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Monday, July 23, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on July 23 at 7:32 AM

Federal minimum wage: Going up to an astonishing $5.85 an hour this week.

Health-care showdown: Democrats face potential veto over children’s health-care expansion.

First woman president: Not here, silly! In India.

Meanwhile, in Turkey: Islamist party wins election.

Failing: Infant AIDS efforts in Botswana.

Time to censure? Feingold thinks so.

The farm bill: Pelosi caves on subsidies to Big Agriculture.

Deluded: McCain “happy” with state of foundering campaign.

Recipe of the Day: Elixir of Fresh Peas, from Local Flavors by Deborah Madison



1 bunch scallions or 2 small leeks, including 2 inches of the greens, thinly sliced
5 large parsley stems, with leaves
Salt and white pepper
1 1/2 pounds English pod peas, bright green and moist looking
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh onions or young leeks
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Truffle oil, a few drops per bowl (Note: Sauteed shiitake or other forest mushrooms make a nice garnish, particularly if you don't have truffle oil on hand).

1. Bring 1 quart water to a boil. As it's heating, add the scallions, parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add about 3 cups of pea pods as you shell them. Once the water comes to a boil, lower the heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, then strain.

2. Melt the butter in a soup pot and add the sliced onion. Cook over medium heat for about a minute, then add 1/2 cup of the stock so that the onions stew without browning. After 4 to 5 minutes, add the peas, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the sugar. Pour in 2 1/2 cups of the stock, bring to a boil, and simmer for 3 minutes.

3. Transfer the soup to a blender. Drape a towel over the lid, and give a few short pulses to make sure it won't splatter. Then puree at high speed for 1 minute. Pour into small soup bowls and serve immediately, adding a few drops of truffle oil to each bowl.

(Can also be made ahead and served chilled, garnished with a dollop of cream fraiche.)

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How about a recipe for risi e bisi? Venetian fresh pea risotto (more like a soup, actually).

Posted by Jonathan | July 23, 2007 7:49 AM

Domestic Partnerships begin in Washington State today for gay and lesbian couples.

Terror Alert Level: Hot Pink

Destruction of heterosexual relationships imminent.

Posted by Original Andrew | July 23, 2007 8:10 AM

YEAH!!! Domestic Partnerships!! YEAH!! Booo Coyotes on the loose in Seattle (did you see the Seattle PI today?) YIKES!!! Great stuff to read after I ran to Greenlake and home at 4:30 this morning. Just YIKES!!!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 23, 2007 8:44 AM

Oh boy. A domestic partnership. I feel so equal now.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 23, 2007 8:47 AM

@ Mr Poe, better that then throwing us in the gas chambers. But the registry will at least give the state a listing of gays and lesbians for future reference. You know, when we become a full fledged dictatorship in a couple of more months. Der Bush will know where to find all of us....

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 23, 2007 9:11 AM

All kidding aside, 'domestic partnerships' in place of marriage is a slap in the fucking face.

Though, Cato may be on to something here. We're doomed. Doomed I tell you.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 23, 2007 9:18 AM

How come you posted yesterdays news (July 22) in fact some of it is a few days old. like the "New Indian President"

Posted by -B- | July 23, 2007 10:38 AM

Yeah, it feels like the Stranger is running sloooooooow.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 23, 2007 11:26 AM

I love Deborah Madison's cookbooks. Nice one, Erica.

Posted by B.D. | July 23, 2007 12:19 PM

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