RTD: New School Year’s Resolutions

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How Lima Beans are Affecting my Parenting

How Lima Beans are Affecting my Parenting

When I was a kid I hated lima beans. I despised them. In fact, I still do. They’re the toxic sludge of vegetables.

My father used to make lima beans often — or at least it seemed like he made them often — when I was younger. He probably only made them a few times a year but eating them – and his mandate that “you cannot leave the table until you eat them” –scarred me.

I did not eat lima beans…

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Since I was diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity, crispy pillows of pigskin goodness have become my go-to salty snack. Yes, that. Pork rinds.

Me amo chicharrones,indeed.

Thanks to the nice people at Rudolph’s Pork Rinds (yes, this is a sponsored post), I received a small case of pork rinds with the challenge to put them to good use.

We dipped them in guacamole. Tasty.

We dipped them in chimichurri – the fabled Argentinian green sauce. Delicious.

Spreadable cheese. Not bad. Not bad at all.

That was easy. It was time to step into the kitchen, stand idly in front of pantry shelves and open refrigerator doors, and in the words of Ms. Frizzle “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy.”

Slide #1: Free pork rinds. I love this job.

Slide #2: Pork chops.

Step 1: Crush a few handfuls of rinds in a small bowl.

Step 2: Use a standard 3 step breading process of seasoned flour (I used a gluten-free mix), an egg bath, and then rolled in the pork rind crumbs.

Step 3: A quick sear, in olive oil, on each side, and into a 350 degree oven until internal temp reached 160 degrees.

  • A sweet crunchy savory bit of pork coated porkiness.

Slide #3: Scotch eggs.

Step 1: Hard cook a few eggs. Cool & peel.

Step 2: Wrap egg in about ¼ lb of breakfast sausage.

Step 3: Follow same breading procedure as above.

Step 4: Bake in 400 degree oven on rack for 30-40 minutes, turning eggs on rack halfway through.

  • Cool. Eat. Savor. A mustard-mayo dipping sauce doesn’t hurt anything.

Slide #4: Zucchini boats.

Step 1: Cut zucchinis in half, lengthwise, and scrape out the innards.

Step 2: Coarse chop zucchini guts, toss in colander, salt, and drain.

Step 3: Chop onions. Chop sweet peppers. Saute. When nearly cooked, add the zucchini, and cook until nearly done.

Step 4: Put mixture back in the zucchini boat, top with a bunch of roughly crushed pork rinds and bake in 400 degree oven. Sprinkle with cheap Parmesan cheese and dig in.

  • Make extra. Lots extra.

Slide #5: Pork rind encrusted French toast.

Step 1: The night before, put some bread out to stale.

Step 2: Crush up some rinds and place in bowl.

Step 3: Dip the bread in your basic French toast egg wash, dredge the bread in rinds, and let sit on a rack to set up the crumbs for a few minutes.

Step 4: Cook it like, well, French toast.

  • I had a small bite with some maple syrup. It was freaking outrageous. The other 5.875 pieces were gobbled down faster than Doritos outside a medical marijuana clinic.

Slide #6: Ice Cream.

Step 1: Put some ice cream in a bowl.

Step 2: Cover with pork rinds.

Step 3: Eat.

  • We tested both chocolate fudge and the coffee chocolate chunk(pictured). The coffee was the favorite, but the chocolate was also pretty pretty pretty good.

Slide #7: S’mores.

Step 1: Make yourself some s’mores with pork rinds, not Graham crackers.

  • The heck with the kids. Genius. Brilliant. !Muy frickin’ sabrosa!

Pork rinds.

Not just for snacking anymore. Got any great ideas? Dish, my friends, in the comments. Thanks to Rudolph Pork Rinds for the good eats.


The Magic of (Rudolph’s) Pork Rinds Since I was diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity, crispy pillows of pigskin goodness have become my go-to salty snack.

Goggle Men Invade Earth

Goggle Men Invade Earth

My son created the Goggle Men characters while playing with his Legos. He’s 4. He ripped the body off of a Lego Man and discovered the remaining leg portion has two posts on top where the body attaches. He said it looked like legs wearing goggles and decided to name it Goggle Man. Soon all the Lego people’s torsos were removed and a small army of Goggle Men was assembled.


My son and I love to…

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RTD: Achieving Work/Life Balance

RTD: Achieving Work/Life Balance

I don’t know about you but I feel like a contortionist these days. It takes more flexibility than my 41-year-old body will allow to bend to all the changes in our schedule since our kids returned to school. At this point, achieving work/life balance seems like a pipe dream.

With the kids back in class, is that cause for joy or melancholy in your house? At our place, it’s a cause of sadness. We…

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A Late August Letter from Michigan

A Late August Letter from Michigan

skunk babies

skunk babies photo via http://www.wildlifehotline.com

In late August, the temperature has been pushing into the mid-80s (see footnote 1) with humidity to match. Nonetheless, it’s clear that fall is on its way here in the southeast corner of Michigan’s mitten. For the last several days, the humidity of the evening’s heat has become the fog of the morning’s chill. The prevailing winds have begun to…

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Back to School: Getting Back My Me Time

Back to School: Getting Back My Me Time


Not too long ago, I wroteabout how everyone, including the kids, could use a break at this point. The summer has not been anything like what we had expected, and I’m afraid the kids will return to school this week and tell everyone that their summer mostly sucked because of it all. By the time this summer break has come to an end, I have even been told that they wished mommy had been at home…

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My Wife, the Sleepy Goalie

My Wife, the Sleepy Goalie

Deflection to the left. Block on the right. A stop in the middle.

It’s another successful effort by my wife, the untrained goalie, to shut down an intruder. She’s not stopping soccer balls or hockey pucks, though. She’s impeding the forward progress of a determined 2-year-old who wants to climb in our bed. And to make her feats of agility even more remarkable, she’s usually repeling his advances…

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RTD: Setting Parenting Goals

RTD: Setting Parenting Goals

Sometimes just the process of goal-setting can be beneficial.  However, setting goals is something few people do and even fewer know HOW to do correctly.  This is not something I have done before, or would have thought to do on my own.  I found myself reflecting on a question my wife asks me all the time, “What are you looking forward to this year?”  Such a simple question, but with the…

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A Little Weirdness is Good

A Little Weirdness is Good

weird“People are strange,” said Jim Morrison, “when you’re a stranger.” As much as I love the Doors, I don’t doubt that if a drug and alcohol-addled Jim had stumbled down the street at me, I might look askance. But most of the time, people aren’t strange. A little weird, hopefully, but not strange. Strange is off-putting. Weird is good.

I like a little something something in my friends. If you’re the…

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