Friday, May 23, 2008

I heart Hatch, NM

When our Subway client from Albuquerque brought fresh Hatch green chiles for our TV shoot, I snagged the left overs. I somewhat felt like I was stealing the mini shampoo bottle out of a hotel room, but hey, my job doesn't have many perks, so I got to take what I can get. Craig has been hating his life since because I have been obsessed with creating our week-long dinner plan around these stupid chiles. But, as Amy can attest, my single-minded thinking led to some good.

Here is the recipe (for Amy).

Green Chile Fettuccine Alfredo

Alfredo sauce (I used this recipe from Cooking Light- to make the dish somewhat healthy)
Walnuts, toasted and chopped
A bunch of fresh green chiles (I probably used 1/3 cup. I think you can buy these at Rico)
Fresh fettuccine

When I was sauteeing the garlic, I also sauteed the green chiles with it. Then, I followed the recipe and topped the dish with toasted walnuts, freshly ground black pepper, and parmesan reggiano.

I know Fettuccine Alfredo is pretty old school, but this version was really spicy, delicious and easy to make. Long live the 90s!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Making a difference

Can you change the world with a job like advertising? Some naysayers may say that advertising "doesn't really matter" but I beg to differ.

Amy and I came up with the concept of having a live turkey promote Albuquerque's new turkey sandwich (don't ask). We thought it was funny but even funnier when our client said yes. Next thing we know, we are looking far and wide to find a turkey wrangler with a tame turkey. We posted an ad on craigslist, called the zoo, tried to track down that one lady in Tooele that always drives around with a turkey in her car. No luck. And then we found Billy Joe Bob.

Billy Joe Bob on our New Mexico set.

Amy making friends.

The crew.

The best part: Billy Joe Bob's handler said that since Billy was a star and got paid for the shoot, she might not kill him.

The moral of the story?

I saved a life today. I saved a life.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

San Francisco

This weekend we went to SF to see Karin and Bobby get married, spend Mother's Day with Nikki, and to see Jordan on his 18th birthday.

Outside the Oakland Temple waiting for Karin and Bobby to emerge.

Our boredom led to Tyler and Ashley learning some new tie tricks.

Karin and Bobby making their debut.

Then it was photo time.

On to the ring ceremony

Grandma and Grandpa Robbins had great seats.

The Anderson boys (middle three) agreed it wasn't a good idea to mess with Bobby's best man.

The next morning Perry treated us at the Top of the Mark for brunch to celebrate Mother's Day and Jordan's birthday.

We all tried the "famous bread pudding" and agreed its fame was justified.

After desert Jordan started feeling a little bored

He seemed a little happier after opening his new computer.

Kristin made sure Jordan's present didn't look too girly (note: the computer wasn't from us).

We gave Nikki a decoration for her classroom. Lucky for us the decoration was pretty strong because I dropped it at the airport.

The restaurant had a great view of the bridge.

Another notable part of the trip was when one of Kristin's friends from junior high school recognized her only by her voice in a big crowd of people. Wow.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Tough Competition

So as many of you have already discovered Kristin has been having some phone issues. She's been trying to hold out on getting a new phone so she can leave Verizon and switch to AT&T (so she can get an IPhone). This means she's had the same old Verizon phone for years.

Problem one: these phones are designed to fall apart after a year. As a result, as of late last week Kristin's phone would no longer ring. It vibrates but won't ring. A few days later her phone disappears, so she now has no phone. Kristin has lost her phone before but this time seems permanent, so I suggest she get a phone on EBay to get her through the last few months of her contract. Being a nice husband I find a decent phone on EBay and email her a link so she can bid on it. I never hear back from her, so I bid on the phone for her. After a few hours I notice some jerk seems determined to out bid me on this phone. The idiot obviously had set a pretty high automatic bid so I keep bidding thinking I no longer even want the phone, but at least I'll make them pay more for it. That'll teach'em. As planned I lose the bid but force the jerk to pay more than they would have.

So last night Kristin and I are talking and I'm complaining about how she didn't respond to my email. She tells me that she did respond to my email (I never got it), and good news, she had won the bid for the phone.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Karin's Wedding

My cousin, Karin, is getting married this Saturday which means two things. One, Craig and I get to go to San Francisco this weekend. Hooray! And two, I am hand-making my gift. I have started designing this cook book with all of my favorite recipes. If anyone has any goods ones (and I know you do), I would love you to post them so I can include them with my own.

(The side benefit- I get to have them, too!)

And no, Craig, that does not include posting how to heat up SpaghettiO's.