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12:52 Nov 30 2010
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It feels so otherworldly this morning. The wind is blowing hard. Rain is slanting into the windows, and the chimes are eerily sounding from the back garden.


My husband has already left for work and my daughter has gone to a student council meeting. It feels as if the world has swallowed everyone else up and only I am left in this strange new world.


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14:31 Nov 28 2010
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The new father-in-law is leaving this afternoon. He's been so fun and I'm going to miss him. I got pretty lucky. Of course, even if his family were awful, I got pretty lucky since there's a big puddle between us...no surprise drop-in visits from the family.


I will say that it's pretty funny hanging out with Brits in the U.S. They get LOADS of atention. I've watched waitresses get flustered like they were movie stars, just because of the way they pronounce "tomato" or "water." Stabb's dad is fresh off the boat, so his accent is still pretty strong. He thinks his son is beginning to sound American. I nearly choked when he remarked that Stabb had a drawl. Heeheehee


Our folks got on well, too. They love art and travel, so the conversations never felt awkward. I don't think you could ask for much more when you bring two families together. Even Meatball fell in love because Stabb's dad is generous with back scratches, the true way to Meatball's heart.


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Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
18:37 Nov 29 2010

:D Glad the Father is just as great as the Son.





 

20:05 Nov 24 2010
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Help! I need ASAP a sweet potato recipe that is savory, not the candied version that is sweet and often has pecans.


If you can direct me to such a recipe, I'd be grateful. I'm having poo for luck.


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WildChild
WildChild
20:13 Nov 24 2010

make sweet potatoe pie.





birra
birra
20:14 Nov 24 2010

I was going going to make my own mashed sweet potatoes, sans recipe. I usually go without recipies.





WildChild
WildChild
20:15 Nov 24 2010

or just bake them @ 350 for 2 hours wrapped in foil and serve with butter and cinn sugar.





Joli
Joli
20:16 Nov 24 2010

savory...as in not sweet. I thought about baking them, but I'm hoping for something a little more special.





Oceanne
Oceanne
21:24 Nov 24 2010

http://www.foodrenegade.com/savory-sweet-potato-fries-wchipotle-cilantro-mayo/





Oceanne
Oceanne
21:25 Nov 24 2010

Savory Roasted Sweet Potatoes

A perfect side for any roasted or grilled meat or poultry entree.



Servings: 6





• 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch slices

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

• 3 cloves garlic, minced

• 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

• 3 - 5 sprigs thyme (for garnish)



Heat oven to 400 degrees F. In a zip lock bag toss the sweet potatoes in the oil, thyme, garlic and pepper flakes. Transfer to a rimmed cookie sheet. Garnish with thyme sprigs and bake until tender about 45 minutes. Serve hot.



Per Serving: 133 Calories; 5g Fat (31.6% calories from fat); 1g Saturated






Oceanne
Oceanne
21:31 Nov 24 2010

This savory sweet potato soufflé recipe is a lovely choice for a delicious, elegant side dish. Seasoned with thyme, onions, and garlic, as well as a generous handful of Gruyere, this soufflé is an unexpected twist on conventional, sugared sweet potato recipes.



Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 65 minutesIngredients:

•1 1/2 tablespoons plus 2 tablespoons softened butter, divided

•3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

•½ cup finely chopped white onion

•1 clove garlic, finely chopped

•1 cup sweet potato puree

•1 tablespoons all-purpose flour

•½ teaspoon salt

•1/2 cup whole milk

•½ teaspoon dried thyme

•1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

•¾ cup shredded Gruyere cheese

•3 eggs, separated

Preparation:

How to make sweet potato souffle:



Brush the inside of a large soufflé or deep casserole dish with 1 1/2 tablespoons of softened butter. Sprinkle the buttered surface evenly with Parmesan cheese and set aside the dish.



Preheat the oven to 375F. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté the onions and garlic in the remaining butter until they turn translucent and tender. Add the flour and salt to the tender onions and garlic. Cook the flour, whisking constantly, for 30 seconds. Add the milk to the flour and cook, still whisking constantly, for about 4 minutes, until the mixture thickens. Add the sweet potato puree, dried thyme, and black pepper and continue cooking over medium heat for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the Gruyere cheese.



Whisk ½ cup of the hot sweet potato mixture into the egg yolks, and then add the egg yolk mixture back into the hot sweet potatoes, stirring to completely incorporate. Beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Stir one-third of the egg whites into the sweet potatoes, and then fold the remaining egg whites into the mixture. Spoon it into the prepared dish and bake for 30 minutes, until the sweet potato soufflé is puffed up and cooked through.



This sweet potato souffle makes 6 servings.








Oceanne
Oceanne
21:37 Nov 24 2010

I converted this to 8 servings via the site..The original is for 4 servings..



Ingredients

2 large sweet potato, thinly sliced

2 large potato, thinly sliced

2 onion, thinly sliced

1/2 cup butter, divided

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1-1/2 cups vegetable broth

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

2 tablespoons dried parsley (optional)

Directions

This recipe's Ingredients were scaled to yield a new amount. The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield of 4 servings.1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

2.In the prepared dish, make a single layer of sweet potato slices. Place a few onion slices on top, dot with butter, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat, alternating layers of white and sweet potatoes.

3.In a small bowl, or measuring cup, combine flour and broth. Pour over potatoes.

4.Sprinkle cheese, bread crumbs and parsley over the potatoes. Dot with remaining butter. Cover.

5.Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, or until potatoes and onions are soft.





Oceanne
Oceanne
21:43 Nov 24 2010

Savory Sweet Potato & Poblano Rustic Tart



If you don't feel like making the pie crust, skip it. This dish would be great as a composed roasted sweet potato dish or cooked as a gratin or casserole. You could even bind the ingredients together with a custard as sort of a crustless quiche.



Makes one 9-inch pie



9-inch uncooked pie crust (recipe), rolled into a 10-inch diameter circle and refrigerated

3 medium sweet potatoes

3 to 4 medium poblano or Anaheim peppers (or substitute 1 tablespoon chopped canned chipotle peppers)

4 whole shallots or 2 small white onions, quartered

1/2 cup Mexican crema, or sour cream

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons chopped green onions

a pinch of Mexican oregano

a pinch of cumin seeds

salt and pepper

wedge of lime



Wash the sweet potatoes well, pat dry, and prick with a fork several times. Place on a baking pan with the shallots or onions. Drizzle the shallots or onions with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.



Roast at 400 degrees F until the sweet potatoes are very tender and beginning to caramelize. If the onions begin to burn before the sweet potatoes are done, remove them from the baking tray and set aside.



Cool cooked sweet potatoes completely.



When cool, slip the skins off the sweet potatoes and cut into rough 2-inch chunks. (This step can be done up to several days in advance.)



If you have a gas stove, roast the poblano peppers over direct flame until blistered and blackened all over. Otherwise, you can broil them until they begin to blister. Place in a paper bag or wrap in foil and set aside to cool. When cool, rub most of the charred skin off the peppers, deseed them, and -- with your fingers, if your peppers aren't of the hot variety -- tear the peppers into strips. Set aside.



When your vegetables are cool, remove your pie crust from the refrigerator. Roll out and be sure to patch any holes. Drape your circle of dough over your rolling pin and transfer to a pizza pan or baking sheet if not already on one.



Spread the bottom of the crust with the crema or sour cream, leaving a 2-inch border around the outside of the crust.



Next, spread the sweet potato chunks, the onions or shallots and the pepper strips over the crema. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, cumin, oregano, the cilantro and the green onions.



Fold the edge of the dough up over the top of the filling, pleating the dough as you work your way around the circle. Place the tart in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to firm up while you preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.



Bake the tart for 45 minutes or until the crust is dark golden brown. Remove from the oven, squeeze the lime wedge over the filling and allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.



Serve warm or at room temperature.






Oceanne
Oceanne
21:44 Nov 24 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!





Joli
Joli
23:07 Nov 24 2010

Thank you!





 

21:27 Nov 23 2010
Times Read: 647


My new father-in-law is coming in. TODAY! Oh god, oh god. *runs in circles*


Have I mentioned that I haven't met him yet?


Oh god oh god.


What to clean first?


Oh god...screw cleaning...trash bag...stuff clutter in...shove to back of closet...seal off closet.


This could work. Oh, if only someone would invent a plastic house with a drain hole, then I could just hose it off. Careful what you make fun of, ladies. Should I put on heels? Oh god...


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Nightgame
Nightgame
22:19 Nov 23 2010

Naw just put on the pearls :)





BubbleGumClaudia
BubbleGumClaudia
19:28 Nov 24 2010

Oh you are going to be fine......If he's anything like Stabb is he will LOVE YOU!!!





Tell Stabb i said hello and that I miss him terribly!!!






birra
birra
20:16 Nov 24 2010

Heels? Only if you want to be a good wife, as per instructional videos circa 1957.





 

20:26 Nov 23 2010
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How did my entry become about flying cars? Look, you doods and your flying car envy...take it outside. Sheesh.


Anyway, I thought it was jet packs we were promised. Well, you were promised.

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We women were promised this: Yeah, that's what we dream about...plastic furniture. It was our whole dream for the future. Is she wearing heels?

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I particularly love this image...check out the flat screen tv. I love ticking off all the things we actually have now. Oh, you whiny flying car guys...you DO have your helicopter, right?

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birra
birra
20:35 Nov 23 2010

The limits of foresight... flat screen TV.. a sammich bar... and they still smoke indoors.



Of course, a little more angle and you would probably see the woman on the right's whoo-ha.



Why would she be getting dressed sitting on the counter?





Joli
Joli
20:37 Nov 23 2010

DUH! She's showing off her dress to a friend on her futuristic computer phone!





PAGAN
PAGAN
20:47 Nov 23 2010

LOL daily cleaning with a hose how dirty are we ladies supposed to be? I want the flying car too, equality an all that.





ThothLestat
ThothLestat
20:49 Nov 23 2010

You just gotta rub our faces in it, dontcha?? DONTCHA?

*poke poke*



You can have hosable furniture any time you like -- no federal administration will prevent you, or perform a background check, or SHOULD you to death about where you can & cannot hose off your davenport.



No sirreeee, Bub!



(I especially like the drain in the middle of the living room -- that won't unnerve the guests at all. Nope. Not one bit. But I digress.)



But NOOooo. The FAA wants all that airspace for themselves! J'ever wonder why? Isn't the sky big enough for all of us? We've known about flying cars for YEARS. Heck, half the yahoos at NASA have flying cars. I've heard about it online. Seen the grainy black and white pictures....



But The Man won't let us have them. They say flying cars are "unsafe". That's what they WANT us to think. Keeps us quiet. Keeps us UNDER CONTROL.



And I know WHY.

Indeed, I do.

*finger wag*



It's cuzza them aliens in Roswell NM. Flyin' cars are reverse engineered from crashed alien spacecraft - in conjunction with international help from the 7 richest kings in Europe - and plans stolen from the Nazis. It's all part of their plan to force us into that damned communist public transportation! Eisenhower tried to warn us!



They encourage you to mock us. Oh, and you're so WILLING to comply... happy to play along, aren't ya? A cog in their little system... a well-trained seal in their circus of horrors. Clap your little flippers and toot their little horns. Go ahead, for this pleases them.



One day, our plight will be rewarded. I'll have my flying car -- and my revenge. And then you'll be sorry.



You'll ALL be sorry.

*tinfoil hat*





Joli
Joli
21:21 Nov 23 2010

Geez, I'm already sorry. Decaf?





Joli
Joli
21:22 Nov 23 2010

You did make me laugh about the drain. It's a vampire dream house.



Oh, Morri...how do you feel having the Dog of the Future? Well done there.





Nightgame
Nightgame
22:18 Nov 23 2010

I'm still waiting on my promised home at the bottom of the sea with all the pretty fishes for neighbors and talking dolphins visiting. :)





ChasingTheGhost
ChasingTheGhost
04:42 Nov 30 2010

The drain hole in the floor makes my inner germaphobe covet like it has never coveted before... I want one!





 

16:10 Nov 23 2010
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YEAH! I should not have to be responsible for something so important that is that easy to lose. Maybe if there was a way that it could magnetically attach itself to a pocket lining or something.


And furthermore, it makes all my favorite old futuristic movies look stupid by comparison. Have you ever SEEN how big and chunky the "chips" and "cubes" look when you go back and re-watch them? It also begs the question...if they're this small now, what next...will I have to worry about an errant inhalation at an important meeting.


"Oh, guys...geez, sorry. I just aspirated the financial quarter. Donut?"

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captainglobehead
captainglobehead
16:26 Nov 23 2010

If you used to watch The Jettsons, all of the computers still took up entire walls, but they have flying cars. Completely different priorities.



I want my flying car.





ThothLestat
ThothLestat
16:59 Nov 23 2010

me too.



Where is my damned flying car??

*pounds fists on the table*





birra
birra
19:28 Nov 23 2010

Trust me, despite the fact my business is about technology, I would MUCH rather have a flying car than more advances in smart phones or netbooks...



...honestly, I could do without another gadget. But something that could help me travel around town without having to be on the same roads as holiday shoppers - now there is something useful.





 

21:44 Nov 10 2010
Times Read: 737


Take heart, birra. In my Favorite Journals list, CaptainGlobehead's entry line from his last post reads: "Intimidation is the art of never having to fight, of never having to tempt fate unnecessarily through the vagaries of battle. ..."


I read: "...never having to tempt fate through the vaginas of battle"


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birra
birra
21:48 Nov 10 2010

Those vaginas can be quite intimidating all right.





Requiem
Requiem
00:18 Nov 11 2010

o_O heheheheheh She said vagina.





Angelus
Angelus
13:12 Nov 17 2010

dem teeth, dem teeth...





captainglobehead
captainglobehead
16:23 Nov 23 2010

You read it right. I mis-typed.





PAGAN
PAGAN
16:27 Nov 23 2010

yup, I saw that too... damn things are pretty scarey I have to say





 

22:00 Nov 02 2010
Times Read: 758


Oh my god...I'm NOT ALONE!

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I still wish I had never learned the right lyrics to the song. Jed was my friend, man. He always left that light on for me. Now Jed's dead, baby. Jed's dead.


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Joli
Joli
22:05 Nov 02 2010

I love the guy who thought the next line was. "Old Gary, he's from Paraguay." That's classic!





 

19:51 Nov 02 2010
Times Read: 767


Election Day. Advice: don't take off work to go to the DMV; they're closed. Le suck.


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Morrigon
Morrigon
19:51 Nov 02 2010

I thought I heard you ask if someone was kidding you.



*pats shoulder* hang in there champ...





Joli
Joli
21:19 Nov 02 2010

Yeah, a guy in the parking lot who had the same idea as me. And it's not as if we even have good choices for the election. Stoopid government people. The older I get, the less grumpy my grandfather's memory seems to be. He was on to some stuff, let me tell you, sonny.








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