X-Files Case #X-525652-2/13

X-Files Case #X-525652-2/13

 

Our X-Files Halloween

Ahh….. Nostalgia

Sleepless (Season 2, Episode 4)

Mulder is partnered with a young FBI agent, Alex Krycek, in the investigation of mysterious deaths.  An apartment dweller called emergency services to report a fire outside his door but firemen arrive to find no fire and the owner dead with a spent fire extinguisher nearby.  Scully’s autopsy finds that the dead man’s internal psychical condition resembles that of someone that has been in intense heat, even though there are no visible burn marks.  A second death gives them a connection between both men as they had served together in the Marines in the early 1970’s.  They subsequently learn that a man by the name of Augustus Cole has somehow escaped from a high security facility that, incredibly, hasn’t slept for 24 years.  Mulder concludes that Cole is seeking revenge……….

(As taken from IMDB.com)

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COMING FOR HALLOWEEN!!!

Special Agent Fox Mulder, and Special Agent Dana Scully

(As much as I adore Scully, Mulder was the X-File’s)

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I Want to Believe

That poster sums up 9 years of The X-Files

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The series debuted on September 10, 1993, and ended on May 19, 2002.

It basically ended after 9/11 because the country was so distraught by what happened that most didn’t want to believe in government conspiracy’s.  (Wonder how the public feels now?) 🙂

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It was my brother Ben who introduced me to the X-Files during Season 3 when I was visiting family in Rome, Georgia one summer.  Ben told me that I would love it!  He put in a VHS tape of season 1 and we started watching it one night.  I was hooked!

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My X-Files Recreation Kitchen

When we lived in Hawaii I had this very t.v. in my kitchen.  I would watch my X-Files video’s while I cooked, washed dishes, ate, used the kitchen table for craft projects……etc.

It also gave me a sight line to my children in the living room either playing, watching the big t.v., doing homework, playing with their friends, etc……

And I cannot even express to you how excited I am to recreate my X-Files Kitchen right now.  🙂

Although my camera does not do justice to the screen resolution, it is great!  This t.v. is probably around 25 years old and it works perfectly!  I’m happy to have it back in my kitchen for now and I am going to enjoy the hell out of it.  🙂

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Welcome to our X-Files

We bring to you our recreation of some of our most favorite X-Files episode’s.  Our X-File’s nostalgia of a time in the 1990’s when we watched VHS Video Tapes, cell phone’s had antenna’s, either small or large.  Telephone’s had curly cord’s.  Computer’s had floppy disk’s and weren’t user friendly.  And how we all fell in love with Little Green Men.

Well, actually, they aren’t green, but GRAY.

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Hollywood A.D.

Season 7, Episode 19

The Lazarus Bowl

Skinner’s buddy from college, Wayne Federman, trail’s Mulder and Scully on a case involving a pipe bombing in a church, at Skinner’s insistence.  Wayne is a writer/producer from Hollywood gathering material for an F.B.I. based movie.  Mulder and Scully turn out to be the reluctant stars of this movie by Federman.

(As taken from IMDB.com)

Gordon and Julie, a.k.a. Mulder and Scully, enjoying a Champagne Bubble Bath

Lancaster-Whann, Whann, Scully, Mulder and Skinner

(And yes, we are all naked.)  🙂

Just One of My Favorite Episodes

 

 

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X-Files Case #X-525652-2/13

The X-Files Case Number above is the very first X-File recorded.  I added the 2/13 as it is my birthday.

Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files uses his birthday 10/13 quite a bit in the series. 

Chris Carter

Ten Thirteen Productions

I do think that we “13’s” are an interesting bunch in the fact that we seem to be drawn to all things “spooky.”  Alfred Hitchcock is an 8/13.

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Arthur Dales

Arthur Dales Fandom Link

Special Agent Arthur Dales was one of the first FBI agents to make an attempt at investigating the X-Files.  He later retired into obscurity and into some of my most favorite X-Files episodes.

(In my opinion, the greatest and the most interesting people are those that we will never hear about.  They are not self-promoters, they are much too humble for that.  They are just genuinely good people that have better things to do than brag about their achievements.)

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The Unnatural

Season 6, Episode 19

Written and Directed by David Duchovny

Searching through an F.B.I. reference book, Mulder finds a photograph of Arthur Dales with a baseball team and the alien bounty hunter.  Mulder goes to Arthur Dales house to ask him about the photograph.  There he finds Arthur Dales brother, also named Arthur.  Mr. Dales proceeds to tell Mulder a story of a 1940’s Negro baseball player in Roswell named Josh Exley who was closing in on breaking some professional baseball records. 

Mr. Dales tells how he was assigned to protect this player from the KKK and that Exley was actually an alien.

(As taken from IMDB.com)

Jesse L. Martin and Frederick Lehne

(I thought the pairing of these two actors made for a really good team and I loved their friendship.)

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The Opening

The X-Files

Starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson

Created by Chris Carter

The Truth is out There

 

The characters of Mulder and Scully were perfectly cast.  David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.  I can remember some of the criticism that went toward Gillian Anderson for not being the typical beauty type of the time.  Chris Carter saw great potential in the great acting abilities of Gillian Anderson and went with her.  I commend him for recognizing that potential and going with her.

I also loved the fact that the names of the characters in the show weren’t dumbed down as to be able to be pronounced by a simplistic audience.  For example, there were no Smith’s and Jones’s.  There were Krycek’s, Kerch’s, Covarrubias’s, and the list goes on……

Chris Carter made an extremely intellectual show that starred talented actors that educated us each and every week, while entertaining us at the same time.

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So, good morning and welcome to the basement here at the FBI.

  Have a cup of coffee, and let’s get this show on the road.

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The Falls at Arcadia

(It looks like our “The Greens” sign as you enter our residential area.  Except we have a big fountain.)  🙂

I have so many favorite episodes that I don’t even know where to begin to bring them to you.  But, Gordon and I did recreate a few of our favorites, and we will also be bringing a few more in the future. 

But for now, Welcome to Arcadia…..

Arcadia

Season 6, Episode 15

Rob and Laura Petrie (like the dish.)

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Arcadia is an episode that Gordon and I can relate to very well as the subdivision, Arcadia, conjures up an Ubermenscher,

a monster to do the bidding of the Home Owner’s Association that kills the residents that do not uphold the HOA Rules and Regulations. 

O.K., so that is a small exaggeration of our HOA……………but not by much.   (They haven’t killed us yet………..)

Here Scully and I are videotaping a home in Arcadia where the residents just disappeared and have not been seen since.

(Which brings me to the Lillas’s that used to own our home.  They say her husband died of a heart attack and he was her 3rd. husband.  Was it her, a coincidence, or our HOA???  Hmmmmm…….)

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We decided to use this opportunity to film/photograph this X-File’s episode as we were getting new carpet at the time.  Never waste an opportunity!

Whann/Mulder ripping up the carpet looking for evidence.

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Hey, Lancaster-Whann/Scully, I think I found something!

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Mulder and Scully as Rob and Laura Petrie, trying to fit in with the residents of Arcadia.

Live a Better Life in Arcadia….. or Else.  (Our HOA Motto)  🙁

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March 30, 2015

X-Files Chicken Tacos

(I wrote this blog post back in March, 2015 and this X-File’s Halloween post that I created here is pretty much based on it.  I will be bringing you recipes and recreations of this great show that we loved so much.)

Scully and Mulder

(Or as my kids used to say when they were little,

Mully and Sculder.)

I used to be a huge X-Files fan!  So much so that even my kids loved the series.  Veronica even dressed up as Scully one year for Halloween.  Red wig, lab coat and all.  So you are probably wondering about the title of this blog post, “X-Files Chicken Tacos?”  I’ll get to that in a minute.

Julie’s X-Files Chicken Tacos

I am known by people that know me well for my delicious tasting chicken tacos.  This is something that I have perfected in my 24 years of making them.  I really don’t mean to brag, but someone really should give me an Oscar or at the least a Golden Globe for creating these.  Actually that would be too modest, my tacos are more Nobel Prize worthy.

ANYWAY, I guess you get the message, they are good!  So why are they called my “X-Files Chicken Tacos” you may ask?  Because I was so into the X-Files series that whenever any new episodes made it out on VHS, (this was back in the 90’s) I would run out and buy them at Costco in Honolulu, along with several pounds of chicken, (seeing as how I was going to Costco anyway) and cook chicken tacos for dinner that night while I was so engrossed in every single episode while watching them on my small t.v. in the kitchen.

 I was so into this series, I spent more time in the kitchen watching my little t.v. because the kids were always dominating the other t.v. with the cartoon channels, that whatever I was cooking, in this case chicken tacos, I spent so much time on them that I believe I have created a wonderfully tasting taco.

I would not have spent so much time on them if it weren’t for The X-Files.  Hence, the name.

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovney

(X-Files ran from 1993 – 2002)

From what I understand the X-Files is coming back, thank you Chris Carter!!  It was a brilliant show.  Thank you for not ‘dumbing it down’ to appeal to an average minded audience.  Thank you for having the characters on the show use ‘big words’ with ‘full sentences’ and have character names longer than ‘Smith or Jones’, such as Krycek, Kritschgau, and Vitagliano.

I am so very excited for this.  Thank you Chris Carter of Ten Thirteen Productions.  I am a Two Thirteen myself.

Only a fan will know what that means.)

As you can see, we just can’t watch the X-Files without eating chicken tacos.

I’ve already pulled out the DVD’s/VHS’s and I’ve got my favorite X-Files episode’s of all time ready to play.

The Chicken Taco Recipe is Out There…….

Julie

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I was also able to fulfill my Halloween fantasy of being Dana Scully in 2018.

This is by far one of my most fun Halloween’s that I have ever done, and I did it all myself as Gordon was overseas working.

Preview of Skull-y’s Lab,…..

…..and a preview of my favorite episode this post will be featuring…….

BAD BLOOD!

“Have you noticed this man’s shoes are untied?”  Fox Mulder

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Happy Halloween

Skull-y’s Lab

Welcome to my X-Files Halloween

Living my fantasy of becoming Special Agent Dana Scully, who is also a Medical Doctor.

Me, Julie, as Dana Scully (Skull-y)

“Welcome to my lab.  Don’t be afraid.  I won’t hurt you……much”

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Becoming Dana Scully (Skull-y)

It’s all about the red hair……

I Want To Believe…… that I am Dana Skull-Y!

Getting ready to perform an autopsy.  🙂

Alien Implants, huh.

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Also for our Halloween treats…….

Mulder and Scully’s Crime Scene Cupcakes

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RECIPE DOWN BELOW

The Mulder and Scully action figures were my daughter’s from many year’s ago, the 90’s, so I knew that I wanted to make some sort of food and have them feature in it.  So, I settled on cupcakes with bones sticking out of them.  That was when I got the idea to make them into a crime scene, hence the name.

I bought the caution tape at the Dollar Tree.

Trick or Treat!

Scully and Mulder

(Fight the Future, 1998, the first X-File’s Movie)

With problems appearing between FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, a dangerous conspiracy is starting to appear.  A deadly virus which appears to be of extraterrestrial origin has appeared, which could destroy all life on earth.  With the help of a paranoid doctor, Alvin Kurtzweil, Mulder and Scully must act fast in order to save everyone on the planet.

(As taken from IMDB.com)

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Creating Skull-y’s Lab

About the only room in our home that we can transform into a lab for Halloween is our dining room.  It’s also the only room where our Trick-or-Treaters can see and enjoy our Halloween creations.  And they did!  🙂

Skull-y’s Rat Trap Cocktail

This was more about presentation than an actual drink recipe.  I wanted it to look at bit scientific and lab-ish, but I also wanted to add a few touches of bones that I found on the beach, eyeball’s (ping pong balls) floating in the drinks, an actual mouse trap, bloody fake fingers for rats to gnaw on……

The drink above is part Gingerale and part fruit juice.

Skull-y’s Fridge

I also had it in my mind that there would be a refrigerator in Skull-y’s Lab and what ghoulish things might be in it?  That is when I discovered this plastic poster online of a refrigerator with terrifying things in it.  Perfect!

I found this wine thingy at a thrift store years ago and knew that it would be great for something.  It does look at bit lab-ish, a bit scientific, and that is what I wanted for here.  But this is just mainly a prop.  I just have some water with red food coloring in it.  But it does look as if it is serving a drink.

I did find some of these lab flasks online and other’s at craft stores.  I wanted to fill them with colorful water, water with food coloring in it.  And I also found some bone candy at the store that I filled with one of them as well.

I also added some glow in the dark curly straws to a few of the beakers to look as if you could drink out of them.

I even have some beaker tongs.

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“If this is monkey pee Mulder, you’re on your own.”  Dana Scully

The Erlenmeyer Flask

Season 1, Episode 24

Deep Throat contacts Mulder in the middle of the night to give him some important information.  A man successfully evaded police when at the end of a high speed chase, he jumps into the river and promptly disappears.  One of the officers did manage to shoot but the blood he leaves behind is green.  Mulder follows the clues and it leads him to information that he only dreamed existed.  It does mean death for someone however and perhaps the end of the X-Files investigations.

(As taken from IMDB.com)

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If this is monkey pee???????

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The Set

I knew that I had to cover up some of the furniture in our dining room, like the china cabinets, you usually don’t see those in a lab, so I used some white sheets, tablecloths and even my grandmother’s window sheers that I still have and use quite a bit.  It also made for a “spooky” atmosphere.

I wanted a “desk” in my lab and did my best to make it look a bit X-File’s-sih.  Cell phones, old lap top, coffee mug, pencils, pencil holder, phone with a cord, etc.

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Skully Snacks for Halloween

Halloween isn’t just about costume’s and decorations, it’s also about food, mainly candy, but still Halloween foods are very relevant now.  I wanted to create some lab like foods for Skull-y to snack on.

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I also have a thing for serving trays and I probably have about 100 of them.  But I found this one online, Ebay, and although you can’t see the graphics on it they are of a science lab theme.

I also dressed up our Skeleton in the lab coat and added one of Gordon’s neckties.

 

The foods:  Chicken on skewers dripping with Bar-B-Que Sauce and in flasks, Cheeses and Crackers, Rice Wrapped in Grape Leaves, small Green Peppers stuffed with Cheese, and anything you like to drink in beakers.  🙂

I did not make any of the foods above.  The chicken I bought from the frozen food section at the commissary, I just baked it and added BBQ sauce to look like dripping blood.  The cheese’s and crackers I purchased from the grocery store, and the olive’s, grape leaves and stuffed green peppers I purchased as well.  You don’t have to make everything from scratch.  It’s o.k. to buy things that are easy to make or already prepared.  As long as they taste good.

The Giant Skull

This was totally coincidental.  All I did was cover up the china cabinet with a window sheer and to me it looks just like a giant skull.

Perfect for Halloween!

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Mulder’s Lunch,….

(he’s eating my chicken taco’s)

…..and Little Green Men

With the X-Files shut down, Mulder travels to Puerto Rico on a tip from his mentor in the Senate to uncover the reason behind the sudden reactivation of a remote long abandoned SETI-like communication’s station.

(As taken from IMDB.com)

Season 2, Episode 1

(Mulder did not forget his lunch)

….and Gordon overseas.  (Kisses!)

Scully and Mulder, the tapes from Puerto Rico have been erased!

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Radioactive Alien Peppers for Julie’s Pepper Poppers

(I just put glow sticks underneath them.)  🙂

Young Fox Mulder in Little Green Men

with Julie’s Pepper Poppers

(See recipe below)

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Anasazi (Season 2, Episode 25)

A man known as “The Thinker” hacked into the U.S. Department of Defense mainframe and uncovered 50 year’s worth of proof that the government has been dealing with aliens.  Mulder and Scully race against time to distinguish truth from lies, uncover the secrets and survive them.

(As taken from IMDB.com)

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War of the Coprophages

(Season 3, Episode 12)

While looking for sign’s of alien ships above a small town,

Mulder learns of a series of deaths supposedly caused by metallic cockroaches.

He turns to sexy entomologist Bambi for help,

which makes Scully angrily rush to his aid.

(As taken from IMDB.com)

Bambi and Fox  (love it)!

This is, I think, the first time we actually see Scully get jealous and rush to Mulder when she hear’s about Dr. Bambi Berenbaum, played by Bobbie Phillips.  Mulder is on the phone trying to get Scully to help him but she’s not interested until she learns about Bambi.

Coprophages are Cockroaches

An entire town is freaked out and scared by cockroaches because they are hearing that people are being “attacked and eaten alive.”

Scully stops off at a store to get a map of the town only to see the resident’s in panic, screaming, and looting.  When someone knocked over a chocolate candy display and candy is spilling out on the floor people scream, “ROACHES!!!!!”  And then run out of the store.  Scully see’s the candy and picks it up off the floor and starts to eat it.  🙂

I like this episode because Brainy is Sexy and you see why when you watch it.  🙂

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(Scully Opening a Bottle of Wine.)

Small Potatoes and Chicken Taco’s

Small Potatoes

Season 4, Episode 20

Five unrelated women in a small town give birth to babies with small tails.  The prime suspect is a man who can shape shift into whomever he wants.  (Thus, seducing the women.)

(As taken from IMDB.com)

Darin Morgan as Eddie Van Blundht

(As I understand it Darin Morgan was a writer for the X-Files.  He was also a very funny person so they had him to guest star in this episode.  He did such a good job too.  Everyone was very impressed with his performance.)

This is also an episode where you do see Scully as a willing romantic partner to Mulder.  She doesn’t know initially that the man romancing her isn’t Mulder, it’s Eddie Van Blundht.

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Julie’s X-Files Chicken Taco’s, see recipe below, and by clicking here…….

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Gracias,

Julie

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Like I said, we can’t watch X-Files without eating my Chicken Taco’s.

Julie’s X-Files Chicken Taco’s, and Humbug

Episode Humbug, that is…..

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Season 2, Episode 20

The strange death of a circus sideshow attraction in Gibsonton, Florida leads Mulder and Scully on a bizarre whodunit adventure into the world of the performing arts.  Was the killer the Fiji Mermaid, the Dog-Faced Boy, or any of the town’s other inhabitants?

(As taken from IMDB.com)

This is also an episode where Scully ate a live bug.  REALLY!

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I will say that my recipe for Chicken Taco’s is less about the ingredients that I use, and more about TECHNIQUE!

( I also do something to the chicken that every single person in the world frowns down on, but I do believe this to be the secret.)  Shhh…..  Keep reading.

(I always wash my chicken before I place it in the pot to boil.)

Whenever I make my Chicken Taco’s I always double, and sometimes even triple the recipe.  Most we eat, some we give away, and other’s we freeze for next time.  And they do freeze very well.  I used 8 large chicken breasts here while I was watching………

Jose Chung’s From Outer Space, Season 3, Episode 20

Roswell!  ROSWELL!!!!

(Excellent, FUNNY Episode!)

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I start off by filling my largest pot with water and adding some salt to it.  Just a few shakes from my salt shaker.  I’m told it helps the water to speed up boiling.  Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know, but perhaps the salt does aid in the taste of the chicken because most of the time I never salt anything that I cook, even when the recipe call’s for salt.

I start out by putting the chicken on high, but as it starts to boil I reduce the heat to about an 8 on the scale of 1-10.

So, while the water is boiling……..

Jose Chung, starring the great Charles Nelson Reilly

The episode also stars Jesse Ventura, as a “Man in Black.”

I believe this is the First “mistake” that I make that other’s don’t.  (And I don’t even consider it a “mistake.”)  I boil the chicken longer than necessary.  I think the fact that I do is because I come from the south where we tend to cook food to death.  I think that has something to do with it.  But this chicken has no pink at all.  I am particular that way.  So, you may wonder why that’s a bad thing?  (To me it isn’t.)  But, the chicken still has a lot more cooking to do, which is why most people would perhaps frown down on my already cooking it to death.

SECOND:  And I do believe this is another reason why my chicken taco’s turn out so good, is because I cook them in a WOK.

Notice the green WOK  in the photo’s above on the left in each photo?  I have had that WOK since the early 90’s and I have never made my chicken tacos’ in anything but that WOK, and have them taste as good as they do.  When I use a regular pan……..NOPE!  Just not as good.

It is so old and beat up, the handle is so loose and rusted, it is so dented in many places, and I cannot tell you how many time’s that Gordon has thrown it away and I am digging it out of the trash.  Oh, he knows now to leave it alone otherwise I will throw one of his expensive pots away.  🙂

But I do believe that making my Chicken Taco’s in that WOK does have something to do with how good they taste. 

I’m sure that there is a scientific reason behind it….something to do with the distribution of heat, blah, blah, blah……

The THIRD Reason that I think why my Chicken Taco’s are soooooo good………

Because the chicken is so hot when I take it out of the pot of boiling water and place the breasts onto a cutting board to cool…… I tend to let them sit out a long time and they do kind of dry out.  Sometimes my chicken has been sitting out a good 45 minutes and it starts to kind of really wrinkle and buckle.

BUT, I believe that having it so dry that the next thing I do makes it taste even better…….

I STIR FRY THE CHICKEN IN VEGETABLE OIL!

When I cut the chicken breasts into small pieces, as in the photos above where I’ve got them distributed between 2 WOK’S, I always make a hole in the center of the WOK’S.  I do this because this is where I pour the Vegetable Oil.  I’ve got the heat on a medium-high here.  So, as the chicken is starting to warm up in the WOK’S, I add about a Tablespoon of the Vegetable Oil in the center, or maybe even a little more.  I then stir it around, kind of like a stir fry, and the chicken will drink that oil in!  That’s when I will then add a SECOND Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil, and the chicken will do the same thing……. DRINK IT IN!  I then do this a THIRD TIME!

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I wanted to show you in the photo above, this is the chicken/fat from the breasts that don’t make it to my Chicken Taco’s.  I tend to cut out every little yucky bit that doesn’t make it past my inspection.  One thing that I have always hated growing up was biting into a nice spoon full of whatever only to have some yucky, chewy, piece of meat/fat that I then had to spit into my napkin because I just couldn’t tolerate it.  So I prefer to go through all of the meat of everything that I cook and nothing gets past me that will be a yucky bite in whatever I make.

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The Vegetable Oil that I use to the left, and the rest of the Ingredients for my Chicken Tacos, right.

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Enjoying Jose Chung!

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McCormick Original Taco Seasoning Mix

I grew up on this Taco Seasoning Mix and it is my preferred for my Chicken Taco’s.

Depending on how much chicken that I am using in my taco’s will depend on how many taco seasoning packet’s that I use.  So, in the pot above I am using either 1 1/2 – 2 packet’s per pot.  Because I do double my recipe between 2 pots, I usually place 1 1/2 per pot which equals 3 packet’s total.  So, just go by the package instructions.  Once the chicken has absorbed the Vegetable Oil I do dump into the WOK the Taco Seasoning Mixes and then quickly add some water.  I probably add about a cup and a half.  You want it to look like the photo directly below.

I do bring it to a simmering boil, stirring quite a bit.  I want the chicken to absorb the liquid.  Once it does start simmering though I do reduce the heat to about a 2 or 3 and let it bubble away, but not to the point of spitting at you and spattering all around.

Because I can’t stir two WOK’S at once I start one and get it going, before I then tackle the second one.

Now I’ve got 2 WOK’s going.

The direction’s on the packet’s of taco seasoning mix pretty much call for this to simmer away for about 20 minutes or so….. I think so anyway.  I haven’t actually read the back of a packet in over 20 year’s because I don’t follow those direction’s to the letter.  But, what I do is to have this mixture simmer away until most of the liquid has gone and absorbed into the chicken, which may take 45 minutes or so.  Maybe less, you need to monitor.

You also want to stir quite often to make sure nothing stick’s on the bottom.

Simmering Away on the Stove Top

When I use the spoon and move the chicken from the bottom of the WOK, you can see that the liquid is absorbing. 

That is what you want!

Now onto the next step………

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PACE Picante Sauce……. MILD

I use about 1 1/2 of these jars per WOK, which equals out to 3 jars.

They are about 1 pound, 8 ounces each.

I just pour them into both WOK’S and let them simmer away for about an hour, to an hour and a half or so, until the liquid has mostly absorbed and the chicken mixture becomes very thick.  I keep the heat on a medium low.  I do keep an eye on this and I stir the WOK’S quite frequently.  I don’t mind them simmering a bit but I don’t want them to spatter and spit at you.  I just want the mixture to become very thick.

You can see in the photo’s above how the mixture is thickening up nicely. 

The longer it simmers, the thicker it gets.

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After about 45 minutes from when I put in the Pace Picante Sauce, I then add two can’s of diced green chili’s.  I don’t drain them, I just toss them in.  And that’s 1 can per WOK.

I just stir them in and continue with the cooking process while all the flavor’s blend together and thicken up.

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Look How Thick It’s Getting!

This is exactly how I want it to look, and taste.  🙂

Although these photo’s do not do it justice, it’s those bits around the WOK that become caramelized and so flavorful that they make this dish soooooo good!  Not to mention because of the vegetable oil that I stir fried them in earlier?  You have that floating oil that I love so much in Italian food, which I think makes it taste even better here in Mexican food.

I probably let my Chicken Taco’s simmer away a good 21/2 hours before now.  That does not include the beginning cooking time.  I’m referring to from the time I added the taco seasoning mix with water, to this point.  But I do put it on low for the last 30 minutes just to keep it warm.

Chicken Taco’s ready for us to eat and Mulder and Scully watching Sheriff Hamilton a.k.a.  Jim Jim the Dog Boy, burying a potato in the ground underneath a full moon because duh! that’s how you get rid of warts!  🙂

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Our family uses a variety of taco shell’s, hard and soft so I always have an assortment to choose from.

A good way to heat up the Taco Shell’s in the oven without them loosing their shape is to place them on the oven rack this way.

Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Green Onions

The Table is Set

Ven Y Cogelo!!!!

(Come and get it.)

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Julie’s Gringo Chicken Tacos

(Keep reading for the recipe.)

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Episode Darkness Falls

(Season 1, Episode 20)

Dendrochronology, the Study of the Rings in Trees

A group of loggers working in a remote forest unearth thousands of deadly insect like creatures that paralyze and cocoon their victims.  Scully, Mulder and a few other’s end up trapped there.

(As taken from IMDB.com)

Scully, Mulder, and Larry Moore (a.k.a. Jason Beghe, childhood friend of David Duchovny)

What I love about this episode is that it takes our main character’s out of their comfortable environment and into the wilderness where they must use their smart’s to survive.  This episode brings us environmental terrorist’s that sabotage corporations equipment and automobiles, and places things on roadsides to flatten their tires so that they cannot continue to pillage.  The loggers are chopping down tree’s that are 500 year’s old which they aren’t supposed to do. 

When they did that they unleashed an insect that had been dormant all that time, which led to their demise.  The loggers, that is.

They find a man spun up in a tree in a cocoon.

Yet another excellent episode and one of my favorite’s. 

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Julie’s Gringo Chicken Taco’s

(So named by me because they are very blonde, but not bland!)  🙂

For these chicken taco’s I used the Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix for Chicken.

I wanted this chicken specifically for Chicken Quesadilla’s.

I made them the same way as I did with my Chicken Taco’s from above, except I only added the taco seasoning packet’s and no other extra’s.

I added the Vegetable Oil, just like above.

Stir Fried it around.  I did it 3 times as always.

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But here I used a packet and a half of the Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix for Chicken and I let that saute away, according to package directions until the liquid had been absorbed and all I had left was a lovely chicken taco mixture.

But, I did let the chicken simmer away in the WOK much longer than the instructions call for.  You can see how thick they are.  I let them simmer until they look like this.  But I do stir often and keep an eye on them so that they don’t burn.

Just look at how thick and beautiful it is!  Not to mention delicious!

They are ready to eat just like they are, in soft and hard taco shell’s. 

Or you can eat them as we did as Quesadilla’s.  I also love to sprinkle the chicken on nachos as well.

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Chicken Quesadilla’s

The Chicken Taco recipe from above is really perfect here.  It makes a great Quesadilla.  You just need the flour tortillas, some bean dip, or refried beans, then add the chicken taco mixture all around, some black olives, black beans, cheese, and anything else that you desire.  Then place all the ingredients onto a tortilla, cover with another tortilla, then place into a Quesadilla Maker.

These two are finished and ready to eat.

  I topped one with some bean dip, black olives, bacon, and hot sauce.  I topped the other with guacamole and hot sauce.

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Quesadilla’s Ready to Assemble

I also have some pulled pork and some bacon here as well.

Flour Tortilla’s

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I am nuts about this bean dip and always have been.  I grew up eating it and I prefer it to refried beans.  But I first like to warm it up on the stove top in a pan before I spread it onto a tortilla.

This is an excellent cheese for any of the recipe’s we have here. 

I buy it at the Latin Supermarket.  It’s so soft and creamy.

This one is mine!  🙂

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Placed onto the Quesadilla Maker, following the cooking instructions.

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This One is Brodie’s

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Cook According to the Instructions

Yummy!

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SABROSO!!

Ready for any X-Files adventure!

(That requires I bring a lunch.)  🙂

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Bad Blood

(Bad Blood is my most favorite X-File episode.)

Storyline

After Mulder drives a stake through the heart of a would be vampire, he and Scully review what happened before they meet Assistant Director Skinner. Their recollection of the case is significantly divergent. They had gone to Texas to investigate a death by exsanguination and Scully thinks that someone is playing at being a vampire. Her autopsy finds a high level of chlorohydrate in the dead man’s system. There’s soon a second victim and she finds that both victims had eaten pizza. As she recalls it, she saved an incapacitated Mulder and tried to capture the culprit. Mulder’s recollection is somewhat different. It was he, not Scully who developed the key clues in the case including the fact that the victim’s shoes were untied and then discovering a second victim in a runaway RV. Before they can speak to Skinner, they have to return to Texas when the vampire Mulder killed seems to have disappeared.

Written by garykmcd

As taken from the IMDB plot synopsis.

IMDB Bad Blood

Agent Scully Performing an Autopsy

Agent Skull-y Performing an Autopsy

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BAD BLOOD

(Season 5, Episode 12)

Season 5 is probably my most favorite X-Files Season.

 

The Opening Scene

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BAD BLOOD

Help!

Help!

Somebody help me!

Help!

Oh, he’s gonna kill me!

Help!

God, somebody help me!

Go away!

Help!

Please help me!

Help!

(Driving a stake in his heart.)

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Mulder?

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Look at that.

Huh?  Huh?

Oh, Shi….

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(Later on……..)

Scully:  Mulder.

Mulder:  Don’t.

Don’t even start with me.

I know what I saw.

Scully:  Skinner wants a report in one hour.

What are you going to tell him?

Mulder:  What do you mean what am I going to tell him?  I’m gonna tell him exactly what I saw.

What are you gonna tell him?

Scully:  I’ll tell him exactly what I saw.

Mulder:  Now how is that different?

I’m the one who may wind up going to prison here.  I gotta know if you’re gonna back me up, or what?

Scully:  First of all, if the family of Ronnie Strickland does, indeed, decide to sue the F.B.I….  for — I think the figure is $446 million dollars—  then you and I both will most certainly be co-defendants. 

And second of all —  I don’t even have a second of all, Mulder.

Four hundred and forty- six million dollars.

I’m in this as deep as you are, and I’m not even the one that overreacted.

I didn’t do the —  with the thing. 

Mulder:  I did not overreact.  Ronnie Strickland was a vampire.

Scully:  Where’s your proof?

Mulder:  You’re my proof.  You were there.

O.k., now you’re scaring me.  I want to hear exactly what you’re gonna tell Skinner.

Scully:  Oh, you want our stories straight. 

Mulder: No, I didn’t say that.  I just want to hear it the way you saw it. 

Scully:  I don’t feel comfortable with that.

Mulder:  Prison, Scully.  Your cell mates nickname is gonna be “Large Marge.”  She’s gonna read a lot of Gertrude Stein. 

Scully:  All right.

Mulder:  All right, start at the beginning.

Scully:  The very beginning?

Fine.

Yesterday morning…. When I arrived at work, you were, uh…. Characteristically exuberant. 

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Mulder:  Hope you brought your cowboy boots!

Scully:  You want us to go to Dallas?

Mulder:  Yee-Haw!  Actually a town called Chaney about 5o miles south of there.

Population:  361.  By all accounts, very rustic and charming.  But as of late, ground zero, the locus for a series of mysterious nocturnal exsangquinations. 

Scully:  Exsanguinations.  Of whom? 

Mulder:  How does that grab ya?

Scully:  It’s a dead cow.

Mulder:  Exactly.  Or more specifically a dead 900 pound Holstein.  It’s body completely drained of blood.  As was this one, this one, this one, this one, and so on.

Six, all in all approximately one a week over the past 6 weeks. 

Scully:  Any sign of….

Mulder:  Two small puncture wounds on the neck? 

Scully:  That’s not what I was gonna ask.

 

Mulder:  Too bad.  We got ‘em.  Check it out.

Scully:  Well these may be syringe marks, their placement meant to immolate fangs.  Such ritualistic bloodletting points toward cultists of some sort, in which case—-

What? 

Mulder:  Yeah, that’s probably it.  Satanic cultists.  Come on, Scully. 

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Scully:  You’re not gonna tell me this is that Mexican goat sucker.

Mulder:

El Chupacabra?  No, no, they got 4 fangs, not 2.  And they suck goats, hence the name. 

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INTERMISSION

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With the mention of El Chupacabra in this episode of BAD BLOOD, I just had to come up with a food that would hopefully do the goat sucker justice.  Here is what I came up with.  I hope you like them too.  🙂

Julie’s El Chupacabra Pepper Poppers

(Recipes at bottom of post.)

AND…….

JULIE’S EL CHUPACABRA Cachucha POPPERS

These cute little peppers make excellent ornaments on my spooky tree.

El Chupacabra, The Mexican Goat Sucker

As we learn in El Mundo Gira…….

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El Mundo Gira

(Season 4, Episode 11)

This episode is what I based my Poppers on.  It inspired me.  🙂

Scully and Mulder investigate the death of Maria Dorantes, a migrant farm worker who was found in a field near the shanty town in which she lived.  There were reports of a very bright flash of light followed by a yellow rain just as she was killed.  Scully’s examination of the body reveals that she died as a result of a massive fungal infection.  The local’s however are certain that the culprit is El Chupacabra,  a mythical beast from Mexican folklore.  They’re also sure the beast is to be found in Eladio Buente, Maria’s brother-in-law who was with her when she died.  While Scully looks for a scientific explanation, Mulder believes the fungus may be alien in origin.  Regardless, they must find Eladio before the fungus spreads.

(As taken from IMDB.com)

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El Chupacabra Hot Sauce

(Perfect for every Mexican legend X-File meal.)

Julie’s Green Chili Dip/Spread

AND

Julie’s Pepper Poppers

These Bacon Wrapped Pepper Poppers are Out of This World!!!

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Ready to Stuff My Peppers

Again, All Recipes at the Bottom of Post

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Watching The Blessing Way

Season 3, Episode 1

A furious pursuit is underway for Agent Mulder, and more importantly, the government wants the data tape he carried.  Agent Scully, against all odds, searches to uncover his whereabouts, persisting that he is alive when all others deny it.

(As taken from IMDB.com)

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And now we resume our episode of BAD BLOOD……. 

(while the peppers are cooking.)

Scully:  So, instead this would be?

Mulder: 

Classic Vampirism. 

Scully:  Of a bunch of cows? 

Mulder:  And one dead human.  Last night a vacationer from New Jersey. 

Come on.  We gotta go. 

Scully:  Why the hell didn’t you tell me that from the beginning? 

Mulder:  Lock the door on your way out.

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The town of Chaney is too small to maintain a morgue facility.

As such, we made our way to the Peaceful Slumbers Funeral Home In order to examine the body of one Mr.

Dwight Funt, Recently deceased.

It was there that we were met by a representative Of local law enforcement, Sheriff- Lucius Hartwell.

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– You the F.B.I.Agents?

Scully:  Yes, I’m…..

Mulder:  agents Mulder and uh (snapping fingers) Scully.  What do you say we take a look at your victim? 

Sheriff:  Yeah, by all means..  After you.

Mulder:  Come on Scully.  Get those little legs movin’.  Come on.

Sheriff:  Boy.

Mulder:  Here we go. 

Nice threads. 

Scully:  No exam has been done?

Sheriff:  No ma’am.  He’s just like we found him in the motel room.

Once I heard you folks were interested, I figured we’d best leave it up to the experts.

 

Mr. Dwight Funt

Mulder:  Your satanic cultists have some sharp little teeth.

Sheriff:  What satanic cultists?

Mulder:  Go ahead , tell him your, uh, “theory.”

Scully:  Well, my theory has evolved. 

Basically, I think we’re looking for someone who has seen one too many Bela Lugosi movies.

He believes he is a vampire.  Therefore he…

Sheriff:  They act like one.  Yeah.  Yeah.

That makes a whole lot of sense.

I think she’s right.

Mulder:  What about the fang marks?

Scully:  Well, someone so obsessed might well file down their incisors. 

I think that a moulage casting should help us make an identification. 

Sheriff:  Moulage casting.  That’s a good idea.

Now.  Now isn’t there some kind of disease that makes a person think they’re a vampire?

Scully:  Well, there is a psychological fixation called hematodipsia.  Which causes the sufferer to gain erotic satisfaction from consuming human blood.

Sheriff:  Erotic, yeah.

Scully:  There are also genetic afflictions which cause a heightened sensitivity to light, uh, to garlic, Porphyria.  Xeroderma pigmentosum.

Sheriff:  You really know your stuff, Dana.

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Mulder:  “Dana?”

He never even knew your first name.

Scully:  You gonna interrupt me, or what?

Mulder:  No, go ahead.

Dana.

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Scully:  Anyway,

That’s when you had your big breakthrough—whatever.

Sheriff:  Agent Scully you really know your stuff.

Mulder:  Sheriff, you say this man is exactly as you found him? 

Sheriff:  Yes sir, to the letter.

Mulder:  Have you noticed that this man’s shoes are untied?

Sheriff:  Yeah, they sure are.

Scully:  Mulder, what’s your point?

Mulder:  This means something.

Sheriff, do you have an old cemetery in town, off the beaten path, the creepier the better?

Sheriff:  Uh, yeah.

Mulder:  Take me there now. 

Scully:  Mulder. 

Mulder:  Scully, we’re gonna need a complete autopsy on this man, the sooner the better.

Scully:  Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

What am I even looking for?

Mulder:  I don’t know.

Scully:  He does that.

Mulder:  Come on Sheriff Hartwell.

Sheriff:  Ma’am.

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The Autopsy

Scully:  4:54 p.m.

Begin autopsy on white male, age 60, who is arguably having a worse time in Texas than I am, although not by much.

I’ll begin with the “Y” incision.

(Blade hits floor.)

Yee-Haw.

Heart weighs 370 grams.  Tissue appears healthy.

Left lung weighs 345 grams.  Tissue appears healthy.

Large intestine, 890 grams.  Yada, yada, yada.

Stomach contents show last meal close to the time of death…  consisting of…

….pizza,

Topped with pepperoni, green peppers, mushrooms. 

Mushrooms.

(Sigh), that sounds really good.

(Neck muscles cracking)

(Sighs)

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SCULLY’S LAB (A.K.A.  SKULL-Y’S LAB)

Skull-y, Implants, and Monkey Pee

Preparing for the Autopsy

A Drill……

A Saw….

The Probe…

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I do have to admit that the scrubs I’m wearing belonged to my psychopathic step-father who was a General Surgeon when he was alive and working.  He had given them to my daughter Veronica for that Halloween when she was Dana Scully back in the 90’s when we lived in Hawaii.  I came across them when I was preparing for my role as Dayna Skull-y and I did debate whether or not I wanted to wear them.  Seeing as how he did abuse me in every way shape and form for the 44 years that he was married to my mother, it did bother me to put them on.  But, I came to view them as Veronica’s, as he did give them to her.  Also, it was for Halloween and don’t we like to dress up as scary people for Halloween?  That’s how I justified it in my head anyway.

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I have removed the heart.  Tissue appears healthy.

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I added lights inside the skeleton, and what with the other lights all around the room, I thought it looked really good.

The Autopsy Table for Halloween

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THE AUTOPSY

Skull-y:  4:54 p.m.

Begin autopsy on white male, age 60, who is arguably having a worse time in Texas than I am, although not by much.

I’ll begin with the “Y” incision.

(Blade hits floor.)

Yee-Haw.

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Stomach contents show last meal close to the time of death…  consisting of…

….pizza,

Topped with pepperoni, green peppers, mushrooms. 

Mushrooms.

(Sigh), that sounds really good.

(Neck muscles cracking)

(Sighs)

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In Skull-y’s Lab

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Skull-y’s Fridge

CRIME SCENE POLICE TAPE

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Now, Back to Bad Blood…….

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Scully:  Having completed the autopsy, I checked into the Davy Crockett Motor Court.

Mulder:  The name of it was actually the Sam Houston Motor Lodge.

 

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The Magic Fingers

Bed Motor Humming

(Sighs)

(Whispering)

Oh my God.

(Door hinges creak, Door slams)

Scully:  Chloral Hydrate.

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Mulder:  What?

Scully:  What the hell happened to you?

Mulder:  Nothin’.

Chloral Hydrate?

Scully:  Yeah, that thing you didn’t know that you were looking for.

Chloral Hydrate, more colorfully know as “knockout drops.”

I found it in abundance when I sent the tox screen in on our murder victim.

No, seriously Mulder.  What happened to you?

Mulder:  Nothing.

Who slipped him the mickey?

Scully:  My “theory?”

Your vampire.

He found it necessary to dope poor Mr. Funt to the gills….before he was able to extract his blood.  Probably did it to the cows too.

Mulder:  What kind of vampire would do that?

Scully:  Exactly.

Mulder:  (Sighs)

We got another dead tourist.  You gotta do another autopsy.

Scully:  Tonight?

I just put money in the Magic Fingers.

Mulder:  I won’t let it go to waste.

Mulder:  (Giggling)

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Scully:  This one’s my room, Mulder.  Don’t get mud everywhere.

Mulder:  Yeah.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Okay.  (Giggling)

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Pizza Delivery Guy:  Excuse me ma’am.  Did you order a pizza?

Scully:  Yeah.  The guy in there will pay for it.

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Scully:  Forgoing both dinner and sleep, I was soon back at the funeral home……

Examining one Mr. Paul Lombardo…from Naples, Florida.

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Heart.

Lung.

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Large Intestine.

(Sighs)

(Sighs Deeply)

As with the previous victim, it appears that the subject was most likely incapacitated with chloral hydrate and then exsanguinated.

(Phone rings)

(Sighs)

Scully:  The drug was either injected or ingested, I’m not sure which.

(Phone continues ringing)

(Phone beeps)

Scully.

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(Phone beeps)

Skull-y.

Hello?

(Heavy Breathing)

Hello?

(Gasping)

Hello?

(Panting)

(Sighs)  Where was I?

Stomach contents.

Stomach contents include….pizza….

(Gasps)

Chloral Hydrate’s in the pizza.  The pizza guy.  (Gasps)  Mulder.

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Stomach contents.

Stomach contents include….pizza….

(Gasps)

Chloral Hydrate’s in the pizza.  The pizza guy.  (Gasps)  Mulder.

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Scully:  Mulder?

(Hissing)

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Mulder:  That’s it?

Scully:  Well, luckily I’d gotten there in time.

I mean, though you were drugged, you were, more or less unharmed.

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Scully:  Mulder?  Are you o.k.?

Mulder:  “Who’s the black private dick who’s the sex machine with all the chicks?

Shaft!  Can you dig it?

They say this cat Shaft is a bad mother—Shut your mouth.

Talkin’ ’bout Shaft.

Talkin’ ’bout Shaft

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Mulder:  I did not.

Scully:  Long story short, though my first four shots obviously missed Ronnie Strickland entirely, with my fifth, I was able to shoot out a tire on his car, forcing him to escape on foot.

I left you behind, and I entered the woods in pursuit, I assumed that you were incapacitated.  Then I heard screaming.  When I arrived in the clearing, I found that you had caught up with him first and had…..overreacted….and that his vampire teeth were fake.

Mulder:  That’s what you’re gonna tell Skinner.

Scully:  Well, I’m gonna argue that we caught a killer.  An utterly non-supernatural killer, but a killer nonetheless.

And that your zeal to catch up with him was augmented by the chloral Hydrate you were given.

Mulder:  You are afraid to tell the truth.

Scully:  Excuse me?

Mulder:  That’s not the way it happened.  Are you afraid that if you tell it the way it really happened, you’ll look like an idiot like me?

Scully:  Mulder, why don’t you tell me the way you think it happened?

Starting at the beginning.

Mulder:  You’re damn right.

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Mulder:  Yesterday morning began like any other morning.  You arrived at the office characteristically less than exuberant.

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(Quiet tone)

Mulder:  I hope you brought you’re cowboy boots.

Scully:  Why are we going to Dallas?

Mulder:  Actually it’s a little town just south of there called Chaney, Texas.

They’ve had incidents down there recently which I think you’ll agree are pretty unusual.

Scully:  Like what?

Mulder:  I brought some slides with which to better illustrate.  Here we go.

Scully:  It’s a dead cow.

Mulder:  It’s actually six dead cows, and here’s the really interesting thing.

Scully:  Why am I looking at six dead cows?

Mulder:  Um, because of the manner in which they died.  All six were mysteriously exsanguinated.

Scully:  And?

Mulder:  And two little puncture marks right here on the neck.  Look, I got a slide of that.

And, um, one dead human victim.  Last night a vacationer from New Jersey.

His body was completely drained of blood, and two little puncture wounds on his neck.

Okay, look, Scully, I don’t want to jump to any hasty conclusions, but on the strength of the evidence that we have here, I think what we may be looking at is what appears to be a series of vampire or vampire-like attacks.

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Scully:  On what do you base that?

Mulder:  Uh, well, on the corpses drained of blood and the fang marks on the neck.

But as always I’m very eager to hear your opinion.

Scully:  Well, it’s obviously not a vampire.

Mulder:  Why not?

 

Scully:  Because they don’t exist?

Mulder:  Well, that’s one opinion, and I respect that.  Nonetheless, I’m thinking a murder has been committed here, and we can go down there and help bring a killer to justice in whatever form–mortal or immortal–he may take.

Scully:  It’s not that Mexican Goat Sucker either……….

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Nacho Intermission

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It IS the……..

Mexican Goat Sucker!!!

El Chupacabra Hot Sauce on Nachos

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Julie’s Pumpkin Nachos

AND

Julie’s Black Bean and Corn/Corn Relish Nachos

Perfect for any Halloween/X-File/Mexican Episode

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Start out with a pumpkin…….

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All I did was to slice a small pumpkin in half, remove the seeds, and then slice into small little bites.

I did not remove the skin from the pumpkin until after it was cooked.  It was easier for me to do it that way..

I did place the pumpkin bites onto a baking sheet and drizzled olive oil over them.

Bake in a 350F oven for about 20 minutes or so. 

Just until the bites are nice and tender and a fork is inserted with ease.

Let drain onto paper towels.

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Now Comes the Assembly

Use any Tortilla Chips you like. 

I’m making TWO different Nachos here so I am using a variety.

The Ingredients:

(Note:  All the ingredients you see above was used to make TWO different kinds of Nachos.  I will list all the ingredients here and then explain where they fit in during this recipe write up.)

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Tortilla Chips, any variety you prefer

Refried Beans

Bean Dip

Black Beans in a can, drained

Chopped Tomatoes

Sliced Black Olives

Spring Onions, sliced thinly

Chopped Fresh Coriander

Can of Mexican Corn, drained

Corn Relish (our homemade relish)

Various Cheeses…Queso, Jalapeno, and Shredded Milk Quesadilla Cheese

Baked Pumpkin Chunks

Chili Powder for Sprinkling

AND, any hot sauce you prefer…..

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Everything Laid out in Front of You

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Bean Dip and Refried Beans

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The very first thing that I do is to place all the tortilla chips onto a baking sheet.

I like to heat the bean dip and the refried beans in a suace pan on the stove top. 

Just to warm them through.

You then want to spread the bean mixture onto each Tortilla Chip.

Next Comes the Cooked Pumpkin Chunks

Drain and rinse a can of Black Beans into a Colander. 

When they are a bit dry sprinkle some over the nacho base of chips, dip, and pumpkin.

Like so……

Next, you want to sprinkle over some pretty sliced grape tomatoes of various colors, if you like.

Very Colorful!

I decided to warm them up in a 350F oven for about 5 -8 minutes before I added the cheese.

Chopped Spring Onions and Queso Fresco Cheese

When I removed the nachos from the oven I crumbled the Queso Cheese over the nachos and then placed them back into the oven for just a few minutes in order for the cheese to melt.

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When I removed them from the oven I sprinkled the chopped spring onions, chopped fresh coriander and the chili powder over top.

Delicioso!!

The pumpkin gave a kind of potato consistency to the nachos.

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The Close Up

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Our Corn/Tequila Liquor

(Excellent addition to our Nachos)

Just remove some corn from the cob and place into a bottle through a funnel.  Next, pour in some Tequila and some lime juice.  Now set aside for a few days in order for the flavors to mingle.  Then serve as shots every time you hear someone mention “The Truth is Out There” on X-Files.  🙂

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Next up, Julie’s Black Bean and Corn/Corn Relish Nachos

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Tortilla Chips

Bean Dip

I used two different kinds of tortilla chips here. 

I also spread each chip with Bean Dip that I had warmed on the stove top.

Can of Black Beans drained, rinsed and a bit dry before sprinkling over nachos.

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Mexicorn, and our Corn Relish

I ended up using our Corn Relish but it does have a lot of vinegar in it and that may not appeal to everyone, so I suggest draining a can of Mexicorn to sprinkle on top.  Or you could just cut some corn off a cob and add that.  Whatever you like.

Ready to go into the Oven

I baked these in a 350F oven for about 8 minutes just to warm everything up.

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I then removed the nachos from the oven and added two different kinds of shredded cheese.  The yellow one to the left is a Jalapeno cheese, and the one to the right is a shredded milk Quesadilla cheese.

I then sprinkled some sliced olives over top, followed by a sprinkling of Chili Powder.

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I then placed them back into the oven and put it on Broil, just to melt the cheese.

This is NACHO cheesy Nachos!

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We will now resume our BAD BLOOD Episode…….

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(Man talking quietly)

Mulder:  Upon arriving at the funeral home, I made an interesting observation, one which you apparently didn’t hear.

Mulder:  That’s a whole lot of caskets.

Funeral Home Director:  Largest in-stock selection in the state.

Mulder:  Well, why would a town with a population of 361 need that?

Funeral Home Director:  Repeat Business.  (Chuckles)

Mortician humor.  Excuse me.

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Mulder:  Apparently, your mind was somewhere else.

Scully:  Whoo, boy.

Sheriff Hartwell:  (Exaggerated Texas accent)

Y’all must be the government people.

I’m Lucius Hartwell.

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Scully:  He had big buckteeth?

Mulder:  He had a slight overbite.

Scully:  No, he didn’t.  And that’s significant?  How?

Mulder:  I’m just trying to be thorough.

Anyway, then we went to take a look at the body.

Sheriff Hartwell:  Here we go.

Mulder:  No exam has been done?

Sheriff Hartwell:  No sir.  This is just like we found him in the motel room, as is.

Scully:  No exam has been done?

Sheriff Hartwell:  Uh, no, ma’am.

Once I heard y’all was interested, I figured we’d best leave it to the experts.

Now, uh, that can’t be what it looks like, right?

Mulder:  It depends on what you think it looks like, Sheriff Hartwell.  Vampires have always been with us, in ancient myths and stories passed down from early man.  From the Babylonian Ekimmu to the Chinese Kuangshi, the motetz dam of the Hebrews, the mormo of ancient Greece and Rome, right down to the more familiar nosferatu of Transylvania.

Sheriff Hartwell:  Mormo, yeah.

Scully:  In short, sheriff, no, this can’t be what it looks like.

I think what we’re dealing with here is simply a case of some lunatic (chuckles) who, uh, who has watched too many Bela Lugosi movies.

He wished that he could transfigure himself into a creature of the night.

Sheriff Hartwell:  Yeah, o.k., uh, what she said, that’s what I’m thinkin’.  And, uh, yeah.

Mulder:  But still, that leaves us in something of a quandary because there are as many different vampires as there are cultures that fear them.  Some don’t even subsist on blood.  The Bulgarian Ubour, for example, eats only manure.

Scully:  Thank you.

Mulder:  To the Serbs, a prime indicator of vampirism is red hair.

Sheriff Hartwell:  (Chuckles)

Mulder:  Uh, some vampires are thought to be eternal.  Others are thought to have a lifespan of only 40 days.

Sunlight kills certain vampires, while others come and go as they please, day or night.

Scully:  If there is a point Mulder, please feel free to come to it.

Mulder:  My point is we don’t know exactly what we’re looking for, what kind of vampire–, or if you prefer, what kind of vampire this killer wishes himself to be.

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Scully:  Now, why is it so important that his shoes were untied?

Mulder:  I’m getting to it.  So, while you stayed behind to do the autopsy, the sheriff drove me to the town cemetery.

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(Thunder Rumbling)

(Metal Gate Squeaking)

Sheriff Hartwell:  Agent Mulder, you mind me askin’ you why we’re out here?

Mulder:  Historically, cemeteries are thought to be a haven for vampires, as are castles, catacombs and swamps.  But unfortunately, you don’t have any of those.

Sheriff Hartwell:  We used to have swamps, only the E.P.A. made us take to callin’ ’em wetlands.

Mulder:  Yeah, so we’re out here looking for any signs of vampiric activity.

Sheriff Hartwell:  Which would be like, uh—-

Mulder:  Broken or shifted tombstones.  The absence of birds singing.

Sheriff Hartwell:  There you go.  ‘Cause I ain’t— I ain’t hearin’ any birds singin’.  Right?

‘Course, it’s winter, and we ain’t got no birds, but—-  Is there anything else?

Mulder:  A faint groaning coming from under the earth, the sound of mandication, of the creature eating it’s own death shroud.

(Rain falling)

Sheriff Hartwell:  No.  No mani–man–man

Mulder:  Mandication.

Sheriff Hartwell:  Mandication, no.

Mulder:  Sheriff, I know my methods may seem a little odd to you, but—

Sheriff Hartwell:  Look, y’all work for the federal government.  That’s all I need to know.  I mean, C.I.A., secret service.  Y’all run the show, so—-

Mulder:  It’s just that my gut instinct tells me that the killer will visit this place, that may well hold some fascination, some kind of siren call for him.  You know?

(Horn Honking)

Pizza Guy:  Howdy, Sheriff.

Sheriff Harwell:  Oh, hey, Ronnie.  How’s it goin’?

Pizza Guy:  Can’t complain.

Sheriff Hartwell:  Well, all right, then.

Mulder:  Maybe after nightfall, Sheriff, but he’ll come.  Oh, he’ll come.

Mulder:  So we staked out the cemetery.

(Animal Howling)

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Scully:  Mulder.  Shoelaces?

Mulder:  Hmm?

Scully:  On the corpse.

You were gonna tell me what was so meaningful about finding untied shoelaces.

Mulder:  I’m gettin’ to it.

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Mulder:  Sunflower seed?  Sorry.

Sheriff Hartwell:  No thanks.  Do you mind–Do you mind me askin’ you what you were—-

Mulder:  Historically, certain types of seeds are thought to fascinate vampires.  Chiefly oats and millet, but, you know, you gotta make do with what you have.

Remember when I said before that we didn’t know what type of vampire we were looking for?

Sheriff Hartwell:  Yeah.

Mulder:  Oddly enough, there seems to be one obscure fact which, in all the stories told by the different cultures, is exactly the same, and that’s that vampires are really, really, obsessive/compulsive.

Sheriff Hartwell:  Huh.

Mulder:  You toss a handful of seeds, no matter what he’s doing, he’s gotta stop and pick it up.

If he sees a knotted rope, he’s gotta untie it.  It’s in his nature.  In fact, that’s why I’m guessing our victim’s shoelaces were untied.

Sheriff Hartwell:  Yeah, obsessive.  Like Rain Man.

 

It’s like when that old boy dropped matchsticks, he had to pick ’em all up.  Same thing, right?

Mulder:  Well, he didn’t actually pick ’em up.  He counted them.

Sheriff Hartwell:  Oh, yeah!

Mulder:  He didn’t have to pick them up.

Sheriff Hartwell:  247.  Off the top of his head.

Mulder:  If he picked them up then he would have been a vampire.

Sheriff Hartwell:  Yeah.  I tell you what.  I know I’m in law enforcement, but I’d like to take him to Vegas myself.  Am I right?

Mulder:  Well, that would be illegal, right?

Sheriff Hartwell:  Yeah, he was a little calculator.

Mulder:  Yeah.

(Woman on radio)

Sheriff, you got your radio on?

Sheriff Hartwell:  Excuse me.  Hey Charlene, what’s up?

Charlene:  I just got a call from the RV park.  They got something of a situation there.  Sounds like you might want to have a look.

(Engine starts)

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Rolling Acres RV Camp

Overnights Welcome

Pizza Guy, Ronnie Strickland:  Hey again, Sheriff.

Sheriff Hartwell:  Hey again, Ronnie.

Ronnie:  I guess you got yourself a runaway, huh?

Sheriff Hartwell:  Well, yeah, Ronnie, I guess we do.

What do you think?  We ought to shoot the tires out?

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Mulder:  Anyway, skipping ahead.

Scully:  Why skip ahead?  What happened then?  Mulder?  You shot out the tires and what then?

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Mulder:  Okay, here’s something you may not know.  Shooting out the tires on a runaway RV is a lot harder than it looks.  I then tried a different approach.

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Whoa!  Hey!  Hey!  Hey!  Whoa!!  Help!  Whoa!!

Sheriff Hartwell:  Come on, bird-dot it!  Thataway!

(Screaming)

Sheriff Hartwell:  Oh!

(Groaning)

Shee, ow.

How you doin’ there?  All right there?

(Engine Sputtering)

Mulder:  Finally, we prevailed.

Sheriff Hartwell:  That’s the same as the others.

Mulder:  Right down to the shoes.

We interviewed everyone present.  No one had seen anything.

Tired, frustrated, and lacking a solid lead I just wanted to get cleaned up.  I had the Sheriff drop me off at the motel, which is where I ran into you.

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Scully:  (Shouting) What do you mean you want me to do another autopsy?

Why do I have to do it now?  I spend hours on my feet doing an autopsy, all for you!  I do it all for you, Mulder!

You know, I haven’t eaten since 6:00 this morning, and that was half a cream cheese bagel.  It wasn’t even real cream cheese, it was light cream cheese!  Now you want me to run off and do another autopsy?

What the hell happened to you?

Mulder:  Finally, you left.

Scully:  Don’t you touch that bed!  (Door Slams)

(Bed continues vibrating)

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(Knocking on door.  Door opening.)

The Pizza Delivery Guy

(It’s actually Brodie.  He used to work at Jett’s Pizza and we asked him to pick us up a pizza with pepperoni, green bell peppers, and mushrooms.)

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Ronnie:  Hello?  Hello!  Oh, hey again, the lady outside–She said that, uh, you’d pay for this.

Mulder:  She ordered a pizza from you?

Excellent, how much?

Ronnie:  $12.98.

Mulder:  I’ll get my wallet.

How much?

Ronnie:  It’s $12.98.

Mulder:  Okay, here’s $13.00.

Ronnie:  Okay, then.

Enjoy.

(Door Closes)

Mulder:  Ah, Scully.

So, I ate your dinner.

 

And that’s when I saw it.

But by then, it was too late.

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(Falls on floor.)

(Phone beeps.  Dialing.)

Mulder:  Uh…

Scully:  Hello?

Mulder:  Uh, de…

Scully:  Hello?

Mulder:  Groans, Uh, Uh, Th,

Scully:  Creep.

Mulder:  Uhh…Uhh…  You..

Ronnie:  Hissing…..

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Oh, man.

What’d you have to go and do that for?  You are in big trouble.

Mulder:  (Grunts)

Then I was out cold.

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Ronnie:  (Hissing)

Scully:  Mulder?  (Gun Cocks)

Ronnie:  (Growls)

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Mulder:  I don’t know for how long, but when I finally came to….

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Scully:  You’re saying that I actually hit him two times?

Mulder:  Square in the chest.  No effect.

Scully:  And then he sort of flew at me like a flying squirrel.

Mulder:  Well, I don’t think I’d use that phrase, “flying Squirrel” when I talk to Skinner but, yeah, that’s what happened.

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Mulder:  You checked on me, then left to pursue Ronnie Strickland into the woods.

Once I recovered, I knew what I had to do.

Ronnie:  Help me!  Help!

Mulder:  I caught sight of him, chased him over hill and dale.  And in the end….  (Shouts)

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Scully:  Mulder, it’s not just me.  Nobody in their right mind will ever believe that story.

Mulder:  They’ll have to, once they examine Ronnie Strickland’s body.

(Sighs)

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Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Pathology Lab

Coroner:

—-  Case ”  0026198″  Ronald LaVelle Strickland.”

Probably cause of death—  Gee, that’s a tough one.

(Grunting)  Removing Stake.

(Stake clatters on tray.)

(Tools clattering)

Ronnie Stickland:  (Hisses)

Coroner:  (Gasps)

Ronnie:  (Growls)

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Mulder:  (Knuckle cracks)

(Phone rings)

Woman:  Assistant Director Skinner’s Office.

Oh, I’m sorry, he’s about to go into a meeting.

Yes, it may last several hours.

You’re welcome.

Scully:  Mulder, please just keep reminding him you were drugged.

Mulder:  (Whispering)  Would you stop that?

Scully:  It couldn’t hurt.

Mulder:  Just stop it.

Skinner:  Scully.  Mulder.

Mulder:  I was drugged!

Skinner:  (Sighs)  I want you back in Texas.  Ronnie Strickland’s body as disappeared from the morgue.  Apparently in conjunction with this, a coroner’s been attacked.  His throat was bitten.

Mulder:  The coroner’s dead?

Skinner:  No, his throat was bitten.  He was sort of gnawed on.

Daylight’s burning, agents.

(Door closes)

Scully:  Well, he was dead.

Mulder:  I noticed that.

Scully:  With a stake through his heart.

Mulder:  I noticed that too.

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Scully:  So we should find Ronnie out here because…..

Mulder:  Because tradition states that a vampire needs to sleep in his native soil.

Scully:  Oh.

Mulder:  Yeah.

Scully:  But, Mulder, he had fake fangs.  Why would a real vampire need fake fangs?  I mean, for the sake of argument.

Mulder:  No, fangs are very rarely mentioned in the folklore.  Real vampires aren’t thought to have them.  It’s more an invention of Bram Stoker’s.

I think maybe you were right before when you said that this is just a guy’s who’s watched too many Dracula movies.

He just happens to be a real vampire.

Scully:  (Sighs)

Well, so where the hell is he?

Mulder:  What about his family, the ones who were gonna sue us for 446 million?

Scully:  Well, an aunt and an uncle.  Their mail comes general delivery to a local post office.

Mulder:  No home address?

That’s the sheriff.

Scully:  Sheriff Hartwell.

Sheriff Hartwell:  Evening, Agents.  I heard y’all were back in town.  Thought I might be of some assistance.

Mulder:  Yeah, a-actually you can.  You can stay behind here with Agent Scully and keep an eye on things

while I check something out.

Don’t say I never did nothin’ for ya.

Scully:  Where are you going?

Mulder:  Where might you be living if your mail came general delivery around here?

Sheriff Hartwell:  The RV Park?

Mulder:  You’re good.

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Scully:  Thanks.

Sheriff Hartwell:  You’re very welcome.

So what do you think about vampires?

Scully:  You mean aside from the fact that I don’t believe in them?

Sheriff Hartwell:  Yeah, aside from that.

Scully:  Well, they’re supposed to be extremely charming, seductive.  No, I mean, even if the did really exist, who’s to say they’d actually be like that?

As Agent Mulder says, there are many different kinds of vampires.

Sheriff Hartwell:  Yeah, there sure are.

I really need to apologize to you about Ronnie.  He makes us all look bad.

Scully:  Uh–

Sheriff Hartwell:  He’s just not who we are anymore.  I mean, we pay taxes, we’re good neighbors.  Old Ronnie, he just–he can’t quite seem to grasp the concept …. of… low profile.

But though he may be a moron, he is one of our own.

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(Cracking sound)

(Door creaking)

Mulder:  Hello.

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(Creaking)

(On headphone)

20th Century Man

That’s what he is.

Mulder:  Sleeping late.

(Growls)

Ronnie Strickland!  You have the right to remain silent.  Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.

Come on.  Cut it out, Ronnie.

(Ronnie grunting)

Oh, damn.

BACK!

Ah, No!

(Screaming)

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(Birds Chirping)

Scully:  Mulder?

Mulder:  (Exhales)  Scully, what happened?

Scully:  I came to in the cemetery.  That’s all I know.

(Horn Honks)

(Car door opens)

Mulder:  They pulled up stakes.

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Skinner:  So that’s it?  They simply disappeared without a trace?

And that’s exactly the way it happened from start to finish?

Scully:  Well, I can neither confirm or deny Agent Mulder’s version of events which occurred outside my presence.

Mulder:  And I can neither confirm or deny Agent Scully’s version of events, but, um–

Scully:  Anyway, I was drugged.

Mulder:  That is, essentially, exactly the way it happened.

Scully:  Essentially.

Mulder:  Except for the part about the buckteeth.

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THE END

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RECIPE’S

Julie’s El Chupacabra Cachucha Poppers

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Look at all the Beautiful Green Cachucha and Jalapeno Peppers.

I have to say that preparing the Jalapeno’s was the hardest part for me.  (I found out why.  Keep reading for the answer.)  The heat really did affect me in a very negative way.  I did slice the peppers lengthwise without cutting through them.  I just wanted to open them up, clean out the insides, then let them dry.  However, the fumes from the peppers irritated my eyes so badly and made them water constantly, the fumes went down my throat causing me to cough terribly, and I was constantly blowing my nose.

  Because of the pepper residue on my hands, my nose was RED HOT and BURNING from all the nose blowing.

It was at that point that Brodie came in and finished the Pepper Prep for me so that I didn’t have to finish it.  🙂

ANSWER:  I realized that when I recently bought Jalapeno Peppers from the Commissary in order to make some more of my Pepper Popper’s,  that they didn’t affect me the same way that these peppers did in these photos, where I had purchased them at the Latin Supermarket.  It was then that I realized the pepper’s I’m buying from the Latin Supermarket are going to be most likely grown locally and that there are various degree’s of heat in their pepper’s that won’t be present in the one’s that you find in major supermarkets.)

So, I guess the peppers that I need to buy in the future should come from the major supermarkets and not the Latin Supermarket.  I just can’t handle that heat!  Sadly.  🙁

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I did have a few idea’s for fillings for the peppers that I wanted to use.  </