Life

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

By Mendel / May 19, 2010 / 0 Comments

After you cook and eat it, and you won’t know how you lived your life without it. adapted from original recipe Ingredients: 3 cans black beans 2 yellow or green bell peppers 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil 5 to 6 medium-sized garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 1/4 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon […]

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The Ultimate Bloody Mary

By Mendel / May 8, 2010 / 0 Comments

I previously posted about Iowa City’s best Bloody Mary.  Lisa’s 21st birthday and sense of adventure has led me to discover a new competitor to the best in Iowa City.  Enter Atlas.  With a slightly upscale ambiance and delectable lunch or dinner-time cuisine, it’s the perfect place to dine and/or grab a Bloody for an […]

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Taking my car canoeing

By Mendel / May 6, 2010 / 2 Comments

May 1st seemed like a great day to hit the lake with Lisa.  Unfortunately, I mis-calculated a bit.  Lessons learned…  A Chevy Cobalt is not a Ford Explorer:  Well, I guess they told the truth…  At the rental place, they said they could put a canoe on ANY automobile.  As I was driving down the […]

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The bigger the pepper the smaller the burn?

By Mendel / May 6, 2010 / 2 Comments

Got this jalapeno pepper at Hy-Vee yesterday. It didn’t seem all that spicy. So I’m wondering, is there a relationship between size and Scoville units in a hot pepper?

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A Time of Reflection

By Mendel / September 27, 2009 / 1 Comment

This is the time of year that we aspire to transform the wrong moments into that which are  spiritually and socially honorable.  A time of reflection, a time of asking, and a time of forgiving. Forgiveness.  I would argue it’s more important to forgive than to be forgiven.  Why? It takes a bit of courage […]

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