Saturday, March 3, 2012

United States Presidential "Election" of 1876 Vegetable Stew

On March 2, 1876 (two days before inauguration), Congress declared Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the presidential election. This was a bit strange, because Samuel J. Tilden had won a majority in the popular vote. Tilden held 184 electoral votes to Hayes's 165, with 20 disputed. Wow, do those numbers look fixed or what? To make a long story short, the political apparatus performed incredible feats of anti-demotic gymnastics, including the establishment of the Electoral Commission. Abolish the Electoral College! The Constitution is not sacred and the Founders were not heroes. We the people have been losing our self-determination from the very beginning on the basis of the very document that begins "We the people…" Elitism is pernicious.

Finally posting again now that I've settled into a new home. Here's to hoping Bella the cat gets more comfortable with me and ceases her nighttime meowing. Or that she gets less comfortable and stops aggressively soliciting attention at 4 a.m.

serves: 1-2
prep. time: approx. 25 min.

1 russet potato, peeled and cubed
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
6 oz. baby bella mushrooms
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 Vidalia onion, sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced
nutritional yeast
almond milk

1. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Toss in the veggies as you finish preparing them. Once they're all in, cover and steam.
2. In a saucepan, saute the garlic in oil for a few minutes. Pour in some almond milk, add several vigorous shakes of nutritional yeast, and spoon a dollop of miso. Stir and reduce to desired consistency.
3. When potato is tender, cut off heat. Serve.

Since last update, I've published two film reviews: This Is Not a Film, The Fairy.

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