My new favorite pie


Over the weekend, Tina and I threw a last-minute pizza party. We made last-minute invites and scrounged up about 7 or 8 people to stop by and try some pies.

One of my new favorites is a steak taco pizza, where I’ve taken a recipe for amazing steak tacos with a spicy cilantro pesto and made it into a pie. I don’t make the steak tacos exactly like the recipe suggests. I sauté the onions — instead of pickling them — and serve it with sour cream.

The pizza needs a cheese, so I pickup a bag of Mexican cheese and toss some on top. Saturday, I grilled the pizza and threw a couple eggs on top. Because you don’t grill nearly as long as you cook in the oven, I had to start the eggs in a pan and finish them on the grill.

I’m excited about this pizza and pat myself on the back for creating it.

But it’s not — by far — my favorite pizza in my arsenal right now.

The best one is below, and I happened on it by a bit of an accident. We’ve recently been working with a high-end, kitchen appliance company. They have a showroom with full-functional kitchens. At their events, they feature top area chefs who cook meals for guests.

One dish that we loved was a sort of salad/side dish of sautéd veggies, including corn, red & green peppers, potatoes, red onions and queso blanco cheese. I have no idea what method the chef used to cook the veggies entirely, so on Friday night, I made what I considered a decent way of making the dish.

I grilled six ears of corn on our grill for about 25 or 30 minutes, and I put potatoes on the second level of the grill to roast while the corn grilled. I pulled everything off to cool. I shucked the corn, chopped the taters and started sautéing the onions and red peppers and started adding potatoes and corn. I added about 3 tablespoons of butter and then added the queso last.

When I was making pizzas the next day, I decided to try a small pizza using the leftovers from the night before with a bit of queso on top. I grilled the pizza, and it ended up being a slamdunk homerun touchdown hit.

I wish you were there to enjoy this pizza. I think you would have LOVED it.





Jesus, just another one of those lies they’ve told me my whole life


IMG_6076 (Photo credit: methTICALman)


Did you know that recipes lie to you? When they say caramelize your onions for 8 to 10 minutes, that there is some bone fide, Jesus-died-for-your-sins bullshit.

Experts say that real caramelized onions take at least 45 minutes to cook.

This is yet another lie that I’m going to have to seek great amounts of therapy to deal with soundly.


Read more here.

Mmmm, reblog: Onion rings used as egg molds

Stan at TYWKIWDBI posted these awesome looking eggs molded inside of an onion ring.

He quoted this:

Preparation instructions from Apron Strings:

Slice your onion into 1/2 inch slices. Then, using the biggest one, place in an oiled skillet over medium heat. When one side is lightly browned, flip the onion ring over and crack an egg in the middle. If you want the egg yolk to show, dab the top of the egg yolk gently with a paper towel and remove the white over the top of it. Then, sprinkle a little water in the pan and cover the skillet. Cook until your egg is done as you like.

You can also make eggs in avocado and in bell pepper slices. 

I’m trying it!

Thought bombardment


This morning, I was going to post the above screen capture and say something snarky about it. But then I thought, what good would that do? If you think about it from an outsider’s modern perspective, there’s really nothing to say about it. It stands alone.



And then I thought, I’ll post this hilarious headline from The Onion, and write about how it sure is hypocritical that birthers don’t put enough pressure on Jesus’ records. But then there would be a words war ended by the four words, “The bible said it.” Because thems the ultimate trump card.



And finally, I thought about posting something regarding the destruction by the “Act of God” that just pummeled the southern US. And I wanted to say something snarky about god being the ultimate bad guy. But that wouldn’t do any good either, right? Because there’s a reason for all of that, right? Maybe there was too much homosexual behavior there or something?

Then I thought, you know what, I’ll take another route. I’ll just post these things and say I was going to write about them, and not write about them whilst writing about them. I decided to be hypocritical and self deprecating to appear clever. Just because. Because shoving these words down your throats doesn’t always work.

I hope you give some of these things some thought today. Because when I’m overwhelmed by it, I could either attack it or throw up my hands in defeat. Today it’s defeat.

Speaking of cooking

If you were downtrodden after reading my last post, here’s a pick-me-up! How about recipes that I’ve had success with!

These are not the greatest photos, but I can recommend the recipes. I’ve recommended this first one before. But if you haven’t tried it yet, I strongly recommend it. It’s perfect for warming up on these cold days. In Chicago, it’s been 0 degrees with windchill, and the heat never seems to go off.

The first image is for Spicy Tortilla Soup. It’s really fast to make. Here’s the online recipe. We do a slight variation of it. But for the most part, this is a great base to start from.

One thing we do is use regular tortilla chips (instead of baking soft tortillas). Don’t skip the feta cheese. I usually leave the jalapeño seeds in. Bring the heat.

Note: This isn’t my favorite photo in the world, but taking pictures reminds me to tell you about it later.


The second recipe I’ll put below the fold to avoid filling up my home page.

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Oprah invites fans to be buried with after she dies

Harpo Studios announced yesterday that Oprah is inviting her fans to have an opportunity to be buried alongside her after her death. She’s building a gigantic pyramid in Chicago complete with sarcophagi for you and your loved ones who LOVE Oprah. I’m going to stand in line today to get a ticket for my mom and sister! It’ll be the ultimate Christmas gift that will trump anything my brother and sister in law could dig up.

Woo hoo!

Via Cynical C