As promised, hate and fear permiated out of Washington D.C. last week. I was honored to be a part of the resistance and peaceful mass-gatherings that brought people together in my city of Philadelphia and across the country.
I want to obstain from adding any more hot air to the president's ego, so from now on I will only refer to him as 45, as he is the 45th man to reign over our country. This isn't the first time a paranoid, xenophobic monster has held the White House.
Let us not forgot about other destructive presidents in American history, such as number 7, Andrew Jackson, who sent natives west of the Mississippi on the infamous trail of tears. Or number 37, Richard Nixon, a paranoid man who kept manic lists of his enemies, whose vindictive style of governance shook the faith of the American people when it was exposed in scandal. These presidents stand as reminders of the dark side of our democracy.
When the country is governed from a place of fear, reactionary scapegoating can wreck havoc on the lives of real people. This time around it took form as an ill-conceived, unconstitutional and arbitrary islamophobic immigration ban.
I was proud to stand with my representatives, senators and governor at the Philadelphia airport on Saturday and Sunday.
The words of Martin Niemöller rang in my ears once the news broke:
"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."
We must remember how dangerous hate and fear truly are.
Immigration is apart of what makes this country so incredible. Generations have fled to these lands for centuries and it is not the first time they have been condemned for being 'other'.
My great grandmother, Katherine, my namesake, was ashamed of being off-the-boat Irish. She denied being Irish till the day she died. Now I look around at all my Irish and Italian friends who would have been condemned in the 1800s and cry for my Muslims brothers and sisters.
I've also been contemplating the state of feminism in the days following 45's inauguration.
At the Women's March in Philadelphia, I stood with 50,000 women, men, and queers from all walks of life on the Ben Franklin Parkway in a peaceful and desperate attempt to reconcile with how 45 could have happened.
Over the years, Feminism has become a dirty word in our country. I have been astonished by how rampant the misunderstanding of the movement is, especially with young women of my generation.
To review, google defines feminism as:
"the advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes."
This definitions can get a bit convoluted if you get into debating the difference between sex and gender and whether or not you believe this definition is inclusive to queer or intersexed communities.
That being said, for me personally, I define feminism as:
the inclusive commitment to being an ally in the fight for equality.
In identifying as feminist, we acknowledge the subtle and rampant misogyny that pervades our culture. I believe that ultimately feminism is a representation of a greater oppression and that identifying as a feminist is a fight for the equality of all. There is real power that comes from this uniting principal.
Women have only been able to vote in this country since 1919 and in much of the world are still not even legally equal to men.
My generation is at odds with this.
In this country misogyny endures, hidden in plain sight: normalized, subtle, and all encompassing. The shock of 45's election has shown a light on the persistent willingness of our culture to overlook and normalize bigotry, even when it is blatant.
We must not forget about the importance of feminism.
As we see access to reproductive and family planning services challenged in Washington D.C., now more than ever we must not stop fighting for equal rights.
Laws that give one person power over another person's body are not just.
We must empower each other to make the tough decisions with all options open, not throw up arbitrary walls based out of fear. Women should not be punished because of the oppressive ignorance of others.
No one is free when others are oppressed.
2-3 large purple cabbages
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar or beer
salt, pepper, red pepper flake, to taste
In a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add cabbage and cook for about 5-10 minutes until soft. Turn heat to high and add vinegar or beer. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flake. Bon Appetit.
Makes a 9 inch torte with lattice crust
12 oz slivered almonds
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon clove
1 cup lingonberry or raspberry jam
1 egg yolk
1 tsp water
In a food processor, process almonds until nuts are finely ground. Add flour and spices and mix together. Put butter into dry ingredients. In a small dish beat the egg and lemon zest, stir into butter/flour mixture. Knead dough until it forms a ball. Divide in two and refrigerate until firm.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a 9 inch pie pan, work one of the dough balls into the bottom of the pan, guiding the dough up the sides of the pan forming the crust. Pour jam onto curst. In between two pieces of wax paper, roll out other dough ball until about 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough into 1 inch strips and layer atop pan(watch a tutorial here!) In a small dish mix together egg yolk and water. With a pastry brush, gently paint the lattice topper. Bake in oven 45-60 minutes until golden.
Makes about 4 dozen
2 1/4 cups (281 grams) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon (2 to 3 grams) salt
3 teaspoons (6 grams) ground ginger
3 teaspoons (6 grams) fresh ginger
1 teaspoon (2 grams) cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon (1 gram) allspice
1/2 teaspoons (1 gram) chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 sticks (8 ounces or 227 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (96 grams) brown sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup (79 ml) unsulphured molasses
handful crystalized ginger, cut into strips
In a large mixing bowl, mix butter sugars until fluffy. Add egg and molasses. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and slowly add to wet ingredients. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour or until firm. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet at least two inches from on another. Place crystalized ginger atop. Bake for 12-14 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Enjoy!
Ma's Chocolate Bark
10 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup whole roasted, salted cashews
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup toasted coconut
In a double boiler, melt together chocolates. On a sheet of parchment paper measure a 9 x 10 rectangle. Pour chocolate over rectangle and sprinkle cashews, apricots, cranberries, cherries, and coconut atop. Let set for 2 hours until firm. Break into pieces and serve.
Ms. Lyle's Sausages
BY CLARA LYLE
I have countless memories of my mother, standing at our butcher block, with a glass of red wine, eyes fixed on the newspaper, eating soft peppers with translucent onions and crackled hot and sweet sausages; each bite cloaked with large gobs of Maille Dijon mustard. Every good meat eater relishes in the feeling of biting into a hot sausage, dripping with fennel seed and fat. In this dish, the acidic red pepper and onion perfectly complement the crisped sausage.
Recently I had the privilege to invite my wonderful friends over for a reunion. I did not intend to spend the entire evening at my usual post in the kitchen, and so I made the classic and served it with a large green salad dressed in an herbed lemon dressing. Not only was the meal consumed with the finest of company, but in its simplicity I was able to sit down and enjoy it with everyone. So next time you are preparing a meal with good friends, consider this:
Shelley’s Bleeker St. Sausage
3 medium Spanish onions, julienned
¼ Cup of extra virgin olive OIl
4 red and yellow Bell peppers, cored and julienned
Salt and pepper
3 Tablespoons Vinegar (preferably Champagne or Red Vinegar)
5 Lbs of Sweet/Hot Sausage from Faiccos on Bleeker Street
Heat a medium cast iron and add the olive oil. When hot, add the onion and wait for it to be slightly translucent, about three minutes. Add the vinegar and cook for a minute longer. At a medium heat add the peppers and cover the pan partially, stirring occasional to prevent burning. Salt and pepper to taste.
Put a separate pan on medium heat and while waiting for it to warm, gently poke each sausage twice with a fork, making small holes in the casing to help release heat and allow for an even sear. Place the sausage in the pan ensuring that there is enough room for the sausage to cook evenly, work in batches if you have to.
When the peppers and onions are cooked all the way through they should be soft to the touch but still maintain the integrity of their original form, no mush allowed!
Finally, combine the sausage with the peppers and onions and cook on a slow, low heat for 3 more minutes, allowing the flavors to meld ever so slightly.
Serve with mustard.
Big Green Salad w/ Herbed Lemon Vinaigrette
1 head of romaine, washed and torn
1 head of escarole, washed and torn
½ cup of EVO
Juice of one lemon
1 tsp Dijon
1 minced shallot
½ cup of equal chopped parsley, chive, and tarragon
1 soft boiled egg
1 TBS capers (optional)
Aunt Sis's Pecan Tassies
BY VIRGINIA RAYWOOD
This recipe makes two dozen, but can be easily doubled to make four dozen. The pastry can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen until the cookies are ready to be baked. The cookies also freeze very well.
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup flour, sifted
Mix together cream cheese and butter until creamed. Stir in flour and form into ball of dough. Wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap and chill slightly in fridge (like you would pie dough).
When ready to bake, break off pieces of dough and form into 1" balls by rolling between hands. Place balls into cups of mini muffin pan that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick spray (PAM, etc.) Press dough into shape of cup using thumb or shot glass, or anything else that fits the shape. There is a small wooden mallet that makes this part much easier to do, and if you have one or can get one I suggest using it. The wooden mallet needs to be dipped into some flour before each pressing.
1 large egg
3/4 cups dark brown sugar (or you can mix half dark brown and half light brown sugar together if you want)
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup coarsely broken pecans (I never measure the nuts, so you may need more or less)
Fill cups about half way with pecans. Mix together egg, sugar and vanilla. Add to pecans in cup. (I have a pitcher that has a funnel type spout on it that works very well ) Fill cup until about 3/4 full. DO NOT OVERFILL. If you overfill, the cookies will not pop out of the pan when done.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Let sit in pan for about 5 minutes before turning out. I set out a cookie sheet or tray and put a flat brown paper bag or some newspaper on it then top that with a layer or two of paper towels and pop out the cookies on that to cool. I guess you could also use cookie cooling racks. Enjoy!
On hot summer days like the past few weeks have seen; its to hot to cook, to move, or to do just about anything. Philadelphia, Like the rest of the Northeastern seaboard, has been enveloped by a hot, sticky, humid, mess of a summer; however, for me, this can only be made acceptable by the promise of a delicious tomato season. These lycopene rich fruits generally come to Pennsylvania in July and are around until roughly September. If you are lucky enough to be able to pick up some tomatoes at a local farm stand in season, you can truly taste the vast difference between heirloom and local tomatoes, as opposed to their bastardized GMO and off season sisters available year round at many super market chains.
I first heard of Little Baby's Ice Cream when a friend of mine told me about their Earl Grey Sriracha Ice Cream that they had picked up from Green Aisle Grocery and how surprisingly delicious the combo was. No doubt, an ice cream flavor like that will turn a few heads; but it doesn't end their. The Philadelphia based mobile scoop tricycle has been popping up all over the city at trendy venues like Union Transfer and Morgan's Pier. Little Baby's scoops out their super premium "Philadelphia Style' Ice Cream that features a 16% butterfat-content dairy, sourced from Trickling Springs Creamery in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Little Baby's offers other outlandish flavors like Peanut Butter Maple Tarragon, Pizza, and Anchovy. They also offer a variety of dairy-free options for the dairy impaired such as Coconut Tea and a Philadelphia favorite, Goldenbergs Peanut Chews Vanilla Molasses. For the last year Little Babies has created quite a reputation and a following for their 'weird ice cream'. One of the partners of Little Baby's, Pete Angevine, was kind enough to answer a few questions for Eclectik Domestic: