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  • Ticket Advice From a Retired Cop

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Thirty-five years ago, middle school-age Mike Brucks realized he wanted to be a police officer. After graduating from high school he joined the army and became a military traffic cop on the million-acre Fort Bliss in western Texas and New Mexico. "It was a small-scale community, with slow speeds, and we would investigate accidents on- and off-post, in Colorado, New Mexico, and as far as Corpus Christi, anywhere a serviceman was injured or killed," Brucks says. After six years in the Army he joined the El Paso Police Department as a traffic cop. He retired last May after 22 years and almost 40,000 tickets, by his estimation, most of which he issued while riding Kawasaki and Harley-Davidson big-motor touring bikes. Here are some of his stories from the road and tips for motorists looking to avoid a ticket.

     

    Besides speeding, which is the reason for most tickets, what's most likely to get a traffic cop's attention?

    Seatbelts, cell phones, red lights, and stop signs. I concentrate on all the things that can cause an accident. There are some cops who write tickets for expired plates, for having no insurance or registration, but you're not going to crash because of any of that. I focused on safety issues—that's what I like to do.

    Motorcycle or car—which is better for catching speeders?


    Motorcycles accelerate so much faster and can maneuver around traffic better. When I'm in a car, it's harder to get it turned around. I grew up riding dirt bikes as a kid. I've always been riding. I teach riding with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation; I have a BMW RT1150 as a personal bike.

    Do traffic cops think it's cheating to hide behind billboards?

    No. You've got a radar detector; you know where we hide. If you are thinking we are hiding somewhere, it's because you're speeding.

    Do you have favorite hiding places?

    I stay on the freeway mostly. That's where there are more speeders. I'll park under overpasses, on bridges. I need to be able to start the bike and accelerate to go after someone. If there are a lot of exits, I can miss [a speeder] who can maybe get off at an exit, and then it's too late to catch him.

    How much leeway do you give someone before writing them a speeding ticket?

    The speed limit in Texas used to be 60 mph, [and] well, out on the clear road where there's a lot of visibility I give people leeway. I wouldn't write tickets until they got to 80 mph. I've never worked an area where the speed limit drops a lot without warning, what I call a trap. If there's a new speed limit that's lower, it [takes] time for people to get used to it and I don't write tickets there.

    What can a driver say to get out of a ticket?

    When someone tells me that a family member has just been sent to the hospital and they're on their way, how can I ticket them for that? I tell them that they're not being safe, that they need to slow down and stay safe. That's about it.

    I think now it's much more of a rat-race world than it was 30 years ago. The workforce has generated that. People have to be at work on time or risk getting fired, kids have to be picked up and taken places—it's just citizens in a hurry. Ninety-eight percent of the people I stop are law-abiding good citizens, and they say they have no reason to speed. That's an easy ticket. They're not happy, but I could go months without any problems, without anyone cussing me out. I wrote a lot of warnings, too, but it all depends on the situation, if they were being safe.

    What different kinds of speeders do you find?


    Monday through Friday, they're all trying to get to work; they go 70 to 75 mph in a 60 mph zone. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is less traffic, no rush hour, and they go 85 to 90 mph. On the [Woodrow Bean] Transmountain Road, there is a "100 Miles per Hour" club, and a lot of motorcyclists run it on the weekends. When I first started, I worked night shifts, and there are a lot of bad people out there at night. So I liked days, and I would try to work as early as possible before it got hot, because I was on a motorcycle.

    Are speed limits too low?

    No, the traffic engineers, at least in Texas, are pretty good. It's not that some parts of the highway are safer for speeding, it's that drivers aren't always paying attention. People die on lonely deserted stretches of road too. There are a lot of times drivers aren't concentrating. They need to understand you're going 100 feet per second on the highway. Above 75 mph things just happen so fast, [whether it's] a flat tire, a coyote, wind, dirt, or rocks. It's not that much better now that cars are safer; reaction times are still the same.

    What's the toughest ticket you've had to write?

    I clocked a woman coming down from New Mexico on Highway 54 at 111 mph. She had just been stopped for going 90 mph 15 minutes [earlier] in New Mexico. Everybody has a reason, and I want to know it. I always ask why someone was speeding, and that's just to open things up. I want to know what they're thinking, if they need my help for something. She had been crying, and the tears didn't just start—they'd been going on a long time, you can tell. She was on her way to a motel in El Paso to catch her husband who was shacked up with another woman there, cheating. How do you write a ticket for that?

    Who's the craziest speeder you've seen?

    I stopped a guy going 136 mph. I caught him mostly because he thought he lost me. I came up beside him and blocked his front wheel on the curb. The hardest part after that was now I have to be courteous and respectful, although he could have killed someone, and that makes me angry. It's really too bad, he was a good kid, never been in trouble, but now he had to go to jail for felonious evading, and that's really going to wreck his life.

    When do you not chase a speeder?

    I clocked a guy on a crotch-rocket bike doing 189 mph. Just let him go. Since police departments began to get sued for chasing speeders, around 1995, there's a fine line. You have to determine if you can catch him, if chasing him will cause an accident for him, for you, for the public. There's no way to catch anyone like that
  • 8 Gifts Guys Really Want, No Shopping Required

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    8 Presents Guys Really Want--No Shopping Required! from glamour.com

    #1 To never be forced to watch The Hills (or   any reality-TV show) again

    #2 For you to make him nachos when his favorite   team is playing

    #3 For you to stop referring to Justin Timberlake   as your husband

    #4 To play his Xbox as much as he wants (without   any mocking from you)

    #5 For you to stop dropping hints about marriage,   kids…the future

    #6 A guys’ night out, no questions asked

    #7 For you to never ask him if you look fat in   that again

    #8 You, wearing only a Santa hat

  • GREAT Gift Ideas From Festival Foods!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Not quite sure what to serve up on this year's Christmas Menu?

    Here are some GREAT ideas from Festival Foods.

     

    NY Strip Steaks and
    Roasts w/Coupon!

    • Looking to make something new at
           your holiday get-together?
    • Why not make it a memorable one
           by preparing some amazing Certified Angus Beef New York Strip Steaks or
           Roasts?
    • Imagine their faces when they see
           tender, juicy New York Strip Steaks or a beautiful Roast brought into the
           dining room instead of the traditional turkey or ham.
    • The best part is, both are sale
           priced this week at Festival Foods for a low, low price!
    • Plus, you can save an additional
           $4 when you purchase 4 lbs or more this week!
    • All you need to do is redeem the
           money-saving coupon!
    • That’s right, you can really wow
           a whole crowd for not a lotta money with this delicious deal.
    • So, make this holiday season just
           a bit more memorable with a decadent dinner from Festival Foods!
    • Certified Angus Beef New York
           Strip Steaks and Roasts, on sale with coupon this week only!

     

    Seafood Sale

    • In the mood for something a
           little different?
    • Check out the amazing savings on
           seafood right now at your local Festival!
    • Crab legs, shrimp, scallops,
           lobster tails, and more!

     

    Gift
    Cards

    • Well, the countdown has begun: the
           holidays are just around the corner!
    • Do you have some people on your
           gift list and you’re just not sure what to get them?
    • Festival Foods has just the
           thing: a Festival Foods Gift Card!
    • With price increments from $5 to
           $500 you can choose just the right amount for a co-worker, friend, or
           family member.
    • Or choose a gift card from major
           retailers like Best Buy, TJ Maxx, Home Depot, and Old Navy.
    • Festival has tons of Gift Card
           options in store!
    • It’s truly a one-stop shop for
           holiday gifts!
    • And you’ll never have to step
           foot in the mall.
  • The Band Perry On My Show Friday

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    The Band Perry Will Be On My Show Friday at Around 4:30p.

    I have to admit, "Better Dig 2" is my favorite song on the radio right now. It's a classic love story like no other song on our playlist. They of course, will open for Rascal Flatts on Jan.10th at The Resch and this will be without a doubt, a sold out show.

    GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

    Get all the info at wncy.com

  • Fellas Beware:Women Can Tell a Cheating Man Just By Looking at Them.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Women can tell with some accuracy whether
    an unfamiliar male is faithful simply by looking at his face, but men seem to
    lack the same ability when checking out women, according to an Australian study
    published on Wednesday.

    In a paper that appeared in the journal Biology Letters, the researchers
    found that women tended to make that judgement based on how masculine-looking
    the man was.

    "Women's ratings of unfaithfulness showed small-moderate, significant
    correlations with measures of actual infidelity," wrote the team, led by Gillian Rhodes at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition
    and its Disorders at the University of
    Western Australia
    in Perth.

    "More masculine-looking men (were) rated as more probable to be unfaithful
    and having a sexual history of being more unfaithful."

    Attractiveness was not a factor in the women making the link.

    In the study, 34 men and 34 women were shown colour photographs of 189
    Caucasian adult faces and asked to rate them for faithfulness.

    The researchers compared their answers to the self-reported sexual histories
    of the 189 individuals and found that the women participants were better able to
    tell who was faithful and who was not.

    "We provide the first evidence that faithfulness judgements, based solely on
    facial appearance, have a kernel of truth," they wrote in the paper.

    Men, on the other hand, seemed to have no clue. They tended to perceive
    attractive, feminine women to
    be unfaithful, when there was no evidence that they were, the scientists
    noted.

    Faithfulness is seen as important in the context of sexual relationships and
    mate choice, the scientists wrote in the paper. Men with unfaithful partners
    risk raising another man's child, while women with unfaithful partners risk
    losing some, or even all, parental and other resources to competitors.

    (Reporting by Tan Ee Lyn, editing by Elaine Lies)

  • How Would You Like a Trip to The Moon? Got $1.5 Billion?

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attention wealthy nations and billionaires: A
    team of former NASA executives
    will fly you to the moon in an out-of-this-world commercial venture combining
    the wizardry of Apollo and the marketing of Apple.

    For a mere $1.5 billion, the business is offering countries the chance to
    send two people to the moon and back, either for research or national prestige.
    And if you are an individual with that kind of money to spare, you too can go
    the moon for a couple days.

    Some space experts, though, are skeptical of the firm's financial ability to
    get to the moon. The venture called Golden Spike Co. was announced Thursday.

    Dozens of private space companies have started up recently, but few if any
    will make it — just like in other fields — said Harvard astronomer Jonathan
    McDowell, who tracks launches worldwide.

    "This is unlikely to be the one that will pan out," McDowell said.

    NASA's last trip to the moon
    launched 40 years ago Friday. The United States is the only country that has
    landed people there, beating the Soviet Union in a space race to the moon that
    transfixed the world. But once the race ended, there has been only sporadic
    interest in the moon.

    President Barack Obama
    cancelled NASA's planned return
    to the moon, saying America had already been there. On Wednesday, a National
    Academy of Sciences said the nation's space agency has no clear goal or
    direction for future human exploration.

    But the ex-NASA officials behind Golden Spike do. It's that old moon again.

    The firm has talked to other countries, which are showing interest, said
    former NASA associate
    administrator Alan Stern, Golden
    Spike
    's president. Stern said he's looking at countries like South
    Africa, South Korea, and Japan. One very rich individual — he won't give a name
    — has also been talking with them, but the company's main market is foreign
    nations, he said.

    "It's not about being first. It's about joining the club," Stern said. "We're
    kind of cleaning up what NASA
    did in the 1960s. We're going to make a commodity of it in the 2020s."

    The selling point: "the sex appeal of flying your own astronauts," Stern
    said.

    Many countries did pony up millions of dollars to fly their astronauts on the
    Russian space station Mir and American space shuttles in the 1990s, but a
    billion dollar price tag seems a bit steep, Harvard's McDowell said.

    NASA chief spokesman David
    Weaver said the new company "is further evidence of the timeliness and wisdom of
    the Obama administration's overall space policy" which tries to foster commercial space
    companies.

    Getting to the moon would involve several steps: Two astronauts would launch
    to Earth orbit, connect with another engine that would send them to lunar orbit.
    Around the moon, the crew would link up with a lunar orbiter and take a moon
    landing ship down to the surface.

    The company will buy existing rockets and capsules for the launches, Stern
    said, only needing to develop new spacesuits and a lunar lander.

    Stern said he's aiming for a first launch before the end of the decade and
    then up 15 or 20 launches total. Just getting to the first launch will cost the
    company between $7 billion and $8 billion, he said.

    Besides the ticket price, Stern said there are other revenue sources, such as
    NASCAR-like advertising, football stadium-like naming rights, and Olympic style
    video rights.

    It may be technically feasible, but it's harder to see how it is financially
    doable, said former NASA
    associate administrator Scott Pace, space policy director at George Washington
    University. Just dealing with the issue of risk and the required test launches
    is inordinately expensive, he said.

    Company board chairman Gerry Griffin, an Apollo flight director who once
    headed the Johnson Space Center, said that's a correct assessment: "I don't
    think there's any technological stumble here. It's going to be financial."

    The company is full of space veterans; American University space policy
    professor Howard McCurdy called them "heavy hitters" in the field. Advisers
    include space shuttle veterans, Hollywood directors, former House Speaker Newt
    Gingrich, former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson and engineer-author Homer
    Hickam.

  • Headline "Why Americans need to have More Babies" Have I Not Populated The Earth Enough Already?!

    Posted by Mike DuBord
     

     

    It sounds like one of those stories you can safely ignore: The U.S. birth rate has hit a record low, led by a big drop in the portion of immigrant women having babies.

    This development doesn't directly affect anybody, since it's one of those long-term societal trends that occurs in small increments and doesn't change the unemployment rate, the price of gas, the direction of the stock market or any of the big economic forces that make our lives better or worse today. And since the trend is strongest among immigrants, it sounds like maybe this is something happening in a shadowy part of the economy that doesn't matter all that much.

    But it does matter, and if the trend persists, it could mean lower living standards for most Americans in the future.

    It may seem intuitively obvious that a slower-growing or declining population is good for the economy, especially when you think about starving children in poor parts of the world where there's not enough food for everybody. In places where resources are severely limited--and economic policies are dysfunctional--it may be true that a growing population is a bad thing.

    But that's usually because such economies are static, and instead of creating wealth they typically just divide up what's already there. That's not the situation in America, which has a dynamic economy that creates wealth and more than enough resources for all of its citizens.

    On the contrary, one of the great strengths of the U.S. economy, especially compared to Europe and Japan, is a relatively high birth rate, which keep the population young, on average, and population growth robust. "Everybody comes into world with one mouth and two hands," says economist Donald Boudreaux of George Mason University. "It's generally true that most people produce more than they consume."

    A growing population is good for the economy when rising productivity continually reduces the amount of resources required to produce a given amount of output. Even now, with the U.S. economy in a rut and too many people out of work, productivity is rising, which means a larger population would generate more wealth per person than a smaller one. Boudreaux points out that Manhattan, one of the mostly densely populated places in America, is also one of the wealthiest, whereas rural states like Mississippi are sparsely populated, and much poorer.

    The sizeable drop in the U.S. birth rate, reported recently by the Pew Research Center, has probably occurred because of the struggling economy. Though Pew didn't investigate the reasons behind the decline, birth rates tend to rise and fall based on how optimistic or pessimistic people feel. The U.S. birth rate peaked in 1957 (hence the "baby boom" generation), when the economy was booming and the unemployment rate was about 4.5 percent. It sagged in the 1970s, when inflation and other problems battered U.S. workers. The birth rate stabilized in the 1980s and stayed more or less level, until starting to dip again in 2008.

    Since then, younger Americans have been waiting longer to get married, often because of economic difficulties. Married couples may be waiting longer to have kids, or having fewer kids, for the same reason. While the trends are more pronounced among immigrants, they're occurring throughout the U.S. population.

    These types of demographic trends get the attention of economists when big changes might raise or lower the economy's capacity to grow--which could be happening now. Fewer marriages and fewer children lower the rate of household formation, which means people spend less on everything from appliances to clothing. "Fertility rates have plunged, and that will have an impact on future consumer spending," says Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economists at forecasting firm IHS Global Insight.

    That trend could reverse itself if the economy picks up for good and Americans become convinced that happier days lie ahead. But for now, a dearth of babies and a limp economy may be reinforcing each other. A few more babies would be good for business.

  • Ashley Judd For Senate?

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    It’s true: Kentucky Democrats are talking up actress/activist Ashley Judd as a possible candidate for Senate in 2014. Ms. Judd, an eighth-generation Kentuckian, was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention this summer and is a big fan of President Obama, so it’s not like this is a completely wacky idea. So far, Judd isn’t saying “yes” to a run, but she isn’t saying “no,” either.

    “I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I’m very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let’s focus on coming together to keep moving America’s families, and especially our kids, forward,” Judd told Us Weekly last month.

    Charlie Cook’s Political Report website lists Judd as a possible Democratic nominee in the Kentucky race, so the D.C. punditocracy is paying some attention to this scenario as well.

    QUIZ: Know your US presidents? See if D.C. Decoder can stump you!

    If she runs, the GOP opponent would be none other than Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, one of the top Republican lawmakers in the United States. Democrats would love to knock off Senator McConnell, in part because in 2010 he said the most important thing the GOP could achieve would be “for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

    Would Judd have a chance against such an experienced and hard-nosed politician?

    Well, she’d certainly attract a lot of attention. As a genuine star who has portrayed Marilyn Monroe (in 1996’s “Norma Jean & Marilyn”) and costarred in a Cole Porter biopic (2004’s “De-Lovely”) and a movie about the tooth fairy (2010’s “Tooth Fairy”), she’d have little trouble raising money from Hollywood liberals. Plus, this is a plot that’s played out on the national stage before. Two words: Al Franken. Senator Franken (D), a professional comedian, knocked off incumbent Norm Coleman in Minnesota in 2008.

    So Democrats can dream, can’t they?

    Yes, they can. But eventually they’ll have to open their eyes and see that Judd’s prospects of beating McConnell aren’t good.

    First, it’s Kentucky, not Minnesota. It’s a Republican state. Mitt Romney took 61 percent of the vote there a month ago to Mr. Obama’s 38 percent. The aforementioned Charlie Cook Political Report already judges the 2014 Senate contest to “lean Republican.”

    One reason Judd’s name is coming up is because other prominent Kentucky Democrats don’t want to run and get beat.

    Second, Judd’s not just a Democrat, she’s a Hollywood Democrat. Her own grandmother recently called her a “Hollywood liberal.” The GOP has long experience in painting such folks as out-of-touch celebrity nitwits who want to nationalize health care while forcing everyone to drive electric cars with a top speed of 55 miles per hour.

    (Yes, Judd is married to a race-car driver. But he’s Scottish and thus foreign, so that might be a wash, electorally speaking.)

    Last, there’s the matter of bluegrass allegiance. It’s true that Judd’s family has deep Kentucky roots. But the state from which she was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention wasn’t Kentucky. It was Tennessee! She and husband Dario Franchitti split their time between a Tennessee farm and a home in Scotland. We’d bet that in Kentucky, the former domicile would be a much bigger political problem for her than the latter

  • Shania In a Cat Suit. Grrrrr

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Shania Twain Stuns Crowd In Las Vegas After 8 Years Away From Stage

    Shania Twain at Caesar's Palace.

    It's been nearly a decade since country crossover sensation Shania Twain has performed live--8 years, to be exact--but the 47-year-old singer proved she really is "still the one" at the opening night of her Las Vegas residency Saturday night.

    The moment she arrived on stage--on a flying motorcycle, no less!--Twain received a standing ovation from the sold-out Caesars Palace crowd before even singing a note. Dressed to rock out in a sparkly black catsuit that showed her every curve, she looked every bit as good, perhaps even better, than she did the last time she performed...back in 2004.

    Twain took time to thank the audience and admitted the debut was an emotional experience for her.

    "This is a very overwhelming night," she said. "I'm so emotional, my eyelashes may fall off! It's been a lot of years for me since I've been here."

    According to the Las Vegas Sun, however, Twain didn't miss a beat despite being out of the live arena for so long. Noting that her 100-minute show "set a new level that other Strip stars will now have to kick it up a notch to stay even," the Sun reported she trotted out a variety of showstopping effects to accompany hits such as "You're Still The One," "That Don't Impress Me Much," and "Ain't No Quitter"--including a host of dancing musicians, sexy film clips, and not one, but two, real horses on stage.

    She also dazzled the crowd with various wardrobe changes, including a reprise of her famous black coat and bowler hat for the encore, "Man! I Feel Like A Woman."

    Twain at the 2004 CMA Awards, one of her last performances before hiatus. Twain's return to the stage is a personal triumph for the superstar, who suffered from an inability to sing or perform following a painful divorce from her first husband, producer Robert "Mutt" Lange. She detailed her struggles to return to her craft in a series for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network in 2011, where she confessed to Winfrey, "I have lost my ability to express myself and my ability to sing." After much work rehabilitating her voice--and a happy new marriage to her friend Frederic Thiebaud in January 2011--she regained confidence to return to live performance. Shortly after the debut of the biopic, she announced her plans to headline Caesars Palace in June 2011.

    When asked if she was nervous Saturday night, Twain told People, "I'm actually pretty good." She explained that husband Thiebaud is a major source of comfort for her: "I cannot live without him. I need that support. I just need what we have. It grounds me every day and reminds me that there are a lot of important things going on in the world...he keeps it all in perspective."

    Twain, who's sold more than 75 million albums and won five Grammy Awards, released one new single in 2011--her first in six years--"Today Is Your Day," but has put plans for a full-length album on hold for the time being. She'll be headlining the Las Vegas resort for two years.

  • Bacon Fried Cinnamon Rolls!. My Cardiologist IS GONNA FREAK!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

     

    I know you’re probably expecting some words right now, since this is a Blog and all, but I’m having a really hard time formulating verbiage!  I’m searching the depths of my mind for any words, or even one good word that adequately describes this crazy crunchy concoction!

     Let me just start by saying these are dangerously simple to make, but if you’re not able to immediately go to your kitchen and do this like NOW, then at the very least put them on your “One serving per lifetime” bucket list!

     They will be one of the BEST, tastiest & most unique treats you’ve ever wrapped your lips around, seriously!

    I’ll do my best to take you there mentally with a long run-on sentence filled with adjectives, right after this next picture…

    Okay, here we go!

    I present to you: Crunchy deep fried Bacon that becomes one with crispy yet tender & fluffy fried Cinnamon Rolls, dusted lightly with Cinnamon Sugar while they’re still warm, creating a golden, sweet and spicy shellac around the entire bite, then they’re generously drizzled with ooey gooey Maple Frosting that takes you to a flavor Paradise of which you’ve never been before or could ever hope to return to again! ~Whew!  :)

     You NEED to make this happen at least once to feel alive..LOL!  :)

    What you’ll need for 16 bites of Heaven: 

    1 Roll of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls & its included Frosting!

    1/2 Pound of Bacon (I started with an entire pound and sliced it in half for short strips)

    1/4 Cup Maple Syrup

    1/4 Cup Cinnamon/Sugar mixed

    Oil for frying

    Toothpicks

    Directions:

    Un-roll each Cinnamon Roll half way and cut it, roll them each back up, making small rolls!

    In a small bowl mix the enclosed Frosting with the Maple Syrup until it’s well combined..

    Cut the bacon strips in half and wrap each small Cinnamon Roll with one strip, securing it with a toothpick…

    Make sure that they’re all well secured with the toothpicks before frying them…

    In a medium pot heat up apprx. 3″ of oil..

    Fry them up in batches of 3 until they’re golden, puffed and firm on all sides…oh the smell, ahhh!

    Sprinkle them with some Cinnamon/Sugar while they’re warm..

    *Remember to remove all the toothpicks before serving them…

     And a nice drizzle of the Maple Frosting…

    Serve those babies up…

    Get yourself a nice gooey one…

    And dig in!  ~Enjoy!  :)

     
     
  • Now That The Hunt Is Over (firearm) Here's a GREAT Venison Chili Recipe

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Ingredients

    • 4 strips bacon, diced
    • 2 1/2 pounds leg or shoulder of venison, cut into 1/2-inch cubes or Venison Burger
    • 1 cup chopped onions
    • 1 cup chopped green bell peppers
    • 2 garlic cloves crushed
    • 1 cup Cabernet Sauvignon or other dry red wine
    • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 (16-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
    • 1 cup beef stock or craft beer
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1 cup grated Sonoma Jack cheese

    Directions

    In a large saucepan, cook the bacon until the fat is rendered, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove the bacon using a slotted spoon and transfer to paper-lined plate to drain. Add the venison to the hot oil in the pan and cook, stirring occasionally and in batches if necessary, until well seared. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the onions, bell peppers and garlic and saute over medium-low heat until tender. Stir in the wine and the tomato paste. Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir in the dry spices, chopped tomatoes and the beef stock. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the sauce is very thick and flavorful. Add the venison to the pot and cook, stirring, until just cooked through and hot, 3 to 4 minutes. Check the seasoning and serve with the grated cheese