School: USC Marshall School of Business
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Reason for blogging: I'm incredibly self-absorbed.
|I'm listening to...
::"Stay Beautiful," The Last Goodnight
::"Spaceman," The Killers
::"Green Light," John Legend
::"Superstar," Lupe Fiasco
::Taiwan, A Political History, by Denny Roy
::The Devil and Miss Prym, by Paulo Coehlo
I've just seen...
::I Love You, Man
A Civics Lesson. Now that NPR is playing the Sotomayor confirmation hearings all morning and afternoon, I am learning a lot about the role of the legislative and judicial branches of our government, thanks to the fact that almost every senator feels the need to expound about it over and over and over again.
What I have taken away from these confirmation hearings are as follows:
- Congress may be anti-torture, but they're ok with flogging a topic to death. Enough with the "wise Latina woman" questions! I'm. So. Over. It.
- Bipartisanship is possible when it comes to being very, very long-winded and self-aggrandizing. Is it really necessary for every single senator to take 10 minutes to introduce themselves? Senators, is that really the best use of your time? Go pass some laws or something.
- The most exciting part of the hearings is when a protester disrupts the proceedings and Senator Leahy shouts "Police! Remove that man!", gives a little talk about decorum, and Senator Sessions pipes in agreement lest we think the Republicans aren't fans of decorum.
Technological Advancements. Just thought I'd share a website that Dubya introduced to me:
texts from last night
As technology advances, so does drunk dialing.
Happy Birthday, America! Dubya: "I love how we celebrate our nation's birthday by blowing sh*t up."
Hey, you gotta love fireworks.
Burgers on the Brain. I thought this was an interesting read from yesterday's NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/01/dining/01burg.html.
It's the Magical Fruit. I'm talking about beans. But they don't always make you "toot," which is a good thing in my opinion.
As a kid, I stuck to more Asian-y beans, like green beans, mung beans, soybeans, adzuki beans, etc. That's because I pretty much ate what my mom cooked. My legume horizons broadened considerably in college, when I was forced to eat dorm food every day, and soon I grew to appreciate all those other beans I had ignored for the first 18 years of my life. Since college, I have eaten beans many times, but never actually cooked them. Until now! I hereby present my first attempt at cooking beans!!!
White Beans with Sobrasada and Manchego
Actually, my bean cooking experiment was inspired by José Andrés's Made In Spain episode which featured sobrasada, a Mallorcan sausage made from black pigs. I bought some sobrasada from a Spanish market but needed to find more than one way to cook it (he only covered one recipe on the show). I turned to the good ol' Internet for some help and found a recipe from a Spanish blogger. The recipe called for a can of beans. And normally, being the lazy person that I am, I would have purchased a can of white beans. However, I couldn't help but notice the array of white beans in my local grocer's bulk foods area each time I stopped by to get some Israeli couscous (a recent obsession of mine). I was tempted. Very tempted. So I caved in and bought some Great Northerns and actually cooked them for this recipe.
Up Close and Personal
Look at the red oil oozing out of the sausage...
One of the reasons I had always avoided cooking beans was because of the time it involved (you have to soak them overnight, then you have to cook them for at least an hour, blah blah blah), but it turns out that cooking beans is very low maintenance! You pretty much "set it and forget it," which is awesome. I was even able to catch up on a couple episodes of Firefly while I waited for them to cook.
At the end of the day, I'm pretty proud of myself for learning how to cook a new food (even though it wasn't very complicated), and I highly recommend cooking your own beans to everyone! It's super easy, and you get a very filling and comforting result.
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