January 30th, 2021


Chicken enchiladas tonight. I'm making them. Chicken just went into the slow cooker.

We went shopping last night but unfortunately the only boneless chicken at Jewel was $5 a pound, and for a $2.50 per pound differential I could have bought bone-in chicken and boned it myself. But, no. My time is more valuable than that.

...went to Walt's today and bought five pounds of boneless chicken for what two pounds cost at Jewel.

Had a few errands I wanted to run. Go to the bank to deposit the $600 per person stimulus check. Then to the grocery store.

Besides chicken, I wanted to get diet Pepsi. Jewel had none, just a few sixers of diet unleaded. I bought one of those--grudgingly--because I didn't want to totally deplete my store of diet Dew.

When I get to Walt's the place was jam-packed. There were three carts in the corrall at the front of the store. The Pepsi display was being restocked with a pallet's worth of regular Pepsi, but no diet except for four sixers of diet cherry, which I would only drink in the most dire of emergencies. "Well, we're stranded on this deserted island, but at least we've got this shipping container full of diet cherry Pepsi--which is good since there doesn't appear to be a ready source of fresh water." Yes, dinner for the next few months will be whatever fish you can catch, raw, washed down with diet cherry Pepsi.


I asked the stocker if they had more in back, he checked, and brought out a flat of diet for me. I thanked him profusely. "People are going nuts," he said with a shrug.

...meandered through the store picking up sundries, then decided to get in line. Oh, look, they've got a line nazi again, how wonderful (sarcasm).

That attitude lasted until I followed the line to its end, starting just west of the cash register lanes, through the bakery department to the meat department, all the way north through the meat department to the frozen section, then east again all the way back to the cheese and crescent rolls, about a third of the way to the produce and deli on the east side of the store.

It was, simply put, the longest line I've seen in that store, bar none, not even last March when the COVID panic had everyone stocking up on everything, worried they'd be locked into their houses for four months.

Well, to be fair, it is supposed to snow tonight, and we're supposed to get on the order of ten inches before it's all done. But seriously, folks, what the fuck. We've had this kind of winter storm before, and we'll have it again, and it's not a climate emergency or anything.


It was so bad I thought that the Major Sportsball Tournament was taking place tomorrow, but I guess that's next week.

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Not gonna do politics today. I'm suffering from fatigue. We can just take it as read that America is over, and I'm tired of chronicling the decline.

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I was going to hit the gas station, but didn't. Realistically speaking I should not need much more than what I have on hand, and in the worst case I can dump the remainder of the 2-cycle gas into the big blower. It'll smoke a bit, but not much, and it's not like a little oil is going to hurt anything. I mixed it something like 30:1 so I can use it in both the little blower and the weed whacker, and with 2-cycle engines a little extra never hurts anything. In general terms, that's a hell of a lot less oil burned than a car engine that uses a quart of oil every hundred miles (assuming 33 MPG).

If I need more, the gas stations will still be there, and I drive a Jeep.

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Anyway, with the shopping done, I've baked a frozen pizza (Screamin' Sicilian pepperoni, impulse buy because I was hungry and it was cheap) and am peparing to play some WoW, because it's the weekend and I can.

Last night I watched The Best Years of our Lives for the first time in a couple of decades. It's three hours long but I haven't the faintest idea what they could have cut from it. Anyway, it's got me thinking about trying to find the novel it's based on, which might be a good read.

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Got the chicken in the crock pot, covered with enchilada sauce; once it's done I'll shred it and assemble enchiladas and bake them. Ought to be most tasty.

#7514: If I'd only remembered we were out of salsa verde....

The enchiladas were delicious.

Which is to say, they came out of the oven looking like they came from a restaurant, and they really had the right taste, too.

Two very large chicken breasts into the crock pot with two 10 oz cans of green enchilada sauce dumped over them; cooked for five hours. Shredded it.

Diced up 2.5 jalapenos, all seeds removed, added to chicken shreds.

Chopped up about 1/8-ish cup of fresh cilantro, added to mix.

About 1 TBSP of cayenne pepper over the top of the chicken, then added maybe as much as a cup of the juice from the crock pot. Stirred well, wrapped in flour tortillas, seam side down in a greased glass pan. Topped with a third 10 oz can of green enchilada sauce, lots of chihuahua cheese, and 2 bunches of green onions, chopped. Baked at 350 for 35 minutes.

The result looks and tastes like it came from a good mexican restaurant. The only thing missing was a couple tablespoons of salsa verde over the top.

Mrs. Fungus pronounced it delicious; I thought it was a tad bland. Even so, neither of us had any trouble getting around two of these things; the tortillas were 12" across when flat, and had enough filling in them that they were about 2" across when rolled.

I think it would be good to add the cayenne pepper and some salt (I didn't use any) to the chicken when it first goes into the crock pot.

The really nice thing is that it wasn't actually as much work as I'd feared it would be when my wife told me, yesterday, that she wanted chicken enchiladas. Also, I didn't use any one recipie; this was kind of a synthesis of what little I know about mexican food, cooking in general, and the recipes that I read before starting.

Overall, though, I'm really pleased with how it came out.

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It actually started snowing sometime after 3, and has been going since then. Doesn't look too deep out there, but it's not supposed to stop snowing until much later tonight. Weather web site says, "Snow accumulating 8 to 12 inches." I'll believe it when I see it.

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Got the enchiladas in the oven, washed the dishes, ate dinner--now I'm going to relax.