Matthew's Foray into Blogging

Monday, October 30, 2006

Biting Off More Than I Can Chew

Weekends are short enough as it is, and I already try to pack too much into them, but when I go to the grocery store on Saturday mornings, often times, some food item will jump out at me. For instance, this weekend, I saw tomatillos that were as fresh and verdant as any I had ever seen. I could not pass them up, so, in addition to cooking the beef brisket that I had planned, I was going to have to find something to do with a pound of tomatillos. Then, in the meat department, I saw some bone-in, “natural” pork loin chops. HEB has been offering a broader selection of “natural” beef and pork. “Natural” need not mean anything more than that artificial colors have not been added, but the people at HEB promise that it means that the animal was raised without the use of antibiotics, hormones, animal byproducts, industrial waste, etc. As I could not pass up these nice looking pork chops, I also had to incorporate them into a meal. Some of those organic collard greens I saw in the produce department would accompany the pork chops well. Before I know it, I have spent a good part of my weekend in the kitchen, preparing all of this tempting-looking food that caught my eye at the grocery store.

Daylight Saving Time Ended

I found that hour I lost back in the spring.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Something Different

I cooked baby back ribs this last weekend. Since I am the only Texas resident who does not own a barbecue pit, I braised them in the oven, using an Alton Brown recipe. I selected the “natural” pork from HEB, which – the good folks in the meat department promise – means it wasn’t fed any animal byproducts. I don’t cook baby back ribs too often (this might have been the second time), so it’s fun to try something different. They turned out quite well.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Great Flood

As soon as I finish constructing my ark and loading the animals two-by-two, the rain stops! Doh!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Free Panty!

I get a kick out of the offer that arrives in the mail occasionally, addressed to my Dad, from Victoria’s Secret, for a “Free Panty!”

Monday, October 09, 2006

Multi-Headed Beast

An analogy that aptly describes the firm for which I work likens it to a monster with multiple heads, none of which knows what the other is doing.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

CROCS® at Work

If I bought a pair of black CROCS, I wonder if I could wear them to work with a suit. CROCS are super comfortable. Stylish, too.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

$2.00 a Gallon Gasoline!

$2.00 a Gallon Gasoline at HEB! Now I can buy that 11 gallon per mile SUV I have been wanting.