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Stewlash and E-Trade

July 20th, 2013 at 05:47 pm

I finally got around to transferring some funds from an E-Trade account set up by a previous employer. The money has been sitting dormant for about a year. I really should have done it sooner. I've lost out on about 20% gains by not doing so. Oh, well. It wasn't a whole lot of money, but it was still money lost through laziness.

On the Dubai homefront, I made stew yesterday. Then I added a lot of vegetables and a can of tomato sauce, so it is now a stew-goulash crossbreed, which I have coined as "stewlash." It was really good, but as always I used too much black pepper, so it has a bit of a bite.

I ate about a third of it, and put the other two thirds up in the freezer for lunches over the next month or so. I'll make chili sometime this week after I finish cleaning the crock pot. I always soak the ceramic liner for a day before I hand clean it, both of which precede me putting it into the dishwasher. I hate crusty remains from bad dishwashers, and there's no such thing as a good dishwasher in my experience.

DW is getting the house in order. Houston has been getting a lot of rain, so the lawn is coming in nicely where we had to mend the DD2's destructive "improvements." We have mushrooms now, which is not bad, but I asked DW to put down some Daconil (a fungicide) to help prevent future brown patch. I also told her I have Banner (another fungicide) in the shed, and for her to be ready to put it down in a couple of weeks if brown patch encroaches regardless of the Daconil treatment.

While I was doing the E-Trade move, I looked at my Vanguard holdings. They're up about 20% for the year. I know that will dip when QE stops, but it sure is nice to look at it now. I only wish I knew when the dip was coming. Yeah... I know: "Market timing." But you know the dip is coming, as it is unavoidable mathematically.

7 Responses to “Stewlash and E-Trade”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Yes, 20% is nice to see! I use 'butter spray' in my crockpot before I put anything in it and it cleans up very, very easily. Generally no soaking needed.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    I spray my crockpot liner with an olive oil pump before using. It makes a world of difference.

  3. Wino Says:

    I'll try those next time, but with all of the stirring that stew(lash) and chili take, will it work? I guess I'll find out. I think I'll go the olive oil route. Something about "butter chili" doesn't sound right to me.

  4. snafu Says:

    If you find cooked foods too spicy, a small, very small amount of sugar ameliorates the problem. As you re-heat add pinches of sugar until you've reduced the *bite.*

    Crock ceramic or any pot with burned or stuck-on crud cleans beautifully by dropping a new or used Bounce type sheet + fill with hottest possible, even boiling water to the crud line. Leave to cool and wipe clean, then wash.

    I figure they keep pouring in $$$ until the unemployment rate improves. Everyone's terrified of the 64% unemployment rate current in Spain. The housing market/starts seem to be crucial.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    The stirring could be a problem as you said, but worth trying. Snafu's idea is one I have not heard of!

  6. Wino Says:

    I wouldn't feel right putting a non-food cleaner into the pot. I've found that a soak overnight with soap and water, followed by a bit of scotchbrite, and finally the dishrinser (since they don't actually wash anything) will get any pot clean. I even cleaned one I found in the attic for like a century... but never used it to cook. I really just cleaned it to see if I could.

  7. baselle Says:

    Great minds think alike. I made ratatouille, aka French stewlash, and to bulk up the protein, topped it with a poached agg.

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