Friday, May 30, 2008

Don't men stand to let the ladies sit anymore?

While in vacation in Chicago, I took that city's public transportation several times. I was the only one on the trams or the trains to give up my seat even for elderly ladies!! Is this practice dead? Am I the only one left?

I certainly hope not.

Monday, May 19, 2008

The perfect salsa

Just in time for summer, here's my perfect salsa "recipe". Recipe is in quotes because you don't have to cook anything for this. You simply open up the jars and eat. That's my kind of cooking!!


1 Jar Pace Mild or Medium Picante Sauce
1 Jar Mrs. Renfro's Green Salsa

Pour a serving of Pace Picante Sauce into a serving bowl. Pour about 1/3 of that amount of Mrs. Renfro's green salsa into the middle of the bowl. DO NOT MIX. You will have a huge green spot in the middle of the red salsa. Serve with crispy, light tortilla chips, such as Santitas White Corn Tortilla Chips or, better yet, your locally made fresh tortilla chips.

With this arrangement, each consumer is able to scoop a little or a lot of the green salsa with the picante sauce according to taste. Perfect everytime!!

I know that it isn't "fashionable" to like a large brand salsa like Pace, but it's really very good. Great tomato, onion and pepper flavor with a hint of garlic and spice. The Mrs. Renfro's green salsa adds the heat with a strong jalapeno bite and a lot of complementary vegtable flavors.

I like the traditional picante sauces, you can go with the chunky stuff if you like.

I can eat a whole bag of chips at one sitting with this stuff. It is so freakin' good.

PS: If you are pouring over a dish, still keep the sauces separate until serving for customized heat for each person.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Escarleth goes home

Escarleth Betancourt-Gutierrez is going home after a lengthy recovery here in Nashville.

Escarleth is a Honduran girl that suffers from scoliosis, curvature of the spine. Her condition was noticed by Dr. Jim Netterville while he was on his annual medical mission trip to El Pedregal, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As a leading head and neck surgeon, Dr. Netterville uses his time in Honduras to treat people with disfiguring facial and neck tumors. He couldn't treat Escarleth, which weighed on his mind as he returned from the trip.

Back in Nashville, Dr. Netterville contacted a colleague at Vanderbilt Medical center, Dr. Gregory Mencio. Dr. Mencio has one of the most established practices in repairing spina bifida and scoliosis. Dr. Mencio agreed to perform the surgury for free, and the Vanderbilt University hospital waived many of the normal fees. The remainder of the costs were born by member donations from our church at Harpeth Hills.

Her back is now much straighter due to the stainless steel rods inserted in her spine, and her recovery was good.

I am grateful to have a great example like Dr. Netterville. Lead on, brothah!!