The second one is just about to finish its initial cooking. They will both go into the refrigerator in a bit to set up for reheating as the main course of our family Friday night dinner.
The moment of truth looms.
Personally, I'm optimistic. :)
Update: Success! My sister, Patty, snapped a few pictures while Dad, my nephew Karl, and I tried to make it work.
The unwrapping begins:
I have to admit, I was a little tense. What would we get?
I think this is what Nick Stellino meant when he talked about the "money shot" with this recipe:
13 more of those went onto a baking sheet into the lower oven to reheat while two more pans of potato chunks went into the top oven. The last thing to do was saute the green beans we had parboiled earlier and here is a pic of Karl and I taking care of that(you can see the potatoes in the oven:
And now, the finished plate we put in front of everyone:
I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas, and if Christmas isn't your thing, at least a good holiday.
The entire clan has managed to gather in Long Beach, California: The sister who lives here and her husband and son. My younger brother and his husband(not used to writing that yet!). My oldest sister and her husband and two children. My parents. My two younger sisters. And, of course, me.
14 of us in all. Some are staying at my sister's house and the rest of us have rented a nice house in the Belmont Shore part of Long Beach.
We have 6 cars for 10 drivers, which sounds completely ridiculous, but wouldn't you know that all have been in use at the same time the previous two days. This is LA, and yes, you really do need a car.
Back home it was -13F yesterday morning. In the marinas of Alamitos Bay, ice is just a rumor of far off lands, a story to scare small children around beach campfire. Combine that with the time difference and it really seems like a whole different world out here on the Left Coast. I mean, I'm still sitting here drinking coffee at 9:00 and getting ready to help cook breakfast, but back home they're already thinking about lunch.
We're all taking turns making dinner for the group. Dad, my older nephew, and I are slated for Friday night. I think we will do this recipe(x2), video here.
An old saying has it that sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, and I've had more than my share of good luck this fantasy football season. This Fantasy Bowl week has been no exception.
I made a very good move in playing Andy Dalton over Matthew Stafford and Jamaal Charles and Brandon Marshall put in very solid performances in support. However, the rest of my team fared less well and the result so far, with Anquan Boldin yet to play Monday night, is a fairly anemic 38 points.
Anemic, but good enough to best my opponent who, lucky for me, is done now with only 35 points. Yep, my third Championship in this league and my sixth overall is in the bag. As is the total points crown and the highest weekly point total(unless Phil Dawson and the 49ers DST can combine for 60 points).
That makes it a pretty damn good year even if my failure to win my division has made it less than a clean sweep.
I'm not certain, but Uncle Si might say that calls for a "Booyah!"
The good news: Sunny skies and temps around 70 are in my forecast this week.
The bad news: The airline seems to be having lots of trouble with its website this weekend. I have been unable to check in online, though I have managed to rack up two $20 charges for 1 unconfirmed checked bag.
Am I going to arrive at the airport and discover that Sun Country has been bought out by Obamacare?
Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano came out Thursday, two days after he was named to the U.S. delegation for Sochi along with openly gay athletes Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow.
The 1988 gold medalist had always kept his personal life private, saying in a statement that “being gay is just one part of who I am.” But President Barack Obama’s decision to include openly gay athletes in the delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies — and not send high-ranking officials — was widely seen as a message to Russia about its treatment of gays and lesbians.
No knock on Boitano, who capably and honorably represented the US as a skater for many years, but I had a pretty good idea he was gay about 25 years ago. Not that it mattered much to me back then either.
There may be some value in making a statement/tweaking Putin on this score, though I don't see how it furthers broader American interests. To the extent that it encourages Russia to respond in kind somehow it may even do minor damage to our interests down the road. If Mitt Romney was president now we would undoubtedly be hearing "needless provocation" from the usual suspects, but whatever.
Enjoy the trip, Brian, I'm sure you will do a great job representing the United States.
I was going to let the whole Phil Robertson controversy slide by, because it seems like another one of those mutually advantageous opportunities for free publicity on the one hand and on the other a good excuse for people to get their outrage on. Free speech is a two way street and if Phil Robertson wants to throw his two cents out there he should be prepared to get some criticism back. However, that criticism should be based on his actual words and not some dishonest attempt to distort them for what they are not.
Phil Robertson believes homosexual acts are a sin and millions of Americans agree with him. The LGBT community says that belief amounts to bigotry against them and millions of other Americans agree with that. While some on both sides wish to make it cut and dried in their favor, it's a complicated issue that truly deserves respect and patience from all sides if there is to be a civil discussion.
What this controversy makes clear once again though, is that some in the LGBT community and their supporters don't want to have a civil discussion. They are more than willing to lie and distort in an "ends justify the means" sort of righteousness that threatens to damage their hard won tolerance and support from the broader community.
The words at issue were when Robertson equated people having sex with animals as the same as sex between consenting gay adults.
I've seen this all over the place on the internet and it is such a deliberate distortion of the actual quote that it is simply a blatant lie. Here's the actual quote from the GQ interview in response to the(possibly paraphrased) question from the interviewer of "What, in your mind, is sinful?"
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
Robertson clearly did not "compare" or "equate" homosexual behavior with bestiality, any more than he "equated" it with drunkenness, slander, or swindling. He included them all in a category of different "sins" that the bible says will keep you from heaven. Disagreeing with Robertson on that is a perfectly reasonable position. Claiming that Robertson "equated" homosexuality with bestiality is a falsehood at best, and at worst a deliberate lie.
Is Dean Obeidallah too stupid to get that or is he a liar? I can't say for sure, but I don't think he's that stupid.
No social or political controversy is complete these days without some asshole from "Think Progress" weighing in and this one is no exception. In this case someone named Zack Ford not only makes the same "mistake" as Obeidallah, he has to play the race card too.
On Wednesday, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson made comments in a GQ interview condemning homosexuality as sinful and comparable to bestiality, as well as claiming that African Americans were better off under Jim Crow laws.
You can always tell you are dealing with a mendacious jerk at "Think" "Progress" when they make some nasty assertion about what somebody said and they don't directly link back to an actual quote. Of course, that should be a red flag everywhere else too.
So what is the basis of Ford's assertion that Robertson was "...claiming that African Americans were better off under Jim Crow laws? The only mention of race I saw in the interview was this remembrance:
Phil On Growing Up in Pre-Civil-Rights-Era Louisiana
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field.... They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
Could Robertson be looking back through rose-colored glasses? Possibly, but to take his memory of poor blacks and whites working in the fields together and turn it into a claim that blacks were better off under Jim Crow requires a finding of mean-spiritedness on the part of Robertson that is not actually in evidence, in the entire interview in fact. Shame on Ford for claiming that it is, and shame on anyone who unthinkingly embraces it.
Speaking of mean-spiritedness, that takes us back to Obeidallah and my final criticism of the disingenuous mob in this controversy.
Obeidallah, almost certainly deliberately, butchers another quote from Robertson in order to demonize him:
Together with his comments likening gays to terrorists, “whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?” This was clearly a homophobic rant that demonized Americans simply because of their sexual orientation.
Here's Robertson's actual quote and the context:
As far as Phil is concerned, he was literally born again. Old Phil—the guy with the booze and the pills—died a long time ago, and New Phil sees no need to apologize for him: “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
The irony here is that unlike a few bible thumpers I know, if you read the whole thing Phil Robertson clearly comes across in that interview as a kind and humble man. He would no more hurt or hate a gay person than he would his own family. And yet a good many of the LGBT community in this country are more than eager to bring the hate against him, and stir up more by being deceptive about what he really said and really believes.
It's funny. Even though I think Robertson is wrong in some of his beliefs, I bet I could have a civil conversation about our different points of view. People like Obeidallah and Ford, so poisoned by their own bigotry, malice, and hate?
The Obungler administration is once again exerting great effort on a peace accord between the Palestinians and the Israelis and once again it is unquestionably going to fail. The only thing to be determined is just how badly Secretary Lurch will damage Israel in the eyes of the world when the current round of talks goes off the rails. Such talks are always doomed because they all try to work around the central and intractable problem: Palestinians refuse to accept the existence of Israel as a Jewish state.
The presentation last week of a US proposed "West Bank security plan" is just another example of straining mightily, and futilely, to get around that problem. Because Israelis smartly and correctly recognize the murderous intent of the Palestinians, they insist on extraordinary security measures to protect their nation.
"Aha," says the US, "We'll let the Israeli military keep a security zone along the border of a sovereign Palestinian state."
"Not a chance," say the Palestinians, correctly recognizing that they won't really be a sovereign nation if another nation controls their border. "We'll let an international force watch the border though."(wink, wink)
"Right," say the Israelis. "Would that be the same international force that has failed to dislodge Hezbollah's rockets in southern Lebanon?"
And there you have it. The Palestinians continue to hold dear the destruction of Israel, which leads to understandable but untenable security demands from Israel, which leads inevitably to another failed round of talks. Diplomats around the world can talk all they want, but the core problem remains Palestinian hatred of Israel and it cannot be bypassed no matter the effort.
Education and experience should make people see truths such as that all the more clearly, but with much of our current political "elites", in this case specifically John Kerry and Barack Obama, the passage of time sees them move in the opposite direction. Because they lack honesty and integrity at a fundamental level their vision is obscured by their own bullshit and their arrogant determination to believe it no matter how much the real world gets in the way.
It's all really quite stupid, perhaps even insane. But then, there are so many other policies and actions of this administration that fit that description that one more run of the mill stupidity doesn't even stand out.