Speaking of bread and butter, around here thats politics and theres been plenty goin' on since last we met. As we speak the President is touring Europe trying to squeeze the last vestiges of integrity and manliness out of has-been nations too proud and too educated to know that their very survival depends on the battle that only the United States now has the gumption to wage.
While we're on the topic of gumption, seems the party of sedition aka; democrats have found enough to annoint Howie "Screamin' Dean party hack...er chair. He's already managed to put his foot squarely into his mouth on a couple of occasions and this promises to be a fun election cycle. I mean how much money can he wheedle out of Birkenstock adorned Earth Liberation Front types? It would be better for the democrats if their base actually maintained jobs. At least jobs in the sense that they are generally recognized as places of employment, maintain and issue employee identification numbers and generate revenue. No wonder the democrats push so hard to legalize drugs. Such a passage would immediately provide huge numbers of their base with legitimate employment and the party itself with a new source of revenue in taxes and business write offs for donations by their base, or would that be baseheads?
What no one seems to be talking about is the incredible triumph achieved by President Bush with the passage of a measure of tort reform. What we have talked about for years is now a reality and with little more than a whimper from the treason lobby. Perhaps now we can begin to get a handle on skyrocketing insurance and health associated costs. This is really a remarkable achievement and it is shocking to me that it has gotten so little play. Of course the successful Iraqi election continues to throw a monkey wrench into the scripted whining of the left and so maybe they can only deal with one calamity at a time. After all, as Rush says, whats good news for America is bad news for the democrats.
You'll be getting nothing but good news and reviews if you try your hand at these garlic meatballs I threw together for Beau Palica's Superbowl Bash. Man are they good, just don't expect any leftovers. The recipe is courtesy of Emeril Lagasse and the only change I made was to switch the beer from an amber to a stout for a richer gravy. Boy did it work...
1 lb of ground chuck
1 lb of ground pork
1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/4 cup finely chopped scallions
1 large egg
1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cayenne
16 small cloves of peeled garlic
1/4 cup bleached all purpose flour
1 tsp Emerils' Bayou Blast seasoning
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups thin sliced yellow onions
1 12 oz Guinness Stout beer
1 cup water
In a large mixing bowl combine the ground meats, chopped yellow onion, chopped garlic, green onions, egg, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp of the salt, and 1/2 tsp of the cayenne. mix together well with your hands and then form the mixture into at least 16 meatballs. (You may get a few more out of this, these are substantial sized meatballs). Insert a garlic clove into each meatball and pinch the meat around it.
Combine the flour and Bayou Blast in a shallow plate. Roll the meatballs evenly in the flour mixture and tap off any excess. Reserve the remaining flour.
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the meatballs and brown evenly, using a spoon to turn them. Remove the meatballs from the pan and set aside. With a wooden spoon, scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen any brown bits. Stir in the reserved flour. Stir constantly for 3-4 minutes to make a dark brown roux. Add the sliced onions and season with the remaining salt and cayenne. Cook stirring constantly until the onions are slightly soft, about 2 minutes. Slowly pour in the Guinness and water and mix well. Bring the mixture to a boil and then return the meatballs to the mixture. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer uncovered for about 1 hour until the gravy is thick. Be sure to turn and baste the meatballs with the gravy every 15 minutes or so. Ideally, these gems should adorn a nice loaf of french bread making a meatball poorboy. I bet they are equally at home over egg noodles with the gravy, a sort of meatball stroganoff. Either way, they are just damn good.....good eatin' on y'all.....
Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family