Open Thread: Thursday (Late) Night Menu

My apologies to Bad Horse’s Filly for not posting this earlier:

It has been an interesting week. Very glad it’s almost over. We’ve swung between sunny spring weather and rainy spring weather. Both are welcome. So tonight’s menu features a primavera. Which is Italian for springtime. The carrot cake is not what you’d expect, it is a fruity, light confection with a definite spring touch. Buon appetite!
On the board tonight:
Chicken Primavera
Carrot Cake

Click the link for recipes and shopping list.

Also from BHF:

And don’t forget to check out JeffreyW’s rescue puppies! Also known as a giggle of puppies.

52 replies
  1. 1
    Mike Kay says:

    The white puppy kinda looks like the talking dog on “Family Guy”.

  2. 2
    Josh Huaco says:

    Sorry, but I’ve got over half a gallon of Shiner Bock in me bellie, so…

    Worse than Bay-lor clap clap clapclapclap.

    [/Totally, completely OT]

  3. 3
    Mark S. says:

    @Josh Huaco:

    Wasn’t Texas #1 at one point this season?

  4. 4
    Josh Huaco says:

    @Mark S.:

    Yes, they were…and now they’re not even ranked. Baylor beat them three times in a season for the first time since 1982. To Texas, losing to Baylor is like getting your ass kicked by the kid in the seizure helmet, so this year has been especially delicious. :)

  5. 5
    trollhattan says:

    Colbert stabbed Karl Rove in the head tonight, metaphorically of course. The part of Karl is played by a canned ham wearing glasses.

    Colbert keeps getting better and I cannot guess how that’s possible.

  6. 6
    MikeJ says:

    metaphorically of course

    More’s the pity.

  7. 7
    Yutsano says:

    Obligatory PUPPEH!!

    So I uhh may have planted a seed tonight that might get me in major hot water at work. I was talking with a co-worker, and we may just be arranging some interesting pushback. We openly discussed the dreaded five letter U word. I know, I know, unions are teh evil in the economy (end wingnut freakout moment) and the odds of it taking off may be nil but it was still nice to hear the word come out of someone else’s mouth. I got my bonus check already so at least they can’t ruin that part.

  8. 8

    More baby elephant – meet Mr Shuffles.

  9. 9
    MikeJ says:

    @Tattoosydney: I call your elephant and raise you the orcas of the day.

  10. 10
    Yutsano says:

    @Tattoosydney: You realize of course this requires a proper soundtrack:

    Henry Mancini having fun with the traditional blues form.

  11. 11
    General Egali Tarian Stuck says: writer Robert Montgomery posted an article today claiming that the administration’s decision to end the public comment phase of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force means that Obama is likely preparing to issue an executive order outlawing recreational fishing in America.

    Rahm is behind this, betcha, too

  12. 12


    eeee! Although I am always vaguely disappointed that they don’t eat seagulls.

  13. 13


    Yum. I is making carrot cake this weekend.

  14. 14
    Yutsano says:

    @Tattoosydney: They can’t really catch the damn rats with wings, plus seagulls don’t stay on the water long enough or in deep enough water to catch the little buggers. It’s possible the young ones could catch them and play with them but that’s not the same as being a predator. I agree that it’s tragic though.

    Come stai mi amici?

    @Tattoosydney: I’m gonna get killed if I don’t bake a ton of cookies for work this weekend, so that’s my task along with all the other cwap I gotta do on my days off. I’m thinking going to four 10’s is looking better and better.

  15. 15
    freelancer says:


    No italian, sheesh. Whatever happened to Merkan Shepshunulizm?

  16. 16
    KDP says:

    Puppehs! Too cute. I was quite happy to see my puppeh last night after a week on the road.

  17. 17
    Yutsano says:

    @freelancer: Nihongo wa chotto yoi ne?

  18. 18
    MikeJ says:

    @freelancer:Italian or port cha goose?

  19. 19
    freelancer says:


    Nihongo wa chotto yoi ne?

    Huttese? You’re a dork.

    Ni Hao Mai!

    Dong Ma?

  20. 20
    Yutsano says:

    @freelancer: P’TAK! (Now THAT’S my dork side coming out)

  21. 21
    Something Fabulous says:

    @Tattoosydney: Cannot stand the cute heartwarmingness! The Elephant Sanctuary in TN is one of my favorite causes– elephants are just so fascinating, aren’t they?

  22. 22
    Mark S. says:

    Our long national nightmare may finally be over: Tiger will probably return for the Masters.

    Apropos of nothing, Ari Fleischer shows up in the article:

    Meanwhile, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer declined to comment on reports that he had been brought on board to help with Woods’ return. Fleischer said in an e-mail to the AP he could neither confirm nor deny that Woods was a client.

    What the hell kind of services does Ari offer? Pointers on how to bullshit?

  23. 23
    freelancer says:


    P’TAK! (Now THAT’S my dork side coming out)

    Na’vi? I yield to you, sir dork.

  24. 24
    Yutsano says:

    @freelancer: Never even seen Avatar, but trust me my dork-fu is quite strong.

    It’s awful quiet tonight. I feel slightly lonely and stuff.

  25. 25
    J. Michael Neal says:

    @Yutsano: HI THERE!

  26. 26
    Yutsano says:

    @J. Michael Neal: NI HAO! (in preparation for our new Chinese overlords)

  27. 27
    MikeJ says:

    @Yutsano: Quiet?

    I’ve decided that Vicodin works quite well on a toothache and doesn’t make me much more loopy than usual and in an hour or two I should be able to speak coherently with people who just want to know about how the code is coming along and I’ll say fine and go to sleep for a few hours. Damn the roundness of the earth!

  28. 28
    Yutsano says:

    @MikeJ: I’ve come to the conclusion that me likey Vicodin, Percocet doesn’t do crap for me, and morphine is da shiznit. Never felt better than when I had a self-manipulating morphine pump, of course had to check with the nurse first.

  29. 29
    J. Michael Neal says:

    Of course, I said hello just in time to go to bed. I actually have to get up at noon, even though it’s spring break.

  30. 30
    Yutsano says:

    @J. Michael Neal: It’s my day off tomorrow and I’ve had a very interesting week at work, so I really should get my tail to bed as well. Oh well, maybe when Iron Chef is over. Oh and for John: coffee ice cream is nummy, coffee gelato is pure heaven.

  31. 31
    Restrung says:

    offs. ben dere. After 4 days in the bed, they weren’t going to let me leave if I hadn’t made a poo. Got my lady to take me down for a coffee, and woooooooo. poo. “You can’t smell it?” Then I demanded a shower and the nurse was oh-so-shocked when I disrobed in her presence. silly fuck.

  32. 32
    OriGuy says:

    @Yutsano: So will you stand in the middle of the shop floor holding a sign that says “UNION” like Norma Rae?

    Great movie. Probably wouldn’t have been made today.

  33. 33
    OriGuy says:

    Anybody have a recommendation for a pressure cooker? Don’t need a big or fancy one. Amazon has a 6-quart Presto for $45, but I’ve always thought of Presto as bottom line.

  34. 34
    Restrung says:

    I remember Marge Simpson saying “Don’t!”

  35. 35
    Restrung says:

    going to make some Mac+Cheese now. wish me luck.
    Here’s the plan:

    some butter in a little ns fry pan
    some flour
    a wood spoon
    a stove
    stir, stir, … (turning brown)
    some grated cheese (colby, this time)
    stir, stir, …
    eventually, some cooked little elbow macaroni.

  36. 36
    Brick Oven Bill says:

    Tonight, I cooked for a group. This group ate:

    (17) seventeen pounds of beef; and
    (0.5) one half head of lettuce.

  37. 37
    MikeJ says:

    Great movie. Probably wouldn’t have been made today.

    They’d shoot in Vancouver.

  38. 38
    Starfish says:

    Does s’hoes trip the spam filter because it contains the word hoes?

  39. 39
    Brick Oven Bill says:

    Just this morning, Balloon Juice addressed women and transportation systems. Now this.

    How many more?

    How many more?

  40. 40
    Restrung says:

    I need to get some footware. Looking for a beige-ish meshy hemp product. I even flied to SF and the people there couldn’t help me.

    17 pounds is a lot of meat!

    The bechamel went well. Good thing I had enough milk.

    Just this morning, some dick said some shit about women in the comments on a very accomodating website. I know forklift drivers. Jus’ sayin you shouldn’t go casting aspersions based on …. what?

  41. 41
    mai naem says:

    @OriGuy: My mom’s pressure cooker which she still uses is over forty yrs old. Unfortunately there’s no brand name on it. We bought her a new presto which is okay but she goes back to the old one. We have the frago one which is better than the presto. One of sister’s who is a foodie has some real expensive swiss one which my sister says was worth the money.

  42. 42
    R-Jud says:


    going to make some Mac+Cheese now.

    Ah, we had a bunch of odd pasta to use up earlier in the week (some tortellini, some elbows, some rotini, etc.). This is what I did to it:

    1 lb pasta cooked and drained
    1 cup milk + 2/3 cup ricotta, seasoned to taste
    1 lb spinach, de-stemmed, chopped, steamed
    Some spicy mustard
    Some white and black pepper
    Some garlic salt
    1 lb mixed shredded cheese plus two tbsp to garnish

    Combine all in a deep casserole dish, bake @ 350 for 45 minutes, last 15 uncovered. Serve hot or cold, with a pile ‘o greens.

  43. 43

    @Tattoosydney: Ooooooooh, Mr. Shuffles is soooo cute! Squee!

    MikeJ, love the orcas. Just wanted to thank you again for the Chrome pie filter.

    @Yutsano: You planted a seed?

    @Starfish: No, it has something to do with s h o e s ads or something. It’s very strange, and we do not question our WP overlords. We just tell ’em to fuck off.

    Oh, and PUPPIES!

  44. 44
    bjacques says:

    Man, Jalopnik’s really pipelining the dirt on James Sikes, he of the famous runaway Toyota Prion.

    My rightwing friends are eating it up. The implication is not just “she’s a slut, so it can’t be rape,” but “she’s a slut, so the others are too, and there’s no such thing as rape.” And of course it’s a warning to other claimaints not to mess with Toyota.

  45. 45

    @bjacques: Damn. I don’t understand why the fact that he owned a sex site is a big deal, though. The rest of it? Yeah, fishy. Still. Damn. Remind me never to get in trouble of any kind that would allow me to be investigated.

  46. 46
    harlana peppper says:

    Puppees!! aahh, feel much better nowz

  47. 47
    mai naem says:

    @bjacques: I have to say when I heard the initial Prius thing I thought it was faked and the interviews with Sykes didn’t change my opinion. Don’t have proof, just the cynicism of living in todays world.

  48. 48
    Liz says:

    Open thread dog question: does anyone have any idea about a) keeping my dumbas* dog away from skunks (twice in two weeks? REALLY??!) and b) getting the stench out of the air in the house? He was in the house for about 30 seconds last night before I washed him and it still smells. Perhaps it’s just embedded in my stuffy head? argh.

  49. 49

    @Tattoosydney: That video made my morning. (And if you make my carrot cake, let me know results. I’m always looking for tweaks).

  50. 50
    shortstop says:

    What the world needs now is puppehs, sweet puppehs.

    Which kind of conflicts with my pro-neutering and spaying stance, but maybe we could just be better about sharing the puppies who’re already here. Our dog spends a lot of time entertaining dogless but dog-loving neighbors. Spread the love, baby.

  51. 51
    kid bitzer says:

    jeffrey w. and the puppies are re-enacting eric massa’s 50th birthday party.

    “okay–i tickle one of you until you can’t breathe. then the other four of you jump on me and hold me down. now it’s my 50th birthday!”

    damn–with puppies it all sounds so nice and good. with congressional staffers, not so much.

  52. 52

    @Bad Horse’s Filly:

    I know. I have watched it three times, and each time his little trunk makes me squee like asiangrrlMN.

    There is also video with cute fuzzy trunk action (and one enormous nipple).

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