31 March 2011

The Social Poets: Libya War: Funny Late Nite Jokes Roundup

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The Social Poets: Libya War: Funny Late Nite Jokes Roundup: "Check out what the comedians lampoon about The Peace President, Obama, going into Libya. Boy, I tell ya, a guy tries to help out some desperate people in a foreign country from getting slaughtered and all he gets is flak from the Republicans and comedians.

Of course, like so many sticky political situations, it's all about The Ego. The mostly male media ratchets up The Ego Meter by declaring Prez Obama is a wimp if he doesn't succeed at deposing Gadafi now that he's declared, 'Gadafi must go!' So, suddenly out come The Big Guns: the CIA operatives magicly appear in Libya 'advising' the rebel forces. Read that as, 'These guys are so clueless the only way to keep them alive is knock some sense into them and show them how to win.'"

29 March 2011

Dennys Food and Recipes: Readers Recipes: Apple Upside-Down Caramel Cake, Louises Birthday Cake

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Dennys Food and Recipes: Readers Recipes: Apple Upside-Down Caramel Cake, Louises Birthday Cake: " Upside-down cake is one of the first cakes I learned to make when I was a child.  They were so easy and even smelled good as you assembled them into the iron skillet which was our pan of choice.

This apple caramel cake is unusual in that it employs canned sweet potatoes too.  We love our sweet potatoes in Louisiana and eat them all year long, finding new ways to use them.  This is the first I've seen used in an upside-down cake.  Everyone knows that brown sugar and sweet potatoes are a natural and perfect taste combination!

The second recipe for an unusual birthday cake uses a spice cake mix and pumpkin pie filling.  That makes for a dense moist cake topped by cream cheese icing  - low fat cream cheese and low fat whipped topping, of course. :) To gild the lily the special cake is topped off with white chocolate bark."

Dennys Food and Recipes: Grilling Steaks: Tips, Cooking Times, Great Sauces

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Dennys Food and Recipes: Grilling Steaks: Tips, Cooking Times, Great Sauces: "Want to learn the best tips for grilling that perfect steak? Warm weather - and a hearty pollen season - have arrived here in south Louisiana and our thoughts are already turning to grilling season. If you want to perfect your technique, learn how to make a perfect French classic sauce in the blender or brush up on your steak cooking knowledge, then read on. Oh, and no drooling allowed. :)"

24 March 2011

Dennys: News Politics Comedy Science Arts & Food: Post Roundup at Dennys Blogs - 24 March 2011

Dennys: News Politics Comedy Science Arts & Food: Post Roundup at Dennys Blogs - 24 March 2011: "Check out news, politics, great food, funny political humor, sassy opinion, astronomy and science, great quotes,  awesome photography, poetry and spiritual thoughts.

Sometimes, I think if I didn't do posts roundup on all these crazy blogs I would never realize just how much I've been writing or on what subjects as the writing moves so quickly. The news is running at a rapid rate these days with all the revolutions in the Middle East and destructive world weather.

Fortunately, we have the comedians and the chefs to perk up our spirits and tantalize our taste buds so we don't get overwhelmed with too much negativity in the news and our politics."

03 March 2011

Chef Emeril Lagasse Bakers Dozen: 5 Shrimp and 8 More Recipes

From Denny:  These Emeril recipes come from his cookbook, one of many, " Emeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast." All the recipes are designed to get food on the table in about 30 minutes, full of flavor and a breeze to make.

I own a number of his cookbooks and enjoy every one of them. He really understands when people are pressed for time to produce a good meal but don't want to skimp on freshness or full flavor.  Emeril always hits the right note, especially with his famous Emeril's Essence, with his recipe provided here too.

When you make your own spice combinations you can adjust the salt and peppers to your taste or even add more exotic spices to the blend.  Try out this basic Cajun seasoning recipe.  It  was first developed back in the 1960's by Tony Chachere, a brand still well loved and used here in south Louisiana.  Emeril's is a very good comparable version.

Gaaalicky Sizzling Shrimp

Servings: 2-4
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: 1-30 min

If you like garlic, this is the dish for you.


2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 teaspoons Emeril's Original Essence or Creole Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons roughly chopped garlic
6 tablespoons shrimp or chicken stock or canned, low-sodium shrimp or chicken broth
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with the Essence and the salt. Set aside.

Heat a large cast-iron pan over medium-high heat, and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the butter and garlic. Once the butter is nearly melted (about 20 seconds), add the shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are cooked through, about 3 minutes.

Add the stock, lemon juice, and parsley, and cook for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat.

Serve immediately.

02 March 2011

Dennys Art Sanctuary: 38 Creative March Desktop Wallpapers

Dennys Art Sanctuary: 38 Creative March Desktop Wallpapers: "What do we think of when we reflect upon the month of March? We think of Winter ending, Spring coming in on the cool winds, soaking Spring rains, the trees leafing out and green weeds. There is the fun celebration of St. Patrick's Day. And there is the old adage, 'March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.' These designers took these all as their inspirations."
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