Cream of Refrigerator

In my fridge, I had one large zucchini that I forgot I had when I should have used it a couple of days ago, 2/3 of a chicken breast I kept out when I froze the rest of the package, and half a can of Cream of Jalapeño soup. (I bought the soup on a "let's see what we can do with this" whim. The soup is a disappointment, it has almost no heat but plenty of the flavor of jalapeños, which I don't much like.) Add to this the fact that I'm trying to experiment with quinoa in my culinary travels, and I came up with this:

Caramelize 1/4 cup of chopped onion
Add 4 oz finely diced chicken breast
Add some salt, 1 tsp or so
Add 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped as finely as possible
When the chicken is cooked, add the zucchini, sliced
Simmer until the zucchini is mostly cooked
Add 1/2 cup of quinoa, rinsed in the strainer I just bought
Add 1/2 cup water, bring to boil, simmer 10 minutes
Add some more water until it looks right
Simmer another 10 minutes, quinoa should be done
Add 2 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Add 1/2 can condensed cream of something soup (will try cream of onion next time I think)
Stir until thoroughly mixed together

Serves me 3 times.

EFRC status

I haven't posted about EFRC because I haven't been working there. As soon as lockdown started, they told me they were closed to the public and they didn't want volunteers helping with animal care. I've been out a couple of times since. The cats are doing fine except for a couple of the oldest and sickest ones we knew wouldn't last much longer (Henry and Cash). We've been open at least sometimes for tours by appointment, everyone wearing masks of course.

Joe's 75th birthday was a couple of weeks ago. I should have thought to post then but I'm completely out of the habit of posting.

I will visit every few weeks, but until I can help and they need me, it doesn't make sense to spend 4 hours driving for 2 hours looking at the cats every week.


It's OVFF time! If any of the three people who read this care, I will have EFRC calendars available as usual; if you tell me now you want one, I'll make a point of finding you at the con.

Other than that, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone, hearing lots of music, as many hugs as possible, and painful choices for the Pegasus awards!

Tap tap.. is this thing on?

If anyone is still reading this journal.. I am still reading LJ and I'm still posting my EFRC reports here. I'm keeping my account for now because I have so many pictures hosted in scrapbook, and still checking for new posts regularly. But I'm actually posting some stuff on DW, and I'm not crossposting. I'm tigertoy on DW. You're welcome to subscribe.

Armored Gopher

Armored Gopher Games, my friendly local game store where I've been spending my Friday nights playing magic for the last 5 years or so, is closed. Dave the owner was burned out. Things were supposed to be arranged to sell to the original owners, but the wheels came off the deal at the last minute. Right now we don't know if it can be salvaged, and I don't really know the details but it doesn't look very good.

I went to FNM at the other game store in town, Titan Games, for the first time yesterday. Titan's not a bad place but it didn't feel like home. I don't know if it can become that for me, or if I'm going to drop out of magic again. Playing magic helped me get through some tough times, but I haven't felt as much into it the past few months as I used to. But not having it in my life feels scary.

Thanks for all the good times, Dave. I hope things work out for you. I hope things work out for me.


So, given that I was Fan Guest of Honor, I guess I owe the world a con report.

Chamabanacon was this past weekend, sent into exile by high school football. The Marriott in Normal is a very nice hotel. The only thing wrong with it is that it's not in Champaign. I remembered enough from getting lost last year to find the hotel without trouble this year, and got checked in and settled in without incident. Attendance was down this year because it's been a rough year for a lot of folks, but the people who were there were happy and welcoming. After Opening Ceremonies, headed a couple blocks down to Maggie Miley's, the local Irish pub. Just a little expensive but the food is quite good. Returned in good time for my Guest of Honor concert, which went well enough despite my not having prepared as well as I should have for it. Filking Friday night went well, though we didn't last much past midnight.

Saturday I got to a panel with toastmaster Adam Seltzer, who's an amazingly interesting person (as well as an amazingly warped songwriter). I spent some time in the dealer's room with my display of tiger stuff and memorabilia from my trip to Ecuador in 2005. At the Never Ending Filk Panel we determined that the filk record producers are becoming less record labels and more independent producers. Survived an hour in the Wolfe's Lair with Golden Guest of honor Gene Wolfe, and then got to hear some of GoH Alex Bledsoe's reading before running off to change and scribble a few lines of notes for my Guest of Honor speech. The food at the banquet was pretty good, and I guess my speech was OK, at least no one threw any tomatoes at me. I managed to play a couple of games of Dominion and then heard most of Adam's concert. Open filking went well for a couple of hours, but we were done before 1. We're all so old.

Sunday was conversations and goodbyes. I stayed for the dead dog, but it was very low key, with only a few folks staying.

There will be a Chambanacon next year. Our good friend P.J. Ralph succumbed to cancer this year, and he left his art, games, and books to the con, which raised a nice amount of money. Next year we have Seanan McGuire as our guest of honor and lots of wonderful stuff, so I'm sure all you people who couldn't make it this year will be there next year.

Home from Windy

I'm home in one piece from Windycon. Sorry I couldn't stay for more of the dead dog but as tired as I am now, I would not want to still be on the road for sure!

If I try to tell myself I'm supposed to write a con report now then I'll never post anything. The one thing I do want to make a permanent record of was dinner on Saturday night. Place in Glen Ellyn, so like a 10 minute drive from the Windycon hotel, called Hokkai. All you can eat sushi, including simple and fancy maki and a good selection of nigiri, plus appetizers. Very tasty and quite reasonably priced at $21.49 a head.

Dominion Empires

So I've just looked through the cards for the new Dominion set, Empires, and they look great. But I don't think another big expansion will fit in the 3 long boxes I carry my Dominion in, and I don't want to add yet another box. It already weighs a ton and takes up a lot of volume.