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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on October 15 at 8:16 AM

Another Day: Another credulous pot bust story.

On Notice: 237 King County employees get layoff slips.

Near Zero: Odds that Hillary will run again.

Less Than Three Weeks to Go: Obama widens lead in four key states.

You Can Say That Again: Palin claims she has “nothing to lose,” will keep attacking Obama.

A Sign of Something: National Review boots columnist Christopher Buckley for Obama endorsement.

Charming: Rossi supporter tells protesters who support minimum wage, “Your stupidity is harming my county.”

Ah, Youth: Teen changes her name to to protest animal dissections at schools.

Last chance for McCain?: Previewing tonight’s presidential debate.

The Company He Keeps: BIAW pumps another $4 million into Republican Dino Rossi’s campaign.

Oh, Shut Up: And find some reasons to mock Sarah Palin that don’t involve her makeup?

Recipe of the Day: Green Tomato and Zucchini Gratin with Feta Cheese and Oregano (Recipe via the Oregonian)

7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided)
1 large red onion, halved and cut in ¼-inch slices
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
4 teaspoons freshly minced garlic (divided)
½ cup vermouth or dry white wine
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh oregano leaves (divided)
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1¼ pounds green tomatoes (about 3 medium), cored and cut crosswise into ¼-inch slices
1¼ pounds zucchini (about 3 to 4 medium), cut diagonally into ¼-inch slices
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 cups fresh bread crumbs (about 4 slices white sandwich bread; see note) or 1 cup panko crumbs
Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray the sides and bottom of a 1½-quart gratin pan or an 8-by-10-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium skillet, over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil shimmers, add the onion, salt and sugar and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions soften, about 5 to 7 minutes. Turn the heat to medium-low, continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until they turn golden brown and caramelize, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Add 3 teaspoons minced garlic to the onions and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the vermouth. Turn the heat to medium high and cook until liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of oregano, red pepper flakes, lemon zest and the remaining minced garlic. Add the sliced tomatoes, zucchini and salt and black pepper and toss to coat.

In the gratin dish, arrange the first row of zucchini, by standing them up and then tipping them at a 45-degree angle against the side of the pan, slightly overlapping the edges (don’t worry about making it too pretty — it will all get covered up soon). Next, arrange a single layer of tomatoes next to the zucchini in a shingle pattern. Repeat, alternating rows of vegetables until all are used. Then evenly distribute the onion mixture over the vegetables. Bake until tender about 40 to 45 minutes.

Remove the gratin from the oven. Raise the oven temperature to 450 degrees. Evenly sprinkle the feta cheese over the gratin. Mix the bread crumbs with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and spread in an even layer over the top. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the top with the remaining chopped oregano. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve.

Note: To make fresh bread crumbs, tear the white sandwich bread into quarters. Place in a food processor and pulse for 15 intervals until the bread has an even, coarse texture.

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Huh. That article on Clinton also said she doesn't want to be Senate majority leader. That's interesting... I always thought she would be a great majority leader.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 15, 2008 8:50 AM

By the way, Canada elected a new right-wing government last night.

Posted by kylamonkey | October 15, 2008 9:00 AM

ECB ignores the results of the national election in Canada because the Green Party received zero seats.

Posted by Luigi Giovanni | October 15, 2008 9:00 AM

B-but Palin's slathering on the makeup like a -- oh, nevermind. I just haven't got the heart.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 15, 2008 9:07 AM

Did you know that green tomatoes are force fed so that they gain 1000 pounds in their 1st year of life? It's horrible. I could give quadrillions of examples and a reading list. Just ask!

Posted by A&W | October 15, 2008 9:35 AM

buckley gave a letter of resignation. thats giving himself the boot.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 15, 2008 9:41 AM

I would take HRC statements with a grain of salt. Remember, when elected to Senate Obama promised he would serve out his term, then broke that promise within about 2 years. Becuase of the urgency of now, you see.....

all politicians do this, it's no big deal to wriggle out of statements that you don't see runing again you have no plans etc.

It's often the best way to start running again, too. What is she supposed to say "well shit yeah if Obama totally flops which I assume will happen I'll take him on in 2012?" "Oh if he's in for eight years I'm promising right now to challenge Biden?"

If she says "well I'm pretty exhaused right now, but you never konw do you?" then that promotes 15 follow up questions and a headline "Clinton plans to run again" which would (a) take media off message right now in terms of getting OBama in there or (b) actually totally hurt her chances.

Like any pol she makes real decisions when they have to be made and she doens't gotta make this decision right now.

Let 'em go ask Biden, too see waht he says. "Oh yes I'm planning on running in 8 years"--would not help him right now.

Posted by PC | October 15, 2008 10:20 AM

"And find some reasons to mock Sarah Palin that don’t involve her makeup?"

They haven't?

Posted by cochise. | October 15, 2008 10:25 AM

Aren't you over yourself yet?

Posted by AW | October 15, 2008 10:37 AM

Oregano is bad for your health. Please post more recipes with booze in them.

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | October 15, 2008 10:50 AM

I'll mock anyone for excessive makeup, thank you--politician or Sally Sixpack, male or female for that matter.

As a straight male, I have an interest in the ideal of feminine beauty being, you know, actually beautiful (or at least not repulsive).

Posted by lostboy | October 15, 2008 11:38 AM

@2, @3: The Canadian election wasn't quite the Conservative victory it might look like. Harper wanted a outright majority in parliament so he could ram his programs through, and he didn't get one and now more than one Canadian is blaming Harper for calling a frivolous election.

Posted by onewink3 | October 15, 2008 11:59 AM

Of course Hilary isn't going to run again. Why would she? When there's a chance she could try this title on for size:

"Supreme Court Justice H. R. Clinton"

Posted by Timrrr | October 15, 2008 12:39 PM

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