Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I've got a problem . . . but I'm not the only one

I have come to the realization that I am, in fact, an addict.  My drug of choice?  Caffeine.

Of course, I've known that I have a problem for some time now.  Several months ago I got a brainiac idea that I was going to quit cold turkey . . .  stop drinking coffee, tea, soda . . . the works.  Within 2 days I had a brutal headache . . . by the third day I thought my head was going to explode.  On day four . . . as the zombies were munching on my bleeding brain . . . I succumbed and had a cup of coffee.  Aaaah . . . sweet relief.  So, yeah . . . I’ve got a problem.

And then recently a friend (who's name has been changed to protect the guilty) of mine posted on Facebook that he was out of coffee and the world might possibly be coming to an end.  You see . . . he’s got a way bigger caffeine monkey on his back than I do.  WAY!

It was then that I realized how deeply my addiction . . . and my hubby’s . . . ran.

How does one run out of coffee?  I don’t know how it’s even possible.  You’d have to make a real, concerted effort to go through all of the coffee/caffeine options in my house.  Especially, coffee.

We've got tea and soda and even a few Red Bulls floating around.  But coffee?  That we have in spades!  Let me start from the bottom and work my way up  . . . we have instant tubie things and coffee singles; both of which I really don’t like much at all but certainly will do the trick in a pinch.  I’m pretty sure I have some of that international coffee powdered stuff stashed in the pantry.  I have Keurig cups . . . I would never have bought one of those things for myself but it was a good gift and an excellent backup.  I have a can of ground coffee stashed in the camping gear.  And I always . . . ALWAYS . . . have at least 4 pounds of roasted whole bean coffee in the house at all times . . . usually more like 10 pounds.   I also have a couple pounds of green coffee beans and I even know how to roast them. I have an electric grinder and a hand crank grinder for the whole beans.  I have a regular 12-cup drip coffee maker, a single cup drip coffee maker, a percolator, a drip coffee maker that works on a stove top or over a fire, and  for the direst of emergencies a French press. 

Yeah, you could say I have my bases covered.  Oh, yeah.

Spicy Cucumber-Avocado Soup

Cool, light, refreshing . . . a perfect summer side

1/2 Firm-Ripe California Avocado
2 Or 3 Kirby Cucumbers
1 (8-Ounce) Container Plain Greek Yogurt 
3 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Chives
1/2 Lime, Juiced
1 Teaspoon Salt, or To Taste
1 Teaspoon Chopped Fresh Jalapeño Chile with Seeds
1 Cup Small Ice Cubes

Peel and pit avocado. Cut cucumbers into 1/2-inch pieces.  Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until very smooth, about 1 minute.

Serve in a chilled bowl. Garnish with additional avocado and chopped chives, if desired.

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