Sunday, December 21, 2008
1 3 1/2- to 4-pound rotisserie chicken
1 tablespoon chopped canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
4 Roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
For the corn cakes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 large eggs
1 cup part-skim ricotta
10 ounces frozen corn, thawed (or one can sweet corn)
2 teaspoons canola oil
1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
Using a fork or your fingers, shred the chicken meat, discarding the skin and bones.
In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, chipotle, lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, the onion, tomatoes, and cilantro; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, pepper, and the remaining salt. Stir in the eggs and ricotta until no lumps remain. Fold in the corn.
Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. For each corn cake, spoon about 1/4 cup of the batter onto the skillet and cook until golden brown and set on one side, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a spatula, flip the cakes and cook 1 minute more. Divide the cakes among individual plates and top with the chicken mixture. Serve with sour cream, if desired.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
"The Bush administration today issued a sweeping new regulation that protects a broad range of health care workers -- from doctors to janitors -- who refuse to participate in providing services that they believe violates their personal, moral or religious beliefs.
The controversial rule empowers federal health officials to cut off federal funding for any state or local government, hospital, clinic, health plan, doctors' office or other entity if they do not accommodate employees who exercise their "right of conscience." It would apply to more than 584,000 health care facilities.
"Doctors and other health care providers should not be forced to choose between good professional standing and violating their conscience," Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a statement.
The regulation, which was issued just in time to take effect in the 30 days before the change of administrations, was sought by conservative groups, abortion opponents and others as necessary to safeguard workers from being fired, disciplined or penalized in other ways."
Um, what about this...
At the time of being admitted as a member of the medical profession:
I solemnly pledge to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude that is their due;
I will practise my profession with conscience and dignity;
The health of my patient will be my first consideration;
I will respect the secrets that are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession;
My colleagues will be my sisters and brothers;
I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient;
I will maintain the utmost respect for human life;
I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat;
I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honour.
Where exactly does one draw the line here? By catering to the anti-choice right, Bushie has opened the door to all sorts of interpretation.
This isn't about freedom of conscience. Of course people have freedom of conscience. But if your conscience prevents you from performing a professional task in your profession, then you have the right to exercise that freedom by LEAVING that profession. I can't be chef in a steak restaurant if my conscience prevents me from cooking animals.
And do the conservatives even think through the consequences of their own actions? This won't just affect women. What happens when a nurse who's a Jehovah's witness refuses to perform a blood transfusion on Tony Perkins' child? Does he realize that the rule George Bush just put into effect would allow this?
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Eat your carrots ! from Capucha on Vimeo.
Her parents note:
Capucine makes [a] scene because she doesn't want to finish her carrots. When she realizes our patience limits are soon to be reached, she plays her ace card.
Once again. I'm not a huge fan of kids, but I would babysit ANY. TIME. The best part? Capucine and her parents are trying to use her internet popularity to make raise funds for a library in Mongolia. Read more about it here. I'm totes in for some magnets!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Meanwhile, the New York Times features an Op-Ed about "Personal Terrorism" against women in Pakistan. There is also accompanying, stomach churning video. While it may be tough to sit through, we owe it to these women to understand what they have been through so that we can end this practice.
Check yourself, take a few minutes and view the video: click here
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
That being said, I'm still keeping up on my stuff. For example, while I know that he is the lamest of Lame Ducks and that this ship has sailed and he's basically water under the bridge and a host of other folksy Midwestern colloquialisms...