Redefining Domesticated: Can Chimichurri cause divorce?

Can Chimichurri cause divorce?

YES!!  It absolutely can and let me tell you why!  Chimichurri is an amazing herb and oil based sauce that is sprinkled over grilled meat traditionally.  There are so many variations that you can play with, but be warned, people will fight over it.

I have been so good about pre-making lunches that I get excited about which prevents me from eating crap all day.  So last week I made a beautiful ribeye, medium rare and seasoned to perfection, sliced thinly ready for a quick salad.  What better to make it just a little brighter and takes it to the next level?  Chimichurri!  So I made a batch which only takes about 5 minutes and put it in my fridge.  My husband heard about this and without my knowledge started dumping it (literally dumping) all over anything he was eating; pizza, cabbage rolls, chimichangas… A couple days later, I go skipping to my fridge ready to have the most incredible lunch and low and behold, I can’t find it.  I turn around and look in the sink and there is my empty container of sauce.  If it wasn’t so easy to make more, I would have had to file for divorce… Think that is too extreme?  Try making it and you tell me!

Chimichurri Sauce

1 bunch of cilantro

1 bunch of parsley

fresh oregano (optional)

1 pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)

2 tablespoons of apple cider or red wine vinegar

3 garlic cloves

1/2 cup of good oil (grapeseed, avocado, olive…) plus more if needed

Salt and pepper to taste

Roughly chop the cilantro and parsley (you don’t need to pluck the leaves, just cut the bunch 3 or 4 times including all leaves) and throw into a blender or food processor.  Add oregano, crushed red pepper, vinegar, garlic and about half the oil.  Start blending and keep adding oil until all of it is combined.  Move to a bowl or container (I use a mason jar and triple the batch) and hand stir in a couple more tablespoons of oil and salt and pepper to taste.

If stored in an airtight container, it will last in the refrigerator for a few weeks (if it is not eaten before then)

Buen Provecho!

Making a Board

“What the hell is a board?”, my husband asks.  “It’s the epitome of hosting!”, I respond appalled that he didn’t know this.  Yes, I get super excited about cooking and entertaining, even when it is just my in-laws coming over.  To me, a “board” just sets the tone; it is art for the eyes and the pallette.  It gives you a chance to brighten up the table and let’s be honest, it looks classy as hell!

This board took me about 30 minutes from start to finish to put together, it can be done a couple hours early but make sure you wrap it well with plastic wrap and refrigerate so it doesn’t dry out.  This would also be a good project if you have little helpers who are always looking for something to do because the piles are “rustic” (fancy word for just throw them in a pile and it looks culinary artsy).  You can really use anything you want but the basis is a couple kinds of cheese, sliced meats, fruit, nuts and crackers.

I am a cheese and meat fanatic so I love going into the artisanal cheese section of the grocery store and picking out some new cheeses.  They typically have the fancy italian meats here too, as well as samples (who doesn’t love samples).  Don’t be deterred by all the different types but I would challenge you to pick out at least one new kind each time and to try to get a good variety of hard/soft and sharp/mild cheeses.  The same goes for the meats, make sure you get a variety level of spices here, part of the fun of a board is trying all the different combinations!

Once you make a couple, you will just want to keep making it more and more fancy, get creative!  Use large cutting boards or other vessels to hold it, there are no rules here!  One of these days I am going to start making little labels that go on toothpicks to identify each, I have seen some really cute ideas.  You can go fancy or you can use block cheese and deli meat, once you get it on the board, it will look really nice.  Give it a try, your guests won’t be disappointed.

Here is what I did on this board:

Cheeses:  Gruyere, 1 yr aged cheddar, chandoka, smoked gouda, and brie

Meats: Prosciutto, felino salami, and capicola

Nuts: Almonds and Cashews

Fruit: Green apples and raisins

Crackers: Onion Toasteds, Pepperidge Farm Golden Butter, pumpernickel rye chips, and garlic and oil pasta chips

Condiments: Course ground dijon mustard

 

Tred lightly through the House of Leaves

What the FUCK?!? Yes, that is my first reaction and pretty much sums up this journey.  House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski takes the reader through some intense, creepy and often times crazed dialogue that makes one wonder who is the crazy one.  Imagine The Blair Witch Project being rewritten and narrated by Gary Busse… Yes, ponder that for a moment.

There were times where I couldn’t put it down and then it took off out of no where, Danielewski lost me, taking a sharp left down a passage I didn’t know existed.  I thought ‘no problem reading this before bed’, then I get up to brush my teeth and take my contacts out, second guessing my choice.  Did I see something in the hall? If I take my contacts out I can’t tell if the walls moved? That picture is crooked, his did that happen?  How did that happen indeed?

While I would only give this book a mediocre rating for content because of losing me so often, I must give credit to the man who can creep me out like that.  A lot of people are excited to read the next one in the series however that won’t include me.  This book was a bit intense for me and sparks my curiosity to Google the thousands of references in this book, which just like the book, will lead you through a dark narrow hall that you may never come back from.

 

The Fear of Depth

I can’t think of much else scarier than having someone penetrate my facade and really see the real me, but nothing conveys love more than someone wanting to.  I find that one of the greatest qualities of being human is being able to choose who you share your thoughts and feelings with.  One of the biggest barriers is actually trusting someone with those secrets.  2014-08-12 12.32.49

“You let all the girls go
Makes you feel good, don’t it?
Behind your Broadway show
I heard a boy say, “Please, don’t hurt me”

You’ve carried on so long
You couldn’t stop if you tried it.
You’ve built your wall so high
That no one could climb it,
But I’m gonna try

Would you let me see beneath your beautiful?
Would you let me see beneath your perfect?
Take it off now, boy, take it off now, boy
I wanna see inside
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight, oh, tonight?”

– Labrinth

I Am Not My Past, It Is Part Of Me

We have reasons in life for everything we do, I see it as twists and turns; the maze of life.  There is not wrong or right turn, it is the paths that have lead us here, to this moment in time where we decide where we want to go from here.  Henry Miller said, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things”, but it is more than that.  It is a choice, a journey to live in the way we define our lives in this moment.  I look back at my choices and may not be proud of some of the darker moments but rather than feel despair or regret, I look at it as a place that I have been and don’t want to return.

Sometimes it’s harder to face today than it is to keep on moving, so it that is the case, get the hell outta there!  We all have a past, some more colorful than others but it does not define us.  But rather, it teaches us who we want to be and allows us to experience the good and bad, to know how we want to live.  If you make mistakes today, move on tomorrow.  Don’t let today control who you want to be tomorrow.  We may not know the reason why things happen, it may seem like it will never get better but if you believe that you can shape your destination, you can make tomorrow beautiful.  Tomorrow you will be glad you started positive today.

“I’ve been deep down in that darkness
I’ve been down to my last match
Felt a hundred different deamons breathin’ fire down my back
And I knew that if I stumbled I’d fall right into the trap
That they were layin’

But the good news is there’s angels everywhere out on the street
Holdin’ out a hand to pull you back up on your feet
The one’s that you’ve been draggin’ for so long
You’re on your knees might as well be prayin’
Guess what I’m sayin’

If you’re goin’ through hell keep on going
Don’t slow down if you’re scared don’t show it
You might get out before the devil even knows you’re there
When you’re goin’ through hell keep on movin’
Face that fire walk right through it
You might get out before the devil even knows you’re there”

– Rodney Atkins, “If You’re Going Through Hell”