And What About That Recount?


I am sharing the link below here because Facebook is blocking Rappoport’s blog as spam (censorship).

Check out how Fresno killed the Proposition 37 recount HERE.  < This is the article on his blog FB won’t let me post.

Lead in my Pencil

So that you may perhaps have a better understanding of where I am coming from, my lovelies, I thought I would post pictures of one of the gifts in my Christmas stocking from my parents this year.  My mother saw this being sold to kids at a restaurant (WTF?) and felt like she had to get it for me.

She is a Scorpio, if that explains anything.

My mother wanted me to pull it out carefully so that I wouldn’t ruin the presentation (pun intended).

My mother wanted me to pull it out carefully so that I wouldn’t ruin the presentation (pun intended).

Are you happy to see me?

Are you happy to see me?

Really, really happy?

Really, really happy?

This pencil holder reminds me of a friend posting on Facebook that the neighborhood ice cream truck just passed his house playing the instrumental version of “My Ding-a-ling”.

Well here I am!!!

Well here I am!!!

It also reminds me of the time a complete stranger stopped me while I was walking around a resort with a cup of hot tea and a tetsubin.  He looked a bit like a burnt-out rock star, and he said in an English accent, “Are you having a spot of tea, luv?”

“Why yes, I am.”

“And what kind of tea would you be enjoying there, luv?”

Smiling down at my iron teapot, “This is gyokuro, a type of Japanese green.”

“Oh!  Very good!  You know what I drink?  I drink that yerba mate tea.  Have you ever tried that, luv?”

I shake my head, “I have heard of it before, but can’t say that I have.”

“Well, dear, you should try it!  That yerba mate tea really puts the lead in my pencil!”


Mum wanted to fill the pencil holder with condoms, but she was too embarrassed to go buy skins since she has obviously hit menopause.  She didn’t want to send my father, who walks with a cane, to go buy any either, so they are leaving me to fill it.  It has a zipper up the length of its back.

How I really feel about condoms can be found here.

I will leave it at this:

Guys, I hate them more than you do—still, you need to SUIT UP!!!

One of My Major Food Groups: Indispensible Butter

I am going  crazy trying to find quality dairy products!

I use a good amount of  butter to cook eggs, for baking, or to spread on a slab of a good crusty loaf with honey. Yum yum! I could live on butter and honey!

My favorite!!!  Yummy Yummy Yummy

My favorite!!! Yummy Yummy Yummy

My very favorite store-bought butter is Pamplie from France.  (Yes, I prefer it to Echire).  I used to be able to find it at a local specialty shop and it is worth every penny it costs.  However, they stopped carrying it.

Almost cheesy-rich

Almost cheesy-rich

Instead the shop now has Delitia butter from Parmigiano Reggiano which is also very good.  It is an incredibly rich butter which is extremely firm, so I imagine the water content must be low which makes it very good for baking.  I have made incredibly intense shortbread cookies out of this butter.

Bullshit Butter

Bullshit Butter

plugra 2Plugrá, used by many in high-end restaurants and bakers here in the U.S., is bullshit butter.  The reason I say this is because they add butter flavoring (probably manufactured in a chemical plant in New Jersey) to their butter!!!!  The milk they are using is not certified rBGH free.  Plugrá is also part of the Dairy Farmers of America Association, accused of being a milk cartel.

If you have to get grocery-store butter, this is probably your best bet for flavor.

If you have to get grocery-store butter, this is probably your best bet for flavor.

Président is from France.   For a larger brand, it has very good flavor, especially when compared to that of most others found in groceries here in the U.S.  I do not trust that it hasn’t been made with livestock eating a bunch of pesticides (which are concentrated in animal fat), however rBGH is outlawed in the EU.  I suppose the U.S. could possibly ship milk from here to sell to companies such as Lactalis, the French parent company of Président, as long as the product is then shipped back here to the United States for consumption.  I am not sure what the laws are.  On Lactalis’s page, they list “cost optimisation” and “increase in yields” as benefits to using their products.   It has me leery.  So I try to buy only buy organic.  Unfortunately, all the store-bought organic butter I have tasted is insipid or tastes like it has been in the refrigerator case too long.

Dean Foods, a large food corporation which funded the defeat of Proposition 37 here in California, is the parent company of Horizon Organics.  Horizon Organics is about the only supplier of organic milk products I can find in my neighborhood grocery, but I am still boycotting them for now.  Hopefully they will get rid of Dean Foods as a parent company so I can go back.

Local-ish.  Supported Proposition 37.

Local-ish. Supported Proposition 37.

What I now plan on doing is driving to a grocery further away and buying organic cream from Straus Family Creamery or Organic Valley  (their butters, along with Horizon’s, are among those which I stated as tasting prosaic or refrigeratory).  Out of these I plan on making my own butter.

The video below shows you how easy it is to do and the chemistry behind it.

I will let you know how it comes out!

Thank you to Working Cows Dairy in Alabama for posting this video on their Facebook Page!