"I get way too sensitive when I get attached to someone. I can detect the slightest change in the tone of their voice, and suddenly I’m spending all day trying to figure out what I did wrong." (Amman, Jordan)
Apparently it’s food week on the blog.
Dinner at my house (especially in the summer) is a repeat of several menu items. Every once and a while I venture out and try a new recipe or two— but you can typically count on seeing the same food on a 10 or 12 day rotation. Except for pork chops. They happen every week without fail.
One of our favorites is a super easy chicken taco recipe (below). I sometimes serve with homemade pico — or if I’m being lazy, with this salsa. We literally have to buy that stuff by the caseload. Thank God for Costco.
- chicken breasts (2-3)
- 1/2 red onion; diced
- vegetable oil (about 1/2 to 1 cup)
- handful of cilantro; rinsed and chopped
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1-2 tsp. of cumin
- dash of salt, pepper
- cotija cheese
- flour tortillas (small, taco sized)
Wash and clean the chicken breasts. Place in a plastic ziploc bag and cover with vegetable oil. Add chopped red onion, cilantro, red pepper flakes, cumin, a dash of salt and pepper. Seal bag and let the chicken marinate 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Fire up the grill. Grill the chicken until blackened. Shred with a fork. Place chicken, cheese, salsa in the flour tortilla. Chef’s note: you can also use corn tortillas— Blake just has a really odd aversion to corn tortillas for some reason so we use flour tortillas.
We served with the Barefoot Contessa fresh corn salad (recipe found by my Momma). I could literally eat an entire bowl of that salad in one sitting. It’s that good.
If you want to make homemade pico— use other half of the red onion from the marinade and mince. Core and chop 2-3 tomatoes, handful of cilantro. Combine tomatoes, onion, cilantro, drizzle of olive oil, cumin, salt, and pepper in a bowl and let sit at room temperature as the chicken marinates. You could also add lime to this— but I can’t handle the taste of lime (think this has something to do with the SoCo & lime shots from college).
"I’ve been a deep believer my whole life. 18 years as a Southern Baptist. More than 40 years as a mainline Protestant. I’m an ordained pastor. But it’s just stopped making sense to me. You see people doing terrible things in the name of religion, and you think: ‘Those people believe just as strongly as I do. They’re just as convinced as I am.’ And it just doesn’t make sense anymore. It doesn’t make sense to believe in a God that dabbles in people’s lives. If a plane crashes, and one person survives, everyone thanks God. They say: ‘God had a purpose for that person. God saved her for a reason!’ Do we not realize how cruel that is? Do we not realize how cruel it is to say that if God had a purpose for that person, he also had a purpose in killing everyone else on that plane? And a purpose in starving millions of children? A purpose in slavery and genocide? For every time you say that there’s a purpose behind one person’s success, you invalidate billions of people. You say there is a purpose to their suffering. And that’s just cruel."
"I took a gap year. And a half. I was feeling a bit lost and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do."
"Do you know now?"
Glad I’m not alone.
Excerpts from “How to be Perfect”
by Ron Padgett
Get some sleep.
Eat an orange every morning.
Be friendly. It will help make you happy.
Hope for everything. Expect nothing.
Take care of things close to home first. Straighten up your room
before you save the world. Then save the world.
Be nice to people before they have a chance to behave badly.
Don’t stay angry about anything for more than a week, but don’t
forget what made you angry. Hold your anger out at arm’s length
and look at it, as if it were a glass ball. Then add it to your glass
Wear comfortable shoes.
Do not spend too much time with large groups of people.
Plan your day so you never have to rush.
Show your appreciation to people who do things for you, even if
you have paid them, even if they do favors you don’t want.
After dinner, wash the dishes.
Don’t expect your children to love you, so they can, if they want
Don’t be too self-critical or too self-congratulatory.
Don’t think that progress exists. It doesn’t.
Imagine what you would like to see happen, and then don’t do
anything to make it impossible.
Forgive your country every once in a while. If that is not
possible, go to another one.
If you feel tired, rest.
Don’t be depressed about growing older. It will make you feel
even older. Which is depressing.
Do one thing at a time.
If you burn your finger, put ice on it immediately. If you bang
your finger with a hammer, hold your hand in the air for 20
minutes. you will be surprised by the curative powers of ice and
Do not inhale smoke.
Take a deep breath.
Do not smart off to a policeman.
Be honest with yourself, diplomatic with others.
Do not go crazy a lot. It’s a waste of time.
Drink plenty of water. When asked what you would like to
drink, say, “Water, please.”
Take out the trash.
Use exact change.
When there’s shooting in the street, don’t go near the window.
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