Saturday, May 31, 2008

Good Food Friday

In between the rain, the sleet and the rain, the sun keeps making brief tantalizing appearances that almost trick me into believing if I hold my breath, say my name backward three times and throw salt over my shoulder, that maybe, someday, it just might be summer. And if summer means we can have two sunny days in a row, then I am more than ready for summer. So, on this Good Food Friday I am giving you my Now THIS is Summer Sandwich.

First buy a beautiful loaf sourdough bread. Made by true artisans, please.

Then, quality control, with lots of butter.

Next, assemble the cast of characters.
Not pictured: Mayo, onion, provolone

Don't forget to admire the coolness of the mushrooms as you prepare to thickly slice them. Begin to saute the sliced onions, then add the mushrooms and saute until appropriately... sauteed.
Thickly chop the basil and mix with mayo. Slice the roasted red pepper and then assemble the sandwich.

Mmm. It's delightful.

THIS is Summer Sandwich
Portobello Mushrooms
Onion (red, yellow, sweet - they're all good)
Roasted Red Pepper (it is fun and easy to do it yourself, but you can easily buy them bottled)
Sour Dough Bread

Friday, May 16, 2008

Good Food Friday and Other Random Stuff

Random stuff #1:

True story: Yesterday during our school program we met a little girl named Abcdee. I wonder which letter she goes by for short.

Random stuff #2:

Also yesterday, Derek and I discovered that I exist on In 2004 one of my students rated me, and while I quite nervous to see what this student said about, I was pleasantly surprised. And I quote: "I learned something for once, rather than just fulfilling assignments." I taught somebody something!! Somebody learned something worthwhile. From me! I think that is pretty cool. And I had a chile pepper next to my - that means I'm hot.

And with that, here is today's recipe:

Derek is Hot for Teacher, Turkey Pesto Burgers

1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey
2 tablespoons basil pesto
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned (or regular)salt
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Mix all ingredients in bowl, form patties and grill. It's just that easy.

I did have a moment of hesitation tyring to figure out what kind of burger sauce to put on it. Ketchup? BBQ sauce? Neither seemed quite right, so I opted for some extra pesto on top and it was just right.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Who Are You?

I was asked by my new employer to write a 4 to 5 sentence bio that was no more than 100 words. It had to be written in the third person and cover the following: Tells us where you are from, a little about your career until this point, your outside interests, and anything else the group might find interesting.

In addition to the bio, I had to send them a photo. The photo was the most difficult part. I don’t have a bunch of head shots kicking around. In fact the above photo was my only option for awhile!

I kept digging through years of digital files and came up with this:

Derek grew up in Provo, Utah and recently received a Master’s degree in Political Science from Utah State University. He splits his time between his research and enjoying Utah’s vast landscape and outdoor opportunities. Before joining the Koch Associate Program, Derek was a research fellow at the Institute of Political Economy and a professional ski instructor.

It's not an ideal photo, but I'm glad I have a wife that takes pictures of me or I'd have to be the "big faced,mustache man with the moon eyes!"
Can I really be boiled down into three sentances and I photo? I think I can.
What's your bio?

Friday, May 9, 2008


In the previous post I compared Canada to Colorado. I've felt bad ever place deserves to be compared with Colorado. So, to make up for my unfortunate actions, I give you the Pocket Litter Tribute to Canada! Today we celebrate all things Canadian.

I've comprised a list of the greatest things that Canada has exported to the world.

1. Neil Young - By far Canada's greatest export!

2. RUSH - Perhaps the world's most triumphant three-piece band.

3. Randy Buachman - The greatest Canadian Mormon guitar player ever! You might remember him from such bands as The Guess Who and BTO (Buachman-Turner Overdrive).

4. Hockey - I don't get it, but since I'm moving to D.C...GO CAPS!

5. Curling - Now that's a sport!

6. The Bugaboo's - Now these are some great mountains!

This is the best list I can come-up with.

What are your favorite things Canada?

In closing I leave you with video of some of Canada's Native sons!

Neil Young



Pants Colorado

I’ve never been able to understand what people see in Colorado. Besides being a great place to get your shark on and have your van break down, it’s got nothing on ole UT.
I came across this video over at the Mountain Culture. It’s just one more piece of evidence in the case against Colorado.

Colorado is to Utah what Canada is to the United States.
Happy Graduation, Derek!!! You look so handsome and scholarly in those robes, but, seriously, what's up with the sleeves?
Is there something in there?

Jump back! Is that what I think it is?

Wow, a master's degree and snacks in your sleeves! Those guys really are smart.

Now I just want to know how you get to be the guy with the scepter.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Weird Science: Results T1

Warning: Disturbing images below. If you wish to use the restroom in ignorance refrain from viewing.

The results are in! According to our findings from the first sample, it appears that it doesn’t matter which restroom you use…they're all gross. Our findings do suggest that you never use the restroom on the first floor of Old Main (far left column)! I don’t know what kind of bacteria the central administration is growing, but I don’t like it.

Notice the two control dishes on the far right. C1 (bottom right) was taken from my hands before washing them. C2 (top right) was taken from my hands post washing. Greater amounts of bacteria grew from my washed hands! This either means that washing hands is bad for you and the negligent actions of men everywhere has been validated, or that the results from this test are suspect. I side with the latter. What did you expect…I’m a Political Scientist!

I wish I had the ability to indentify what was growing on the dishes. But maybe it's better not knowing.

Check out the close-ups.

I had to toss this sample out…it was getting a little ripe. I had them growing in my old office (I’ve begun work on a new grant and moved down the hall) and I think my old office mates hate me now!

The results from T2 are on their way!

Thursday, May 1, 2008


Welcoming in May one snowflake at a time!
Here's some pictures I took this morning on the way to pay a horrible library fine that stood between me and Master of Science.