Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Roasted Chicken With Egyptian Spices


Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
~Pablo Picasso

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
~Dr. Seuss

An idea is salvation by imagination.
~Frank Lloyd Wright

gPod Naano

1. No One ~Alicia Keys
2. Loose Lips ~Kimya Dawson
3. Right On Time ~RHCP
4. Desire ~U2
5. Do It Again ~Jay Z with Memphis Bleek
6. Where Do We Go From Here ~Alicia Keys
7. So Nice So Smart ~Kimya Dawson
8. Respect This Hustle ~T.I.
9. Love In War ~Andre 3000
10. The Nutcracker No.12 Character Dances: Coffee (Arabian Dance)

I set a goal for myself in the aught eight...cook at least one new recipe a week. Week One started off with a bang...Roasted Chicken with Egyptian Spices. Yum. Of course I didn't stick exactly to the recipe substituting oranges for lemons (it's what I had on hand), adding raisins and nutmeg, and dictated by the thawing process and lack of reading the instructions I did not marinate the chicken for at least 8 hours. Nevertheless my improvisations remained true the essence of the instructional directitude, and produced a super tasty roasted chickawn. See below:

Life is busy. I had a terrific DC Restaurant Week, hitting up Acadiana (Soooooo delicious and great company to boot!) , Sam & Harry's (Can I go to the backroom?), and my first Ruth's Chris experience (Relaxing, stimulating conversation, butter drenched fun times). 't
Life is slightly drama filled. Either created in my head or gulag related, it isn pleasant and isn't my style.
Life is sumpin' else.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Football Dissappointment?

Daily Quotes

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
~Ernest Hemingway

The truth is more important than the facts.
~Frank Lloyd Wright (1869 - 1959)

Leeloo: Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass.
Korben Dallas: Yeah.
Leeloo: Mul-ti-pass.
Korben Dallas: Yeah, multipass, she knows it's a multipass. Leeloo Dallas. This is my wife.
Leeloo: Mul-ti-pass.
Korben Dallas: We're newlyweds. Just met. You know how it is. We bumped into each other, sparks happen...
Leeloo: Mul-ti-pass.
Korben Dallas: Yes, she knows it's a multipass. Anyway, we're in love.
~From The Fifth Element

gPod Nano

1. Anyone Else But You ~The Moldy Peaches
2. Sometimes (Lester Piggott) ~James
3. My Moon My Man ~Feist
4. So Nice So Smart ~Kimya Dawson
5. Sea Lion Woman ~Feist
6. One Of The Three ~James
7. Tire Swing ~Kimya Dawson
8. P.S. ~James

What a let down?
First and foremost let me say all honors, pride, and adulations to my two favorite teams in their battles over the past football season. Both the Steelers of Pittsburgh and the Dukes of JMU poured every bit of heart and strength they had on the field this year, and for this I am grateful. Both my teams pulled up short in the first round of their respective playoffs by a total of of 3 points and 47 seconds combined!!!! I have gone from the most triumphant feeling to my heart residing in my toe twice this post season. I could say I am disappointed and I wouldn't be lying because the truth is both these teams could have legitimately gone this distance. If I were a fan you may find common in my locale I would blame injuries or referees...but I what would that matter? What would silly excuses do? I wouldn't be fooling myself. Now come the dark times between football seasons where I keep occupied with NCAA B-ball, Baseball, and NASCAR....I'm thrilled really I am.

In other news go see...one of my favorite movies in a really long time...ok maybe not that long but for sure I last made this claim (possibly Blood Diamond)....