Monday, June 29, 2009

Yes, I would....

Man, Klondike bars are good!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Anyone else in the same boat?

This week 3 different people in the entertainment industry passed away. Know how I heard about it? Facebook! The first two (Ed McMahon & Farrah Fawcett) were mentioned on just a few status updates. But last night somehow between the time I left work and got home (a mere 45 minutes) my feed was FULL of news about Michael Jackson. I got a call from bp and was relaying how I heard the news on Facebook and had to go looking for a reputable source to see if it was true. And all of it was ironic to me: to think that I am now getting my "world" news from my Facebook feed (to be fair and balanced, I do have a friend who is updating on what is going on in Honduras right now)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


For those of you who dont know, I have been doing an internship for my Masters in Intercultural and Urban Studies. I have been working for CityCURE, an urban ministry in Cincinnati that work with all aspects of the lives of families within Cincinnati.

I have been working with the Development Department, which means fundraising. I know, who would willingly work in a fundraising department? Especially when there is a economic road hazzard as far as funds floating around waiting to be claimed by worthy non-profits . This was an area of urban ministry and non-profit in which I did not have a lot of experience. The only other time I have raised funds was for my overseas intership two years ago.

The learnign experience has been fun and challenging. At first, I was the normal intern: counting name tags, spending endless amounts of time waiting for a project to do, and other pidly things. However, that lasted only a short while, and larger projects and more responsibility have been coming my way. My mentor/supervisor pulled me into his office last week to have a long chat with me. He told me of a job possiblity coming in the fall and that he was grooming me for applying for the position. Um, wow. So I have this to think about now, as I am researching different market strategies and doing cost analysis for different projects as well as the annual reports.

Yesterday he gave me the opportunity to plan a ribbon cutting ceremony. Solo. These are big opportunities, because they are giving me huge amounts of experience and are taking me beyond the normal "coffee run" internships. Huge blessings and huge challenges.

- The Third

Monday, June 22, 2009


Had some ladies over for dinner last week and this is what I cooked (half eaten... I forgot about taking a picture!). Good stuff. Here's the goods:

Escarole with Carmalized Onions and Chickpeas

2 Tbl olive oil
1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 large bunch escarole (about 1 ½ pounds), washed and torn into pieces
¼ cup golden raisins
¼ tsp salt
½ pound multigrain penne pasta
1 can (15.5oz) chickpeas, undrained
Grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in 12” skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, for 15-23 minutes or until golden. Lower heat if onion is browning too quickly.

Add escarole and raisins to skillet. Cook, turning occasionally, for about 6 minutes, until leaves are tender and stem ends are still crunchy. Sprinkle with salt.

Meanwhile, make pasta. Drain, reserving ½ cup pasta water, and return to pot.

Stir in chickpeas with their liquid. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or until heated through. Serve over pasta, adding reserved pasta water if need to thin sauce. Sprinkle grated cheese, if desired.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Gets me every time

Have you seen this commercial?

Every time I see it - I catch my breath. I like the beginning where they all match their walls - I like the catchy song. What can I say, I'm a simple girl (and I know EXACTLY what the product is AND where to buy it...successful ad!)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Chipotle Salmon Burgers

I've been looking forward to trying a salmon burger for quite some time and this one did not disappoint!

1 Tbl chopped fresh cilantro
3 Tbl light mayonnaise
2 Tbl finely chopped fresh mango
1 Tbl finely chopped fresh pineapple
1/8 tsp finely grated lime rind

1/3 cup chopped green onions
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbl finely chopped chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
2 tsp fresh lime juice
¼ tsp salt
1 (1 ¼ lb) salmon fillet, skinned and cut into 1” pieces

To prepare mayonnaise, combine first 5 ingredients in a food processor or blender; process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl; cover and chill.

To prepare burgers: place onions, ¼ cup cilantro, chile, and juice in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Add salt and salmon; pulse 4 times or until salmon is coarsely ground and mixture is well blended.

Divide salmon mixture into 4 equal portions; shape each portion into a 1” thick patty. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.

Heat grill pan over medium-high head. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.

I also made a Summer Corn Salad - not as impressed, but still tasty.
1 Tbls lime juice
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp hot pepper sauce
5 tsp olive oil, divided
1 ½ cups fresh or frozen corn, thawed
1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup finely chopped cucumber
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
2 Tbl minced fresh basil OR 2 tsp dried basil
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

In a small bowl, whisk the lime juice, salt, pepper sauce and 4 tsp oil; set aside.

In a large skillet, sauté corn in remaining oil until tender. Transfer to a salad bowl; add the tomatoes, cucumber, onion and basil. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving or refrigerate until chilled. Sprinkle with cheese just before serving.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tallest buildings

I have a confession to make - I'm afraid of heights. I was in Toronto this last New Years and had to go up in the CN Tower. Now my fear of heights is very real, but I suck it up (with much complaining) for places I'm visiting. As we were standing in line, I saw on the wall all tall buildings and realized that I had been in many...

This is me getting ready to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower - for the 2nd time (CRAZY!)

At the almost top of the CN Tower:

Taken when I was at the top of the Empire State Building:

I've also been to the top of the Sears Tower, but that was before digital cameras... so you just have to believe me ;-) I don't think I'm planning to do the whole list, but who knows.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dinner with the Roomie

I made dinner for my roommate about a week ago. I was very excited about how it looked and took a picture. Here are the recipes for your enjoyment:

Avocado-Mango Chicken
Oven @ 350

¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbl soy sauce
2 tsp adobo sauce (from canned chipotle chilies)
2 limes (or lime juice)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast (4oz each)
1 large mango, coarsely chopped
1 large avocado, coarsely chopped
1 Tbl finely chopped cilantro
1 Tbl finely chopped onion
2 Tbl sea salt
4 white corn tortilla

Mix Worcestershire, soy and adobo sauces with juice from 1 of the limes in a bowl. Place chicken in a sealable plastic bag and pour in marinade. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Combine mango, avocado, cilantro, onion, salt and juice from remaining lime in a bowl, then refrigerate.

Transfer chicken and marinade to a baking dish and cook until tender and no longer pink, approximately 20 minutes. Remove chicken from oven, place each breast on a plate and top with ¼ of salsa. Serve with 1 tortilla each.

Makes 4 servings: 385 calories, 9.6g fat, 6.5g fiber

*You'll notice that I missed one key ingredient: Avocado!

Corn & Edamame Salad

1 ¼ cups cooked corn kernels (or 2 ears of roasted corn)
½ cup shelled edamame
¼ cup chopped red onion
¼ cup small diced red pepper
1 Tbl finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbl light mayonnaise
1 Tbl lemon juice
1 ½ tsp finely chopped or grated ginger
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Cover & chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Makes 4 servings: 97 calories, 2.9 g fat, 2.4 g fiber