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copperbadge: yamneko: bogleech: Here’s the thing about Halloween: all year long if you live in America you’re under a steady assault by this right-wing traditional faux-wholesome pseudo-Christian nuclear patriot family atmosphere, and then all the sudden as the weather cools and the days shorten the country loses its marbles decking everything out in bloody corpses, demon faces, witchcraft and giant rubber bugs. Half the country thinks they’re the Addams Family for 1-3 months while a small chunk of weiners get angry that it’s “pagan” or something. I don’t know if anyone in any other cultural environment can really understand how that feels. It’s the antithesis of the “love jesus and eagles or GIT OUT” under(over)tone American culture is usually about. And even though it generates billions of dollars, there’s no pressure, shaming or guilting to spend money on it like there is for certain other holidays. We spend that much on Halloween just because it’s fun and we want to, rather than some unspoken (usually unspoken) rule that you must buy extravagant gifts or you’re a heathen scrooge and you don’t love your family. and it’s when everything is themed with black and it’s totally acceptable  This is actually one of the original purposes of Halloween. Halloween, like Mardi Gras, descends from the inversion festival. Inversion festivals were a necessary part of most highly regimented and class-divided ancient cultures, such as Rome. You spent all year keeping rigidly to your class and policing others to do the same, living a life of very public behaviors, worshipping very specifically and obeying societal laws you may not agree with and which may not be to your benefit. But ah, then the festival time came. The rules were thrown out. Sometimes the classes were literally inverted and the nobility were forced to serve. Nothing was taboo. The macabre, the ugly, the things that violated all laws of polite society were glorified. For a period of time – often longer in proportion to how regimented your society was – you were free to do and be exactly what you wanted. You could wear a costume. You could hide from the world behind a mask. You could make all the noise you wanted and nobody would stop you because it was driving out the evil in the community (the evil often being the stress of living in a very outward-facing, regimented society).  And America, whatever anyone says, is an incredibly regimented and class-oriented society. So our lead-in to Halloween is two months long.  Halloween is one of America’s only true inversion festivals. Christmas has terribly rigid expectations and heaps of stress, Thanksgiving makes you want to kill your whole family, the fourth of July it’s too fuckin’ hot, St. Patrick’s Day is too short and it’s filled with douchebags. Memorial Day is for mourning, Labor Day you’re about to start school again. Mardi Gras is a great, very historic inversion festival, but it’s also fairly localized. Pride comes close, and is a very badly needed form of inversion festival for its participants, but it’s not universal and it also involves aspects of activism and protest which use inversion but are not part of inversion.  Halloween is it. It’s our national cut-loose party. And that’s not accidental. Halloween has been an inversion festival since before it had that name, since ancient people realized the harvest was over, the dark short days were coming, and everyone was gonna have to spend the next four months indoors trying not to murder one another.  (via knitmeapony)

The quiet introvert revolution

Susan Cain, author of the excellent Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, has launched Quiet Revolution, a resource “to unlock the power of introverts for the benefit of us all”. There’s already quite a bit there…you can take a test to see if you’re an introvert, five ways to deal with an open office planlearn how to connect with extroverts, and 15 ways you can be a better parent to your introverted kid.

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Beef Tips with Rice and Gravy Recipe : Taste of Southern

Beef Tips with Rice and Gravy Recipe : Taste of Southern.

  1. Brown the beef and cook the onions
  2. Add beef broth and bring to a boil
  3. Cover and turn down to a simmer for an hour
  4. Serve over rice

Pretty good, two tips: One use plenty of seasoning & two cook with some type of fat. The meat is pretty lean and needs the help to get that rich flavor.


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Swiss Steak Recipe |

Swiss Steak Recipe |

Nom. Floured the beef and browned it, then cooked onions in the pan. Added the beef back with a can of tomato sauce and some chicken stock, then cooked at a low simmer for an hour. Great over brown rice.

One Pot Chicken & Potatoes Let the Baking Begin!

One Pot Chicken & Potatoes Let the Baking Begin!.

Great technique. Just cut up veggies and coat with seasonings & olive oil, then stick in a 375 degree oven for an hour.

I used chicken breasts so I cut them in strips and coated them after the veggies were in the oven, then added them at the end and put it all back in for about 1/2 hour. Accidentally timed it perfectly and it all came out beautifully. Used the drippings to make a great sauce.


Best pot roast is best

Lalas So Southern Pot Roast & Cornbread – oysters and pearls.

Have done this twice now and it is amazing.

  1. Season & brown the meat
  2. Add the beef broth & raw vegtables
  3. Cover & stick in a 300 oven for two hours
  4. Take out meat & vegtables, whisk in soup & water
  5. Put cooked food back in with the softer veggies (canned & onion) & cook for another 30 minutes.
  6. Take meat back out & thicken sauce with corn starch

I’m making notes because I’ve changed a few things.

First, she doesn’t mention covering it and you don’t see any kind of covering in photos. I made it without covering the roast the first time and while it tasted amazing, the roast wasn’t quite tender enough. I covered it with a cast iron lid this time and it was much better.

Second, she says in her article that she doesn’t like mushy vegtables. I like mine softer than hers so I’m just cooking them along with the meat.

Third, the sauce is very thin, so you want either a lot of bread to soak it up or some way of thickening it. I like mine thick enough to eat with a fork so I used the corn starch but I’m still eyeing the bread for when the vegtables are gone.


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