Archive for September, 2008
September 29th, 2008
In my opinion, there is no better “gravy” for pasta than Ragù Bolonese, or Italian Meat Sauce. I’ll take it over an arrabiatta, puttanesca or marinara any day. I have taken bits and pieces from various recipes to create one that I think you will love.
|•1 lb ground meat (you need two different meats for this. 1/2 light meat (veal, chicken, turkey, pork) and 1/2 ground chuck)
•1/2 package mushrooms–trimmed & quartered
•2 carrots–diced fine
•1 medium onion–diced fine
•6 cloves garlic–minced
•1/4 lb pancetta (or bacon)–chopped
•2 slices bread–cubed
|•1/2 small can tomato paste
•1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes–drained, reserving liquid
•1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
•1/4 c. whole milk, plus 4 Tbls.
•1 tsp. red pepper flakes
•2 tsp. oregano
•Salt & Pepper
•Grated Pecorino, or Reggiano cheese
September 25th, 2008
Just when you thought you had seen it all in this campaign, last night John McCain announced he was suspending his campaign to fly to Washington and lend his “leadershit” to help the Wall Street bailout initiative along. In addition, he was lobbying to have the first Presidential debate postponed and that “he invited Barack to join him in Washington.”
McCain’s gambit on face seems to, as he put it, “put Country before Candidacy.” But later details reveal that it was actually Barack Obama who called McCain in the morning suggesting they make a “joint” press statement to announce their support for key principles that should be in the bill and remove Presidential politics from the mix.
It was after that conversation that McCain went on the air unilaterally to announce his magnanimous decision to suspend his campaign to work on something more important than kissing babies in Joplin. So essentially, McCain took credit for Obama’s idea and ran with it–stabbing him in the back without even the courtesy of a reach-around. That’s McCain’s idea of “reaching across the aisle” to get things done in Washington. (more…)
September 23rd, 2008
Today, McCain’s VP choice Sarah Palin was surgically removed from his artificial hip and allowed to meet with a few world leaders so she can get a little “street cred.” I would rather refer to it as a Priest reading Cliff Notes for the Bible while in seminary. Her main goal was to get the precious photos of her sitting down with these leaders supposedly discussing important world issues of which she has incredible insight and understanding.
While this is absurd in its own right for someone next in line for the highest office in this great country, the real alarming fact that should give cause for concern to all Americans is how the McCain campaign is shielding and sequestering Palin from ANY undue exposure to questions. Why is it they will not let her do any interviews or take questions from the media? Sure she did two TV interviews since being nominated. The first with Charlie Gibson, who isn’t the most challenging of interviewers, managed to reveal how much experience she lacks. The second was with Sean Hannity who is as right leaning without toppling over. He basically served her up anti-Obama biased questions to which she could only agree and not be challenged.
Since then, she has been under lock and key. So today when she met with these leaders, the McCain campaign pulled the plug on having reporters listen in on the talks. They just wanted photographers, and no reporters. Well, the media outlets pulled all their photogs and told the campaign that unless they allow the reporters, there would be no photo-ops. The McCain campaign finally caved and allowed reporters in for a whopping total of 29 seconds.
This the the most alarming and frightening aspect of the McCain/Palin ticket. The extent by which McCain handlers are keeping her from any direct interaction with press and public–save her multiple stump speeches where she stuck to the same speech that was given to her and she delivered at the DNC. This lack of transparency and illumination into her thought processes is most certainly Stalinesque.
Suddenly his gleeful singing of “Bomb, bomb, bomb…bomb, bomb Iran” and the ease she matter-of-factly stated that war with Russia may be a possibility to protect Georgian interests has taken on a dark pallor.
September 19th, 2008
Today I decided to experiment with taking HDR (High Dynamic Range) images since it was such a nice day. SO I mosied on up to the high bank of the Mississippi and took the following shot. Basically, an HDR image is where you take several shots of the same scene at different exposures and blend them together in Photoshop. What you get after some tweaking is an image with incredible depth and resolution. See for yourself.