Friday, March 31, 2017

Irish cabbage, onion, potato and bacon dish. Simply amazing!

Cooking is a relaxing and satisfying pastime for me. Calms me down and gives me a sense of satisfaction, especially at dinner time. Yesterday it was a dish I had not made or even been aware of until a few days ago. I am told it is called Cal-cannon but I'm amiss on the proper spelling at this time. At any rate, I suggest it to anyone that enjoys a cacophony of delightful, savory mix of flavors and can temporarily suspend avoidance of fats, calories, carbs and oils.

1 lb bacon fried in a pan to crispy state
Remove bacon to plate for crumbling
Add 3/4 pound butter to pan of bacon grease at medium heat
Add 1/2 head shredded cabbage
Add two large halved and sliced onions
Add 1 tablespoon minced garlic
Cook until onions and cabbage are caramelized and tender
Add 4 to 5 cups mashed potatoes (instant or fresh works equally)
Add crumbled bacon
Stir until well mixed and serve.

Aech ingredient adds to the intensity of the others so well I was amazed.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Health care VS politics

A nice part about blogging is that, if I am willing to suffer the consequences, I can pretty much say what I want. I am not under a microscope like politicians are. Our president, Donald Trump is fast finding out that he does not have the totalitarian clout he had on his TV show. Th opposition party, the democrats, as well as some republicans are fast finding out our president is not afraid to challenge the status quo. This entire process is, in  my opinion a vast improvement over recent history in Washington and will result hopefully in an eventual cleaning up of the unsustainable Affordable Care Act.

There is so much hate being expressed toward Donald Trump by self absorbed democrats I find it ridiculous. Just as I found some of the ridicule of Obama when he resided in the white house for 8 years by republicans with no faith in the constitution. We all have to admit that not any one politician or one political party has all the answers. It is a government of constant discussion, change and compromise. All that hate rhetoric does nothing to further the goals and life experience of the American people.

Seeing the challenge to the Affordable Care Act crash and burn was not really unexpected was it? I don't think so anyway. I believe the challenge was mounted more to test the waters than anything else. President Trump hasn't been in office or even politics for that matter, long enough to gather his troops around him. Ronald Reagan, although also coming from the entertainment industry, was intensely involved in politics for decades. Barack Obama, although not a very accomplished political force had several things going for him, not the least of which was that he was a man of color in a time when a huge portion of our society wanted to make a statement regarding racism. He presided over a pretty clean administration and it was most enjoyable seeing his example as a father and husband. I feel his presidency accomplished a lot as far as people of color feeling less disenfranchised and more empowered. Just like President Ford, not particularly great but a stabilizing element for many. Barack was much too socialist for my liking though. Just like Bernie Sanders.

The next four years are going to be a continuous string of challenges and surprises. Keeping the faith in our constitution will help a lot with the anxiety of it all. Holding all politicians accountable for their actions is our job.
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