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September 11, 2012

We Will Never Forget

“The planes were hijacked, the buildings fell, and thousands of lives were lost nearly a thousand miles from here. But the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were an attack on the heart of America.
And standing here in the heartland of America, we say in one voice:

We will not give in to terrorists;

We will not rest until they are found and defeated;

We will win this struggle not for glory, nor wealth, nor power, but for justice, for freedom, and for peace;

So help us God.”
-Tom Harkin

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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Food

 

Tortellini with Italian Sausage and Fresh Vegetables

Tortellini with Italian Sausage and Fresh Vegetables

A very good friend of mine requested a while back for a recipe that could be done in about 30 minutes. Understandably, as she is not only an Army wife to a special forces soldier, a mother of a daughter with a baby boy on the way, as well as a full time soldier herself with multiple deployments under her belt. She’s a busy woman. In addition, she’s probably one of the most selfless people I know, helping out friends and soldiers alike whenever they are in need. This one is for her.

Trying to come up with an under 30 minute recipe isn’t very easy, however. Many are familiar with the concept of cooking a quick dinner thanks to Rachel Ray’s tv show, as well as the plethora of quick and easy recipes from big food companies such as Kraft and Campbell’s. In either case, most of these meals are prepared from pre-made foods, which are typically processed and/or have funky ingredients in them. I try to keep things as from-scratch as I can when cooking.

I do have a go-to meal that I use quite often when time is short. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Entree/Main Dish, Food, Italian, Pork

 

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Labor Day, what? BBQ Spiral Cut Hot Dogs!

Labor Day, what? BBQ Spiral Cut Hot Dogs!

It’s the last day of my Labor Day four-day weekend. My wife worked all day (by that I mean she left at seven this morning and is still at work as I write this at 7:12 pm,) and I had the baby boy to myself. We ran a few errands, got some things over at the NEX, and walked around Ward Centers.

I wasn’t even planning on doing a post today. While I was at the commissary, I decided I wanted hot dogs for dinner, seeing as I would be cooking for just myself. When I got home, I remembered a friend and old boss of mine had posted pics of spiral cut hot dogs on his facebook. Oh, yeah, this is happening. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Beef, Entree/Main Dish, Food

 

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Barrack’s Cooking: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Barrack’s Cooking: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I planned on doing very little this Labor Day weekend, and still I feel that the first day of this four-day has kept me busy, yet somehow unproductive. It feels like all I’ve done this morning and throughout the day is pick up the place, cook some stuff (mostly Jack’s baby food), take care of the little one, and pick up some more. But I still feel like I got nothing done. Hopefully the rest of you have gotten a more productive (or at least relaxing) start to your Holiday weekend.

Well, I did manage to break out the slow cooker today. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Vanilla Iced Coffee

Vanilla Iced Coffee

It’s the end of August, and it’s frickin hot out. Although, I’m not sure if I can be one to complain considering the majority of the contiguous United States has had temperatures in the high nineties and above, with humidity to match, for the entire summer. At least we have regular rainfall and trade winds to keep the heat down a bit.

Either way, I’m sure we can at least all agree that a cool and refreshing beverage is in order. Iced coffee anyone? Got five bucks for an iced latte at Starbucks?

Your alternatives are, of course, the super sugary bottled products found in grocers and convenience stores that barely taste like coffee. You know, the kind that are literally 300 or more calories a serving and has who knows what kind of ingredients in it.

Well, being the frugal (cheap) and health conscious (chubby) person that I am, I decided it would be a good time to make my own with the coffee and other ingredients that I already own (and paid for). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2012 in Beverage, Food, Health

 

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Barrack’s Cooking: Potato Leek Soup

Barrack’s Cooking: Potato Leek Soup

Thought I disappeared again, huh? Nope, my last entry was just poorly timed. I went on leave soon after my last exciting post, making a trip with the wife and the seven month old back to New Hampshire. Yup, that’s a ten hour straight flight from Honolulu to New York City with a baby. My own parents, hailing from the Midwest, drove out to New Hampshire as well, so baby Jack got to meet both sets of grandparents. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Been a while . . .

I’ve taken quite the hiatus from the blogosphere. Quite a deal has happened since I last posted. Jack is a healthy 6 month old boy with incredible curiosity and a beautiful smile. I’ve gotten a promotion at work, which really means nothing, and our unit has been incredibly busy doing all sorts of last minute taskings.

So I finally have a brand new working camera, seeing as the other one crapped out on me. After that, I seemed to have lost the motivation to continue blogging, which I think is actually for the better. Instead of posting well thought out ideas and meals, I was just posting recipes for any given recipe that I had happened to have on any given evening. I’d much rather refocus on quality posts, rather than the quantity of posts.

With that, I’ve had a few suggestions on what to start with. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Barrack's Cooking, Food, Health

 

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