31 December 2006


People are really getting on my nerves of late(ok, admittedly it is more family than anything and not my dad's side). I bite my tounge more than I say anything, cause it seems like the only thing that is gonna come out of my mouth is an extremely snarky comment that is gonna piss everybody off.

So I spent money to get a degree in culinary arts. Does that make me the expert on how long to cook some mother fuckin frozen taquitos? It says on the side of the stupid fucking box how long to cook them for. Why the fuck do you need to CALL me and ask some stupid ass shit like that. Do I have said box of taquitos? Does my degree say AAS in frozen fuckin taquitos? No, it does not. Pick up the fuckin box and READ it your damn self.

Does my having said degree mean that every fuckin person in my life has lost all knowledge of how to do anything remotely related to the kitchen. You have been chopping onions for how long? Has it worked for you thus far? Then why ask me, is this right? You asked me 2 years ago to show you the best way to chop them. I showed you, you didn't like it then, why are you asking me AGAIN?

Is this bread stale? Can I use poultry seasoning with chicken if it isn't thanksgiving or Christmas? The expiration date on the Mayo says November 06, do you think it is still good? Does this smell good? What, you can't figure that shit out for yourself? Smell it. If it stinks to you, don't fuckin ask me to smell the shit. Use the brain God gave you and leave me the hell alone.

30 December 2006

fascination or rant

I will always find people fascinating, if not exasperating. So many feel as if the world revolves around them. Sure, "their world" may revolve around them, but there are oh, I don't know 6,525,170,300 or so more people out there than just them. Always assuming that their feelings are more important, that their life is far more complicated, and anything you could say or do would never measure up to their difficulties, stresses, job, children, grandchildren, friends, or whatever. Selfish adults just blow my mind. Children are selfish, they don't quite understand that there is more in this world than their desires, their wants. When an adult practices that same selfish attitude, it makes you wonder if mom gave them every little bitty thing their heart desired. Were they the type of child that would throw themselves down in the middle of the grocery store and pitch an absolute fit until mom gave them the chocolate bar? Do their wives/husbands/significant others also practice this same thing with them, always giving them what they want, regardless of what they might actually need.

rant over

26 December 2006

Natural and Organic Foods

Naturally and organically grown foods have the flavor nature meant for them to have. Because of the use of chemical pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, and factory farms, mass farmed poultry and produce have lost much of the qualities that attracted our ancestors. American culture has put price before quality, nutrition, and flavor. Instead, visual appeal, yield, and disease resistance are the prized attributes.

Nutritious soil is the beginning of organic farming, producing adequate nourishment for the plant, which provides healthy nutrients for the body and flavor for the taste buds. Many people prefer organic and naturally grown foods, as they taste better and remind you of what grandma would put on her table. Chemical fertilizers, added to the soil in traditional farming, leave a chemical residue on the product, which can be harmful. Pesticides can have adverse effects on our health causing many different health problems. Such problems include neurotoxicity, immune system suppression, disruption of the endocrine system, and effect male reproduction.

While comparing the nutritional value of organically grown and conventional grown fruits, vegetables, and grains in forty-one published studies show organic have more nutrients. In comparison, there is 27% more vitamin c, 29.3% more magnesium, 21.1% more iron, and 13.6% more phosphorus. Nitrate levels were 51% less in organic than in the conventional. Salicylic acid, helps combat hardening of the arteries, in addition to acting as an anti-inflammatory, and is up to six times greater in organically grown foods, in addition to having higher percentages of calcium and antioxidants.

Organic grown foods have strict regulations, which prohibit the usage of hormones, anti-microbials, antibiotics, or any growth promotants. Animals that are treated with any drug or chemical cannot be sold as organic, not them or any of their by-products. When organic foods are processed, they are restricted from the use of synthetic chemicals as preservatives, colorings, and antioxidants.

Battery cage broiler chickens, raised for their meat are placed in windowless buildings with as many as 40,000 other chickens. Because of the cramped confinement, chickens have no room to spread their wings and have to get their beaks clipped to keep from pecking one another. Waste products, dust, feathers, and ammonia from the urine permeate the air, causing breathing difficulties for the animals. Large fans are used to circulate the air, giving the atmosphere a sandstorm effect, which actually sandblasts their skin. The chickens are given mass doses of antibiotics to help keep them alive. These doses total more than four times the amounts given to humans. In addition to the antibiotics, the birds are given drugs to promote faster growth, in so doing, the average chicken breast of today weighs seven times more than did the average chicken breast 25 years ago. This drug induced growth results in obesity for the birds; internal organs and legs are unable to keep up with the growth rate. The birds suffer from heart attacks, organ failure, and crippling leg deformities. Chickens developing leg deformities usually die because they cannot reach the water or feed. Once chickens reach seven-weeks old they are packed into crates, and then shipped to the slaughterhouses.

By contrast, chickens that are raised on a natural farm are never given hormones, antibiotics, or any other artificial ingredient. The soil, feed, and pastures have no pesticides or herbicides used in them. The chickens are raised the way nature intended. They enjoy the freedom to move around in open pastures, scratch, preen, and benefit from the fresh air and sun light. In the evening, they automatically return to roost in the buildings that protect them from predators. The buildings are secured at night for the birds' protection, but are immediately opened back up the next morning for the birds to graze and exercise another day. Some farms have portable buildings so that the birds can be moved from one location to another, giving them access to different grazing areas, which helps the land to recover. Tender grasses and seedlings are able to reproduce.

Conventionally grown produce has ten times less mineral content than produce that is grown organically. There are over 400 chemical pesticides used on a regular basis in conventionally grown produce with 79% of the conventionally grown products containing chemical and pesticide residue. Modernized, conventional farming uses more petroleum than any other industry. To produce synthetic fertilizer, more energy is used than to till, cultivate, and harvest crops. Leaching from fertilizers resulted in high nitrate levels in water and food; high nitrate levels have been proven to cause cancer. On average, conventional produce is found to contain only 83% of the nutrients that are found in organically grown produce. Produce with the highest levels of pesticide residue include peaches, apples, strawberries, nectarines, pears, cherries, red raspberries, imported grapes, spinach, bell peppers, celery, potatoes, and hot peppers. Produce containing the lowest levels of pesticide residue are pineapples, plantains, mangoes, bananas, watermelon, plums, kiwi fruit, blueberries, papaya, grapefruit, avocado, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, radishes, broccoli, onions, okra, cabbage, and eggplant.

Organically grown produce contains higher levels of antioxidants, vitamin C, essential minerals, and phytonutrients; lower levels of mycotoxin, and are more resistant to various mildews and fungi. In fact, organically grown oranges were found to have up to 30% more vitamin C than their conventionally grown counterparts, despite being smaller. You cannot overdose on antioxidants that come from a food source. Your best choices are blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, papaya, cantaloupe, watermelon, mango, prunes, raisins, plums, oranges, red grapes, cherries, sweet potatoes, yams, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, garlic, red bell pepper, onion, corn, avocados, kiwi fruit, nectarines, peaches, pears, grapefruit, lemons, apples, bananas, and eggplant. Frequenting your produce aisle will ensure a healthy supply of antioxidants in your diet.

A study performed by European Scientists at Newcastle University found that rats are healthier on organic foods than on conventional food. The rats that were fed the organically grown produce slept better, had stronger immune systems, and were slimmer than rats fed a diet of conventional produce.

Organic farms prevent soil erosion and help build healthy soil. The soil in organic farms are found to have less nitrogen leaching, better nutrient holding ability, more efficient nutrient cycling, and has less run-off and erosion than their conventional counterparts.

Natural and organic foods are by far our best choice when choosing healthy, nutritious food. Making the right choices will increase our health and longevity. Organic and natural foods have the least amount of chemicals and pesticides; have more nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, are environmentally friendly, and help in maintaining our ecosystem.

Twango ©

23 December 2006

So yeah

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve.

We did Christmas today. My nieces were here, my oldest is away. My youngest wanted to open her stuff, not wait for Christmas morning. So all the presents have been opened and the food cooked. It just doesn't seem right. I suppose I could have put my foot down and told her no, you can't open your gifts today. But eh, what's the point. We'll go to my Aunt's house on Christmas day and eat again and open more gifts (more so her than me of course-since it IS about them), but still, it just doesn't feel right.

21 December 2006


I absolutely love the stuff. I don't want it cold. I don't want it flavored. High-octane please, none of that decaf crap. Just give me coffee.
It does not matter if it is 110 in the shade, it does not matter if it is 2am. If I'm just not in a mood to drink while out and about with friends, they will order their beer, wine, whiskey or whatever. But when alcohol is not what I have a taste for and order coffee, boy do I get odd looks.
I walk into Central Market and head straight for the coffee section. I will stand there forever, smelling the air and feeling as if I'm in heaven.
There is just something about a hot cuppa. Soothing, calming, and relaxing. Some balk at the thought of spending $10 for a pound of freshly roasted coffee beans and settle for some store-brand. Life is just too short to waste on cheap coffee.

20 December 2006

Vegas soon


Jan 2 -5.

Really can't wait.

So many restaurants to check out, nowhere near the time. I'm really hoping that the one I do get to check out is Picasso. I've heard excellent things about the food and I mean, to be surrounded by Picasso's paintings, well hell, that's one heck of a way to dine and then look at this menu:
Menu DégustationOur menu changes daily according to the freshestproducts on the market.
Maine Lobster Saladwith Apple-Champagne Vinaigrette
2004 Fritz Haag, Riesling Kabinett, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany
Pan Seared U-10 Day Boat Scallopwith Potato Mousseline and Jus de Veau 2003 Domaines Schlumberger, Les Princes Abbés, Pinot Gris, Alsace, France
Sautéed Foie Graswith Honey Roasted Fig, Crushed Walnuts andPort Orange Gastrique Jus
2000 Fattoria Villa La Selva, Vigna Del Papa,Vin Santo Di Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Sautéed Filet of Halibut with Ragout of Mushrooms, Fava Beans and Corn
2003 Viña Sila, Naiades, Verdejo, Rueda, Spain
Roasted Aged Lamb Chop with Rosemary Potatoes and Au Jus
2004 Dominio de Tares, Baltos, Bierzo, Spain


Prix Fixe
First course

Créme of Carrot and Ginger with Sautéed Maine Ruby Red Shrimp or
Poached Oysters Garnished with Osetra Caviar, Sauce Vermouth or
Warm Quail Salad with Sautéed Artichokes, Pine Nuts

Second course
Roasted Ruby Red Shrimp with Poached Bartlett Pears and Cinnamon Chablis Wine or
Ragout of Seasonal Vegetables with Fresh Foie Gras and Jus de Poularde or
Sautéed Filet of Black Bass with Saffron Sauce and Cauliflower Mousseline

Third course
Roasted Maine Lobsterwith Sauce Américaine and Salsify($35 Surcharge)orSautéed Center Cut Filet of Swordfish with Court-Bouillon Sauce and Fresh Herbs or
Roasted Pigeon with Wild Rice Risotto or
Slow Roasted Prime Short Ribswith Gratin of Potatoes and Cabrales Blue Cheese or
Sautéed Medallions of Fallow Deer with Caramelized Green Apples and Zinfandel Sauce


18 December 2006

Thank goodness nobody saw it

So, Friday night, I wanna surprise my friend with a little present. I got him a 12-pack, but it was cold, so I had to keep it on ice. I got a couple of big plastic bags and put the beer in there and then a bunch of ice on top. It sits in my car waiting for me to finish my stuff, then I’m going to add more ice and put it in the back of his truck.

I finish my stuff, and then go to his vehicle. It isn’t parked where he normally parks, but he’s working, so I can’t call and say hey, where’s your car. So I wait for time for him to get off work and call when he normally gets off work. He can’t leave for a couple more hours, but tells me where he is parked. So, I go to leave him his present, only problem, it’s too heavy to pick up.

I start to let some of the water out so maybe I can pick it up, but the bag has been sweating. So, of course, my hands slip, I fall backwards, water and ice pouring all over me. I’m soaked now. After struggling for about 20 minutes, I get the ice down bag of beer lifted up and over the bed of his truck.

I leave and call later to see if it was still there. It was. I relayed my story, after laughing , he asks, so, why didn’t ya just open the tailgate?
Duh me!

17 December 2006


I never thought I would ever meet someone so very perfect for me.

and I still haven't

sit and spin
not giving you the satisfaction

16 December 2006

I'm constantly amazed by people

You hear the term 'mean girls' and you think, do I know any? Then you realize, yeah, you know some, but the funny thing is, they think they aren't the 'mean girls'. You hear them bitch and moan about how other people are and what terrible things they say/do, yet they turn around and do the same damn thing. Can they really not see that they hate what they are, what they have become?

The world in general would be a much nicer place if people could look at themselves objectively. Looking at yourself through rose-colored glasses is not a good thing. Ganging up like a pack ready to devour their young on someone with a dissenting opinion but then bitching that they constantly have their opinion stifled. Puhlease. If the words coming out of your mouth were coming out of the mouth of the person you detest, you'd be all up in arms at what they had to say. Take off the rose-colored glasses and take an honest look at yourself.

Now, if you know me and if you are wondering, hummmm, is she talking about me. I'd say you might have your first clue that those glasses need to be removed.

Edited to add:
Re-read the last two sentences.

I am a bitch. I've never denied being a bitch. In fact, I often times laugh when someone calls me a bitch, because they obviously feel it is an insult whereas I do not. There are many people I have thought of as friends in this life. Many of them have lied, placated, patronized, and insulted me. I have weeded these people out of my life, preferring instead to have positive influences. Those positives include not judging, accepting, and understanding.

Again I say, if you are wondering, hummmm, is she talking about me. I'd say you might have your first clue that those glasses need to be removed.

07 December 2006


Timing is everything. I get earworms daily. It is usually a new one every single day. This song has been in my head for days now. I'm really trying to figure out why.

Turn, Turn, Turn
by the Byrds

To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep
To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven
A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together
To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven
A time of war, a time of peace
A time of love, a time of hate
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing
To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven
A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time of peace, I swear it's not too late!

03 December 2006

Things I just don't understand

Clingy, needy people. I don't get it. Grow a spine, get a backbone and stand-up for yourself.

Judgmental types, especially those who use religion in their condeming. None of us are perfect and to condemn another for a behavior they don't agree with, well, all I can say is God forgives you for your transgressions. Who are you to condemn anyone. That's God's job. Your job is to be a good human being and help others along the way. Helping them does not include telling them they will go to hell for xxxx behavior.

People who like cold coffee. I don't get it. It tastes nasty to me and I just can't wrap my brain around it.

When someone won't try something new. If you have never tried a food, how can you be sure you won't like it. What's it going to hurt. Unless you are allergic to the food, it won't kill you to taste it and hell, you never know, you might actually like it. If my 8yo can grasp this concept, why can't grown-ups.

People who want to cram their belief system down another's throat. I don't just mean religion. I mean anything from being a certain religion, being a vegan, being a smoker or non-smoker, tequila over whiskey, preferring rap over country, or anything in between.

I guess that's all for now.

My first one

I'll post one I had already written. I find myself back in this place once again and it really fits:

Insanity creeping closer and the muck closing in on my mind.
These children are driving me crazy!
Why do they have to be so lazy?
Just two and it is ok, but the four of them combined?
Nobody on earth wants to be defined
By a brain that has become all hazy.
It is making me feel like my life is being written by Scorsese.
Where in the hell is my vodka so I can unwind?
They say that the mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Kids can certainly ruin you, making you feel fried,
Frazzled, used and abused. Oh God, why wasn't I chaste?
Can I not just go crawl in my closet and hide?
I cannot take much more of this; I just want to be erased.
Crap, shut up, suck it up, and take it all in stride.