Monday, January 25, 2010

Tomato Soup

I made a great tomato soup today for dinner. Well, actually, I used too much carrot so the whole soup ended up tasting carrot-y. But, the moments when I wasn't eating carrot chunks, the rest of the soup was delicious. There was just this nice deep tomato-ey flavor. I think it is because the recipe has you roast the tomatoes for 15 minutes.

It is a very simple recipe. Take a can of tomatoes. (I used two whole tomatoes.) Put on a baking sheet, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and peppper and stick in the oven at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. While that's roasting, take diced carrot, diced onion, and minced garlic and stew in a pot until soft. That takes about 10 minutes. When the tomatoes are done roasting, dump them into the soup pot with some chicken broth. I also added a frozen cube of basil which I got from Trader Joe. I think the real recipe uses a bay leaf. Then you simmer that for 15-20 minutes and blend with an immersion hand blender. I have this one, which is a pretty awesome hand blender and was only $20. Inexpensive, versatile and you can chop stuff too in the little processor. [Unfortunately it looks like they no longer carry it. This is now the top result on Amazon.]

That's it!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cooking More 40 Clove Chicken

I have been trying to do more cooking lately. Tonight I made a 40 Clove Chicken. Well it was more like 20 cloves since I split the recipe. It was one of the best dishes of chicken I've ever had. I used drumsticks instead of chicken thighs I think thighs would have been a lot better. I had to buy a $20 bottle of cognac since that's what the recipe said. Ugh I only used tablespoons! I guess I will just have to drink the cognac. ;)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Learning about other cultures

I am reading this New Yorker article about Arab novels and I realize I have never read one. I think reading a novel is actually a great way to learn about life in another culture. I really enjoyed Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Why not learn about the Arab world?

So I put this book, Girls of Riyadh on my wish list. Maybe I will check it out from the library and learn about girls in Saudi Arabia!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Getting a higher rate of return matters

As you go up with rates, it makes a huge difference.

Over the course of 50 years, you can make this much more over earnings at 5%:
$7 more at 6%
$18 more at 7% ($11 increment)
$35 more at 8% ($17 increment)
$63 more at 9% ($28 increment!!!)

The earnings more than double at just 1 percent more in return!
That is SO crazy.
I think that's why finding alpha is so worth it for wealthy people.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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