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During the season of Lent many people are searching for a better variety of ways to prepare fish. Fish tacos are an excellent treat on a Friday night or really anytime of the year.
You’ll need to prepare the white sauce, the salsa, and the fish. We’ll start with the salsa. You’ll need the following ingredients for the salsa:
6 ripe tomatoes
1/2 of one onion
one garlic clove
2 Tablespoons of fresh cilantro
one teaspoon of salt
one half teaspoon of pepper
Dice the tomatoes and place them in a bowl or container that you can seal later. Dice the onions and add them to the bowl. Peel the garlic clove, mince it, and add that to the mix. Then cut the jalapenos into small pieces and add them to the bowl. Add the salt and pepper and stir. Set this aside or refrigerate for later.
Next you’ll make the white sauce. You’ll only need a cup of mayo and a cup of plain yogurt. Mix them together and set the white sauce aside in a bowl for later.
Now, you’ll prepare the fish. You’ll need the following items for the preparation of the fish.
12 cod fillets (you can purchase less if you are only cooking for two and save the leftover salsa and white sauce for another meal)
a small bottle of lemon juice
one cup of flour
one cup of your favorite beer for cooking (this goes into the batter)
one cup of cooking oil
In a bowl mix the flour and beer with a whisk. Then add the pepper and garlic powder to your preference of taste. Probably about a half teaspoon each, more if you like. Take your fish fillets and run them under some cold water, then rub them lemon juice on them. Dip each fillet in the batter. You will need to get the cooking oil into your deep frying pan and get it hot. Once the oil is ready then carefully place your battered fillets into the oil. Cook until lightly golden brown and then remove from the oil and let the oil drain off the fish.
Finally you are ready to assemble. Ingredients for assembly:
Cooked fish fillets mentioned above
Place your fish in the tortilla squeeze some lime juice over the fish. Then drizzle the white sauce over your fish. Add your salsa. Chop up your cabbage, this is used instead of lettuce. Sprinkle your cabbage on your taco and enjoy!
In this age of upwards-creeping gas prices, improving the fuel efficiency of our vehicles is on everyone’s mind. Switching to a green and more environmentally friendly car is an obvious solution. However, not all of us can afford to invest in a new vehicle. With this in mind, here are seven easy tips for improving the fuel efficiency of your vehicle--and saving money at the pump in the process.
1. Drive Slower
Making your fuel last longer can be as simple as driving at a slower speed. Statistics show that driving at 55 mph rather than 75 mph can increase your fuel efficiency by 20 percent or more. So slow down! Enjoy the scenery!
2. Keep Your Tires At The Correct Pressure
Your car manual will give you information on what the correct tire pressure should be for your vehicle. Keeping your tires inflated to the maximum allowable pressure can improve the fuel efficiency by between 2 and 4 percent.
3. Change Your Car’s Oil on a Regular Schedule
When is the last time your car had an oil change? If you can’t remember--that’s a bad sign. Regularly changing the oil can help your car run more efficiently in general, thus improving fuel usage. Also, using the correct grade of oil will improve efficiency by 1 to 2 percent. Check with your mechanic to be sure he is using the oil type and grade recommended by your vehicle manufacturer.
4. Replace The Air Filter
The air filter is a vital part of your vehicle--it allows your engine to "breathe" healthily by filtering out dirt and foreign particles. Replacing the air filter can improve fuel economy by up to 10 percent, so change it as often as your manual suggests (usually about once a year). By changing the air filter on a regular basis, you can save you up to 35 cents per gallon.
5. Remove Excess Weight
According to studies, for every 100 pounds of extra weight in your vehicle, your fuel mileage decreases by 2 percent. Are you hauling around a roof rack or bike rack that you never use or is your car stuffed full with excessive clutter? Boost your fuel efficiency by ridding your car of useless or unused items.
6. Don’t Idle Your Engine
Unnecessary idling can use up fuel that could be preserved. If you’re going to be waiting for an extended period of time, switch off your engine.
7. Use Cruise Control
If your car has cruise control, be sure to use it. Continuously speeding up and slowing down can take a toll on the overall fuel economy of your vehicle. Using cruise control keeps your car at a constant speed which helps reduce wasteful and unnecessary fuel use.
With these seven simple steps, you can easily improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. Start using them today!
The Ford F-150 is the standard truck in the full-size F-150 series line, a two- or four-wheel-drive pickup that received an all-new line of gasoline engines for the 2011 model year. The 2012 Ford F-150 builds off of those additions and includes a number of other fantastic features and options. Here are 10 things that make the new F-150 one cool truck.
- Remote start is optional with the Ford F-150 FX2 and above and standard on the King Ranch and above. This is an ideal feature for those frigid mornings when some extra warm up time is required.
- No manual transmission is available with Ford’s biggest trucks, but Ford’s available SelectShift automatic transmission allows drivers to take full manual control of their truck, if desired.
- Trailer Sway Control keeps your pickup truck fully planted, allowing you to pull your load without it pulling or pushing you. An available integrated trailer brake controller can also help you maintain control of even the heaviest authorized loads.
- The optional Ford Work Solutions—Cable Lock by Master Lock™ is an ideal option for work crews. Connect all of your valuable tools to a 10-foot long braided steel cable to ensure that your tools are there when you need them.
- Ford’s Easy Fuel™ capless fuel filler is standard with the F-150. No screwing is required and fewer evaporative emissions are released into the environment as this filler automatically seals shut when not in use.
- An optional pull-down tailgate step with flip-up grab bar makes access to the truck bed easy. This feature stows inside the lip of the tailgate and has a 350-pound weight capacity.
- Available box side steps, located on both sides of the bed just in front of the rear wheels, deploy with just one tap of your foot. This optional feature makes it easier to reach inside of the truck bed from the sides to pull out a heavy or bulky item without straining your back.
- A stowable bed extender (optional on the FX2 and up) gives you additional precious inches of carrying capacity when the tailgate is down. Stored in the sides of the cargo box when not in use, the extender can be directed inward or outward to suit your cargo needs.
- A one-touch power moon roof with overhead console and storage bin is available on the FX2 and up and standard on the Harley-Davidson®.
- Available 4x4 skid plates offers additional off-road protection to keep your F-150’s underside unscathed when navigating the toughest terrain.
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Pets can be a wonderful addition to your family. They bring enjoyment and unconditional love that can’t be matched by anything else. However, getting a pet is a commitment that requires a lot of time, energy and money.
Before you add a pet to your family dynamic, you’ll want to think about what type of pet would best suit your family lifestyle. There is a pet for every family – it’s just a matter of finding the right match.
So what are some of the best pets for families? Probably the most popular and best pet for a family is a dog. Dogs are loveable, fun and can be great companions for adults and kids alike. Both adults and children can participate in activities that involve the dog including hiking, long walks and a game of fetch. However, you’ll want to make sure you have time for a dog. Dogs need to be taken out a few times a day to go to the bathroom and need regular exercise. This can be a great chore for the kids to help out with.
A cat also makes a great pet for the family. Cuddly, soft and huggable, cats can be a great addition to your home. They require less work than a dog. They don’t need to be “let out” or taken on walks. You can choose whether you want your cat to be an indoor or outdoor cat. You can also leave your cat home alone for a weekend (as long as you also leave enough food) because they don’t require the same amount of companionship that dogs do.
Hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs are also great family pets. They are great starter pets to help children learn about responsibility. You can teach your children how to feed and get water for the animals, and then that can become part of their chores. Hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs require less work than cats and dogs. Although they’re not as interactive, it’s still fun to watch them play and run on a stationary wheel.
Fish can also be low-maintenance family pets, especially if you have a fresh water tank or choose to only have one fish, like a Siamese Fighting Fish. They only need to be fed once or twice a day depending on instructions.
Depending on what lifestyle and schedule your family has, there is a pet out there that will be the perfect fit. You just have to sit down as a family and decide what that pet is and then welcome it into your home.
Every year a wonderful kind of madness descends on sports fans across America. They spend hours filling out brackets and rooting for teams they've never heard of. The NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament is one of the world's great sporting events and the best part is, you don't have to be a sports fanatic to catch the fever. If you love heart-stopping drama, if you love rooting for the underdog, you're gonna love the March tournament.
Tickets to the Big Dance
68 college teams compete in the “Big Dance”, a three week single-elimination tournament. 31 teams qualify by winning their conference and the rest of the berths are awarded by a selection committee. Each year, Selection Sunday finds teams on the bubble (they might be in, they might be out) gathered around their TV sets sweating it out, waiting for their names to be called - their invite to the Big Dance.
Once the field is set, the teams are broken into four regional groups (East, West, Midwest and South) of 16 teams each. Each Region has a mini tournament that decides who moves on to the semi-finals. Each group of 16 teams are seeded with the best team (1) playing the worst team (16). So, a 2 seed plays a 15 seed, a 3 seed plays a 14 seed and so on.
Let the Madness begin!
Over the course of just three weeks, an amazing 65 games are played. The tension starts high and builds with each passing round. Here's a breakdown of the tournament round by round.
- Play-in Games: The Opening round games see the bottom 4 teams (64-68) fight it out for the last tickets to the dance.
- First Round: Now, the dance really begins. All 64 teams play in a hoops smorgasbord.
- Second Round: The remaining 32 teams duke it out in another round of games.
- Sweet Sixteen: Only 16 teams are still alive: The Sweet Sixteen. They play another round of games.
- Elite Eight: The eight teams left (the Elite Eight) play yet again to see who will win each region.
- Final Four: The last four teams that have survived the tournament move on to the semi-finals also known as the Final Four.
- The Championship Game: This one's for the whole enchilada. The last two surviving teams meet in the championship game to determine the NCAA Champ.
Bracketology is the science (or art) of filling out your bracket (a grid of the tournament) by picking the winners of every game. You can download your own bracket from any major (or even minor) sports website including Yahoo! Sports, ESPN and CBS Sports, or you can use an online system to join a pool.
You fill out your bracket by selecting the winner of each match-up. You choose who you think will win in the first round of games, then the second and so on, until you've chosen winners all the way through the tournament including the championship game.
You can join the fray online (it's usually free) or you can have your own pool with friends or co-workers. It's a fun way to have someone to root for in every game.
Four reasons you should join the madness
- Rooting for the underdog is one of the great American pastimes. We love a dark horse and each year there's at least one Cinderella team that finds a way to win against all the odds. Who doesn't love seeing David kick Goliath's booty?
- Gambling is fun. Now, you don't have to wager money, but it's fun to make your picks and live and die each day as the results come in. You don't have to know anything about the teams either. Pick by team colors if you want, just pick!
- Oh, the drama! There's nothing like a live, college sporting event for drama. There's more passion, heartache and joy than a year's worth of soap operas.
- Watching someone's dream come true is truly a moving experience. This puts the reality back in reality TV. Every single one of the kids competing in this tournament dreams of one day being the NCAA Champ. The dream will actually come true for one group of kids. It's a beautiful thing.