Wednesday, October 29, 2014



TOMORROW we will bring this ALL-TOO BRIEF SERIES to a CLOSE with minutely detailed instructions on how to prepare PEIPING DUCK –– 
a mouth watering treat to be sure!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Octopus Salad

If you’ve never tasted Octopus, you’ll find it’s a lot like calamari, just stronger, and meatier.  Mexican Octopus Salad (“ensalada de pulpo”) made with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, and chiles makes a wonderful side dish, main dish for a luncheon, or can be exquisite as a topping for tacos or tostadas. Octopus isn’t always available at local markets but sometimes it appears at a local Whole Foods  Store, and then it’s time size the opportunity make mincemeat of the slithery looking sea beast. Octopus Slad may be made like a ceviche made where the octopus is cooked without heat in an acidic marinade. but for his recipe the octopus will be blanched first by plunging it into boiling water, then slowly stewing it in its own juices with fragrant herbs. Ths process concentrates the natural flavor of the octopus  as it absorbs flavor from the herbs. Slow cooking helps tenderize the normally rubbery texture of the octopus so that it’s texture resembles that of a steamed lobster. After cooking we cool, then chop the meat, toss it with the tomatoes and other vegetables set aside in a dressing made of lime juice, cider vinegar, olive oil, and then chill it for several hours.

OCTOPUS SALAD (Ensalada de Pulpo)


One 2-3 pound octopus, cleaned
S&P to taste
A few sprigs of fresh oregano
A few sprigs of fresh parsley
A few sprigs of fresh cilantro
1 cup seeded, chopped cucumber,
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
3 scallions, sliced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced 
1/2 cup (loose) chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups chopped, seeded fresh tomatoes


1. Heat a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. 

Place the raw octopus in the boiling water, return the water to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes. 

Remove the Octopus from the pot and place to cool on a sheet pan. 

Discard the cooking water.

Cut Octopus into large pieces, discard  the guts, beak, ink sac,may have  been neglected in the cleaning process. Place the pieces of Octopus on the herbs.

3. Place a bed of the parsley, cilantro, fresh oregano in a small Dutch oven or covered casserole. Put Octopus over the herbs, cover and bake at 250° for 1 3/4 hours, until tender.

4. Remove the pieces of octopus to a sheet pan to cool. When cool to touch, pull off any gelatinous bits that surround the pieces of the octopus you  may not want to eat. They taste good, but you may not like the slimy texture. If rubbery slime doesn’t bother you, just leave it. The small round pieces of meat that resemble eyeballs are not eyeballs, but loose suction cups from the creature’s tentacles. They also taste good so don’t be squeamish. Cut the meat of the Octopus into 1/2-inch pieces. 

5. Place the chopped octopus into a large, mixing bowl.  Add the cucumbers, red onion, scallions, cilantro, dried oregano, and jalapeƱo,  the lime juice, cider vinegar, olive oil, a sprinkle of salt, and stir to combine.  Cover and chill for at least 2 hours, but better overnight.  Just before serving  stir in the chilled chopped tomatoes.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I know some lonely houses off the road
A robber 'd like the look of, -
Wooden barred,
And windows hanging low,
Inviting to
A portico,
Where two could creep:
One hand the tools,
The other peep
To make sure all's asleep.
Old-fashioned eyes,
Not easy to surprise!

How orderly the kitchen 'd look by night,
With just a clock, -
But they could gag the tick,
And mice won't bark;
And so the walls don't tell,
None will.

A pair of spectacles ajar just stir -
An almanac's aware.
Was it the mat winked,
Or a nervous star?
The moon slides down the stair
To see who's there.

There's plunder, - where?
Tankard, or spoon,
Earring, or stone,
A watch, some ancient brooch
To match the grandmamma,
Staid sleeping there.

Day rattles, too,
Stealth's slow;
The sun has got as far
As the third sycamore.
Screams chanticleer,
"Who's there?"
And echoes, trains away,
Sneer- "Where?"
While the old couple, just astir,
Fancy the sunrise left the door ajar!

~ Emily  Dickinson (1830-86)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Submitting to God’s Purpose

10/25/2014 - MY UTMOST for HIS HIGHEST (emphasis added by FT)

I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some — 1 Corinthians 9:22

A Christian worker has to learn how to be God’s man or woman of great worth and excellence in the midst of a multitude of meager and worthless things. Never protest by saying, “If only I were somewhere else!” 
All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose HE has given them. 
Unless we have the right purpose intellectually in our minds and lovingly in our hearts, we will very quickly be diverted from being useful to God. 
We are not workers for God by choice. Many people deliberately choose to be workers, but they have no purpose of God’s almighty grace or His mighty Word in them. Paul’s whole heart, mind, and soul were consumed with the great purpose of what Jesus Christ came to do, and he never lost sight of that one thing. We must continually confront ourselves with one central fact— “. . . Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).
“I chose you . . .” (John 15:16). Keep these words as a wonderful reminder in your theology. It is not that you have gotten God, but that He has gotten you. God is at work bending, breaking, molding, and doing exactly as He chooses. And why is He doing it? He is doing it for only one purpose— that He may be able to say, “This is My man, and this is My woman.” We have to be in God’s hand so that He can place others on the Rock, (Jesus Christ), just as He has placed us.
Never choose to be a worker, but once God has placed His call upon you, woe be to you if you “turn aside . . . to the right or the left . . .” (Deuteronomy 28:14). He will do with you what He never did before His call came to you, and He will do with you what He is not doing with other people. Let Him have His way.
~ Oswald Chambers

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

Friday, October 24, 2014


OCTOBER 23, 2014 5:33 PM

The Nightly News' Curious Disinterest in the Midterm Elections

by Jim Geraghty

The Newsbusters guys chuckle at a CNBC discussion of the lack of network news coverage of the midterm elections, compared to 2006. 
The Media Research Center watched the network news broadcasts and counted up the news stories: “When Democrats were feeling good about their election prospects eight years ago, the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and ABC’s World News aired a combined 159 campaign stories (91 full reports and another 68 stories that mentioned the campaign). But during the same time period this year, those same newscasts have offered a paltry 25 stories (16 full reports and 9 mentions), a six-to-one disparity.”
The Newsbusters guys take issue with CNBC Washington correspondent John Harwood’s explanations, including the claim ”this is an election where there isn’t a dominant issue, you’ve got a whole bunch of little issues.” But this fall’s news cycle hasn’t really had a bunch of little issues; it’s had two really big ones with lots of different daily developments: the Ebola outbreak and then the U.S. beginning (and continuing) air operations against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, along the blame game over whether the administration underestimated ISIS. Both of those can be covered outside of a campaign context, or within it… 
The simplest, and most likely explanation, is that the networks are eager and excited to cover elections when Democrats are expected to win and much less interested and easily distracted when Republicans are expected to win.
That having been said, there are one or two non-ideological explanations, too.
First, the network news broadcasts may be a lot more light and fluffy feature stories these days compared to eight years ago. Last night’s NBC News broadcast featured “thousands of shelter dogs in need of new homes and families, and the armies of volunteers helping to get them there.” Hey, everybody loves footage of puppies.
Second, the 2006 wave election changed the House and the Senate, changing the dynamic of Washington from a Republican President working with a Republican Congress to a Republican President working with a Democratic Congress. Because this year is going to leave us with a Democratic President and a Republican House — and probably, although not yet certainly, a Republican Senate — the dynamic will change less dramatically. A lot of voters on both sides of the political divide feel that the stakes aren’t particularly high. 
Andrew Ross Sorkin offers the theory, “there’s not an interesting candidate in this whole situation?” That explanation isn’t particularly compelling. Joni Ernst isn’t interesting? Harvard Iraq veteran Tom Cotton isn’t interesting? Cory Gardner’s not interesting? Scott Brown trying to win two senatorial elections in two different states in a four-year span isn’t interesting?

[NOTE: Jim Geraghty is a contributing editor to the National Review. He writes the Campaign Spot blog for National Review Online, and regularly appears on Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC. Jim's first book was Voting to Kill (2006), about how the 9/11 attacks affected American voters. He also guest hosts the nationally syndicated Hugh Hewitt Show. Follow Jim on Twitter at @jimgeraghty ]