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Easy Chimichurri recipe

So, when hubby ran his restaurant, one of his most popular dishes was his Carnitas Benedict. Super tender braised carnitas pork over his house-made english muffins, a poached egg, and hollandaise and beneath the pork was a little dab of his super spicy fermented ghost pepper sauce and a little smear of this great fresh chimichurri. It really adds a great little sharp flavour to an otherwise pretty round dish, and elevated the whole thing.

Chimichurri is a South American (mostly Argentina) dish, and is a great accompaniment to grilled or roasted meats or poultry. We put a dollop in the plate beneath pot roast the other night and it was delicious. The flavour profile and texture can be adjusted by the amount of lime juice and olive oil you use, and if the sharpness of the fresh garlic is too much for you, then you can give it a little roasting in oil in a pan like we did in the hummus and baba ghanouj videos we did, too!

I was reminded today of this piece from a few years ago: Guns With History

From the group Prevent Gun violence.

And more recently, they put out this one that shows people the real results of gun violence **Warning - graphic content**

The author of this 1812 book gives a recipe for vegetable soup that provides no ingredients.

This showed up on my Twitter feed today:


May we all strive to be as confident as the author of this 1812 book on preserving food, who gives a recipe for vegetable soup that provides no ingredients.

Leek and Bacon Quiche recipe!

So, this is similar to a Quiche Lorraine, which is onion and bacon, but we switched it up a little because we had some amazing local leeks in the freezer from the summer. We went easy and did this with a store-bought pie crust (part of the point of this channel is to show people that cooking at home can be easy!) but everything else is home made. As my hubby says in the description, there's some variation in how people treat the bacon for this recipe. Some people recommend cooking it whole in strips and crumbling it to add to the quiche, but we prefer to not leave it quite so crispy. We give it a good browning to render the fat, and then drain it to add, so it's still a little chewy.

This is just a basic recipe, and you can make any alterations you like. Mushrooms are a popular addition, and if you're a big fan of allium, you can also add garlic, onions, and shallots. You can switch the cheese up, too. We used a gruyère, here but any good melting cheese will do. Swiss and emmentaler are good choices, but I'd stay away from oilier cheeses like cheddar.

Also! Just an aside, but this dish is -amazing- garnished with the spicy fermented slaw from last week's video.

Congrats to Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris!!

Canada's Lawes, Morris win mixed doubles curling gold

Winnipeggers are Canada’s first 2-time Olympic curling champs

Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris won the first-ever Winter Games gold medal in mixed doubles curling on Tuesday, defeating the reigning world champions from Switzerland 10-3 at the Gangneung Curling Centre in South Korea.

"Wow, this is unbelievable. A dream come true," a beaming Lawes told CBC Sports.

"This is for everyone back home [in Canada] that's always been supportive. It just feels so great," Morris added after securing Canada's third gold medal of the Games and eighth overall. "We [Canada] are having such a great Games, and to give us a boost like this with another gold, it just feels awesome to be a part of that team."

I'm a curler, myself, though I've never played mixed doubles. It's a whole different game! Just a shockingly different strategy and completely different mindset. Big ups to both of them. I know Kaitlyn struggled in the first half of the semifinal, but she really pulled it out and she and John just destroyed that gold medal game. Amazing!

West Virginia Police Officer Fired After Choosing Not to Shoot Distraught Suspect Gets $175000 Settl

Source: KTLA

Full title: West Virginia Police Officer Fired After Choosing Not to Shoot Distraught Suspect Gets $175,000 Settlement

A West Virginia city has agreed to pay a former police officer $175,000 to settle a wrongful-termination lawsuit after he was fired following his decision not to shoot a distraught suspect who was holding a gun. “At the end of the day, I’m happy to put this chapter of my life to bed,” Mader said in a news release by the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia.

The incident occurred May 6, 2016, when Mader responded to a domestic-disturbance call and found Ronald “R.J.” Williams Jr. with an unloaded handgun. Mader told CNN last year that Williams was “visibly choked up” and told Mader to shoot him. As a Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan, Mader told CNN that he concluded Williams wasn’t a threat and so he tried to de-escalate the situation.

As Mader was trying to get Williams to drop his gun, two other Weirton police officers arrived. Mader told CNN that Williams raised his gun and was immediately shot and killed by one of the other officers. A state investigation found the officer’s actions were justified.

“No police officer should ever lose their job — or have their name dragged through the mud — for choosing to talk to, rather than shoot, a fellow citizen,” he said. “His decision to attempt to de-escalate the situation should have been praised, not punished. Simply put, no police officer should ever feel forced to take a life unnecessarily to save his career.”

Read more: http://ktla.com/2018/02/12/west-virginia-police-officer-fired-after-choosing-not-to-shoot-distraught-suspect-gets-175000-settlement/

There's also a more verbose story on WaPo behind a paywall here:

And I think my favourite tweet on the subject here:

So they aren’t just passively selecting for that tendency now, they’re leaning into it and making it explicit; kill by preference over any other way of resolving the situation.
Utterly disgusting.

And an important one from the ACLU:

Officer Mader used de-escalation techniques instead of deadly force in an encounter with RJ Williams, a Black man with a gun. Mader was fired for NOT shooting. We sued on his behalf and won, but police to embrace de-escalation techniques to save lives.

Scott Pruitt thinks climate change might be fine, so time to bring this back:

From Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom"

And this is 5 years ago! Our next major conflicts will be over water, land, and other resources that will be disappearing due to climate change.

Spicy fermented cabbage and carrot slaw (vegan!)

So, this recipe comes out a little bit like kimchi, but it's vegan (which kimchi is usually not!). It's dead easy, and hubby used it at his restaurant as a garnish for a plate of taquitos. At home we use it in salads, or by itself as a side. It's a great replacement for sauerkraut, and you can make it as spicy or mild as you like. We really wanted to take the opportunity to show how to innoculate a new fermented product with something that was currently fermenting.

The vegetable/salt ratio in this is important. Hubby has put some math in the recipe so that you can see exactly what the proportions are supposed to be. You have a little bit of wiggle room, but if you use too much salt, it will inhibit the lactobacilli. Too little salt and it may not inhibit the growth of undesirable microbes in your fermenting product! Also, remember not to clamp the lid on too tight while it's in the initial fermenting stage on your counter, because it can build up enough gas to break a jar!

Found on Facebook: Secret recipes?

From a cooking community I was invited to join on Facebook:

A friend and I were talking the other day about recipes. She asked me why I give up all of my recipes (i don’t measure anything so technically it’s not a formal recipe anyway). Her family has many family secret recipes. I explained to her that I watched someone cook delicious dishes that everyone loved. She passed away and the dishes went with her.... Why? I never understood the point of keeping it a secret. So the question is:
Secret recipes? Or share away?? I’m not referring to restaurants or any recipes that are profitable.

My response was:
Share share share. That's why my hubby and I started putting cooking videos up on YouTube. Recipes from his past and my past, and recipes from his recently closed restaurant, as well. Increase the amount of good food in the world, don't hoard it!

That old expression "A great chef never reveals their secrets" is patently false, given how many great chefs release amazing and instructive cook books to spread the knowledge around. How do you all feel about this?

Esquire: Where Do Republicans Go From Here?

Full article here: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a16636401/republican-party-gone-mad/

Scrapie is a prion disease, similar in its effect to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease) and to the wasting disease that afflicts herds of deer, and to kuru, a disease first seen among tribes in Papua New Guinea that was transmitted in part through the ritual cannibalism of the tribe’s dead. Elsewhere in Asia, the custom of eating the brains of a monkey was responsible for cases of Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease, yet another prion illness. Once established in the victim, prion disease destroys the human nervous system. It eats away at the higher functions of the brain. So, when I talk about the prion disease that afflicts the Republican Party, and the conservative movement that is its only life force any more, I do not use the metaphor idly. The party has lost what’s left of its mind.

Far too many people are far too delicate about this. The Republican Party is completely mad, and it has been going in that direction for a very long time. It has been raving through all the halls of all the governments, large and small, like a lost soul with a big knife. The symptoms of the enveloping disease have been obvious for decades, ever since Ronald Reagan served up the first helping of monkey brains in 1976, when he nearly wrested the party’s nomination from Gerald Ford. It is full-blown now, and it is general throughout the Republic. The Republican Party has infected every institution with its own private insanity.

It did not begin with Donald Trump, god knows. It was there when Bob Dole, who is looked upon now with nostalgic fondness, declared that he represented all those people who didn’t vote for Bill Clinton, an unprecedented public statement by the leader of an opposition party. It was there when various influential Republicans met on the night of Barack Obama’s inauguration and declared open warfare against his agenda before they even knew what it was, and this in the middle of the worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression. It was there when they meddled in the care of Terri Schiavo and it is there in their pathological insistence that supply-side economics works. It cost Merrick Garland a seat on the Supreme Court. And it was the direct cause of the election of the current president*.

Well, no punches pulled here! About time some major reporting outlets have noticed that Republicans have entirely lost their minds. Progressives have been saying it since Reagan. Even Bill Maher has been saying since Bush Jr.
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