get a chance, try the Herding Cats. I like Franzia too. Everyone has their favs.... xo