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Saviolo

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Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
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Chile con Queso recipe!

So, this week we're doing super trashy comfort food/party food! Hubby grew up in Texas, so of course was exposed to a lot of norteño food, and lots of Tex-Mex. This recipe is super comfort food for him, as it's very close to the sort of food he grew up with. This one is a bit of a guilty pleasure, because it works best with those super processed sort of cheese singles. Easier if you can get the ones that aren't individually wrapped, and also causes less waste.

This probably has its roots in actual Mexican dishes like queso flameado, but don't be fooled. This is pure Tex-Mex. It's a great party dish (even better if you have a way to keep it warm and flowing), stores well, and comes back easily with a short zap in the microwave. Another recipe that makes it easy to customize, you can make this as hot as you like with additions like hotter peppers, or even bits of spicy chorizo or something like that. We added a tiny dollop of our super spicy fermented ghost and scorpion pepper relish (you can see it near the end, there) which gives it a real intense heat. We'll be doing a video on that fermented pepper sauce soon!

Anyway, please enjoy!


Impeach the President of Puerto Rico!

Some enterprising petitioner has decided to leverage the fact that about half of US Citizens don't know that Puerto Ricans are Americans:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/26/upshot/nearly-half-of-americans-dont-know-people-in-puerto-ricoans-are-fellow-citizens.html


And they've started a petition to impeach the President of Puerto Rico!

https://www.change.org/p/pedro-pierluisi-impeach-the-president-of-puerto-rico


Clever, clever.

Chicken Rillette recipe! (a rustic pate)

So, summer's winding down and people are starting to plan holiday parties, and fall parties of various stripes, so we did a recipe this week for a party food! This is sort of like a rough pâté, it's really an ancient form of meat preservation. Roast the meat, then pull it apart and pack it tightly in with its own fat, usually covered in a layer of fat. It was originally done with pork, but more commonly today you see chicken, duck, or goose, and sometimes even rabbit.

There are endless variations to this recipe, and the spice mix you use at the beginning will determine a lot of the flavour you get at the end. One step we find indispensable is adding the fresh herbs (we used thyme, but sage works well, or rosemary if you want a more intense flavour) to the cooling fat as soon as the chicken comes out of the oven. It infuses the fat with that nice fresh herbal flavour and gives the final a great aroma.

The final product isn't quite smooth like a pâté, but has a nice rich texture and the flavour is just intensely chicken-ey. We love it with a little bit of mustard and some pickle (our kosher dills or the radish pickles on our channel work extremely well) on crackers.

In an effort to stop misinformation about single payer health care

I can guarantee you're going to see a lot of misrepresentations in the media in coming days, weeks, and months about how bad single-payer health care is, and it's probably going to focus heavily on how "bad" the Canadian system is.

**** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A RIGHT WING TALKING POINT ****

Do not believe it. Is the Canadian system perfect? No, absolutely not. Is it good? Yes, it is good.

Please see the below for a debunking of some of the most common myths:

http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-03-2012/myths-canada-health-care.html

For example:

Myth #2: Doctors in Canada are flocking to the United States to practice.

Every time I talk about health care policy with physicians, one inevitably tells me of the doctor he or she knows who ran away from Canada to practice in the United States. Evidently, there’s a general perception that practicing medicine in the United States is much more satisfying than in Canada.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information has been tracking doctors’ destinations since 1992. Since then, 60 percent to 70 percent of the physicians who emigrate have headed south of the border. In the mid-1990s, the number of Canadian doctors leaving for the United States spiked at about 400 to 500 a year. But in recent years this number has declined, with only 169 physicians leaving for the States in 2003, 138 in 2004 and 122 both in 2005 and 2006. These numbers represent less than 0.5 percent of all doctors working in Canada.

So when emigration “spiked,” 400 to 500 doctors were leaving Canada for the United States. There are more than 800,000 physicians in the United States right now, so I’m skeptical that every doctor knows one of those émigrés.
In 2004, net emigration became net immigration. Let me say that again. More doctors were moving into Canada than were moving out.


Our simple Apricot Jam recipe!

So, this week our recipe is for a simple and quick apricot jam! Here in Southern Ontario, we have a great climate for lots of different stone fruits, so around this time of every year we've swimming in amazing peaches, nectarines, plums, and apricots.

This is just a very basic and simple recipe, just apricots and sugar. Also, we cut the sugar way back from lots of other jam recipes (which sometimes ends up making it runnier, because sugar is necessary for pectin development) because we like the flavour and the tartness of the apricots. Too much sugar and it's just sweet and insipid. These apricots were very ripe, so the final jam still didn't have a whole lot of tartness, but was nicely full flavoured. You can certainly add flavours to this like clove or cinnamon (just boil them with the jam, and depending on the intensity you want, you can fish them out before it hits the jar, or leave it in!).

My hubby made this recipe when he had his restaurant. He served it on pancakes while we had it. Almost every time someone had it on the pancakes they would come and ask where we got it, and if it was for sale. And it was! He sold jars of it. We actually ran out of it really fast.


Canadian judge who wore Trump hat in court suspended for 30 days

From the CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/zabel-hat-decision-1.4285487


A Hamilton judge who wore a "Make America Great Again" hat in court the morning after Donald Trump's U.S. election win last November has been suspended for 30 days.

Judge Bernd Zabel appeared before a disciplinary hearing last month, and said he did not support the American president, but was simply trying to make people laugh when he wore the baseball cap with the phrase Trump used during his campaign.

"Justice Zabel is reprimanded for his breach of the standards of judicial conduct," reads the decision from the Ontario Judicial Council.

The decision also said Zabel is suspended for 30 days without pay. He has not been hearing cases since December.

The suspension is the most serious sanction that the Ontario Judicial Council can impose, short of dismissing the judge.

After news broke that Zabel wore the hat in court on Nov. 9, 2016, the council received 81 complaints about his conduct. According to the decision, the most common theme throughout them was that the veteran judge's conduct "represented an unacceptable expression of partisan political views by a judge."

"Most complainants indicate a heightened concern as they perceive many of the things Trump said during his campaign to indicate misogynistic, racist, homophobic, and anti-Muslim attitudes," the decision reads. "The complainants state that Justice Zabel has associated himself with those views by his conduct and that women and members of various vulnerable groups would reasonably fear that they would not be treated fairly and impartially by Justice Zabel."

The decision also touched on the tumultuous political climate in the United States, and noted that the 2016 election campaign was "highly partisan and bitter."

"The candidates advocated strongly divergent policies. Many of Trump's positions were provocative and controversial. If adopted, his policies on matters such as free trade, climate change, immigration, and national security would affect the daily lives of many Canadians," the decision reads.

"Many Canadians found his views on women, racialized minorities, and other vulnerable groups to be highly offensive. For a judge to appear to endorse Trump's views would be perceived by the public to be an expression of opinion on issues of profound importance to Canadians."

Zabel appeared before a disciplinary hearing in Toronto last month, and apologized for wearing the hat.

Canadian judge who wore Trump hat in court suspended for 30 days

From the CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/zabel-hat-decision-1.4285487


A Hamilton judge who wore a "Make America Great Again" hat in court the morning after Donald Trump's U.S. election win last November has been suspended for 30 days.

Judge Bernd Zabel appeared before a disciplinary hearing last month, and said he did not support the American president, but was simply trying to make people laugh when he wore the baseball cap with the phrase Trump used during his campaign.

"Justice Zabel is reprimanded for his breach of the standards of judicial conduct," reads the decision from the Ontario Judicial Council.

The decision also said Zabel is suspended for 30 days without pay. He has not been hearing cases since December.

The suspension is the most serious sanction that the Ontario Judicial Council can impose, short of dismissing the judge.

After news broke that Zabel wore the hat in court on Nov. 9, 2016, the council received 81 complaints about his conduct. According to the decision, the most common theme throughout them was that the veteran judge's conduct "represented an unacceptable expression of partisan political views by a judge."

"Most complainants indicate a heightened concern as they perceive many of the things Trump said during his campaign to indicate misogynistic, racist, homophobic, and anti-Muslim attitudes," the decision reads. "The complainants state that Justice Zabel has associated himself with those views by his conduct and that women and members of various vulnerable groups would reasonably fear that they would not be treated fairly and impartially by Justice Zabel."

The decision also touched on the tumultuous political climate in the United States, and noted that the 2016 election campaign was "highly partisan and bitter."

"The candidates advocated strongly divergent policies. Many of Trump's positions were provocative and controversial. If adopted, his policies on matters such as free trade, climate change, immigration, and national security would affect the daily lives of many Canadians," the decision reads.

"Many Canadians found his views on women, racialized minorities, and other vulnerable groups to be highly offensive. For a judge to appear to endorse Trump's views would be perceived by the public to be an expression of opinion on issues of profound importance to Canadians."

Zabel appeared before a disciplinary hearing in Toronto last month, and apologized for wearing the hat.


TYT Breaks Down the Racist Rant at Canadian Sikh Politician Jagmeet Singh

The video of the racist girl conflating Sikh candidate Jagmeet Singh with "the Muslim Brotherhood" and "Sharia Law" at one of his town halls has been making the rounds. Here Cenk breaks down how well the candidate for the leadership of Canada's New Democratic Party handled the somewhat tense situation.

Naturally fermented Dill Pickle recipe!

So, full disclosure, my hubby (Chef Caleb on our channel) isn't 100% sure if these are totally kosher, or what's required to make them so, but these are the same style of pickle. The sour flavour in these pickles comes completely from the lactobacilli and the fermentation process and not vinegar (there is no vinegar in these pickles!). We use these a lot, and they're really delicious. We like the slight heat that's added when you toss in a couple of dried pepper pods. You can also add peeled garlic cloves to this (be very cautious to not get any cross-contamination with the roots of the garlic, as that is a possible vector for botulism).

Important to use local produce for these, because imported produce may be irradiated to improve shelf life, and the irradiation process tends to kill the LAB on the surface of the vegetables, which means they will not ferment properly. It is still possible to do it if you inoculate your pickles with brine from a previous batch, or a bit of some other unpeeled veggie, or even a bit of veggie peel. Beet, radish, and turnip could be used.

Russia to probe Canada for saving 31 gay men from Chechnya

From Gay Times UK: http://www.gaytimes.co.uk/news/85807/russia-probe-canada-saving-31-gay-men-chechnya/


A Russian official has confirmed that they will be looking into reports that Canada aided 31 gay men fleeing from Chechnya.

Over the weekend it was reported that the North American country have given asylum to 22 gay refugees in Chechnya over the past three months, helping them to escape the anti-gay purge that took place in the Russian republic.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has been at the forefront of the operation, and the refugees are now residing in Canadian cities.

However, Kirill Kalinin, who is a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Ottawa, has now said that there will be a probe into the Canadian underground railroad operating out of Russia.

“Any legal irregularities, if proven true, shall be duly investigated,” he said in an email to The Globe and Mail.

That being said, because the Canadian government haven’t commented on the operation themselves, Kalinin refused to make any further remarks, adding: “We do not comment on media reports citing anonymous official ‘sources.'”

Speaking about the underground operation over the weekend, Kimahli Powell, executive director of Rainbow Railroad stated: “We needed to be discreet about the program for as long as possible to maintain their safety.

There have been chilling reports of young gay men being murdered by their own family members in Chechnya this year, as authorities tell parents to kill them – or they’ll do it themselves.

A 17-year-old male was even murdered by his own uncle, after being pushed from his 9th floor balcony.

The Kremlin and Chechen government have both repeatedly denied allegations that gay men are being detained and tortured in the region.

That’s despite Chechnya’s president, Ramzan Kadyrov, having publicly declared that he wanted all LGBT+ people in the country to be eliminated by May 26, which marked the start of Muslim holiday, Ramadan.

Earlier in August, it was also reported that Chechnya started charging gay men with terrorism, claiming they were members of ISIS – despite the Chechen president saying there are no gay people in the country.
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