Saturday, December 26, 2009

Asiago and Turkey Capsicums

It seems to me that those who are currently jobless can make but one of two choices. Either (1) continue searching for jobs in your local area, unabated, until you find one, or (2) look for jobs in areas with better markets. It can be pretty difficult to come to the right conclusion.

For those that do not have the luxury that my wife and I have been gifted, being able to stop and consider our options for a while, time is of essence. There are a few things I have learned through a bit of experience, but also through a few articles that I have cited. So here are some things to keep in mind.

1. Even though you are out of work, make a schedule for yourself. Set aside a good amount of time, maybe 4-5 hours a day, for job hunting. But also set aside time for other things to keep your mind occupied, and not get depressed. Some suggestions are doing volunteer work, writing a blog about the career your interested in, finishing any projects you may have been putting off (home repair/improvement, novels, music, ect), start your own business, or pursue point # 3.

It is appalling to note that many of the unemployed in America are serious time wasters. According to CBS Moneywatch.com, 5 out 6 of the unemployed do not even engage in a regular job search.

2. Go over your finances and do not overspend. First, note your assets and take stock of what you do have. Mainstreet.com advises to use cash for all essentials. Although we'd all like to have "enough cash saved up to see you through the brief period in between employment... [you] need to know what alternative sources of cash you can liquidate or borrow against." Use of credit for non-essentials is a good strategy, as long as you are able to limit your spending to an occasional dine out to lift your spirits. And of course you always want to thoroughly track your spending.

3. It is suggested by many economists to use your time to further your education. In fact, returning to school and riding out the storm may be a much better option than moving to another state, as the economy is effecting the entire United States. According to USA Today, the only sectors that are expected to be hiring for a while are education, health services, and the government. So it may be time to buckle down and train for something new.

4. If you do intend to move, the same USA Today article does admit, "If people can move to find work, they can get back on their feet and spend money more quickly, helping to lift the economy sooner than if they had not moved." But such a move should be only after proper research, planning and preparation has shown that there is substantial work and economical housing in the area.

Here is one more article with some great insight into unemployment by US News.com. Print it out and read it over dinner. Lexie's rating it a 9. Sorry... no final pic this time. I'll try to add one later when I make it again.

Asiago and Turkey Capsicums

 Ingredients:
 Stuffed Capsicums:
1 lb ground turkey
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup bread crumbs
½ onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
½ cup cooked rice
1 tsp tabasco sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 egg
2 green capsicums (peppers), cored and halved

Asiago Sauce:
4 tbsp butter
1 shallot, finely chopped
¾ cup white wine
½ cup sour cream
½-¾ cup asiago cheese
½ tomato, chopped
1 tbsp dried cilantro

 Preparation Instructions:
 1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Combine all the ingredients except the for the capsicums in a large mixing bowl. Knead the combination with hands until thoroughly mixed.

 
3. Stuff each half of capsicum with equal portions of the mixture.


4. Place each capsicum in a very lightly oiled baking dish and bake for one hour.

5. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add onions and stir-fry until slightly softened. Then add wine and bring to a boil.

6. Lower to low/medium heat and stir in sour cream a little at a time. Continue process with cheese. Continue to stir until completely melted.

7. Lower heat and simmer. Add tomatoes and dried cilantro. Continue to stir for a few minutes. Remove from heat and cover.

8. When capsicums are fully cooked, serve on top of rice or pasta and drizzle with asiago cheese sauce.

Serves 4

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