Tamara e-mailed a recipe 9 days ago and then a reminder saying, "Don't be scared of it, it doesn't seem like it would taste good but it does."
This is her family recipe for Holiday Dip:
Soften a container of cream cheese. Grate half of a small white onion. Add the softened cream cheese. Add three tablespoons of catsup, add 3 shots of Worcestershire sauce. Mix in a blender.
She noted that the seasoning was less than she does but she didn't want to go too strong.
I did not have time to make it until this week (and would have forgotten without the reminder). And I was leery until the reminder. But it really is good. I made it twice. Once for myself (and my husband ate almost all of it before I could taste) and once for some friends when they came over. The second time, I did add more shots of Worcestershire sauce. I used a total of six.
It really is a good dip. We had it with Tostitos because pita chips had disappeared. (I got pita for the guests. Myself, I'm a salsa and tortilla chips woman. Nothing fancy.)
It's really a good recipe and, thank you, Tamara for sharing it.
This is from Michael Hudson's "America's Deceptive 2012 Fiscal Cliff" (CounterPunch):
This pro-austerity mythology aims to distract the public from asking why peacetime governments can’t simply print the money they need. Given the option of printing money instead of levying taxes, why do politicians only create new spending power for the purpose of waging war and destroying property, not to build or repair bridges, roads and other public infrastructure? Why should the government tax employees for future retirement payouts, but not Wall Street for similar user fees and financial insurance to build up a fund to pay for future bank over-lending crises? For that matter, why doesn’t the U.S. Government print the money to pay for Social Security and medical care, just as it created new debt for the $13 trillion post-2008 bank bailout? (I will return to this question below.)
The answer to these questions has little to do with markets, or with monetary and tax theory. Bankers claim that if they have to pay more user fees to pre-fund future bad-loan claims and deposit insurance to save the Treasury or taxpayers from being stuck with the bill, they will have to charge customers more – despite their current record profits, which seem to grab everything they can get. But they support a double standard when it comes to taxing labor.
Shifting the tax burden onto labor and industry is achieved most easily by cutting back public spending on the 99%. That is the root of the December 2012 showdown over whether to impose the anti-deficit policies proposed by the Bowles-Simpson commission of budget cutters whom President Obama appointed in 2010. Shedding crocodile tears over the government’s failure to balance the budget, banks insist that today’s 15.3% FICA wage withholding be raised – as if this will not raise the break-even cost of living and drain the consumer economy of purchasing power. Employers and their work force are told to save in advance for Social Security or other public programs. This is a disguised income tax on the bottom 99%, whose proceeds are used to reduce the budget deficit so that taxes can be cut on finance and the 1%. To paraphrase Leona Helmsley’s quip that “Only the little people pay taxes,” the post-2008 motto is that only the 99% have to suffer losses, not the 1% as debt deflation plunges real estate and stock market prices to inaugurate a Negative Equity economy while unemployment rates soar.
A few of you wrote in about the price of milk. I saw that 'news' story yesterday. It is meant to alarm you, work you up and have you screeching, "Stop! Don't go over the fiscal cliff!"
Don't fall for that crap. If milk goes up to eight dollars a gallon, the milk industry is dead in this country.
Don't be pushed into fear. Remember, we have the power of no. We can say no to scare tactics and we should.
I need to thank Dot. I blog about how I have a great aunt who, each New Year's Eve, must have egg rolls. Not just any but mini-egg rolls. It gets harder and harder to find those each year. Dot e-mailed to say Wal-Green's Nice brand has mini-egg rolls and the stores are carrying them. Dot, I grabbed two boxes for my great aunt today. Thank you.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: