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Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
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Current location: Toronto, Ontario
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Your new favourite sweet potato casserole recipe!

So, my hubby (the chef in our videos, I just do the filming and voice-over) comes from Texas, originally. He's well familiar with the standard Texan and southern Thanksgiving fare that frequently includes sweet potato casserole. Frequently, this is a very sweet concoction, full of sugar or maple syrup, covered in marshmallows, that sort of thing. I've been to a couple of Thanksgiving dinners with his extended family and, never having much of a sweet tooth myself, was shocked at how sweet this dinner side dish was. So, hubby wanted to do a delicious sweet potato recipe that wouldn't top out on the sugar, and would actually taste like something!

So, this recipe is the result of his experiments. It's full of flavour, and the interaction between the cinnamon, the garlic, and the raisins gives it a distinctly Moroccan accent. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of butter in here, so it's not like this dish is health food, exactly, but at least it's not smothered in sugar! Of course if you hate raisins, you can leave out the rum soaked raisins, or replace them with another fruit like chopped dried apricots or something like that. Soaking them in rum is option, but delicious.

Doug Ford government held talks with PC donor on removing Greenbelt land

Full article here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/doug-ford-greenbelt-housing-vaughan-milani-rizmi-developer-1.5263980

The Ontario government spent nearly a year in talks with a developer about a pitch to build housing in the province's Greenbelt, despite Premier Doug Ford's promise not to touch the protected area, CBC News has learned. The discussions involved a 60-hectare property in the northeastern corner of Vaughan. The land is owned by a family whose members have donated more than $100,000 to the Progressive Conservative party in recent years, including to Ford's 2018 leadership bid.

Documents obtained by CBC News show that shortly after Ford took power, landowner Lucia Milani of Rizmi Holdings approached the provincial government with the aim of getting the property's protected status lifted.

"Rizmi has advised that they will seek residential uses ... of their land holdings," says a briefing document the ministry official prepared for Clark last December.

Tim Gray, executive director of the group Environmental Defence, reviewed the government documents and said they indicate the Ford government was "moving to allow this land to be removed from the Greenbelt." The government was "under no obligation whatsoever" to take any action on the developer's request, said Gray in an interview with CBC News.

"They should have said 'Go away, it's a protected natural area,'" said Gray. "Now is the time to stop the process, make it very clear to the developer that this land is going to stay protected within the Greenbelt and it will not become a subdivision."

The grift is strong with Dougie. He lies as easily as Trump does.

Mango Sorbet Recipe

A friend of ours was having a Tiki-themed birthday party recently, and we volunteered to bring something to mix with rum in some refreshing summer Tiki drinks. We made this delicious mango sorbet! It's a super simple recipe, and the toughest part is probably just getting the mango flesh off of the skin. We didn't spice it up in any way, we really just wanted to highlight the natural mango flavour, plus it was going to get mixed with booze anyway.

This method works very well with many different kinds of fruit. Some fruit even benefits from heating up the puree in with the sugar syrup! For things with delicate flavours like peach and strawberry we wouldn't recommend it, because it gives the final product a kind of "cooked" taste that's not as nice as the natural fruit flavour from a plain raw puree.

The criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein has been officially dismissed

Source: CNN

The criminal case against the late Jeffrey Epstein was officially dismissed Thursday, almost three weeks after the accused sex trafficker died in his jail cell.

Judge Richard Berman, who was overseeing the case, signed what's known as a "nolle prosequi," or a notice that the court will no longer pursue the charges, citing Epstein's death. The dismissal was expected, as prosecutors had filed a motion to dismiss the federal sex trafficking charges after the multimillionaire's death on August 10, which the medical examiner deemed a suicide.

Even though the criminal case won't move forward, some of Epstein's accusers were still able to make their voices heard. On Tuesday, even though the accused was not present, Judge Berman allowed them to deliver victim impact statements. Some of them felt they were robbed of justice, not just in the recent case against Epstein, but also years ago, when Florida prosecutors offered Epstein a plea deal without their input.

The case has been dismissed, but prosecutors have indicated that the investigation will continue, thanks to a count of conspiracy that was included in the indictment.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/29/us/jeffrey-epstein-criminal-case-dismissed/index.html

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"Better than Trump" is just not good enough.

Hey, everyone! It's primary season! The season when we apparently all tear each other apart. One big defense I see a lot of candidate faithfuls use is "Compared to Trump, s/he's..."

Stop it. We aren't comparing our candidate to Trump. Of course your preferred candidate is better than Trump. Almost anyone would be better than Trump. That is such an absurdly low bar I can't even look at it. Jeb! would be better than Trump right now, that's how low the bar is. GWB would be better than Trump, and I sure as hell don't want that whole mess back.

It's early in the season, there are still a lot (too many) candidates, and it's important that we keep our minds open, and we keep ourselves honest and asking important questions. A lot of us have a favourite candidate, and a lot have still not chosen anyone. It's all valid. But we have to stop with "But compared to Trump..." nonsense. Of course your candidate is better than Trump. The joke is that you'd vote for a ham sandwich over Trump, but keep in mind: Not everyone would. Some people need to be excited to come to the polls. Some people need something strong and tangible to vote FOR, not just to vote against.

Several candidates seem like they'd be very good at righting the ship and getting everything back to how it was before Trump took office. Great! We need that, but remember that there are at-risk communities whose lives still weren't great then, either. Trans people were still dying in the streets. Unarmed POC were being shot by police. The poor were getting poorer and the rich getting richer. Women were losing bodily autonomy. This has been going on under D and R presidents. D and R congress.

Whoever the D candidate is needs to do more than say "I'm going to beat Trump." Of course. Of course we all desire Trump's loss and removal (and hopefully perp walk). But that candidate also has to say "... and we're going to take this country forward. We're going to look after our vulnerable and at-risk communities. We're going to try to address decades (or centuries) of systemic inequality." That is how you get people to vote FOR you, by actually offering something to the people who need it. To the people suffering. Not only that, but you have to do your best to actually deliver.

Sorry for rambling, just some frustration. Whoever the candidate ends up being, they need to be ready to move things forward. We also need to take back the Senate, and GOTV for that race, too.

More mixed fruit jam! This week is Apricot Raspberry:

Sorry if things have been a bit samey this summer in our videos. We've just been absolutely in love with mixing fruit for jams this summer, and trying new things. It's also been nice after our recent move that we don't have any roommates, so we have a bit more space, and we get to experiment a little more. This week we're blending apricot and raspberry for jam. We actually did this a couple of years ago (around the time we made our very successful apricot jam video), but we didn't film it. It is so delicious we wanted to make a video about it, so here you are!

We're getting to the end of fresh fruit season, so we're likely to move on to other things shortly. In the mean time, we've got lots of jars of amazing mixed fruit jams!

Basic Canning Method

So, this week we wanted to do a video on canning, because we've done a few preserves, and we've linked to the USDA guid to home canning, but it's important to know the whole procedure.

Here's a link to the USDA guide: https://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/publications_usda.html

Easy Cucumber Refrigerator Pickle Recipe

We've done a fermented kosher dill pickle before, but this is much simpler! You don't need to manage percentages of salt to control fermentation or anything, you're just mixing the salt and vinegar to cure the cucumbers. Much easier! It's obviously going to be a different taste, but it's a quicker pickle, and still very delicious. We got these gorgeous fresh field cucumbers, and they turned out very well.

Of course you can personalize your flavour profile with the type of spices and such that you add to your pickle brine. We add that dried chili pepper, but you can leave that out if you don't like things spicy. We also replaced dill heads with dried dill seed (we didn't have any fresh dill heads this time around).

Vegan Ranch Dip Recipe

This is a dip that my hubby has been developing based on the classic French rouille. The flavours we've chosen to go with here are based on a ranch flavoured dip, but this one is completely vegan, thickened with potato and olive oil, and stabilized with tahini and soy lecithin. We're delving just a little into molecular gastronomy with the addition of the soy lecithin, but it works very well to help the potatoes hold the oil.

This video was sort of a proof of concept experiment, and came out a little less creamy than we had hoped. The good news is that the soy lecithin would definitely allow you to add more oil to make this creamier and fluffier, approaching the texture of mayonnaise. Between the potato, the tartness of the lemon juice, and all of that fresh dill, the final product had a flavour reminiscent of dill pickle potato chips!

GOP politicians (including Moscow Mitch) Use a Russian-based "subpoena resistant" server:


Chris Vickery
Here it is.
This site is owned/run by a leading GOP digital operative. He runs systems on servers physically located in Russia, and advertised it.
Mitch McConnell is a client. Ben Carson is a client. Gingrich is a client. And many more.

Tell the world.

@fbi @fbi @fbi

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