Friday, November 2, 2012

Random Quotes from the WIP Household, Part XXXVI

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When is the appropriate time to talk about secretion, if not at dinner?

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You know what I don't get? People who bitch about drinking orange juice after brushing their teeth. You've heard the horror stories. You know it's a bad idea.

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Chester, you don't know shit about my sandwich.

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Since when is masturbate a word we can't say at the table?

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Sluts don't get candy.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Random Quotes from the WIP Household, Part XXXV

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Hey dude, stop looking at my wife's meat cone.

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Check out this stately goat.

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"Why did you go to her first?" "Because she's not a judgmental twat."

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I look like a fat Spartan.

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I don't need a boyfriend. Apple fu

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Random Quotes from the WIP Household, Part XXXIII

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You don't love me, you just love Debra Winger.

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What happened to the bush? I want the Father and the Son and the Holy Bush.

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Don't give this bitch no french fries.

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"Do you really want to walk around Escondido, dad?" "Not really, I don't have any underwear on."

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"Here I am breeding free thinkers." "How dare you?" "I'm an asshole."

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Random Quotes from the WIP Household, Part XXXIV

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Are you going to piss in my shoe and kill a kitten next?

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What do you have against bacon? Jew.

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Stop lubricating my hummus.

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The California Ducks of Mighty Anaheim. Near Los Angeles.

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Some day you're just going to have to accept that tampons are a fact of life.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Random Quotes from the WIP Household, Part XXXII

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All of these network connectivity problems are seriously impeding my ability to look at soft porn from the 60s.

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You actually Googled "gnome porn"?

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That's why Cheerios represent your daddy. Because there are so many, and you just threw them all away.

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You're pretty sweaty for not being Mexican.

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That's why you never take a bitch in the woods. Because, bears.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Scallop Ceviche

It's hot. And humid. There's no way I'm turning on the stove or oven. Hence, scallop ceviche.

I can't give you exact amounts of the ingredients, but here's what you do: Chop up your scallops into ~1/2 inch pieces. Mince some red onion, chop tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and cilantro, and mince up as much chile as you like - I have some Peruvian aji chiles in the fridge, so I used those (the little orange bits in the picture). Mix everything together, and squeeze in a bunch of lime juice - you want the liquid to pool at the bottom of the bowl. Cover and chill for a few hours, until the scallops are "cooked". Salt to taste, and serve with chips.


Refreshing, crisp, light and delicious. I've also made ceviche with shrimp and red snapper, which is also delicious.

Stay cool out there, folks!

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Homegrown Mushroom

Yes, I said mushroom, singular.

I decided I wanted to grow my own shrooms, so I bought a shiitake mushroom log from Lost Creek Mushroom Farm a while back. Everywhere I've read says your first crop may be small, but I honestly wasn't expecting this small. After the overnight soak in ice cold water, here's what happened over the course of a few days.


So what did I do with my mushroom?


It was delicious. I can't wait to grow future larger crops.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Random Quotes from the WIP Household, Part XXXI

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I'm gonna get dressed. Then I'm gonna cut a fool. Then I'm gonna cumbia.

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It's a wrench, the one with the hole. I don't speak tool.

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Old people smell like baby powder and sorrow.

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The one good thing about herpes? You don't have to share anything. With anyone. Ever.

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Don't be alarmed at how awesome I am.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Random Produce

Or, cleaning out the camera.

Black radish:


Figs (from my tree):

Oranges (also from my tree):

Farmers market haul:

Brussels sprouts:

Pomegranates (from a friend's tree):

Tomatoes:

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Stuff my Mother-in-Law Cooks

My mother-in-law is a great cook. When she lived with us for a time a few years back, she was always cooking up a storm. We've never eaten so well.

Here's a random sampling of the things we've been fortunate enough to eat over the years:

Roast ham, slathered in mustard and studded with cloves.


Posole made with various pig parts, including feet.

Chile verde, made with pork ribs.

Chicken mole.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Chicken Enchiladas

Who doesn't like enchiladas? Cheesy, spicy, and all-around delicious.


This is how I make enchiladas, as taught by my husband, as taught by his Mexican grandmother.

Chicken Enchiladas
Bone-in skin-on chicken breasts
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 can Las Palmas enchilada sauce
Corn tortillas
Shredded cheddar
Shredded jack cheese
Minced black olives
Minced red onion
Chopped green onion

Gently poach the chicken with the onion and a clove of garlic until cooked through. Let cool, then shred the meat. (Save the chicken water, as it's pretty much chicken broth!)

Warm the enchilada sauce in a pot with a smashed clove of garlic and salt to taste. Add enough sauce to the shredded chicken to make it moist but not soupy.

Spread some sauce on the bottom of a baking dish.

For each enchilada, warm a tortilla in a skillet with a bit of PAM, and drag it through the enchilada sauce (again, moistened but not dripping). Fill with chicken, cheese, minced onion and minced olives, and roll up. Place in the baking dish seam-side down. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Drizzle sauce over the enchiladas, sprinkle with cheese, more black olives and red onion, and green onion. Bake in a 350 degree oven until the cheese is bubbly and the enchiladas are heated through.


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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Random Quotes from the WIP Household, Part XXX

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I like touching warm cake. Is that wrong?

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I really hope that when people see my tits for the first time, the first thing that comes to their mind is not milk.

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Can you put your junk away for like 5 minutes?

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I can't eat that, I'm crunchy right now.

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Don't lick Vicki while she's driving.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Something Fishy, Part 2

Apparently, I cook a lot of seafood.

Deep fried fish with gai lan.


Hamachi kama (again).

Fish taco.

Garlic shrimp with salad.

Steamed mussels.



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Monday, April 2, 2012

Something Fishy

For your viewing enjoyment, here's a collection of fishy-type dishes.

Smoked salmon salad.


Butterflied, breaded, fried shrimp.


Smoked salmon, herbed cream cheese, cucumber, hot sauce.


Hamachi kama (collar).



Salmon with two sauces. Husband made it, I don't know what was in it. But it was good.


Raw tuna with seaweed and fried shisito peppers.


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Friday, March 30, 2012

Pork Tenderloin on Spinach with Potatoes

Do you like pork? Of course you do, that's why we're friends. I'll bet you also like crispy potatoes. I knew it.

Mince up some garlic, and rub it all over your tenderloin, along with salt and pepper. Throw it in the oven until it's done. Meanwhile, cut small potatoes in half, and cook them slowly in a cast iron skillet with olive oil, salt and pepper. Shake and flip for even browning.

When the tenderloin's done (internal temperature of 145 if you listen to the government), remove it to a plate and tent with foil. To the roasting pan, add a cup of stock (I used chicken) with about a teaspoon of cornstarch mixed in. Boil on the stovetop until reduced and nicely thickened. Note: Be careful about adding cold liquid to the hot roasting pan. You might end up with a cracked Le Creuset casserole. Not that I'd know for sure. *cough cough*



Slice the pork, and lay the slices on top of some spinach. Put some potatoes on the plate. Spoon the sauce over everything. Enjoy.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Random Quotes from the WIP Household, Part XXIX


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You didn't suck for a minute. That was cool.

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I wish Jesus came scented.

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You're a gold medal winner in the vibrator Olympics.

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There's nothing more hilarious than a fat guy in a kayak.

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I would punch myself in the Fallopian tube if I knew I was having triplets.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Pretzel Dogs

The other day, husband wanted pretzels. While at the store to buy yeast, I walked past the Nathan's hot dogs, and thought...pretzel dogs!

Make your pretzel dough. I like Grant Achatz's recipe. Cut the dough in pieces, stretch each piece and flatten to about 1/4" thick and 3/4" wide. Wrap around the hot dog. Let rise while the oven pre-heats to 450. Do the baking soda bath, brush with egg, sprinkle with salt, bake until browned.



These were slightly greasy, which can be solved by removing the hot dog, squeezing out the grease, and putting back in the pretzel. But that's a bit weird. Next time I might try poking and par-boiling the hot dogs first.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Kimchee and Bacon Deviled Eggs

I've made kimchee and bacon egg salad before. Why not do the same with deviled eggs?

Cook bacon and crumble. Drain some kimchee, fry it in a dry skillet, then chop. Mix into egg yolks and mayonnaise. Spoon into egg whites. Garnish with, of course, more bacon.



Delicious.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Grilled Cheese with a Twist

Yes, it's a grilled cheese sandwich, with provolone. Nothing special, right? But look at the crusty outside.


The bread was spread with tomato vodka sauce and sprinkled with grated parmesan before grilling.

Delicious. I don't think I can have a grilled cheese any other way from now on.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Random Quotes from the WIP Household, Part XXVIII

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He's got a sweet blue Volvo. But I need to buy him a pie for his birthday.

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If your mom had a chihuahua, she'd be the perfect gay guy.

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I'm not hanging out with you. I'm telling you $h!t. There's a difference.

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Just look up "weird squishy thing for your butt".

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Family cocaine time!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Quick Berry Trifle

OK maybe it's not a trifle. But it's quick. And it's got berries and whipped cream.


The best part? The spongecake. Yes, it was from a storebought package. But it was toasted in butter in a skillet before topping it with the macerated berries (a little sugar and a basil leaf, let sit for 2 hours) and the whipped cream.

I don't do dessert too often, but this was delicious.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Poached Egg on a Tortilla

Yes, I'm addicted to poached eggs. I blame my husband.

This was a lightly toasted tortilla, some cheddar cheese, green onions, tomatoes, poached egg. Surrounded by green chile salsa.


Not glamorous, but tasty.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Non-Food Post - Books Read in 2011

Once again, I'm reading less. Only 18 books in 2011, compared to 24 in 2010. To be fair, I spent most of December reading A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin, which is monstrous. And I'm almost done.

With no further adieu, the list:

Spice – The History of a Temptation – Jack Turner
Manitou – Graham Masterton
Edible Stories – Mark Kurlansky
Mafia Hairdresser – Jon-David
Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson
Salted – Mark Bitterman
The Sword-Edged Blonde – Alex Bledsoe
The Well of Ascension – Brandon Sanderson
The Hero of Ages – Brandon Sanderson
The Way of the Wiseguy – Joseph D. Pistone
Best Food Writing 2007 – Holly Hunter, ed.
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop – Lewis Buzbee
The Gathering Storm – Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Odd Bits – Jennifer McLagan
Choice of the Cat - E. E. Knight
The Ramen King and I - Andy Raskin
11/22/63 - Stephen King
Much Depends on Dinner - Margaret Visser

What did you read?

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