Moulton

11 Dec 18
You're Ducking Right

Well, today marks the day I turn 40. Some may say I’m ripe for a mid-life crisis, but lets be honest, my dietary and exercise habits do not seem ripe for making it another 40 years. So even if I have a crisis, its more of a post mid-life crisis. Taking stock of everything this […]

11 Dec 18
Boston Herald
The Nancy Pelosi coup has melted into a pathetic whimper, with House members in full retreat to save their own hides. The latest to cave is our own U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, who announced quietly last Friday that he was now completely supportive of the Minority Leader’s bid to take over as Speaker next year. Lynch had been one of two Massachusetts lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, to join forces against Pelosi in an attempt to install a younger, fresher face in the speaker’s seat. But Lynch has now decided that the 78-year-old Pelosi would be great after all. It’s vintage Washington. The Moulton-led mutiny is failing because no one in Washington has a spine. “Leader Pelosi has assured me that the priorities of average working families will be the priorities of the upcoming Congress,” Lynch said in a statement. Sure. The San Francisco millionaire liberal all of a sudden is the voice of average working families. Could it be that the South Boston Democrat, known for his independent streak, suddenly realized that he would lose his cherished seniority positions if he continued to oppose Pelosi? Maybe he was concerned he would end up in some sub-basement office next to Moulton. “My goal was to get some reassurances that we are going to adopt an agenda that will include a real focus on issues that will make life better for every working family, issues like pension reform, rebuilding America’s transportation infrastructure …” Blah. Blah. You get the picture. Lynch is doing that Washington thing, pretending to secure a victory out of the jaws of defeat. “From our conversations, I believe that Leader Pelosi understands not only the job that needs to be done, but also how to bring disparate voices in our party together to make good things happens for the people that we represent,” Lynch said. “I’m happy to be supporting her.” Lynch also claims he got assurances that Pelosi will “re-empower” the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where Lynch is a senior member. Re-empower the committee? What a joke. Didn’t realize that the committee had lost its power in the first place. Give Moulton credit. He is sticking with his opposition to Pelosi even as members of his mutinous team continue to drop like flies and crawl over to the Pelosi column. And give Pelosi credit, too. She is a master at working the levers of power, and turning old enemies into whimpering lap dogs.
11 Dec 18
Lily's Blog

Women celebrity chefs see many benefits from their unique rhetoric. Scholars point out many different ways that authors use rhetoric to encourage and educate the reader on the skills of cooking. Scholars reference the authors’ choices of layout and font, their use of helpful images and photographs, and the focus on reassuring the reader of […]

10 Dec 18
1889 Magazine

written by Sheila G. Miller It’s that time of year again. It seems as though, when the weather turns chilly and gray, we find excuses new and old to gather together and celebrate—bring a little light of our own into the dark winter days. Celebrate the end of 2018 and the start of 2019 in […]

10 Dec 18
Surviving Mexico

As you already know, I’ve been promoting Jennifer Robin Lee’s course Move to Mexico Now eCourse which is just the thing as you contemplate your best life here in Mexico. The course has gotten even better with the release of the Move to Mexico Now eCourse Workbook. Although it’s designed to complement the eCourse, it can be used […]

10 Dec 18
4x M Blog

Creative Process: Strength    There are many description what strength means. For me strength is a bravery with dealing with difficulties – being strong person. What does it mean to be strong? Let’s not focus on being physically strong, but let’s focus more on being mentally and emotionally strong. Being strong mean being able to […]

10 Dec 18
KFOR.com

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10 Dec 18
Tytania

This was awesome. I’ve been having good luck with the Sara Moulton cookbook I bought at the Essex event earlier this year, though I have to watch the salt and the heat level (she makes things salty and cooks over a very high heat). This is potatoes and cauliflower and some spices; and chickpeas and […]

09 Dec 18
Tr1c's Blog

Story was written by Edward D Church for WordPress It has come off no surprise hearing such story’s of Bob Lazare’s of him being of a person to be working for area 51 and telling everything how flying saucers work in showing diagrams of them on youtube. Alien Scientist came on an issue that he […]

09 Dec 18
IntoTheVoid

This is a follow-up to my last post about 2020, this time about candidates who shouldn’t run but are probably going to anyways for one reason or another. Joe Biden – Let’s get him out of the way first. He would be a genuinely terrible candidate for three big reasons. First, he was asked about millennials […]

09 Dec 18
Quartz
I really enjoy baking. I have a fairly large kitchen, a nice oven, and a stand mixer. Still, I sometimes find holiday cookie season to be a bit of a slog. There have been December nights when I have stayed up past midnight, running two different oven timers, wondering how I got flour and colored sugar on every surface, dreading washing every sticky, butter-slicked bowl in the cupboard. Last year I figured out a better way. I was due to give birth in early December, and in a brilliant moment of foresight I realized that 1) there was no way I could stay up until all hours baking cookies once I had a newborn. And 2) cookies would be more important to me than ever. So I pre-made most of my cookie dough and froze it. It changed my entire perspective on how to make holiday cookies. This year I mixed up three batches of cookies at a time in just over two hours. I drank a glass of wine and listened to a couple podcasts. It was mellow and relaxing. Here’s the thing: If you delight in spending an entire day in a haze of sugar and flour, more power to you. But for the rest of us, trying to make the dough and bake and decorate cookies all in the same day is a losing proposition. It’s a bigger chunk of time than most people have to spend in the kitchen all in one go, and most cookie doughs benefit from sitting overnight—or longer—in the fridge anyhow. Pretty! Make your dough in advance, then bake your cookies and decorate them at a pace that meets your needs—whether that’s all at once as an afternoon project with kids, or just a few at a time, for still-warm cookie plates throughout the season. You don’t have to limit this to the holidays either: You too can be the kind of person who always shows up with a warm plate of cookies, like it’s no big thing. And there is no greater gift you can give yourself than burying some cookies in your freezer to be forgotten about and then discovered on a cold January night. Here’s how to be that person. Choose your cookie recipes Choose cookies that can be frozen (which is most). I like to make three kinds: a classic sugar cookie that my kids can decorate with sprinkles; Dorie Greenpan’s justly famous World Peace Cookies for a hit of chocolate; and then a wild card. This year I went for four, adding an excellent ginger cookie from King Arthur Flour (add a half cup of chopped dates, trust me), and a chocolate and vanilla shortbread that looked beautiful in the pages of Bon Appetit, and looked like a B+ junior high home economics project when I tried to replicate. One of these things is not like the other. Having a buttery crisp sugar cookie in the mix is really key. The recipe my family has been using from The Joy of Cooking for at least three generations can be mixed in about 15 minutes and the possibilities for decorating them are endless. They make excellent use of eclectic cookie cutters, and can be topped with sprinkles, those weird silver candy balls, royal icing, egg wash and food coloring, frosting, or crushed up candy canes, among endless other options. Go shopping Make a list of all the ingredients you’ll need, all the flours, sugars, cocoa powder, nuts, eggs, and decorations your recipes require. Check your cupboard—do you need baking power, baking soda, or vanilla? Buy one more pound of butter than you think you’ll need. You may want to make a second batch of something and while you are likely to have flour and sugar leftover, cookies require a lot of butter and you will go through it at an alarming pace. Get yourself set up to bake. Don’t forget parchment paper and freezer bags. Milk Street Radio hosts Christopher Kimball and Sarah Moulton, both passionate advocates for home cooks, agree that parchment paper is better than a Silpat for baking, unless you’re making something exceptionally delicate or sticky. I also use parchment to wrap dough for chilling in the fridge and to line my sheet pans. I store cookies, in either logs to slice or discs to pop on baking sheets, in freezer bags. Keep your butter at room temperature When you get home from the store, put your butter on a plate and put that plate on top of your refrigerator. Unless you live somewhere very hot or you have a mouse problem, this will be just fine even if you don’t start your project for a few hours or even days. The first step in many cookie recipes is to cream butter and sugar together, which is a way to aerate the dough, and make a light, crisp cookie. It might seem like it’s okay to cream cold butter straight from the refrigerator if you’re using a stand mixer, but it’s just not the same. Mix all your cookies in one go I started with the sugar cookies, then put the dough in a plastic bag and put it in the fridge, where it’s sitting ready to roll out and decorate, one small batch at a time. Then I made the chocolate and vanilla striped shortbread cookie—without even cleaning the mixing bowl first. I gave it a solid wipe down and rinse after the chocolate part of the second recipe was done, but did not sweat a deep clean before launching in to mix up ginger cookies. For ginger cookies, I let them sit overnight before rolling into balls, flattening those balls into thick disks and freezing. When I was done I had three batches of dough in the fridge, ready to bake at a moment’s notice. Fridge or freezer? Sugar cookie dough can be frozen, but I usually keep it in the fridge it takes forever for the dough to defrost for rolling out. Either way, flatten the dough into flat discs, like pie crust to refrigerate or freeze. Cookies you roll into logs and slice, like shortbread or those transcendent World Peace cookies, can be easily frozen or refrigerated, but definitely do not slice them in advance. They can easily crumble and fall apart when cut into individual cookies. They can be sliced and baked straight from frozen. For chunkier, butter-rich cookies like chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, or those ginger-date cookies, portion them out and freeze them on a flat tray, then put them in a bag. Many guides to freezing cookies will tell you to roll them into balls and freeze. I roll them in balls and then flatten the balls into thick discs. They spread more evenly in the oven that way, and stack nicely in a plastic container. These ginger cookies smell wonderful and taste even better. Baking The beauty of having cookie dough at the ready is that you can make cookies at the drop of a hat. Most cookies bake in under 20 minutes, and freezing might add a minute or two of baking time, but not any more. So you can have fresh-baked cookies in less than half an hour. I like to make cookie bags for friends and neighbors in December, delivered in wire-closure coffee bags that I have my children decorate. With dough ready to go in the freezer, I can bake a custom pack for whoever I’m going to see. Another cookie power move is to give a friend a bag of frozen cookie discs, with baking time and temperature written on the outside. Then, they will have the secret power of warm cookies on demand, too.
09 Dec 18
Boston Herald
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch says he now supports Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House speaker, breaking away from a group of Democratic representatives who earlier said they would not support her. Lynch said Friday he’s been assured the House will prioritize helping working families in the next session. His office says the change of heart came after “several days of productive conversations.” Lynch said he also had received assurances that Pelosi would back the work of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — of which he is a senior member. Lynch represents the 8th Congressional District, which includes parts of Boston. Lynch had joined fellow Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton in signing a letter against Pelosi in mid-November. A floor vote to decide the speakership will be held Jan. 3.
09 Dec 18
famousinfamousbirthsdeathsblog

King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden kicks things off today given he got things going back in 1594. Keeping with the ancient royal theme, Queen consort of Spain Maria Luisa of Parma found herself wrapped in linen back in 1751. Having mentioned founder of frozen food company Clarence Frank Birdseye II on October 7th when he […]

09 Dec 18
SportSpiel

Alasdair Hooper and Will Moulton are joined by racing driver Emily Glanvill on episode 32 of SportSpiel. FEATURE INTERVIEW On our feature interview section (3:15) Alasdair chats to Emily about her life in motorsport. The Scottish racer is just 19 but has a wealth of talent and is showing great potential for the future – […]