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I am eating the first two the way I always do, with just a little bit of salt and pepper.






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    Baud says:

    I didn’t realize the new website design involved tomatoes.

    It makes sense, when you think about it.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    I suppose it’s only fair you get tomatoes before I do. After all, you got hornworms first too.

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    Yutsano says:

    MATERS!!!

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    laura says:

    Pillowy white bread, mayo- the good kind, matos, salt, pepper, big ole glass of ice water. Eat under the pergola while keeping an eye on the willow.
    That is all.

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    Juice Box says:

    I’ve got a pile on my kitchen counter destined for gazpacho.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    I used to take a salt shaker out to the raised beds and spend ages grazing on the tomatoes. Still warm from the sun, quick sprinkle of salt. Perfect.

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    raven says:

    @Juice Box: This really nice lady made it for the 4th and I had the great luck to sit next to her and pretend I liked it!

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    raven says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: Do you know about Ann Lister (Gentleman Jack)?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Mmmm, tomatoes warm off the vine, mmmmmm

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    NotMax says:

    Homemade mozzarella cheese isn’t a terribly difficult nor a particularly long or involved undertaking.

    Just sayin’.

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    MomSense says:

    Our strawberries are barely ripe and you have tomatoes already?!?! The spring and early summer were so cold and rainy that all the crops are behind several weeks. We start with a short growing season in the best of circumstances.

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    cain says:

    I don’t have a single tomato… and I’ve planted like 5 tomato plants. I don’t even have flowers. :(

    Also, ross perot died, no post on that guy? :)

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    debbie says:

    The tomatoes I buy at the farmer’s market are picked the same day. They are pretty much my daily dinner all summer long. Sliced and layered over a basil leaf, Hellman’s, and toasted sourdough bread. The roof of my mouth is already sore, but I don’t care!

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    MomSense says:

    @raven:

    I’m obsessed with that series. So well played!

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    Yutsano says:

    @NotMax: I did notice our esteemed bloghost has no basil growing about. Which is a shame because he has lots of sunny spots. And oh man do I want a caprese salad now…

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    TenguPhule says:

    @NotMax:

    Homemade mozzarella cheese isn’t a terribly difficult nor a particularly long or involved undertaking.

    You trying to get another amusing if mortifying story of John Cole’s “Classic Hijinks” with trying to prepare a food product he wasn’t designed for?

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    Yutsano says:

    @TenguPhule: Only counts if he’s naked.

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    Mary G says:

    My grandma ate tomatoes with sugar, because they are technically a fruit.

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    Mary G says:

    O.T. The judge in the census case ruled DOJ can’t change lawyers.

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    debbie says:

    @Mary G:

    Yay!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Mary G:

    Wow! Also, ha ha ha.

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    Mary G says:

    @Mary G: WaPo:

    By Matt Zapotosky ,
    Seung Min Kim and
    Tara Bahrampour July 9 at 5:58 PM
    A federal judge in New York on Tuesday denied a bid from the Justice Department to replace the team of lawyers on the census citizenship question case, writing that its request to do so was “patently deficient.”

    The department had earlier this week announced its intention to swap out the legal team on the case — without saying exactly why. A person familiar with the matter said the decision was driven in part by frustration among at least some of the career lawyers who had been assigned to the case about how it was being handled, though the department wanted to replace those in both career and political positions.

    But U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman denied the formal, legal bid to do so.

    “Defendants provide no reasons, let alone ‘satisfactory reasons,’ for the substitution of counsel,” Furman wrote. He also noted that a filing in the case was due from the department in just three days, and that the department had previously pushed for the matter to be moved along quickly.

    “If anything, that urgency — and the need for efficient judicial proceedings — has only grown since that time,” Furman wrote.

    Furman said the department could refile its request, if it gave “satisfactory reasons” for the attorneys’ withdrawal and promise that the attorneys who had worked the case previously would be available upon request.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    Maters, Cole! A happy day, to be sure.

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    MomSense says:

    @Mary G:

    Thank you for the good news!!!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Mary G:

    “Defendants provide no reasons, let alone ‘satisfactory reasons,’ for the substitution of counsel,” Furman wrote. He also noted that a filing in the case was due from the department in just three days, and that the department had previously pushed for the matter to be moved along quickly.

    “If anything, that urgency — and the need for efficient judicial proceedings — has only grown since that time,” Furman wrote.

    This is delicious.

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    MomSense says:

    @Yutsano:

    Such a shame. I just like to slice up some tomatoes, drizzle with EVOO, sprinkle a little S&P, and add some fresh basil.

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    NotMax says:

    @Yutsano

    Video or it didn- – –

    Um, never mind.

    :)

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Our first tomato crop has come and gone already. We’ll plant more around the time y’all are readying your gardens for the freezes to come.

    @laura: That’s my preference exactly. Homemade mayo is best (and a snap to make with a blender stick).

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    FlyingToaster says:

    We’re probably a month out here in the frozen north. I remember 12 years ago taking tomatoes in to the techs on my thrice weekly checkups (ultra-high-risk pregnancy, resulting in WarriorGirl). That was the last half of August and the first 2/3 of September.

    We have cherry tomatoes in the pots out back and plenty of flowers on both the tomatoes and tomatillos in the garden. I’m anticipating the cherries in two weeks and the sauce tomatoes in 4, by which time the basil should be nice and big. Add fresh mozz from either Russo’s or the farmers market and we’re ready to go…

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Between Judge Furman’s refusal to let him swap out his legal team for no reason, and the appeals court decision that Trump’s blocking his Twitter followers is unconstitutional, it hasn’t been one of his best days. I expect he’s having one of his red-faced screaming spittle-flecked tantrums right now. I’d hate to be the staffers who broke the news to him.

    tl;dr— Sucks to be you, Trump.

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    kindness says:

    Uh oh!!! No bacon is safe in the Cole household for the rest of the season. Look out lettuce! You’re next.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Mary G:

    Ha! My grandmother did the same, and for the same reason. I probably haven’t put sugar on tomatoes in the past 60+ years. Wonder if I’d still like it that way.

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    rikyrah says:

    They look beautiful, Cole.🤗🤗

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    ThresherK says:

    I gotta get to our best farm stand tomorrow.

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    Yutsano says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I’ve often wondered if that’s an old school German thing. My very German grandmother did that, and it spread to (whatever he is) grandfather. But I used to hate tomatoes as a kid. Now you can even find varieties in the store that are delicious. And since I can’t have a garden I’ll pay the extra scratch for the heirlooms in the store.

    Until the parents start rolling in them. Then we’re talking BLTs and salads for weeks.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Mary G: Haha! Fuckem!

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    Raven says:

    @MomSense: It’s been renewed!

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    stinger says:

    Gorgeous! What variety?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Yutsano:

    Then we’re talking BLTs and salads for weeks.

    That’s not such a bad thing.

    My grandmother was half-German. I never thought of it as being a feature of Teutonic cuisine, but maybe.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @Baud: Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right

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    chopper says:

    @kindness:

    just no mustard, cole’s still a little sore over that.

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    karen marie says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I thought that last year a judge had ruled that Trump couldn’t block people on twitter. Was this an appeal or a new case?

    I wouldn’t know if he blocked me, because I’ve blocked him to save being directly exposed to that toxic bullshit.

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    Yutsano says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: This also means it’s green mater season. Oh man a big plate of fried green maters after tonight’s physio session sounds sooooo good.

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    Keith P. says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I read an article a month or two ago about how the Trump Administration’s win/loss percentage in federal court is way, way worse than any other administration, mainly due to Trump’s insistence on taking everything to court (he doesn’t have to pay for lawyers, so throw as many of the best you can get at the problem….the mostest lawyers win, right?)

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    Baud says:

    @karen marie:

    This was the appeal.

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    JMG says:

    No tomatoes here in Mass. for at least a month. But when they come, the lettuce, bacon, mayo and wheat toast will be there to greet them.

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    Mary G says:

    @Yutsano: @SiubhanDuinne: My grandmother was Swedish. It may just have been her sweet tooth.

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    raven says:

    I just had a nice young lady from the Georgia Democratic party give me the once over for a donation and support. I gave her 20 after she said “we’re challenging people to give is $100 each”!

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    raven says:

    @Mary G: I can’t tell you what Ingeborg (my Norske grandmother) said about Svenka’s.

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    stinger says:

    @FlyingToaster: Several years ago I was applying for a job in late summer. When I got a second interview, I took in a basket of tomatoes, picked that morning, for the interview team. I got the job!

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    Baud says:

    @raven:

    She said that to you? I hope you didn’t make her cry too much.

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    raven says:

    @Baud: Not at all, m I just said “I’ve got 20 for you” and pointed out the houses where she would and wouldn’t have a shot. I was outside with Lil Bit and, when I went in to get my wallet, the Bohdi barked at her and then went out and leaned on her.

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    Kay says:

    @MomSense:

    Betsy Ginsberg
    ‏@BetsyGinsberg
    Follow Follow @BetsyGinsberg
    MoreReplying to @KlasfeldReports
    This ruling is unsurprising to me. DOJ failed to comply with the SDNY local rules, under which Judge Furman can grant the motion “only upon a showing by affidavit or otherwise of satisfactory reasons for withdrawal or displacement” which was not made or even attempted here.

    Rules are for other people.

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    MomSense says:

    @Raven:

    🎉🎉🎉🎉

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Yutsano:

    Loves me some fried green tomatoes!

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    chris says:

    Yum! Fresh tomato on French toast with mayo and some bacon on the side! Not quite here yet but soon.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @laura: @Betty Cracker: Mayo? What the fuck is wrong with you people?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Keith P.:
    Missed seeing that article, but it doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. Would be interesting, though, to see comparative W/L records of the last, say, 10-12 administrations charted neatly out.

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    Baud says:

    Haha. NBC News just recommended traveling to England because of the collapsing pound.

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    rikyrah says:

    Barr’s Father hired Epstein

    WITHOUT A COLLEGE DEGREE

    And, watching LarryO from last night…
    Daddy Barr had to resign A YEAR LATER
    When.the Board of Trustees hired an OUTSIDE committee to study the school and.assess its operation under Daddy Barr😒😒😒

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    rikyrah says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:
    Fried green tomatoes
    Wheat/multigrain bread
    Bacon
    Glass of cold milk
    😋😋😋😋😋😋

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    VeniceRiley says:

    I have my toast, mayo and salt grinder ready! But I’ve no fresh off the vine tomatoes. I need a yard. I need a garden. I need about 800k to have those things here. Perhaps I’ll just settle for heirloom tomatoes at Whole Foods. Enjoy!

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    chris says:

    Over the past few days I’ve spoken to seven prominent money managers, three of whom are billionaires, and asked them if they have any idea how Epstein made money or who his clients are All of them said they had no idea and have never been able to figure out the answers https://t.co/TgBh4JtPUO— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) 9 July 2019

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Some foods should only be ingredients — mayo to hold the tuna salad together, for instance, or sour cream as a cheesecake or beef stroganoff ingredient — but I do NOT want mayonnaise just sitting there on the bread ruining a perfectly good BLT, nor do I want nasty dollops of sour cream atop my baked potato or gazpacho. Take that stuff out of my sight. Ugh.

    Similarly, some foods should NEVER be ingredients. They should just be enjoyed on their own. Raisins come to mind. They are delicious in handfuls straight out of the Sunkist box, the way God intended; but please do NOT put them in cookies or rice pudding, thank you very much.

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    Baud says:

    @chris:

    I don’t see pimping kids being that profitable.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I am sorry; mayo is an abomination, and oatmeal cookies and rice pudding require raisins.

    ETA: Potato salad should never have raisins. There is no excuse for Karen doing that kind of sort of shit.

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    Barbara says:

    @NotMax: Where do you get the milk of water buffalos? (Just kidding!)

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    @Baud: Blackmailing the clients might be.

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    SenyorDave says:

    @Baud: I don’t see pimping kids being that profitable.
    The blackmail could bring in some big bucks.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Agree mayo. Raisins in cookies are just wrong. They masquerade as chocolate chips, and you bite into one and then realise your error but because the person who made them is standing right there beaming, you are forced to chew and swallow and say “Mmmm, delicious” and try to look like you mean it.

    This is why I have trust issues.

    And don’t even with me about raisins in tapioca and rice pudding.

    (MODERATOR: Well, I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree. Let’s leave it at that.)

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    Baud says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:
    @SenyorDave:

    He’s a billionaire, no? He would be the best blackmailer in history if that’s his source of income.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Raisins in tapioca? Dear god, no. That’s just wrong.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    I do NOT want mayonnaise just sitting there on the bread

    Let me stop you right there, Ma’am.

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    hueyplong says:

    I thought this place was founded on a hatred of mayo and devotion to spicy mustard.

    But either would be Schadenfreudelicious with today’s opinion slapping down the DoJ for the blatantly bad faith attempt to send a replacement team of lawyers to conjure yet another “real” reason to include the citizenship question.

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    chris says:

    @Baud: Blackmailing the ultrarich on the other hand… Also running an offshore hedge fund which runs on insider information from those same people.

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    @SiubhanDuinne: I feel the same away about peanut butter in cookies or chocolates. No. Just no.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: oh yeah—that’s a punch in the dick in a judicial order!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    that’s a punch in the dick in a judicial order!

    I love it when you talk legal.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    Sit here by me.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    and oatmeal cookies and rice pudding require raisins.

    let me stop you right there.

    Raisins are only acceptable by themselves and only in small quantities.

    Like nuts, raisins have no place in cookies or anything else.

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    @SiubhanDuinne: Scoot over. I can bring tapioca dishes that are savory not gooey and sweet.

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    Gbbalto says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Absolutely agree about fake chocolate chip cookies. Raisins ok if not pretending to be something else

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    Jay says:

    @Baud:

    @Cheryl Rofer:

    One of the working theories is:

    Host parties with underage women around,

    When someone takes adavantage of that,

    If rich, politely ask them to “invest” $1 billion in your offshore “hedge fund”,

    If connected, keep it quiet for “favours” later.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    I feel the same away about peanut butter in cookies or chocolates. No. Just no.

    Peanut butter cookies are delicious.

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    NotMax says:

    re: above

    Gack. Why ruin a perfectly good tomato with bacon? In fact why ruin anything by including bacon?

    /mini-rant

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    @TenguPhule: Golden raisins or sultanas are better in desserts as they are less sweet than the black raisins and slightly tart. I am thinking of Indian desserts like gajar ka halwa (carrot fudge, loosely translated).

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    TenguPhule says:

    @NotMax:

    In fact why ruin anything by including bacon?

    Bacon Cheese Sandwiches on line three with a bench warrant.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Baud: I’d like to think that it’s all going to come out – the crimes, and the cover-ups. That if Epstein the supposed “hedge fund manager” set up his “hedge fund” to funnel all the money he was making in blackmail pay-offs, he would not only be spending the rest of his miserable life in prison, but that a lot of other people were going to be made very uncomfortable, possibly for the first time in their miserable lives.

    I’d *like* to think that. It gives me pleasure. At this point I am so cynically despondent about the sheer number and utter brazenness of our high-priced, low-rent “meritocracy”‘s heretofore successful attempts to evade any sort of justice or consequences for their actions, that I find it hard to believe it might actually happen, this time.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Raisins are only acceptable by themselves and only in small quantities.

    Like nuts, raisins have no place in cookies or anything else.

    ATENTION, JUICER JACKALS!!

    This is historic. For perhaps the first time in the life of Balloon Juice, I find myself agreeing wholeheartedly with TenguPhule!

    Well said, friend.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @NotMax: You hate bacon?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Desserts are perfectly fine without the raisins. They add nothing and the sour/tartness when you bite into one in the middle of an otherwise sweet mouthful is gross and unsettling.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    Sounds divine.

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    Mainmata says:

    @Mary G: Yes, he said this proposed switch violated basic administrative law without saying “what the hell is Bill Barr doing?”

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: And as a fan of every type of cookie and sweet thing on this earth, I cry, “malarkey”! Nuts and raisins should go wherever they will! (Except potato salad. Neither nuts *nor* raisins in potato salad).

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @NotMax:

    Why ruin a perfectly good tomato with bacon? In fact why ruin anything by including bacon?

    You pinko commie.

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    NotMax says:

    @TenguPhule

    raisins have no place in cookies or anything else

    Really, really, really tough to make an old-fashioned raisin pie without ’em.

    ;)

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    TenguPhule says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: The best bread pudding is the one made without raisins and drizzled in sweet cream.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    I cry, “malarkey”!

    You’re voting for Biden, aren’t you?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    I beg to differ.

    its sweet, its peanut butter. If its properly baked its slighty chewy. What’s there not to love about that?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @TenguPhule:

    The best bread pudding is the one made without raisins and drizzled in sweet cream.

    Oh gods, it’s only early July and already you’ve triggered my cold-weather appetite!

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: No, I just love the word “malarkey”. : )

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @NotMax: And I *love* me some raisin pie!

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    TenguPhule says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    Oh gods, it’s only early July and already you’ve triggered my cold-weather appetite!

    We have buffets that serve it year round in Hawaii. : )

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    NotMax says:

    @mrmoshpotato

    Hate is too strong a term. Don’t care for the taste and especially dislike the saltiness. Not to the point of picking it out of a dish or sandwich when someone has mistakenly stuck it in, though.

    Exception in personal repertoire is using bacon grease when making Pennsylvania Dutch potato salad (but I do go extra, extra skimpy on adding crumbled bacon).

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Peanut butter cookies are delicious.

    No. No, they are not. Nothing involving peanuts or peanut butter is allowed within 50 feet of me.

    (Not a true get-out-the-epipen allergy, but such a strong aversion — like gagging and retching when I even smell peanut butter — that for all practical purposes it might as well be.)

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    Another Scott says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: You don’t like mincemeat pie then I guess?

    You’re missing out.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    EthylEster says:

    @Yutsano: mater sandwich…I wish. One cannot grow these maters in Seattle.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I guess this rules you out of the Peanut Butter Miso Beer Chicken then.

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    Jay says:

    BLT with mayo,
    Peanut butter cookies,
    Oatmeal raisin cookies,
    Triple chocolate biscotti with dried cherries,
    Potato salad with mayo,
    White fruitcake with raisins,
    Panettone,
    Plum pudding with raisins and hard sauce,
    Brandy soaked dark fruitcake with raisins,
    Chocolate chip, raisin, oatmeal, coconut, dried apricot and smarties trail mix cookies,……….

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    Jay says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    No satay?

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    Jay says:

    @Another Scott:

    Tarts, not pie, alternated with ginger sugar cookies, macroons , butter tarts with currants, Nanimo bars and rum balls.

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    Jay says:

    @Jay:

    Oh, and stained glass window refrigerated cookies and devils chocolate peanut cookies and hot chocolate.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Another Scott:

    Funnily enough, I actually do. So strange to be picking apart food likes and dislikes. Taste, aroma, concentration, sight, texture — they all figure into my liking or disliking a particular food.

    Example: I love pea soup (with or without bacon, pace NotMax) but don’t really enjoy peas. It’s a texture thing. (I learned, decades after he died, that my grandfather was exactly the same, and for the same reason.)

    As I’ve aged, I’ve learned to tolerate a number of food things that I would never commit on my own. Actually, peanuts/peanut butter is about the only thing I can think of that I would flat-out turn down.

    .

    .

    Well, and liver.

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    Jay says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    Ground liver, onions, giblets, breadcrumbs, sage, savory stuffing in a turkey. Gone before the gravy.

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    debbie says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    That’s still one of the funniest SNL bits ever!

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    NotMax says:

    @SiubhanDuinne

    All liver – including chicken liver – or just beef (or calf’s) liver?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    Well, and liver.

    The key to eating liver is to

    1. Marinate it for at least 24 hours in something that tastes good.

    2. Use a lot of bacon when you cook it.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    My Ohio in-laws make the following sandwich, and with straight faces: White bread, crunchy peanut butter, mayo, tomato slices (home-grown, at least), lettuce, and … Bac-O bits. When offered one a few years ago, I decided to be polite. I nodded. I chomped. And it was good. I can’t explain it. It shouldn’t be good; it shouldn’t BE. And yet …

    Now I make them for myself, though I try to hide the Mayo in the fridge. Behind the pesto.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Jay:
    I am Malay, and satay is from the Malay world. I tried American “satay” once. It is a bland, tasteless abomination.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Amir Khalid: freakin White people.

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    Josie says:

    @Jay:

    I think I love you.

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    @Amir Khalid: Husband kitteh’s cousins who live and work in Singapore had come for the long week end. They have invited us to Singapore when we take a trip to India. We should have a meetup if do end up visiting Singapore.
    ETA: Do you have a recipe for satay?

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    Jay says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    The S’pore Rugby Club Sunday Satay’s pretty good.

    In my small town one can get 4 different Satays. 1 Malaysian, one Singaporean, One Tamil, and one wipple chain restaurant.

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    Jay says:

    @Josie:

    I once went with out chocolate for 14 days,

    I could no longer hear out of my left eye.

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    Josie says:

    @Jay:

    I understand completely.

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    debbie says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    FISH EYES! 😝

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @NotMax: Understandable.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    Haha All Star Game outro music was MC Hammer.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    (Not a true get-out-the-epipen allergy, but such a strong aversion — like gagging and retching when I even smell peanut butter — that for all practical purposes it might as well be.)

    That is my reaction to mayo. I get your point.

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    divF says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    They have invited us to Singapore when we take a trip to India.

    A casual side trip of 2000 miles. You, lamh, and Australians in general make me feel exhausted just hearing about your travel plans.

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    Tall Tom says:

    @Mary G: I grew up eating tomatoes with sugar. My wife thinks I’m nuts.

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