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"Theresa"??? Really? "Theresa"? n/t

$1000 Dinner

is a book that inspired my husband and me to start having formal dinner parties. It's a wonderful book, about a dinner held in 1851. Our next $1000 dinner will be this Friday, and here is what we're serving:

Drinks and hor d'oeuvres (puff pastry/prosciutto/fontina pinwheels, round of warmed brie with honey and fresh thyme drizzled over w/toasted baguette slices, miniature crab cakes w/remoulade, multi-color baby carrots and baby cucumbers w/blue cheese dip. And pretzel rods.

First course: mushroom bisque

Second: cod fillets baked on little flat blocks of garlic potatoes, creamed spinach

Third: chicken breasts porcini over rice

Fourth: shrimp a la greque over fusilli, haricots verts

Fifth: strip roast, broccoli

Sixth: roasted vegetables

Seventh: chopped salad

Eighth: sorbet

Ninth: desserts: Paris-Brest, triple chocolate mousse cake

Tenth: champagne glace

Eleventh: fruit and nuts

Twelfth: coffee, liqueurs, Savoy truffle

We will have 14 at table--we built an extension to our dining room table out of a 4x8 sheet of plywood--and since I do pretty much all the cooking (my husband is making the soup and crabcakes), I've begun prep. Yesterday I made and froze the pinwheels--they're so easy and bake quickly at the last minute--and made the Savoy truffle, although I didn't ball it and roll it in coconut yet. Today I've made the praline for the Paris-Brest (the recipe calls for hazelnuts, which I used the first time I made it but my god what a pain in the ass hazelnuts are, so I'm using almonds this time) and will be making the blue cheese dip. I have to iron the tablecloth and napkins--we set up the table last night and moved all the chairs into the living room for cocktails.

Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize

and Donald Trump needs to be made aware of that fact.

I feel guilty wanting to prod a mentally-ill person to act crazy, but for the sake of our nation, I think the fastest, maybe the only, way we're going to get him out of office is to push and push until the Republicans--because it has to be his own party that does it--can't take it any more.

Is it possible

that Jefferson Beauregard Sessions would feel himself under such scrutiny (especially after the Women's March) that he might actually be afraid *not* to enforce civil rights laws?

I have felt that the best obstetrician to deliver my baby would be the one who had just lost a big malpractice case; maybe the same idea applies to Attorneys General?

There's hope

Sean Spicer just said the administration is going to work to eliminate duplicity--no more alternative facts!!1!

Thinking about the marches today

and kind of angry that they won't mean anything to Donald Trump, mostly because his fragile ego will not allow him to countenance the fact that so many people are against him, but then it occurred to me: these marches aren't for Donald Trump's benefit. The people who will see them and pay attention are Trump's handlers and all of Congress. I think too many Republicans have fallen under the enchantment of those Trump crowds with their cheering and "lock her ups" and have let slide their awareness that almost 3 million more people voted for Hillary than for Trump. I think the marches will also invigorate Democrats in Congress, encouraging them to resist. They know we are behind them. These marches, and I hope many more to come, will remind Republicans that we're not going to "just get over it."

Honeybees appear to be swarming in W. PA

http://www.pixcontroller.com/WebCam/WebCam-Wildlife2.htm

This is a good thing, but is there someone at the site who will capture them and get them into a hive? Right now, they appear to be swarming around the feeder top right.

Window-breakers dressed in black

in downtown DC, big confrontation with cops--anybody else hear this on NPR?

Another response to my Breitbard ad crusade

This one came from Primal Health, which pedals information like the one food you must not eat if you want to get rid of belly fat:

Hi there,

The placement of our ads is beyond our control as this is the responsibility of our third party ad server. This in no way means that Primal Health LP is in support of any political views, much less that of Breitbart for that matter.

We apologize for the inconvenience and we will try to hook up with our advertising partners to resolve this issue.

Best regards,

I wrote my standard email to them, as I do to all advertisers on Breitbart, saying that my family and friends will not do business with any concern that advertises on Breitbart. I am encouraged that at least a couple of these companies at least responded to me.

Can somebody help me with images?

This might be totally a function of my laptop, but in case it's not: When I copy an image, I am unable to paste it into my post to DU. The "copy" seems to work fine, but the "paste" in the edit box remains light, not in as dark print as the other functions. I have tried limiting my image searches to copyright free and free to reuse, but no luck. I have tried c/p to a Word document, but they won't paste there either. Any ideas? Thanks.
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