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I’m bored
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, July 22, 2007

I look over the news and headlines and nothing strikes my fancy. Same old stuff, just someone else saying it. About the same in the blogosphere. Sometimes there are just days like this.

Sure the talking heads are still pontificating, and the Reps and Dems are still at each other's throats, Iraq is still Iraq and Iran and Syria are still messing with it. Michael Moore is still a sicko and Ann Coulter is replenishing her venom sacs. But what's new?

Maybe "bored" isn't the right word. I'm a bit tired of it all, at least for today.

Maybe I'll recover a little in time for BlogTalk Radio tonight at 8pm EST. We're going to talk about TNR's "Shock Troops" and the milblog reaction and whatever flows from that. Perhaps the jihadi websites on servers here in the good old USA. And maybe Kerry's denial of the deaths in VN following our abandonment or a little discussion about Pakistan and our options there.

Anyway, consider this an open thread and talk about whatever you like ... or not. Call us later tonight if you've a mind too. The number is (718) 664-9614.
 
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Pasta with lamb, with a vaguely Milanese sauce

4# lamb chops
2 cups chianti
2 cups diced* onion
2 cups diced* celery
2 cups diced* carrot
(add diced bell peppers, mushrooms, hearts of palm, whatever)
*small dice, say 1/4inch a side, tops
4 to 8 cups diced tomatoes, canned is fine. How
much do you like tomatoes?
8 to 16 oz tomato paste
1.5 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp beef base
1 tbsp chicken base
1/2 to 3/4 lb pasta of choice

water
olive oil
salt
rosemary
thyme
oregano
black pepper
hot pepper
honey (I’m not kidding!)
parmesan cheese
I use Mrs. Dash a lot
eh, whatever

time (about 1.5 - 2 hours)

1 large, heavy skillet
1 deep baking pan, large enough to hold all ingredients combined.
1 sauce pan for a all liquid and vegetable ingredients.
1 slotted spoon
1 pair kitchen tongs
1 cooling rack

Wash and pat dry the lamb chops quite dry. Place in fridge on plate.

Preheat the oven to 375degF.

Put the tomatoes and paste to simmer in the sauce pan.

Pat the chops quite dry again. Dry like the Mojave, or you’ll regret it.

Drop oven temp to 350degF.

Put oil to cover the bottom of the skillet, and
bring just to smoking. Then add the chops slowly with tongs. Turn them to brown heavily on all sides. Do in two batches if you need to, keep the oil hot.

Place browned chops into the baking pan with the bones standing. Place this into the oven foil covered. Brown the next batch of chops if you need to.

Oil the skillet again. Brown the carrots, onions, and celery a bit. Once browned, add the chianti.

Bring to a simmer, then add to the sauce pan. Add spices to taste and remaining ingredients.

Once it has simmered for about 15 minutes and you are confident of your seasoning, remove the baking pan from the oven and rack it.

Ladle the sauce over the chops, filling the baking pan. Place it back into the oven, uncovered.

Let cook at least one hour, 2 might be better—depends on the stringyness of your lamb, mine was fine in around 1 hr 30 min.

Cook the pasta in the usual way.

This serves around 4 quite well, and the leftover sauce will be even better the next day.

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
 
Written By: Tom Perkins
URL: http://tomdperkins.blogspot.com/
We’re going to a Society For Creative Anachronism event on Friday. And my food-allergic baby won’t stop throwing up. I blame my husband, who was watching the kids yesterday. He cooks everything the baby’s allergic to when I’m not looking. He thinks it has no effect as long as he doesn’t feed the baby the offending food, but I suspect the utensil contamination makes a difference.

That recipe sounds great, I’d have to make it with rice pasta though. Food allergies...
 
Written By: Wacky Hermit
URL: http://organicbabyfarm.blogspot.com
I have not posted anything of consequence in a while, for the same basic reasons as McQ mentioned. It’s all getting repetitious.

I could just say I’m busy (and in fact I am), but the real reason for lack of posting is finding nothing that lights me up enough to post about. After all, I found time to read Harry Potter 7 yesterday.

On that subject, there was one line about a quarter of the way through the book that had me laughing so hard I had to put the book down. Apparently JK Rowling feels roughly the same way about lawyers that I do.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Seen a few shots of the MotoGP USA at Laguna Seca and had a look for bald guys in black leathers amoung the crowd, but couldn’t see Dale.
 
Written By: unaha-closp
URL: http://warisforwinning.blogspot.com/
Why would you? What interest could I possibly have in watching a bunch of crotch-rockets?
 
Written By: Dale Franks
URL: http://www.qando.net
Because they, too, draw hot chicks...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
URL: http://
And that’s the trouble with cooking. It tends to draw chicks who are or will be...

...well rounded.

May God take my soul into his care should my wife read this, we’ve 2.5 months to go on kid #2, and she’s a leetle bit emotional at times.

She would see no humor in the truth of the above, and assume a general rule applied particularly to her.

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
 
Written By: Tom Perkins
URL: http://tomdperkins.blogspot.com/
Ain’t nothin’ wrong with a lil extra paddin’, my man...

"More cushion for the pushin’", and all that...

Just don’t make any cow jokes around her Tom, and you should be safe...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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And that’s the trouble with cooking. It tends to draw chicks who are or will be...

...well rounded.
Hey, I’ll take a voluptuous Nigella Lawson over some skinny stick of a girl any day of the week.
 
Written By: Steverino
URL: http://steverino.journalspace.com/

 
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