Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I'm heading to India to build Habitat homes

Delta volunteers are heading to India to build Habitat homes

More than 40 employees and, for the first time six Delta customers, will partner with Habitat for Humanity and families in the village of Nagewadi, Karjat, near Mumbai, to build six homes during a weeklong trip to the region next month.
With this project, Delta’s Force for Global Good, a program that unites customers and employees who invest their personal time and money to support philanthropic efforts throughout the world, is helping take a stand against poverty housing by volunteering with Habitat in India to help families in need of safe, decent, affordable housing realize the dream of home ownership. Also, we’re committing $100,000 and the help of other community partners to build 100 more homes in the state of Maharashtra next year.

Im really excited about this trip...leaving on my birthday next week! woo-hoo!!
Of course, since I will already be there, Smita, Frank and I are taking a side trip to Kerala, India.
Here is a little teaser.....more to come:

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Pork and Tomatillo Stew

We wanted to relax last night and cook something delicious, and while leafing through the latest Food & Wine magazine, this spicy Mexican-style stew seemed like the perfect thing!
This recipe is from California winemaker Andrew Murray.
We made a trip to the farmers market and got started.
Trust me, you won't be sorry after cooking this! ingredients
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin, cut into 3-inch chunks
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 large celery ribs, finely diced
1 small red onion, finely diced
1 Anaheim chile, seeded and finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons mild chile powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
Pinch of dried oregano
2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
1 cup 1/2-inch-diced carrots
Two 6-ounce russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 pound tomatillos—husked, rinsed and cut into 1-inch dice
Hot sauce
Chopped cilantro, for garnish
Corn tortilla chips, for serving
In a medium casserole or Dutch oven, heat the oil. Season the pork with salt and pepper and cook over high heat until browned on 2 sides, about 2 minutes per side. Add the celery and onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7 minutes. Add the diced chile, garlic, chile powder, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add the carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and tomatillos, cover and simmer over low heat until the pork is cooked through, about 25 minutes.
Transfer the pork to a plate and shred with two forks. Meanwhile, simmer the stew over moderate heat until thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir the shredded pork into the stew and season with salt, pepper and hot sauce. Ladle the stew into bowls, garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with a few tortilla chips.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Eclipse de Luna

It was hump day.....and I needed a party!! Luckily, Judd and Janine had birthdays to celebrate. The venue was perfect: Eclipse de Luna in Miami Circle, a tapas restaurant which always turns into dancing at the end of the night. As a matter of fact, the only other time I had been there I could not see ANY tables because it was so packed with dancers...my kind of place! Below is the 3 piece band that was AWESOME!
I gave Brrrian a buddy pass to Ohio for the weekend, he had a few days off school and had not been to mom and dads ALL YEAR. Luckily he pays attention to his dreams (like me) and headed home.....first stopping at my house. I think I am going to make a new rule for anyone I give a buddy pass to, they have to stop and visit me first. I dont get enough attention here.

Anyhoo, I was already at Eclipse de Luna when Brrrians flight got in so he hopped on MARTA and took it to Buckhead. We had such a great time! I LOVE mi hermano!!!

Not sure what we were doing below.....but I love this picture of Brrrian !

There were some other funny pictures taken...we were making faces to see how many chins we could make....Brrrian posted on his blog....but I refuse.......

I went to Ohio that weekend too. It was great to be with everyone. Friday night we went to see Kelli play in the marching band at Wooster high schools football game. It was so fun, all of us just hanging out bullshitting and jamming to the band. They have a "drumline" too! After the game, for a half hour all the drummers stand in a circle and jam. I love how the vibrations feel, its just so invigorating. Brrrian got a cute video of me pretending to be a newscaster:

Sunday, October 07, 2007

What a FANTASTIC day!!!!

It's wierd but I am actually liking staying in ATL on the weekends now. I have been home 3 weeks in a row and have had some great times. It is so nice when your house needs nothing...maybe that is why I never liked staying in ATL on the weekends....because I always felt like we had to work on our house if we were home????

Anyway, we had no plans, and have been wanting to have our friends Floyd and Richard over for 5 years now. We met them when we first moved to ATL. We all went to mid-city fitness EVERY MORNING at 530am. Since we bought our house 5 years ago, we dont go to the same gym anymore, so we only see them 2-3 times a year. (at either their house or a restaurant)
They were free on Saturday night and Ernesto planned an AWESOME Mexican dinner. We headed to a farmers market north of our house that is hispanic and asian. It is even bigger than the one by our house and it was so cool because we actually could've been in Latin America. I think I was the only American in the whole place.......LOVE IT!!!

They were making the tortillas fresh right in the store, they were sooooooo good!!
This whole isle was different kinds of dried peppers, we bought 3 bags for our dinner. Here Ernesto takes a minute to consult his shopping list and cross off the peppers.

They had a lot of samples out and I was loving this crema from Honduras. They just spread it on a tostada and mmmmmm.

Before we knew it, we had filled up our cart and were on our way out. When we got home we started preparing right away. The menu had a few things on it that we had never made before. One of them being tamales. One thing is for sure, we will be making them again. It is a little time onsuming, but well worth it. You need to pat the masa out into a sqare on the or husk, then we filled them with chicken that was cooked with chipotles, add tomatillos and a red salsa. We folded them, tied them up, and steamed them for 30 minutes. DELISH!!OK menu was: Tamales, Mexican rice, refried beans, a tomatillo salsa AND "jaimaia margaritas". Jaimaica is the hibiscus flower in spanish. These were so delicious! We had to steep the dried flowers (from the farmers market) in hot water with sugar, then add tequila and ice and shake. I had 3 and was feeling good:) Here Ernesto mixes them before our intrigued guests. Look how happy they are! The OSU game was on and actually Floyd & Richard love college football, so after dinner we moved to the couch for a bit while our stomachs settled...we were so stuffed!!

Then we decided to head to downtown decatur to the "Chocolate Bar" Ernesto had taken me there last week on our "date" and it is a perfect place for drinks and dessert. Each of us had a variation of their chocolate martini (chocolate bar, chocolate espresso, tiramisu) I forgot my camera, which was a shame because we were laughing our asses off and making funny faces. The girls next to us snapped this shot and emailed it to us.

What an awesome night!! We won't wait so long to see them next....actually Neto will be doing their x-mas lights, so I know we will see them soon:)

Friday, October 05, 2007


I knew when Smita mentioned "Geek Night" that I had to be part of it!

Her 2 friends/ co-workers Sly and Darren, had the idea of getting together with laptops and blogging (or whatever else you like to do on the computer) and sharing music, ideas and conversation. Sly hosted at his house and we started with cosmopolitans. Then, over dinner we had a fun conversation "If you could have 5 houses anywhere in the world, where would they be?"
My answer:
  1. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  2. Paris, France
  3. New York, NY
  4. Sevilla, Spain
  5. La Jolla, CA

I had a really hard time choosing #5, I wanted to put Lake Como, Italy, but since I haven't actually been there YET. ....I have been to several other cities in Italy and I LOVE the culture, the food, the scenery, and the language... molto buon...very sexy!!! I could see myself there a couple months out of the year...easily. No, I won't need a house in Ohio, I can stay with my family when Im there:)

After dinner, we moved to the living room and sat around the coffee table with our laptops. Sly was just starting his blog, Darren was working on a home video he made with his MacBook (which, by the was I MUST BUY) It's so stylish and inspiring....easy to use, and I want it!! Smita and I worked on our FaceBook profiles. Geek-y? YES, but it was so much fun. What a great idea...We will be doing this regularly. The people that I have told about this think its a great idea too...Im hosting the next one and I think its going to be a growing club!!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Easy Delicious Spicy Dinner

We made this last night, and it was wonderful. The recipe was from eating well, and we added a little more heat!! Very quick to make!
1 pound peeled cooked shrimp, tails removed
1 cup frozen cup corn
2-1 ounce cans chopped green chiles
(we used NM chiles from my brother Tim, + some fresh )
2 cups canned green enchilada sauce
12 corn tortillas
1 15-ounce can pinto beans, refried (or not)
1 cup reduced-fat shredded Mexican-style cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, cut into wedges

1. Preheat oven to 425 degree F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. 2. Combine shrimp, corn, chiles and 1/2 cup enchilada sauce (or salsa) in a microwave-safe medium bowl. Cover and microwave on High until heated through, 2 1/2 minutes. 3. Spread 1/4 cup enchilada sauce (or salsa) in the prepared baking dish. Top with an overlapping layer of 6 tortillas. Spread refried beans evenly over the tortillas. Top the beans with the shrimp mixture, followed by the remaining 6 tortillas. Pour the remaining sauce (or salsa) over the tortillas. Cover with foil.4. Bake the enchiladas until they begin to bubble on the sides, about 20 minutes. Remove the foil; sprinkle cheese on top. Continue baking until heated through and the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes more. Top with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.


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