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by Brett Rogers, 12/2/2012 10:51:07 AM
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Soup Recipe

 

I've had several friends ask me for my soup recipe, as they like it very much. So I'll share it with the world:

1 bag mixed dry beans
1/2 bag wild rice

1 sweet Vidalia onion
1 red pepper
2 lbs strip steak
2 tbsp fajita seasoning
1 tsp granulated garlic

6 carrots
6 stalks celery
1 29 oz can diced tomatoes
1 tbsp granulated garlic
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp ground sage
1 tbsp oregano
2 tsp black pepper
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1 more tsp granulated garlic
2 more tsp salt
2 more tsp ground sage
1 more tsp oregano

Soak the beans and rice overnight. While those are soaking...

Cut the strip steak into 1/4" strips. Dice onion and pepper into fine bits, then sautee these items with the fajita seasoning and 1 tsp of garlic until the veggies are soft and the meat is browned. Store in frig overnight.

Rinse the beans/rice, fill a 5 quart pot 3/4 full of water and put beans/rice into the water to boil. Put in first batch of garlic, salt, sage, oregano, and black pepper. Boil until the black beans are tender and the rice is soft, stirring every few minutes.

Cut carrots and celery and steak into bite-sized pieces. Once the beans/rice are ready, pour carrots/celery/steak/onion/red pepper into water, and then pour can of diced tomatoes into it. Add the remaining spices. Simmer until carrots and celery are tender, stirring every minute or so.

I live off that for either lunch or dinner most of the week. It's very tasty, it's hearty, it's healthy, and it's inexpensive.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 12/2/2012 11:17:10 PM
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Feeding the Beast that Bites Your Hand

 

After the election, I looked for signs that things might change, but I'm seeing quite the opposite.

What a lot of Republicans are learning, and what some have known for a very long time, is that this is a culture war. Waging that culture war on the Left: schools, Hollywood, TV, mainstream news outlets, the music industry, universities...

And waging that war on the Right:...

Well, no one. At least not anyone who gets any mainstream attention.

So those on the Right, being the disciplined lot that they are, they stop giving money to schools, Hollywood, TV, mainstream news outlets, the music industry, universities... correct?

Every time I hear a "conservative" talk of watching MSNBC or CNN, I know this will never change. It's feeding the beast that bites your hand, and most people just can't help themselves.

By the way, for what it's worth, you have to live in Canada for 1095 days (three years) before you have the option of being a citizen. You do that by applying for a multi-entry visa, if you plan to have any international mobility while there.

I'm working my way in that direction because I refuse to feed the beast that bites me.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 12/4/2012 10:40:03 AM
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Today's Beauty

 

 

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by Brett Rogers, 12/7/2012 12:11:38 PM
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Soul

 

 

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by Brett Rogers, 12/14/2012 10:33:54 AM
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Soul Diminished

 

 

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by Brett Rogers, 12/14/2012 10:42:59 AM
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