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Episode 054 – Chasing Cars

April 2, 2012 Leave a comment

The @Valentine Podcast Show Notes

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Coming to you, from Louisville, KY!  It’s the @Valentine Podcast with your Chasing Car couple, J and Renee Valentine.  

Intro Music – Who Loves Me by Pretty Lights –

Today is Monday, April 02, 2012 and this is Episode 54!

Weekend Wrap-up

  • Solar Lights
  • Gardening Noob
  • Good job U of L

Media (Movies, Games, Books, Television Shows, Music)

  • Movies By Chance: Result: 72 – My Name is Bruce; 183 – Under Suspicion
  • Movie for Next Week: 108 – Three o clock High; 53 – Brothers; 183 – Under Suspicion
  • Real Steel
  • Syriana
  • Riding in Cars with Boys
  • Total Recall Trailer
  • Mad Men Still Weird
  • Game of Thrones
  • Mass Effect 2
  • J finished Journey
  • Mist of Panderia Beta
  • Renee quit Draw Something


Odds and Ends (Bumper provided by Johnny Feisty)

  • Welcome home to Strumpet and Aprillian!

Contact Information
You can reach us by email at You can also see our blog at  The podcast Twitter feed is ValentineCast. You can also call us at (415) 758-2278 Video can be seen at  J’s Twitter feed is theCaoboi and Renee’s twitter feed is theIceflow

Outro Music:  Pretty Lights – If I Gave You My Love

Recipe Exploration: Vegetable Parmesan Penne

April 2, 2012 1 comment

Name: Vegetable Parmesan Penne
By: Renee

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min

Servings: 6


  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • ½ cup of chopped squash
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 cups sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil chopped
  • 3 ounces grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Toss with olive oil.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, roast asparagus, broccoli, bell pepper, zucchini, squash, and onion until flecked with dark brown. Set aside.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Saute garlic and sun-dried tomatoes until heated through. Toss with penne, roasted vegetables and Parmesan. Place in a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  5. Bake in preheated oven 30 to 40 minutes, until hot.


  • Good idea to use a stir fry mix to save on time and money.  Be careful using frozen.  Fresh seems to work best with this recipe
  • This would be excellent with chicken, shrimp or bacon if you are feeling meaty
  • You can add in oil from sun dried tomatoes for extra flavor

Recipe Exploration: Spicy Black Bean Burgers

April 2, 2012 1 comment

Name: Spicy Black Bean Burgers
By: Renee Valentine

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time:  10 min

Servings: 4


  • 1 can (16 Oz. Size) Black Beans
  • ½ whole Onion, Cut Into Wedges
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Peeled And Rough Chopped
  • 1 whole Red Pepper, Stem And Seeds Removed, Chopped
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha Hot Sauce (or Your Favorite Hot Sauce)
  • ½ cups Finely Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 4 whole Burger Buns Or Kaiser Rolls


  1. Drain the can of black beans. In a mixing bowl, mash the black beans with a fork or a potato masher.
  2. Use a food processor to chop the onion, garlic, and red pepper until very fine. Stir the mixture in with the beans.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the egg, cumin, onion powder, chili powder, Sriracha and cilantro. Add this to the bean mixture and combine well.
  4. If the mixture has a lot of liquid, strain with a cheesecloth or let it strain through a colander with very fine holes. Once the excess liquid has drained off, return the bean mixture to the bowl and stir in half of the bread crumbs.
  5. Use your hands to form four evenly sized patties. Coat the outside of the burger patties in the remaining bread crumbs.
  6. Heat the oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Cook burgers in the pan until heated through and slightly browned on both sides.
  7. Put the burger on top of a bun. Dress with all your favorite burger condiments and enjoy!


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