Hello and Happy Tuesday, everyone!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was spent with my parents, who were visiting from Arizona. They needed to escape the 105 degree heat, and loved the weather we’re having here. Friday morning we had a wonderful walk at Gray’s Lake, and then a huge lunch from Palmer’s … yum! Saturday we checked out the Downtown Farmer’s Market. My mom bought me some great jewelry (my second set) from “All That Glitters by Anne” and she bought a huge batch of fire roasted peppers from “Juan O’Sullivans.” Anne doesn’t have a website, but she may be creating a facebook page soon – I’ll keep you posted. You can get great salsa, peppers and recipes by visiting http://www.juanosullivans.com/ We made up our own dish with the peppers – I’ll post the very loose instructions at the bottom of this post. After the market, we grabbed lunch at Court Avenue Brewing Co, then headed to The Chicken Coop in West Des Moines to catch the Nebraska game. What a disaster!!! I thought my dad was going to have a stroke. He never really yells and screams at the television, but he sort of clenches his jaw and shakes his head in disgust when things don’t go well for Big Red. Michael was a great sport – he lasted through the first half with all of us crazy Husker fans. It’s a good thing he wasn’t there to see us die a slow and painful death against Virginia Tech. Ugh. Ugly. Sunday my mom and I got pedicures and then we hit the mall for awhile. But the highlight of the visit was ….
Wow, wow, wow! a few years ago we saw Bruce Springsteen with The Seeger Sessions Band. They were great, but Michael kept asking “When are they going to play ‘Born in the U.S.A’ or ‘Streets of Philadelphia’?” Last night we didn’t hear either one of those songs, but we didn’t care at all … Bruce and the E Street Band were simply amazing. They played for at least three straight hours, mixing in old favorites with newer songs, and the energy level was through the roof. Can you believe Springsteen is turning SIXTY this week? Incredible. Max Weinberg and Clarence Clemons were outstanding. If you didn’t go to the concert last night and you’ve never seen this group live you have to make a point of getting tickets when they tour again. I do not consider myself to be a huge Bruce Springsteen fan, and I have no regrets about seeing this show.
Since I needed to have last night off, I worked a day shift and shot a really neat story with fantastic photojournalist Jeff Felton. We met some great people and had a nice morning. Jeff and I are starting a new venture, producing “Good News” pieces. I love investigative reporting, and will still take on the occasional project in that realm but for now I’m focusing more on sharing stories about people who are doing their part to make our world a better place. If you’ve ever seen the “Making A Difference” reports on NBC Nightly News – that’s what we’re doing. I would love your ideas for these stories, so email them to me. Tomorrow night at 10 you’ll meet a Central Iowa family that’s promoting awareness about mental illness. They’ll share their story and hopefully make you think of ways you can get involved in something that’s meaningful to you.
Thanks for stopping by,
Pablano & Hatch peppers – fire roasted
2 bricks of cream cheese
1 brick pepper jack cheese
1 package bacon
1 cup shredded cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Slice peppers open. Remove skins, seeds and stems.
Cook bacon. Drain.
Warm cream cheese and cut up pepper jack cheese in microwave until softened. Mix well.
Spray baking dish with cooking spray.
Layer peppers, cheese mixture and bacon over and over until you are out of ingredients. Top with cheese. Bake until bubbling. Eat! I had mine with corn chips kind of like a dip, but this could be a decadent meal with salad and veggies. You could also use different meat (or no meat) – we just used bacon since we had it on hand. Do not think about the fat grams. Yikes! :)