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Friday, October 17, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on October 17 at 7:20 AM

On Notice: Chicago Tribune drops AP after rate increase.

The children are our future: Anti-drug rally gets students fired up, chanting “Just Say No.”

Outpaced: Burner gets more local donations than Reichert.

Censored: College students warned not to forward political commentary through email.

Reassessing: Saint Petraeus says Afghanistan will be “the longest campaign of the long war.”

Down: Oil prices go below $70 a barrel.

Up, Down, Up: Dow closes up 400 points after plunging 380 during yesterday’s trading.

No Charges: Secret Service says no one yelled “kill him” at Palin rally in Scranton.

Chicago Transit: The most expensive in the US, survey says.

Don’t Mess With Mommy: Parents protest mandatory flu vaccinations in New Jersey

Dealing With the Economy: Yet another thing some study says women are doing wrong.

Sen. Stevens: Takes the stand.

Firing Back: Lobbyist sues Gregoire supporters for including him in anti-Rossi ad.

Heavy: Taken together, humans and our domestic animals now outweigh all other animals on earth.

Carnivorous, Leek-Free Recipe of the Day: Rabbit, Mushroom and Tarragon Stew (Recipe and photo via We Are Never Full)


3 rashers of bacon, cut into pieces
1 small onion, diced finely
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced lengthwise
1 whole rabbit, cut into pieces (have your butcher do this)
3 sprigs of tarragon - 2 with tarragon leaves removed and chopped and 1 left whole, bruised by back of a chef’s knife
2 1/2 cups of white wine
2 heaping tablespoons of dijon mustard
1 1/2 cups of chicken stock
1/2 cup light cream

Heat heavy-bottomed pan/pot to medium-high and cook bacon pieces until almost crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Pour bacon fat into a bowl and, starting with one tablespoon, add the fat back to the pot. Cook onion, garlic and mushroom in the bacon fat until medium-soft (about 5-6 minutes). Remove and set aside in the bowl with the bacon.

Season the rabbit pieces with salt and pepper. Add a bit more bacon fat (or butter if you’d prefer) back to the heavy-bottomed pan and add your rabbit pieces. Sear the outside on all sides of each piece until they are nice and golden brown (about 6 to 8 minutes). Remove to a plate for a moment.

Deglaze the bottom of your pan with wine - keep heat up to medium and scrape all the bits from the bottom of the pan. After about a minute or so, add your chicken stock, tarragon, bruised tarragon sprig and mustard. Stir.

Now, add back everything - rabbit, mushrooms, bacon, onions, garlic, etc. - to the pan. Bring to a boil and then lower to medium/medium-low and simmer, covered for 30 minutes. After that, continue to simmer the dish uncovered for another 20 to 30 minutes. It will cook down to a thicker sauce.

Finish by stirring in the cream and fishing out the loose tarragon sprig.

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No More Leeks!!

Posted by DENVEROPOLIS | October 17, 2008 7:47 AM

That anti-vaccine crowd is trouble. I hope it doesn't take another Polio to snap people out of it.

Posted by Parsnip | October 17, 2008 8:03 AM

Oh no, eating bunny rabbits? I can't do that.

Posted by raindrop | October 17, 2008 8:04 AM

"Heavy: Taken together, humans and our domestic animals now outweigh all other animals on earth."

Not true. Not even close to true. Not even close to what the source you referenced says. The article only discusses vertebrates for a reason, namely that invertebrates represent a much larger portion of the world's biomass. Backbones aside, it doesn't even claim we outweigh all vertebrates. It says we outweigh some subsets of the vertebrates.

Posted by Ad | October 17, 2008 8:10 AM

Without the lovely herbs, that rabbit dish would look like vomit.

Posted by sugar | October 17, 2008 8:21 AM

Rabbit meat makes my tongue twitch uncontrollably--kind of a problem at public speaking events. Please post more recipes with peanut butter in them.

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | October 17, 2008 8:22 AM

BIAW admits to having an agenda:

So, if you guys wanted to know what's going to happen to Washington State under Rossi, now you know!

Posted by AJ | October 17, 2008 8:22 AM

@ AJ
your correct and in many ecosystems it is the often unseen Salamanders that make up the largest component of vertebrate biomass.

Posted by mickey in AR | October 17, 2008 8:42 AM

mickey-- I think you meant "ad".

I was talking about an entirely different invertabrate biomass.

Posted by AJ | October 17, 2008 8:45 AM

Hitler was a vegetarian. Ahmadinejad is the new Hitler. Therefore, vegetarianism is a liberal plot to destroy Israel and bring on a new Holocaust. Q.E.D., bitches!

Posted by John Bailo | October 17, 2008 8:46 AM

That article on censorship at colleges is maddening - both for what is happening at these colleges and the supposed rationale. Are colleges really doing these things because they are afraid of losing 501c3 status? That's so ridiculous as to not even be worthy of a rebuttal.

Individuals associated with a nonprofit can endorse candidates (and of course, discuss politics and forward e-mails) all they want. But, the institution cannot endorse a candidate. Truly maddening.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 17, 2008 8:57 AM

What do they mean by major metropolitan area in that transit article? The CTA has the same rates, essentially, as Metro and Sound Transit, as well as TriMet in Portland, and out here far fewer people can get by without a car, so that makes transit even more expensive by comparison.

Posted by pragmatic | October 17, 2008 9:02 AM

Fix your headline: The Chicago Tribune did not drop AP; it gave the required (by contract) two-year notice that it intends to drop it. Big difference. A lot can happen in two years.

Posted by rjh | October 17, 2008 9:18 AM

Other than hunting it yourself, where can you get rabbit around here?

Posted by Steve | October 17, 2008 11:01 AM

I've seen rabbit at Central Market in Shoreline. I've eaten it at the Stumbling Goat.

Posted by Fnarf | October 17, 2008 11:03 AM

Damn, I could go for some rabbit right now. Maybe in a cream and gouda sauce with some black pepper and rock salt on top.

Posted by Greg | October 17, 2008 11:09 AM

I've seen rabbit at the Whole Foods on Westlake Ave.

Posted by Mikki | October 17, 2008 11:26 AM

You can get rabbit at Fero's in the market. I've also eaten it at Union.

Posted by kathrine | October 17, 2008 1:26 PM

Is it weird that now I feel kind of disappointed to NOT be eaten?

Posted by leek | October 17, 2008 9:13 PM

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