Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken Stew w/ Purple Sweet Potatoes

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I had some paprika that needed using. After scouring the web for some ideas, this is what I came up with:

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 lbs carrots, sliced to bite size
  • 1.5 lbs fresh green beans, trimmed ends
  • 1 can Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup
  • 4 tbs paprika
  • 3 lbs chicken thighs
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

For the side dish:

4-5 Purple sweet potatoes
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The Ocuvite Zombie Pill

image Hide your kids. Hide your wife. The Ocuvite zombies are coming to get you. Not in the usual zombie chase scenario, but by cleverly marketing a pill that will also make you a zombie.

See the full ad here

What’s my point? No real human being has neon blue eyes like these people.

Neon fluorescent glow in the dark blue occurs only in sea life, space and ZOMBIES.

Now since it is a supplement and not a medication, the FDA can’t regulate it right?  How do we not know that these zombie marketeers aren’t putting the zombie virus right in the pill?

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OK. Maybe these people aren’t zombies. Maybe they’re just some super human race from the future that have discovered some super nutrient that makes your eyes blue laser beams.

Blue laser beams.

Either way, these ads freak me out. I have no idea how Bausch & Lomb can run an ad like this with a straight face.

Maybe I’ll buy some Ocuvite to see if my eyes turn into police lights.

 

Band of the Week: Blood Red Shoes

tumblr_mj7kq1NXev1s5je30o1_12802013 has brought about the increased visibility, to me at least, of several power duos from the U.K., including Drenge (who was BOTW last month) and Blood Red Shoes. American duos like Deap Vally have also hit it big across the pond. BRS have been around for years, but their new album seems to be their breakout moment. Who needs three or four band members? Grab a guitar and a drum set and have at it. The White Stripes may have popularized the minimalist power duo sound, but as usual, the U.K. takes an American concept and quietly morphs it into something slightly more important than they found it (see Rock and Roll).

Blood Red Shoes are playing a show in Boston, at House of Blues, on May 8th with The Joy Formidable.
I have to imagine that their shows are as loud as possible. The two first tracks below warrant turning it to 11.

Origin: Brighton, England, U.K.
Found Via: BBC Radio 1

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Band of the Week: Toto (Yes, that Toto)

Toto_TotoOccasionally I will run out of new bands to talk about. Therefore, on occasion, I will break out old bands that you may have forgotten existed.

Toto did have 5 top 10 singles in the late 70’s and early 80’s, but not many people attribute the hard rocking “Hold the Line” to the same band that produced “Africa”. “Hold the Line” seems to be the peak of their use of distortion pedals. Most of their other works sound like Steely Dan.

Distortion or not, Toto deserves more credit for the sheer musicality of their top three most successful singles:
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Experimental Curry Report

curryphotoYesterday on Facebook I alluded to making a curry dish in the slow cooker/crock pot. This was my first such attempt. I read through a few different online recipes and developed the following set of ingredients to make a hybrid model of my own:

1 large green pepper
1 large yellow pepper
1 large sweet onion
3 plum tomatoes
1 can garbanzo beans (chick peas)
2 lbs chicken thighs
2 tbs curry powder
1-2 tsp ground coriander (to taste)
1-2 tsp ground cumin (to taste)

I diced the all of the vegetables and threw in the chicken thighs into the slow cooker, along with the spices, and cooked as is for about 4 hours. By the time 4 hours had come around, the chicken could be pulled apart easily, so there is no need to pre-cut the chicken.

The smell in my apartment was amazing, if you’re into those types of South Asian spices. I added the chick peas at let it simmer for another hour. During this period I cooked up a batch of basmati rice.

The resulting dish was awesome. I have enough to last another 3-4 meals. Having done just one tsp of both coriander and cumin, I would suggest for those of you who order your Indian cuisine more spicy, to go with two. I will up the dosage myself next time I try this.

The Charmin Bears Have Gone Too Far

procter-gamble-charmin-ultra-soft-bears-414I thought I had seen the limit on how far you could go with TV ads when Charmin rolled out their cartoon bear commercials a few years ago. I was wrong. They’ve gone one step further.

Now, everyone has different wants and needs from their bathroom tissue, but I’m pretty sure that, due to frequency, we’ve all had the chance to experiment with various brands to get the desired result. Charmin has decided to remind us that we are apparently all completely incapable of keeping ourselves clean.

Charmin’s first series of ads dealt with mother bears chasing around child bears to clean of the “pieces left behind”. Are you kidding me?

Yes. It’s come to this.

Now, they are questioning whether or not you clean thoroughly enough by referencing clean underwear. Continue reading The Charmin Bears Have Gone Too Far

Band of the Week – Kasabian

kasabianOrigin: Leicester, England, U.K.

Found Via: FNX Radio (a new defunct over-the-air station in Boston), XFM

I first became aware of Kasabian via their single Club Foot in 2005. It got a fair amount of radio play but I think the main reason it stuck on me was it was included on a promo compilation CD I got for free at some bar event compliments of WFNX (R.I.P.). Since then I can’t say I’ve heard much from Kasabian in the States, but they remain huge in the U.K. and Europe.

Their body of work is great. Their 4th major release was in 2011 with Velociraptor!, which I didn’t much care for, but I’ll forgive them and focus on the other 3 albums. 3 of their albums reached #1 on the UK chart. The other a mere #4.

Kasabian is one of the few bands I actually get excited about when it comes on. They are just sonically weird and dark enough to fit my usual mood and have great song writing to boot.


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Facebook Sponsored Ad Targeting Fail

If you’re going to spend the money, spend it wisely. There are so many ways to target (or micro target) your audience with tailored messaging, there is really no excuse for something like this. Unless I am missing something, this is a quintessential example of how to waste your FB or online marketing dollars.

For the record, I live in New Hampshire, not Japan, and I have no connection to any other page(s) that deal with aftermarket auto parts and accessories. I can’t read Japanese. And I am definitely not travelling to Japan to investigate if I should be interested in aftermarket parts for the Toyota or Lexus I don’t own.

facebook ad failScreen capture from my Facebook feed this morning

 

Cavatappi n’ cheese with kale and chicken sausage

Ingredients:

  • Cavatappi (curly pasta)
  • Italian Chicken Sausage
  • Kale (1 bunch)
  • Summer Squash (1 Large)
  • Capers
  • Goat Cheese (1/2 Cup)
  • Fresh Grated Parmesan (1 1/2 cups)

inside_products_kaleChop kale to bite size pieces. Dice summer squash. Place kale and squash into a large pot. Add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook over low-medium heat until kale wilts and squash is tender. Add in the sliced chicken sausage and capers (to taste). Most chicken sausage comes pre-cooked, so for this exercise we’ll assume you’re adding cooked sausage. I also added basil, dill and black pepper.

In a separate pot, cook the cavatappi. Once cooked, drain and add into the kale/sausage pot. Be sure to add it and stir gradually to ensure you have optimal pasta/kale/sausage distribution. You don’t want to have pasta overkill.

Once your sure you have achieved the perfect balance of pasta, veggies and sausage, stir in the goat cheese and grated Parmesan. It will melt and create a rich, creamy and tasty – but not overpowering – coating over everything in the pot.

You now have a ridiculously delicious meal.