Thursday, January 17, 2013

Chuys Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients 2 lbs chicken (split chicken breasts with ribs) 2 tbsp olive oil 1 chopped medium white onion 1 chopped carrot 1 chopped celery 16 cups chicken broth (99% fat free) 1 tbsp habanero powder (optional) 4 diced Roma tomatoes 1 cup corn 1 tbsp lime juice 1 tsp pepper 4 oz can diced green chilies (Hatch) 2 cups chopped cilantro 1 avocado chopped 1 cup chopped sweet potato (optional) shredded jack cheese tortilla strips (optional, but way better with) Preparation Boil chicken and remove meat from bones. Cook onion, carrot, celery in oil until onion starts turning golden.Add chicken br oth and bring to a slow boil and turn heat to medium. Add chicken meat, green chilies, corn, Roma tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro, avocado, sweet potato, habanero powder and pepper. Allow to cook for 20 to 30 minute on medium heat. When serving add about ¼ cup of jack cheese to bottom of bowl, add soup, and top with tortilla strips.

What is the difference between Sterling Silver, Overlay Silver and German / Nickle Silver

Several times a week I have someone ask me about the difference between Sterling Silve, overlay silver and German or Nickle Silver. Here is what I know:
Sterling Silver:
Fine silver is 99.9 percent pure or more, but it is very soft and unsuitable for most uses. Sterling silver is defined as 92.5 percent pure or higher. Sometimes, as you note, 95 percent pure silver is sold; this has more silver than the minimum it needs to be called sterling but its still sterling.
The remaining 5 to 7-1/2 percent is usually copper because this has been found to be the best metal to alloy with the silver to not discolor it, while making it hard.
Silver Overlay:
Silver overlay is a process of taking nickel silver and applying a layer of solid sterling is many times thicker than "Plated". The overlay is then engraved, etc....whereas plated items are engraved and then plated with a very thin electro plate of silver.
The process of using sterling silver overlay is done by the finest silversmith. It has the great appearance of solid sterling at a reduced cost but will far out last plated products.
Of course there are good quality plated items and cheap quality plated items. Not all plated items are cheap....for instance some of the finest dinnerware (forks, spoons, etc) are plated.
Sterling overlay is much better and more expensive than plated but not as high a solid sterling silver.
German silver or Nickel Silver:
German silver also known as Nickel Silver is a copper alloy with nickel and often zinc. The usual formulation is 60% copper, 20% nickel and 20% zinc. Nickel silver is named for its silvery appearance, but it contains no elemental silver unless plated. The name "German silver" refers to its development by 19th-century German metalworkers. This is NOT Mexico silver.

How to I know what size rodeo glove to buy?


Measure the width of open palm without a glove on - fingers together and thumb sticking out.


BULL RIDING (Deer Skin) Gloves:


NOTE: Average measurements accross your palm:


3"-3 1/8"  - 7 glove

3 1/4" - - - 7 1/2 glove

3 1/4" - - - 8 glove

3 3/8" - - - 8 1/2 glove

3 1/2" - - - 9 glove

3 5/8" - - - 9 1/2 glove

3 3/4" - - - 10 glove

4"     - - - 10 1/2 glove (Not available in many styles)


Typically if you measure around the thickest part of your palm (measuring around it) a person with a palm that measures approx 9 inches or so will wear a size 8 to 8 1/2 glove. This is for a fairly tight fit. If you prefer a looser fit order a larger size. Of course a lot just depends on how tight you like your glove? Some folks wear their glove very tight and some wear it loose and all degrees between.


For a BAREBACK (Steer Hide) Glove, the sizing is as follows Measuring accross your palm:


3 1/4" - - - 8 1/2 glove

3 1/2" - - - 9 glove

3 3/4" - - - 9 1/2 glove

4"     - - - 10 glove

4 1/4" - - - 10 1/2 glove (not avilable in all styles)


Bare in mind that these are averages and NOT exact measurements. Rodeo Gloves are hand made and as a result each is not the same as the next. In other words if you have 3 gloves all size 8 they may vary in size from glove to glove just depending.