It included a few guilty "I'm sorrys" and an attempt to explain why I haven't posted in almost a month.
And then some pretty horrible things happened in Boston as many of you have probably heard. I don't want to go into detail about the day but I will say that it was absolutely horrifying. Watching something horrible happen on TV is bad enough. But when it's happening in your own back yard? Words can't describe it.
A lot of people have been quoted saying that the day of the Boston Marathon is one of the greatest days to live in the city of Boston. And they are absolutely right. The energy throughout the city is unbelievable even days before the event. But the day of the race? There is a sense of community that I had never experienced before moving here. The entire city + thousands and thousands of tourists come together to cheer on the incredible runners during a day off from school and work, with (usually) some of the first warm weather and sunshine of the year. How could it get much better than that? It doesn't. Not in Boston. In fact, within the first hour of watching my first Boston Marathon several years ago I decided I had to run the following year for goodness sake. It looked like the best. time. ever.
That obviously didn't happen.
But it makes the unfortunate things that happened on Monday that much more painful. I'm upset that something like that could happen on one of the happiest and most high energy days of the year and to people and families that were as wonderful as I can imagine them to be. I've been thinking about those people for days now and I hope that they can all find a way to recover and be as happy as they were just minutes before their worlds were turned upside down.
These events made me hit the delete button on everything I had previously written for this post. Life is way too short to feel guilty about not putting up a blog post in a month. And I shouldn't be saying sorry about being far too busy. That's a good thing. I've actually realized that I'm impressed with my discipline to put away the fun things for a while in order to keep my school work at the best level possible. It's not fun but I'm glad that I'm dedicating my entire self to one (very important) thing for now. I tend to spread myself quite thin most of the time so it's nice to not be doing that for once.
I hope you can take a minute to think about what is going on around you and what you have going on in your life. If you're spreading yourself too thin maybe you can let something go for a little while and pick it back up when you have the time to be fully engaged. Time is too precious to waste. And don't forget the people in your life. They are even more precious and life is too unpredictable. Give them a hug and then make them some food. Life is too unpredictable to not.
Adapted from the amazing Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
Makes: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
- 8 large fresh poblano peppers
- 4 cups cooked brown rice (I cheated and used Trader Joe's super easy microwavable rice)
- 1 (12oz) bottle of beer, preferably light or medium in color (I used Sam Adam's Summer)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 2 cobs) OR 1 1/2 cups frozen and defrosted kernels
- 3/4 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco, ricotta salata, or another crumbly cheese
- 3 tablespoons yogurt
- 1 tablespoon milk
- pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Lay several peppers at a time on their sides on the racks atop a gas burner and turn the flame to high. Using tongs, rotate the peppers frequently until their skins are blistered, about 4-6 minutes each. Transfer the peppers to a bowl and cover them with foil or plastic wrap. (I've since been told that paper bags are even better for this!) Repeat with the remaining peppers.
- If you do not have a gas burner, you can do this under a broiler or skip this step altogether if they pepper skins don't bother you.
- In a large sauce pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until soft, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the rice to the pot and stir it for a minute or two. Pour in the beer, corn, monterey jack cheese, salt, and black pepper. Let cheese melt and stir for several minutes. Remove from heat.
- Preheat the oven to 400°. Remove the peppers from the bowl and gently rub off the skins. Cut a slit lengthwise in each pepper and remove the seeds and membranes. Fill each pepper with the rice mixture and arrange tightly in a baking dish. Sprinkle with queso fresco and bake for 10-15 minutes, until bronzed on top.
- While peppers are cooking, whisk together yogurt, milk, and salt.
- Remove peppers from the oven. Drizzle with yogurt mixture and garnish with cilantro.