Showing posts from January, 2011

Don's Black Bean Dip Recipe

I'll start the year by giving you my recipe for my amazing black bean dip. It's a wonderful dip for when you're watching football or hockey.
Or anything else, for that matter.
Don's Black Bean Dip

Two cans (15.5 ounces each) of black beans One small (4 oz.) can of green chili peppers One garlic clove, minced One teaspoon cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (or dried onion flakes or fresh onion) 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons chipotle sauce; I like Pass Out.
Optional: Hot sauce of choice
Real easy; Just dump everything into a food processor and blend until smooth enough to suit your tastes. I use a stick blender and blend it right in the container, so it can be stored in the refrigerator (assuming there are leftovers, which hardly ever happens).
Great with Green Mountain Gringo Tortilla Strips
Quick backstory: I fell in love with Desert Pepper Black Bean Dip, but at five bucks a jar I was spending at least $20 a month on the stuff. I checked out the ingredients and did a pre…

Looking back at 2010

Now that 2010 is safely behind me, I can reflect. What happened? What did I learn? How can I improve?

The year was odd. It started with my main client going out of business. That was followed by about six months of basically not working, save for a few checks here and there from doing work with my son. Cash flow slowed to a trickle, resulting in a lot of adjustments.

It's important to note, that the time spent working with and visiting my son in New York City was the best four months in memory. Being with him, watching him work, lead, communicate ... what a wonderful experience. The meals shared, the drinks together, the times walking around the city, talking ... I was given a gift that very few parents receive; The gift of time with my adult son. I wouldn't trade that for anything, and it was then that I realized that I'd rather lose my house and the junk I owned if that was the price to pay for the wonderful moments with my son.

In late July, I landed a poor-paying contract…