Paella

3 cups of rice
4.5  cups of chicken broth (1.5 cups of brother per cup of rice)
Red bell peppers cut into thin strips
1 onion chopped
4 garlic cloves chopped
2 tomatoes cut into thick wedges
chunks of chicken 2″
Sweet sausage cut

Spices:
Tumeric 2tsp
Paprika 2 tsp
Oregano 1 tsp
Salt
Pepper
Green Onions
1 Bay leaf

Chicken breast is cut in 2 inch cubes and marinated in olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, paprika, onion, salt

Wash rice grains

Cook chicken with onion, red peppers.  Remove mixture

Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet or paella pan over medium heat. Sautee chicken and sausage under medium heat for 5 -10 min.  Stir in garlic, red pepper flakes, and rice. Cook, stirring, to coat rice with oil, about 3 minutes. Stir in tumeric 2 tsp  and paprika 2 tsp, 1 bay leaf, oregano , chicken stock (boil to warm temp). Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer 20 minutes.  add green onions for 5 min.

Peel shell and devein shrimp.

These will go in last.

Place wedged tomatoe in olive oil, and add salt.  Put on cooking tray.  Heat oven to 400 and place tomatoes inside for 15 min

Place lemon wedges, tomato and shrimp in the pan and serve.

Chipotle Rice

Things You’ll Need:

* 2 cups long grain white rice
* 1 bay leaf
* 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
* 1/3 tsp kosher salt
* 2 1/2 tsp lemon/lime juice
* 1/4 cup soy oil

1. Wash and rinse the rice until the water runs clear. This prevents it from sticking together and makes the finished product light and fluffy. Use a sieve for best results. Let the water run through the rice while moving it around with your fingers.

2. Cook the rice in the traditional manner. Use three cups of water for your two cups of rice. Add the bay leaf. Put a lid on the pot and bring water and rice to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes. As soon as the rice is done cooking, remove the bay leaf, add the soy oil and fluff with a fork. Allow the rice to sit for 5-7 minutes before proceeding.

While the rice is cooking, give your cilantro a rough chop. Use mostly leaves, but some stems are acceptable. At Chipotle you’ll find an even mix of the two.

3. Move the rice from the pot to a mixing bowl. Add the cilantro first and mix to prevent it from clumping with the other ingredients. Add the salt and juice, give it a good mix and taste. Perfect Chipotle rice!

Truper 72″ Pencil Point San Angelo Bar

I was cleaning up my yard and found it one hell of a job trying to dig out roots and rocks. Eventually I found a quick way of cutting out roots by using my reciprocating saw. I picked up the San Angelo Bar, not sure where the roots of that name came from, perhaps from the country of origin?  It’s about 16 lbs with a pencil point tip.  Literally this thing could pierce a hole through a sheet of metal with the weight and pointed tip.

Tilapia

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Diced tomato
  • 3 crushed garlic cloves
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Red pepper powder
  • Corn

Directions

  1. Add olive oil, diced tomato, crushed garlic, oregano, salt, black pepper, red pepper, and corn in a mixing bowl.
  2. Spread olive oil on baking tray and place tilapia on top
  3. Place the items in the mixing bowl on top of the tilapia and spread evenly
  4. Pre-heat oven to 350
  5. Place tilapia in oven for 10 minutes

Best French Soup

Ingredients:

  • 6 large yellow onions (about 4 pounds), halved and cut pole to pole into 1/4-inch-thick slices (Make sure you get Yellow)
  • Table salt
  • 2 cups water, plus extra for deglazing
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (They recommend Swanson Certified Organic Free Range Chicken Broth )
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme , tied with kitchen twine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Use olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Stir in salt, red onions and sweet onions. Cook 35 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are caramelized and almost syrupy.
  2. Mix chicken broth, and red wine into pot. Bundle the parsley, thyme, and bay leaf with twine and place in pot. Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove and discard the herbs. Reduce the heat to low and season with salt and pepper. Cover and keep over low heat to stay hot while you prepare the bread.
  3. Preheat oven broiler. Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet and broil 3 minutes, turning once, until well toasted on both sides. Remove from heat; do not turn off broiler.
  4. Arrange 4 large oven safe bowls or crocks on a rimmed baking sheet. Fill each bowl 2/3 full with hot soup. Top each bowl with 1 slice toasted bread, add mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle a little bit of paprika over the top of each one.
  5. Broil 5 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown. As it softens, the cheese will cascade over the sides of the crock and form a beautifully melted crusty seal. Serve immediately!

Japanese Maple Red-Leaf

Japanese Maples are a sophisticated addition to any home landscape. With their delicate fern-like foliage, beautiful fall color and striking winter form they are a must-have!

Acer palmatum garnet – red weeping Japanese maple grows up to 10 feet in height. Very fast growing when young, it will look two years older than most A. palmatums the same age. To bring out the red-orange color in the leaves, this maple will need some sun. Plant this to cascade down a wall or in a large container.

Apple iPhone 4g

I came across an article that talked about an Apple employee that had one too many drinks at a bar and left the upcoming Apple iPhone 4g at the establishment! How terrible must it be for Apple, but let’s hope the kid still has his job. The pictures I have seen were from Gizmodo and the phone isn’t that much different aesthetically other than with the silver trim around the sides, and 2 buttons.

You’re not the only one that’s looking for this next toy.

HD Antenna

I just picked up the Terk HDTVO HD antenna and have read mixed reviews. For the die hard HD antenna folks, they recommend going with something not so fancy. The thing that sold me was the ability to attach it to a satellite dish mount. I have a satellite dish on my roof already and it’s not being used at all.

So far it’s worked out very nicely and have been able to pick up some new channels too!

Toyota’s Dilemma

In recent weeks there has been much news about Toyota’s massive recall on their line of 2010 cars. This recall was due to a “sticky” accelerator pedal. Next came the safety issue about the Toyota Prius’ anti-lock braking system not activating under certain conditions. Does it just seem rather odd that all of the sudden there’s huge scrutiny an media coverage about this? Granted safety is the number one concern for everybody, but I am wondering if the US is using this to their advantage for propaganda against the Toyota and persuade consumers to buy American cars… or Honda/VolksWagon, etc. I know one thing is for sure, Toyota’s next quarterly reports are going to be terrible due to the halt in sales, and damage control invested to fix these problems. I’m sure Toyota’s going to have to come out with a very aggressive program to regain consumer confidence and pricing.

Weight vest

With the winter closing in, I decided to focus more on strength training.  Seeing that getting a full home gym wasn’t an option, I looked into getting a weight vest.  There are quite a few weight vests out there, but during my online research of looking at reviews and comments, it sounded like MiR and V-max had the best comfort, fit and flexibility of interchanging different weights.  I was looking at the MiR and the key selling point was their short vest which would put most of the weight on the upper torso as opposed to a longer vest that would hug around your stomach.  Also the strap design would provide minimal bounce effect when running or jumping around.  I wouldn’t want any of these weights to fly out of the vest and land on my face or toe.

It’s highly unlikely I’m going to start off with the 50 lbs, but plan to gradually increase the weight as my strength and endurance build up.  I’m excited for the vest to arrive.  I feel like it’s something you can wear around the house when you’re cooking, going for a walk to the video store to let your body get used to.  An idea is to try wearing this vest as I am doing my P90X training.  See my other post on the P90X review.