TMGS Cookies

It’s the end of the month– if you’ve ever had to worry about such expenses as rent, utilities, insurance scams, food… you know that struggle. If this is a circumstance you are altogether unfamiliar with, then you can rest assured knowing I will not subject you to such plebeian delicacies as hotdog-waffles or peanut-butter-ramen. But as you savor those thoughts for a moment, I offer the perfect ‘starving artist’ cliche, and this here recipe for whatever ya got in your pantry cookies–

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preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar: ½ brown or coconut sugar, ½ cane sugar
¼ cup cocoa, or a dash of cinnamon + flour

sift dry ingredients

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1 stick butter (softened) or ½ cup oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons milk, water, coffee, or liquor

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¼ cup peanut butter and/or maple syrup
chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, and/or quick oats
use ’em if ya got ’em

mash it all up into a firm dough

use a pasty tool, potato masher, couple of forks, or your bare hands
add water/milk/coffee if too dry
add flour if too wet

roll dough in balls
pretty much any size works
space evenly on cookie sheet
I also rolled them in cinnamon sugar

bake 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees
cook slightly longer for larger cookies
less if you want softer cookies

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Let sit a few minutes while the cookies firm up
eat or set cookies aside to use the sheet for another batch

I’ve done several variations of this, from plain chocolate cookies to a breakfast bar loaded with too much good stuff, this recipe hasn’t failed me yet. Even with a barren wasteland of a pantry, I still managed to scrape these together for a potluck in a pinch.

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Ace Reporter – Trip Hunter

In a cramped, musty office on the ground floor of The Daily Star building– a lone worker steadily taps at the keys of his typewriter, their clickity-clack syncopating with the beat of a leaky ceiling and an empty can, the two forming a beautiful symphony that could perhaps be the very rhythm of the universe itself… or maybe that’s the combination of caffeine, psychotropics, copious amounts of marijuana, cheap beer, and bootlegged whiskey. Either way, ONE thing can be certain: no matter how queer the case, how dire the straights, Ace reporter Trip Hunter will be there, in the thick of it, to bring the truth to YOU!

illustrated series by WildEr

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Along Came Dolly

Ba baa black sheep have you any wool?
Brush here, shear there, ne’er a bag full… 

That sheep ain’t no Dalai Lama– girl, yoe must be a glutton for for an ass-whoopin’ keepin’ that ewe round here!

This was one piece of mutton long past its expiration date, with a comb-over rivaled only by The Donald himself, and a disproportionately sized tongue lolling out its mouth.

Dolly was an old ewe, she had certainly sheered better days… but the little boy who lived down the lane, turned his nose to ordinary wool, white and plain.

Master demands a bag per day, and a second for the Dame. You know what happens when their coats grow lame.

Ewwwwe, not stew! Not Dolly!

Hush! Not a peep from you or the ewe– I have a plan:

Knight, Bruce I. “Animal Cloning: Transitioning from the Lab to the Market.” USDA. March 5, 2008. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/speeches/content/2008/03/Biotech_Comm_final_3-5-08.pdf

Do you even movie night big bro? That never bodes well for the humans…

Think–Dollhouse. The 6th Day. Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Star Wars II. Blade Runner.
Ask yourself: Do Androids Dream Electric Sheep?

I know I know, a clone is not the same as an android… but would you want to eat it? wear it? drink its milk?

Pull the wool over your eyes, but ewwwwe, not stew!

We assure ewe, it is as safe for human consumption as the foods we eat every day: United States Department of Health and Human Services. “Animal Cloning” FDA. July 3, 2014. http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/AnimalCloning/default.htm

We? Big bro, are you–

We assure ewe, it is as safe for human injection as the drugs we take every day: United States Department of Health and Human Services. “Creating Human Drugs From Genetically Engineered Animals” FDA. August 23, 2015. https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm143980.htm

But that’s a goat–

Sheep go to heaven. Goats go to hell…
Just kidding!
We assure you, it is as safe as for human society as the society we live in every day:
Michael Herndon. “Transcript of Media Briefing on FDA’s Release of a Final Guidance for Industry on the Regulation of Genetically-Engineered Animals” FDA. January 15, 2009. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/NewsEvents/Newsroom/MediaTranscripts/UCM121219.pdf

Recorded? I object–

Hush!
Reporters will be in a listen only mode until we open call for comments.

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
and doesn’t know where to find them;
Make them a clone, and they’ll come home,
wagging their tails behind them.

She awoke with a start, her face full of wool– black wool.
Dolly the sheep, with a fleece thick as thieves…
Her eyes they must be deceiving.
It couldn’t be! Not Dolly, her Dolly?
She sure was a spittin’ image…
Three bags full she stuffed with wool
She had dreampt her sheep from lame to cool!

Little Bo-peep fell fast asleep,
and dreamt she heard them bleating;
but when she awoke, she found it a joke,
for they were still a-fleeting.

You’re a hack with a hook!
That filthy crook!
Big bro must’ve been deceiving.
Alternative facts
And fancy “science” reading
Dolly was gone
Before she ever knew she was sleeping

Then up she took her little crook,
determined for to find them;
she found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed,
for they’d left their tails behind them.

Tale of woe, woe is me
How could she let it be?
Tale by Tale
bye bye tails…

It happened one day, as Bo-peep did stray
into a meadow hard by,
there she espied their tails side by side,
all hung on a tree to dry.

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these rhymes
are getting stale…

She heaved a sigh and wiped her eye,
and over the hillocks went rambling,
and tried what she could, as a shepherdess should,
to tell each clone from its lambkin…

But the real mystery
was little Bo-Peep
for that night she dreampt
of electric sheep.

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Deathrace 2000, 2017, 2050

“My fellow citizens of this great country of ours:
The United Corporations of America–
Why did those pilgrims land on Plymouth rock?”

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“…because they needed a place to stage
the greatest pissing contest known to man!”
#GoldenGate #PeeTUS #PissGate

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“Thaaaat’s right race fans,
great American tradition doesn’t get any. better. than. this.
This is all about freedom–”

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“…the freedom to sit on your big fat ass all day and watch the single greatest sporting event known to man!”

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“Competition! That’s what’s made this country so great.
Welcome to… the DEATH RACE!”

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In hindsight, the dystopian future of year 2000 feels a bit… tame.

Don’t get me wrong– the annual transcontinental death race is a time honored tradition that speaks to any generation– but compared to the real life Idiocracy of 2017, this risque action packed political satire circa 1975, is a blast from the past we always wished we had. On the other hand, looking forward to 2050…

Full body black vinyl gimp suit? Check.

Bitter rival with a lot to compensate for? Check. Check.

It is worth noting here that the “Jed Perfectus” of modern America, played by the fabulous Burt Grinstead,  speaks volumes about the qualities that we Americans value in an idol…
As compared to Sylvester Stallone’s “Machine Gun Joe Viterbo” the macho-man action-star that rivals our Death Race 2000 champion.

Sexy two-timing navigator? Check and mate.

Our taste in women, however, has remained strikingly similar. Affirmative Action be damned, bodacious blonds will always be a sexploitation staple…

Death Race 2050 is like Death Race 2000 super-sized. But while 2000 comes right out and says sex is both a duty and an honor for a navigator, which our 2000 stars enthusiastically partake in… 2050 imagines an anti-hero altogether uninspired by such desires.

Navigator Annie Sullivan– played by Marci Miller (Rebellion: A Star Wars Story, Days of Our Lives)– seductively directs driver Frankenstein to navigate her… but his heart beats more to the mantra of PC quota Minerva’s smash hit “Drive. Drive. Kill. Kill.”

With Death Race 2000 original producer Roger Corman back on board for the transcontinental race of 2050, the two flicks were nearly identical in basic formula, often matching up shot for shot.

Checking out dat-ass while the navigator performs high-speed repairs was a staple in 1975, and today, a beloved classic. Some things will never go out of style.

But I must say, I am partial to the Dino-inspired design that Frankenstein rides in 2050. All in all, the original car designs have withstood the test of time better than the lackluster 2017 models.

“Who wants Virgins? Who wants Chicken Wings? Everybody loves chicken wings! Well guess what y’all, the allmighty has got a Hooters in the sky and it is time to Martyr up–” this too, withstands the test of time, though the original was much more… intimate.

Euthanasia day happens every year, but so does our hero’s soft spot for lambs (and kittens) led to the slaughter…

Surprisingly, one of the biggest differences between the two flicks, was the scoring system. As always, our racers are scored on time and pedestrian fatalities– from sea to shining sea, more space for you and me!

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Teens these days are seemingly indistinguishable from toddlers, and apparently, +10 for women was taking it too far for Roger Corman’s 2017 scoring system.

Fearing backlash from the “PC” majority in 2008, director Paul W.S. Anderson censored his 2008 re-make to tone down the gratuitous violence. Post 9/11 America, wars raging in the middle east, cloned meat deemed safe for consumption, stock markets plunging in a global recession, and the Writer’s Guild of America on strike– society at this time could not handle such nonchalant disregard for the lives of the American citizenry, or for the art of writing… but American prisoners, they were fair game for Death Race 1, 2, and 3.

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As a staunch supporter of prison reform with homage to the great gladiators of ancient Rome, I can’t help but notice that the cult-classic standing of this film franchise only stands to reason that such a spectacle sport would pay for itself… and then some.

Prisoners could go in criminals, and come out as national heroes! Profit surpluses could provide funding for law enforcement and the justice department, while the death toll keeps prison crowding– and general overpopulation– to a minimum.

Dystopia, or more like Utopia? We’ll leave you to decide…
comments are always open

In classic Hollywood formula, our hero and heroine drive off into the sunset, and get down to business repopulating the Earth in the wake of all that death and destruction.

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Butternut Squash Pasta

A versatile main course or good for some yummin’ on the side,
this simple pasta dish is a recipe for good clean eating that won’t break the bank.

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This isn’t so much of a strict recipe as it is a guided customizable suggestion– I concocted this dish as something to tie together a roasted chicken dinner, using mostly staple ingredients, topped with a crumbling of feta cheese and Mediterranean herbs.

There isn’t a single ingredient in this dish that cannot be substituted or simply left out. Season to taste, switch it up to keep it interesting. I will provide a few substitution suggestions of my own but you will know what you like better.

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Noodles

A filled noodle is more filling, and packed with extra flavor, so for this dish I prefer tortellini or ravioli noodles, but any noodle will do.

Pictured here we used pesto filled tortellini. Cheese filled is more common and also makes for a delish dish. While we are enjoying the fruits of the harvest season, butternut squash tortellini fits the flavor profile perfectly.

Bring a pot of water to a hard boil then add the noodles.
Do NOT undercook tortellini– you want the inside to be soft, it will take longer than most noodles, bite into one to test it.

While the noodles cook, prepare the produce for your sauce.
I used my Oster 1200 Food Processor,
but lightly blending or finely chopping works too.

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Bell Peppers
Onions or Shallots
Squash
Garlic
Ginger

I prefer the sweeter variety of bell peppers
they come in orange, yellow, or red.
Bell peppers and onions make for a flavorful sauce feature, together or individually. I have made pasta dishes with just these, and a cream or oil for base, same methods.

Green bell peppers could also work, especially with the pesto filled tortellini, but for green peppers I would suggest adding spinach, heavy on the garlic, hold the squash or substitute zucchini.

For those of you who like a hint of food
with that burning sensation in your mouth,
you could spice it up with jalapeno or other hot peppers.

Butternut squash also makes an excellent pasta sauce all by itself, or similar varieties like acorn, cinderella and winter squash all work just as well. Squash comes cheap and grows in abundance throughout fall and winter. As whole squashes, they are tough to cut, but my local Farmer’s Market has me covered with bags of pre-peeled chopped squash.

Finely chop your produce with sharp knives or a food processor.
To serve raw, reduce cooking time, or for a smoother texture– blend until smooth.

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When your noodles are fully cooked,
drain the water and return noodles to pot.
Toss your chopped produce with noodles, or pour in blended sauce.

Oil
Sour Cream

We were roasting a chicken at the time,
and I need a full-fat diet,
so I used the drippings for this side-dish.

To serve as a main course or reduce fat, substitute drippings for chicken bouillon or chicken broth. For a vegetarian dish, substitute vegetable broth, butter or oil.

I went heavy on the chicken drippings so I only used a couple large dollops of sour cream.
Can substitute cream or half and half, and thin sauce with milk or water if necessary.
For a vegan dish, just oil will work as a base, but I recommend processing your produce to a smoother consistency.
Squash alone will process or cook into a smooth sauce with no need for added liquid or oil.

Cheese is an excellent addition, if your diet includes dairy products.
I topped with feta cheese and Mediterranean herbs.
Adding shredded cheese like parmesean, cheddar or gouda as the sauce cooks would work well too, and also serves as a thickener. You may need to add more liquid or oil if using cheese in the sauce.

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Cook on LOW until desired consistency
I processed my produce into a fine chop, started with a slightly thin sauce, and cooked it down into a thick, creamy, and very flavorful side-dish that took a bit longer than I had originally intended.

To reduce the cooking time, you can mix all your sauce ingredients, and blend until smooth.
Pour sauce into pot with noodles, heat until warm or serve raw.

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

What I made here served a party of 4 adults with some leftovers.

Life is Yum with recipes, nutrition and more from Zu-Zu Lee
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Freedom’s Call

Via Barack Obama - 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner

“The free press is central to our democracy and– nah, I’m just kidding!
You know I’m going to talk about Trump. Come on.”

“Although, I am a little hurt that he’s not here tonight.”
Is this blog too tacky for the Donald? What could he possibly be doing instead?

1. Apple (aapl, -0.20%) $600,000 to $1.251 million
2. Microsoft (msft, -0.13%): $300,000 to $600,000
3. PepsiCo (pep, -0.37%) $150,000 to $350,000
4. J.P. Morgan Chase (jpm, -0.76%) : $100,000 to $251,000
5. McKesson (mck, -1.64%): $100,000 to $250,000
6. Nike (nke, -0.64%) : $100,000 to $250,000
7. Johnson and Johnson (jnj, -0.44%) : $100,000 to $250,000
8. General Electric (ge, +0.13%) : $100,000 to $250,000
9. Visa (v, +0.17%): $100,000 to $251,000
10. Gilead Sciences (gild, -0.86%) : $100,000 to $250,000
11. Celgene (celg, -1.39%) : $100,000 to $250,000
12. Phillips 66 (psx, -1.36%) : $100,000 $250,000
13. Caterpillar (cat, +0.05%) : $100,000 to $250,000
14. Alphabet (googl, -0.56%) : $100,000 to $200,000
Despite the candidate’s love of all things gold— The Donald has a relatively small holding in bullion: about $100,000 to $250,000

“I don’t want to spend too much time on The Donald.
Because I think we can all agree that from the start he’s gotten the appropriate amount of coverage befitting the seriousness of his candidacy.”

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“I hope you all are proud of yourselves. The guy wanted to give his hotel business a boost and now we are praying that America makes it through July.”

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Zu-Zu out~~

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America will start winning again, winning like never before
– Donald Trump Inauguration

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