Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
What makes a good pot of chili is a very subjective thing. Some like it very spicy, others like it mild. It can be just meat and chili seasonings, "Chili Con Carne", or maybe with pinto beans. I have seen chili with beans, tomatoes, and a variety of diced vegetables, although to me that may be a nice bowl of soup but its not chili. If you google "chili recipes" you will discover a bewildering variety of recipes, some of great complexity.
For years I have made very good chili from a very simple recipe. Here it is.
2 pounds ground beef
2 cans chili beans (pintos)
1 packet Williams Chili Seasoning
Brown the ground beef in a large pot or Dutch oven over a hot fire.
Stir it a lot.
When the meat is no longer pink stir in the chili seasoning.
Pour in both cans of beans.
Fill each empty can with water and add both to the pot.
Stir it until it begins to bubble.
Turn down the heat or set it off the fire and onto a scoop of hot coals.
Let it simmer for about 30 minutes, and stir every 5.
If it boils over its too hot, if it doesn't bubble it is not hot enough.
This will serve 8 hungry people. You may add salt to taste. There will be no left overs.
Some like to sprinkle chopped onion or shredded cheese on top. Some like to crumble soda crackers in the bowl although I think this is sacrilege. Chili is good served over steamed rice, or over cooked spaghetti.
I like Williams Brand Chili Seasoning because it has a good flavor but contains no salt. Most commercial chili seasonings are mostly salt. I like to add salt to my own taste. Williams is available almost everywhere, but if you can't find it, here is a simple recipe for a decent Chili Seasoning.
Easy Chili Seasoning
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 to 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Here in Oklahoma such weather is not normal. Driving on snow is not bad if drivers slow down and are careful. But trying to drive on sheet ice is very treacherous and we don't have much experience with that.
As a result all the schools are closed today and traffic on the main streets is sparse and moving slowly. As we watch local television news we see a rash of house fires as people begin to use unsafe heaters to add extra heat to older homes. Sue and I are safe and comfortable as our little house is well insulated and has central heat. But for those with inadequate housing or worse yet, for the homeless, these are difficult conditions.
It turned very cold yesterday then started to drizzle, not a hard rain, just enough to require the windshield wipers. By late evening the roads were sheets of ice with more rain mixed with sleet during the night. Here is my front walk and driveway which blends right in with the street.
It is still coming down in the form of sleet which is actually a good thing as sleet gives a little more traction than glazed ice. As or me, I think Smokey and I will stay home with Susan today. I had planned to take Smokey to the groomer for a bath but he will be pleased to put that off.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Philbrook has an amazing variety of exhibits from all over the world, too much for one post. I will share more on another day.
This collection will soon be housed in it's own gallery in downtown Tulsa.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The world was watching Tuesday as Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States of America. I am interested to know your reaction to our new president. I would appreciate your comment. Here are some world reactions.
From Obama's home town Chicago Tribune: HERE
From an American expatriate living in Norway: HERE
From an immigrant American living in California: HERE
And from CNN, a set of photographs from around the world: HERE
I would like your reaction as well. Please leave a comment. Thanks
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
It is one of the wonders of American Democracy that despite bitter contention and hard fought election campaigns our government makes a peaceful transition from one administration to the next. President Obama has made this particular transition unusually gracious. He is off to a good start.
There is a new White House web site that contains a great deal of information about the plans and policies of our new administration. See it: HERE
(photo from Reuters)
President Barack Obama takes the oath of office as the 44th President of the United States of America. First Lady Michelle Obama holds the Lincoln bible.
(photo from Reuters)
(photo from CNN)
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
A lot of birds love to peck at a loaf of bread but the squirrels pull it down before the birds have much of a chance at it. To prevent this I bought a 8 foot tall pole to keep the bread out of reach. It is out in the middle of the yard so they can't jump on it from a tree limb. Obviously that isn't tall enough. Squirrels are not only very nimble, they are clever little critters.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
For the class of 1959 this will be our 50 year reunion. Only six of us were at the dinner but we started making plans for this summer. We are from left: Lillian Gaylor, June Gilmore, Bill Miller, Bill French, Jane Flippin, and Wendell Hancock.
Once every quarter all the people who graduated from Wagoner High School anytime during the 1950s meet for dinner at Baker's Restaurant. I graduated in 1959 so this summer we will try to have a class reunion. There were only about 55 in my graduating class so it will be interesting to see how many will come. The initial challenge will be to get in touch with everyone.
Friday, January 16, 2009
The program included rags by Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake, blues by W. C. Handy, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington, the cool jazz of Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobin and Henry Mancini.
The music was performed by the Jambalaya Jazz Band, Donald Ryan Trio, David Moore on trumpet and Earl Clark on saxophone, plus the TSO String Quartet. It was a terrific evening of music.
The old Union Railroad Depot in downtown Tulsa has been converted into headquarters for the Tulsa Symphony and houses the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Tonight is a great program of an assortment of jazz styles.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Designed by architect Cesar Pelli, Tulsa's BOK Center, a $178 million, 18,500-seat facility was opened last year and is already heavily booked several years out.