Burnt Orange Menu II, and Burnt Orange heartbreak

First, we’re going to talk about the fabulous menu that I came up with for last night. And I’ll give you my recipes, too. All quantities make 2 servings.

Burnt Orange Carrot Soup

4 big fresh carrots, sliced
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 large parsley stems (I forgot to buy the celery…)
1 Tbs mild olive oil1 tbs butter
1 Tbs tomato paste
kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
2 cups homemade chicken broth
1/2 cup milk

Sautee carrots, onions & parsley stems in the oil and butter until onion is translucent but not brown. Season with salt and pepper to taste while cooking. Add tomato paste, stirring frequently, until slightly caramelized. Add broth, stir, lower hear and cover. Cook until carrots are tender. Puree in blender until silky. Add milk and return to pot. Bring to a boil, taste for seasoning and adjust if needed. Enjoy.

As I say, not quite Burtn Orange but very tasty. My Hook’em-mosa keeps it company.

Sockeye Salmon with Burnt Orange Sauce

1# wild sockeye salmon
1 orange bell pepper
1 medium RIPE red tomato (I used the last from our garden)
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 tbs. butter
kosher salt & freshly ground pepper

Brush salmon with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Core and seed pepper. Roast pepper, garlic and tomatoes on a griddle, comal, or heavy pan. Alternatively they can roast in the broiler. Turn frequently until slightly charred and soft. Blend in food processor, seasoning to taste. If it’s too sweet, add a few drops of fresh lemon juice to balance out. Broil salmon skin side down until desired doneness. I like mine medium, with crispy skin. Reheat sauce briefly, transfer back to food processor and blend in the butter. Serve immediately over the salmon. Dig in.

The side dish is the Riso e Zuca from Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy. I used butternut squash. It’s super easy and went well with the salmon and sauce. Not quite Burnt Orange but close enough for me.

Salmon with Burnt Orange sauce and butternut squash riso. My fifth Hook’em-mosa in the background…

Now for the bad part: I wasn’t halfway done with the salmon when Colt left the game. I lost my appetite. By halftime I was crying. Jordan Shipley’s face  set me off. It was not only disappointing, but my heart truly hurt for them. Just the look of anguish in Colt’s face! You know it wasn’t from his shoulder pain, it was from deep disappointment, powerlessness, heartache. All he had been waiting for his young life gone in half a second on a seemingly harmless play. We were dominating. We would have destroyed them  -I have NO question about it.

Colt McCoy got robbed twice. The winningest QB in the HISTORY of NCAA Football loses the Heisman to a sophomore running back? All because the last game the voters watched was a poor performance against Nebraska…really? He’ll win the championship, everyone said. The Heisman means nothing. It”s a curse. And then he gets robbed from playing the most important game in his life. Where is justice?  Father and coaches all talked him into leaving the game -despite his insisting protests- to protect his NFL career. Really? Call me naive or stupid, but to me, Colt is not bound for NFL glory, just like Major Applewhite, an god forbid Chris Simms.  Colt’s day was YESTERDAY people, YESTERDAY.

I really wish him the best. I hope he recovers from the emotional earthquake. Texas players have a history of meltdowns: Simms, Vince, Benson, you name it.  I am so pissed off. The game was ours. We lost it on turnovers forced from a freshman kiddo who did his best to keep his act together while bearing the biggest weight imaginable in the sports world. He did his best. The defense did their best-the Acho brothers and Sergio Kendall kept Bama’s punter busy. Add a couple of bullshit no call pass interferences and you got your fate sealed.

Hang in the Colt, your day will come. I’ll get over it, too. Or maybe not.

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  1. I can’t help but fault Mac Brown for never giving Gilbert a chance to throw some balls when UT had some of those blow out games. Were they just working on Colt’s numbers? I don’t know, but one never knows when a back up QB has to go in and if they never experience the pressure of college play, then they aren’t going to be ready to take over in a pinch. I think Gilbert did the best he could do in a very high pressure situation.

    I feel the same about Colt and the NFL. I just don’t think he is big enough to play – but I could be wrong – now are we happy the Cowboys won yesterday – oh yeah – and we’re pulling for da Saints too…gonna be a great play off season!

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