Thursday, May 11, 2006

Three Things and Your Little Dog Too

1. First, a shout-out to The Mother Of All, for giving me the mother of all html help every 2 weeks. You are rockin' the 40's!

2. Secondly and more importantly, Chupa and I have decided on the children we are going to take when we get into the kidnapping business (details on that later...) It all came together last night as we were watching a post-dinner puppet show at our neighbor's house.

Chupa leaned over whispering,

"These kids are really cute."

"Yeah. And smart." I added.

Child 1 is skipping second grade. Child 2 is skipping kindergarten. Child 3 is skipping around flirting with Chupa. Child 4 is a fatty 11-month old who doesn't skip any meals. Apparently.

They are also half-Hawaiian which means that they are GORGEOUS and come with beautiful native middle names. Bonus!!!

"Let's give the baby some time to start walking before we take them. I don't think I can teach a kid to walk."

Good point Chupa.

The puppet show about crabs and lobsters continues.

"They are nice kids too." I add again. "You know, respectful."

Respect is a big deal with kids. Although, I forget why.

The puppet show ends. Kids are taking a bow.

"He should be walking in a couple weeks." I calculate carefully, taking into consideration that he is tubby and gravity and all...

"Good. A couple weeks then. I am working on the GPS." Chupa is our IT guy.

So that's settled.

3. Here is my black bean burger recipe that everybody wants. I should add that my sister Stephanie is the one who introduced me to these beauties. Try them and love them and care for them and...

SPICY BLACK BEAN BURGERS
1/2 cup flour
1 small onion diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 small hot pepper minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium red pepper diced
2 cups cooked or canned black beans, mashed
1/2 cup corn niblets
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp fresh parsley

Set flour aside for coating. Saute onion, garlic, oregano and hot pepper in oil until onions are translucent. Add peppers and saute for another 2 minutes, until pepper is tender. In a large bowl mash the beans with a fork. Stir in all the vegetables, corn, bread crumbs, cumin, salt, chili powder and parsley. Mix well. Divide and shape into patties. Coat in flour. Cook on a lightly oiled frying pan on medium high for about 5-10 minutes, or until brown.

If you don't garnish with avocados...well...forgettaboutit.