Archive | August, 2009

Plantain Chips

20 Aug

I remember when I was a Girl Scout making fat fried plantains. So simple and salty. The only problem I had making them when I was older was smashing them. I dropped more on the floor than in the oil. To simplify, here’s a quick and yummy recipe for thin plantain chips. Enjoy!

What you need:
2 Plantains
Canola Oil
Salt and Pepper
Cajun Seasoning (like Tony’s) Optional

If you have a mandolin slice the plantains into about 1/8 of an inch slices. If you do not, you can do it by hand. Fry until the chips float and transfer to a paper towel to drain. Toss in salt, pepper and Tony’s while it is warm. Enjoy!

And now for something unrelated to food…

3 Aug

Carrie Underwood’s song “The More Boys I Meet” gives singles an anthem to not give up on the fairy tale ending with “I close my eyes and I kiss the frog each time finding the more boys I meet the more I love my dog.”

Today, finding your dream guy and preparing for your first date is like preparing for your dream- job interview.  We are no longer in “once upon a time” where boy meets girl, boy likes girl, girl likes boy, and they date, fall in love and live happily ever after.  Insert boy meets and likes girl and gives her his business card and they email, maybe text and eventually lived happily ever after in a Facebook relationship, or maybe “it’s complicated.”

Giving a business card is a key unlocking the doors to the interactive kingdom that answers “who are you and what are your likes and dislikes” before you even go out for dinner or drinks.  In this saga, what does the fair lady do after receiving the knight’s business card?  Because she’s no village idiot, she goes home and looks up his company website, sees if he has a LinkedIn profile and learns what he majored in and where he earned his degree.  She then looks at his Facebook profile, Myspace profile and Twitter account.  Is prince charming really single or is he a player?  Who is following him and did he tweet about how many other business cards he handed out last night? All of these preliminary screenings from a simple “hello” and a business card.

The commercials we see with happy couples who found eachother via an online dating services makes me wonder…is the really the future of dating?  After you break up do you untag the pictures of you with him?  How do you deal with comments when your status reads “X is listed as single?”  There are couples who’ve gotten engaged via Twitter.

Be careful what you wish for when you feel the urge to cyberstalk, you might not like what you see on the other end of the looking glass.

Dating aside, don’t we do the same thing before a job interview or client meeting?  We research their website to learn about what they do and who we are meeting with.  We check out if they have a Twitter account or Facebook fan page.  Do they have company outings?  Are their pictures posted?  Do they have a lot of industry followers?  Did they over exaggerate what they want you to do for them?  Even headhunters respond to emails directing you to another online form to fill out.

Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook etc. so many to choose from…what’s your poison apple (or PC)?