[I'm stickying this 'til I can get it to show up in the sidebar. --lambert]
Come one, come all, and give what time and energy you can to help me, Julia Williams, Green Party candidate for US Rep, MI-12, go door-to-door and hang flyers. Please contact me via my website:
The above is from Corrente and my toss-in the collection plate of links for this election cycle. I'm sorry I'm just not into all the false charges from one or the other of two overfed and undeworked parties that dominate the US political discussion. I can't vote for her so I'm not going to say, "I endorse Julia." (I don't live in her district, I live in Boston.) But I will say that she's someone who will work for her constituents and for a better country and world.
On endorsements, I never thought about them until C.I. was writing at The Common Ills. She's said since the beginning that she's not going to tell you how to vote -- and we've seen that she sticks to that. She has also made the point that she is not going to endorse in races she can't vote in. That does make sense. And I know it always irritates me when some local race attracts all these people from out of the district. They never know our issues and it's off putting. So I am folloing that. If I cannot vote in the race, I will not say, "I endorse . . ."
Split pea soup.
Following up on last week's stove top recipe, here's another.
1 to 2 packages of dried split peas.
1 onion, chopped
With the above ingredients, you have a soup.
You can add a ham bone if you have one around, you can chop up some ham and put it in there.
But you're going to buy one or two packages of dried split peas. For a family of four to have multiple bowls, I would suggest you buy two bags. Chop an onion -- I prefer white onions, myself. Carrots? My granddaughter is just wonderful. However, she is now up and running and into everything. Which means? I'm older and I'm slower than when my own kids were growing up. So I need the kitchen shortcuts. It is cheaper to buy carrots in a bunch or in a bag and chop them yourselves. But I do buy them already chopped. Sometimes I buy them shredded as well. (If I were using shredded in this recipe, I would probably slice the onions into half rings instead of chopping them.) So do what you want. If you using a carrot that you will chop, you'll need two to three. If you're using carrots already cut, I would say one hand scoop (from the plastic bag) for each bag of split peas you're using.
Now what do you do?
What the bag of split peas tells you regarding cooking. Only you add the onion and the carrots to the pot with the peas and the amount of water the bag tells you. You simmer for two hours, simmer with it covered but the pan lid tilted. Do not cook on the open burner without the cover. If you make that mistake, put a lid on immediately and know that all that time was wasted. Without the cover, the peas aren't going to get soft and cooked.
Every 16 minutes or so, check the water level. You don't want it to burn. You can stir when you check but it's not necessary so don't panic if you forget the stirring. (But don't forget to check the water level because they could burn otherwise.)
You can eat these with corn bread or with crackers.
You'll have a velvety mixture 90 or so minutes in. You can season to taste at that point. I let it cook for an additional 30 minutes and add water in this step. A lot if it needs it or a little if it doesn't. (When you have the cover of the pot tilted to let out just the right amount of hot air, you don't need to add water.)
Serve it in bowls. I like to add a few dots of hot sauce to mine. I also will sometimes eat it on the crackers. (As opposed to just spooning it into my mouth.) This is a good soup for a cold day and it's a very inexpensive soup.
Again, you can add ham.
Do I ever?
I sometimes use a ham bone.
But if I have leftover ham, I'm usually going to use the ham for a ham and potato casserole that we love in my house.
Now this is from Liz Peek's latest wowOwow column:
I am also optimistic because the women of our country are taking a bigger role, and I firmly believe we are a force for progress. Which brings me to wOw. I have been writing on this site for more than two years – years that have been tumultuous and painful. We have argued the issues of these difficult days with vigor and, for the most part, with respect. I am a great admirer of the wOw community, which makes it difficult to tell you all that I have decided to take a sabbatical from my weekly column. Many will no doubt applaud this news; hopefully, some may miss me. All are welcome to visit me on my own website, LizPeek.com, where I will be posting articles written elsewhere.
Whatever your inclinations, I have welcomed your feedback, much of which has been informed and insightful. I leave you with this thought: Stay involved. This country needs balance and maturity – and women can provide both. Thank you all so much for being such a terrific audience and sounding board!
I'm going to miss Liz Peek. I found her columns interesting and worth reading even when I disagreed with her and what a great treat to have a female economist who wasn't ashamed to be or hiding the fact that she was a woman.
Good luck to Liz.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: