Tuesday, August 28, 2007

COOL salad for HOT Days!

One night I grilled a chicken and then Traci made these incredible salads for dinner. Nothing better then a salad with avocado, tomato, grilled chicken and romaine lettuce. The chicken was "Egged" of course but first I "spatchcocked" it by cutting the backbone out of it and sort of butterflying it. This allows the chicken to cook a little more even and the breast doesn't dry out. The chicken was very moist and had a good flavor.

And HOT is not the word. New Orleans in August is miserable!!! I think we hit 100 for about ten days this month. Too hot.

Friday, August 10, 2007


I was "tagged" by BC at Beans and Caviar. So here goes.

Rules first:
1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

Eight things about me:

1. In the 7th grade I was hit by a car and broke both my legs. Shattered both bones in both legs just above the ankles. First doctor said “He will never walk again”, my Dad immediately fired him and hired a rough and tough German orthopedic surgeon who not only had me walking again but I was back on the football field in the 9th grade!
2. I’ve had 27 jobs, but only 4 since graduating from college in 1986.
3. I drive a commuter van to and from work with 13 riders and we cross the world’s longest bridge twice a day.
4. I absolutely love the beach! I’ve been to the beach every summer of my life except this year! However, I’m missing the beach for a good reason, we had our little daughter Jillian June 6th and I wouldn’t trade that for any beach in the world! She is so adorable and I just love coming home from work and seeing how she has changed since I left earlier that morning.
5. I live in New Orleans Louisiana, Love the FOOD, but hate the crime, pollution, corrupt politicians, and the searing HEAT and HUMIDITY!
6. I love to travel and have been in 26 of the 50 states in the US.
7. I love music! I have been to over 2000 concerts over the years, my first being Foghat in 1977. (wish I had all the money I’ve spent on concert tickets, t-shirts, hats, plane tickets, food, beer, hotel rooms).

Favorite Bands: Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain, Dave Matthews Band, Ocean Street, Will Hoge, Theresa Andersson, David Gray, Bonnie Raitt, Toby Lightman, Sting.

Who’s in your CD player/iPod?

8. I HATE green peppers (bell peppers). It’s probably the only thing that I just can’t eat. My Dad who was an incredible cook use to say “you have to use green peppers it’s part of the ‘trinity’ and you can’t taste them anyway”. So my response was “then why put them in there if you can’t taste them”. I wish my Dad was still alive, I’d love to cook for him now (might even season it with green peppers!!)

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Shrimp, Shrimp and more Shrimps!

Saturday evening some dude knocked on our door selling shrimp! He said he caught them earlier in the day out in the Gulf of Mexico and was trying to sell what he had left. He had several coolers full and was selling them for $3.00 a pound. They seemed fresh and pretty big and he tried to sell me a whole cooler full for $100, but I felt like that was too much shrimp and didn't want to deal with getting them cleaned and ready to be frozen. MISTAKE! I bought 20 pounds and should have bought the cooler full! They were nice shrimp and since we just bought a new freezer and a Foodsaver it sure would have been nice to have a freezer full of shrimp. Oh well, next time. So, Traci made a pesto sauce out of all the basil we had growing and we skewered them and put them on the Egg. Wow these were good!

(I need a shrimp platter to go with my cow platter!)

Having grilled shrimp and salads for lunch this week!