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the commander thinks aloud

Today was one of those extremely stressful days at work where you wish you could go back to the beginning of the day and chose to stay in bed. The lousy snow/rain/sleat mix, a day after 60+ degree temps, didn’t help much either. And the last time I saw the sun in these parts? Can’t remember.

So what does one do to try to erase the memories of a bummer of a day? Well, if you’re me, you dive into one of your new interests, cooking. After attending the Fabulous Food Show this past weekend at the I-X Center, I was feeling ambitious with my cooking, which I’ve slowly been expanding on over the past year. Tonight’s meal was Rigatoni w/ Turkey Sausage & Peppers, a recipe from Food Network star (and Italian beauty) Giada De Laurentiis. I’m not a big red meat guy, so I was lured in by the recipe actually calling for turkey sausage instead of having to sub it in myself. It was also my first time cooking with wine. I’m happy to report that it turned out very well, and will yield lots of extra meals since it’s a pretty big recipe. And my cooking confidence increased another notch. Before you know it, I’ll be on TV challenging the newly crowned Iron Chef, Cleveland native Michael Symon.

I feel like knocking back a few stiff drinks to get my mind off the day’s events, but I’m not much of a drinker, and all I have on hand is some beers. So I’m currently enjoying a Goose Island Christmas Ale. Pretty good though I still prefer the Cleveland favorite, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, which is selling out at grocery stores around the area as usual for this time of year.

P.S. – Tonight’s title is courtesy of the Long Winters song ‘The Commander Thinks Aloud‘ (acoustic, from WOXY circa 2005), one of my favorite bands

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