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Bumper Sticker

I saw this today on the back of a black pick-em-up-truck and it gave me a little chuckle.

“RELIGION is what keeps the poor from killing the rich.”

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I just saw a little boy, maybe 5 years old, peeing onto the ground near a tree in the front yard of what I would assume to be his parent’s home.  And he wasn’t like somewhat camouflaged by a bush or anything; his little ‘thing’ was clearly visible from about 5 yards away as I drove up the street heading home from the grocery store.  I don’t live amongst corn fields and farmlands either, this is in urban Portland.  This anerves me as it wasn’t but 2 weeks ago when I was driving home and the same thing was happening.  What the hell is going on?  I thought only juvenile boys who were too drunk to bother finding the bathroom peed outside in broad daylight.  Maybe I’m just old fashioned but it seems to me that we should be teaching our young to use the appropriate facilities to relieve themselves as we have the luxury of plumbing.

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The Corny Kind

Cornmeal pizza crust!  Had a slight resemblance to cornbread but it still tasted good.  The version that was thinner and crunchier than mine was said to be quite delicious (his was on the larger pan, hence the difference in thickness).

The way it goes:

1 C cornmeal
1 C wheat flour
1 C unbleached AP flour
1 T garlic
2 tsp salt
½ – 1 tsp pepper
¼ C olive oil
1 C hot water (115 degrees)
1 T sugar
2 ½ tsp of yeast (or 1 package)

Mix sugar and yeast to hot water and let stand for about 10 minutes; it should foamed at this point. If not you’re technically supposed to start over but don’t go throwing out 10 batches of yeast; if 2 don’t foam just go about the rest of the steps.

While yeast is foaming (activating), mix the rest of the ingredients except the oil. After the 10 minutes are up, mix in oil and yeast mixture with the flour and knead into a ball. If your dough is too sticky add a little more flour until it stops sticking to your hands.

Rub olive oil on kneaded dough, put it in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a towel and let rise for 2 hours.

Roll it out, sauce it, top it, and cook it at 475 degrees for about 12 – 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

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I really like this sauce.  It’s chunky though so if large tomato chunks aren’t your cup of tea just use crushed tomatoes.  I use this on pizza and pasta and whatever else floats my boat.

28oz crushed tomatoes
28oz diced tomatoes (partially drained depending on how liquidy you want the sauce)
1 medium onion, diced
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
mushrooms, sliced (optional)
bell pepper, diced (optional)
Olive oil to saute the veggies, I use less than 1 T
1 T sugar
1 T italian seasonings
red pepper flakes (optional)
smidge of salt
pinch of black pepper
sometimes I put some red wine in the sauce too

Sauté the onions and bell pepper (if using) over medium until they are soft.  Add garlic and mushrooms and continue cooking for about 5 minutes.  Add the remaining ingredients, reduced heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or so.

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Yes, I realize it’s missing the nostalgic charm of the age-old container called glass, but it’s pretty damn tasty and should not be shunned merely because it’s in a bag, inside of a box.  Not only is this a more eco-friendly design, it’s a ton cheaper and also very convenient as you don’t have to worry about drinking the entire bottle before it goes bad (which for some of us is not much of a problem anyway, oh well).  While consumption of such a product may result in people making fun of you because you have “wine on tap” I dare say it’s worth a shot.  Here in Portland you can find it for roughly $15 a box, which is equivilent to 4 sparkling glass bottles.  I’ve tried almost all of their wines (a lush might you say) and have not been disappointed yet.  The chardonnay is good for drinking OR cooking should the need arise.  And while the word “hardy” may render your mind incapable of thinking beyond beef stew or a hardware shop, your taste buds won’t follow its lead.

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my Lunch

I’m giving you the pre-eaten version, in case you were concerned.  I decided to try to make these: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2009/03/colcannon-puffs.html.  I subbed spinach for kale as that’s what I had in the ole kitch, and decided some grilled eggplant would be lovely (I ❤ eggplant).  Not so bad.  I would recommend making the potato puffs not so puffy and more pancakey, and also fry them versus baking as I think they will end up crunchier.  I then topped it with my marinara sauce.

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In case you haven’t heard of this fun and animal-friendly store I wanted to give it a little free publicity, little being the key word as not too many people are coming to my site yet (but that’s ok, I’m new).  The Herbivore Clothing Company is on SE 12th and Stark here in Portland, right next to the Sweetpea Baking Company which has uber delicious desserts in case you have a sweet tooth.  Herbivore has everything from trendy vegan t-shirts to buttons to cookbooks; I can attest to the awesomeness of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World (it rocks).  You should give it a whirl someday, and whilst you’re there grab a piece of cake from next door.

http://www.herbivoreclothing.com/

http://www.sweetpeabaking.com/

Me and my t-shirt, appearing to be deep in thought (don’t be fooled!!)

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Yes, I am always in this chair should you notice.

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