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A little less than a happy high
Man, it's been a while since I rambled like this.
There are many things that are significantly more unpleasant than a summer cold, but at 3AM on the second wakeful night of sneezing and snuffling, it's very difficult to think of any of them. The only thing that's made the past couple of nights even remotely bearable in the the extra a/c that Paul and Brenda lent me. I may have tried to smother myself with my own pillow otherwise. I'm guessing that would have failed because, let's face it, no one wants to stuff his own face into a pillow when it's this hot.

I know exactly where the cold came from, too. At brunch at the Neighborhood (which is very pleasant under the canopy of grape vines), Marty stood up at the picnic table and full on sneezed in my direction. I cringed, knowing full well that my immune system was going to have to fend off a microbe assault, a dicey proposition at the best of times. I managed to make child very angry with me later for stopping him pouring his orange juice out onto the ground. He was so angry that he turned his back to me in the car for the entirety of the ride home. That was hard core. Now I have his cold.

To be fair, Paul (who's got it, too) is is worse straights since he's working outside. I would fall down.

The 'cue went well, though we missed some company for all of our bent-legged running about. It was quite entertaining to have Pete asking if his mouth was supposed to be on fire, and then telling him to relish it until the endorphins kicked in. I think that the next couple of weeks will feature less ambitious menus or else will follow a lot more prep. Fresh smokey salsa is delicious, but really should be made a day ahead of an evening gather.

All are from the FoodNetwork site, with some minor tweaks to match the ingredients on hand and proclivities of the griller.

Salsa Molcajete
4 cloves garlic, in the husk
8 Roma tomatoes
1 red onion, cut into quarters
2 jalapeno peppers
6 tomatillos
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 limes, juiced
Coarse salt

Toast the garlic over medium heat, preferably over a charcoal grill. Continue toasting until tender all of the way through, and then peel the husks off. On the grill, char the tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and tomatillos until their skins are blistered completely. Remove all of the skins from all of the grilled vegetables, and then cut the stems off the jalapenos. Puree all of the grilled vegetables in a blender. Alternatively, use an immersion blender to puree. Pour salsa into a bowl, and season, to taste, with chopped cilantro, lime juice, and salt.

Carne Adobo
2.5 lbs sirloin tips
Recado Adobo
Salsa Molcajete
Farmer's cheese

Preheat a clean grill to a medium-high temperature (preferably a charcoal or wood grill). Season the meat with the Recado Adobo, and place it on the hot grill. Grill to your desired degree of doneness. Serve with farmer's cheese, refried beans, and salsa on tortillas.

Recado Adobo
1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns
3 serrano peppers
1/2 coriander
1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons coarse salt
3 tablespoons olive oil

Toast all of the spices in a dry skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Then grind cooled spices in a spice grinder or molcajete. Stir in the salt and olive oil, and combine thoroughly.

Instead of prepping the day previous, we got chased around by a sad-looking Ringwraith in a game of LotR Trivial Pursuit.

The game threatened oblivion at the Dark Rider's hand - very SPOOOKY. In practice he didn't do a whole lot beyond adding color and a vague sense of danger to the board. It's a fun game, even if there are a few too many "Ralph Nader Gollum" answers and far too many, "How many..." questions. That, and most of the questions read better if you add "... at Helm's Deep" to the end. Just trust me on this.

Before I forget, from 7shots:

#15: 62 MPH

How are you?
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starflow From: starflow Date: August 9th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude, look how debonair our pewter Aragorn looks with his ring ala necklace! Smoooove.
komos From: komos Date: August 9th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's SASSY...
From: ex_cayetana730 Date: August 9th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
And that glare makes it look like he has a flaming sword.
komos From: komos Date: August 9th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's no sword...
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komos From: komos Date: August 9th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Damn straight.

Man, I love mixing geekdoms.
starflow From: starflow Date: August 9th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's right, that's no sword...glare. It's actually a strategically placed orange pie piece. No really, I meant to do that!
komos From: komos Date: August 9th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
We never did get to the rave in Lothlorien.
starflow From: starflow Date: August 9th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Curse our short time for gameplay!!!!!
tenillypo From: tenillypo Date: August 9th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Galadriel was so lonely! There's only so much rave dancing one can do by one's self, you know...

(Incidentally, I very much feel your cold pain, as I am suffering from similar myself. And it sucks. A lot.)
komos From: komos Date: August 9th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hates me the cold.

Feel better. Someone has to.
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komos From: komos Date: August 10th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. ^_^

The lost photo thing has been happening off and on with the new host, but I can't complain much since the space is free and virtually unlimited.

I'll email a copy to you, just in case it's lost on the web.
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