What’s For Dinner: Healthy Shepherd’s Pie {Cauliflower-Potato Topping!} from SimplyRecipes.com

Comfort more than nutrition usually comes to mind when you think of a meat-and-potatoes meal. This recipe qualifies as both. It has all the comfort of classic shepherd’s pie, but works in extra veggies, olive oil instead of butter, and leaner beef. Nobody will be the wiser, since it remains so flavorful and satisfying.
INGREDIENTS
For the potato-cauliflower topping:
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for salting the cooking water
8 ounces cauliflower florets (2 heaping cups)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup low-fat milk
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup shredded sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
For the filling:
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 large carrots, diced
1 large celery stalk, diced
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
1 pound extra-lean ground beef
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more if needed
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup fresh or frozen English peas
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup red wine (substitute chicken broth, if desired)
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
— Read on www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/healthy_shepherds_pie/

We have most of these ingredients on hand. But I have to substitute more cauliflower for potato, swap the dairy milk for nut milk, and swap the cheddar for Swiss, so my dear hubby can eat it. May add some parsley, garlic, and paprika to the cauliflower too. We’ve had good like making faux mash potataux that way.

Speeding Car Hits Police Car, Injures People In Dispensary Line

A speeding car hit an Elmwood Park police vehicle and nearly hit the police chief and people waiting in line on the first day of legal cannabis sales in Illinois.

Those waiting in line who were not injured…were remarkably determined to keep their appointments with legalized destiny.

“It’s kind of funny. It didn’t stop people from going into the dispensary,” he said.

— Read on www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elmwood-park/ct-elm-speeding-crash-tl-0109-20200103-g2rtag3nbjcp3hv4astgzmd74i-story.html

Sinclair Broadcasting: Buy Pot? No Guns For You (LIE)

Freshly legalized, and already Sinclair is scarecasting fake news about buying pot: they’re claiming your name will be added to a database and you won’t be able to buy a gun.

Illinois Sinclair Station Fearmongers Misinfo On Pot And Gun Ownership

Read at — https://crooksandliars.com/2020/01/illinois-sinclair-station-fearmongers

This Is Bad. Really Bad. And Also A Great Distraction

Imagine! A third war about to begin as a distraction from impeachment, polls, North Korea, and everything else that’s going wrong.

Meanwhile, did anyone think to check on whether there were big, mysterious purchase of futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exxhange in the last few days? Just sayin’.

U.S. strike killed Iran Quds Force chief Soleimani: U.S. official https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-blast-usa/u-s-strike-killed-iran-quds-force-chief-soleimani-u-s-official-idUSKBN1Z203V?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

Review: Why do these shoes have such high ratings? Bagivy “Beans” Slip-On Shoes

UPDATE: Don’t wear these shoes, there’s a risk of injury. They’re junk.

Today is Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

First of all, this post is pre-pandemic. Look at that date! It’s from before Everything Changed! The supply-chain issues were already happening, at a time that we barely knew anything about a strange new kind of viral pneumonia in China.

Second of all, on Sunday I was clearing out my closet and decided to wear the grey ones to go to church (check for a more recent post on my current status in the Late Pandemonial Era). As I stepped out of my car, my ankle rolled sideways on those uncomfortable “kitten heels” and I almost fell. I could feel the “traction beans” poking into my feet through my socks. When I got home, I pulled out all three pair, stuck them in a grocery bag, and determined to chuck them.

I’m not going to donate them; why pass an inferior, dangerous product on to a less fortunate person? That’s wrong.

I’m not going to “curb” them for the trash pickers; same objection.

I’ll chuck them in the recycling bin, as they MAY be recyclable if shredded, rather than throw them in the trash to go to some landfill.

Here’s the rest of the original review, but again, I recommend you get rid of these shoes. Don’t give them away, unless it’s to someone you really dislike.

BEANS – WOMENS LIGHTWEIGHT SLIP ON COMFORT – Bagivy

WITH BEANS SHOES – YOU’ LL GO FURTHER THAN EVER SPECIAL DISCOUNT: 70% OFF TODAY WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT The healthiest technology in a shoe, our patented BEANS SOLE keeps the natural cushioning of your heels where it belongs for a pain-free life Easy On/Off With Slip-On Shoes Easy on/off design with pull tabs on the heel an
— Read on bagivy.net/products/70-off-today-beans-womens-lightweight-slip-on-comfort

Way, way back on November 28, I foolishly ordered some shoes that I’d seen advertised everywhere online – these slip-on, washable, well-nigh indestructible shoes that were shown in a video being filled with soapy water, run over by a car, and bent into different shapes. They looked cute, and fun, and they were affordable, so I recklessly bought a set of 3 in different colors. My thought was that I’d wear them around the house (I work from home) but they could go outside for short trips, etc.

They didn’t arrive until December 30, via China Post and then USPS. Good thing I wasn’t planning on giving them as a gift! I had been really worried, as after the first week, I noticed that the tracking site Arriva that I had to use wasn’t showing any progress after the initial flurry of activity. It took them a week to move within China from their origin to some sort of postal depot. Then for weeks, nothing. I started to worry that I’d fallen for one of many “fake product” sites hosted by Shopify, and that when they arrived, if at all, I’d realize I’d been “tooken.”

When they finally, finally arrived, they came in a postal bag that was only half-sealed – there was a gap wide enough for a shoe or two to fall out. Fortunately, all three pair were inside.

I had ordered purple, black, and grey. Tried them on with a fairly thick pair of wool socks.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the bags was an extremely strong chemical smell. The soles felt a little slick and plastic-y, not rubbery or grippy as you might expect for a shoe that at least SORT OF appears to be based on a sports shoe last.

The uppers feel nice and solid, and mold to my feet well. The inside lining is sort of harsh, and I swear, I can feel the little “beans” on the bottom (the traction things) through the inner sole and my socks. And the air-cushion in the heel is just odd, like balancing on a wobbly kitten heel. There are inner columns (visible through the side “window”) that I swear I can feel in my heels.

Maybe if I wear a thinner sock? Trying that with a pair, and also barefoot, since they’re washable, seems reasonable. If I had planned on wearing orthotics or some sort of insert, I’d have had to go a size up.

With thinner athletic-style socks, they are looser, but I can still feel the “beans” on the sole, and the height of the heel throws my weight forward onto the ball of my foot, which makes this sensation even more noticeable.

There are removable inserts, and I have several pair of light orthotic-type shoe liners, which may improve the way the shoes feel when worn. But on each pair, it feels like there is a defect inside the right sole, just behind the toes, like a slight bump.

I’m not going to bother trying to return them. They are good enough for schlepping around at home and out to the mailbox, and I wore them to go to lunch just now (it’s not a wet or particularly cold day). They are very squishy, and frankly aren’t a super stable platform for anyone with balance issues, and they have too much flex and not enough arch support for anyone that’s on their feet all day. But for office work, seated, they’re fine.

I just can’t understand, though, why these shoes have such high 4 and 5 star ratings at various sites. I found numerous different sellers on Amazon offering the identical shoes, and most of them had 5 star reviews. Some of them were a bit suspect – rave reviews in not-quite-perfect English (you might even say they read like “Botlish”), interspersed with occasional 1 star reviews complaining about the chemical smell, the fit, and some inconsistencies.

Still, your mileage may literally vary. You may not get a pair with the “right toe bump” in the sole. If you don’t have high arches, they’re not bad and they look cute. Just don’t expect to receive them for at least 4-6 weeks.

Happy New Year? I Certainly Hope So

I used to be a blogger. I used to blog incessantly.

I stopped blogging, almost completely, about the time I got more caught up in playing around on Twitter, interacting with people. Also, I stopped even minimal blogging when Google killed off G+, because I was using a clever plugin to cross post anything I clipped and quoted on Google Plus back here to the “main blog.”

But we’re in almost-desperate times, and I’ve not been documenting the humdrum mundanity of life in these here Disunited States of ‘Merica.

January  1, 2020 iPhone Home Screen

My resolution to start blogging again started a few minutes ago with this tweet from BoingBoing’s Xeni Jardin:

On Twitter, since a short time after the disastrous 2016 election, I’ve been “resisting” but mostly roleplaying as an obscure Star Trek character, and even with the new

This shocked me, because I’m a long-time reader and admirer of Xeni’s work, and I could see from a quick archive search that I’ve been re-blogging Xeni’s posts here since at least 2004, probably much earlier. It just goes to show how little we know about people from their online personae. Even with the new Twitter TOS I’ll continue doing that as a “fan/commentary” account.

Resolved:

  • More blogging
  • More cycling
  • More attention
  • Less blobbing
  • Less excuses
  • Less hibernation

There’s a lot to do this year; the house needs work, my health needs work, and the entire country is afflicted with a man-baby sized cyst that needs to be electorally excised.

I hadn’t made much of an effort to cloak myself on Twitter, and crossposting to my Facebook profile is a calculated risk. But here goes nuthin.

Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father – The New York Times

In the end, the transfer of the Trump empire cost Fred and Mary Trump $20.5 million in gift taxes and their children $21 million in annuity payments. That is hundreds of millions of dollars less than they would have paid based on the empire’s market value, The Times found.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/02/us/politics/donald-trump-tax-schemes-fred-trump.html