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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on October 17 at 7:53 AM

Rich: The religious right, with hundreds of millions in donations.

Smeared: Another right-wing attack on a little kid.

Iraqi Government: Blackwater must get out.

Related: Dick Cheney, Barack Obama.

Dry: Drought continues across US South.

Human Nature: Study seeks out the elusive “gay gene.”

Slumping: The housing market, according to Treasury chief.

Profane: Woman who cursed at an overflowing toilet… in her own hoome.

Condemned: The Bush Administration, for withholding information on corruption in Iraq.

Off his rocker: Bill O’Reilly, who says Abu Ghraib was “blown out of proportion.”

Recipe of the Day: Spicy Soba Noodles with Shiitakes and Cabbage (Photo and recipe via Smitten Kitchen)


Serves 4

For sauce
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 to 3 teaspoons Korean hot-pepper paste (sometimes labeled “gochujang”)
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

For noodles
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped peeled ginger
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
10 oz fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
1 1/4 pound Napa cabbage, thinly sliced (8 cups)
6 scallions, thinly sliced
8 to 9 ounces soba (buckwheat noodles)
1 cup frozen shelled edamame

Stir together all sauce ingredients until brown sugar is dissolved, then set aside.

Toast sesame seeds in a dry 12-inch heavy skillet (not nonstick) over medium heat, stirring, until pale golden, then transfer to a small bowl.

Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then sauté ginger and garlic, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shiitakes and sauté, stirring frequently, until tender and starting to brown, about 6 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, then add cabbage and most of scallions (reserve about a tablespoon for garnish) and cook, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is crisp-tender, about 6 minutes. Add sauce and simmer 2 minutes.

While cabbage is cooking, cook soba and edamame together in a pasta pot of boiling salted water (2 tablespoons salt for 6 quarts water) until noodles are just tender, about 6 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under cool water to stop cooking and remove excess starch, then drain well again. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with sesame seeds and vegetable mixture. Serve sprinkled with reserved scallions.

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Geneticists just need to put some Madonna DNA in a cell and the gay gene will come running.

Posted by Gitai | October 17, 2007 8:19 AM

The Religious right should use some of that money to keep their nuns in food and homes.
It's so awesome how the priests that molested children can now be the cause of damage to more people's lives.

Posted by Leeerker | October 17, 2007 8:22 AM

I'm cooking Southern Louisiana style these days. Grits instead of Soba.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | October 17, 2007 8:28 AM

Grits! Getcha' grits, Fitzpatrick!

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 17, 2007 8:38 AM

Kirsten Powers is HAWT! See, Democrats are even more attractive physcally...

Posted by BillyBob | October 17, 2007 8:50 AM

@3 Anson Mills produces some of the best grits ever. I loves me some grits.

Posted by Michigan Matt | October 17, 2007 9:21 AM

Re: The GOP attacking small children -

Proof they've finally found someone their own size to pick on.

Posted by COMTE | October 17, 2007 9:29 AM

Here's an interesting section from the "gay gene" article:

The group's president, Alan Chambers, said he is a former homosexual who went straight and believes homosexuality is morally wrong.

Even if research ultimately shows that genetics play a bigger role, it "will never be something that forces people to behave in a certain way," Chambers said. "We all have the freedom to choose."

So does that mean people are free to choose gayness, asshole?

Posted by Greg | October 17, 2007 10:01 AM

Grits for lunch? Grits with country ham, some sharp cheddar and cayenne pepper, add hot sauce if you must, darlin'.

Grits for breakfast? Use whole milk or even half and half (don't worry -- you look good, child) top with butter and real maple syrup.

Talk about good, as Aunt Zoo Zoo would say.

I'm making breakfast right NOW!

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | October 17, 2007 10:04 AM

Slump housing market, slump! Seattle needs some foreclosures to make a little inventory and lower prices back to "Would the last person who leaves Seattle please turn out the lights?" levels.

Posted by Anon | October 17, 2007 10:11 AM

Here's a good one from this morning (as reported by Salon):

"From this morning's White House press conference:

Reporter: Mr. President, following up on Vladimir Putin for a moment, he said recently that next year, when he has to step down according to the constitution, as the president, he may become prime minister; in effect keeping power and dashing any hopes for a genuine democratic transition there ...

Bush: I've been planning that myself."

Posted by laterite | October 17, 2007 11:12 AM

Actually, the Washington Post says the big fundraisers for Bush aren't giving much money, if any, this time around.

More than 2/3rds of them are sitting it out.

So don't count on the holier-than-America religious right to make up the difference.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 17, 2007 11:57 AM

whaaaaat?! but Seattle is special and housing NEVER goes down!

Posted by my home is my atm | October 17, 2007 11:59 AM

I think I'll stay away from that soba. It looks like earthworms composting.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | October 17, 2007 12:01 PM

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