On the OTHER side, I'm still holding fast to my Barack Obama position. I think he'll run stronger against McCain. The polls show that Hillary does not attract the moderates like Obama does. If the Dems elect Hilary, they will have a fight to the White House on their hands. Either way, the Republicans have it tough--they are only getting out about as third as many voters as the Democrats.
For me, I'm afraid it may come down to voting for or against the war. I'm not in an income bracket that will be affected to far one way or the other by taxes, so I have to stick to the issues that resonate the loudest with me--education, the war, the environment, health care. . . . Now, for more information on why Clinton and Obama are different, I really suggest taking the time to read this. I think the most telling bit is that several advisors close to both the ghost of Clinton past and Clinton future have decided to work for the Obama campaign. As one put it very eloquently, "I'm just not sure I want that circus back in town.
Okay, that is enough ISSUE for today. On to some domestic items:
I have problems with stinky rags. Constantly. I know, I know, I should just go all disposable, but I hate the waste. The rags, even if they sit for a few hours begin to smell and then I throw them in a pile on my washing machine (garage) where they all sit together and stink until I get around to washing them about once a week. They come out not very fresh. Plantboy had an idea to microwave them. So now, after I use a rag, I rinse it really well and then microwave it until it is hot (20-60 sec, depending on the size of the rag and/or how many I put in.) I pull them out, and voila! No smell. Not even a bit. I had one on the counter for like two days I'd kind of forgotten about. Sniffed it. NO PROBLEM. Try this at home, please.
And the Greek food. Oh, the Greek Food. Look at the picture and get a pen . . .
In the top center, is a typical Greek/Caesar salad. Nothing fancy, but really yummy.
Starting at the top of the Plate
1. Combine two parts jasmine rice with one part orzo pasta
2. Brown in a couple of tablespoons of butter
3. Add six parts (in other words, double the pasta/rice) chicken stock (use a good one)
4. Add dried herbs--oregano, basil, thyme and whatever else sounds good as well as salt/pepper
5. Boil until water is absorbed and rice is cooked. DO NOT stir it or it will get gummy.
Moving clockwise . . . .
Garlicky Dill Potatoes
1. Boil chunked red potatoes about five minutes. They should still be hard. Drain and place them back in the pan.
2. Add a couple of tablespoons butter, dill, juice from one lemon and a clove of garlic. Place the lid on the pan and shake really hard. Transfer potatoes to an oven-safe dish and bake at 350 until potatoes are done and slightly browned.
The whole meal was a little brown to be beautiful, next time I would do the same recipe but use carrots instead.
The pita bread is flat bread I bought at the store, the key here is to brush it with a little bit of olive oil and brown it on both sides so it is warm and just slightly crispy. Then you dip it in
3 parts plain yogurt, 1 part sour cream, juice from a lemon (or half, to taste), dill, salt, black pepper, and a finely diced cucumber. Mix it a couple of hours ahead and let it sit together. Even better on day 2.
1. Cut up chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and put about four or five each on skewers (I used wooden ones).
2. Mix olive oil (good stuff, the kind that smells like fruit), fresh garlic, fresh oregano, lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper in a dish. Drizzle it over the chicken and let it sit for a couple of hours or more in the fridge.
3. Cook on a medium on a griddle on the stove (about the same temp you'd use for pancakes!) about five minutes on each side. Press them into the pan as you cook them to make sure they cook through. They cook fast, searing on the outside with all the tasty goodness and staying tender in the center.
Delicious in the dip.
Lemonade (we went all out)
1 Cup fresh lemon juice combined with a cup of water, add to blender
Add sugar to taste: 1/2 to 1 cup
1/2 a can of sweetened condensed milk
Zest from a lemon
Blend up with about 15 ice cubes in you blender.