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Aug 9th 2010 8:31PM We are doing a food blog at tampastable.com. I read this post and asked a simple question: Why?
I am not a vegan or a vegetarian or even at an ideal weight. But I love to grill and I love food, including vegetables.
There are lots of fresh vegetables that are fantastic on the grill. I can't imagine why anyone would resort to the contrived packaged substitutes for meat. I love meat; my blog post are 25% about BBQ. But if you're in to veggies, the grill is a great place to be.
First, there is no better way to cook asparagus than dousing it with salt, pepper, and olive oil and griling it for 4-5 minutes. Soaking corn in the husk in water for 20 minutes and then grilling the corn in the husks produces an amazing result that only needs a little salt and pepper; no butter required. Thick sliced eggplant, seasoned with olive oil and red pepper flakes or fresh jalapenos makes a great, "meaty" main dish. Alternatively, grill the eggplant and cover it with a Thai peanut sauce. The point: vegans and vegetarians should embrace who they are and enjoy their choices fresh and hot off the grill. Forget the packaged "pretend meat products."
Oct 26th 2006 8:44AM This election will be an indicator of whether the Republican base will be fractured over a failure to maintain core values or if the social conservative leaders (Dobson) are really just interested in winning to maintain their personal power. Bush's mantra against Gore was that he was going to return integrity to the White House following the Monica scandal, and it worked well as a campaign message. The social conservatives will have to figure out whether Monica was worse than Abramoff, Foley, Delay, Ney, weapons of mass destruction, etc. . .. If they can't stomach the corruption of the current Republican leadership, I'd expect a fresh face who has been unconnected with the current administration to emerge as a front runner in 2008.
Oct 15th 2006 8:35AM Bush denied any knowledge of Jack Abramoff; as the NY Times reported, Abramoff was all over the White House right after Bush took office in Jan. '01. Court documents in Florida show that Abramoff refused to intervene when his business partners Adam Kidan and Gus Boulis were destroying the SunCruz gambling operations because he was busy helping then Governor Bush prepare for the presidency in Dec. '00. Once again, with Foley, Bush has insulated himself so that he can have pausible deniability. His "don't ask, don't tell policy" doesn't deal with gays in the military; instead it's his approach to corruption in his party and in his White House. Have we all forgotten that Bush ran on a platform of restoring integrity to the White House after the Lewinsky debacle. Personally, I felt safer with a president who had a fling with a floosy than a president who is content to let corruption run rampant to secure his personal political power.