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Saviolo

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Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Home country: Canada
Current location: Toronto, Ontario
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Easy Apple Rhubarb Compote

This is a follow-on to our pancake video from last week. Here's something to smother them in! I grew up with rhubarb, and we always had it growing in our back yard. Mom would cut the stalks (and remove the leaves of course), and a little dish of sugar, and we'd dip the tart end in the sugar and chew on it! She also made strawberry rhubarb pies and strawberry rhubarb sauces for ice cream, etc...

And now I'm in my 40s and I still love rhubarb. This is a recipe that my hubby used at his restaurant. It's super easy and really delicious. We used honeycrisp apples for this, but you can use any fresh and crisp apple. You don't need to necessarily use a very tart baking apple like Granny Smith for this recipe, because the rhubarb should be more than tart enough, so you can use a sweeter apple variety with a more interesting flavour.

This is also a nice fall and winter recipe if you want to toss a couple of cloves in there, or a stick of cinnamon to give it a little wintry spice. You can also control how firm the apples are in your final product by how large you cut them and how long you cook them. We let ours get slightly soft, but still with a little bite and texture, since the rhubarb will just fall apart during cooking.

Fluffy Pancake Recipe

Sort of a no-brainer, I know. Everyone's got a pancake recipe that they love, but this one is great, and makes lovely fluffy lofty pancakes. This is the recipe my husband used when he had his restaurant, and they were very popular. The trick for getting all that loft is separating the eggs and whipping the whites separately to then fold them in after mixing up the batter, and not over-mixing. The reaction between the buttermilk and the baking powder also helps!

This is a very basic recipe, obviously. We don't feel like it needs any extra flavouring like vanilla or cinnamon, but you're welcome to add those if you'd like. These are great on their own or, as shown here, with some delicious homemade compote. The one in the thumbnail is our homemade rhubarb apple compote, and we're putting the video for that one up next week. But they're also super good with just butter and maple syrup!

I am SO FRUSTRATED!

I am SO FRUSTRATED that the current thing is "Fuck Trump" all over the place. As though Trump isn't the exact end result of DECADES of GOP policies and party building. As though the entire GOP isn't completely complicit in everything that's happening. As though the ball that Nixon started and Reagan accelerated hasn't finally hit the wall, crashed right through it, and is now headed for a cliff.

Yes, Trump's gotta go. He's completely unqualified for the position, but about 80% of the GOP has to be completely excised from governing at all. There's a deep and strong cesspool propping Trump up, and focusing only on the obvious flashpoint ignores the forest for the trees. The GOP is LOVING this. Sure, some of them have the good graces to sound briefly embarrassed by how Trump comports himself (like Jeff Flake), but in the end, they're just tone policing. They are supporting everything Trump does because he's being informed and coached by business leaders and GOP leaders who see their wildest dreams coming true.

Also, they keep pointing back to the Democrats! "Well, this happened under Obama!!" Yeah, and guess what? Obama got a lot of criticism from the left for stuff like this. Setting up detention facilities. Drone strikes. The left criticized Obama for the infrastructure put in place to support drone strikes because 1) drone strikes and 2) the precedent that sets for future administrations. Well, guess what, HI THERE!

The damage the GOP has done under this administration already will take decades to undo. The number of far-right judges being installed and protections stripped away for the poor, for women, for POC, and for LGBTQ+ will actively harm citizens. It's not enough to say Fuck Trump. We have to tie Trump to the GOP like an albatross for as long as people can remember. We have to associate Trump with the weak and spineless GOP senators and congresscritter bootlickers who will do anything Trump wants so long as it makes them money. The whole party has to be held accountable, because they built this.

Trump didn't appear out of nowhere. He's the culmination of the right's love of authoritarian populism, and he needs to be permanently stapled to the GOP's image.

Shrimp Brochettes Recipe

So, this week's recipe is a bit of a throwback to the 90's. This was something that would show up in restaurants during that wave of ethnic-inspired, but not actually ethnic food that clearly didn't belong to any particular real world region, but catered to the American palette (bacon and cheese!) and did have a lot of flavour! You might see something like this at restaurants that called themselves TexMex, but really, it's a bit of a mishmash of different techniques and recipes from a bunch of different places. These bacon-wrapped, cheese and pepper-stuffed shrimp are delicious and worth the slightly fiddly preparation.

The type of pepper you use is really up to you. If you want them really hot, feel free to put slivers of habanero, ghost pepper, or scorpion pepper in there. For an easier heat, put in a sliver of jalapeno, Thai bird chile, or serrano. The cheese can be anything, really. We used a little bit of nice medium cheddar here, but you can substitute mozzarella, gouda, colby... just about anything will work. And it really helps to use the thin-sliced grocery store bacon for this, because it stretches slightly as you're wrapping, making your job easier, and it also sticks to itself better while it's cooking.

Also, we just passed 550 subscribers!! Thanks to everyone who's been watching and sharing our videos! We really appreciate it, and we hope that you'll spread our recipes around to people you know who will appreciate them!

X-Post from Canada: Well, Doug Ford didn't take long to get shitty about Pride

From The Sun: Doug Ford wants Toronto Pride to include police in parade before he attends.

https://twitter.com/TheTorontoSun/status/1005398042479079424

C'mon, dude. Neither you nor your brother in his ENTIRE TENURE AS MAYOR have ever attended Pride. You're always up at the cottage. And this was years before Pride declined to allow police to march in the parade, so sorry if we're just not buying it. I mean, why would you come to support an event that brings millions and millions of dollars into the local economy?

Get bent Dougie. We won't miss you at Pride because hey, you've never been there anyway.

Well, Doug Ford didn't take long to get shitty:

From The Sun: Doug Ford wants Toronto Pride to include police in parade before he attends.

https://twitter.com/TheTorontoSun/status/1005398042479079424

C'mon, dude. Neither you nor your brother in his ENTIRE TENURE AS MAYOR have ever attended Pride. You're always up at the cottage. And this was years before Pride declined to allow police to march in the parade, so sorry if we're just not buying it. I mean, why would you come to support an event that brings millions and millions of dollars into the local economy?

Get bent Dougie. We won't miss you at Pride because hey, you've never been there anyway.

Creamy Coleslaw recipe

So, last year we did a vinaigrette style coleslaw recipe on our channel. This year, we are doing a creamy coleslaw now that the weather's getting nice again! Time for burgers and picnics, so here's a picnic classic!

This is a super simple and basic coleslaw, and gives you lots of room for customization. Some people toss some raisins in there, or some finely sliced bell pepper, a bit of hot sauce, or even some parboiled asparagus cut into fine strips! We like to keep the texture pretty fine (hence the mandolin), but if you prefer it chunky, go nuts.

Elon Musk's War on Journalism, Unions, and Safety & MORE - SOME MORE NEWS

All the nuance and sarcasm that you can eat:

Why Trump is dumping trade deals down the toilet.

Someone on my Twitter feed put it very eloquently today. Here's a link to the first tweet in the thread (not mine):

https://twitter.com/fawfulfan/status/1002502139367837702

And here's the text of the thread:

Believe it or not, Trump's insane proclamation that he will keep tariffs in place until there are no more Mercedes on Fifth Avenue gave me a moment of clarity.

I think I finally understand Trump's economic philosophy now. And we are absolutely screwed.

The one thing that you need to understand about Trump is that he is, at his core, a con man with no empathy.

Therefore, he assumes that all other people are also con men with no empathy, and every exchange of goods and services that exists in the world is, on some level, a con.

Trump assumes every transaction in the world between people, businesses, nation-states, even between two different agencies of the same government has a winner and a loser, a scammer and a sucker. He believes if you're not ripping someone off, you're getting ripped off.

From an economist's perspective, this is complete nonsense. Unless there are major information asymmetries or distortions of market power, and often even then, most transactions are generally to the mutual benefit of both parties.
Otherwise no deals would ever get made.

But Trump the man who created a fake university, made stiffed contractors, hired the mob, and filed for bankruptcy six times cannot believe his.

So he goes out of his way to cherrypick how he sees the world, so that everything we do looks like either a ripoff or a steal.

It's not simply that Trump *doesn't* think the Paris Climate Agreement, Iran nuclear deal, TPP, NAFTA, or luxury cars from Germany are a good deal for America. It's that he *can't* think that.

It's an alien concept to him that a deal other people want with us could also help us.

To Trump's mind, the mere fact other countries sought out these deals with us, and that their own economies benefit, is unassailable proof we got ripped off.

He can't see the evidence they helped us too. His mind will only cherry-pick potential ways it could be bad for us.

This is why Trump will never, ever, be able to negotiate with the rest of the world. He doesn't believe in mutual benefit.

The second anyone tells him "this is your end of the deal" he'll rip it up. He believes only one party can have an end of the deal, and it shouldn't be him.

So folks, I hate to tell you this, but he's only getting started.

He will forego billions, maybe trillions, of dollars in world trade. He will forego bilateral security agreements. And if he ever gets something from another nation it will be by force.

As I said: we're screwed.

And we're not just screwed on foreign policy, but domestic. This explains his behavior over DACA, spiking two bipartisan deals even though they were what he asked for.

He assumed if Democrats were willing to talk, his deal wasn't ripping them off, ergo it would rip him off.

That implies if Democrats win Congress, we are going to enter an all-out legislative standstill like we've never before seen.

Our system is entirely reliant on compromise and compromise isn't compatible with Trump's beliefs. We will struggle to pass even basic reauthorizations.

So yeah: our nightmare is not going to end until we get this pathological con man out of office.

He is not just bad at being president, he has a defective way of seeing the world that is not compatible with being president.

And we will pay for it.
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