I like tacos and burritos…mostly tacos.

I guess you have to give Dean Lombardi credit for being able to develop players.  I mean I haven’t seen many players out of San Jose who are superstars.  Probably the two strongest ones in the organization that Doug Wilson drafted are Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.  Marleau was drafted by Lombardi but I can’t say that was a good choice considering the long term results.  Doug Wilson is good at getting star players from other teams and keeping them though.  Case in point: Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle.  Thornton even took a pay cut to stay here.  I guess it is debatable as to which skill is more valuable.

Yet another recipe from Epicurious!

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Black-Bean-Tacos-with-Corn-Salsa-395098
Black Bean Tacos with Corn Salsa

Barbacoa Tacos — “Three corn tortillas f...

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Cheesecake: Taking indulgence to the next level

Shane Doan.  We should trade away Patrick Marleau and try to acquire Shane Doan.  He is a free agent this year and 6.9 million dollars in cap space freed up by getting rid of Marleau will give us spending flexibility.  That guy actually plays like he cares.  In the playoffs, he’ll be making all the big plays and leading when even the coaching staff isn’t.  I’m starting a campaign right now: Shane Doan to the Sharks…well, we’ll have the cap space up until we acquire Rick Nash.  Man, Doug Wilson better be as shrewd as he makes us think he is.  Nash+Doan.  It will make the Sharks a force to be reckoned with.

So I’ve done a few recipes on dinners.  So I figured I’d look for a desert.  I rarely eat deserts so I had no idea where to start…until I saw this.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chantals-new-york-cheesecake/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=deserts&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Recipe%20Hub
Chantal’s New York Cheesecake

Newyork cheesecake

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Homemade pizza dough: Avoid the Noid.

The sad part of the Kings probably getting to the Stanley Cup Finals is that I don’t really have confidence in the Devils or the Rangers that they can beat LA.  Considering how stacked the Rangers are, they should be the ones dispatching other teams in 4-5 games instead of 6-7.  The Kings are an 8th seeded team, eliminated the #1 seed in their conference in 5 games, the #2 seed in 4 games, and if they win today, the #3 seed in 5 games.  They are ridiculous and Dean Lombardi is ridiculously lucky.  That guy would be looking for a job if it weren’t for the Mike Richards/Jeff Carter trades and Darryl Sutter fixing the Noid– I mean Dustin Penner.  Down with Lombardi, up with Doug Wilson.

So I posted to my Facebook page the other day about how pizza from a restaurant almost never disappointing and frozen pizza almost always disappointing me.  This poses a conundrum as always: how do I eat pizza without spending too much money on restaurant pizza and how eat a disc shaped pile of puke from a frozen cardboard box?  So like all of my life’s issues, I’m resolving it by learning to cook and/or bake.

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Cheesesteak: You didn’t tell me how good the cheese was!

Man, it looks more and more like the Los Angeles Kings are going to go to the Stanley Cup Finals.  And even worse, they’ll probably win too.  This is infuriating mostly because their General Manager (Dean Lombardi) and their head coach (Darryl Sutter) both were on the Sharks and we fired them.  Neither of those guys are supposed to be winning let alone talented with another team.  Doug Wilson for life ya’ll.

Another thing I’ve been having a lot of lately has been Cheesesteaks.  Making them at home won’t help with my health at all, but at least it should help save me money.

English: Cheesesteak with Provolone Cheese - A...

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Teriyaki! Oh my!

So the word is they’re keeping Todd McLellan and firing his assistants.  Who called it?  Now lets see what player changes Doug Wilson makes.  I’m calling it now.  Torrey Mitchell, Dominic Moore, Jim Vandermeer, and Colin White are gone.  If anyone gets traded, it’s going to be Ryane Clowe or Michal Handzus.

So seeing as how I haven’t been cooking with friends as of late, I’ve been resorting to eating out a lot which has been hard on my wallet and hard on my health.  The thing is, I love restaurant food.  LOVE it.  So here’s an idea: why not cook the same things at home?  I decided to do some research on different recipes and see what turns up.

Lately I’ve had a lot of Sarku (http://www.sarkujapan.com/) lately, so I figured I’d start with Chicken Teriyaki.

Chicken teriyaki

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Baking Cookies with Kaila Part II a.k.a. The Six Million Dollar Cookies

And now, the continuation…

I listened to last weeks Dudes on Hockey podcast.  Mike went to the Sharks fantasy camp and found out that Doug Wilson never plans on “blowing up” the Sharks and doesn’t believe in re-building the team.  I think that is a sign of a good General Manager.  Look at the Columbus Blue Jackets.  It seems like they’ve been re-building ever since they were created.  I rather go see a team that I’m going to be entertained by every night.  Plus I learned that the team that trades away the most first round draft picks is the Detroit Red Wings.  I wouldn’t mind borrowing their model when it comes to building an organization.

And now, the actual continuation…

For the next batch of cookies, we did a tried a tried and true favorite: chocolate chip cookies…except we made them better than they were.  Veganized!

We actually started the first step for these before the lemon cookies, but we had to let it chill in the fridge before we could do the rest.  It was creating our “egg.”

So since we can’t use egg in vegan cooking, we used the next best thing:  flaxseed.  I know, it blew my mind too.

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Shaking and Baking Chicken with Valerie a.k.a. Marge, your cooking has two moves…

Just got through watching coverage on the NHL trade deadline.  The Nashville Predators are the winners of this one.  But then that’s what I thought about the Washington Capitals after this past Free Agency and they took a big ol’ Boudreau when the season started.  Anyhow, enough hockey.  Let’s get talking about a meal that happened a week ago.

My friend Valerie has been on the east coast since we graduated high school and recently returned after completing graduate school in Technical Production for Theater.  She learned much of her cooking growing up from her mother and grandmother.  The skills she learned were put to good use when she went off to college and had to fend for herself.  She told me that she specialized in quick cheap meals.  Right up my alley!

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