Monday, February 25, 2008

Brisket, Brisket for Everyone!

Yesterday was Southern Day! Okay well at least in our apartment it was. I was cooking Sunday dinner for the apartment plus a couple others. We had BBQ Beef Brisket, cornbread, mashed potatoes, asparagus and peach pie. And when you are cooking southern food, it is practically required to speak in a Southern accent. This continued for at least a couple hours.

This was the first time that I have ever made beef brisket. I got the recipe from my best friend from back home's mother. Whenever they would be having it for Sunday dinner I would magically appear at their house or request a doggie bag.

Well I desire to share this recipe with you all because it is easy and delicious! Sorry I don't have pictures, I didn't think about posting this until after all of it was consumed.

BBQ Beef Brisket

Beef Brisket meat
1 Bottle of Italian Dressing
1 Bottle of BBQ Sauce

The size of the Italian Dressing bottle and BBQ sauce depends on the size of the brisket. I bought a 1.8 lb beef brisket and used a 16 oz. Italian dressing and used about half of a 18 oz. BBQ sauce bottle. So adjust accordingly. (This amount served 5 people)

-Put beef brisket and pour bottle of Italian dressing in crock pot on low overnight.
-Remove brisket from crock pot and separate with forks.
-Put separated brisket in pan on the stove at about medium heat and pour the amount desired of BBQ sauce in.
-Toss the brisket to evenly coat the meat with BBQ sauce, and allow the meat to somewhat caramelize the sauce.

I hope you enjoy it and if you make it tell me what you think!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Start Spreading the News...

...I'm leaving in May. Okay really a few days before May. But yes, I am going to New York City! I have been offered and accepted an offer to be an intern with LDS Public Affairs in New York City!


The public affairs office is in the same building as the Manhattan Temple.

Here is a summed up version of what my duties will be as an intern with LDS Public Affairs:

-United Nation activities (such as attending UN meetings, activities and events with UN Ambassadors and preparing reports about UN activities, with the goal of contacting and establishing positive relationships with the 192+ United Nations ambassadors in New York)

-Consul General activities (such as participating in efforts to contact and establish positive relationships with the 100+ Consul Generals of New York, by going to activities and identifying key staff, etc.)

-Local Public Affairs activities (such as planning and attending local PA events in the NYC area consisting of 14 stakes [a stake is around 1,000 people or so])

-Office Duties (such as answering phones, responding to e-mails, preparing country evaluation reports, assisting in planning and carrying out International Public Affairs events.

I'm really excited to be interacting with Ambassadors and Consul Generals from across the world. I have been informed that in early June, the BYU philharmonic orchestra will be playing in Carnegie hall. I will be helping plan the event and a reception for Ambassadors attending the concert.

Monday, February 11, 2008

What's a Dial Tone?

Today I had a phone interview for a possible internship in New York City. I was instructed by my coordinator to have the interview on a hard-line phone.

I had to stop and think...who has a hard-line phone?

I couldn't think of anyone I know here at BYU who has a hard-line phone. Cell phones meet the needs of a student who moves perhaps 2-3 times a year, maybe more.

When I think of having a hard-line phone for myself, it seems to go hand in hand with settling down into a place.

It was as if my coordinator could hear all of these thoughts and told me I could schedule a room with a hard-line phone in the Brimhall building (the Communications building, my building).

It had been weeks since I used a hard-line phone and over 6 months since I actually had a conversation on a hard-line phone. And I'm going to be was nice.

It was so clear, and the handset was large and comfortably fit into the crevice of my shoulder. I may even go so far to say that because of this experience I miss hard-line phones.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to sign up with Comcast to put in a phone line,'s now something to look forward to.

This blog entry makes me feel like Frank in "You've Got Mail" who has an infatuation with typewriters. But rest assured I'm not going to start collecting hard-line phones.

Though a unique old-school one like in the cartoon version of "101 Dalmations" would bring me adulations of joy.