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Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on October 18 at 8:15 AM

Iran: Prepping for “World War III,” according to Bush.

Mukasy: Probably a shoo-in to replace Gonzales

Legal Immunity: To telecoms that engaged in domestic spying.

Climate Legislation: Coming out today, and already subject of contentious debate.

Clinton’s Family Leave Plan: Not Sweden, but it’s a start.

Ellen DeGeneres Puppy Drama: Entering day three. The world waits with bated breath.

Holy Fucking Shit!: Swearing at work is good for you.

Retiring: US counterterrorism director who declared US not “tactically” safer despite counterterrorism efforts.

: According to Politico writer/self-hating chick Elizabeth Wilner, who laments a “lack of masculinity” in the Democratic field.

Recipe of the Day: Linguine Non Carbonara (Photo and Recipe via Blue Kitchen)


Serves 4

1 pound bacon
4 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch coins
2 red bell peppers, cut into little strips
3 shallots, chopped fine
6 or 7 green onions—trimmed, then sliced crosswise
olive oil
2 eggs
Parmesan cheese
salt, pepper

Optional: coarsely chopped garlic, chopped tomato

1 pound linguine

In a big, deep skillet, sauté the bacon until the fat has mostly been rendered out. For this recipe, the bacon is best on the crisp side. Set it aside on paper towels to drain.

Pour most of the bacon fat off.

Meanwhile, start a pot of water. When the water comes to a rolling boil, add the linguine, stir to make sure it is all submerged and separated, and cook to al dente.

Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the pan. Heat it to moderate, then add all the bell pepper slices, toss to coat with the cooking fat, and sauté until the pepper begins to brown slightly. Remove the peppers from the pan and set aside.

Lay the zucchini coins in the pan and sauté gently, turning to brown both sides. When they are cooked, remove them from the pan.

When the pasta has cooked to al dente, drain it and rinse thoroughly with hot water. Let it stand in the colander, draining, as you finish the ingredients.

Next, toss the chopped shallots into the moderately hot oil. Cook, stirring, for about 90 seconds. If you want to include garlic, cook it along with the shallots.

Return the peppers and zucchini coins to the pan and let them heat through. Add the bacon back to the pan and, if you want to use chopped fresh tomato, add it now. Heat everything through.

Then, working quickly, add in the cooked pasta all at once. Toss the pasta and vegetables thoroughly, so that the pasta is well coated. When the pasta is gently heated through, pour the beaten egg over it and quickly, gently incorporate it throughout the pasta, stirring and lifting. The idea is not to create scrambled egg lumps but to let the egg and oil emulsify together.

Scatter most of the scallion slices over everything and toss lightly.

Working quickly, grate a cloud of parmesan over everything—you want to add at least a half cup of parmesan—and then add a good grinding of black pepper. Toss one more time to incorporate them throughout.

Serve immediately.

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Oh, that food just looks nasty.

And most of this news is from yesterday's Drudge.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 18, 2007 8:33 AM

Mmm, bacon.

Can someone please explain to me why the Ellen dog story is a story? Why I have to look at her sobbing on national TV over a pup she had for a couple of days? Buy the kids another fucking puppy, they'll get over it in ten seconds flat. Jesus, the traumas of the super-rich are so infuriating.

Posted by Fnarf | October 18, 2007 8:53 AM

Nobody cares about Ellen or the stupid dog. I hope she dies.

Posted by Bad Day | October 18, 2007 9:04 AM

Re: Swearing at work...I knew it! All those times I was cursing people out, I was building camaraderie.

Also, fnarf...The reason it is a story is because cunt degeneres is a fucking kook and is trying to bully a rescue org. I'm glad they aren't capitulating. She gets a dog, and in two seconds decides it is too unruly. So she gives up. People like that should be held accountable.

Posted by Mike in MO | October 18, 2007 9:09 AM

re: granting immunity

when are the dems going to stop rolling over and dying every time the republicans push them a wee bit?

Posted by arduous | October 18, 2007 9:10 AM

Chris Walla's hard drive seized by homeland security.

Posted by shitbrain | October 18, 2007 9:11 AM

Whoops. Here's the corrected link.

Posted by shitbrain | October 18, 2007 9:13 AM

Thank you homeland security for keeping Chris Walla's music from terrorizing me.

Posted by p | October 18, 2007 9:25 AM

Wow, it's "bated breath". Thanks I was always spelling it wrong but it is based on the word "bate" not "bait". My dad used to say bated breath but I was not exactly sure what it meant till I looked it up.

Posted by Touring | October 18, 2007 9:29 AM

I always felt that swearing at work was good for performance and morale. Than I went to work next to a devout Mormon and realized it didn't always work out.

Posted by Touring | October 18, 2007 9:33 AM

20,000 people die every day of malnutrition and treatable diseases. Why is Ellen DeGeneres' dog worth more than they are?

Posted by Fyodor Zulinski | October 18, 2007 9:36 AM

"coincidentally" "there" "was" "a" report on connie couric barnett last eveenings about said word re-spelling-dictions: shoo shoe in; bait bated breath; and the headliner__ vocalchords or VocalCords -- all petty stupid shit because of us idiots on blogs making language more stupider to the point of a genius uhward for most Stupidest. let's go slog. We can Make it Happen!!

Posted by June Bee | October 18, 2007 9:39 AM

I am so over oily noodles with vegetables. I need sauce dammit!

Posted by keshmeshi | October 18, 2007 10:55 AM

You guys might want to check the DUI logs from last night and fgr out which council hopeful got one.....

Posted by INORIGHT? | October 18, 2007 11:11 AM

Would someone remind me why Democrats are supposedly better than Republicans? I mean really, other than the fact that they think that women should be able to have all the abortions they want they're pretty much indistinguishable from the Republicans when it comes to giving George W. Bush whatever he wants.

Posted by wile_e_quixote | October 18, 2007 11:13 AM

@14 - whoa, just found that. This should be interesting. No doubt it's attributable to a police department that doesn't "look like her".

Posted by tsm | October 18, 2007 11:42 AM

The clinton link isn't linking.

Posted by ams | October 18, 2007 12:01 PM

Well, I'm sure the MSM will fix the link, ams.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 18, 2007 1:31 PM

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