Made a margarita pork loin with mexi rice and mango salsa the other night.
Marinated the loin in lime juice, agave nectar, olive oil, cilantro and garlic. Pan seared, then baked to a nice medium.
Fresh mango salsa with tomatoes and jalapenos from the garden, onions, mango, lime juice and cilantro.
Toasted the rice with a few spoonfuls of the salsa and some chili powder before boiling.
Layer slices of pork loin over the rice and top with salsa.
Great light, filling meal with a good amount of heat. I'm about to warm up some leftovers right now.
I just left after living there for 5 years. The area itself is beautiful and the location is pretty nice too. But, it is a NAFTA town through and through.
I remember when we moved to NC from Savannah, Hickory was expected to outpace Charlotte in growth. Then, the furniture packed up and left for the South China Sea. Now, empty mills and retail shops falling into dilapidation as far as the eye can see.
The education and employment opportunities are almost non existent, and the crime rate, unemployment rate and median income all bear that out.
There are some things I absolutely love about Hickory. (Glenn C Hilton is by far my favorite disc golf park in the state.) I hope that the city can finally recover from the industrial exodus 15 years ago. A public university would go a long way towards that end.
Considering that Hickory was recently voted the most miserable city in America, I find it odd that it is not on this list.
Also, Statesville is not great, but they have gotten a whole hell of a lot better than when I left that town 10 years ago.
We have so much to be proud of here in the south. So, why choose to revere the most shameful parts of our heritage?
Patterson Hood of Drive By Truckers puts it beautifully in this editorial from the NY Times.
It IS a symbol of divisiveness, treason and, yes, hatred. It was the battle flag of a society that fought to own black people. Literally the only reason to look fondly upon the flag of treason is if one wishes the south had won (and slavery was still legal) or longs for the good ole days. (When blacks knew their place!)
I was born and raised in the south, and love this fine corner of Appalachia that we call home. I am proud as poo of Sweet Tea, BBQ, Cheerwine, great weather and lush scenic beauty, but I will never be proud of the treasonous bastards who gave their lives so that some rich assholes could own black people.
You can call the rebel flag heritage if you want, but it is not one that any of us should be proud of.
Link? I'd love to see this. Was it her support for the Iraq war, fighting tooth and nail to go to war with Syria and Iran, her (previous) stance against gay marriage or her unwavering support for all things wall street that lends her such impressive liberal creds? Something tells me this was put out by her own campaign to try to convince democrats to vote against their own beliefs. She has always been a Pub in Dem's clothes. It's exactly why a moderate (Obama) was able to torch her in the primaries last go round, and it's the same reason a true liberal (Bernie) is about to do the same this time.
As a left leaning pro lifer, I am all about this poo. Any life lost is sad. Anything we can do to avoid a terrible situation for all involved should be done. People are going to fug. Get the fug over it and let's do what we can to make the world a better place for all.
I just moved from there. I lived in and around hickory the last 5 years. There are some great parks, a minor league team and a movie theater. Other than that... two good bars downtown, great Mexican food (El Paso) oh, and it got bored one of the most depressing cities in the nation.
Cat has finally become what Mark has been telling us he would be for 2 years. Everyone knew about his speed coming out of high school. He's shown flashes throughout his tenure, but just as many bonehead #!$?&!#'s. Consistency had been consistently lacking in his game.
That has changed in the past few weeks. If he truly has put those wtf moments behind him, if the light has really come on for him, we can be a dangerous team.
If Cat is who he appears to be at the moment, and Anya and Lacey can stay out of foul trouble, we can hang with anybody in the country.