Saturday, July 17, 2010

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral II

Meet Ricki the mini labrador.  Or something.  He is part lab part, part terrier maybe?  We are not sure.  He came from a high kill shelter in Kentucky to a no-kill shelter in Minneapolis, to us.  The first 10 days we had him, he was the laziest dog ever.  He was on antibiotics for a cough.  He rode in the wagon.  Now that he is off the meds and healthy, he is a blur and doesn't slow down for a photo.  Except for the hours of 4am -7am where after his wee hours wee-wee he firmly entrenches himself between me and the mister, a little black wall.  

Vegetable: Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas with Corn Relish


Serves 4
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for grates
  • 4 ears corn (husks and silks removed), or 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 bunch scallions, half of bunch thinly sliced, other half cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 flour tortillas (10-inch)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (6 ounces)
  • 1 yellow squash, halved crosswise and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 orange bell pepper (ribs and seeds removed), thinly sliced


  1. Heat grill to low; lightly oil grates. Cut off tip of each cob. One at a time, stand each ear in a large wide bowl; with a sharp knife, carefully slice downward to release the kernels (you should have about 2 cups). Discard cobs.
  2. Add sliced scallions, lime juice, and oil to bowl. Season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Set corn relish aside.
  3. Place tortillas on a work surface. Dividing evenly, sprinkle half the cheese on bottom half of each tortilla. Top with squash, bell pepper, scallion pieces, and remaining cheese; season with salt and pepper. Fold top half of tortillas over filling to close.
  4. Grill quesadillas, turning once, until browned in spots and cheese has melted, 6 to 8 minutes. Cut into wedges; serve immediately with corn relish.



Today's mineral is Potassium.  Important to replace when you sweat.  It is Africa hot here.  I don't like bananas.  So I get my potassium from this:
Gatorade has calories.  Powerade Zero has artifcial sweetners.  Supplements are expensive, so if you have a long workout in the heat, a 1/2 tsp of this, in 4oz of water has 10x the potassium of gatorade.  Of course you will need to drink more than 4 oz of water.  Just do a shot of the salt water then drink the rest of your water plain.  Or sprinkle this on your oatmeal or whatever.  It is a little more bitter than table salt, from the potassium. Medical disclaimer: ask you doctor if you have blood pressure issues or other $hit wrong with you.  I'm not respsonsible for you.

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