Wednesday La Nouvelle Cuisine Open Comments

I can’t wait until I go to Yerp again. I’m honestly curious.

Maybe get one of these:

What is it, you may ask?

Filet de Cheval à Cheval

Serves 4

2 Tbsp. canola oil
4 slices bacon
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for frying
1 bay leaf or 1 sprig thyme (optional)
4 horse steaks, 8 to 10 ounces (225 to 280 g) each
1 cup (250 ml) Joe Beef Sauce Vin Rouge (see below)
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
4 eggs
4 slices brioche (optional)

1. Place a large sauté pan over high heat and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the bacon and fry for about 5 minutes, or until nicely browned but not crisp (you are going to want to wrap it around the steak). Set aside.

2. Pour out the fat and wipe the pan clean. Add the 2 tablespoons butter to the same pan over medium heat. When the butter is bubbly, add the bay leaf. Now add the horse steaks to the pan and cook for 5 minutes on the first side. Turn and cook for 4 minutes on the second side. Transfer the steaks to a plate and let rest for 4 minutes, keeping them warm. Wipe the pan clean and set aside.

3. Meanwhile, in a small pot, warm the wine sauce over medium heat and whisk in the mustard. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

4. Add a little butter to the sauté pan and fry the eggs, then toast the brioche, if using. Wrap a slice of bacon around each steak, if you can, and then top the steak with an egg. Or, just place a bacon slice and an egg on top of each steak. If you have toasted brioche, slip a slice of toast under each steak.

Pour a couple of spoonfuls of wine sauce over each portion, and you have the classic filet de cheval à cheval — “fillet of horse on horseback.”

Joe Beef Sauce Vin Rouge

Makes 2 cups (500ml)

1/2 cup (55g) sliced French shallots
1 small red beet, peeled and thickly sliced
2 cups (500ml) dry red table wine
2 Tbsp. cheap-ass balsamic vinegar
1 bay leaf
2 cups (500 ml) beef stock
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tsp pepper

1. In a small saucepan, mix together the shallots, beet, wine, vinegar, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil over high heat and reduce by half. Add the stock and continue to boil until reduced by half.

2. Whisk in the butter and season generously with salt and with the pepper. Serve right away. Or, let cool, transfer to a tightly capped container, and refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for up to a month.


Weekend Open Comments

That law of unintended consequences is biting certain lawmakers in the butt again.

There are now 42 gun companies who have decided that if certain jurisdictions are going to restrict their citizens’ 2nd amendment rights – if gun ownership is not important for civilians – then the governmental entities don’t need guns for themselves, either.

On February 20th, as our story was hitting the web, Ronnie Barrett, the Chairman and CEO of Barrett Firearms posted his company’s position statement on their Facebook page:

Barrett’s Position Regarding the Assault on Liberty

Barrett opposes those who are illegally disarming the American public from their efficient arms and creating superior armed elitist government agencies.

Elected state officials of New York, having been sworn to protect our Constitution, have instead committed an offense against it and their citizens by stripping inalienable rights duly protected and guaranteed under th…e Second Amendment. By their deliberate and sinister actions, these officials now cause their state and local policing agencies to enforce these unconstitutional and illegal so called “laws”.

By current law, Barrett cannot be an accomplice with any lawbreaker, therefore, cannot and will not service or sell to New York government agencies. Barrett also applies this stance to the individual elected official who, as a matter of public record, has voted for or created regulation that violates the constitutional rights of their citizens. This is an expansion of our 2002 ban against the California government due to their second amendment infringements, and shall apply to any future violators.

In the course of world history there have been officials that strip inalienable rights from the people that were given to all by our Creator. Most of these officials inevitably come to trial, some do not.

This is a great example of civil disobedience. I’m waiting for bullet manufacturers to stop selling to DHS. I wonder if there’s a law that forces them to sell to the feds?

Thursday Memories Open Comments

Lovely Daughter and Aggie Beau recently asked us for some pictures to fill some frames. I hate those kinds of requests, as I am not the most photogenic face in the world, and I have a hard time finding pictures that I like. They are few and faaar between. I found some old ones, though, while perusing my stash of pictures and yearbooks.

My favorite is my senior prom picture. That’s my Hubby behind me. I had to crop out the couple we were talking to. The photograph caught her in mid-blink and she looked stoned, and her date’s face was only half visible.

Tedtam w Hubby at her senior prom

Tedtam w Hubby at her senior prom

It’s been years since I looked that good!

Then I found a picture of Lovely’s first birthday party at Pistol Pete’s. She was a cutie from her first day. That was such a great day. It’s hard to believe she’s all grown up and stuff already. This picture was taken just yesterday.
Tedtam and Lovely at her 1 yr birthday party 1989

When Handsome Son was born, he had a rough time. Lovely was always there to help me out and love on her baby brother.Lovely Daughter loves her new brother 1999
Here I am, nailing Handsome Son with a kiss at a birthday party. I don’t know who kissed him more, her or me. I had to chase him down in the moon walk before I could lay a big wet momma kiss on him. Of course, the fun part was having Mommy chase him around.
Handsome Son ambushed by Tedtam Oct 1993
I don’t chase him around any more. It’s just not the same. I miss my little kids.

Where does the time go?

And I’m reminded of that old adage – life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.

Wednesday Sequestration Open Comments

Another day, another attack on someone else, trying to lay blame on others for one’s own errors.

President Obama has been telling any and everybody he can that the coming “sequestration”, which was his own idea and he signed into law, will “cost hundreds thousands of jobs”.

As you may recall, back in 2011, during a battle over increasing the debt limit, Republicans demanded certain budget cuts in return for increasing the debt limit. The Democrats, sensing that they had the Republicans over a barrel (which they did because of media complicity) held firm in their demands to raise taxes “on the wealthiest among us”. In order to break this deadlock, President Obama suggested the “sequester”, a collection of tax increases and budget cuts that would be so toxic that the two sides would be forced to come to an agreement.

Fast-forward a bit. A few months ago, the Democrats and President Obama successfully fought the Republicans over another debt limit increase, and the Republicans agreed to the Democrats’ tax increase plan, deferring the budget cuts until March 1.

For those who don’t know what day it is, March 1 happens to be next week. The Republicans are demanding budget cuts equal to or greater than the sequester cuts and the Democrats won’t cut anything and want to raise taxes even more.

This leaves the Republicans in a somewhat enviable position where if they do nothing, they get a very large chunk of what they want and the Democrats get – nothing.

Monday Open Comments

Came across a site with some interesting questions. Here are some of them:

1. If today were the last day of your life, would you want to to what your are about to do today?
2. Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of?
3. If you had a friend who spoke to you the same way that you sometimes speak go yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend?
4. In the haste of our daily lives, what are we not seeing?
5. If you looked into the heart of your enemy, wha tdo you think you would find that is different from what is in your own heart?
6. Why do you matter?
7. How many of your friends would you trust with your life?
8. What do you do with the majority of your money?
9. What have you given up on?
10. What big lesson should people learn from your life?
11. What mistakes do you make over and over again?
12. What has been draining your happiness?

Heavy thoughts for a Monday morning.