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. (more…)

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.

My last visit to Daytona had nothing to do with racing

WGHOFlogoIt’s Daytona 500 day today and that got me thinking of the few times I’ve been to Daytona. The first time was sometime in the late 1980’s during a family trip to Florida. I was fascinated by the fact that you could drive on the beach.

The most recent would have been in 2008, when I was travelling with the McCain 2008 campaign and after a successful South Carolina Primary, I ended up in the Sunshine State for the Florida Presidential Primary the next week.

After having landed in Fort Lauderdale, I revived my orders to drive up to Jacksonville and work out of the campaign’s field office there for the week. JAX was a good 20 degrees colder, unfortunately.

Among the many duties I was assigned was to staff the campaign’s top surrogates, US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and US Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina).

The day before the Florida Primary election day, I drove the two Senators to an event in St. Augustine. On the way there, Sen. Burr noted a billboard advertising the World Golf Hall of Fame. On the way back to Jacksonville, it would be a required stop. It’s not like there was an important election happening the next day or anything, so we didn’t necessarily have to rush back to the campaign’s field office.

It was a good time overall. Here are some snapshots:

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Oh, and we did win the Florida Primary the next day.

The Peaking Relevancy of Mustaches in Liquor Marketing

The Peaking Relevancy of Mustaches in Liquor Marketing

Below is an undoctored screen capture from my Facebook feed sometime in January.

We all know mustaches are making a comeback with the young folks, but there still are enough old(er) dudes with mustaches who can/will relate to the middle aged mustache men in these ads, or are in fact the men these characters were modeled after. You cover many different demos here across multiple generations.

Whether a mustache is a novelty or something you’ve worn for the last 25 years, at the very least, these two brands (if not many more) have captured this unique moment in time where the planets have aligned and America has an insatiable appetite for upper lip fur.

liquor mustache men

 

Energy Drinks + Daredevil Promos

Energy Drinks + Daredevil Promos

Red Bull has been leading the way for years in associating it’s brand with high risk stunts. Just take a look at their stratos jump last year, their cliff diving tour they rolled out recently, or Sponsoring Travis Pestrana’s ridiculous record breaking drive up Mt. Washington or even the Red Bull Air Race.

Not to be outdone, Monster has joined in in a unique way. By doing the first known (on purpose) car back flip.

Who knew caffeine and excessive amounts of B vitamins could drive people to do this?

Regardless, I’m waiting for Rock Star Energy or Mountain Dew Amp to sponsor blasting a car out of a cannon over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Go-cart Mozart: Blinded by the Light’s Nonsense Lyrics

Go-cart Mozart: Blinded by the Light’s Nonsense Lyrics

Yes, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band made this song famous but it was originally written by Bruce Springsteen, of all people.

Even though The Boss couldn’t make this song a hit himself, my main point, here,  is the really really interesting lyrical content, which seems to just be a jumbling of fun words that might also rhyme. This is not an uncommon occurrence in popular music, but the lyrics here often refer to people – an interesting cast of characters to say the least. It reads like Alice in Wonderland.

In order of appearance:

  • Madman drummers bummers
  • Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
  • Silicone sister with a manager mister
  • Go-cart Mozart was checkin’ out the weather chart to see if it was safe outside
  • Little Early-Pearly came by in his curly-wurly and asked me if I needed a ride
  • Brimstone baritone anticyclone rolling stone preacher from the east
  • New-mown chaperone was standin’ in the corner
  • Fresh-sown moonstone was messin’ with his frozen zone
  • Scott with a slingshot finially found a tender spot
  • Some bloodshot forget-me-not said daddy’s within earshot

 

On a side note, Manfred Mann is the keyboardist in the band. The guy who does the sweet chopsticks solo.

Novelty Beach Patrol/Lifeguard Clothing: What if I really need help?

Novelty Beach Patrol/Lifeguard Clothing: What if I really need help?

I was recently in Florida and while perusing a beach themed souvenir store, I realized that there is a whole line of goods – from hats to shirts to ash trays – all emblazoned with LIFE GUARD or BEACH PATROL on them. Now this is cute if you’re not at the beach, or at the lake or pool, but what if you’re actually in need of life saving assistance near a body of water? Do we let people off the street walk around in lab coats or scrubs in a hospital? No. Do we let non-pilots walk around in pilot uniforms in airports or on planes. Not likely.

I’m not sure what the solution is, here, but I’m sure you now realize the problem.

Waist Watcher Soda

I have never seen anyone buy just one package/bottle/etc of Waist Watcher soda. Anytime I’ve seen anyone at any local grocery store, they are purchasing or have purchased 15 package/bottles/etc. I realize the stuff is cheap and low calorie, but what can possibly prompt people to hoard and/or consume such mass quantities?

Wait. They apparently make a “diet chocolate fudge” soda. Soda! OK, well maybe these folks have the right idea.