Archive for December 21st, 2008

21
Dec
08

Cold Weather and the Yummy Bowl (Beans, Chorizo & Brown Rice)

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Yummy Bowl

Yummy Bowl

Beans, Chorizo, and Brown Rice

Beans, Chorizo, and Brown Rice
from Just Eat Food

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small red/white/yellow/whatever you want onion, diced
1 tomato, diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 pound chorizo (depending on if you buy it in casing or fresh, you can slice it or break it up like you would ground beef, which is what I did)
1 15 ounce can no-salt-added black beans, mostly drained
1 15 ounce can no-salt-added pinto beans, mostly drained
A dash of hot sauce, to taste (I did 3-4 dashes)
Brown rice, cooked according to package directions
Shredded cheese, chopped scallions, sour cream (optional, for garnish)

1. Add the oil to a large sauce pan and turn to medium heat.
2. Toss in onion and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes. Add tomato and garlic and cook for 5 more minutes. 3. Add cumin, chorizo, hot sauce and beans. Smash some of the black beans with the back of your cooking utensil to give them a nice, “been cooking all day”, kind of feel. Cook for about 10 minutes to make sure everything is heated through and that the chorizo is cooked.
4. Serve over brown rice and garnish with shredded cheese, scallions, more hot sauce, sour cream.

http://thecrepesofwrath.wordpress.com/2008/12/20/beans-chorizo-and-brown-rice/

21
Dec
08

Adams at Sunset~Tony Muncy

Adams at Sunset~T. Muncy

Adams at Sunset~T. Muncy

I have posted this pic before, but thought I would once again. I used a compressed portion of this shot for my header. The shot was taken near sunset, at an area lake.  The fly (size 14) is perched upon Tony’s finger and he took the shot with a Pentax Optio W30, a quite serviceable little waterproof camera. I have the newer W60 and it is a compact little gem. I feel safer now muddling about and wading with this small camera.

21
Dec
08

Mining’s Residue (Arsenic, An ill wind blows?)



Briggs Mine (Calif.)

Briggs Mine (Calif.)

RANDSBURG, Calif. – Heaps of toxic mine waste rise like church steeples over this wind-swept desert town, threatening the health of residents and of thousands of off-road bikers.



Tests on dust samples have revealed some of the highest arsenic levels in the country — as much as 460,000 times the level deemed safe by the federal government.



But while the poison can cause cancer in people and harm wildlife, little has been done to remove the costly waste here or similar hazardous waste at thousands of other abandoned mines around the nation.


The dozens of old gold and silver mines in the sparsely populated area about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles are among the estimated 500,000 abandoned mines nationwide that have been largely ignored because of their remote locations.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081221/ap_on_re_us/arsenic_mines


Where has the California EPA and Feds been over the last several decades re these out of sight, out of mind arsenic deposits? What are Alaska’s capabilities of strictly overseeing and monitoring the Pebble Mine project?




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