Sunday, February 25, 2007

OTBN wine blogging

The Amarone was a gift from my grandmother-in-law.

Very tasty appetizer of finger potatoes & pine nuts on a leafy green salad

However the wine did need to breathe a bit

but it complemented the Seitan roast (a holiday favourite of mine) quite well

all finished off by King Cake & Armagnac

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

25 down - 23 to go

Haydel's King Cake is still quite tasty and the coffee & chicory complements it well - that's the positive for Mardi Gras from an uptown New Orleans ex-pat.
Monthly update: Now that the Dem congress has been safely ensconced in power, the pattern for the next two years is easily evident. The Dem congress will push, while the GOP congress obstructs & Bush resists - clearly congress is setting the agenda now.
Trade & the deficit frankly aren't worth updating, but out of obligation - Doha is nowhere to be seen & the deficit will come down to roughly ½ of its peak (% of GDP FY).
While I'd love to see the Congress tomorrow morning cut off funding for a set date sometime this coming summer, I have agree with publius that the cool-it-down approach is the wisest. Part of America's character is to never give up - a strength & also a weakness. In this case a weakness as it's in America and Iraqis best interest for us to leave as soon as possible. Not going to happen while Bush is in office, but if anyone but McCain or Hillary is elected next, then I expect us to be mostly out of Iraq within 9 months of the next inauguration.
Not especially interested in updating my wagers (I should win them all with the possible exception of the anyone but Hillary), so I'll leave the last word for this monthly update to Riverbend:
Let me clear it up for any moron with lingering doubts: It’s worse. It’s over. You lost. You lost the day your tanks rolled into Baghdad to the cheers of your imported, American-trained monkeys. You lost every single family whose home your soldiers violated. You lost every sane, red-blooded Iraqi when the Abu Ghraib pictures came out and verified your atrocities behind prison walls as well as the ones we see in our streets. You lost when you brought murderers, looters, gangsters and militia heads to power and hailed them as Iraq’s first democratic government. You lost when a gruesome execution was dubbed your biggest accomplishment. You lost the respect and reputation you once had. You lost more than 3000 troops. That is what you lost America. I hope the oil, at least, made it worthwhile.


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Night Dinner Blogging

LAN 2003 - needed another year of aging, but did open up nicely after 45 minutes.

Salad inspired by Laurel's Kitchen

White bean soup with tomatoes & parsley topping from "The Greeen's" Cookbook

Blackberry Crisp - also from The Greens Cookbook. Joseph Schmidt truffles

Dr. Laura book gift from Dr. Laura (aka the Ginger Haired Yank)

Friday, February 09, 2007

Friday Night Wine Blogging - decanter edition2

Syrah 2002 - Echelon
Update for luigi: "syrah was good. it had smoky plum aromas & medium body peppery palette with a hint of blackberry.

pair with creamy/rich dishes accented with pepper. we paired it with a romesco sauce & Sicilian casserole. i used paprika in the romesco and the Sicilian casserole had cream cheese noodles at the bottom. "
ginger haired yank

Friday, February 02, 2007

Friday Night Wine Blogging - Theo edition

Same wine as last week, but Theo's joining us.

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