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Jeff Mauro’s Roasted Tomato Bisque

Total Time: 1 hr 5 min
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 50 min
Yield: 4 servings

Two 28-ounce cans whole tomatoes, drained of their juices
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 shallots, quartered
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons dry sherry
One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 to 2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup heavy cream

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the drained whole tomatoes, olive oil, light brown sugar, carrots and shallots, and toss to coat. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper. Place the vegetables on a silicone or parchment-lined baking sheet and roast until caramelized, about 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a soup pot over medium heat. Add the butter and cook until foaming. Add the crushed red pepper and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Then add the sherry. Cook until all the liquid has evaporated and the alcohol has cooked off, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the roasted vegetables, crushed tomatoes and 1 cup chicken stock. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the heavy cream and, using an immersion blender, puree the soup until uniform in texture. Add more chicken stock to adjust the consistency to how you like it.


— from The Food Network

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America’s Puppet Masters: The Death Of The Latest GOP Healthcare Bill Shows Just How Powerful The Homeless Single Mothers Lobby Has Become In Washington

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In American politics, it’s no secret that lobbyists tend to hold greater sway over the choices of our representatives than the voice of the people does. For proof, look no further than the failure of the Graham-Cassidy proposal: The death of the latest GOP healthcare bill shows just how powerful the Homeless Single Mothers lobby has become in Washington.

When a group as powerful as the Homeless Single Mothers lobby calls, you can bet that your representative is going to pick up the phone.

The latest GOP healthcare bill was in trouble from the start because it proposed slashing Medicare, a service the beltway power brokers over at the Homeless Single Mothers lobby need to get their children even basic medical treatment. It was just a matter of time before these marginalized mother lobbyists called the trove of politicians they have in their pocket to bring the hammer down on Sen. Mitch McConnell and his efforts. Any leverage the Republicans may have held with their Senate majority was totally impotent against this faction’s ability to pull the strings to further their interests in finding consistent, habitable shelter during the winter.

It seems like if a politician wants anything to get done in D.C., they have to catch a Homeless Mothers lobbyist whenever she is on break from her minimum-wage job, which she can only do part-time because she can’t afford childcare, and beg for her sign-off. You’d be hard-pressed to find any piece of legislation without this faction’s fingerprints on it. Our representatives no longer answer to us—they wait hand and foot on the agenda of women who panhandle on the subway to eke out a better life for their underfed children.

One thing is clear: Their iron grip on our political system remains firm as ever, if not more so.

Needless to say, this is incredibly disheartening. How can we call ourselves a democracy if it only operates by the rules of all-powerful single-parent homeless families? Clearly, we’re in dire need of lobbying reform or else the king-makers and king-breakers of the Homeless Single Mothers lobby will never be held accountable for undermining the American people’s will.

The Onion, September 27, 2017

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Quinoa Pancakes from White Mountain Farm

2 eggs
2 1/2 cups buttermilk or sour milk (We used buttermilk.)
4 Tbs shortening (We used coconut oil and believe this added to the excellent flavor of these pancakes.)
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup cooked quinoa

Beat eggs well.

Add rest of ingredients and beat.

Fry on a hot griddle.

(Makes about thirty four-inch pancakes — or, in our case, about twenty five-inch cakes)


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