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Duck fat fried potatoes!

This was a hard video to edit, because I kept drooling on my keyboard! This technique for fried potatoes results in amazing crispy outsides and super fluffy insides, but it does take some time! You need to boil the potatoes first, then shock and chill them before you cut them and fry them. Also, you need a good polyunsaturated fat like duck fat or beef fat (bacon fat or lard doesn't work quite as well!) but they are amazingly delicious.

Duck fat isn't for sale everywhere, but if you have a decent butcher anywhere nearby, you should be able to get either duck fat or beef fat. The nice thing about this technique is that almost all of the fat is recovered after the frying, and can be used again if you manage to remove most of the little bits of fried stuff left behind. The seasoning is all up to you, of course. Salt and pepper right after they leave the pan is important, but if you want to spice them up with a little thyme or oregano, maybe some grated parmesan or some chili flakes. It's all up to you.

Clam and winter melon soup recipe

This week's recipe is an adaptation of a recipe a Taiwanese friend of ours taught us about. He grew up eating something similar to this, and my hubby made a couple of tweaks for his own tastes. It's a delicious and very light soup with bright ginger notes.

Winter melon should be easy to find if you have an Asian grocery store nearby. It has a very mild flavor and tends to pick up the flavor of whatever you're cooking it in. Also, make sure to give your clams a little bit of a scrub before you toss them in the pot, or you may end up with grit at the bottom of your soup!

Easy Breakfast Jar recipe.

So, this is my breakfast most days of the week. As anyone who has ever met me will tell you, I'm very much not a morning person. It's as much as I can manage to get my clothes on, shoes on, cell phone in my pocket, and out the door. I can't eat when I first wake up, and I sure can't even think about preparing something, so this is perfect for me, and super easy. I toss it together and toss in the fridge overnight and bring it in to work the next morning.

It is super easy to customize this recipe, as well. You can use the frozen fruit of your choice (mixed berries or cherries are my favourite), or fresh fruit when they're in season. You can also use fruit preserves, jams, or jellies. You can omit the peanut butter or replace it with the nut butter of your choice (I've been using almond butter, but I think I'll go back to peanut butter). Also, you don't have to add the chia seeds, but I sure do love them. They had a nice texture, and they're really really good for you, too.

Sauteed Chili shrimp appetizer recipe

So, another super easy and quick one this week that you can prepare in advance. We love this one for parties, because you can serve it with a nice white wine (goes great with Gewurtz or nice dry Riesling) to give your guests a tasty and spicy nibble before you get into any serious food or grilling. You can also eat these hot, and we sometimes put these over rice.

You can control the heat very easily with the type and amount of hot pepper you use. These ones came out quite spicy (and amazing) with the Thai bird chilies we used, but any of the slim peppers like serrano, tabasco, or mirasol work great, and look fantastic in this dish. If you prefer not to use butter, you can replace it with the high smoke-point oil of your choice (grapeseed or canola would likely be best here), and the garlic is entirely optional as well. You can replace it with some finely chopped shallot if you like!

Kanye West, Prager University, and the Illusion of Free Thought - SOME MORE NEWS

Hey look, far right billionaire donor class 1%er pure unfettered capitalists are buying huge swaths of the discourse in the USA to promote and boost the idea that they're being repressed.

The biggest bombshell in this Rudy Giuliani/Stormy Daniels reveal...

...is that Trump apparently did, for once, pay someone back for services provided.

From TYT's John Iadarola over on Twitter:

Everything kinda sucks right now, so I thought we could use something funny and lighthearted.

Sauteed Kale with Raisins and Walnuts Recipe

So, this week's recipe may be a bit controversial! This recipe has two ingredients that people love to hate: Kale and raisins! Hubby and I love kale, and we eat a lot of it in different ways. We eat it raw in salads, on sandwiches, or sauteéd like this as a side-dish! If you've only ever had kale raw and didn't like, or you've never really tried kale and you're worried you may not enjoy it, this recipe is a great starting point for you.

The raisins are entirely optional here, but we find they add a really lovely sweetness to the whole dish. Also, if you wanted to, you could replace them with something like dried cranberries or something similar. Also, this recipe is not only vegetarian, but if you remove the butter, is entirely vegan!

Also: We've just hit 500 subscribers on YouTube! It's still a pretty small number overall, but it's an exciting milestone for us

Black Gun Owner Will Give Birth in Prison After Trying to Protect 2-Year-Old Daughter from Assailant

Link to full article here.

Siwatu-Salama Ra is a 26-year-old black mother who watched in horror as an angry assailant—a neighbor with whom Ra had a dispute—deliberately crashed her vehicle into Ra's car while Ra's two-year-old daughter was playing inside. Ra removed her unloaded, legally purchased handgun from the glove box and brandished it, scaring the neighbor off.

The assailant, Channel Harvey, was never charged. Ra was arrested for felonious assault. She is now serving a mandatory two-year-sentence, even though Michigan is a Stand Your Ground state and Ra was clearly defending her family on her own property.

Ra is pregnant, and she is expected to give birth in prison.

The Detroit Metro Times, The Root, and Democracy Now! have all reported on the overwhelming criminal justice failures on display here. The jury in Ra's trial evidently ended deliberations early in order to wrap the case up before a major snowstorm hit—and that's not even the craziest thing about this case. The Detroit Police Department apparently treated Harvey as the victim, even though she rammed Ra's car, for the sole reason that Harvey beat Ra to the station and filed a police report first.

Ra also filed a report, but Detroit police consider the first person to file a report to be the victim in a dispute. The Detroit Police Department has not responded to Reason's request for comment, but according to the Detroit Metro Times, multiple police detectives confirmed that this policy exists, including at the trial.

Again, Michigan residents enjoy the legal right to use a firearm to defend themselves and their property. But since Harvey complained first, investigators didn't give proper weight to Ra's side of the story. Bafflingly, the authorities decided that Ra wasn't engaged in self-defense at all but was instead engaged in the commission of a crime. She was charged with two counts of felony assault: one against Harvey, and one against Harvey's daughter, who was in Harvey's car.

Ra was arguably denied the right to a fair trial as well:

The jury was told the trial would likely only last two days, but it didn't begin deliberations until midway through Thursday—the fourth day. The forecast called for a blizzard on Friday, and the judge told the jury that it would return to court regardless of the weather if it didn't arrive at a decision. (It's worth noting that the court did close on Friday.)

Burton-Harris adds that the jury wasn't aware that Ra would receive a two-year prison sentence were she found guilty of any of the felony firearm charges because juries aren't informed of mandatory sentences.

Edit: Also, thanks NCTraveler for this link to other activism this woman has done in the past: https://www.democraticunderground.com/10022771020
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