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Creamy Zucchini & Corn with Flank Steak

Great reinforcing flavors with lots of veggies and keeps the meat portion small.
Note start cooking the Steak just before starting the Creme Sauce and the meal will all come together at the same time.

Veggies (note do ALL the prep before starting to cook)

Creme Sauce for the Veggies

  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • 2 T Flour
  • 1 can (12 oz) Evaporated Milk

Veggie Mix

  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lbs Zucchini, quarter them length-wise then cut the quarters in 3/4″ chunks
  • 3 Plum Tomatoes, chopped
  • 15 oz Frozen Corn, defrosted and patted dry
  • 1 t Salt
  • 1/4 t Black Pepper, ground
  • 1/4 t Cumin, ground
  • 1/2 T Crushed Red Pepper flake
  • Shredded “Mexican” Cheese blend
  • Chopped Cilantro (optional)

Start with the Creme Sauce

Heat the oil in a sauce pan over Medium heat. Stir in the flour. Now gradually pour in the evaporated milk while stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the sauce thickens and just starts to bubble. Remove from heat and cover

Place onions and garlic in a large skillet over Medium heat with the oil and until tender, about 3 minutes.
Add the Zucchini and cover until tender, about 9 minutes
Add the Tomatoes and cover for another 2 minutes
Uncover and stir in the Corn, Salt, Pepper, Cumin and Red Pepper flakes
Stir the Creme Sauce into the mixture and heat for about 3 minutes
Serve garnished with the Shredded cheese and chopped Cilantro

Flank Steak

  • 3/4 Cup water
  • 3 T Beef bouillon, granulated or 3 cubes
  • 1/2 C chopped Cilantro
  • 2 T Brown Sugar, Dark
  • 2 T Chili Powder
  • 1 T Oregano, dried
  • 2 t Cumin, ground
  • 1 1/2 – 2 lb Flank Steak

Combine the water and bouillon until dissolved.
Stir in the Cilantro, Sugar, Chili Powder, Oregano and Cumin
Pour mixture into a 1 Gallon zip lock freezer bag and add the Steak
Coat the Steak in the marinade and place in the Refrigerator over night (or for at least 4 hours)

Heat Grill pan over Medium heat and place steak on pan.
Heat each side about 9 minutes per (or until desired level of doneness).
Allow the meat to rest for 5-10 minutes after it comes off the heat to retain the juices.
Cut the Steak, against the grain, into thin strips.
Cut the strips into small bite size pieces (about 3-4 pieces per strip)
Serve the Steak over the Veggie mixture


Southwest Tandori Chicken

Based this recipe off an India “Tandori” style recipe but with an American Southwest flavor

  • 2 lb tub of Plain Yogurt
  • 1 pkg McCormick “Hot” Taco Seasoning
  • 1 pkg McCormick “Regular Taco Seasoning
  • 4 oz Can diced Hatch Green Chiles “mild”
  • 3 Tbl Lime Juice
  • 8 oz of ground Chorizo
  • 4 Green Onions (discard the white “root” portion and finely chop the green stems)
  • 1 Can Yellow Hominy
  • 3 Lbs of Boneless/Skinless Chicken Thighs

Step 1: Mix the Yogurt, Taco packages, Hatch Chiles, Lime Juice, Chorizo (crumbled but not cooked), green onions and 1 cup of the Hominy (reserve the rest for step 3 below) in a large bowl.  Once blended well add the Chicken thighs.

Cover and refrigerate to marinade for 24 Hours

Remove the Chick Thighs and place on a tin foil wrapped broiler pan and place under the broiler for 10 Minutes then reduce the temperature to 350 for another 10 minutes

Step 2: Pour the marinating liquid into a Sauce pan with 1 C. Chicken Broth over Medium-High heat bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium allow to reduce

Step 3: In a frying pan place 3 Tablespoons of vegetable oil. To this heated oil add the remaining Yellow Hominy. Fry until it starts to turn crispy and it will begin to sound like popcorn popping

Serving Suggestion:

  • Place Chicken over a bed of “Spanish/Mexican” Style Rice.
  • Pour the reduced sauce over the chicken
  • Garnish with the crispy Hominy, Crushed Fritos Corn chips and Avocado. Serve with heated flour tortillas

A Great speech on the Debit limit and moving forward…

Rubio shows he is a force for the future.

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Sound of a Sick Kart

So after a one year and two month layoff from kart racing my son decided he want to stat running again.  He started racing when he was 9 and at 16 decided he wanted to take a break.  After running for 7 ytears I think most of us would want to take a break.

Well just prior to calling a halt last year  had purchased a new pump around setup (converted carb and dual fuel pump setup) to replace our stock carb using a TrackMagic “MagicCan” setup.  We figured this was part of the problem we had at Sandia last year.

Installed the new carb setup, checked the kart over, replaced the brake pads, bled the system put fuel in it and headed to the track.

First session lasted two laps until he brought the kart in complaining that 1st and 2nd gear were fine but that the kart fell on it’s face when shifting to 3rd.

Checked the fuel system and determined that the issue had to be a problem with venting and that the new dual pump setup was over pressurinzing the system.  Added a bigger vent tube and overflow catch tank for it.

Back out for the second practice session.  Same problem.  Back to the pits to work on the issue some more.

This time we addd more wire ties as we thought maybe we were sucking air into the system.  Checked jetting and while we were a bit “fat” I did not want to add a “lean burn” to our issues since the day was looking like it was going to be a test session rather than an actual race.

Also did not bother with adjusting gear ratios!

Back out for the third session.  Seemed a bit better except the muffler came loose from the pipe and rather then keep running an cause damage he brought it in to the pits for me to look at.  Fixed the muffler and sent him back out to finish the session.

Back in the pits I checked the plug for color and it was very wet.

Pulled the carb.  Lowered the needle, changed the pilot jet, kept the main jet, replaced the throttle cable and adjusted the pipe bracket (which had caused the pipe to seperate from the muffler).

Lined up dead last on the grid for the race.  We had NEVER been in that position before.

At the drop of the Green Flag we we NOT left for dead.  The wholesale changes had transformed the kart.  Tyler was able to work his up the grid a bit and finished in 10th place in the 125cc Shifter class.  A long way down the grid from what were are used to but at least the weekend was salvaged and hopefully we will be back up the grid at the next race in 4 weeks.

The camera on the kart was pointed too low but here is a few laps early in the day when we were fighting the probem.  You can see Tyler raise his hands in frustration and signal that he is going slow.

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TR Club Trip to Arcosanti

Nice fall weather, dirt roads and sportscars and a day out with your spouse!  Can it get any better?

Dave’s Four Bite Chili Recipe

When you taste the chili you will find that the heat slowly builds with each of the first four bites and then remains constant without getting any spicier. By the fourth bite there will be a warm tingle at the back of your mouth and a slight burning around the outer edges of your lips. Unlike lots of other hot foods your tongue should not really be feeling any heat so that you are able to taste the full flavor of this chili.


Truer words…

I picked up PJ O’Rourke’s new book _Peace Kills_ the other day (adding to my extensive collection of his fine writing) and this morning picked it up and read the dust jacket.  If the little bit I read on the front flyleaf is  indicative of the rest of his book he appears to be in fine form and ready to discuss US Foreign Policy.
While this example is too easy in that it is like “shooting fish…” I had to share.
“…French ideas, French beliefs, and French actions form a sort of lodestone for humanity. A moral compass needle needs a butt end. Whatever direction France is pointing – toward collaboration with Nazis, accommodation with communists, existentialism, Jerry Lewis, or a UN resolution veto – we can go the other way with a quiet conscience…”
That humor aside I urge you all to stop by your local bookstore and read the last chapter in this book. It is entitled:
Postscript: Iwo Jima and the End of Modern Warfare

July 2003
A very moving and heartfelt piece of literature about his thoughts walking the island while filming a documentary.
Now I will read the rest of the book this week and while I know that PJ can twist a rhetorical knife far better than most I look forward to seeing if he has learned to cause a lump in the throat in the rest of his book as well as he did in that last chapter.

Political Quiz

Pretty “interesting” little test. http://franz.org/quiz.htm

I took the test twice and got scores of 27 and 30.  To the right of GHW Bush both times, but to the left of Jack Kemp the first time and the same score as him once. Which I thought was cool because I supported him back when he made a run for the Presidency (before he was Dole’s running mate).

Lori, took the test and she got a 26.  While we were on opposite sides of some of the more “incendiary” topics on this “test” we don’t have real strong political disagreements.

The following quiz by Victor Kamber and Bradley S.O’Leary appeared in the October 28-30, 1994 issue of USA Weekend.

Before you vote in the next election, take this quick, surprising quiz to see where – and with whom – you really stand.

As I said months ago…

With Bush’s win last night I won one steak dinner bet that Bush would beat Kerry and I will have to wait until the end of the month for the absolute final numbers from the States to see if Bush can move his popular total (meaningless) of the vote above 52% (I favor the EV system for the same reason I would not call for a change in the Senate rules on the 60 vote filibuster rule) to see if another steak dinner bet will pay off.
Last numbers I saw this morning were
58,787,327      51.56%

55,225,764      48.43%

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But as always we will have underestimated him and he will beat our french-looking candidate with a much bigger than expected margin. You read it here first.

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