It's been a long standing debate in our house. I say he's "dumbing us down". He refuses to succumb to the proper English etiquette. Or is it even proper English as I think it is?
He says "I went fishing for some shrimps." I say "I went fishing for shrimp." This is plural. No?
He says "I'm making shrimps for dinner." I say "I'm making shrimp for dinner." You don't need the s at the end. It already implies plural. No one says "I'm making a shrimp for dinner."
He says "I'm making Steaks for dinner." This seems acceptable. Why is that? You can easily say Steak too.
If I am making rice pilaf and wild rice for a big dinner would I say "I'm making rices for dinner." or "I'm making rice with dinner." or "I am making 2 different kinds of rice for dinner."
You get my point.
So hubby says to leave you with this:
"A guy walks into a barber shop and says he wants a haircut. Barber says, do you want me to cut one hair or all of them?"
What a fucked up year. Seriously, a super duper, super sized, fucked up year.
Here I am, in my family room watching the Kings vs Vancouver. I just posted the last game set of our Rams Season tickets for sale at $40 under face value. My beloved Dodgers lost in the playoffs. I came in 4th in my fantasy football league (out of 14 teams, but still....if you're not first, you're last.) and aside from sports, my boss retired, my beloved cousin Kris and many of my iconic celebreties died and we're in a financial wreck.
So. Here I am. Here we are. My youngest gradutes high school this June. He's applied to 3 very good colleges. I aspire to begin the new year like, ironically, Princess Leia does at the end of Rogue One....with HOPE. Hope that my Sons continue on their path to enlightenment of their future. To understand their purpose. To continue to cherish our little family of 4 - The Carrizosa's...overcoming so much but always knowing we have each other.
I am nearng my 50's. That is so weird to type. 50. Fifty. What the fuck? I feel like I am still in my 20's. Just with a lot of life lived. I remember my friend in the 5th grade, Her Mom was in her 40's and wore those pastel colored polyester pants you see in Sears catalogues. Her hair was completely gray. I used to think my life was so short if that's what happens at 40. No fucking way!
2-0 Vancouver. Goddammmit.
I am making a New Year's Resolution. Not to lose weight, not to cut back on my drinking (really????) I want to make 2017 a positive, fun, do what I have been wanting to do, year of Ames. Yes...I said it. The year of Ames.
We'll see what happens.
Cheers to a fabulous 2017 and fuck you, 2016....you sucked.
Game 5 tonight ~ Dodgers and Cubs tied 2-2 in the series. Last night's ass whopping wasn't all because of the Umpires horrible calls, but they sure are making it clear the MLB doesn't want the Dodgers to win! Was hoping for a win for the series at home tonight, but that's gone. Why was I surprised? These games that are drawing in viewers are always pushed to game 7 "one way or another".
Just about once a week my Son Kyle craves my chicken soft tacos. I have been making my chicken this way for as long as I can remember for my enchiladas. Using Chef Merito Pollo Seasoning gives the chicken so much flavor. I used to make pans of chicken enchiladas for the guys I worked with in the Parts Department at Toyota of Riverside (I worked in the business office) and they'd tell me they were the best enchiladas they ever had! My husband and Sons say they won't eat enchiladas anywhere else because they don't compare to mine! I owe a big part of that credit to Chef Merito seasonings! I urge you to buy some next time you're at the market and give it a try. They are so good even my beloved Los Angeles Dodgers have made Chef Merito Seasonings their Official Seasoning!
I am posting the super simple chicken recipe and including my "fool proof" Spanish rice recipe for anyone who wishes to try it.
Shredded Chicken Recipe:
Heat a large skillet to medium high. While it is heating sprinkle both chicken breast pieces with the pollo seasoning. Add the olive oil and when hot add the chicken seasoned side down. While that is searing sprinkle the unseasoned side with more of the pollo seasoning. Sear for approximately 7 minutes then turn the chicken over and sear the other side for approximately 7 minutes. Check to make sure the heat isn't too high so you don't burn the chicken. After both sides are seared cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Cook for an additional 15 minutes until done. (Times are approximate - if you're not sure when it's done, use a meat thermometer. It should read 165). Let the pan sit, covered approximately 10 minutes then remove the cover to allow the chicken to cool until ready to handle. The key is to leave all of the juices in the pan that have occurred during cooking. After you shred all of the chicken (I do this by hand) be sure to mix it all in with the juices. It has that wonderful Chef Merito Seasoning flavor and the olive oil keeps the chicken super moist and delicious!
Tip: I use this seasoning when ever I make chicken for my soups, chicken marsala, even pork tonkatsu! it's super versatile!
Spanish Rice Recipe:
Measure one cup of rice in a measuring cup that holds at least 2 cups. Pour the rice onto a plate or bowl until ready to cook. In the same measuring cup you used for the rice add the broth, tomato sauce and pollo seasoning. Heat a medium sized skillet to medium heat. Add olive oil to hot pan and when hot add the rice. Stir the rice until it loses its translucency and turns white, but don't let it brown. Add the liquid to the rice and give it a stir. When the liquid comes to a boil, cover the pan with aluminum foil (don't skip this step!). cover the pan and foil with the lid of the pan and seal the foil against the pan edges. Turn the heat down to low and let cook for 20 minutes. Gently peel up part of the foil and lid and see if all of the liquid has been absorbed. Once it has, remove the lid and foil and gently toss the rice to incorporate all of the tomato and seasonings. Return the lid to the pan and let steam an additional 5 minutes.
Just last night we were watching the end of the Dodgers/Nationals game on the edge of our seats waiting for Jansen to make up for what he did the game before. Thankfully, he did! And I was SUPER excited my favorite Dodger player Andre Ethier "Captain Clutch" came to the show! My husband always says to me "Ethier Sucks!" but there's a reason he's still on the team and I hope he retires a Dodger. When he delivered, I just looked at him and he had nothing to say! That's right fool!
So, our beloved Dodgers are headed back to Washington for game 5 tomorrow. All I keep thinking is "We have to win for Vin!" ~ stay tuned...
Tonight is also the Kings first game of the regular season against the Sharks. I can't believe how fast these seasons come and go! My die-hard Kings Fan Son Jacob will be going to the home opener Friday. I am bummed we can't make it but he'll be there for all of us! LA Kings 50th Anniversary Opening Weekend ! What a lucky guy!
That's my Son cheering loudly with a beer in his hand next to his Black Hawks fan Best Friend who is obviously disappointed. LOL ~ these photos are priceless. I love that the Kings do this.
Did you know we are one of the lucky fans who has Rams season tickets????? Yes, yes we are! The last home Rams game I attended prior to them coming home was in 1994! We have been enjoying the games so much! However, I can't lie - I cannot wait for the new stadium to be built. The Coliseum is awesome for historical reasons, but it's no state of the art stadium that's for sure. In addition, there is NO PARKING to tailgate! We missed the boat and didn't buy season ticket parking (lesson learned!) so we are at the mercy of dudes on bikes who solicit parking spaces for money on public property and streets! LOL well it is LA I guess! Football is a short season in relation to the rest so we're taking each game and making great memories.
Last, but certainly not least, my fantasy Football Team. "First & Girl is 4-1 right now! In second place! My team is strong and I am feeling pretty confident that out of 14 teams in our League I will make the playoffs. MAYBE even win it ALL!
With Fantasy football on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays, The Dodgers (fingers crossed) continuing in the playoffs, Kings hockey back in full swing and Rams home games...this girl is in Sports heaven!
I know I make a lot of similar dishes with chicken, jalapenos, etc. but to me, they mean comfort food. This recipe can be altered to suit your tastes by omitting the jalapenos if you don't like very spicy and you can leave out the cayenne and green chiles if you don't like spicy at all. It's a very versatile dish but oh so good! I hope you enjoy and would love to hear if you've made this and how it turned out for you!
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