Christmas open thread and haiku contest

Merry Christmas to the MyDD community! Although we don't celebrate the holiday, I do enjoy listening to Oy to the World, the klezmer Christmas album by the Klezmonauts (samples here). Their arrangements make the songs sound joyous, which is surprisingly rare in Christmas music. It's Jesus' birthday, after all.

Steve Sack of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune brings you a Christmas card from the Republicans (NOel).

Following the example of an Iowa Republican blogger, I launched a haiku contest at Bleeding Heartland. (A haiku consists of "three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.")

Let's see what MyDD readers can come up with.

My first shot was inspired by former Republican Governor Terry Branstad's recent campaign moves:

Ignoring record
the MasterCard governor
throws stones from glass house.

The idea for my second haiku came from a stupid robocall the NRCC began this week against Representative Leonard Boswell (don't ask me why they'd do political calls three days before Christmas):

For lack of ideas
or a fresh campaign message,
"Nancy Pelosi."

The kids helped me make gingerbread yesterday. I use the recipe from the Laurel's Kitchen cookbook: 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp salt in one bowl. 1 egg, 2/3 cup blackstrap molasses, 1/3 cup honey, 1 cup buttermilk (or kefir), 1/3 cup melted butter mixed in another bowl. Combine wet and dry ingredients, pour into greased 9 x 9 pan and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes (a few minutes less in my oven).

For elaborate Christmas cooking, read Asinus Asinum Fricat/Patric Juillet's amazing diary about Christmas dinner in Provence.

This thread is for anything on your mind today.

Tags: christmas (all tags)

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Re: Christmas open thread and haiku contest

OK, I will give you my son's quasi-hauki that he put up on the fridge that caught my eye:

Obviously everything,
Many things,
Nothing left,
Impossible to count!

I will have to get some molasses, sounds wonderful. I used to make some molasses chocolate desserts that were outrageously good.

by Jerome Armstrong 2009-12-25 06:35AM | 0 recs
Merry Christmas, Jerome

and Merry Christmas to all the MyDD crew, denizens and lurkers.

A time to be one
Another to be many
And one to be all

by chrisblask 2009-12-25 06:54AM | 0 recs
re: molasses

I don't know the difference, but Laurel's Kitchen says to use 1 cup regular molasses, OR 2/3 cup blackstrap molasses and 1/3 cup honey.

A variation I've never tried is to use a cup of orange juice instead of buttermilk/kefir.

by desmoinesdem 2009-12-25 07:29AM | 0 recs
Re: re: molasses
Black strap molasses?
It's way stronger than normal:
macho sweetener.
by TexasDarling 2009-12-25 04:21PM | 0 recs
does it also have more iron?

Someone told me that.

by desmoinesdem 2009-12-25 06:05PM | 0 recs
Re: does it also have more iron?
Yet again, Wikipedia FTW.  Or, for that matter, Mac OS X dictionary:
blackstrap |ˌblækˈstræp|
noun
a dark, viscous molasses, the byproduct of the final extraction phase of sugar refining, used chiefly in cattle feed and in the industrial production of citric acid and vinegar.

All I knew was that blackstrap is both tasty and hard to find.  Am(az/us)e your friends with molasses trivia!
by TexasDarling 2009-12-26 04:06PM | 0 recs
other possibilities

use a combination of white and whole wheat flour, equaling 2 1/2 cups, or replace a little of the flour with wheat germ.

by desmoinesdem 2009-12-25 07:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Christmas open thread and haiku contest
Christmas IS a joy
Jews just don't understand it
But Jesus was one
by realtarheel 2009-12-25 07:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Christmas open thread and haiku contest
Winds of Change and Hope
A Country of dust and rocks
The Man of Caution
by Judeling 2009-12-25 09:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Christmas open thread and haiku contest
The senate bill sucks
Dems cave before conference
FUBAR dumbasses
by Bob Brigham 2009-12-25 11:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Christmas open thread and haiku contest
Jane does the Grover
Cenk Young Turks the two by four
So its on with Rahm
by Jerome Armstrong 2009-12-25 11:51AM | 0 recs
I love klezmer

but it reminds too much of Danny Pearl who introduced it to me.

by Charles Lemos 2009-12-25 11:11PM | 0 recs

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