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Mississippi Goddamn, Cont'd

Given the events of the last few days, were I Thad Cochran down there in Mississippi, I wouldn't want to see this quote popping up in <i>Mother Times</i> at all.<p><i>So it makes sense that, after an inconclusive initial primary in<br>Mississippi, Mr. Cochran seeks to win their June 24 runoff by tapping<br>that</i> …

This Week In The Laboratories Of Democracy

(Permanent MusicalAccompaniment To This Post)<p><b>Being our semi-regular weekly survey</b> of what's goin' down in the several states where, as we know, the real work of governmentin' gets done, and where Georgia Sam says he has a bloody nose.<p>Let's start in Texas, where a local prosecutor's invitation to …

How Iraq Turns Into Vietnam Before Our Very Eyes

Once again, just as it was before the George W. Bush Presidency launched its mendacious clusterfck in Iraq, the McClatchy Washington bureau has decided to be invaluable again. It seems that the folks in our national legislature have drunk deeply yet again from the River Of Forgetfulness.<p>As fighters …

How Far Will the Anti-Immigration Flames Spread?

<b>For some reason,</b> there is a reluctance on the part of many of our political observers to consider the effectiveness in a campaign of issues that act as what the folks on the arson squad call an "accelerant." Pour gasoline down a hallway and walk away, and nothing happens. Pour gasoline down a …

The Past In Collision With The Present

The past continues to shoot at the present in Iraq. Yet another day, and yet another public pronouncement from the president, and yet another spasm of outrage from the foreign-policy claque that got us into the Iraq debacle in the first place. It is going to be a terrible couple of months for …

Out On The Weekend

(Permanent Musical Accompaniment The The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog's Second-Favourite Canadian)<p>OK, I takes all I can stand and I can't <i>stands no more.</i><p>Because it is hard to get your bearings when your head is either up your ass or tucked away firmly in your old carpet bag, former Senator …

Introducing the New Liberal Icon (With Extra Plato)

<b>The elevation of Dave Brat</b> to Tranformational National Figure by peoplewho should know better continues apace. (And Steve M is correctin comparing Brat's libertarian Potemkin populism with the sudden silence of brogressive hero Rand Paul on the events in Iraq.) However, over at <i>Mother Jones</i>, they …

Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity

You just knew that the collapse of Iraq was going to bring out the absolute worst of the largely history-impaired kidz at <i>Tiger Beat On The Potomac.</i> First, we discover that the easily predictable long-term results of a mendacious and idiotic war launched by mendacious idiots is really a problem for …

coconut brown butter cookies

I realize that most people don’t go to the City Bakery or their green Birdbath outlets for coconut cookies. They come in droves to load up on the …

Peanut Butter and Honey Bar Cookies

Peanut butter and honey are a wonderful combination. I like honey drizzled over hot toast that is spread with peanut butter, honey that is mixed with …

Chocolate Guinness Frozen Yogurt

The release of my new cookbook, How To Make Frozen Yogurt, is just a few days after St Patrick’s Day this year, so I decided to celebrate the holiday …

double chocolate banana bread

I have a theory that Mondays are for repentance, for undoing whatever damages to your liver, psyche or saddlebags you’ve done over the weekend. …

Crazy Crust Apple Pie

This is a recipe that I found on a hand-typed recipe card (as in, it was typed on a typewriter) tucked inside of one of my grandmother’s cookbooks. I …

Impossible Coconut Custard Pie Cupcakes

During the fall, one of my favorite recipes to make is for my Impossible Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes. They’re pumpkin pie in a unique single-serving format …

i>That</i> Chocolate Cake

Today I turned 23.<p>A week ago, I started writing a post for my birthday.<p>I wrote that 22 had started with crushing heartbreak. I described how the past …

chocolate-peanut spread

People, I’m no good. I’m terrible news, a bad influence and possibly everything that your nutritionists, cardiologists and mamas warn you about. …

apple cider caramels + the book is here!

So, friends. Yesterday was the day, the day that that the 336-page, 2.8-pound bundle of joy that I began working on over three years ago tip-toed …

salted caramel brownies

A couple months ago, someone requested that I try my hand at caramel brownies. Amazingly, this person was not my husband, but he endorsed this idea …

Butterscotch Apple Mini Galettes

November 4, 2013<p>We’re talking personal pies. Flat little freeform pies that are full of charm. They’re casual and fancy at the same time. And you can …

Baking

DIY Love Elixirs: Infused Simple Syrups

Do love potions exist? I say yes. Okay, <i>kind of</i>. The words <i>potion</i> and <i>elixir</i> both imply conjury - perhaps a bubbling test tube or a little amber bottle …

Treacle Scones

Several years after my grandmother died, I was given her cookery books. They were kept in the darkest corner of her kitchen and stacked, piled and …

Pear & Caramel Pudding Cake

In the middle of making this cake for the first time, my mum's Kenwood Major died.<p>It was eighteen years old, bought when I was six. Mum taught me to …

Crumbled Apples

On a beautifully bright day a few weeks ago, we went for lunch at one of my favourite restaurants in Verbier.<p>It's tucked away in the trees, up on the …