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November 27th, 2011
10:11 am


Sam Brownback
Hey, Sam Brownback:

YOU SUCK. You're a pissant coward without the sense God gave a small-business owner to hire good people, and you lack a Human soul.

Now I fucking dare you to come after me like you did that high school girl.

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November 11th, 2011
10:07 am


And now it's time for...ABSURD CELEBRITY THEATRE!

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November 4th, 2011
09:59 am



*Puts on a pair of Guy's Shoes and thaws out a Bebop-A-Rebop rhubarb pie*

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August 2nd, 2011
07:52 pm


...It's not that easy being green.

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July 20th, 2011
07:17 am


And again...
These questions added by my cousin Carrie:

25. Do you have any talismans in your kitchen? Objects that have no practical use, but you keep close while you cook to inspire and help you focus? If so, what are they? Where did you get them?
A garden-gnome holding a lantern stands guard by my wine paraphenalia. Another smaller one watches from the top of my cabinets. See previous post for explanation.

26. Do you have a cooking "uniform"? A special apron?
This I don't have. I do do a ritual cleaning of the kitchen, however, when I'm going to be doing my high-energy cooking.

27. Do you cook in silence, or with music? What kind of music? Does the genre depend on the menu?
...And when I'm doing my high-energy cooking, I have a little set of docking speakers for my iPod, and a playlist of 83 songs that are of personal resonance with me. The list includes Heart--These Dreams, Def Leppard--Pour Some Sugar On Me, The Corries--Bonnie Dundee, a handful of Beth Patterson, a South African party song I picked up on the internet, Copperhead Road (for my brewing), a Nightwish song called Amaranth (the title and chorus evoke potions-making), and many other songs that evoke either happiness, passion, confidence, magic, or a mystical altered state.

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July 19th, 2011
06:22 pm


survey continued
My mother added questions to the cooking survey I got from my cousin, so I thought I'd answer them myself as well.

16. What is the most often used kitchen gadget in your arsenal?
Excalibur, my Cuisinart food processor.

17. If you could only keep/have 1 pot or pan, which one would you choose and why?
My 16 quart stock-pot, because it's big enough to do everything I need to do--brewing, canning, pickling, etc.

18. Do you have a favorite fruit or veggie to experiment with? Why?
pickled grilled artichoke hearts. I love the flavor.

19. Name 12 ingredients that you ALWAYS like to have on hand (besides butter, sugar, salt, and pepper….)
Eggs, parmesean cheese, wine, frozen brocoli, mushrooms (in some form or another), garlic, Penzy's spices, pectin, anchovy paste, dijon mustard, creole mustard, stout beer.

20. What’s you’re favorite food to cook — not only for the taste and nutrition, but also just for the SMELL that permeates everything around?
a big ol' pot of chili!

21. What’s the last recipe you cooked for people other than yourself?
deep fried risotto balls. Everyone joked about my balls after that.

22. What’s your favorite cookbook and why?
Brian Polcyn's Charcuterie text. Because it's about how to make SAUSAGE. This is high-energy cooking.

23. When you’re looking/searching for a fresh idea — something new to try — where do you go first? A cookbook? A person? One of the food channels on TV? A magazine? The back of a specific product’s packaging? The internet? Someplace else entirely?
Carrie, and my mother. Both are experienced and skilled cooks.

24. What was the first recipe you “invented” yourself?
Well, besides some latchkey-kid/apartment-dweller survival recipes for cheap, and besides my numerous experiments with a wide assortment of bizzarre foods, the first real recipe I invented myself was what I call "Gnomish Rarebit" (If you don't already know what the Gnomish thing is about, follow this link: http://gloucester.livejournal.com/376734.html). Gnomish Rarebit is a simple bratwurst and sauerkraut recipe that is served over french bread with melted swiss cheese. The general recipe is here: http://gloucester.livejournal.com/372432.html

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July 18th, 2011
02:36 pm


Stole this from my cousin wild_caper.

1. What is your favorite spice or spice blend?
Lowry's Nature's Seasoning. It's a good lazy fall-back for when you're just cooking to eat, so you don't have to get too fancy. For fancy cooking, I go with either chipotle or smoked-spanish paprika.

2. What do you cook for yourself when you are sad?
Usually something high fat and high protein: chili, dirty rice, cold tortelini salad, pizza casserole, pizza, braunschweiger sandwich, etc.

3. What do you cook for yourself when you are sick? Do you have a "cure-all"?
A pint of boiling water, two servings' worth of lemon canarino, juice of two lemons, and a teaspoon of powdered ginger. It'll give you about 6 hours of good useable energy to get through a work-day.

4. Describe your most memorable taste adventure - good or bad.
Good: Capers Haggis and Blue Cheese pizza in Edinburgh Scotland. Bad: sardine-flavored jelly-beans in the dark.

5. What comes to mind when you think the word "garlic"?
I keep a head in my fridge.

6. Who taught you how to cook?
My mother, my cousin, a cook at the Super-Conducting Super-Collider, Alton Brown, and some experimentation.

7. Are you a "pretty" cook?

8. What do you most like to make when you are entertaining guests? Do you have any "designed-to-impress" recipes?
Risotto. My cousin taught me the basics, and I've been experimenting from there.

9. What was the last thing you ate? More importantly, why did you eat it?
I went to a place I heard an ad for on the radio, because it was new and interesting: The Chili-Dog Cafe. Their armadillo-eggs were a little (logistically) hard to eat, but not bad. The bacon-wrapped hot-dog with grilled onions and barbecue sauce ws better than average.

10. Do you have a favorite herb or herb blend?
I get the most mileage out of cilantro, but I LOVE dill weed.

11. What is your favorite food that you haven't made/eaten in a long while?
Haggis. I'm really close. I just need to make some more lamb and lamb-liver sausage and try again.

12. What is your "fall back" meal? Something you can make anytime and it's always a hit?
Chili. I may have perfected my recipe. I'll have to make it again to be sure.

13. What was the first real recipe you learned to make?

14. What is the most difficult dish you've ever tried to make? (whether you succeeded or not)
Homemade tamales. two days of following a recipe slowly, and a lot of guess-work. They came out great.

15. What is the most often used ingredient in your kitchen?
Butter, and salt.

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July 3rd, 2011
01:59 pm



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June 14th, 2011
08:44 am


I'm documenting the process of the estate sale with a few photos now that I have a digital camera. I'll upload them later. I'm doing it in four stages:

Stage 1: Before the sale. The house looks like the warehouse from Citizen Kane. Danielle is living there for now, to take care of it, and is doing her best to ignore the clutter. Both my mother and I have brought over stuff to include in the estate sale. A few large pieces of furniture I intend to keep are still in the house: a large white sofa, a large TV, some appliances, a bed (to be given to family), and some lawn furniture.

Stage 2: The sale. The estates sale people should have moved the things I want to keep out of the house, and should have arranged everything to be sold into a proper context so that people can buy it.

Stage 3: The empty house.

Stage 4: After I move in.

We still don't know the date of the sale. Once we do, I will make a huge announcement. Dannie has suggested we create an event page on Facebook. I like that idea.

At some point in the interim, I will be replacing the shower/tub in the front bathroom, installing a cieling fan in the master bedroom, getting the roof fixed, getting the TV hung on the wall, getting the house inspected for the Texas Secure Home Insurance Credit, get the second garage door fitted with an electric opener, and obtain a new Prius with the trade-in value from my grandmother's Lexus. Danielle says she will undertake changing the wallpaper in the rooms where it is particularly egregious. I will also be securing for myself a Bradley smoker for my charcuterie experiments, and will begin working with real pork-casings instead of colagen. I will also be starting on an Invisalign regimen with my dentist.

Work already done: Air conditioner repaired, rose-bushes removed.

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June 10th, 2011
04:56 pm


...No, not the brilliant but sociopathic doctor.

Still don't know when the estate sale is, but I'll let everyone know.
At the end of July, Danielle and I will be putting a call out for all our friends and family to send us photographs of yourselves, so we can hang them in our front hall! If in doubt, send us a photo! We will take pictures of our new digs, and show all of you!

Shopping list:
--cieling fan
--convertible coffee-table/dining room table
--minor furniture (end-tables, etc)
--Bradley Smoker

Repairs list:
--Second garage door mechanism
--Roof around the chimney
--Mount the TV
--front bathroom

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