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Brie at last or war’s a mouthful

Brie at last

By Russ Imrie August 30, 2013

I am disturbed and I am concerned about the recent uptick in warmed-over meals and re-animated fast food appearing at the table. I had been so looking forward to something fresh.

Make no mistake about it; I am in awe of the utensils and recipes that make American cuisine influential around the planet. It’s often the choice of both emerging foodies and of the established “Colonels” class.

Locally though, a fundamental quality of food, that it be securely rooted in tradition (and thus reflect upon our character,) is at risk today.

Discovering and then reheating last week’s “war on diet” pizza slice has always been a pleasant interlude. But when a savory home-cooked vegetable soup is reduced to a thick mish-mash and the onions, mushrooms, carrots, and delicate GMO free chicken lose “their way” in a pot of leftovers, I get a bad feeling about it. Times change.

Do not get me wrong. My [tribal] ancestors created a food that often served as well days or weeks along, if not better, than as a warm family main course: Kahnata. Dutch traders and settlers in what is now New York referred to this as “a kind of large corn dumpling.”

Warriors carried these heavy nourishing meals ready-to-throw along on canoe voyages in pursuit of beaver pelts and sometimes scalps. With some dried pre-GMO meat, it sustained and in a pinch could be heaved in the face of an enemy (or raiding bear.) Our French allies in those days could take along their hapless rations on raids against the rival Colonials south in New England but we packed a secret weapon that is tasty and nourishing to this day.

So is the source of my unsettled thoughts this morning. Lest we forget what food is  (and a particularly tasteless stew is on today’s “revisit”menu) let’s say grace and think deeply about what’s important.

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area. More opinion pieces are at China Daily Mail and MediaSeenToo

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Building the case, Obama style

 

Outshrewding the Israelis?
I think the Obama Administration, in a testy partnership with the Israelis, is building a case for an attack on Iran to happen before or immediately after the elections )if Obama is reelected).
This is nothing like the Bush-league mess made up by the likes of Cheney, Rice, Wolfowitz, et al. to justify the invasion of Iraq.
I will launch a list today on items that may or may not be events used as rationales or at least to relax resistance to assisting Israel in a knockout blow on Iran’s nuclear enterprise.
  1. For first time, U.S. State Department defines settler violence as terrorism – In annual report on terrorism in foreign countries, U.S. government report defines so-called ‘price-tag’ attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank as acts of terror. – By Barak Ravid | Aug.18, 2012 | 8:35 PM | HARATZ  This will not be responded to by Israelis – as their part of the deal they will exhibit flexibility on the settlements issue.
  2. Iran Bans Women From College Courses – Aug 21, 2012 6:38 AM EDT – DAILY BEAST – What else is new? Iran is desperate and needs to keep educated elite down. This will appeal to the female, anti-Romney demographic in the U.S. 
distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area. Copyright © forever and 2012 by Russell Imrie