Mind – Yesterday we were discussing the importance of traditions, today we continue with a tradition that goes a lot farther to ensuring your butt makes it back in one piece than anything else. When pilots climb into the cockpit and hop into the ejection seat, you can count on the fact that following up the ladder is the crew chief. The crew dawgs perch themselves on the canopy rail while the pilots stow their gear and flip a myriad of switches. They do this to back their pilot up. The lap belt and g-suit hose all get connected and the chief snaps the shoulder harnesses into place. The order and sequence varies by pilot, but you can bet every crew chief knows his pilot’s routine. One thing that never changes though, before the chief hops down the ladder he and the pilot shake hands. Without any words being spoken the pilot is saying, “I will do my best to bring your jet back in one piece” and the chief is saying, “I have made sure this jet is perfect and ready for combat!” This bond is hard to describe in words. Once the canopy closes and the pilot brings to life this mechanical beast that rumbles and smells of jet fuel and oil, the crew chief is the last person the pilot had human contact with before returning safely to base. This relationship is built on trust and mutual respect. Relationships are the key to life. If there is one thing that we could all do better is to cherish relationships, foster them, create them, build upon them. These are worthy traditions.
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Recipe of the Day
Spicy Italian and White Bean Stew
Chorizo and White Bean Stew
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
1 pound fresh Mexican chorizo or Italian sausage links
1 large onion, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 sprig thyme
2 15-ounce cans cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
5 ounces baby spinach (about 10 cups)
Smoked paprika (optional)
Ingredient info: Smoked paprika can be found at most supermarkets.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 15-20 minutes. Transfer sausage to a plate.
Reduce heat to medium. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet. Add onion, garlic, and thyme sprig. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, 5-8 minutes. Add beans and broth and cook, crushing a few beans with the back of a spoon to thicken sauce, until slightly thickened, 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add spinach by handfuls and cook just until wilted, about 2 minutes.
Slice chorizo and fold into stew; add water to thin, if desired. Divide stew among bowls; drizzle with oil and sprinkle with paprika, if desired.
by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen
Spirit – Anonymous “Don’t wait for the right person to come into your life. Rather, be the right person to come to someone’s life.”