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Wise words from Scott Feldstein

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27 November 2008 at 12:50 pm

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Obama on his appointees

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Obama responds directly to criticism of some members of his team:

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27 November 2008 at 11:53 am

Obama speaks to us

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27 November 2008 at 11:46 am

TooManyTabs for Firefox

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I just installed TooManyTabs and it works great. I often have extra tabs hanging around for later reading—this little add-on lets me store the tabs for later with no memory penalty. Read about it here.

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27 November 2008 at 11:38 am

Food and kids

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This, via The Eldest, seems like an excellent idea:

Driving on U.S. 40, shoving along with the traffic past strip malls, gas stations and drive-through restaurants, there’s no apparent reason to give Nuwood Road, landmarked by an auto supply store, a second glance.

But if one did turn in and hang a quick right, he or she would see what could soon become the linchpin for bringing wholesome eating to Baltimore City schools.

Tony Geraci, the system’s new food service director, plans to turn the 33 surprisingly rural acres in Baltimore County into an organic farm where schoolchildren will learn about healthy food and sustainable living, by digging in the dirt, planting seeds and watching fruits and vegetables come to life.

It’s to be called Fresh Start Farm, because, as Geraci says, Baltimore, with its disheartening poverty and obesity rates, needs a fresh start.

“If you walk through Baltimore and see the trash, that’s [the remnants of] what our kids eat,” the former chef says, speaking of the chip bags, soda bottles and fast food containers that litter city streets. “This is what these kids know. But they’ll see this farm and see that they can have their own little plant on their stoop at home. And that even in some burned-out neighborhood in the city, they can have a garden that will support life.”

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27 November 2008 at 11:35 am

Another look at Obama’s style

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Very interesting article in the LA Times. It begins:

As chairman of his party’s congressional campaign committee, Rahm Emanuel helped scores of current House Democrats win their seats. When Tom Daschle was the Senate Democratic leader, he funneled more than $1 million to a new generation of lawmakers seeking office.

Now, as key members of Barack Obama’s incoming administration, Emanuel and Daschle are using their clout to help build sturdy bridges between the White House and Congress, coordinating their plans well before Inauguration Day.

That effort could produce a remarkable result: Democrats may try to pass an economic stimulus bill before Obama takes office Jan. 20, and have it on his desk to sign immediately. Typically, a new Congress spins its wheels for weeks while awaiting the arrival of a new president after convening in early January.

“We don’t intend to stumble into the next administration,” Obama said this week. “We are going to hit the ground running. We’re going to have clear plans of action.”

To that end, emissaries of the president-elect are meeting with every congressional committee chair. Emanuel, who will be Obama’s chief of staff, has been dispatched to the Capitol. And Obama, who is running the transition from his home base in Chicago, has been working the phones.

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27 November 2008 at 10:06 am

Savory bread pudding

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I love bread pudding, and I love savory dishes. So this recipe by Mark Bittman looks good:

Savory Bread Pudding

Yield At least 6 servings

Time 1 hour, largely unattended

The pudding can also be varied by adding a pinch of thyme or sage, chopped nuts or cooked chestnuts, or about a cup of grated sweet potato or chopped scallions. If you want a pudding that tastes more like stuffing, just add chopped celery, onions, carrots and herbs. As for the bread, fluffy packaged white bread disappears; the crusts of crisp baguettes and peasant breads never become tender. Stick to long, wide inexpensive loaves, usually called Italian bread.

  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 6 cups dense white bread, cut or torn into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt and fresh black pepper
  • 2 ounces grated Parmesan
  • 4 ounces freshly grated semisoft cheese, like Emmenthal
  • 1 cup sliced shiitake mushroom caps

1. Butter or oil an 8-inch souffle or baking dish, and put bread in it. Combine everything but shiitakes, and pour over bread. Submerge bread with a weighted plate, and turn oven to 350 degrees. Heat 2 tablespoons butter or oil in a saute pan, add shiitakes and saute until tender, about 10 minutes.

2. Remove plate, and stir in mushrooms. Bake until pudding is just set, 35 to 45 minutes.

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27 November 2008 at 9:59 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, Recipes

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