Chaco Canyon, a restaurant we really like, that we decided to cash in. I needed a large quantity of vegetables, and this seemed like the place to get them. You can eat raw at Chaco, and that's what I decided to do. I had green coconut curry — a large bowl of raw veggies with a Thai influence. It was a lot of green! After I finished, I needed something a little more lighthearted so I had a raw brownie. Okay then. I wished I'd brought the camera — should have but was in too bad a mood when we left the house.
microwave experiments I've tried. I popped the corn on the stove in a large stainless mixing bowl, like this. It worked great but I thought it was too oily (it would have been too salty, too, but I only used a scant 1/4 teaspoon), and I felt bad about using all that foil. I think I'm off to Goodwill soon to look for an abandoned air popper.
So how, you're wondering, did I get the photos without the camera? Did I steal them off the Internet? I considered it but no, I wouldn't do that. The truth is we went back to Chaco last night and used the rest of the gift certificate just so I could illustrate this post. Told you I was losing it. I ordered exactly the same thing figuring that two days of raw food would probably do me good. The coconut curry was actually better the second night but the brownie not so much. The first night the brownie was creamy and delicious but the second night it was hard, and made me think I was eating chocolate-flavored coconut butter. Not good. It makes me shudder when I think about it.
I made the popcorn again, too, using one tablespoon of oil instead of three, and less than 1/4 teaspoon of salt. I think with less oil you have to pay closer attention so the kernels don't burn, but I liked the result much better. Try it both ways.
(Thank you M.C.!)
I can't write a post without encouraging all the generous bloggers out there to make a contribution to help the people of Haiti recover from the horrendous earthquake. Here's a list of trusted places that will put your money to good use. Even a small donation will help.
The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) announces its top-rated list of charities involved in Haitian earthquake relief efforts. AIP, a leading charity watchdog that issues letter grade (A+ to F) ratings of nonprofit groups, identifies the following charities, which are providing aid to the victims that receive an “A” or “B” grade based on the portion of their budget going to program services and their fundraising efficiency. Contact the organizations below for information of specific relief operations now underway.
- Action Against Hunger (A)
- American Jewish World Service (A)
- American Red Cross (A-)
- American Refugee Committee (A)
- AmeriCares (A)
- CARE (A)
- Catholic Relief Services (A)
- Church World Service (A)
- Doctors Without Borders – USA (A)
- Habitat for Humanity International – N.O.
- International Medical Corps (A+)
- International Rescue Committee (A+)
- Lutheran World Relief (A)
- Medical Teams International (B+)
- Mennonite Central Committee (A)
- Mercy Corps (A-)
- Operation USA (A)
- Oxfam-America (A-)
- Partners in Health (A+)
- Project Concern International (A)
- Save the Children (A)
- Salvation Army (A)
- UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) (A+)
- World Concern (Program of Crista Ministries) (A)
- World Vision (B+)