Oh, happy day! It is......wait, let me check......36°F outside!!! This may seem like a ridiculous thing to be excited about and down right cold in most places but so fantastically warm here that I feel like shouting from the roof tops. What am I going to do when it gets into the 60's?! I should probably carry a paper bag around with me to prevent hyperventilating.
This winter has been brutal! It has not gotten above 10°F in over three weeks! That is until today!!!! There is hope. So much hope that I feel like stuffing jalapeños with cheese, rolling them in bread crumbs and baking them in the oven (covered with more cheese, of course).
I do this in the spirit of watching sports and that we've come upon the one time every two years that I wish television would come to North Dakota.....just kidding, other people have TV, just not us. I desperately miss watching the Olympics and am totally pissed that NBC has to be such little dictators about showing us what the hell is happening over there! They will only allow you to watch it online if you are a Comcast member but if I were a Comcast member I would be watching it on my TV, no?! Urgghhh! So I'm reduced to sneaking peeks wherever I can. I've found myself spending a little extra time at the gym and in front of the big screen TV display at Costco. I've also been scouring the internets in search of contraband coverage which is where I discovered this outstanding performance from Meryl Davis and Charlie White ice dancing to Beyonce's "Drunk in Love", which didn't really happen but is still phenomenal.
Deep-fried jalapeño poppers are good, but not so easily accomplished at home. By roasting the peppers you cut back on the calories and the hassle. This version is made with salty Spanish Manchego cheese but a lot of other cheeses would work well here, sharp cheddar, goat cheese, or even simple cream cheese would be delicious.
So while I can't veg out with a platter of cheese-stuffed jalapeños on the couch and watch some hot Sochi action, I can dream about it. If you see me in Costco starring at the TVs with salsa on my face, just keep walking.