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
- 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
- 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
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.Â 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
- 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
Rubio shows he is a force for the future.
So after a one year and two month layoff from kart racing my son decided he want to stat running again.Â Â He started racing when he was 9 and at 16 decided he wanted to take a break.Â After running for 7 ytears I think most of us would want to take a break.
Well just prior to calling a halt last yearÂ had purchased a new pump around setup (converted carb and dual fuel pump setup) to replace our stock carb using a TrackMagic “MagicCan” setup.Â 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.Â Added a bigger vent tube and overflow catch tank for it.
Back out for the second practice session.Â Same problem.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â We had NEVER been in that position before.
At the drop of the Green Flag we we NOT left for dead.Â The wholesale changes had transformed the kart.Â Tyler was able to work his up the grid a bit and finished in 10th place in the 125cc Shifter class.Â 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.Â You can see Tyler raise his hands in frustration and signal that he is going slow.
Back in 2002 I was the in-car instructor for a student in a DodgeÂ Viper.Â I had a copy of the incident report on my old site along with a video of the incident.Â Over the years copies of this video have sprung up on websites all over the place.
Here is a better copy of that video along with the official report I files (with names redacted).
Oh, that morning one of the other instructors had a camera crew up on the roof of the Buddy Jobe suites at the end of the front straight testing out a new HD Camera.Â That’s why the video is in “wide-screen”
Text of the Report that I filed about the incident (names removed)
Analysis of On-Track Incident at Phoenix International Raceway â€“ November 30, 2002
Â Student:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Xxxxx Xxxxxxxx
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Scottsdale, AZ
Vehicle:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2000 Dodge Viper Roadster
The morning began with an on-track â€œstation-wagonâ€ session.Â During this low speed introductory event I took Mr. Xxxxxxxx out for a ride in my 1988 Porsche 944 to show him the line that would be presented to him in the classroom and to show him some of the points of interest that he should pay particular attention to.Â In particular I showed him the areas that I always stress during these ride-along sessions:
- The need to late apex T2
- The importance of treating T7 as a constant radius, even though the track looks like it is moving out and in on you, so that T8 is a non-event.
- The Proper line through NASCAR 3 and 4 so as to not run the risk of getting to high on the track where there are â€œmarblesâ€ and to not get to low so as to stay above the yellow and white line on the exit of T4.Â During one of the laps I actually took him below the white line so that he could feel the transition and explained what to do if he were to find himself in that area.
- Told him that every student drives through the Oval the first couple of times at around 60 miles an hour which in turn helps to keep them below our established speed limit.
- Showed him that he is to carry his speed through T1 and use the NASCAR pit boxes between T1 and T2 as his breaking and downshifting area.
Â When the students were released from their first classroom session I was waiting outside and seeing Mr. Xxxxxxxx I asked him if he had an instructor to ride with him yet.Â He did not, so I climbed into his car and directed him to drive up to the grid in the cold pits to wait for his session to begin.
Â While sitting in his car waiting to be released to go on track I asked him some questions about his car and how long he had owned it.Â He indicated that this was his second Viper and that he had not done any schools before but that he had driven on PIR during a ride around session during a Grand-Am event.
Â As I normally do I reiterated to him that this was not a race session and that we would not be allowed to pass on the corners, just on the designated straights and that there was an established speed limit on the front straight of no more than 100 miles per hour.Â I told him the saying that I tell every student and prospective student, â€œyou drove the car out here and you want to drive it homeâ€, therefore, â€œonly drive the car to the level that you feel comfortable doing â€“ donâ€™t push itâ€.
Â With that said we eventually headed out onto the track.Â The first four or five laps were uneventful and I found myself quite impressed that by the second lap he appeared to have mastered the concept of T7, albeit at a fairly low speed but on the line nonetheless.Â He was driving correctly through the pit boxes between T1 and T2 even though some of the cars in front of us were off this line.Â His entrance to T2 was not quite late enough but was starting to get better with each lap as he saw the benefit to turning in later each time as I explained to him upon exiting T3.
Â Eventually we found ourselves with only one car, a BMW Z3, in front of us as we exited T9 onto the Oval and Mr. Xxxxxxxx stayed low on the exit and the Z3 stayed high to wave us by when we passed.Â This would be his first trip down the front straight were he was not following another student or Novice Street Session driver.Â He transited through the Oval at almost 70 miles per hour with a comfortable line and speed that did not present any noticeable feelings on the senses. Once onto the front straight he opened up the throttle a bit but maintained the established speed limit. In fact he indicated later, although I did not actually feel it, that he brushed the brakes once to stay under this limit.
Â On turn-in for T1 he put in the clutch and I believe went down from fourth to third and then second and let out the clutch before I could say anything.Â As soon as he let the clutch back out the rear end locked up and around the car came.Â I then found us sliding passenger side first toward the wall and the T1 worker area.Â At first I thought we were going to miss the wall and if Mr. Xxxxxxxx had moved the wheel slightly with the direction of the spin to bring the nose back around rather than into the spin try and stop it we would have.Â As it were we hit with a glancing blow and came to a rest a short distance away and on the gore area between the transition of NASCAR 1 and the Road course T1 facing toward the rest of the cars coming through T1 and looking out through the now raised hood of the vehicle.
Â I restrained Mr. Xxxxxxxx from exiting the vehicle until the corner workers had secured the area with yellow flags (which were out and waving immediately) and that the emergency crew had arrived to act as a roadblock for us with the wrecker.Â Once they arrived and parked in front of us I allowed Mr. Xxxxxxxx to exit the vehicle.
Â While waiting in the vehicle for the above to occur I gave the corner workers a â€œthumbs-upâ€ to indicate that we appeared to be ok and uninjured and started the debrief with Mr. Xxxxxxxx when he asked â€œwhat did I do wrong?â€Â I told him that the incident was caused due to his downshifting as he entered T1.Â He indicated to me that â€œno oneâ€ had told him not to do that.Â I did not argue with him as that was not the time or place given his current state of mind and agitation but I know that I mentioned it during the station wagon session as this is part of my normal delivery during those sessions and I know that this is a topic of one of the slides during the PowerPoint presentation in the first classroom session.
Â Once out of the vehicle we were checked over by the Ambulance Crew and Mr. Xxxxxxxx was actually transported back to the infield while they took his vitals and filed out there evaluation sheet on him.Â I stayed out to walk Ralph Evans and Gene Felton through a quick review of what had happened and looked at the point of impact with the T1 wall.Â I then walked back to the paddock area to collect Mr. Xxxxxxxx from the ambulance crew and sit him down for a bit of a more formal debriefing.
Â I took him to the picnic table by Mr. Mortâ€™s mobile canteen and bought him a Coke to help settle his nerves.Â About this time the wrecker crew showed up with his car and I left him to find a spot for them to set it down and to get borrow some jack stands to set the nose on so as to make it easier to pick backup later when the car would be transported out of the facility.
Â When I returned to Mr. Xxxxxxxx he had already talked to Al Box of Fat Albert Auto Body about having his car transported to his facility for repairs and a wrecker had been called to come collect the vehicle.
Â Mr. Xxxxxxxx and I continued our debriefing as to what caused the incident and I collected his personal information so that I could prepare this report for him and for ASRA.
Â I told him that he because he had slower cars in front of him for his previous trips down the front straight they had helped to modulate his speed, braking and line to the point that he had not had an issue before the incident since he had not actually been able to get up to the speed limit and therefore had not needed to actually brake as much as he found himself needing to do once he was out front.
Â Once we had concluded our talk I took Mr. Xxxxxxxx over to meet with Ralph Evans so that an Incident Report could be completed and so that Ralph could assist Mr. Xxxxxxxx – in properly reporting this drivers school incident to his insurance carrier for coverage.
David W. Riddle
ASRA Driving Instructor 11470
SCCA National License 286699
Here is the video of that event in WMV format.Â Right Click on the link and select Save As…
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.
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.Â If the little bit I read on the front flyleaf isÂ 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
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.
Pretty “interesting” little test. http://franz.org/quiz.htm
I took the test twice and got scores of 27 and 30.Â 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.Â 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.
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
58,787,327Â Â Â Â Â 51.56%
55,225,764Â Â Â Â Â 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.