Saturday, January 16, 2016

Stuffed Peppers as an appetizer or dinner

I didn't have enough peppers for the amount of stuffing I made so I decided to stuff some of those little red, yellow and orange peppers you see in bags in the market now. If you cut off the tops and a bit of the bottom (enough to let the air inside the pepper escape when stuffing it) and use a small measuring spoon to clean out the seeds you can stuff them nicely. They'd be great for a 1st course in an Italian dinner, maybe on a little bit of olive oil mashed potatoes. Here are a few photos and  the recipe. Enjoy!

Get your stuffing, cleaned peppers and red gravy together and have fun stuffing peppers!

I was making the appetizer size, so the big ones in the back are for homemade TV dinners. 

Let them sit for a few minutes to relax a bit
As an appetizer with olive oil mashed potatoes. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Man, this Carly Fiorina woman is a seriously nasty perra!

Chris Christie, Big Fat Liar

Put down the pastries and check your facts. Oink!
Christie at last night's debate:

"I didn't support Sonia Sotomayor." Here is a direct quote from Christie in 2009: "I support her appointment to the Supreme Court and urge the Senate to keep politics out of the process and confirm her nomination."

"Common Core has been eliminated in New Jersey." Nope: almost all Common Core standards are still in place.

"I never wrote a check to Planned Parenthood." Here's Christie quoted in 1994: "I support Planned Parenthood privately with my personal contribution and that should be the goal of any such agency, to find private donations. It's also no secret that I am pro-choice." 

Thanks to for the info!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bundy Oregon Militia "slash' fiction...

Can I be a patriot too?
It's a thing! and an hilarious one at that. Just FYI, 'slash' fiction, according to Wikipedia, "is a genre of fan fiction that focuses on interpersonal attraction and sexual relationships between fictional characters of the same sex." This 'occupation' in Oregon is ripe for this kind of stuff and our friends at the Internet are ready to assist. Enjoy some of these:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

What Republicans hated about the President's SOTU speech as evidenced by their applause (or lack thereof)

Yeah... we love cancer!

From DailyKos:

For those keeping score at home, here are just some of the issues that President Obama raised during Tuesday’s State of the Union address that Republican Senators and Congressmen in attendance refused to clap for, let alone get off their asses and cheer:

  • Nearly 15 million new jobs and the unemployment rate being cut in half.
  • Equality for all Americans.
  • Cutting pollution levels.
  • A good education for our children.
  • Fighting terrorism.
  • The idea that America is the strongest nation on earth.
  • Avoiding war.
  • Making it easier to vote.

And—drumroll, please—saving the best for last … Curing cancer!

File this one under shit-you-can’t-make-up.

Oregon Militia: Stop sending us packages full of dicks!

In what could be the funniest turn of events in this whole Oregon militia/Federal Land standoff thing, if you can find humor in the complete lawlessness of these morons, is the their latest request for supplies from their 'followers'. The first bit of ridiculousness came when these ubermensch badass dudes, including Nutjob Jon Ritzheimer of the 'Draw Mohammad' cartoon contest in Arizona, went all the way to Oregon from Arizona, etc. to be all patriotic by taking over a Federal Wildlife refuge in support of some folks who didn't want, nor do they still want, any assistance from these crackpots. Next, in their 'patriotic' fervor, they ran off hurriedly, leaving sad messages to their loved ones  which became fodder for Twitter (#daddysworeanoath) and YouTube comedy.

Then these dopes realize that in their haste they forgot to bring food, water, or any other supplies for their seige. They put out calls for their patriotic followers to send them food and of all things 'snacks'. Snacks for heaven's sake! Not to mention that these anti-government dopes are asking you to send this stuff to them by US Mail! Last time I looked the US Postal Service was a government entity. This led to another fresh round of mockery on the Twitter and YouTube. Will these idiots never learn?

The answer to that question is apparently 'no'. This week they sent out a request for more supplies including tampons (yes, there are patriot ladies there), Miracle Whip (I guess they're having a deviled egg party), French vanilla coffee creamer (you wouldn't want them to have their coffee black would you?), throw rugs (are they decorating now?) and of course carpet slippers. The list is here.

In response to the latest request the Internet has responded by sending these dopes dildoes!. Not just one but dozens! Here is a story from JoeMyGod about this latest turn of events.

This just keeps getting better!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Holy Crimes: Okla. Bible study leader charged with more than 50 counts for molesting 14-year-old girl he ‘brainwashed’

How anyone can send off their young, innocent children to be indoctrinated into 'religion' is beyond me. You read about this stuff every day and yet people still say "Well, I want to expose my kids to religion and let them decide". How's that working out for you, you stupid people? Here's an idea... why not let them decide when they are adults if they want to be delusional fools or not and perhaps they won't be prey to the types of pedophiles that inhabit churches, synagogues, mosques, etc? Doesn't that make more sense? 

From Raw

An Oklahoma bible study leader who has been charged with dozens of sex crimes against a 14 year old girl had a history as a sex offender before joining the church, NewsOK reports.
Donnie Ray Schultz, 45, faces more than 50 charges for rape and forcible oral sodomy, along with counts of making and possessing child pornography. He met the victim through a Bible study class he volunteered to teach at Calvary Christian Church in Del City, a city in central Oklahoma. A teacher at her high school said the victim reported she felt “brainwashed” by him.
“The victim stated that over the course of 16 months, she and the suspect have had sexual intercourse 20-30 times and had oral sex numerous times,” Del City police detective Michael Gray wrote in a report obtained by NewsOK.
Gray wrote that Schultz, a handyman, would often take his victim to the houses he worked at and rape her there. She also reported that Schultz sometimes filmed the abuse.
A spokesman for the church called the allegations a “complete shock,” though NewsOK reported the church was aware of Schultz’ history as a sex offender when he joined.
“While (Schultz) led a small group Bible study on church doctrine, he was one of seven members who took turns teaching the class. The class was for adults only, but apparently some participated in the class before they were eighteen,” Calgary spokesman Jason Sharp told the paper. “(Schultz) was never in any paid, employee relationship with the church. He (led) the discipleship class as a volunteer.” 
Before Schultz joined the church 19 years ago, Calgary in Del City had been informed by his previous church that Schultz was a convicted sex offender. But they told his current church he could be trusted and they should accept him.
Police believe there are more victims.
Police believe there are more victims... Ugh!

You have to wonder what's going on under Barbara's hat

I'll just bet there's a massive beehive 'do' under there!

What's for dinner?

I love braised cabbage and I love chicken, so when I saw this I thought that I'd save the recipe for later. This is one of those 'technique' things where you could, I suppose, sub in pancetta, peppers and onions for the cabbage, or even some pancetta, fennel and dried cranberries. Use your imagination here folks. Here it is for you to try too. 

From the nice folks at Serious Eats

Market Basket Love

This is one of the reasons I love Market Basket. This week avocados are on sale for $0.89/each! That means a delicious breakfast of Avocado Toast. Just whole grain bread toasted, mashed avocado, kosher salt and a squirt of lemon juice. Doesn't get better than that! 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Pulled Pork for the Playoffs!

Over the summer Shaw's had a terrific buy on country style pork ribs, cut from the shoulder. They were normally $2.19/pound but if you bought 4 pounds or more they were $0.89/pound! A bargain! I bought two 5-pound + packages and popped them in my freezer for future use.

A few weeks ago I was bitching to myself that my freezer was jammed and I needed to get rid of some stuff so I pulled out one of those packages of pork, thawed them out and decided to make a nice French pork stew. Pork, aromatics, white beans, tomatoes,.. you get the idea. Turned out delicious but I was still left with a huge block of frozen pork taking up valuable space in my freezer. I decided to take them out of the freezer and smoke them in the BBQ kettle and make pulled pork for the big game next Saturday.

The ribs needed serious trimming (for $0.89/pound, I expected as much), but they were meaty, had some serious collagen and marbling and would make great pulled pork. What I did is below. No recipe on this one, kids. This is a 'technique' post, not a recipe. Give it a shot.

Pulled Pork using country style pork ribs

Season the ribs with your favorite rub and let sit overnight in the fridge. Build a 2-stage fire in your barbecue (one hot side, one cold side), add some soaked wood chunks to the fire (I use applewood for pork) and add the pork to the grill over the cold side. Put aluminum foil over the ribs while they are cooking. Cover the grille, adjust the vent on top to 2/3 open over the ribs and cook for 1.5 hrs. without opening the cover.  
Once the ribs have been smoked, put them into a heavy pan or casserole. I used my big Le Creuset braiser for this. 
I painted a bit of my favorite bottled barbecue sauce (KC Masterpiece) over the ribs. Not too much! 
Cover tightly with foil. If the foil is going to touch the ribs, put a piece of parchment paper on the ribs to keep the foil from touching the acidic sauce. We don't want a metallic flavor. 
I also added the lid from the braiser so it would be a really good seal. Cook in a 265-270 degree oven for 2-3 hours or until the ribs are 'fall-off-the-bone' tender. 
Use a fork to test that the ribs a falling off the bone. Looks yummy doesn't it? My house smelled fabulous all afternoon too! (New fragrance for an air freshener maybe?) Let cool covered until they are easy to handle but not cold. 
Take a pair of forks and 'pull' the meat from the bones, discarding any fat blobs and cartilage. Don't make the chunks too small. You're not looking for cat food here. 
Once done, add some of your favorite sauce (heated) to this and serve on white bread (traditional) or a nice roll with coleslaw on top and some dill pickles and chips. I took this, before saucing, and put it into 2 zipper lock storage bags, squeezed the air out and froze them until I use one of the packages this weekend for the playoffs. The other one will be a treat to be discovered later. Just remember to let it thaw gently before reheating and don't mix it too much. Again, you want nice chunks of meaty porkishness. Enjoy!