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Top Chef: Me … and let’s go Angels!

Since returning home from the World Championships, I’ve been watching a lot of wrestling. I’ve been watching it in the form of old NWCA Convention and Clinic DVD’s. I’m doing some work for my old employer in building on to the technique video library we started when I was at InterMat about three years ago.

So far, I’ve put together 160 new technique clips, but I still have 9 years of DVD’s to rifle through. It’s a perk of the NWCA membership, and if you’re so interested in seeing how the “Coaches Corner” develops, check out

Anyway, it’s long been known I’m an Angels fan. I still refuse to call them the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and I’ll forever refer to them as the California Angels or simple “Anaheim.” We knocked out the BoSox in a three-game sweep, with a remarkable comeback against fearsome Bah-ston closer Jonathan Papelbon.  Next up, the Evil Empire known as the New York Yankees.

I’m looking forward to a good ALCS, at least, to erase the memory of the 2005 ALCS when the Halos lost to the White Sox in a series involving a dropped strikeout or something I’d rather not remember.

I’m waiting for wrestling season, but the location of such is still undetermined. I won’t go into too many details as to why, but I’ll probably know something within the next two weeks.

In the meantime, you might know I stepped away from the Wrestling 411 project for several reasons I would rather not discuss, because while I still believe in the project and the need for a “SportsCenter” type of show for wrestling, our outfit was let down by a lot of people who said they would donate and then backed out on their word. That’s what happened people, they backed out on their word. No sugar coating it, excuses, whatever.

Anyway, Abby started her new job a few weeks ago and loves it. She commutes from her place into downtown Minneapolis, and a few times, I’ll drop her off in the morning, pick her up in the evening and then we’ll go do something cool. Last Friday, we ate at Fogo De Chao, which is a Brazilian steakhouse with some absolutely FANTASTIC food.

We haven’t gone out to eat much in the past month, because we’ve made an effort to make dinner at home. I discovered teh greatness of the Crock Pot and had some grill time before it got cold. Oh, and it snowed last week. Screw that. It’s October.

So while I’m in the middle of the job world, I’m freelancing and working from home, so I’m shouldering the load in making dinner. I’m actually finding out, I’m a pretty decent cook. I’ll take recipes, then add my own little tweaks to them. It’s been more cost-effective and healthier eating.

There’s also something about cooking your own meal, having it taste good, and of course, getting a look of satisfaction from the person you made dinner for. On one of our first few dates, I made her dinner. That was a treat. Well, now it’s like that all the time.

When I get back into the normal work force, I wonder how much that will continue, but I enjoy making dinner. It’s not that hard, really. I wonder why so many people would rather shove McDonalds down their kids’ throats than make something quick and easy.

I made my first fettuccine alfredo the other night. No, this wasn’t boiling noodles and pouring a bottled sauce over them, I made the alfredo sauce from scratch. And it was a sauce much lower in fat than traditional alfredo, because I didn’t use the heavy cream like so many recipes call for. Although, I’ll go with grated parm next time, rather than shredded, because grated would melt easier.

I made homemade fried apples the other day, a throwback from my childhood. When I lived in Newport News (at the first place in the Richneck area), we had an apple tree in the backyard and mom would do them up really good. Abby’s parents gave her a bag of apples from their apple tree and I went to work on them. I was super stoked they came out delicious.

Sunday, I get to make my first batch of chili. I know what you’re thinking, it’s chili, it’s easy. Well, I’ve eaten chili for a long time, it’s a staple of cold-weather living, in fact, Jake’s Sports Grill in New Brighton typically has great chili. But we’re having two of Abby’s friends over on Sunday to watch the Vikings (blah) game. So I’m making chili! Woot!

And Saturday, I’m taking Abby to check out her first roller derby event. The Minnesota Roller Girls take on the Carolina Roller Girls at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium. She’ll get to see what I’ve been talking about every time I take a drink out of a Dutchland Rollers draft glass purchased from Brendee’s in Lancaster.

Tonight, we’re going to eat at Emily’s Lebanese Delicatessen in Minneapolis. We saw this featured on the Travel Channel (or Food Network) a few months back and we’ve been wanting to try it.

Written by Jason Bryant

October 16, 2009 at 5:11 pm

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