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Friday, June 15, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on June 15 at 7:49 AM

Dissolved: Palestinian unity government, as Hamas tightens its grip on Gaza.

Bottom of the Barrel: Donald Trump’s new reality show, “Lady or a Tramp.”

Bad News
: Current SCOTUS even more right-wing than expected.

Under Investigation: AG Gonzales, for allegedly coaching Monica Goodling’s testimony in fired attorneys scandal.

Emergency Contraception:: Not available to women on US military bases.

Sippy Cups: The latest threat to our national security.

Jailbird to Be: Libby, whose bid for release was rejected.

Sex-selective abortions: Still happening in India, despite ban.

Richer than You: Howard Stern, who’s building a 16,000 square foot mansion with 12(!!) bathrooms.

The Most Powerful Celebrity in the World: Oprah. Duh.


Recipes of the Day

All recipes from Deborah Madison’s book “Local Flavors.” I’ve made them all, and they’re all good.

Lazy Corn Stew With Tomatoes

1 bunch red or green scallions
1/2 pound yellow summer squash
4 ears sweet corn
3 (about 3/4 pound) yellow tomatoes, such as Taxi
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 jalapeņo chile, seeded and finely diced
Several sprigs green or purple basil
10 Sun Gold tomatoes

Cut the scallions, including the firm greens, into 1/2-inch lengths. Cut the squash lengthwise into quarters or sixths, then into 1/3-inch dice. Shuck the corn, then slice off the top two-thirds of the kernels with a sharp knife. Reversing your blade, press out the corn milk.

Peel and seed the yellow tomatoes, squeezing the seeds and juice into a strainer placed over a bowl. Cut the flesh into 1/2-inch pieces and set aside.

Melt the butter in a wide skillet over medium heat. When bubbling, add the scallions and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the squash, season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, and stir. Cook for about 2 minutes, then add 1/4 cup water.

Lay the tomato pieces over the squash, add the strained juice and cover with the corn and half the chile. Bury 2 large sprigs of the basil into the vegetables, then cover the skillet. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, slice the Sun Gold tomatoes in half and set them in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons torn basil leaves and the remaining chile. When the vegetables are finished cooking, taste for salt and season with pepper. Strew the Sun Gold tomatoes over the top and serve.

Summer Squash and Squash Blossom Risotto

1 pound or more ripe yellow tomatoes
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons chopped marjoram
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sea salt

1 pound yellow squash
5 to 6 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup finely diced shallots
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
20 to 30 squash blossoms, slivered
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Cut the tomato walls (sides) into small, neat pieces and finely mince the cores. Put them in a bowl with the garlic, herbs, oil and a few pinches of salt and set aside. Cut the squash into small dice, about twice as large as the grains of rice. Have the stock simmering on the stove.

Melt the butter in a wide pot. Add the shallots and squash and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the squash has begun to color, about 15 minutes.

Add the rice and stir to coat it with the butter. Pour in the wine and simmer until it's absorbed, then add 1/2 cup stock and simmer until it's absorbed. Keep adding stock in 1/2-cup increments until the rice is cooked, using 5-6 cups in all. Turn off the heat and stir in the tomatoes and cheese. Stir in the squash blossoms, taste for salt and season with pepper.


1 pound asparagus
2 pounds shelling peas
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 spring onions or other small, fresh onions, thinly sliced
1 head green garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 cup white wine
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
A few fresh basil leaves or a small handful of chervil
Optional: A handful of morels or chanterelles if they're in season


1. Peel the asparagus stalks if they're thick and trim the bases. If they're thin, snap them at the breaking point. Slice them diagonally into several pieces, then put them in a bowl of cold water to soak while you shuck the peas.

2. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a skillet. Add the onions and garlic (and morels, if using) and cook over medium heat until they look as though they're starting to fry, then add the wine. Once the wine cooks down, add 1 cup water and the asparagus. Simmer until the asparagus is nearly tender, about 7 minutes. Add the peas and cook until they're done, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and add a twist of pepper and the last bit of butter. Tear the basil leaves right into the dish or add the chervil, then turn off the heat and serve.

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Judging by the weather outside, I will be horrifyingly negative today.

I wish Donald Trump would get cancer and die.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 15, 2007 8:17 AM

oh mr. poe, i know what you mean. but i hope your day ends up alright anyway...

Posted by jazzbaby | June 15, 2007 8:33 AM
Posted by elswinger | June 15, 2007 8:51 AM

Zoo 2? We simply must understand! Film it!

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 15, 2007 8:53 AM

I made the summer squash and risotto recipe from tomatoes and squash I grew myself. Yummy. Deborah Madison's a great cookbook writer and everyone needs a copy of Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone whether they're veggie or not.

Posted by Matt from Denver | June 15, 2007 8:59 AM

In March when I flew to Seattle I had to throw out my daughter's sippy cup. Not such a biggie for me - she's over 2 years old and can manage a regular cup with assistance, but it was still inconvenient. On the return flight I just kept an empty sippy cup in my coat pocket and had no problems with TSA. Did that again in April when we went to Chicago, had no problems going either way.

Posted by Matt from Denver | June 15, 2007 9:03 AM

The article on the Donald's new show says it's ripping of a British show (no surprise) but VH1 already ripped off the same show with "Flavor of Love: Charm School" so he's not only ripping off the Brits but he's being a copycat of a ripoff.

Posted by Matt from Denver | June 15, 2007 9:06 AM

Mmm, those recipes look lovely. I hope we're growing summer squash this year . . .

Posted by Levislade | June 15, 2007 9:09 AM

Fuck the TSA. Fuck them hard. The service they provide is the exact opposite of security. While they are terrorizing moms with babies inside the building, completely unscreened, unchecked, unscanned workers, many of them unskilled labor from who knows where, are crawling all over your plane, inside and out. TSA is a LIE.

Posted by Fnarf | June 15, 2007 9:12 AM

This is why I think the privatization of security is going to kill us all. Does anyone remember the lessons learned from Robocop?

Posted by elswinger | June 15, 2007 9:27 AM

I learned one lesson from Robocop. Dynamix II likes to sample Robocop movies.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 15, 2007 9:34 AM

It was a sad day in Cleveland. Ha so much for Mudede's next Jordan theory.

Nothing sadder than watching Manu Ginobli hold up (another) trophy. And who was that Latino chick hugging Parker?

Damn the Spurs.

Oh and have you noticed how much the Storm sucks?

Oh and Arenas says he needs to make more money now that he has a kid. He made 12.8 million last year. How can anyone be expected to support a kid on 12.8 million? The NBA is running a bracero program.

Dont look now, but despite the loss the M's are for real yo.

Barry Bonds man or god?

Has anyone notice how Gaza has really good density? There is a lot of new construction around the HAMAS headquarters.

Posted by SeMe | June 15, 2007 9:44 AM

All I know is I have a garage filled with half of a giant pyramid, and Saturday will be a great Fremont Solstice Parade!

P.S.: There's a beer garden - with hard cider and local brews - at Gasworks this year, put on by the Fremont Arts Council, the people who actually make and put on the parade.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 15, 2007 9:44 AM

@Emergency Contraception: They will also not preform abortions on military hospitals overseas. They have to provide them in military hospitals in the states (since it is legal and all...) however this is not extended to bases overseas. They will also not pay for the procedure if you have it on the local economy where you are stationed.

Congress has not ammended this injustice, although it was brought up to a vote a few years ago.

Posted by Original Monique | June 15, 2007 9:49 AM

I'm with ya, Will. I hoping Fremont will be cool this Saturday. This'll be my first Soltice thing. We're biking down from Lynnwood.

Posted by Garrett | June 15, 2007 9:50 AM

i'd love to make the risotto; ecg, where'd you get squash blossoms from?

Posted by sc | June 15, 2007 10:00 AM

ECB, do you really cook that much? All this talk of you cooking is starting to give you a reputation... and not the kind you want. Some are beginning to compare you to the wholesome apron wearing June Cleaver image... not the radical Wendy O. Williams image that we have come to know and love. :)

Posted by really | June 15, 2007 10:27 AM

Re: Howard Stern. Don't believe anything you read about him, especially in The Post. If it is true, he'll talk about it on Monday morning.

Those of you who are dying to know and don't have Sirius, why not? Old Fashioned radio is like cassettes v CDs.

Posted by Mike in MO | June 15, 2007 11:07 AM

@ 16: I'll probably get them from my garden, but you can also get them in farmer's markets starting, I think, in July.

@ 17: Yes, I really cook that much.

Posted by ECB | June 15, 2007 12:17 PM

Someday Erica, I will make jambalaya for you and you will think you have gone to heaven and are enjoying their mass transit with Ann Richards.

Posted by Mark Mitchell | June 15, 2007 12:37 PM

@18 - if cassettes had been free and CDs cost money all this time, I probably would have stuck with cassettes. Also I have an FM transmitter, so on the few times I do drive I can listen to my ipod.

Posted by Levislade | June 15, 2007 1:07 PM


Dagny Taggart would kick your fucking ass for that remark.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 15, 2007 1:24 PM

Just watched the TSA vid. The mom totally intentional dumped the water on the floor. Definitely not accidental.

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