Thursday, October 11, 2012

What Men Want

In this age of technology, we have weather apps, financial apps, shopping, maps, email, instant messaging, Words with Friends, Draw Something, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Kindle, iTunes, and (of course) Angry Birds downloaded on our smartphones to inform and entertain us at any time, day or night. We are constantly connected. That little screen puts anything we want in the world in the palm of our hands.

Hubs has a poker game that he plays during his down time. However, when he registered, all of the user names that he usually prefers were taken. Tongue in cheek, he tried "Sissy Sue," the name of our little, female dachshund, and it was accepted. He went with it.

The other day while we camped out waiting for a very delayed doctor's appointment, Hubs pulled out his phone and started gambling. It was then that he confided that although it was a free online game, he had never had to jump through hoops to earn the fake cash to play. Men around the world gifted "Sissy Sue" with fake money presents all the time.

using a poker game phone application.

They like the idea of a delicate, little player at their table. They think he is cute.

I am sure they don't picture a stocky, 6'4", bearded farmer when they send Sissy Sue the cash to play another hand. That old cartoon with the overweight man in boxers sitting at a computer screen pretending to be a sexy, 20-something female is burned into my mind.

I don't know if I should be amused or scared.
(adapted from Cooking Light)

1/3 cup onion, chopped (divided)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground beef
olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups cremini mushrooms, quartered
1/3 cup dry red wine
2 cups beef stock
1 tablespoon flour

Combine 1/4 cup onion, pepper, salt, garlic, and beef.
Shape into 4 patties.
Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
Add patties; browning on each side (about 3 minutes).
Remove and set aside tenting with foil to keep warm.
Melt butter in the pan.
Add mushrooms and saute until tender.
Stir in wine and remaining onion and cook a couple of minutes until onion is tender.
Combine broth and flour.
Add to pan and bring to a boil.
Cook until thickened.
Add patties to pan and simmer a few more minutes to heat beef through. (Serves 4)

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