Archive for December, 2008

Missed the 11th…

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Howdy everyone…hope everyone is well in spite of the economic conditions.Well my movie making is done for awhile, I still have two in mind; a Desert Storm one and the Boneyard.  The Desert Storm one is a bunch videos a pickup up when I was in the 49th from the Combat Camera folks at March AFB, CA.

Duck season is upon us and there are few hunters out on Barksdale, so Reed you would enjoy it!  Also they’ve increased the wood duck count to three this year.  And so far the seasons great!  I’ve pretty much bagged my limit each time out.  My usual hunting partner is hunting off-base this year with his nephews, so I’ve missed the fellowship.  I’d even settle for Reed’s presence…hmm maybe not…just kidding Reed…love to have ya!

I came across another good recipe for duck…Duck Enchiladas with a Salsa Verde.  They turned out great! Since I had some much duck left over, I made the enchiladas with a red sauce that I got out of a Southern Living recipe book…WOW they were AWESOME!

So here’s the main recipe…Duck Enchiladas with Salsa Verde Ingredients

1 5 to 6-pound duck  SALSA VERDE
2 tb Plus 1 teaspoon cumin seed 12 Fresh husked tomatillos 
1/2 ts Ground cinnamon  1 Large quartered yellow onion 
2 ts Ground cloves  1 Medium Serrano or jalapeno 
Kosher salt and freshly  6 Whole peeled garlic cloves 
3 c Rich chicken or duck stock  3 tb Olive oil 
1/4 oz Dried wild mushrooms 1/2 ts Each whole coriander
1/8 ts Red chile flakes  Kosher salt and freshly 
18 Corn tortillas; softened in  1/4 c Chopped cilantro leaves 
8 oz Wild mushrooms; sauteed  1/2 c Chicken or vegetable broth, 
2 Large onions, sliced  Diced fresh tomatoes 
1 Clove garlic, chopped  Crumbled goat cheese 
3 tb Olive oil  Cilantro sprigs 

DRY RUB – Rinse duck and pat dry. Combine 2 tablespoons of the cumin, the cinnamon, all but a pinch of the cloves in a spice grinder. Grind and season lightly with salt and pepper. This is your dry spice rub for the duck. Rub the inside and outside of the duck with the mixture.   If you breasted them out, place the rub in a zip-lock bag with the meat, then shake & bake!

Roasting – Place on a roasting pan and roast in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours or until done. Remove from the heat and let the duck cool completely.   Even if breasted out, still cook for 1 1/2 hours.

Stock – While the duck is roasting, make the following seasoned liquid to moisten the duck meat. Combine the stock, dried mushrooms, the remaining cumin, cloves, and chile flakes in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and reduce by 1/2. Set aside and reserve. When the duck is cool, remove and discard the skin and bones. Shred the meat with your fingers and add to the reduced liquid. Simmer the meat mixture over low heat until most of the liquid is absorbed by the meat. Season with the salt and pepper.

The Enchiladas – Take a softened tortilla and place some of the meat and some of the caramelized onions on the tortilla and roll up. Do this to each tortilla and place them in a baking dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and heat in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes. Serve topped with the sauteed wild mushrooms, the salsa verde, and diced tomatoes and goat cheese, if desired.

Salsa Verde – Combine the tomatillos, onion, chile, and the garlic with the olive oil and place in an oven-proof baking dish. Add the coriander and the cumin seeds.   Season with salt and pepper.   Place in a preheated 350 degree oven and toast uncovered for approximately 40 minutes or until the tomatillos and onions are lightly brown and soft. Add to a food processor or blender, being sure to include all juices and brown bits. (Deglaze pan with a little stock or wine, if necessary.) Add the cilantro and process briefly. With the motor running, add enough broth to make a smooth sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm. This sauce can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator. Reheat when needed.

Caramelized Onions – Caramelize the onions and garlic slowly in the olive oil.

Copyright, 1996, TV FOOD NETWORK, G.P., All Rights Reserved Recipe By : COOKING RIGHT SHOW #CR9748 Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #301 Date: Thu, 14 Nov 1996 05:21:16 -0500 (EST) From: Bill Spalding

Hmmm, dinner calling…Hope everyone has a wonder Christmas this year!



Who’s Your Ruler?

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Co-Chair of the Obama-Biden Transition Team, Valerie Jarrett said, “Obama is prepared to take power and rule on day one.”

Did you hear that?  It could have been a slip of the lip.  It could have been confusion on the part of the speaker.  It could have been, but probably wasn’t.  Let’s suppose it wasn’t.  What’s wrong with the statement?

Who is America’s ruler?

Is “President” just a another word Americas say to mean king, emperor or dictator?

No, of course not.  We know who the supreme law of the land is, don’t we?  Come on, who says “the President” has any power at all?  No!  It’s not the military.  It’s not the police.  It’s not the courts.  You know who’s supreme.

It’s the Constitution.  The Constitution is the supreme law of the land.  It defines the limited power of all offices of the United States.  For instance, Article II covers everything about the office of the President.  Did you know that before a person can be the President, he has to take an oath to the Constitution?

“Before he enters on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

While the Constitution explains the limits of the President’s powers, even a casual observer of the oath should be able to understand that the President is required to obey the Constitution.  The Constitution rules the President.

Article VI explains how powerful the Constitution is:

“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

So who’s your ruler?
If you said, “The Constitution,” you can give yourself full credit.  But if you quoted the first three words of the Constitution you get an extra 10 points.  It is there that you find the author and true sovereign of America.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

A win is a win.  Elections have results, as they should.  But don’t let anyone tell you that you have a new ruler.

I will pray for the new President as I have for the previous ones, maybe more.  But the President has never been our ruler.  He’s not our king, emperor, or dictator.  He’s not above the law.  His limited authority is granted to him for a limited time by the Constitution.  He works for us.

It just makes sense.

67 years ago, who said …

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

“Honna Ru Ru, Honna Ru Ru.  Riyk to be queered for row approach for tree unna airpranes.  Row approach onree, no touchie go.  Row approach onree.”