Archive for August 15th, 2007

Mexican Coleslaw

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Salad Ingredients:

1 head green cabbage, quartered and shredded

1 can of black olives, drained and sliced

1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed

1 bunch green onions, sliced

Handful of fresh cilantro, stems removed, finely chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

2/3 cup sour cream

2/3 cup prepared Ranch dressing

¼ cup lime juice

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Mix together all dressing ingredients and pour over the combined salad ingredients. If the salad is not moistened enough, add some mayonnaise, as desired.


Shredded Jack or cheddar cheese

Cooked little shrimp, or sautéed bits of chicken


We made “burritos” using the Mexican Coleslaw and the garnishes. The salad is also good scooped up with tortilla chips.

A delicious accompaniment to this meal is corn on the cob.

The Dog Days of Summer

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Here is a shot of our dog Lassie (so-named when her owner was a very little girl and didn’t care that the doggie wasn’t a collie):


And, yes, it is hot today! 80 degrees Fahrenheit (about 26 degrees Celsius, eh?) is hot here.

Dog Days

1. The hot, sultry period of summer between early July and early September.
2. A period of stagnation.

[Translation of Late Latin diēs canīculārēs, Dog Star days (so called because the Dog Star (Sirius) rises and sets with the sun during this time) : Latin diēs, pl. of diēs, day + Late Latin canīculārēs, pl. of canīculāris, of the Dog Star.]

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Hot or not, though, I need to get started on dinner. I’m trying a nummy-sounding new recipe. I’ll let you know how it turns out!