Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Pirate Life for Me

As the newspaper biz continues to fold in on itself, I think it's time to consider a fallback career.

Piracy seems to be a growth industry right now. And from what I can tell, the Chesapeake Bay represents a market opportunity.

I've got an 8-foot dinghy and a trolling motor to attach to it. All I need is a scurvy crew. And a few bottles of rum. And an oil tanker to hijack.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Michigan at Ohio State

It's that week again. This year's Big Game will be played in Columbus this Saturday with less at stake than usual. Michigan is suffering through perhaps its worst year ever and Ohio State, with two losses, is still in the chase for the Big Ten title but is (mercifully) out of the running for a national crown.

To get you in the mood for the game, here's a link to last year's post, which is chock full of links to the history of the rivalry, and the recipe for delicious peanut butter buckeye treats.

Go Bucks!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Black Eyed Peas (not the band)

Time to get back to important matters on this blog, like good food.

Lately I've enjoyed rediscovering a favorite of my southern upbringing - black eyed peas. Last night the Remarkable Marcy pulled a Vegetarian Times recipe for Black-Eyed Pea Patties with Corn and Cilantro. We served it with a side of Collard Greens prepared with a recipe off my friend The Chef From Hell's blog. Great stuff!

One of our favorite BEP dishes actually was the result of a mix up when I screwed up the recipe of the traditional Hoppin' John dish. I can't remember exactly how I managed to use bulghur instead of rice, but the result was terrific. Here's the recipe for Hoppin' Sully.

Hoppin' Sully

2 T canola or olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried thyme
3 cups cooked bulghur wheat
2 cups cooked black eyed peas

Heat oil in large skillet and saute onion and garlic.
Add tomatoes, water and spices. Simmer covered for 5 minutes.
Add bulghur and beans, pinch of sea salt and pepper.
Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until golden-brown crust forms on the bulghur.

A liberal shake of Tabasco atop this really helps warm body and soul on cool autumn and winter nights.


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Real Deal

The (un)official, (un)scientific Sullicom Presidential Poll proved remarkably accurate, as Nov. 4 saw an Electoral College runaway for Barack Obama in the presidential election.

Among the key states captured by Obama were Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, California and New York. Some of the states that went for Sen. John McCain were Texas, Indiana, Brigadoon and Munchkinland.

It was an historic night.

Yes We Can

I knew that "Bob the Builder" post was prescient.

Sing along.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Presidential Poll Results

The (un)official, (un)scientific Sullicom Presidential Poll is closed and the voters have chosen Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. John McCain and long-shot Food Network candidate Alton Brown.

With 98 total votes cast, Obama gathered 46 votes (46%), McCain 34 votes and Brown 18 votes.

So, this bit of fun is done. Thanks to all of you who voted. To those of you who didn't, I hope you were simply holding back for the real deal.

Tomorrow's the day - get out there and vote!