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Episode 086 – Festive

December 11, 2012 Leave a comment


The Valentine Cast Show Notes

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Coming to you, from Louisville, KY!  It’s the ValentineCast with your Festive couple, J and Renee Valentine.

Intro Music – Who Loves Me by Pretty Lights –

Today is Monday, December 10, 2012 and this is Episode 86!

Weekend Wrap-up

  • New Tree
  • Baking Plan of the Enabler
  • J can’t make the ham
  • Holiday cheer
  • Christmas Cards

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

  • Movies By Chance: Result: 123 – Then She Found Me (Already saw it!)
  • Movie for Next Week:
  • Mansome
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • WoW
  • Gave up on Last Resort
  • J is playing The Walking Dead


  • Salsa Master
  • Louisville and Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Weight Loss Update – Week 23
    • J : 1, 64.8
    • Renee: 2.2 , 62.2
    • Total –  3.2; Grand Total: 127
    • Frogpants total – pounds for people. That’s pounds per person.

Odds and Ends (Bumper provided by Johnny Feisty)

  • Birthdays
    • Gretchen (Wednesday)
    • Daniel Reed (Thursday)
    • Janessa (Friday)
  • Nerdtacular Headcount

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 from the Pretty Lights Music

Recipe Exploration: Mexican Chicken Casserole

March 12, 2012 2 comments

Name: Mexican Chicken Casserole
By: Renee Valentine

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min

Servings: 8


  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican Blend cheese
  • 4 oz can of chopped green chiles
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 15 oz can of black beans
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 8 ounces boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and diced


  1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Saute mushrooms until soft.
  2. Combine mushrooms, sour cream, 1 cup of cheese, green chiles, taco seasoning, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin, black beans, salsa, rice, and chicken. Place in a greased 9X13 casserole dish.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 35 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of casserole and bake until melted.


Chuy’s, it’s one helluva drug!

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

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J: Have you ever been to a restaurant where they exceed your expectations? I mean everything from cost, taste, service and atmosphere? If you haven’t and you love Tex Mex let me introduce you to “Chuy’s”. This place opened here in Louisville in November I believe and it’s simply amazing! Their thing is, is that they make all of their salsa, sauces, fixin’s and other things fresh that morning from fresh materials. Their tortillas are freshly hand rolled as well! Yes they have folks at the little grill hand rolling tortillas!!

Renee: That’s just because your standard for an excellent Mexican restaurant is that it has to have folks hand rolling tortillas.  You all should have seen him.  He grinned from ear to ear when he saw that.  But J’s right.  Chuy’s is our go to place for eating out when we can’t think of another place immediately.  There is tons of seating but it still fills up quickly during lunch or dinner.  The decor is Vegas meets old person’s house.  My favorite is the Tacos Al Carbon.  It’s basically fajitas but already prepacked in two soft flour (J: hand rolled, fixed that for ya babe) tortillas.  I absolutely love these and I can’t help but eat both of them.  Plus it helps that it’s under $10.  J usually goes for the spicier fare however.

J: You know it! I get the Steak Burrito that’s as big as my head! with the Green Chile Rice and Charro beans! It’s just the right heat! Enough for me to sweat and sniff but really enjoy it. This last time I went I got the Beef Fajitas and Renee can tell you I don’t do the fajitas often but they were good! I had enough to make 5 tacos and oh my goodness I didn’t finish my rice and beans! I have to say this place is amazing and I knew it was when we went on Saturday, came home and was like “We’re going tomorrow”.

Renee: That’s right, we went two days in a row.  Two days!  I don’t think I’ve done that with a restaurant in..well..ever!  The wait staff recognizes us which is slightly embarrassing on my part but the food is too good to pass up.  Whoever decided to open a Chuy’s in Louisville made a great choice.  Now do you see what you all have done?  We give you content about a fabulous Tex Mex restaurant and you make me hungry for more Chuy’s.  Ah well, I must get my fix in the next couple of weeks.  I know I can never go wrong when J asks me what I want to eat and I suggest Chuy’s.  This is clearly our favorite place and has held the top spot for a couple of months.

Service: Good service most of the time.  I’ve had a few duds but overall they are there to fill drinks, fill up our chip basket, and offer dessert.  8 out of 10.

Food Quality: Amazing.  Everything tastes like it’s supposed to and I’ve never had a bad experience.  Can’t rave enough about it.  10 out of 10.

Environment: It’s a little all over the place and it can get a little distracting but it definitely screams fun.  9 out of 10

Cost: Most of the dishes range between $8 and $15.  Very reasonable and definitely easy on the wallet.

Overall: In this case, the sum is greater than the parts.  The overall experience warrants a 10 out of 10.

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