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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on July 24 at 7:07 AM

Uh-oh: Botulism!

Uh-oh, again: FEMA says it won’t stop selling formaldehyde-laced Katrina trailers.

New role: For Middle East envoy Tony Blair.

Doctor shortage: Hits poor the hardest.

Bush hates poor kids: But Dems may have enough votes to override his veto of legislation expanding kids’ health care coverage.

If it weren’t for abortion, we’d have plenty of white kids to work the fields: DeLay’s twisted logicon immigration.

In contempt? Miers and Bolten to face vote in attorney-firing scandal Wednesday.

Bye-bye, Bat Boy: Weekly World News is no more.

Who knew? Blogging can mean big money.

$5 coffee?: Starbucks prices to rise an average of 9 cents.

Recipe of the Day: Squash Blossom Quesadillas (Recipe and photo via Homesick Texan)



24 squash blossoms, stems and stamens removed.
1 poblano pepper
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 half an onion, diced
1 teaspoon of dried epazote (can substitute with 1/4 cup fresh cilantro)
3 cups of Oaxacan, Monterrey Jack or Muester cheese, grated
12 tortillas (can use either corn or flour)
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons of butter
Salt and pepper to taste.

Put the poblano under the broiler for about five minutes, turning once until it blackens. Place in a plastic bag, close it and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Take poblano out of the bag, peel, remove stem and seeds and dice.

Gently wash squash blossoms and remove stems and stamens. Roughly chop.

Heat skillet to medium and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add onions and diced poblano and cook for about 10 minutes or until onions are clear.

Add garlic, epazote, squash blossoms and salt and pepper to taste and sauté for 10 minutes or until all the liquid from the flowers has evaporated.

Remove from heat and set squash-blossom filling aside.

In a skillet heated to medium, melt a tablespoon of butter. Add a tortilla and cook it on one side until it puffs (about 30 seconds).

Flip tortilla over and sprinkle over entire surface 1/4 cup of squash blossom filling and 1/2 cup of grated cheese.

Top with another tortilla, and after cheese has melted and the two tortillas stick together (a couple of minutes), flip quesadilla and cook for a couple of minutes more.

Repeat for the remainder of the filling and tortillas.

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Mmm. We used to dredge our squash blossoms in spiced flour and quickly fry them. Dee-licious.

And of course Starbucks is raising their prices. You can tell by their constant and horrific expansion that they're hurting for money. It will be $6 coffee eventually. I've been traveling to NYC quite regularly this year, and like most places, there's a Starbucks everywhere you turn. The difference between here and there seems to be that the stores I see in New York are busy all day, every day. There aren't better alternatives like there are here (insert your favorite local coffee vendor). Personally, I'm trying to wean myself off the fancy coffee.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | July 24, 2007 7:37 AM

My hunch is that Delay was really thinking of Black people...

Posted by Giffy | July 24, 2007 7:58 AM

@ Giffy, I agree, the white kids would NEVER work in the fields or do hard work. Delay just thinks that aborted white fetus' are just lost votes for the GOP.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 24, 2007 8:45 AM

More likely the aborted fetuses would have grown up to be felons.

I'm happy that squash blossom is regularly available from Alvarez farms at the Broadway Farmers Market. Now if I could only find huitacochle I could make a squash blossom and huitacochle omelet. (Available at the River Cafe in Puerto Vallarta).

Posted by kinaidos | July 24, 2007 8:55 AM

I love it when these sick fuckos (deLay etc)show their true colors. Kill 'em all and let their buddy Jeebus sort 'em out.

Posted by christopher | July 24, 2007 9:12 AM

As a good Christian, Bush doesn't hate poor kids; he hates the sin of being poor. Cutting them off from health care is God's way of punishing them for their sin of poverty.

@1-You can stuff the squash blossoms with a mix of goat cheese and parmesan before dredging and frying them.

Posted by elrider | July 24, 2007 9:20 AM

But I missed the big news on Line Out because DeLay's gall tweaked my brain: The Weekly World News is going away! For my money, they had the best coverage of the Middle East evAr: "Saddam Hussein and gay lover Osama Bin Laden adopt Naked Ape Baby!" (anyone finds that pic wins my undying gratitudes)

Posted by christopher | July 24, 2007 9:30 AM

christopher @ 7,

"Saddam Hussein and gay lover Osama Bin Laden adopt Naked Ape Baby!"

That could have been on the cover of TIME given today's standards.

Posted by Original Andrew | July 24, 2007 9:41 AM

Has anyone made the connection between squash blossoms and veggie abortions?
And who works the fields to harvest these squash if not the gourd child?
At least they are not laced with formadahyde and stuck in trailers.

Posted by Sasha | July 24, 2007 9:54 AM

I find that just a dash of botulin gives hot sauce the extra kick that today's discriminating hot sauce afficianado demands. Muy caliente!

I am sad to hear about the Weekly World News. Just another case of the Man shutting down anyone who dares to tell the truth.

Posted by flamingbanjo | July 24, 2007 10:05 AM

A vegetarian entree, ECB? Dare I hope? Has our prodigal daughter returned to the fold?

Posted by veg | July 24, 2007 10:30 AM

@6 Oh that sounds tasty. Where can I get some squash blossoms? I've heard of the B'way Farmer's Market, but where and when is it? Can I get them at the Pike Place Market? (I realize as a true Capitol Hillbilly I should make an effort to support the B'way market, but the idea of these is making me hungry RIGHT NOW!)

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | July 24, 2007 10:37 AM

Veg: To honor multiple requests, all recipes of the day this week will be vegetarian (and delicious!)

Posted by ECB | July 24, 2007 10:46 AM

@13, I'm good with the vegetarian menu, but please make sure you don't skimp on the dairy! Let's not get all vegan about it, OK?

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | July 24, 2007 11:41 AM

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