Saturday, March 1, 2014

plus he’s a really fungi

This soup is for all you mushroom hating mutants out there! 

Say good morning to Mr. Crimini.

Our fungus-y friend from the forest floor is packed with antioxidants to delay aging, and B vitamins for enhanced immunity.

And he is delicious! 

Start with a chopped red onion and two cloves of fresh garlic in butter in a thick bottomed pot over low heat.

While the onion softens toss in a few sprigs of thyme and stir around. Don’t let it burn.

Now set the onion aside in a small bowl, toss the mushrooms into the pot and get two liters of homemade chicken stock ready.

Add a bit of salt and fresh ground pepper, too.

When the mushrooms have cooked down to about half their original volume, pull out half to a separate bowl. Add the chicken stock to the pot and return the onions to the mix.

Let that simmer while you pick out floating thyme twigs, then put small batches into your new Christmas blender.

The mixture will thicken and turn pale as the onion and mushrooms and stock spin together to make a rich and flavorful slurry.

Return it all to the pot, add that bowl of mushrooms you set aside and then turn the heat down to a whisper and let it bubble gently, reducing to about one-third less than the original volume.

You’re almost there!
At this point the soup is too thick and the flavor too intense. 


Take it off and let it cool until it’s just warm, then stir in half and half or heavy cream.

To the two liters of chicken stock I added about a third of a quart of half and half. Taste and thin to your preference until the mushroom/onion, salt and pepper all come into balance.

Return it to low heat, simmer for a few minutes more and that’s it, it’s ready to serve. It’s important to let the slurry cool or the added cream might curdle. 

I think cream of mushroom soup is perfect with a salad, a candle and wine for a light winter supper.

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This does not leave mushroom for debate.

Friday, February 28, 2014

you have got to be kitten me

Anecdotal evidence suggests that cats are emotionally abusive to their owners and there is something pathological about their owners that enjoys this.

Now scientific evidence supports this as truth.

The University of Tokyo has proven what many have long suspected.

You cat doesn’t actually care about you at all.

They know you and they know your voice, just as dogs do. 

But they’ll ignore you until they have needs for you to meet. 

Bites have a proven debilitating effect upon cat owners.

Another recent study at the University of Georgia has documented this naturally sadistic nature. 

Instead of killing for food as emotionally healthy animals do, video monitoring has established a natural instinct to torture what they’ve captured for enjoyment. 

Cats keep prey alive and make it suffer for as long as they are able, even when not hungry.

“The kill footage is "pretty horrible to watch," 
said one owner.

"I stopped watching because I knew what the end point was, that the bird wasn’t going to live. I was very upset with my cat."

Why do cat owners find pleasure in abuse in the first place?

Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

petty larceny

When you search Google they are not guessing at what you want.

Google returns links in the order that were most clicked in the previous search.

In other words, when you select and click your first choice, that choice rises in rank for the next search on the same subject.

Got it? 

Google searches grow more accurate over time.

No wonder then, when House of Cards turned up this week on two pirate sites before Google even listed Netflix, Variety was more than a little peeved.

They asked: 

“Why should an online company help folks find illegal stuff?”


Google presents illegal drugs, unlawful gambling, dodgy services and all kinds of pilfered entertainment. 

It's a fact: Google has expanded digital shoplifting to unprecedented levels.

Naturally, creators resent this.

“But think of us as the phone book!” Google says. 

“We list everything and if there’s bad stuff there it’s not our fault.”

Except that facilitation of a crime has always been part of the crime. 

Making money on it raises stakes higher.

In defense, Google reminds us that in just one year (2012) they reviewed and took down a staggering 57 million illegal webpages in an average turnaround time of less than six hours.

So they don’t want to hear about it.

Meanwhile House of Cards bleeds profit that would fund new jobs and future episodes, if we all weren’t such petty thieves.

And if $227 million in illegal advertising can be classified as “petty.”

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

do your part

Let’s take basic, human rights to the next level.