Sunday, June 21, 2009

Garlic Chicken Stir Fry with Quinoa, Peppers, and Basil

Dave and I tried this recipe tonight. It is approved, Phase 2 food (South Beach Diet). It sounded delicious, then as I was cooking it, I thought, "Hmm... maybe this won't be quite so delicious." But then it was delicious! It pulled the ol' trickeroo on me!

1 cup Quinoa, prepared with chicken stock, according to package directions (so you'll need two cups chicken stock)
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
4 tbsp garlic flavored olive oil (I just used regular because that's all I had)
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced (I used green)
5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
20 leaves fresh sweet basil, julienne (I just used dried basil... b/c I was too lazy to go to the store)
grated parmesan cheese

Cut chicken into one-inch pieces. Heat large nonstick skillet over high heat and add the oil. Add chicken and saute for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Add onions, bell peppers; saute for one or two more minutes; add garlic and saute until peppers become slightly limp, but still bright, about one to two minutes; season with salt and pepper. Remove the pan from heat; add basil and quinoa. Toss until basil wilts; garnish with parmesan cheese. Serves four.
Salt and pepper to taste.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Whatever Works

I am SO excited for this movie.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


I lost already. I don't think NaBloPoMo hosts a contest, necessarily, but if they did, I would have lost.

I forgot to blog yesterday. Here is NaBloPoMo's official policy on mistakes such as these:

"8. My cat died/my boyfriend asked me to marry him/I just spent the night in the hospital and I missed posting for a couple of days. Can I just post a little extra this month to make up for the missing days so I can still be eligible for the prize drawing?

First of all, I'm so sorry/congratulations/I hope you get well soon. Secondly, no. If I let you skip a couple of days then I'd have to let everybody post whenever they felt like it, and that would defeat the whole purpose of NaBlo which is to get you to sit down and write something every day. If there's one thing I've learned from all this it's to post as early in the day as you can. You'll catch more readers that way (most blog reading gets done at lunchtime), and you won't have to worry about posting something lame after work when you're tired, or accidentally forgetting to post at all.

I know we're all feeling really bummed right now, especially after all the great times we've had together during the first two days of June. I'd like to give this final gift to you: a song I feel all of our hearts are singing already. The Muppets might be a tad distracting, given our sad state of affairs and their naturally cheerful aura. Just try to concentrate on the melody.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Douglas Yancey Funnie's "Quailman"

I want to stay on the theme of "Heroes" as much as possible this month, but I nearly found myself already unable to think of a good hero. I decided to go through as many cartoon heroes as I could. I first thought of Bartman, then wondered... does the Bartman count as a hero? I decided he did, so look forward to a future post on the topic.

My mind then went to Quailman. The alter-ego of Doug Funnie from the originally Nickelodeon show, "Doug." He was a much purer alter-ego than the Bartman. He doesn't think doing the Quailman will make you "bad like Michael Jackson." But he does defend the world from evil using his three powers - patience, intelligence, and speed. When those powers failed, he used his Quail Eye - a beam of fire that shot out from his eyes. He had more control of his Quail Eye than Cyclops had of his Quail Eye apparently.

Let's not forget Quaildog... Quailman's trusty companion.

And on this topic... I loved the show Doug so much. When it went to ABC... it began to suck. They got a new theme song! What could be better than "doot doo doo, doo doo doo doo do doo do doo?" Patti got a new haircut! Roger got rich! Voices changed and everything! I'm angry!

Monday, June 1, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 1

First, a shout-out to Sara McGinness - without whom I would not have heard of NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). The theme for June is Heroes, and I thought that sounded semi-inspiring; therefore, I will be blogging everyday in the month of June, y'all! It is not required to stay on theme, and I haven't yet made up my mind on whether or not I will do so. However, my first post is very much on the topic of heroes. Superheroes, that is.

I completed The Superhero Quiz last night to prepare myself for the month of June. I was pleased to find this quiz to be very comprehensive - not one of those lame quizzes on facebook that any fool can create. No, this one seemed nearly empirically based. It consisted of 47 questions regarding individualized opinions on important components of Superhero-dom. I completed the quiz.

I am Iron Man. I consider these results to be quite sound because I remember taking a Superhero quiz a few years ago and getting the same result. It wasn't nearly as scientific as this one, but the shared results might still leave one pondering. In case any of you were wondering, the three descriptors of Iron Man are "Inventor, Businessman, Genius." Just change that to Businesswoman, and it's like I'm looking in a mirror, right?!

I further explored the site and took a poll regarding one's favorite Superhero. First, I was surprised by the plethora of Superheroes out there, many of whom I have never heard (Deadpool? Elektra? Hawkman?). Enter Special Commentary #1 from my spouse, David Gamble, Jr: "Deadpool is now likely best known as being portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in the movie, 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine.' However, unlike Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool almost always wears a full-body jump suit and a mask... You're impressed, aren't you?"

I picked my favorite Superhero - Wolverine. I had to pick a second favorite, and it was tough. I'm not a big Superhero fanatic, unlike my husband, and... I basically picked Wolverine because Hugh Jackman is a lovely man at which to gaze. I think I picked Batman as my second favorite. I clicked "submit" to see what I thought would be expected results.

Oddly enough... Green Lantern is the favorite Superhero. I knew I had heard of Green Lantern before but needed a refresher. Enter Special Commentary #2 from my spouse, David Gamble, Jr: "There's a couple Green Lanterns. Which one do you want to know about? Oh yeah, one of them was black, I forgot about that... but the main one, I actually can't remember his name... grey-haired guy... also, a good reference site would be Marvel Vault, oh, except Green Lantern is DC, so you couldn't use that site."

Hmm, Special Commentary #2 was not nearly as coherent as Special Commentary #1. I couldn't find a comparable "DC Vault," so I had to resort to the Green Lantern's wikipedia entry. Warning: It is reaaaalllly boring. He (they) looks like an exciting enough guy, but apparently there is the intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps, that each Green Lantern is obliged to be a part of; magic rings that have to be granted by Guardians of the Universe to each potential Green Lantern; required philanthropic membership in various Justice Lagues; blah, blah, blah. Why in the world is this the most highly regarded Superhero (at least according to nearly 32,000 votes)?

It is for reasons like these that I'm glad I'm Iron (Wo)Man at heart. Just a coo' guy, trying coo' stuff, killing off bad guys. No extra community service necessary because I am already bestowing much goodness on the world.

Again I'll say it... that quiz seemed nearly empirically based.

The End.