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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

And Hillary! becomes a guaranteed laugh line -- for Democrats

Not sure it's fair since the laugh line came from Charlie Crist, former governor of Florida, former Republican, one-time independent and now a Democrat running for a House seat in Florida. The laughter was no doubt directed in part at Crist himself, who is such a whiny little bitch that he's become something of a joke in Florida (Crist left the Republican Party to become an independent when be lost the GOP Senate primary to Marco Rubio, then joined his true party and became a Democrat after he lost his independent bid to become governor again to Gov. Rick Scott (R). He's probably going to lose this race, too. Not sure what party he'll join then.

So Crist is a little bit of a joke himself. But it doesn't look good when the audience laughs because he refers to his party's presidential nominee as "honest:"



I don't think this sort of thing bodes well for Hillary! It doesn't mean she'll lose, but it does indicate that if she wins, she'll enter office with credibility that is a punchline. Thanks to Hot Air.

We lost, but the game food was a win

We were the night game Sunday, so game food was served late. We had our new stuffed tater tots (at left), brown sugar bacon dogs (center) and the traditional potato skins (right):


We also had mini-lasagnas, also excellent:


All in all, the game food was great, the game, not so much. Turnovers, missed opportunities, bad communication -- that's no way to win a Super Bowl. We'll see how things shake out. But the food will be good!

Monday, September 19, 2016

A little produce from The Farm

The gig I am on has limited my Farm time (as well as my everything else time) so I have had to rely on surrogates. Mrs. Wolves went by The Farm the other day and did some harvesting. She got some beans and tomatoes:


She also brought home a butt-load of peppers:


No really:

 She harvested some potatoes, including our biggest ever:


Good amount of spuds:


Not a bad haul, really. Lots of fall crops in, so we'll see how that goes.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Kit-tays being cute. Shocker

When it comes to places they choose to sleep, dogs like to be comfortable. I'm not sure what criteria cats apply to that decision. If Mrs. Wolves' laptop is open, Mischief is there:


If there is a box involve, Mischief is there:



Murder seems to prefer more comfortable spots, such as chairs with blankets in them:


And then we have stuff like this. Not clear, at least at first, which of the kit-tays is under the sofa cover:


Yeah, it's Mayhem:


Several hours later, she is still there. Not sure what drives these cats.




Thursday, September 15, 2016

OK, I'm open to the possibility that she's not fine

I get it. There are a lot of conspiracy theories out there about Hillary Clinton's health. I'm sure most of them are not true, but there are a lot of wild theories out there. Maybe there wouldn't be if she didn't lie about everything, including her health -- and, lately, especially about her health. This past weekend, while at a ceremony in New York commemorating the 9/11 terrorist attack, she once again had a public episode that calls her health into question:
A frail-looking Hillary Clinton collapsed during the 9/11 memorial service in lower Manhattan on Sunday morning — prompting Secret Service agents to grab her arms to prop her up and help her into a campaign van.
The 68-year-old Democratic nominee appeared to fall ill while standing amid other politicians shortly before a moment of silence at 9:58 a.m., sources told The Post.
Videos posted online showed a wobbly Clinton leaning against a metal bollard on the perimeter of the memorial plaza. Secret Service agents grabbed hold of both her arms as she swayed and stumbled off the sidewalk along West Street.
Naturally, bystanders got video of the event,. You can see that she is being held up while waiting for the van, and then collapses when she starts toward the van:



There are blogs that have been following this for a while now. Like this:



A lot of this is likely horseshit, but there is no doubt that her campaign lied like a cheap rug about her health in recent days. Their explanation of why she collapsed kept changing, and ultimately it because clear that, if you believe the pneumonia explanation, they lied about that, too, by keeping it secret and blaming Hillary's Sunday collapse on "overheating" on a mild September day in New York. Look, Hillary! lies because that's what she does.

I usually hate kids singing, but . . .

. . . this is pretty freaking awesome. The 202nd anniversary of the attack on Fort McHenry and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key was yesterday (missed it by 28 minutes), so this seems appropriate:



Thanks to Ace.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Glorious victorious game food

Sure, the Jaguars are better than they were last year, particularly on defense, and a lot of sports-type people are picking them to win their division, but it didn't matter yesterday -- the Packers won, in the heat, on the road and with absolutely magnificent game food being served at Chez Wolves.

It actually was pretty serendipitous that we got to watch the game at all. Because Sunday Ticket and DirecTV are so expensive, and because the Packers are on free TV at least eight times this year, we cancelled DirecTV and got cable (a great deal, too). Figured I would get NFL Game Pass from the NFL. You can't watch live -- you have to wait until the 4 pm games are over to watch the 1 pm games -- but I was OK with that. Circumstances conspired, however.

The Ravens were on CBS. The Redskins didn't play until Monday night. The "local" game on FOX? Green Bay at Jacksonville. My cup runneth over. And I can't lie, the game food lived up to the occasion. Two new recipes -- plus potato skins, of course -- and both are solid contenders for the Super Bowl menu.

First out of the gate, we had some tater tot-based game food. Strong competitor with the stuffed skins, but different. You start with some tater tots, sour cream, shredded cheddar, bacon, green onions and cooking spray:


Preheat the oven to 450 F. Take your cooking spray and grease up a muffin pan. Put two tater tots in each muffin cup:


 Bake those on the bottom shelf of your oven for 10 minutes, then take them out. Get a shot glass, blast the bottom with cooking spray and smush those tater tots with a twisting motion to form a cup:


Like this:


Bake those bad boys for another 15 minutes. Take them out, add cheese, and pop back in for a minute or so until the cheese is melted. Then, take the tots out of the pan and put them on a platter. Top with sour cream, sliced green onions and bacon. Die happy:


 These are really good. Mrs. Wolves and Married Into Wolves both wanted these permanently on the game day menu. Who am I to argue?

The second magnificent game food recipe was actually perilously close to healthy,, believe it or not. Yet another muffin pan was required. Your ingredients are eggs, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, broccoli, saltine crackers, frozen corn and, yes, cooking spray:


Take six saltine crackers and crush them finely.I Use a mortar and pestle. You might prefer some kind of food processor:


Mix the cracker crumbs -- or dust, depending upon how thorough you were --  with 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese:


Meanwhile, take two cups of frozen broccoli florets in a bowl, add a little water, and microwave them for two minutes. Trim the florets from the stems, and spoon into the muffin cups:


Top the broccoli with about a half-cup of frozen corn, divided evenly, of course:


Then add the crumb-parmesan mixture to each cup, as well, and top with cheddar cheese:


Beat about 10 eggs -- add a little milk -- and fill each muffin cup with the mixture. As the egg mixture filters down into the other ingredients, top off each muffin cup so that the egg mixture is even with the top of the pan:


Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes until the cups are puffed up and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean:


Let stand for two minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the muffin cup and plate those suckers:


BOOM! Mini quiche. So good.

Naturally, I started my game food preparation with the one item always on the game day menu: stuffed potato skins. The Packers platter was waiting expectantly:


Fortunately, the platter didn't have long to wait. The skins were great, too:


All in all, great food, and a great outcome for the game. More exciting than I like -- the defense had to make a great stand to win the game -- but an excellent opening day nonetheless. Hope the new recipes work for you, too.