Friday, April 10, 2015


I woke up early on Thursday. But, I got up anyway. It was raining. No problem. We desperately need the rain!

I started the dishwasher and then got on with my day.

I had to stop and get gas on the way into work (the low gas light came on last night as I drove home). So, I wasn’t that early getting to work.

Just after I got in, it started raining like hell!

I had two thing to accomplish at lunch: I needed some food and I needed some “D” cell batteries.

So, I went to the Newburgh Grill and ordered the meatloaf.  It’s a hearty meal that I usually can’t finish. But I did today. I was starving!!!

While I waited for it, I measured the booth I was in (I took my tape measure that I keep in my office drawer).

Why? Well, my favorite slum lord (or lady would be more correct) has a Detroit house she wants to flip. It has a breakfast nook, with built-in benches but no table. I offered to make the table, but I needed to judge just how wide it should be. So, the booth was my go-to experiment.

BTW: The waitresses looked at me and my tape measure like I was crazy! The things I do for friends…

It was pouring rain when I left. So, I walked under the awning to CS and got some “D” cell batteries. I’m sure I paid too much, but, wtf.

The rain had tapered off by the time I walked back, so I put my hood up (I wore my raincoat today) and walked to the truck. I went back to work and back to work.

It rained again hard around 4:00 p.m., with thunder and lightning. But, it died down again just before I left for home. So, I drove home in light rain.

I treated the cat and preheated the oven to 425 degrees F. I took my two baking potatoes and punched holes on them with a fork. Then I rubbed them with olive oil and seasoned then with kosher salt. I stuck them on the open rack, with a half sheet pan on the rack below to catch any salt.

I set the timer for 45 minutes and went and watched the rest of the news. I put the new batteries in my flashlight that had died.

Before the timer went off, I got out my cast iron frying pan. I got out my chicken and took the two breast out of the marinade. I put them on a rack for a bit and then patted them dry with paper towels.

I didn’t put any oil in the pan (they’ve been soaking in it for a day and a half, if you remember), just turned it on medium-high. I got a nice crust on each side, then I stuck the pan in the oven to finish cooking.

I plated my chicken breast and a baked potato (topped with butter, sour cream and some fresh chives).

I must admit, I was prepared not to like the chicken (it sounded like it would be way too sweet). And, there was sweetness. But, the combination of the brown sugar, oil, vinegar and soy just somehow works. And, I can see how it would be perfect for grilling!

I cleaned up and then went and watched my taped NCIS shows. I went to bed at 9:30 p.m.


  1. It does sound like it might be a little sweet but looks delicious. Grilling season isn't far off!

  2. It's coming!!! Just not as fast as at you house...