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December 10, 2011

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Thomas Collins

Mel, I wouldn't say not going to happen. I would say happens, but very rarely. And until an American President is willing to face the reality outlined in Ignatz's post and base his Administrartion on it (even if he concludes it will make him a one term POTUS), this mess will continue.

I realize that politics is the art of the possible. Sometimes that art includes going along to get along including obscuring the stark reality of things. However, there are times, such as now, when that art demands the truth.

Frau Spekulatius

JiB, I think it's the old box thingy at the bottom of the screen that pops up now and then. If you don't see it and enter the code, your stuff disappears.
btw The Germans don't put chocolate on theirs either. The butter content alone is enough.

Ranger

So, they made a big deal about Obama going from the Navy side of the field to the Army side, and Navy starts the half marching down for a touchdown in 5 plays.

Clarice

A place called house on the hill used to have the most marvelous reproductions of Medieval german cookies presses..They got bigger and sharply reduced their inventory but some of the old ones were very charming--even XX rated.

Jack is Back! (An Above Average Hoi Polloi)

Speculoos cookie recipe (Flemish Spice Cookies):

1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup of dark brown sugar
1 large Egg
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cookie flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Pinch of ground cloves and/or ground nutmeg

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the egg.

Sift the 2 flours and the salt, baking soda and spices into a mixing bowl. Stir the flour mixture into the creamed butter and sugar with a spatula until combined to make a soft, smooth dough. Roll into a ball and wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight to develop the flavor.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 2 cookie sheets with foil and butter the foil generously.

Roll out the dough 1/8 inch thick between 2 sheet of plastic wrap or on a cold, marble surface. If it becomes too sticky then freeze it for a few minutes so the butter hardens again.

Using a sharp knife or cookie cutter cut into 2X3" rectangles or press the dough into a mold if you have one. Bake until golden brown about 10 minutes but watch them closely since they can burn quickly. Transfer to wire rack and let them cool.

Alternatively, you can do what Germans and Swedes do and that is press toates almond slivers into the dough rectangles before baking.

Good luck and Smaklijk!

Rocco

Thanks Frau, and Iran just received them from Russia 6 weeks ago?

Has anyone posted Trevor Loudon's "The Osawatomie Coincidence"

(Another) Barbara

Thanks so much, Clarice. A guy who specifies high butterfat butter, King Arthur Flour (da' bes')and wants you to add ground star anise and orange zest to a recipe definitely knows what he's doing, whether or not it's authentic enough for those in the know.

(On a whim I threw some star anise and lemon peel in a rice pudding I made in my crockpot a couple of days ago, and it was delish)

So the WashPost can be counted on for something anyway -- food, if not politics. I'm going to give their recipe a whirl and try Jack's too, when it arrives. Jack's missus would definitely know what's authentic.

Thomas Collins

It's long past time for an American POTUS to state clearly that's it's time the government borrow and spend drug addicts stop blaming the entitlement reform rehab center folks for gridlock, and that the only way to break gridlock and get back on the growth track is entitlement reform and regulatory reform that promotes growth, not windmills. The House's fast tracking the pipeline in its payroll tax bill is a good start, but we need a POTUS to support the policies and level with the American people.

DrJ

almond slivers

Hazelnuts are also popular in Germany.

Jack is Back! (An Above Average Hoi Polloi)

Grrrrrr! Toasted Almond slivers, of course.

How would like to be a young man or woman who is currently training to put their lives on the line in the future and sitting next to the most boring person in the world at a great football game:)

centralcal

JiB, now that you posted the recipe and Frau mentioned the molds, I realize I have eaten these cookies before. I did not know they were called Speculoos. I think I just knew them as "spice" cookies. They are yummy.

(Another) Barbara

"Jack's missus would definitely know what's authentic"

As would Frau, I meant to say too, but my steel-trap mind snapped shut unexpectedly and I hit "post."

Sorry Frau, and why don't you move to Hawaii and start a German pastry shop? I'll work in back and sweep up for you.

narciso

We thought that Der Speigel piece was foolish, 'wait there's more;

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/12/09/_merkelization_of_europe?page=full

DrJ

CCal,

When I was a kid you could get them as Dutch Windmill cookies. Then again I grew up in German/Dutch Reformed country. And those cookies are not as good as the real thing.

Janet

Rocco's 4:50 link is really interesting.

(Another) Barbara

I'm not familiar with "cookie flour," JiB. Same as cake flour?

narciso

Grayson really raised almost a million dollars, PT Barnum didn't know the half of it.

centralcal

You know, DrJ, the minute you mentioned Dutch Windmill cookies that brought back childhood memories too. Must have eaten them as a kid. Something is ringing a bell with these cookies. Can you buy them at World Market? (Obviously not home-made ones, but commercial ones?)

(A)B: thanks for asking about the "cookie flour," I was feeling really dumb.

cajunkate

Hey Bolitha-Perry didn't get # of justices wrong - was referring to 1963 ruling where 8 justices said reading of Bible in school unconstitutional. Journos left out that part of the story. Sad that most of you here are so eager to believe Perry is dumb-
http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2011/12/10/rick-perry-campaign-clarifies-supreme-court-count/

Clarice

Yes, Dr J we had those, too. The only comparable commercial ones are the Lotus Cookies.Just in time for Xmas--the House on the Hill website. http://www.houseonthehill.net/


narciso

And yet Obama, makes this guy seem like a genius by comparison

http://weaselzippers.us/2011/12/10/john-kerry-meeting-with-muslim-brotherhood-officials-in-egypt/#comment-418732

Clarice

From the website, it appears they are now back to most of their original form inventory. The marriage bed is a delightful form for a 3 -D cookie..
I went thru most and didn't see the old naughty ones--maybe they're way at the back

centralcal

No wonder these were sounding so darned familiar. I "binged" and Lotus Biscoff Cookies are sold in Walgreen's stores. Still, I had no clue that they were the speculoos you were all referring to. The things one learns here!

narciso

Are they sold at all Walgreens or just those in California.

Jack is Back! (An Above Average Hoi Polloi)

(A)B,

Good catch. I did mean Cake Flour. If you can't find I can tell you how to make it.

Also, for cookie molds, you can go here - he has lots.

DrJ

speculoos

That's the Belgian. Spekulatius to the Germans, as Frau said.

They make great refrigerator cookies too. My favorite for the Christmas time.

Jack is Back! (An Above Average Hoi Polloi)

CC,

Do yourself a favor and try my recipe and then compare to the Lotus cookies. Industrial versus homemade. Sort of like Stella Artois versus Chimay Blue Triple. No comparison.

Ranger

So, the game is tied, Navy is driving, and they have to go for it on 4th down... and what is Obama doing... walking along the side lines shaking hands. He might even have been leaving... Yeah, he was there to enjoy the game with the troops.

Ranger

Well, I guess Obama was just changing seats... they had to show him again as they came back from comercial back in the stands.

centralcal

OH, JiB, you don't have to convince me that home baked goods of all sorts are far superior to any commercial and many bakery products. Actually, I have never purchased the cookies at Walgreens, just found them today on Bing.

But now that I know pretty much what you are talking about, I realize I did purchase some cookies at a local Dutch bakery (can't remember their name - but they were in my general area for years and only recently closed up).

I like crispy or crispy-ish cookies of all sorts. Hate too sugary sweet cookies and absolutely don't like "iced" cookies of any sort. Just one of my little foibles.

centralcal

Don't know, narciso, I didn't bookmark but a few more searches and I found Biscoff at the Walmart on line store, too. Who knew?

Jack is Back! (An Above Average Hoi Polloi)

CC,

You'll like these Speculoos then. Very crispy as they should be.

Clarice,

Thanks for that link to House on the Hill. Mrs. JiB will love to know that there is another place for molds like she is used to.

BTW, the one thing about Europe that we just don't really have here is the proliferation of bakeries and butchers. I think I have mentioned it before but in my wife's village in Belgium there are 4 bakers and 5 butchers within walking distance. My M-I-L would use one butcher for veal, the other for the way the did chicken and another for charcuterie (cheese, cold cuts and pates). The same with the bakers - one is for the breads, the other for the pastries and of course, the special baker is for pistolets on Sunday morning. In case, you want to know about those delicisous rolls let me know.

Sunday is a special breakfast gathering for the Flemings - pistolets with charcuterie and real butter. No eggs, bacon or jams.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

I've had plenty of Biscoff breakfasts while flying Delta.

Ignatz

--(An Above Average Hoi Polloi)--

Heh. Just noticed that JiB. Funny.

DrJ

one thing about Europe that we just don't really have here is the proliferation of bakeries and butchers.

And it has gotten much worse over the recent years. Not too long ago the deli counters at most major supermarkets would have a decent stock of various cold cuts. Now that is pretty much gone, other than some turkey, ham or salami.

The rest of the wonderful offerings are no longer available.

Alas.

glasater

My grandma made a Pfeffernusse cookie that had to set for a time --think it was a month at least -- before they tasted good. She used a sauerkraut crock for the aging part as I remember. I just loved when they were ready to eat.

centralcal

I have noticed the same thing, DrJ. I still have an old Italian deli (though it is almost 1/2 hr from my house) where I can buy not only the many varieties of salamis and sausages, but also some great pastrami.

I am also finding it harder and harder to find my favorite store brand of liverwurst or braunschweiger (Kahn's). About 4 or 5 times a year I crave it on rye bread with a slice of mild onion.

Thomas Collins

Final score: Navy 27, Army 21.

Jack is Back! (An Above Average Hoi Polloi)

When JEF was on the Navy side it was tied at the half. Then he moved to the Army side. Guess who wins the game?

BTW, CBS is really nothing more than a true media whore. All the time they were focused on JEF did you know he was going to be on 60 Minutes this Sunday? Well Vern Lundquist made sure we all knew it but in the 2nd half after all the damage had been done to Army.

Now the "vanquished" have to sing first, but Navy remains singing first for the last 10 games.

Jack is Back! (An Above Average Hoi Polloi)

Grrrrrrr! Singing "Second" for the last 10 games.

Jane

DOt will be happy.

centralcal

Changing topics abruptly - looks like Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos are tonight's ABC debate moderators. Dear God. Why do our candidates do this? Why, why, why?

centralcal

Ha, Jane! DoT is probably having multiple martinae (that is how MOTUS spells martini in plural).

DrJ

CCal,

Also try Saags, if you get the chance. It is an Oakland/San Leandro brand, but very good by and large if you can get it.

(Another) Barbara

Thanks, Jack, but we are able to buy cake flour here and I always keep some on hand in the fridge. That's why I have three refrigerators -- have to store all flours, all herbs and spices and all nuts either at 38 degrees or frozen, otherwise pesky little critters infest them (probably likewise in FL). That's one of the reasons our monthly bill for electricity is now $350, even tho I have a gas range and other gas appliances. The price of Paradise.

Jack is Back! (An Above Average Hoi Polloi)

Like I said, a close game and a great one at that.

For those not into football that much, there is no one on either team who weighs more than 270 pounds. That wouldn't even make a linebacker in the BCS or the pros. But back in the day, before platooning, where you had to play both ways, Army and Navy were always ranked high, sometimes number 1.

Ignatz

--The rest of the wonderful offerings are no longer available.--

Along with a lot of pretty hideous ones.

centralcal

lol, Ignatz! What were some of the "hideous ones?" (Before you answer, I am sure my mother was probably a fan of a few. We kids had her trained not to even try and serve any of us her favorites :)

DrJ

Along with a lot of pretty hideous ones.

I'm afraid that I love many of those offerings that might be considered "hideous." Such as blood sausage.

centralcal

Golly it sounds like Beck has jumped the shark and is now riding cowboy style on it's back - any Tea Partier who votes for Gingrich, a progressive just like Obama, is only doing so because of race. Oh dear.

Gmax

How could possibly stay at 300 pounds on a 10 mile ruck with 40 pounds on your back? The fitness level of many linemen in college is not high, but that wont be true for the service academies.

Sara

What terrible thing have I done to make Alan Grayson ads keep appearing in the upper LH corner of my JOM screen?

You keep typing his name and the spiders keep picking it up and presenting you with subject matter that their crawl has indicated you have an interest about.

Thomas Collins

That's all one needs to do to get a figure in the upper left?

Joanna Krupa Joanna Krupa Joanna Krupa Joanna Krupa Joanna Krupa

Testing out the proposition.

centralcal

Are you sure, Sara? I have never typed his name (that I am aware of) and I see his vile countenance on nearly every website I visit.

Thomas Collins

No Joanna or Alan in my upper left. An add for newegg.com, which looks like some sort of computer outfit, is currently in my upper left.

Janet

I have Giant Peapod grocery delivery. :(
How boring am I?

Thomas Collins

My upper right has a couple of Gary Taubes' books, which I suppose makes sense given all the food talk on this thread.

Ignatz

Head cheese, brains, tripe, pigs knuckles to name just a few.
Kidneys. Seriously; it's bad enough to eat the brain of an animal that was wondering 'why is that guy walking over here with a .22?' seconds before the coup de grace, but the organ that was excreting its urine when it dropped to the ground?

To be fair, I'm sure I ate more than my fair share of brains in my mom's spinach and cheese raviolis, which, with her unbelievable meat sauce, were the closest thing to heaven this side of the pearly gates, but hey, I didn't know any better.

Extraneus

More on the proposed International Climate Court and our obligation as a major "polluter" to pay into a climate debt slush fund, administered, of course, by the UN:

- The treaty calls for the west to achieve a 50% CO2 emissions reduction within the next eight years, a feat that would completely bankrupt the global economy and spark a new great depression, as well as a “more than 100%” reduction by 2050, which presumably could only be accomplished by killing billions of humans to prevent them from exhaling carbon dioxide.

“So, no motor cars, no coal-fired or gas-fired power stations, no aircraft, no trains. Back to the Stone Age, but without even the right to light a carbon-emitting fire in your caves,” writes Monckton.

- The text calls for a 2 degree Celsius drop in global temperatures, which as Monckton points out “would kill hundreds of millions” and herald a new ice age.

- The reduction in CO2 concentration the text calls for would actually begin to kill all plant life and trees on the planet because they need levels of carbon dioxide above 210 ppmv to survive.

- All military forces would be abolished because they contribute to climate change. Presumably the United Nations would then take on the role of world army to police the globe.

Etc.

Thomas Collins

Janet, perhaps if you type Zazzle several times, ads similar to those in the LUN will appear!

Sara

BTW, Mr Left also raised the possibility that we left the drone in Iran on purpose so they would download stuff from it that we put on it to fry them.

I told him if Obama authorized that I'd have to give him a lot more credit than I do.

We were talking about this last night and several people think it a possibility. I, too, had it cross my mind, but the 2nd thought that followed was, "Anybody but Obama," I would believe it about. It is hard to think of him of being that devious on America's behalf. I don't believe Obama ever does anything deliberately that would be a good thing for America and a bad thing for Islamist nutcases.

However, with Petreaus now heading up CIA, I vacillate back to thinking we very well could have sent in a drone Trojan Horse, not loaded with fighting men, but loaded with compromised electronics designed to send the Iranians chasing shadows.

centralcal

Yep, Iggy, my Mom was a fan of several of those (NO to the tripe). About the only "gland" I grew fond of as a child was deep fried "sweetbreads." When I married a dairyman/cattleman his father used to ask the butcher to save those for me specially. I was much older before I had them sauteed, rather than fried, so I still prefer them fried. The rest of the glandular repertoire - yuck, except for liver.

centralcal

oops, sorry I guess glands and organs are different, but they are still all "innards' to me :)

boris

The phony drone idea does not seem credible. More likely Russia wanted to get a look and set up a capture with some degree of plausible deniability.

DrJ

Head cheese, brains, tripe, pigs knuckles to name just a few.

Ah the good stuff. Mostly.

Extraneus

Not sure it's relevant, TC, but at a Fox Nation piece on Rosie O'Donnell advising Newt to open up a history book, we have a bot-gone-wrong link to this:

Teen Bride Courtney Stodden Spreading Christmas Cheer in Red Bikini

She never misses an opportunity to show off her 'all natural' assets.

But it's a wonder Courtney Stodden didn't freeze in her latest astoundingly inappropriate ensemble.

Click the link for a pic if you must, but there's nothing there about Joanna Krupa.

Ranger

Oh my, how will the narative survive? The BBC is now reporting:

India is emerging as the country leading opposition to a strong binding deal on climate change at the annual UN talks in South Africa.

Ignatz

Jeebus Ext,
That Durban shindig grows more insane by the day.
$1.6 trillion per year! to the "developing" nations?
It reads like the script of some outlandish Marxist daydream written by a 10 year old Bernardine Dohrn.

Threadkiller

It can be blamed on the teleprompter, Boris. Instead of "spread the wealth", Obama said "spread the stealth".

Ignatz

--Ah the good stuff. Mostly.--

As Charlie Brown might say, Blech!
Give me a nice simple grilled flat iron steak with a big gob of garlic butter to dollop on.
Takes me blissfully away from nightmare visions of pancreases and assorted bovine gonads.

Thomas Collins

Extraneus, I checked out the Fox site. I think the bot saw the article mentioning Rosie O'Donnell and Joy Behar, and somehow associated it with the teen entertainer and her 51 year old hub. I'm not sure how, but I guess bots have minds mere mortals can't figure out!

RichatUF

The text calls for a 2 degree Celsius drop in global temperatures...

How delusional does one have to be to believe that something like this could even be legislated into being?

Good evening all. This food talk is making me hungry.

Porchlight

He is being costumed as Sinterklaas and will discuss Christmas in Belgium. He has to bring something traditional to eat - so why not Speculoos?

My daughter has to do something similar next week. I guess we'll do the Swedish Christmas and my great-grandmother's gingersnaps (which my grandmother, her daughter-in-law with a salty tongue, called "sh*tballs" because of their appearance before you roll them in sugar and put on the cookie tray). The funny thing is, we always understood them to be a recipe brought from Sweden by great-grandmother Alma, but it turns out Alma got them off the back of the Brer Rabbit bottle.

Pretty common in American recipe traditions, if you think about it.

Porchlight

You keep typing his name and the spiders keep picking it up and presenting you with subject matter that their crawl has indicated you have an interest about.

No, I don't think it can be that - I doubt I've typed his name more than twice in my life before this morning.

Porchlight

Give me a nice simple grilled flat iron steak with a big gob of garlic butter to dollop on.

Sounds fabulous - or do like Marion Cunningham used to and serve same over toast points with sauteed mushrooms & jus. I love those flavorful cuts like flat iron and hanger steak. Too bad they're so trendy and expensive now at restaurants.

DrJ

As Charlie Brown might say, Blech!

To each his own. On sourdough, with mustard, headcheese or blood sausage are outstanding.

The squeemish need not apply.

pagar

(Another) Barbara, @06:20
My Daughter and her husband (they were both born there)also think that Hawaii is Paradise.
But I can't afford it. Month before last my elect bill was $35.65 so we cut back and got it down to a more reasonable $32.15 this month.

Extraneus

My dear late mother used to make a mean tripe stew. The recipe is gone, and I haven't had tripe in over 20 years, but I'd go for it if I could ever find it in a restaurant. The one time I did, they were supposedly all out of it, which was hard to believe.

Sara

Are you sure, Sara? I have never typed his name (that I am aware of) and I see his vile countenance on nearly every website I visit.

If it is an ad that is tied in with content, then yes, I am sure. TM said the other day that it is the case with the A.G. ad. Just asking why and using his name in the question goes into his plus column.

Most Google ads do this. Someone on P2P posted a cartoon about erectile dysfunction and for the next two weeks the Google ads were heavy on the male enhancement products available.

I had AG for an hour or more, but now it is an ad for Veterans. Probably changed as the discussion about the Army-Navy game got underway. Just a guess.

centralcal

In Cali, the only "tripe stew" one can find is Menudo. Definitely an acquired taste! My son-in-law loves the stuff. But he dines alone when he has it.

Ignatz

--The squeemish need not apply.--

Believe me doc, I've skinned, gutted, butchered and even band-sawed more than my fair share of steers, deer, turkeys, chickens, grouse, quail, pigeons, dove, trout, etc and as an amateur taxidermist in my younger days did my share of removing the brains etc from a large assortment of critters right down to the stuffed mole I used to dangle from my rear view mirror.
I'm pretty sure it isn't squeamishness.

centralcal

Thanks for the info, Sara. It will certainly make me even more cautious about names or subject matter that I enter into comment threads.

Oh gawd - maybe we will have cookie ads or organ/gland ads. Yikes.

pagar

"- The treaty calls for the west to achieve a 50% CO2 emissions reduction within the next eight years,"

Wonder how many Obama Administration officials contributed to that obscenity? I would not be surprised to find out they wrote it all.

Ignatz

--Too bad they're so trendy and expensive now at restaurants.--

Porch,
I have a hard time even finding flat iron steak including at my full service butcher.
The last few times I did find them they were still less than half the price of sirloin and I believe they're considerably better.

RichatUF

The food thread has gone in an unfortunate direction. That makes me sad.

Sara

No, I don't think it can be that - I doubt I've typed his name more than twice in my life before this morning.

You don't have to actually type the name, all you have to do is be here when someone else does. This is a Google function that not even TM can control. However, if you are trying to get ads to show, it will be dependent on whether the person/product has a Google ad in the first place. Have to be in the Google ad system. Of course, Google will swear that its algorithms are designed to rule out gaming its system. Ha!

Janet

Redneck shirts would be better than grocery delivery, TC!

right down to the stuffed mole I used to dangle from my rear view mirror.

I kept my dead hamster, Pinto, in my parent's freezer with plans on stuffing him. I never did. Years later my Dad found it...what the hell is this?

pagar

"I don't believe Obama ever does anything deliberately that would be a good thing for America and a bad thing for Islamist nutcases."

Sara, I believe you have Obama and his entire regime completely figured out.

Janet

...the best laid plans of mice and a kid.

Thomas Collins

It's the thought that counts, Janet!

Sara

Sara, I believe you have Obama and his entire regime completely figured out.

Yea! I guess even an old broken clock gets it right once or twice a day.

Porchlight

Gotcha, Sara. Ah well, I guess I am stuck with him.

My dear late mother used to make a mean tripe stew. The recipe is gone, and I haven't had tripe in over 20 years, but I'd go for it if I could ever find it in a restaurant.

Extraneus,

I have a recipe for tripe soup from La Bonne Soupe in Manhattan, my sentimental favorite restaurant from my youth. It is tangy and luscious. I'll transcripe the recipe if you're interested. The La Bonne Soupe cookbook also has a delicious recipe for tripe stew a la mode de Caen with Calvados and apple cider. Yum.

If any of you guys ever make it to Austin I will treat you to tacos con tripas (or lenguas or barbacoa) at one of the many local taquerias. They are soooo good.

Chubby

Hi Porchlight

:)

((Incidentally, I say "click" and also "bouteek" and "Martineek."))

more importantly, does your "niche" rhyme with "itch" or "quiche"?

Thomas Collins

Been taking a break from us, Chubby? How are things?

Sara

more importantly, does your "niche" rhyme with "itch" or "quiche"?

Hey Chubby.

Quiche

But like I said the other day, I counter with crick for creek.

narciso

Rosie O'Donnell, Joy Behar, they were all middling stand ups, appearing at Caroline's comedy hour,twenty to twenty five years, George Lopez, maybe in the last 10-15 years, of course Jon Stewart, right around the
same time, how did they become any go to person, Ray Romano is the one normal fellow
out of that whole crew, and that's in part
because he never got political.

centralcal

CHUBBY! We were getting a little concerned around these parts because we hadn't heard from you in awhile! Hello, glad to see ya.

Chubby

Hi TC

I've been lurking just about daily.

Things have been ... and I hope they settle down to normal sometime real soon. Thanks for asking.

And you?

Thomas Collins

MLB has slapped a fifty game suspension on NL MVP Ryan Braun for use of performance enhancing drugs. Braun is appealing. See LUN

Ignatz

--The food thread has gone in an unfortunate direction. That makes me sad.--

Sorry Rich. I tried to steer it away from those offal organs and back to nice luscious flat iron steaks but I see it continues to veer back toward udder tripe. (four puns, one sentence, beat that)

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