02 December 2006

Time of War, Time of Sacrifice

Below is the menu (courtesy of Salon.com) for the holiday feast we are throwing for George and Laura Bush. I say "we" because, as far as I know, we are paying for it. Bon appetit!

The Dems could easily exploit this situtation, but they won't-- at least the beltway Dem leaders won't. That's too bad, because they could get some mileage out of this, especially on the heels of this news (la la la la la... I can't hear you! La la la la la...).

Free suggestion to Dem leaders: Organize a holiday feast to honor the troops. Serve MREs. The GOP uses ancilliary groups to do it's "dirty work" and you should do the same. Why not use Democracy for America, the group Howard Dean started? They have chapters all over the country (including Cincinnati). It could be a nationwide thing, not just in Washington. That would generate multiple local pressworthy events.

In sports we talk about "closing". It means you gotta put your opponent away and not let them get back in the game. The Repubs are down and the Dems need to seize opportunities to close the deal. I think this ridiculous holiday feast is one such opportunity. The White House has some real brass balls to put on something like this in the middle of two wars and I think it's time the Dems did a little snipping.

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Display of Specialty Cheeses and Winter Fruits (Served with a Bountiful Display of Lavish Specialty Crackers and Spiced Pecans).

Colossal Shrimp Cocktail and Jonah Crab Claws (Served with Ramsey’s Cocktail Sauce and Spiced Remoulade).

Stuffed Turkey Breasts with Winter Mushrooms, Cheese and Brandied Cranberries.

Sugar Cured Virginia Ham with Hot Pepper Mustard (Served with Warm Blue Corn Muffins).

Chicken Fried Beef Tenderloin with White Onion Gravy (Served with Tiny Icebox Rolls).

Herb Roasted Lollipop Lamb Chops served with Warm Yeast Rolls.

Honey Cup Mustard Sauce.

Fresh Tamales with Tomatillo Sauce and Black Beans.

Baked White Cheddar Farfalle.

Sweet Potato Soufflé.

Asparagus Tier with Lemon-Garlic Aioli.

Golden and Crimson Beet Salad with Orange, Fennel, and Feta.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with Peppermint Crunch.

Pecan Sandie Tree (Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes) with Layers of Cookies.

Holiday Ornamental Cookies: Barney, Miss Beazley, Christmas Trees, Snowflakes, Candy Canes.

Red Hat Box Mascarpone Cake.

White Pound Cake with Mascarpone Cream Filling, Red Marzipan Frosting and Red Ribbon Bow Decoration.

Coconut Cake.

Coconut Chiffon Cake, Coconut Pastry Cream Filling and 7 Minute Meringue Frosting.

Chocolate Roulade (Christmas Log): Soft Ganache Frosting with a Chocolate Sponge, Meringue Mushrooms, Magnolia Leaves in White Chocolate, Raspberries.

Mini Tartlettes.

Pecan Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, Orange Chiffon and Chocolate Boston Cream Pie.

Chocolate Truffles.

Homemade, Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache.

Long Stem Strawberries with Dark Chocolate Dipping Sauce.

Warm Macintosh Apple Cobbler With Oatmeal Crumble.

Pumpkin Trifle.

Spiced Pumpkin Mousse with Whipped Cream and Shaved Dark Chocolate.

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