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Top 7 Moroccan Foods That Will Tickle Your Taste Buds

by Jay @ Flavorverse

Moroccan food boasts of major influences from several other cuisines of the world, including Arabic, Andalusian, Mediterranean, and Berber. While speaking about Moroccan cuisine, the first thing that comes to mind is the seven spice blend of Morocco, which includes turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, black pepper, and ginger. The ingredients of this interesting combination […]

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How to cook to the authentic Lo Mai Gai

by KP Kwan @ Taste Of Asian Food

If you have not tried Lo Mai Gai (steamed glutinous rice with chicken), you are surely missing out something. Lo Mai Gai is the specialty Dim Sum of Singapore and Malaysia along with Cantonese Dim Sum like Har Gao, Shumai and Char Siu Bao popular across Asia.   Why is this Lo Mai Gai recipe […]

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Bangin Banana Bread Recipe with Video

by Kimlai Yingling @ EatinAsian

Hi guys! I’ve got a fun recipe for you and a new video to go with it on my youtube channel CHOMP ON THIS. I love banana bread but I’m sure all of you, like me, have that recipe that was handed down years ago and while it’s always been good it has potential to […]

Siningang Na Baboy Sa Sampalok

by ARAdmin @ Asian Recipes

Pork Sinigang or Sinigang na Baboy is a sour soup that is part of the cuisine of the Philippines. The soup dish uses pork as the main ingredient, although beef, shrimp, fish and chicken can be used. (if chicken is used, the recipe is known as sinampalukang manok). Bony portion of pork known as “buto-buto” […]

East-West Chicken Stock

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

For the most part, Asian meat broths and stocks rarely include a lot of vegetables. Onion and ginger and basically it. No carrot or celery. However, for the Paul Bocuse soup with truffles, I came up with this hybrid recipe. I made it in my Fagor Lux, but you can use an Instant Pot or...

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Cauliflower and Bacon Mashed Potatoes

by Kimlai Yingling @ EatinAsian

This weeks recipe is off the charts DELICIOUS! I love it when ingredients come together so well that it tricks your mind into thinking your eating something else. This cauliflower mash has the consistency and tastes just like traditional mashed potatoes. I’m going to take you step by step through the process of making Cauliflower […]

Gà xé phay (Ripped chicken with onions) recipe

by admin @ Vietnamese Recipes

Gà xé phay (Ripped chicken with onions) recipe – Hi everyone. Hope you’re enjoying the weekend! Today I would like to introduce to you a simple traditional dish particularly popular with the people in Hanoi. Gà xé phay (Ripped chicken with onions) is a dish known for its irresistible sour taste of ripped chicken meats...

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Hanoi Style Salmon with Turmeric and Dill

by The Ravenous Couple @ The Ravenous Couple

Cha Ca Thanh Long is one of our favorite Vietnamese dishes and we’ve already wrote about it here, but this time we’re back with similar recipe but a slight twist. Traditionally this dish is made in small portions with cut filet of snakehead or catfish cooked table side or on a sizzling fajita style pan, […]

Banh beo recipe (Vietnamese water fern cake)

by admin @ Vietnamese Recipes

Banh beo recipe – Bánh bèo (Banh Beo) or Vietnamese water fern cake is originally one of the best dishes of Hue, but nowadays, it is popular throughout Vietnam. Banh beo is so elegant and fragrant that anyone can enjoy its flavors. It is not only eaten for breakfast but also served as a snack...

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That’s Entertainment!

by cookingstudio2014 @ Cooking Studio Taos

 As a working Hollywood actor and former restaurateur, chef Chris Maher knows how to add sizzle to his cooking classes. By DAVE HERNDON | Photography by DOUGLAS MERRIAMRight: Chef Chris Maher. Left: The presentation of the dishes, vino included. “THE DALAI LAMA is not a vegetarian. He likes meat!” says Chris Maher, who has cooked for the... {...}

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Loong Peng (Dragon Cookies)

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

  1. Preheat oven to 160ºC. The oven should be ready when you’re done with your first tray of cookies.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add margarine, icing sugar, egg yolks, egg white, vanilla essence, and beat until creamy.
  3. Then, gently fold in cornflour, milk powder and plain flour until just combined.
  4. Fill batter into

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Vietnamese MUST TRY Desserts

Vietnamese MUST TRY Desserts


I’ve been on a mission to find authentic Vienamese desserts that were so familiar to me growing up.

Pork Belly Recipe for Bánh Mì (Vietnamese Sandwiches)

by Huy @

At Vietnamese sandwich shops, you’ll find a dizzying number of meat options like grilled chicken, grilled beef, sardines, and even some Chinese influenced options like xíu mại. However, with Vietnamese sandwiches, pork seems to be king–you’ll always see pork options like chả lụa (meat loaf), thịt nướng (grilled pork), nem nướng (ground & grilled pork), bì […]

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Vietnamese Banana, Coconut & Tapioca Dessert (Chè Chuối)

by Huy @

Chè chuối is a warm, Vietnamese pudding-like dessert featuring bananas and rich coconut cream. You can easily make this at home in less than an hour! Chè in Vietnamese, refers to sweet desserts which are liquid such as drinks, pudding, or even types of ‘soup.’ So chè chuối you could say is a type of pudding, made of coconut […]

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Bánh Xèo – Savory Vietnamese Crêpes

by Huy @ Vietnamese Appetizers & Snacks –

Bánh xèo seems to be designed to be eaten as a family. The batter, filling ingredients, and veggies aren’t complicated to prepare, but they don’t make sense to be bought or made to be eaten by yourself. You don’t just buy 1/4 pound of pork, 8 shrimps, or buy 1/4 head of lettuce. You kind […]

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Vietnamese Meatball Lollipops with Dipping Sauce

Vietnamese Meatball Lollipops with Dipping Sauce

Treat your guests to these delicious appetizers; tasty meatballs served with warm dipping sauce. Perfect appetizer for an Asian meal.

Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe (Phở Gà)

by NPFamily Recipes @ NPFamily Recipes

In one of our previous recipe, we’ve made the famous street food, Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup, Pho Bo. In this recipe, we will make another version of this popular street food, Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup, Pho Ga. The main ingredient Continue reading Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe (Phở Gà)

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Gyeran Mari (Korean Egg Rolls)

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

  1. In a bowl, crack and whisk eggs with a fork. Mix in a pinch of salt, sliced spring onions and chopped carrots.
  2. In a frying pan or skillet, spread 1 tsp oil evenly and heat over medium-high heat. When the pan feels hot enough, turn heat down to low. Give the egg

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Homemade Vietnamese Sweet, Spicy & Savory Crispy Rice Cracker – Cơm Cháy Chiên Giòn

Homemade Vietnamese Sweet, Spicy & Savory Crispy Rice Cracker – Cơm Cháy Chiên Giòn

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Cooking – Log 12 – 05.05.2014 Hi ya all, How was your holiday/weekend? Mine was a peace. :) People always say, “having a blast”, but somehow, I prefer having peace. I think it was due to the fact t…

Savory Brunch Recipes We Love

by Honest Cooking @ MyGreatRecipes

We’re looking forward to New Year’s and a big, lazy brunch the morning after watching the ball drop. After all of the cakes and cookies, we need a break from the sweet and are keeping things savory. Check out our favorite savory brunch recipes. DISCOVER GREAT RECIPES, TIPS & IDEAS! Huevos Rancheros This breakfast loaded […]

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Sopa de Ajo (Bread Soup with Garlic)

by Dax Phillips @ Simple Comfort Food – Recipes that are simple and delicious.

Lately I told you that I was making a lot of homemade bread lately.  It was a process that kept me occupied while I fought my time with cancer. I was probably making it so much that my kids were getting slightly bored with the fact that there would be a fresh loaf of bread […]

How to Make the Best Minestrone Soup

by heidi @ foodiecrush

My Grandma’s easy minestrone soup recipe is one of the healthiest vegetable-loaded soups you’ll make, and it tastes far better than any of those Olive Garden copycat recipes thanks to the secret ingredient in the savory broth. “It is well worth the time and effort.”   But then, isn’t most anything when it’s done with love? [...]

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Japanese Potato Salad

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

  1. In a saucepan, place peeled potatoes and enough water to cover the potatoes and boil until they become soft.
  2. Drain the potatoes and spread dashi well over them. Then, mash the potatoes roughly with a fork. Put them back to cook on the stove for about 2 mins and add rice or

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Deep-Fried Nian Gao With Sweet Potato And Yam

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

  1. Mix flour, oil and water until mixture is smooth. Set aside for 30 mins.
  2. Sandwich a slice of nian gao in sweet potato and yam. Then, coat with batter.
  3. Deep fry in a wok over medium to low flame till golden brown and crispy.
  4. Serve warm.

*Nian Gao can be bought from …

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Will These Biodegradable Bags Make It To The Mainstream?

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

To every hopeful tote-bag-carrying environmentalist, plastic bags’ days are numbered. Bans on bags are slowly sweeping nations and companies alike. And Indonesian-based Avani Eco is dedicated to making biodegradable bags out of yuca root. Avani Eco’s bags solve the problem of plastic harming animals when found in the seas because of its water-soluble properties. Since they’re made entirely of […]

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Canh – Vietnamese Chicken & Vegetable Soup

by ARAdmin @ Vietnam Recipes – Asian Recipes

  The Ingredients 200 g chicken (7 oz) thinly sliced against the grain 1/2 tsp each pepper, chicken stock 1/2 tsp garlic minced 1 inch ginger 2 tsp fish sauce 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 bunch leafy vegetables choy sum, bok choy, mustard greens etc. Vietnamese “Canh” Soups Vietnam’s soups are many and varied. The southern regions sour soups or “canh chua” are […]

Vietnamese Beef Stew (Bò Kho) Recipe #SundaySupper - I'm Not the Nanny

Vietnamese Beef Stew (Bò Kho) Recipe #SundaySupper - I'm Not the Nanny

I'm Not the Nanny

This Vietnamese beef stew bò kho recipe takes a bit of time to make, but it’s totally worth it. You’ll plenty for leftovers and your home will smell amazing!

Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe (Bò Bía Recipe)

by Huy @ Vietnamese Appetizers & Snacks –

What Is Bò Bía? The name bò bía is likely a Vietnamese adaptation of the Chinese roll “popiah.” These two foods are quite different though. It’s plausible to think bò bía was adapted by the Vietnamese and ingredients were substituted with what was available. The first noticeable change is the Vietnamese use a rice paper wrapper instead of […]

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Oyster Omelette

by ARAdmin @ Asian Recipes

Malaysian Oyster Omelette is a dish that is also popular in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand for its savory taste. Variations of the dish can also be found in southern regions of China (Chaozhou, Fujian, Guangdong) although the taste and appearance can vary significantly from the original version. The oyster omelette is a Taiwan night market favorite. […]

How To Make Foolproof Parisian Gnocchi

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Brown your butter and pick your herb (we suggest sage or parsley), because it’s time to make pillowy gnocchi! Our friends at ChefSteps wrote in this week with this French twist on gnocchi. Instead of employing the traditional potato, this recipe calls for a pâte à choux — the same dough used to make éclairs […]

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The Ginger Pom Pom | Cocktail Recipe

by Kimlai Yingling @ EatinAsian

It’s Santa Monica Restaurant Week and this year the focus is on healthy dishes and cocktails that feature the vitamin packed pomegranate. As part of our media preview, we kicked off our Santa Monica tour with a stop at The Gourmandise School of Cooking. If you are interested in taking your cooking skills to the next […]

Pence’s Visit to the Middle East Is Starting to Look Like a Farewell Tour to Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Pence’s Visit to the Middle East Is Starting to Look Like a Farewell Tour to Israeli-Palestinian Peace

by Joshua Keating @ Slate Articles

Vice President Mike Pence’s current trip to the Middle East had originally been scheduled for early December 2017 but was delayed. Ostensibly, this delay was in case Pence needed to be in D.C. to cast the tie-breaking vote on the GOP tax bill last month, but it also seemed aimed at letting some of the anger die down after President Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. If that was the intention, it didn’t work.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who had been scheduled to meet with Pence on the original itinerary, will not meet with him now, preferring to hang out with the Europeans in Brussels instead. The vice president will not be venturing to the West Bank or meeting any Palestinian officials at all, in fact. And Arab-Israeli members of the Knesset were thrown out of Parliament earlier today after they began protesting Pence’s speech:

Pence made a little bit of news during the speech, announcing that the planned move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could happen sooner than originally planned—by the end of 2019, rather than in three or four years. This would be significant: Right now, the U.S. recognition is purely symbolic—no actual U.S. diplomatic policies have changed, and it would be pretty easy for the next president to just continue with the status quo if Trump is defeated in 2020. But moving the embassy out of Jerusalem would be a lot tougher politically. Netanyahu also twisted the knife in his introduction of Pence by comparing Trump’s recognition statement to the Balfour Declaration, the 1917 British government statement of support for a Jewish “national home” in what was then Ottoman Palestine, which set in motion the process that later led to the establishment of Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Before arriving in Israel, Pence made stops in Egypt and Jordan, two U.S. allies whose leaders have had pretty good relations with Trump. But the Jerusalem decision forced the Egyptian government to draft a U.N. resolution condemning Trump’s move, and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reportedly gave Pence an earful during their meeting on Saturday. (There’s some reason to doubt the seriousness of Egypt’s opposition. Earlier this month, the New York Times reported on leaked recordings of a call between an Egyptian intelligence officer and members of the Egyptian media in which the official said that while Egypt would protest Trump’s move publicly, it wasn’t in the country’s interests to have strife with Israel and ultimately they would accept the U.S. policy on Jerusalem.)

The issue has somewhat higher stakes for the government of Jordan, the official custodian of Jerusalem’s Muslim holy sites. Jordan is also home to more than 2 million Palestinian refugees who could be seriously affected by the Trump administration’s recent decision to withhold millions of dollars in funding to the U.N. agency responsible for assisting them. Given Jordan’s dependence on U.S. aid as well as the increasingly close alliance between the Trump administration and the Gulf States, Jordan doesn’t have much leverage. But King Abdullah II raised these issues with Pence on Sunday regardless.

Pence’s trip had also been intended in part to highlight the plight of Christians in the Middle East, a community that’s been decimated by repression, extremist violence, and out-migration. American evangelical leaders like Pence deserve some credit for making violence against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East a priority in recent years. But these are the same leaders who pushed the Trump administration to fully back Israeli claims to all of Jerusalem. Since December 2017, though, the Trump administration seems to have made the awkward discovery that Arab Christians are, in fact, Arabs—and many are just as angered by the Jerusalem move as their Muslim counterparts. Christian leaders in Bethlehem canceled Christmas festivities in Jesus’ birthplace last year in response to the move and said they would not meet with Pence. The Egyptian Coptic pope, leader of the largest Christian denomination in the Middle East and one that’s been under increasing attack by Islamist militants, also called off a meeting with the vice president.

Up until days before the Jerusalem announcement, the Trump administration was still presenting itself as dedicated to reaching the “ultimate deal” for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Pence is still affirming in all his appearances on this trip that the U.S. supports a two-state solution. But after the Jerusalem declaration and the U.N. cuts, Palestinian leaders don’t seem too interested in talking. (Based on his public statements, Trump seems to believe that he has actually helped move a two-state solution forward by taking “Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table,” and that Palestinians are simply being ungrateful.)

To be clear, chances of success were extremely low to begin with. According to a summary prepared by Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and obtained by Israeli journalist Barak Ravid, Trump’s proposed peace plan would have involved Israel annexing 10 percent of the West Bank, a Palestinian capital outside Jerusalem, and giving Israel “overriding security responsibility” throughout the Palestinian territories, including control of borders with Egypt and Jordan. Palestinians would probably never have agreed to anything like this, and Erekat urged his government to reject a plan that would have cemented “eternal autonomy” rather than a full state. This plan also sounds similar to one that the Saudi government reportedly pressured Abbas to accept in November 2017.

So, it may have already been true that the Trump administration wasn’t prepared to support a Palestinian state that looks anything like an independent country, and that Arab governments are mostly just paying lip service to the Palestinian cause but are more interested working with Trump, and by extension Israel, on other regional issues (Iran, mainly). Still, Pence’s visit was never intended as America’s farewell to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but that’s exactly what it’s looking like.

Pasta e Fagioli (Italian Pasta With Beans)

by Sarah Ozimek @ Curious Cuisiniere

Literally translated "Pasta with Beans," white beans make this Pasta e Fagioli a hearty and filling dish. It's a great recipe for a comforting lunch or dinner.

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20 Healthy Dinners to Make In the Instant Pot

by Hayley @ foodiecrush

The Instant Pot is the hot, do-it-all appliance on every foodie’s radar right now. It makes cooking fast or slow, but always easy. Today we’re sharing more weekly meal prep inspiration, with this list of healthy dinners you can make in an instant. Happy New Year, friends! Did Santa baby bring you everything you wanted, [...]

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Vegan Peach Pie Dumplings

by Lisa Le @ The Viet Vegan

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These vegan peach pie dumplings are little bites of sweet sunshine, especially when the weather is bleak and dreary in the winter! Disclaimer: This recipe is sponsored by the California Cling Peach Board! I’ve worked with them to make a bunch of other peachy recipes, like my BBQ Peach Tofu and these Hand Pies! Thanks for reading and […]

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Boiled Peanuts Recipe [Seasoned With Salt]

by Huy @ Vietnamese Appetizers & Snacks –

Many Vietnamese people fled their home country after the Vietnam War and ended up in Louisiana. The Vietnamese were exposed to new, local foods resulting in some current mainstays of Vietnamese cuisine, such as Cajun crawfish boil, chicory in Vietnamese coffee and of course, boiled peanuts. These are popularly boiled with just salt, or with Cajun spices, but in this recipe we’re […]

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Goi Du Du Green Papaya Salad

by The Ravenous Couple @ appetizers – The Ravenous Couple

Traditional Vietnamese goi du du is a simple combination of shredded green papaya, coarsely chopped basil, and strips of sweet and spicy kho bo (beef jerky) doused with a spicy soy based sauce.  While this is enjoyable it doesn’t have the complex flavors compared with other Vietnamese salads which are filled with a multitude of […]

Bún Bò Huế Recipe – Spicy Beef & Pork Noodle Soup

by Huy @

Bún bò Huế is a hidden Vietnamese gem that has yet to “make it” in mainstream American cuisine. It’s a rich and spicy soup with deep layers of flavor. This Central Vietnamese soup is paired with tender slices of beef and pork, then topped with lots of fresh herbs. Phở has made its way in and has grown popular quickly, so why […]

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Spiced Persimmon and Ginger Muffin Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

My parents adore bargains, especially the ones at their local Salvation Army on Wednesdays, when seniors receive a 25 percent discount. On October 12, 2016, they scored a charming set of English Royal Wessex Red Willow dishes for about $22 (discounted from the original $29.50). They bought it with the intention of gifting it to...

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Vietnamese Meatballs (Xiu Mai)

by Trang @ RunAwayRice

This recipe for Vietnamese Meatballs (Xiu Mai) is a pure comfort-food dish. The tender pork meatballs are flavorful and have delicious crunch from the jicama. Cooked in a homemade tomato sauce, these hearty meatballs are absolutely mouth-watering. Super-versatile, the meatballs can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a small meal or an appetizer. Serve the Vietnamese […]

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Bún Thang – Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Chicken, Pork, & Egg

by Huy @

What Is Bún Thang? My knowledge of the Vietnamese language is about on par with my grandma’s English, so this gives us lots of opportunities to learn from each other. She watches Viet news and Korean dramas which have a surprising amount of English in them. The latest term I explained to her was “poker face” hah! […]

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Warm Up with Vegetarian French Onion Mushroom Soup

by Adrianna Adarme @ PBS Food

This alternative vegetarian French onion mushroom soup still has that deep, savory flavor making it perfect for cold nights. Continue

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Longing for the Summer – Mojito Ingredients, Tips & Amazing Recipes

by Laura Bracket @ MyGreatRecipes

Oh, summer…tans fade away but memories stay forever! The colder it gets outside, the more we miss the summer. Luckily, there’s a way to bring some sunshine & sandy beaches to your living room. Invite your friends over and start shaking up some mojitos! DISCOVER GREAT RECIPES, TIPS & IDEAS! Even though many would say […]

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Banh Cam & Banh Ran – deep-fried Glutinous Rice Balls

by ARAdmin @ Vietnam Recipes – Asian Recipes

Banh cam and banh ran are nearly identical to one another, albeit with subtle regional differences. Crisp on the outside and chewy inside, these golden-fried glutinous balls are coated with sesame seeds and filled with sweetened mung bean paste. They are one of the most popular desserts across Vietnam. Bánh rán is a deep-fried glutinous rice ball […]

The Angle: Delayed Bombshell Edition

The Angle: Delayed Bombshell Edition

by Rebecca Onion @ Slate Articles

Last night’s revelations: Jeremy Stahl adds up theories as to why Trump lawyer Don McGahn acted to prevent the president from firing Robert Mueller and ponders why we’re finding out about this now. Isaac Chotiner talked to lawyer Jacob S. Frenkel, who doubts that the fact that the president wanted to fire Mueller can prove obstruction, in the absence of action.

The cover-up: Ryan Goodman explains why he thinks a pattern of perjury among Trump’s associates points to the existence of a conspiracy.

Won’t be easy: The White House’s latest immigration proposal satisfies no one—but that doesn’t mean it’ll work, Jim Newell writes.

Running wild: The Golden State Warriors are the best team in the NBA, and likely to remain so. This season, their dominance has turned everyone else in the NBA into an anxious mess. Jack Hamilton sums up the drama.

For fun: Eagles vs. Patriots, for the uninvested.

For more fun: IT’S LADY BIRD!



Sichuan Magic Dust Popcorn Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Since late November, my friend Andrew Janjigian and I have made a total of about 55 batches of this popcorn. It’s his recipe, which he shared with me after I wrote about MSG in pho. When he realized that I was open to tinkering with monosodium glutamate in cooking, he sent the recipe to me....

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Balinese Sambal Matah

by Dax Phillips @ Simple Comfort Food – Recipes that are simple and delicious.

Many of you may or may not have heard of sambal. Sambal itself is typically a mixture of chilies and a variety of other ingredients making it one really, really good condiment. Most of us are probably aware of the default Asisan sambal oelek, the red condiment found in Asian markets, or in your ethnic […]

Vietnamese Xiu Mai Bun

Vietnamese Xiu Mai Bun

A cold noodle salad with sweet meatballs.

Today in Conservative Media: Trump’s Getting Between Americans and Their Washing Machines Is Risky Business

Today in Conservative Media: Trump’s Getting Between Americans and Their Washing Machines Is Risky Business

by Elliot Hannon @ Slate Articles

The editors of both National Review and the Weekly Standard weighed in on President Trump’s decision to slap double-digit tariffs on solar panels and washing machines coming into the country. The Weekly Standard writes that while the Trump administration “would prefer that the media interpret the move as a response to China’s unfair trade practices,” this isn’t really about China at all. The U.S. already effectively took action against China by imposing anti-dumping duties in 2013 when the Asian giant was the top exporter of solar cells to the U.S. “The president no doubt believes that measures like this will (a) force foreign manufacturers to move some of their production lines to the U.S. in an effort to get around the tariffs, and (b) give American companies enough breathing room to expand enterprises and hire more workers.
Both of these may happen,” the Weekly Standard writes. “Tariffs may temporarily help some industries located in politically important places—they may create a few photo-ops at ribbon-cutting ceremonies—but they’ll eventually hurt other U.S. industries in ways no one can expect.”

The editors at National Review were less charitable in their assessment of Trump’s trade agenda. “The president shouldn’t be trying to interpose himself between Americans and their washing machines,” they write. “Trump’s views on trade have always been and remain foolish … This has led to many unfortunate outcomes, including the abandonment of American leadership on trade-related issues.”

In other news

For the Federalist’s Mollie Hemmingway, enough is enough: It’s time for a second special counsel to investigate the conduct of the FBI and Department of Justice. “It is long past time for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate the possibility of widespread and systematic corruption, obstruction, leaking, and collusion within America’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies,” Hemmingway writes. “The leadership of the FBI and Department of Justice have made clear, through their ongoing obstruction of congressional investigations and oversight, that these agencies simply cannot be trusted to investigate or police themselves.” Hemmingway elaborates on these alleged crimes with a long bulleted list of outrages about missing text messages between FBI agents and the Hillary Clinton email probe. “All of these developments feed the perception that there are two different law enforcement regimes — one for friends, and one for enemies.”

Jonah Goldberg at National Review dives into the ongoing immigration debate and Trump’s affinity for the wall. “The problem with the wall is not necessarily that it’s a bad idea. It’s that it has become a symbol detached from policy considerations,” Goldberg writes. Those on the side of tighter immigration restrictions support heightened border security, which includes physical barriers, but “their support for the Trump wall is a political priority, not a policy one.” “They’d much rather see the president trade a Dreamer fix for cheaper and more effective solutions to the problem of illegal immigration,” he writes. “If Trump wanted a clear—and immediate—win on illegal immigration, he’d evolve and recognize that the wall’s greatest utility might be as a bargaining chip.”

Speaking of bargaining, Jonathan Tobin writes in National Review that Democrats appear to have gotten more than they bargained for in billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer’s aggressive funding of an impeachment push has irked the party, but it has galvanized the grassroots. The result? Democrats have their very own “billionaire problem” heading into the midterms.

Steyer’s insistence on funding an ad campaign pushing impeachment is angering party leaders who think his efforts could be sabotaging their chances of taking back Congress in the 2018 midterms … Much like Trump in 2015, Steyer isn’t listening to the officeholders, party fundraisers, or pundits. He’s listening to the Democratic grass roots … The Left’s marchers aren’t interested in making deals with congressional Republicans or the administration. They want to fight Trump—and Steyer seems to be the only one listening to them … Steyer is also building a movement that could determine the course of the party no matter what happens in 2018.

Breitbart picked up on the comments of Meghan McCain on ABC’s The View, where she offered a glimpse of the generational divide in the Republican Party on issues such as gay marriage. McCain was responding to comments by Tony Perkins, the evangelical head of the conservative Family Research Council.

Tony Perkins is someone who—obviously the head of Family Research Council but for some reason I didn’t realize he’s really extreme when it comes to being an anti-gay hate group. He endorsed ex-gay conversion therapy in 2016. He claims transgender policy has made restrooms into crime scenes. He said LGBTQ soldiers have made the military look like, quote, “a parade that looks like a bar scene in Star Wars,” so, really respectful to our troops … I always worry about what is up and coming in the Republican Party in my generation. Let me tell you. Young Republicans aren’t going to stand for this kind of crap. They just aren’t. I just think the last siren song of his power is with President Trump at this moment, because he [is] still appeasing his base in a lot of ways, especially with speaking out at the Right to Life march, but I don’t see these people being as nearly as relevant in the next election cycle.

And last but not least, special election alert! Again. David Byler at the Weekly Standard previews yet another special election on the horizon—just two months away!—in southwest Pennsylvania in the state’s 18th Congressional District . The district resembles some of the previous special elections last year, held in largely Republican districts, but it’s not a carbon copy. The district includes the suburbs of Pittsburgh, a city that “unlike many other major metro areas, it has been trending right for the past few decades,” he writes. “Whether or not the seat flips, this race will provide another useful data point for figuring out exactly what the political climate will look like in November 2018.”

Grilled Beef Betel Leaf Recipe (Bò Nướng Lá Lốt)

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Vietnamese Dessert Recipes

by ARAdmin @ Vietnam Recipes – Asian Recipes

Desserts in Vietnam: Not all Vietnamese eat desserts as we know them, although an array are always on sale to tempt children and sweet-toothed adults. Generally, meals are finished off with platters of fresh fruit. Here are a few popular Vietnamese dessert recipes; Fruits In Syrup Coconut Flan With Caramel Baked Coconut Rice Pudding Banana […]

Vietnamese Soups Recipes

by ARAdmin @ Vietnam Recipes – Asian Recipes

Vietnamese soups recipes to round out your Vietnam meal them. Along with rice, soup is a basic item across S.E. Asia. Sometimes the meal may consist solely of a soup. Pho, a complex soup with the addition of noodles and beef, is Vietnam’s gift to the rest of the world. Make your own delicious and […]

Friday Faves

by heidi @ foodiecrush

Hello friends, and happy Friday! Let me be clear about one thing. Jet lag is real. I’d never really bought into those complaining of jet lag, even after making trips overseas myself. I’d just never had it jet lag. Until I returned home from a 26-hour travel day from Southeast Asia this past Friday. Ho-Ly-No-Sleep! [...]

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Snowman Snowball Cakes

by Trang @ RunAwayRice

Make these festive and yummy Snowman Snowball Cakes to celebrate the holiday season. These jolly snowmen are super adorable, a tad goofy and so much fun to make. Simply use the Snowball Cakes (Banh Bao Chi) recipe I shared earlier to make the snowmen bottoms and middles. For the snowmen heads, make the balls using […]

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Vietnamese Papaya & Beef Jerky Salad – Gỏi Đu Đủ Khô Bò

by Huy @ Vietnamese Appetizers & Snacks –

This is an easy 3-ingredient papaya salad you can throw together in a few minutes. There’s t the cooking required, just easy prep so you can get to snacking. Green papaya and beef jerky salad is a light appetizer, a great choice for a snack or appetizer. My mom says she used to buy this from food carts in Vietnam. […]

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Where to Watch the SuperBowl | Ayara Luk

by Kimlai Yingling @ EatinAsian

SuperBowl Sunday will be here before you know it so it’s time to start making plans. After a sold-out event last year, Ayara Lūk is once again hosting a Game Day Viewing party that will have football fanatics cheering for more. On Sunday, February 4th, 2018 Ayara Lūk will host a special Game Day Viewing […]

Vegetable stir fry – How to prepare in four easy steps

by KP Kwan @ Taste Of Asian Food

Vegetable stir-fry is a quick and easy Chinese dish.  Stir-frying adds a whole new dimension to your plain vegetables, only if you do it right. In this article, I want to explain how to prepare Chinese vegetable stir fry in detail.  Your lustrous, gorgeous vegetable stir fry with remarkable texture will knock your socks off. […]

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“Where Do They Think They Got These Ideas?”

“Where Do They Think They Got These Ideas?”

by Isaac Chotiner @ Slate Articles

In a recent article for Jezebel, Stassa Edwards wrote that “[t]he backlash to #MeToo is indeed here and it is liberal second-wave feminism.” Her piece followed a number of stories from female writers in their 40s and older—such as Daphne Merkin—taking issue with some aspects of the #MeToo movement. In Merkin’s words, there has been a “reflexive and unnuanced sense of outrage that has accompanied this cause from its inception, turning a bona fide moment of moral accountability into a series of ad hoc and sometimes unproven accusations.” Merkin’s sentiment and others like it outraged a number of (often younger) feminists. (A particular source of ire was the anticipated publication of a Katie Roiphe story in Harper’s, which was expected to be critical of #MeToo and out the person who started the Shitty Media Men list; the creator of that list, Moira Donegan, ended up outing herself instead.)

To talk about all this, I spoke by phone recently with Katha Pollitt, a longtime poet and columnist for the Nation who often writes about feminism and whose most recent book is Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights. During the course of our conversation, which has been edited and condensed for clarity, we discussed whether many of #MeToo’s critics are really feminists, what the moment needs to be even more effective, and why differences between younger and older activists are so hard to bridge.

Isaac Chotiner: What have you made of the generational tensions or differences between different waves of feminism that have arisen lately?

Katha Pollitt: I’m a little bewildered by it, for several reasons. One is that second-wave feminist is being used as a synonym for woman writer of a certain age. I mean, Katie Roiphe is not a second-waver. Daphne Merkin, Andrea Peyser—these women are not feminists at all, in my view. And they are not old enough to be second-wavers. I mean Katie Roiphe was minus 5 years old when The Feminine Mystique was published. So I think I would wish that the young women who are making this claim would read a little bit of history. I found it very offensive when Katie Way, who was the author of that piece on about Aziz Ansari, insulted Ashleigh Banfield by calling her a “burgundy lipstick bad highlights second-wave feminist has-been.” I mean, it’s at that point you want to say, “Hello, my pretties, soon you too will be wearing the burgundy lipstick.”

The second point is that the very concepts that these young women are relying on—consent, date rape, acquaintance rape, sexual harassment, believing women, intimate questions of power relations between the sexes—where do they think they got these ideas? They got them from the second wave, those old harridans who are now, in fact, 75 and 80 years old. So that does bother me—the lack of history and the ageism. I mean, the young people always have this idea: It’s like no one ever had sex before I had sex, and no one had these ideas before I had them.

Putting aside the debate over who is a feminist, do you feel like, broadly speaking, you’ve noticed generational differences in the way people who are older versus younger write and think about those things?

I think there’s a difference that I would call the mother-daughter difference. And it’s this: Mothers tell their daughters to avoid sketchy guys and situations. They try to be realistic about what can happen in this fallen world. That is not the same as saying that women are to blame when they’re a bit naïve or shy and tongue-tied in a situation that becomes sexual. And I think those things are being confused. And I like to think that I would have been out of there like a shot if I had gone home with Aziz Ansari.

And then I think about my 22-year-old self, and this Grace was only 22 at the time. And I was pretty fearless, pretty clueless, and sexually inarticulate. And I wonder, if I liked him it might have been hard for me to process what was happening and say, “Oh, I get it, this person is just using me for sex. I’m leaving.” So I think that from the daughter’s perspective: “Don’t tell me what to do. I want to have a big adventurous full life. I’m going out.” The mother is the person who worries a little bit and I think that that is a little bit of what’s going on.

I think that there is a certain amount of resentment, ill will, bad faith, whatever you want to call it, on both sides. But I actually have to say, I haven’t seen a whole lot of public condemnation of young women in the #MeToo context from women who are actually feminists.

The one generational thing that I’ve noticed is something that I would not ascribe to any feelings among women per se—I think it’s a very human thing, men do it too—which is that an older generation says some version of, “In our day it was worse than you realize it is now. We had to put up with all this shit, and the stuff you’re complaining about is stuff we had to deal with.” In other words: “Oh, when I walked to school when I was a kid I had to walk eight miles through the snow and here you are complaining about the fact that your bus broke down.”

I think that that’s a very common human reaction. And we have to resist it. Because the point is that if things are better now than they were then it’s partially because people work very hard to make that happen. And we want it to get better still. It can’t just be, “Oh, hey, I suffered. Why shouldn’t you suffer?” That’s a recipe for political stasis.

How active are you on social media?

I’m on Twitter constantly.

What do you think social media has done for feminist discourse and the feminist movement?

The mirror always has two faces, right? I think it’s been very good in that it allows people to find each other. I think there are a lot of people who live in places where feminist discourse, and feminist activism, is not something that they would find in real life. And they can go online and find it. So I think that that has been very, very helpful in getting the word out and linking people up with other people.

But the other side of it is, as with everything on social media, it goes so fast and it can become so thoughtless and things just blow up. There has to be a villain and that person has to be demonized and ritually humiliated, and that side of it, I think, is not so great.

I think there’s also a performative aspect, what right-wing people tend to call virtue signaling, that is real. I think that it becomes quite hard to have a nuanced conversation. Because there are always people out there pushing it to the edge of the cliff and if you don’t go over that cliff with them you’re a terrible person.

Specifically regarding its effect on feminism, though, what would you say?

Well, I think that I’m not the first person to point out that older people are much less adept at social media than younger people, so I think it’s had the effect of promoting younger voices, which is a good thing. I think it’s opened up the conversation in all kinds of ways. I mean, if you think back to before social media, the gatekeeping was so iron-bound. If you didn’t get published in the op-ed page of a newspaper or have an article in a magazine you were voiceless. And now that’s not true. So that means that some foolish people get a very loud voice, at least for a while. But it also opens up the conversation and makes it more democratic and I like that.

Do you think we’re going to look back on this moment as being momentous for feminism?

I think it’s a very important moment. I think that sexual harassment in the workplace is a huge and, up until now, overlooked and marginalized and even made-fun-of issue. And I think that’s changing. Whether it will stay changed, I don’t know. I mean, there are many, many issues that come to the floor and everyone’s really excited about them, and then you think there’s going to be lots of change and then there kind of isn’t. I mean, look at school desegregation for heaven’s sake. There’s more school segregation now than before Brown vs. Board of Ed. So I think if you don’t keep pushing and have receptive people in positions where they can help make change it does go back. I mean, you can see that with reproductive rights too, and people are pushing. But there are very strong forces the other way. So I would say, there’s nothing magical about #MeToo that means it will never go back.

Is there any aspect of #MeToo that you think is sort of missing from the dialogue that makes you less optimistic about it?

Well, I think there’s a way in which it’s focused on individuals. You know, Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, whoever. That is going to limit it, if it stays that way. It makes these notable news stories more salient than maybe they should be. For example, now you hear people saying, “Well, OK, he did this or he did that but he’s no Harvey Weinstein.” You know? I mean it’s like if you’re not Harvey Weinstein maybe you’re not so bad. And these singular incidents, these individual incidents, come to be more representative. Whereas, you know, that wonderful article in the New York Times about the Ford factory in Chicago was a year of research. And there you got such a flavor of how sexual harassment functions in the workplace and how hard it was to fight. And how many institutional forces that should have been helping, like the union, were actually maybe not so helpful sometimes. It was all very granular and I thought that was great.

When did you join the Nation?

I wrote my first piece for them in 1980.

OK, so you’ve been in the media for decades. I was wondering what you thought of the Shitty Media Men list? And I mean that in two ways: one, if you could just talk about how you think things have and haven’t changed for women in media. And two, what you thought about the Shitty Media Men list’s creation.

I think things are better for women in the media than they were in 1980. I was the Nation’s first woman columnist and I got my column in 1996. That’s kind of amazing given that the Nation was then the country’s oldest journal of opinion. There’s just no comparison between how many women have bylines now, how many women have really good jobs now than in 1980, which was only a few years after women at Newsweek and the New York Times brought lawsuits. So I think things are better. But I think one reason why we’re having this conversation is that things are better.

When women were confined to lower-level positions, when it was just taken for granted that a woman editor would be the copy editor but not the managing editor or the editor in chief, those women didn’t have a whole lot of traction to make change. They would have to bring a lawsuit. And certainly, at that time you would not have a lawsuit that said, “Oh, my boss keeps asking me out on dates.” So I think that things are better for women but precisely because they’re not good enough, that’s why we’re seeing all this. And that’s what the Shitty Media Men list revealed, which is, well, this is what’s really kinda going on under the surface. And I had complicated feelings about it. One was that it was basically unedited. It was basically unverified. There may well be—I mean it would be surprising if there weren’t—people on that list who hadn’t done those things.

However, I think that when people feel very vulnerable, and some of these situations are so ambiguous, and there’s so little help out there for you, that the Shitty Media Men list really is—it’s like a whisper network. Which, you’ll remember, Katie Roiphe thought would have been a good idea back in the day. She said, Oh, if all these women were being raped wouldn’t I have heard about it? Wasn’t there a whisper network? Well, now there’s a whisper network and there it is. I think that Moira Donegan wrote very eloquently about it. It got out of control quickly, as things do on the internet, right? So it might have been a little naïve to think that you could do this and it wouldn’t be in BuzzFeed within minutes. But I’m not going to condemn it. I didn’t forward it. I didn’t reveal any of the names that I knew were on it, precisely because of this unverified nature of it. But I just think, as a gesture, what are women supposed to do? I’d like to leave you with that question. What are women supposed to do?

The best slow cooker is not the most expensive + 15 Awesome Crockpot Recipes

by Julie Deily @ The Little Kitchen

Do you need that slow cooker with all of the bells and whistles? Maybe you think you do? I have had the same slow cooker for over six years. I have even bought it for family and friends as gifts. I'm going to celebrate eight years of blogging next month! That means for 6 of the eight years, I have used the same Crock-Pot! I spent $30 on it. So that means, the slow cooker only cost me $5 a year! Wow!

10 Iconic Dishes To Hunt For In Hue, Vietnam - Food Republic

10 Iconic Dishes To Hunt For In Hue, Vietnam - Food Republic

Food Republic

With such a rich history, Hue claims home to several distinctive dishes — from delicate creations created to please the appetites of Nguyen feudal lords, emperors (and their hundreds of wives) — to sausages with complex, explosive and satisfying flavors. Here are the dishes our contributor saw, and ate again and again, on a recent visit to Hue.

How to Make Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn)

by Thien-Kim Lam @ I'm Not the Nanny

You asked for a tutorial on how to make Vietnamese spring rolls. Here it is with step-by-step photos.

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Spicy Ketchup Chicken Wings Recipe (Cánh Gà Om Ketchup)

by NPFamily Recipes @ NPFamily Recipes

In this recipe, we will make Spicy Ketchup Chicken Wings (Canh Ga Om Ketchup). This recipe is perfect for game day, tailgate party, picnic, or just because you want some chicken wings. This recipe is easy to make. Also, you Continue reading Spicy Ketchup Chicken Wings Recipe (Cánh Gà Om Ketchup)

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The Democrats Are Losers

The Democrats Are Losers

by Osita Nwanevu @ Slate Articles

About one year ago, an estimated 4.2 million people participated in the Women’s March, which is thought to have been the largest demonstration in American history—several times larger than the massive protests of the Vietnam War Moratorium of 1969. By the end of 2017, thousands of anti-Trump protests across the country brought a total of between 5.2 million and 8 million people to the streets. This past weekend’s marches again brought out hundreds of thousands of participants. These protests are only the most visible manifestations of broad and seething discontent with our president and those advancing his agenda in Washington, discontent that has also encouraged tens of thousands of people to consider running for office and prompted hundreds of thousands of phone calls to Congress last year from those hoping to defeat the repeal of Obamacare, one of the key items on the president’s legislative agenda.

Through all of this, the Democratic Party has exhibited little of the confidence and daring one would expect from a party on the right side of what may well be an unprecedented movement in the history of American politics. Monday was no different. “After several discussions, offers, counteroffers, the Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the ranking Democrat in Washington, announced this morning. “We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement with the commitment that if an agreement isn’t reached by February the 8th, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA.”

So ended, in Schumer’s words, the “Trump shutdown.” This moniker is a not insignificant bit of obfuscation on the Democrats’ part. It is of course true, as Schumer and others have said over and over again, that the Republican Party has the presidency, the House, and the Senate, making the shutdown the first to occur with ostensible one-party control of government. It is also true that moving forward on a funding bill required 60 votes in the Senate that the Republican Party did not have, even with the support of vulnerable shutdown-wary Democrats. The vast majority of Senate Democrats, who did not lend them that support, are responsible for the shutdown. Those Democrats have spent the past three days blaming it on Republican procedural incompetence rather than making a straightforward, honest case to the American people that the shutdown’s true purpose—securing a DACA deal—was worth it. “It’s the president’s and congressional Republicans’ responsibility to govern,” Schumer said in a speech Saturday. “It’s their responsibility to keep the doors open and the lights on around here.” The word for this is cowardice.

Luckily for Democrats, polls repeatedly showed that the American people backed their framing. A Public Policy Polling/Center for American Progress poll released Sunday found that 52 percent of Americans blamed President Trump and Republicans for the shutdown. It also found that 58 percent of Americans wanted to include Dreamers as part of a package deal to reopen the government. Forty-two percent of Americans, the poll says, would have strongly supported this.

The deal Democrats agreed to instead amounted to not much more than they were offered by the Republicans immediately before the shutdown: an extension of government funds until Feb. 8, a six-year extension of the needlessly beleaguered CHIP program, and a pinky promise from Mitch McConnell that a vote on a DACA fix will be held before the latest round of government funding expires. That assurance from McConnell was evidently solid enough to win over Democrats who, exactly a year ago, were moaning endlessly about his theft of Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court seat. Even assuming clean, pure, and virginal intent on McConnell’s part, it is not at all certain that the House will even take up a DACA fix not attached to a must-pass spending bill. This was, really, the point of the shutdown, which, after just three days of dithering from Democrats and nauseating lectures from Republicans about the harms of “manufactured” crises, is already over.

There may well be another shutdown in the coming weeks. But an opportunity was blown Monday. In 2013, the last shutdown, triggered by Republicans demanding the delayed implementation of Obamacare and spending cuts, lasted over two weeks. Since 1990, shutdowns have lasted, on average, 11 days. What might a competent party have done with that time? The shutdown was perhaps the first action by congressional Democrats that can properly be called “resistance.” In an act more significant than simply voting against nominees or bills in routine procedure, they briefly called government under this deeply, widely, and justifiably reviled administration to a halt. They could have, over the course of two weeks or so, taken a moral stand for a moral immigration policy—pushing until the bitter end for a clean DACA solution and proclaiming, with high rhetoric and theater, that all of our nation’s immigrants are worth fighting for. Substantively, this intransigence might have extracted concessions. Or it might not have. Either way, the Democrats would have both lifted the morale of the DACA enrollees who’ve been kicked around by this process and galvanized an activist base eager to see its representatives match their outrage and energy.

Then again, it’s plausible that a drawn-out showdown would have been purely depressing—treating us to more indignities like Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, perhaps the most outspoken immigration advocate in Congress, conceding funding for the wall in desperation. This is where we’re at. A project that will be either dubious or outright laughable in implementation—publicly called a symbol of pig-headed xenophobia and bigotry by nearly all prominent Democrats at the beginning of this administration—will very probably be funded at the end of all this with their support, if a deal is ultimately passed. The largest changes to the legal immigration system in decades, proposals that would have been called far-right a year ago, have also been put on the table by the Democratic Minority Whip, Dick Durbin, who on Monday called DACA “the civil rights issue of our time.” If that is so, then it is fitting that this civil rights issue, like others past, will likely be resolved with a slimy compromise to be challenged by activists who are none too pleased. “Dems failed to fight & use their leverage to protect immigrant youth,” United We Dream co-founder Cristina Jimenez tweeted. “A false promise to vote on immigration from Rs is not a strategy to win. We won’t be fooled.”

This is the voice of the Democratic Party to come. Leaders like Schumer and Durbin might not realize it, but the people most likely to be the party’s standard-bearers in 2020 clearly do. Every top-tier contender in the Senate—Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren—voted against Monday’s resolution. There’s some hope for the near-future in that. But for now, in the present and a year into the Trump administration, the only thing more astonishing than the man in the White House and the demands he’s made on our national conscience is the fecklessness of the party opposing him.

The 10 Most Delightful Popular Vietnamese Desserts to Indulge In

The 10 Most Delightful Popular Vietnamese Desserts to Indulge In

Authentic Food Quest

Vietnam has an endless list of desserts. Here are the favorites Chè, Banh and other delicious popular Vietnamese desserts and where to have them in Vietnam.

Larry Nassar’s Victims Deserved a Judge Like Rosemarie Aquilina

Larry Nassar’s Victims Deserved a Judge Like Rosemarie Aquilina

by Mark Joseph Stern @ Slate Articles

On Wednesday, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Larry Nassar to between 40 to 175 years in a Michigan prison. Nassar, a former doctor to Olympic gymnasts, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing seven girls and has been accused of molesting many more, with victims as young as 6. He already pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in federal court. Nassar will die behind bars, and he deserves to.

Aquilina has received widespread and well-earned praise throughout the hearings, supporting Nassar’s more than 150 victims as they read their extraordinary victim impact statements. But Aquilina drew some criticism on Wednesday for her own remarks at Nassar’s sentencing. HuffPost’s Melissa Jeltsen‏ questioned the judge’s decision to tell Nassar, “I just signed your death warrant.” Jeltsen and others also expressed alarm at a troubling aside implying Nassar deserved to be raped in prison. “Even criminals do not deserve to be sexually assaulted,” Jeltsen‏ wrote. “I’d prefer my justice with a little less editorializing.”

Did Aquilina cross a line? Before answering that question, it’s important to remember the circumstances of her address to Nassar. Aquilina was not conducting a trial; there was no jury for her to influence unduly. She also wasn’t entertaining some motion that required her to play the role of neutral umpire. Nassar pleaded guilty. In the eyes of the law, he has admitted to his crimes, and the only question that remained on Wednesday was what punishment he should receive.

Yet even that was largely a theoretical issue. Nassar was convicted on federal child pornography charges in December; a judge sentenced him to 60 years in prison, which he will serve before doing time in Michigan. Thus, even if Aquilina had given Nassar a lighter penalty—he agreed to a sentence floor of 25 to 40 years in his plea deal—he still would have died in prison.

It is far from unusual for judges to express their personal opinions at sentencing. These reflections can cut both ways: Judges might proclaim disgust at the depravity of a crime or note with remorse that mandatory minimum laws require excessive sentences. Here, Aquilina devoted a significant portion of her statement to the question of rehabilitation and contrition—whether Nassar feels remorse and seeks to atone for his crimes. “I find that you don’t get it,” the judge told Nassar. “That you’re a danger. You remain a danger. I’m a judge who believes in life and rehabilitation when life and rehabilitation is possible. … I don’t find that’s possible with you.”

That sentiment sounds quite fair in light of a letter Nassar submitted to the court. In that astonishing document, Nassar asserted that he was “a good doctor,” claiming that his abuse was “medical, not sexual,” and complaining: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The media is sensationalizing this.” These are not the words of a remorseful man.

Unfortunately, Aquilina chose to supplement her reflections on Nassar’s monstrous lack of repentance with a statement indicating she hoped he would suffer like his victims did:

Our Constitution does not allow for cruel and unusual punishment. If it did, I have to say, I might allow what he did to all of these beautiful souls—these young women in their childhood—I would allow someone or many people to do to him what he did to others.

It is hugely inappropriate for a judge to suggest that a criminal defendant, no matter how heinous, be subjected to a grotesque and unconstitutional punishment.

Still, it’s easy to see what drove Aquilina to make this comment. Consider the events that preceded Wednesday’s hearing. Pursuant to Michigan law, Aquilina invited Nassar’s victims to read their remarkable statements one by one. She heard, in graphic detail, the horrors that he visited upon an unthinkable number of women. At sentencing, judges must apply the law without prejudice or favor, but Michigan law permits—indeed, encourages—them to consider the victims’ perspectives. Aquilina did precisely that. And, because she is only human, she said something she shouldn’t have said.

Aquilina’s courtroom wasn’t a dispassionate venue, and it shouldn’t have been. She was charged with conducting a public examination of sexual abuse victims’ pain, as well as an interrogation of a monster’s motives. We can never really know what drove Nassar to commit his odious crimes, just as we can never truly understand the agony of his victims. We are left, then, with what few tools the criminal justice system gives us to adjudicate an atrocity of this magnitude. Aquilina seized upon those tools to empower more than 150 women to confront their abuser, then used them herself to articulate the law’s contempt for Nassar’s offenses. The result was impassioned and imperfect. It was also what Larry Nassar deserved.

8 Traditional Kenyan Foods That Will ‘Spice Up’ Your Day

by Sharnab Neogi @ Flavorverse

Situated on the west coast of the Indian Ocean, Kenya has exchanged culture with different other nations, which is especially reflected in their wide range of foods and the popular food habits. Here is an exclusive list of a few of the most popular Kenyan dishes that are sure to lure you to pay a […]

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Bestia’s Uni Pasta: Spaghetti Rustichella with Sea Urchin recipe

by The Ravenous Couple @ The Ravenous Couple

Ever since having Emi, our 2 year old daughter, blogging unfortunately has been on the back burner. While we still cook frequently, photographing the cooking in a stylistic step-by-step way for the blog has becomes almost impossible. But regardless we love her to death and wouldn’t have it any other way.   While she brings us […]

The Best Baked Chicken Breast

by heidi @ foodiecrush

Whether you’re working on making your weekly meal prep easier, or need a quick and simple recipe for weeknight dinners, this recipe has all my secrets for the best baked chicken breast guaranteed to come out perfectly juicy every single time. The ubiquitous chicken breast could quite possibly be the most popular protein of any [...]

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Vietnamese Food – 10 Vietnamese Dishes You Have to Try | MyGreatRecipes

Vietnamese Food – 10 Vietnamese Dishes You Have to Try | MyGreatRecipes


If there is one word that perfectly summarizes Vietnamese food, that’s ‘flavorful’. Vietnamese cuisine represents a perfect combination of sweet, savory, sour, and hot flavors, achieved by combining a plethora of fresh herbs & spices (Vietnamese mint, cilantro, lemongrass ginger, coriander, Saigon cinnamon, tamarind, chili, lime, and Thai basil leaves); sauces, especially fish sauce in …

Cha Oc Recipe Vietnamese Ham & Periwinkle

by The Ravenous Couple @ appetizers – The Ravenous Couple

There are so many types of chả in the Vietnamese food lexicon, it’s hard to keep track, even for us.  From a simple pork paste giò sống, the Vietnamese have elevated this humble mixture into variety of “hams,” if you will, with the most common being chả lụa, found in many banh mi, and to a […]

Fish Sauce Wings Pok Pok Wings Recipe

by The Ravenous Couple @ appetizers – The Ravenous Couple

During our recent trip to Vietnam, we had fish sauce wings or cánh gà chiên nước mắm at roadside eateries in Vietnam and love the sticky, shellac like layer of fish sauce studded with garlic on a crispy fried chicken wing. It’s the perfect balanced combination of sweet and salty that Vietnamese foods are known […]

Ginger Pom Pom

by Kimlai Yingling @ EatinAsian

Recipe courtesy of Gourmandise School of Cooking Ginger Pom Pom Servings4 cocktails Prep Time15 minutes Passive Time1-5 hours Ingredients 4ounces Your favorite vodka 8ounces Ginger Beer 1 Apple, thinly sliced 1/4cup pomegranate seeds 1sprig rosemary Instructions Combine vodka, apple, pomegranate seeds and rosemary. Let vodka mixture sit in the fridge for 1-5 hours. Add 1 […]

Vietnamese Meat Recipes #1

by ARAdmin @ Vietnam Recipes – Asian Recipes

Vietnamese meat recipes in this section encompass pork, beef, chicken and seafood – accompanied with rice or noodle dishes, plus soup recipes. Vietnamese Spring Rolls Fresh Spring Rolls Chicken Curry Sour Fish Head Soup BBQ Five-Spice Game Hens Tom Yam Goong (Hot & Sour Soup) BBQ Shrimp Paste on Sugar Cane Fried Rice with Sausage, […]

7 Vietnamese Noodle Dishes That Are Better Than Pho

7 Vietnamese Noodle Dishes That Are Better Than Pho

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Too Late

Too Late

by Jamelle Bouie @ Slate Articles

Despite a president in the White House and majorities in Congress, Republicans can’t find the votes to pass a spending bill that would keep the government open past Friday at midnight.

The proximate issue is that Democrats won’t sign on to any bill that doesn’t permanently resolve the status of young unauthorized immigrants and address other priorities like funds for children’s health insurance and disaster relief. And without those Democratic votes, Senate Republicans can’t break the 60-vote threshold to overcome a filibuster.

Because Democrats represent the main obstacle, Republican leaders have pre-emptively blamed them for the looming government shutdown. “If Senate Democrats obstruct this legislation—and as a result shut down the government—they have made the decision to cut off pay to our troops and block children’s health care funding they support,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, after House Republicans passed a stopgap bill on Thursday night that would keep the government open for a month while funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years.

Rhetoric aside, however, the Republican Party is in an emergency of its own making. If, once again, Americans face a government shutdown, it’s because Republicans refuse to act as a governing party, wasting time on political gambits instead of doing the difficult work of finding consensus. [Update: It’s official. The failure to pass the continuing resolution led to a shutdown at midnight.]

It’s true that Democrats insist on a permanent solution for young unauthorized immigrants as part of any spending bill. The reason is straightforward: If a bill passes without action on these “Dreamers,” Democrats will lose the leverage to craft one on their terms. But this crisis is only occurring because President Trump decided to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which granted protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.

While Trump insists he wants to find a solution to this problem, his own statements are at odds with his behavior. Last week, the president scuttled the deal brokered by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin, following a now-infamous meeting where Trump called both Haiti and various African nations “shitholes.” Since then, the White House has been silent on what it wants from a deal, although Trump’s priorities aren’t hard to discern—he wants more white immigrants and fewer immigrants from countries whose citizens are largely black and brown. By putting the brakes on a viable compromise, Trump made this standoff inevitable.

The same is true of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Since its funding lapsed late last year, congressional Republicans have refused to reauthorize CHIP, ignoring the problem in favor of passing tax cuts and tending to other priorities. Republican leaders like Paul Ryan might blast Senate Democrats for their current obstinance on this short-term funding bill, but their refusal to act last year belies their newfound concern for the program. The brinksmanship we see now has less to do with Democratic intransigence and more to do with a choice, by both Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to use CHIP in a late-game legislative play. (The House eventually passed a bill with CHIP funding attached, but it was almost scuttled when President Trump tweeted his desire for a stopgap bill that didn’t include the program.)

That the House could move on a short-term bill was itself a minor miracle. On Tuesday, when House leadership presented the measure to rank-and-file Republicans, it was met with defiance from the conservative radicals in the House Freedom Caucus, who threatened to torpedo the proposal out of anger at being fed another stopgap bill. This left Paul Ryan with a choice. He could circumvent the Freedom Caucus and negotiate with Democrats, or he could make concessions and hope to pin blame for a shutdown on Democrats. He chose the latter, illustrating just how much conservative Republicans are still acting as if they’re in the minority and demonstrating Ryan’s reluctance to lead rather than follow the demands of his most disruptive members.

If there is a shutdown, Republicans appear more likely than not to take the blame for it. According to a new poll from ABC News and the Washington Post, 48 percent of Americans say Trump and Republicans are to blame for a potential government shutdown, compared with 28 percent who say they will blame Democrats and 18 percent who say they will blame both parties equally. Among independents, 46 percent blame the GOP.

A few months after taking office, President Trump called for a “good shutdown” to fix the “mess” in Washington. He was frustrated; Democrats had walked away with the better end of a deal that kept the government open through the end of summer. Now, a year later, Trump has gotten his wish—except this impending shutdown won’t help him win concessions or attain an advantage over his opponents. Instead, it reflects his failure—and the failure of congressional Republicans—to govern competently. That failure has left them in the absurd position of scrambling to blame Democrats for a shutdown happening under their complete control.

Vietnamese Pumpkin Soup with Pork • Curious Cuisiniere

Vietnamese Pumpkin Soup with Pork • Curious Cuisiniere

Curious Cuisiniere

For such a simple soup, this recipe for Vietnamese Pumpkin Soup with Pork packs a whole lot of comforting fall favor.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe (Gỏi cuốn)

by Huy @ Vietnamese Appetizers & Snacks –

This traditional Vietnamese Spring Roll recipe (gỏi cuốn) is a fresh and healthy recipe, full of veggies, lean meat, and shrimp so you can chow down with less guilt :). Made from just rice and water, the rice paper (bánh tráng) could be easily used for lots of other things. At one Vietnamese market, over five brands of this stuff. […]

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White House Releases Hilarious Photos to Show Trump Is “Working” During Shutdown

White House Releases Hilarious Photos to Show Trump Is “Working” During Shutdown

by Daniel Politi @ Slate Articles

The White House wants the American people to know President Donald Trump is working “during the Democrat shutdown.” So it sent out a couple of photos that purport to show the commander in chief doing just that. In truth though, the pictures all look like the result of a photoshoot and are unlikely to convince anyone the president was doing anything but taking “executive time” during the shutdown.

There are several eyebrow-raising details about all the photos, including the fact that the president is always wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, making them rife for mockery on social media. Plus, there’s the pesky detail that none of the photos actually show Trump meeting with any congressional leaders that could signify an effort to perhaps even talk about the shutdown. Instead we see a president roaming around the White House, chatting with staff, as if he’s just holding tight and waiting for someone else to solve the problem.

The most (unintentionally) funny photo is surely the one showing Trump sitting at his desk on the phone. “I too conduct most of my most important work with a phone in my hand and nothing on my desk, while staring vacantly off into space,” Daily Beast editor Erin Gloria Ryan wrote on Twitter. Producer Rob Hedrick has a question regarding the photo: “Working on what … Sitting on hold?”

Another photo shows Trump walking down a hallway and the third shows him “meeting” with several staff members, including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. It looks like they don’t have a care in the world. “Everyone is very smiley in this picture,” notes Reuters reporter Ginger Gibson.

The conclusion? “An emerging trend is that Trump and his staff have no idea how to stage photos to make it seem like he’s actually working.” Some are calling on President Barack Obama’s photographer, Pete Souza, to do his trolling magic and show what it really looks like when a president is working.

Sườn xào chua ngọt recipe – Vietnamese Sweet and sour pork ribs

by admin @ Vietnamese Recipes

In the cold weather, it would be nice to have a family gathering around the dining table to enjoy some hot sweet and sour pork ribs. If you have a sweet tooth, consider pouring some of the pork sauce on your rice bowl, it would be indescribably tasty.

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Pumpkin Spice Bread

by Trang @ RunAwayRice

Shredded fresh pumpkin and earthy spices make this Pumpkin Spice Bread recipe simply amazing. There’s no canned pureed pumpkin in this recipe. Instead, we use a fresh pie pumpkin. The recipe is really straightforward and you will love how amazing your house smells when the Pumpkin Spice Bread is baking. Enjoy the wonderful aroma of […]

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Stop Asking What’s Wrong With Trump

Stop Asking What’s Wrong With Trump

by Mike Pesca @ Slate Articles

This Spiel originally appeared on The Gist and has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Donald Trump is a lot of things: incurious, incompetent, inattentive, inaccurate, insular, and infuriating. Is he insane, or—more broadly speaking—is he not well? Is he not fit? Is he not stable and also so far from genius as to be judged a blithering idiot? In his book Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff says, “Some believe that for all practical purposes, he was no more than semiliterate.”

That is a classic Wolff sentence. What’s that, four qualifiers? What is the definition of semiliterate? It’s one of those words that doesn’t have a strict definition. It’s fallen out of favor in technical circles. I found some evidence that in the ’70s and ’80s, the agreed-upon definition of semiliterate was an eighth-grade reading level and below. I put a few of Donald Trump’s tweets from Jan. 2 into an engine that assessed the reading level of the verbiage. Among these tweets was our president bragging about the size of his button:

The Flesch–Kincaid grade level of that was ninth grade. Perhaps the emotional quotient was juvenile, but the reading level was above subliterate.

One of the critiques about Trump and his mental capacity is that he is truly an idiot, as demonstrated when he talks off the cuff or tweets from the toilet. We only get the semisensible Trump when he’s reading from a teleprompter.

But this disproves, rather than confirms, the charge of semiliteracy. Trump cannot be both unable to read and able to read from a prepared text. To test that the words he was reading are above the subliterate level, I ran a few of his remarks through the Flesh–Kincaid calculator. First I assessed his recent remarks to farmers. He actually didn’t do so well:

Our continent was tamed by farmers. So true. Are you surprised to hear that, farmers? I don’t think so. You have led the way. Great people.

That was marked third grade, but other remarks, like the ones after signing an executive order, were judged to be ninth- to 12th-grade reading level. So although the genius part of “stable genius” is an exaggeration, that’s not the part that people focus on when they argue that Trump needs to be removed because of his mental capacity or lack thereof. It’s the stability part that has been drawing attention.

There was that long, rambling interview Trump gave with the New York Times at his golf club, and Ezra Klein of Vox wrote, “Incoherent, authoritarian, uniformed: Trump’s New York Times interview is a scary read. The president of the United States is not well.” Although I believe that Trump is a not-good president, we can’t say for certain that he’s not well or so far from well as to warrant removal from office. I am not arguing that he is a grounded, empathetic, emotional sophisticate on the path to self-actualization. I’m just saying, “Maybe he’s not not well.”

First, consider the fact that a rambling transcript on paper will always look worse than how the words sound coming out of someone’s mouth. When we talk, we leave out phrases. We confuse antecedents. We engage in tangents. It looks worse and less natural on the page. This was Trump during the campaign in an interview with Matt Lauer:

I think if people read that Q-and-A as a transcript, they would say, “This is just gobbledygook.” Beyond that, there’s a larger downside to questioning Trump’s mental fitness in 2018. It’s that the American people heard this all during the campaign, and enough of them voted for the guy to win the Electoral College. When a candidate accurately represents the acuity and grasp of facts that he will bring to the job, it seems a poor reason to disqualify a candidate from serving in that job.

Vanity Fair in recent weeks wrote “Experts: Trump’s Speaking Style ‘Raises Questions About His Brain Health.’ ” Well, duh, everyone’s speaking style gives you an insight as to his or her thinking style. How do you think the words are formed? What the article—and so many like it—does is rely on supposed expert testimony. There are a few bona fide experts on psychology or cognition, who have never examined Trump, who are frequently quoted on the question of the president’s competency. Their usual tack is to find an interview that Trump did 20 or 30 years ago and compare present-day Trump to that baseline. This analysis has pitfalls.

The Vanity Fair piece quotes STAT News:

John Montgomery, a psychologist in New York City and adjunct professor at New York University, said, “I think it’s pretty safe to say that Trump has had significant cognitive decline over the years.”

No one observing Trump from afar, though, can tell whether that’s “an indication of dementia, or normal cognitive decline that many people experience as they age, or whether it’s due to other factors” such as stress and emotional upheaval.

When experts compare interviews Trump did with David Letterman or Howard Stern or even Charlie Rose in the 1980s, they are using far less stressful situations as a baseline than when Trump has to defend his role in the Russia investigation. When Trump was being asked by Howard Stern about women’s bodies, a little less was at stake than when Trump is trying to talk his way out of jail. One of the big Trump interviews that people cite is a 1987 interview with Larry King. It is said that he is much more articulate then. He uses a softer tone. This makes sense: If Larry King lobs softballs, you respond in kind, not with fire and fury. Maybe Trump is less articulate today, but he was still plenty inarticulate then:

Japan is one of the wealthiest machines ever created. Saudi Arabia, and it’s not … Hey, let me tell you. I’m a big beneficiary of Japan. They buy my apartments in spades. They’re fine people, but they’re laughing to themselves as to what’s happening over here. We’re not kidding ourselves. They’re laughing to themselves, Larry, as to what’s happening with this country.

1987 Trump evinces a very, very similar style in thinking and speaking as today’s supposedly dangerously deranged Trump. He blames an Asian outsider. He claims that America’s being laughed at. He even does the little shtick about, Hey, but they’re great customers. It’s almost as if the words go faster than the thoughts in his head, and it’s maybe a little hard for us, the listener, to keep up.

That whole interview was rife with digressions and non sequiturs. It also bears pointing out that Trump is so very uninformed as to give the appearance of incompetence or even insanity. He doesn’t grasp fundamental details on policy matters, which reduces him to repeating the same points over and over again. Take this part of that Times golf-club interview:

Now here’s the good news. We’ve created associations, millions of people are joining associations. Millions. That were formerly in Obamacare or didn’t have insurance. Or didn’t have health care. Millions of people. That’s gonna be a big bill, you watch. It could be as high as 50 percent of the people. You watch. So that’s a big thing. And the individual mandate. So now you have associations, and people don’t even talk about the associations. That could be half the people are going to be joining up. … With private [inaudible]. So now you have associations and the individual mandate.

I believe that because of the individual mandate and the associations, the Democrats will and certainly should come to me and see if they can do a really great health care plan for the remaining people. [Inaudible.]

It’s fair to ask, “What is wrong with that man?” But I believe the fairest answer is closer to shameful ignorance than disqualifying insanity.

Also consider that Trump is the most scrutinized person in America. Many people are seeking evidence that confirms our idea that he’s a dolt. It seems plausible that he actually is mismouthing the words to the national anthem during college football’s championship game, when the more likely explanation is that an echo inside the stadium made his lyrics seem off. He makes some stupid point about Puerto Rico being an island.

Trump: This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water.

Here, from a couple of weeks ago, was New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who may literally be a genius, and he seems pretty stable to me, talking about Long Island.

Andrew Cuomo: It is an island. It’s off the water. The wind off the water on Long Island, which is a narrow strip of land, creates mayhem.

I guess Trump would also add, “And not only is it an island, it’s very long, quite long. Not a lot of people know that.” But the point is, when every one of your utterances is covered by national media, and when, yes, many of these utterances lack coherence, you seem less communicative than others in public life.

In their assessments of Trump, many of his critics are scrutinizing a public figure they loathe on an emotional level who also happens to be a syntactical nightmare. It’s easy to convince yourself that he is unfit, but contrast this to someone who you might regard as a hero or at least a good American. Take John McCain. With that vote to kill health care, McCain was so bold and so brave, or if you thought differently of McCain to begin with, maybe you regarded that thumbs-down vote as showy and impulsive. And of course John McCain has a brain tumor. He’s clearly impaired. Remember the Comey testimony?

McCain: So you reached a conclusion in the case of Mr. Comey, you, the president, Comey.

Comey: No, sir.

McCain: Excuse me, case of President Trump. You have an ongoing investigation.

Yet no one’s trying to impeach McCain or even make the public case that he’s unfit. McCain’s a better person than Trump. McCain is a better policymaker than Trump. Trump fails terribly on those regards, so it’s very hard to separate that from his sanity. It’s not that I’m sure that Trump is sane. He might not be. I’m not, by the way, advocating we totally ignore truly compelling evidence that he is insane, but it seems like a distraction. We needn’t dwell on Trump’s mental processing—just look at the product. That’s the stuff that should be at least voted against and, if the evidence of obstruction of justice or emoluments violation are there, he should be impeached over.

Dreams about proving Trump unfit are comforting to liberals. The very discussion makes us feel good. Trump derangement talk on the left is not exactly in the realm of chemtrails or InfoWars on the far right. It’s more like obsessing over the Carlyle Group during the George W. Bush administration. Yes, the Iraq war was conceived of by people who made money on the war and probably worked in the private sector as war profiteers beforehand. I’m being very harsh in my description, but that’s accurate. It’s disturbing. It’s very hard to adequately prove a quid pro quo and to effect the political change you need based on that fact. It’s the same with Trump fitness claims. I think that actual smart, sane people in Washington can still hold Trump accountable in real ways.

Ezra Klein, in that Vox article, sums it up: “[I]t is plainly obvious from Trump’s words that this is not a man fit to be president, that he is not well or capable in some fundamental way.” I would change “words” to “deeds.” I think it’s obvious from his deeds that he’s not fit to be president, and I wouldn’t necessarily sign off on the word well. I don’t know if he’s well or not. He seems terrible, but I don’t know if he’s unwell.

I will end with another thought from Ezra Klein that I heard him recently say on a podcast that I think was really apt:

That’s the point of being an elite, that they’re there as a safeguard. You have to do that when there is gonna be backlash. The point of being an elite is not that you give blind quotes to Politico; the point is when the country needs it you step the fuck up.

That is correct. There are responsible, competent, powerful people guided by a sense of duty who can save us. These people just have to act with the utmost stability and sobriety, which is a better tactic than trying to prove that Trump is guided by insanity.

Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Ball)

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

  1. Lightly season the cooked rice with table salt.
  2. Using a generous piece of plastic wrap, place portion of cooked rice, add filling in the center (optional), wrap with plastic wrap, then mould into balls.
  3. Lightly spray the grill of the broiler grill with cooking spray to prevent the rice ball from sticking.

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4 Popular Vietnamese Recipes Collection | Top Vietnamese Dishes

4 Popular Vietnamese Recipes Collection | Top Vietnamese Dishes


Find the great collection of 4 vietnamese recipes and dishes from popular chefs at NDTV Food. Know the easy cooking method of vietnamese recipes step by step.

Vietnamese Green Mango Salad with Shrimp (Gỏi Xoài)

by Huy @

Vietnamese mango salad (gỏi xoài) is a vibrant dish featuring green mangoes, shrimp, and is highlighted with fresh herbs like mint, thai basil and cilantro. It’s a mouth-watering combination of sweet, sour, salty with lots of contrasts in texture. Disclaimer: this is supposed to be a very simple salad. The one we’re making here has a bit of […]

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Banjari Gosht

by ARAdmin @ Asian Recipes

  Here’s your chance to experience the authentic flavours of Rajasthani spices, infused in juicy mutton pieces, and the recipe is sure to impress and delight your dinner guests! Ingredients 150 mils of cooking oil 600 grams mutton sliced into chunks 200 grams onions 50 grams whole garam masala 80 grams ginger-garlic paste 25 grams red […]

Shoyu Ramen

by ARAdmin @ Asian Recipes

Shoyu Ramen is special because of its complex pork-and-chicken-based broth that gets extra depth of flavor from kombu (seaweed) and shoyu (Japanese soy sauce). Ramen is a Japanese soup dish consisting of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat or fish-based broth. It is often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed, menma, and green onions. Nearly […]

Herbs, Chicken & Parmesan

by ARAdmin @ Asian Recipes

This Herbed Chicken Parmesan recipe is a family favorite, and provides the ultimate family meal, being both flavorful, and relatively inexpensive. Ingredients 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley 1 teaspoon dried basil 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten 1 pound chicken breasts 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 1/2 cups jarred tomato-basil […]

Why the U.S. Can’t Declare Victory Against ISIS

Why the U.S. Can’t Declare Victory Against ISIS

by Joshua Keating @ Slate Articles

The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS announced Tuesday that it carried out a major airstrike in the southeastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zour, claiming to have killed 150 militants. Once commonplace, strikes like this have become relatively rare. According to the independent monitoring group Airwars, the coalition has carried out 122 strikes so far in January in Iraq and Syria and 212 last month. That’s the fewest since August 2014, the first month of the campaign, and down from a high of 1,755 last August, the height of the battle for ISIS’s capital, Raqqa.

The slowing pace of strikes isn’t surprising, because there’s not much left to bomb. ISIS has lost more than 95 percent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria. More than 60,000 of its fighters and 120 of its leaders have been killed, and the flow of foreign fighters into Syria has nearly stopped. While it’s hard to get a precise count for how many ISIS loyalists remain in the two countries, estimates of the number of active fighters on the battlefield are between 1,000–3,000.

You would think this would be a moment of triumph for the U.S. and its allies, but it actually puts U.S. officials in a bit of an awkward spot, given that we’ve made clear that U.S. troops aren’t going anywhere. American officials vary between describing ISIS as a broken shell of its former self and a still-potent lethal fighting force depending on whether they’re taking credit for defeating it or making the case for continued U.S. deployment. As Dave Clark of Agence France-Presse noticed last week, they can sometimes do this in the very same statement:

The general line that officials and commanders have settled on is that while ISIS has been defeated as a territorial power, U.S. troops need to remain to make sure it doesn’t re-emerge. There’s some logic to this: ISIS’s predecessor organization, al-Qaida in Iraq, was similarly thought to be all but defeated a decade ago. And as the suicide bombing that killed dozens of people in Baghdad last week dramatically demonstrated, ISIS can still pose a threat, even without control of territory. But unlike in Iraq, where the U.S. can somewhat plausibly claim to be helping the government maintain stability, in fractured Syria, where the U.S. is not cooperating with the central government, the rationale for keeping 2,000 U.S. troops on the ground is a little murkier.

Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out several goals for America’s continued involvement in Syria, including blunting Iran’s growing influence, supporting the predominantly Kurdish forces that did the bulk of the fighting against ISIS, and pressuring Bashar al-Assad to step down. While it seems increasingly quaint to note it, Congress has not authorized the president to use military force to accomplish any of these goals. The U.S. was already on tenuous legal ground using the 2001 authorization to use military force against al-Qaida to go after ISIS in Syria. Continuing to use it after ISIS is essentially defeated would be ridiculous.

Congressional Democrats raised this objection in the past week. Sen. Cory Booker, who for some reason or another has decided this may be a good time to start taking strong stands on national security issues, co-authored an op-ed in the New York Times arguing that the continued deployment of U.S. troops post-ISIS “will break just about every relevant law on the books.” Trump’s probably not too concerned about Democrats with self-serving legal qualms, but the changing nature of the mission also runs contrary to his own instincts, as expressed since his campaign, to keep the focus narrowly on ISIS rather than attempting a more ambitious political transformation in Syria.

The complications of this new mission were also made very clear this week by the Turkish incursion into the border enclave of Afrin, where they are battling Kurdish fighters that the Turkish government considers terrorists. The U.S. has mostly been left on the sidelines in that fight, which awkwardly pits a NATO ally against the U.S.’s closest anti-ISIS partner, the Syrian Kurds. Defense Secretary James Mattis warned today that the Turkish offensive “distracts” from the fight against ISIS. Trump also spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the situation in a phone call on Wednesday and, according to the White House, reiterated that both nations must focus all parties on the shared goal of achieving the lasting defeat of ISIS. And Tillerson upped the pressure on the Assad regime Tuesday, accusing it of continuing to use chemical weapons and blaming its partner Russia for allowing these attacks to continue.

The Trump administration—and to a large extent the Obama administration before it—have mostly sought to keep U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict limited to ISIS. But the administration has also apparently come to the conclusion that pulling up stakes in Syria could lead to the emergence of new threats and that the U.S. can’t give up the leverage provided by its ground troops. And so, the fight against ISIS has to continue, even if it increasingly doesn’t involve ISIS.

“Look, we are not seeking a pretext or a justification to remain in Syria, and we are not constructing any false reality involving ISIS,” a State Department official told the Washington Times last week. “The fact is the fight against ISIS continues. It is real, it is not contrived or imaginary.”

That will look plausible enough as long as dozens of airstrikes are still being launched every month. But sooner or later, the U.S. is going to run out of ISIS to fight.

15 Effortless Zucchini Recipes

by Laura Bracket @ MyGreatRecipes

Even though summer might seem so far away, that doesn’t stop us from dreaming, planning, and looking for amazing recipes. One of the plants that must find its place on your tables this summer, be it as a light dinner, an appetizer, or incorporated in a dessert, is the nutrient-packed zucchini. The fact that they […]

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Recipe: Vietnamese-Inspired Rice Crisps

Recipe: Vietnamese-Inspired Rice Crisps


Sometimes, in the midst of cooking, a what if? can lead you towards an entirely new path

Lemongrass and Sriracha Grilled Shrimp

by Rasa Malaysia @ Vietnamese Recipes – Rasa Malaysia

Lemongrass grilled shrimp with Sriracha and fish sauce. Delicious Vietnamese-style lemongrass grilled shrimp recipe that takes only 30 mins to make.

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Baked Mild Chicken Curry Puffs

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

  1. In a wok, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and stir-fry until aromatic.
  2. Add the chicken cubes and stir-fry until half cooked. Then, add curry powder, turmeric, cumin, sugar, black pepper, curry leaves and salt. Stir to mix well and allow to cook for another few minutes.
  3. In

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Onigirazu Chicken Katsu (Sushi Chicken Katsu Sandwich)

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

Prepare the Chicken Katsu

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper on a baking tray.
  2. Heat up frying pan on medium heat and combine the panko and toast until golden brown. Transfer panko into a shallow dish and allow to cool.
  3. Butterfly and cut the chicken

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Fresh salads, rice dishes and noodle soups are the order of the day when it comes to the vibrant cuisine of Southeast Asia.

Beef Rendang

by ARAdmin @ Asian Recipes

  One of Indonesia’s renowned and universally popular beef dishes is beef rendang, a slow-cooked dry curry deeply spiced with ginger and turmeric, kaffir lime and chilis. You’ll also find chicken, vegetable, and seafood rendang as well. It is also very popular in nearby Malaysia. When prepared in Malaysian style, there are sweet, sour, and savory […]

Try This Easy Vietnamese-Style Stir-Fried Sweet Shrimp Recipe

Try This Easy Vietnamese-Style Stir-Fried Sweet Shrimp Recipe

The Spruce

This Vietnamese shrimp recipe combines all the flavors of Southeast Asia into one package: the shrimp are salty, sweet, savory and spicy all at once.

French Roasted Potatoes

by Rasa Malaysia @ Rasa Malaysia

Easy recipe with baby potatoes, onion and bell peppers. This French-style roasted potatoes is delicious and a perfect side dish.

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Cha Hue – Hue Style Vietnamese Ham

by The Ravenous Couple @ appetizers – The Ravenous Couple

Vietnamese hams, or chả is ubiquitous part of Vietnamese cuisine. But like many Vietnamese dishes, the people of each region add special touches to a dish and call it their own. And it’s no different with chả Huế, a relative unknowned compared with chả lụa. This ham originates from Huế, the ancestral capital of Vietnam and […]

Bánh hỏi thịt bò (Banh hoi with beef) recipe

by admin @ Vietnamese Recipes

How have you been? Been searching for the next special Vietnamese recipe? Perhaps this dish will be just right for you. Bánh hỏi is a traditional rice cake that has a distinctive netted texture. It is white in color and very soft when eaten. Most of the dishes made with bánh hỏi usually can be...

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Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup Pho Ga

Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup Pho Ga

Nadia Lim

Here's a recipe for one of Vietnam's most famous dishes - Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup Pho Ga. Pho, pronounced "Fuh" - not 'Fo' - is light and fragrant.

How to Roast Pumpkins Seeds

by Trang @ RunAwayRice

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a delicious and healthy snack and this simple recipe shows you how to prepare and roast pumpkin seeds. The next time you carve Jack o’ Lanterns or use fresh pumpkins in your favorite harvest recipes, don’t throw out the pumpkin seeds. Roasted pumpkins seeds make a wonderfully crunchy and nutritious snack.

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Deep Fried Nian Gao With Egg

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

  1. Slice the Nian Gao into thin square pieces.
  2. In a bowl, whisk eggs, flour, cornflour (or baking soda), water and salt until the batter reaches a smooth consistency.
  3. Heat a pan with oil. Dip Nian Gao slices in egg batter and pan-fry in batches (add more oil if needed), until lightly browned

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Easy Homemade Beef Broth Stock

by heidi @ foodiecrush

A rich and flavorful homemade beef broth stock is one of the essential recipes every home cook should have in their array of kitchen cooking basics. Back in the day there were recipes home cooks didn’t even have to think twice about how to make because they made the same dishes so often no recipe [...]

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Chicken Siew Pau (Baked Flaky BBQ Chicken Buns)

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

Preparing the filling:

  1. In a frying pan or wok, combine all ingredients except fried onions and cook for about 15 mins over medium-high heat.
  2. Then, add fried onions and cook a further 5 mins.

Preparing the dough:

  1. Dough 1: Using a mixer, combine all Dough 1 ingredients and knead at medium-high speed

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In The Kitchen: Garlic Shrimp

by cookingstudio2014 @ Cooking Studio Taos By Ken MaccaronePublished: December 2, 2015, 11:15 am View Recipe HERE

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Crock Pot Coconut Lentil Curry

by Kristen Stevens @ The Endless Meal

This delicious Crock Pot Coconut Lentil Curry is a slow cooker version of the most popular recipe on the blog. Throw everything into your pot, set the timer, and come home to a tasty vegetarian (and vegan!) dinner. You will LOVE it! Here it is, my friends! This is the recipe you have been asking...

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Vietnamese Papaya & Beef Jerky Salad – Gỏi Đu Đủ Khô Bò

by Huy @

This is an easy 3-ingredient papaya salad you can throw together in a few minutes. There’s t the cooking required, just easy prep so you can get to snacking. Green papaya and beef jerky salad is a light appetizer, a great choice for a snack or appetizer. My mom says she used to buy this from food carts in Vietnam. […]

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Vietnam Meat Recipes #2

by ARAdmin @ Vietnam Recipes – Asian Recipes

Hue Rice Chicken in Lemon Grass Lamb in Hot Garlic Sauce Stir-fried Lamb with Mint and Chili Shrimp on Crab Legs Stuffed Chicken Wings Vietnamese Pork Sticks Vietnamese Crepes  Hue Rice (Com Huong Giang) Yield: 4 servings Ingredients 3 c Cooked rice 1 tb Dried shrimp 1 tb Toasted sesame seeds 1 Stalk fresh lemon […]

The Angle: What He Said Edition

The Angle: What He Said Edition

by Rebecca Onion @ Slate Articles

Truly impressive: L’affaire “shithole” is now a week and a half old, and we can look at the evolution of the conversation around the president’s comments to learn something about how the GOP protects Trump at all costs. Will Saletan breaks down an epic act of spin.

So it begins: Before he was confirmed, remarks made by John K. Bush, a new Trump appointee on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, left many people—including Mark Joseph Stern—uneasy. Now Bush has made a decision that, Stern writes, disastrously threatens Fourth Amendment rights.

The influencer: Joe Frank, whose idiosyncratic radio interviews and monologues left deep impressions on lots of people whose work you now love (Alexander Payne and Ira Glass, for two), recently died. Mark Oppenheimer spent time with him near the end, and filed a beautiful report.

Undone: Gianni Versace’s murderer Andrew Cunanan was half Filipino. That’s a fact Filipino-American artists and writers have been grappling with for years. But, Inkoo Kang points out, the new Ryan Murphy TV show about the killing barely touches the issue.

For fun: I married my ex-boyfriends.

Very sweet,


#ReleasetheMemo? Missing Texts? Republicans Try, Again, to Cast Doubt on Mueller

#ReleasetheMemo? Missing Texts? Republicans Try, Again, to Cast Doubt on Mueller

by Osita Nwanevu @ Slate Articles

The conservative Twittersphere has, for the past week, been dominated by an inescapable hashtag: #releasethememo. It’s a social media campaign that has enlisted Twitter randoms, figures from Trumpworld, conservative pundits, alt-right voices, and a slew of Republican congressmen alike. “Americans deserve to know the contents of the memo,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Friday. “Democrats & deep state govt officials are doing everything they can to protect those within the government who used their positions of influence to target those they disagree with politically.”

Tweets like this have been joined in the conservative press with wild-eyed proclamations. On Thursday night, Sean Hannity announced that the abuses detailed in the memo amount to a scandal “worse than Watergate.” It’s as-yet unclear how highly this particular controversy ranks among the other allegedly Watergate-dwarfing imbroglios claimed by the right—below Benghazi and between Fast & Furious and the Clinton emails, perhaps?—but we can rest assured that it’s up there.

The memo is a four-page document authored by Rep. Devin Nunes of California and House Republican aides accusing law enforcement officials in the Obama administration of improperly procuring a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance warrant for Carter Page using information obtained, in part, by investigator Christopher Steele. The document charges that these officials were required to, but did not, disclose that Steele’s research had been funded by Democrats in their warrant application. Riveting stuff.

If you’re wondering how anyone yelling about this happens to have access to the details of an allegedly suppressed and highly sensitive document, it’s because some of those details have already been shared with, among other parties, the New York Times. Perhaps dozens of members of the House were authorized to access the memo itself in a special viewing room after an intelligence committee vote last week. If the memo did, in fact, contain the evidence of unprecedented malfeasance Republicans are claiming it does, its contents would presumably have leaked in more detail by now. Absent better leaks, the American people will have to wait, with undoubtedly labored and bated breath, the 19 congressional working days it will evidently take the memo to be processed and released to the public, should both Nunes and President Trump sign off. As Glenn Greenwald pointed out at the Intercept, Trump has the authority to declassify the memo and any related intelligence immediately, should he choose to, and House Republicans could put the memo to a vote on an accelerated timeframe as well. The fact that these options don’t seem to be on the table is telling.

The point of this charade, obviously, is to cast further doubt on the impartiality of the Justice Department and the FBI as Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation continues. More and more Republicans have joined in the effort to undermine the investigation over the past few months and early January saw House Speaker Paul Ryan and other mainstream Republicans like Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham backing probes on Christopher Steele and his dossier. It’s thus unclear whether the memo’s eventual release will be accompanied by the actual documents that form the basis of the accusations leveled in it, allowing the public to judge the veracity of Nunes’ and the Republicans’ claims for themselves.

Suspicions that those claims are laughably weak should be heightened by the fact that the right is already moving on to another alleged scandal. On Tuesday morning, President Trump tweeted about missing texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and Mueller attorney Lisa Page, who, as revealed late last year, exchanged anti-Trump messages that led to Strzok’s dismissal from Mueller’s investigative team. “In one of the biggest stories in a long time, the FBI now says it is missing five months worth of lovers Strzok-Page texts, perhaps 50,000, and all in prime time,” Trump wrote. “Wow!” This characterization can be considered a bit of restraint on Trump’s part given that some on the right are also calling this matter, you guessed it, “worse than Watergate.” Contrary to Trump’s claim, it’s unknown how many messages between the two are actually missing—about 50,000 non-missing messages, in total, were on the Justice Department’s servers.

Among those non-missing messages are quotes and passages Republicans have delighted in magnifying and stripping from all potentially illuminating context. One of the latest in the newest batch of messages released by the Justice Department to Congress on Friday is a comment made the day after the election. “[T]here is a text exchange between these two FBI agents, these supposed to be fact-centric FBI agents saying, ‘Perhaps this is the first meeting of the secret society,’” House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said in an appearance on Fox News Monday. “So I’m going to want to know what secret society you are talking about, because you’re supposed to be investigating objectively the person who just won the Electoral College.” The conservative site the Daily Caller reported that their attempts to obtain a copy of this exchange from House Republicans for context were “unsuccessful.”

We can expect more of these shenanigans as the Mueller investigation heads for the finish, although additional grandstanding from Republicans at this point is probably overkill. The Republican base is already well-primed to dismiss his findings out of hand.

Singapore noodles recipe (rice vermicelli) – How to stir-fry

by KP Kwan @ Taste Of Asian Food

Looking for the authentic Singapore noodles recipe? You probably won’t find one. It is the term given by people in foreign countries the way the locals prepare the rice vermicelli in Singapore. It is futile looking for Singapore noodles in Singapore. So Singaporeans will be pretty bewildered to see that there is one stir-fried bearing […]

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Whipped Lardo Recipe

by The Ravenous Couple @ appetizers – The Ravenous Couple

Lard used to be a staple in kitchen, but for decades it’s been shunned due to fears that saturated animal fat increases risk for cardiovascular disease.  Recent  studies have casted doubt on this claim and we’re reading more  articles about lard and seeing more on menus of restaurants.  We are not nutritionists and while the […]

White House Refers to Legal Immigrants as “Migrants,” Complains That U.S. “Resettles” Too Many of Them

White House Refers to Legal Immigrants as “Migrants,” Complains That U.S. “Resettles” Too Many of Them

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ Slate Articles

Check out this graphic issued on Wednesday by the Trump administration:

You may be surprised to hear about all these “migrants” that the United States has apparently been “resettl[ing].” After all, the word migrants tends to imply the mass movement of a population from one place to another, and the concept of resettlement implies that the government had some role in their placement, perhaps moving them into designated zones or camps. And a college arena’s worth of people every week would be about 500,000 individuals per year. Who are these massive roaming, stateless hordes that the U.S. has been burdening itself with?

Well, if you read the text that goes with the chart, you’ll realize the White House is not referring to refugee resettlement (which does take place here on a much smaller scale than what’s being described) but to legal family-based immigration. That’s the system, in place since 1965, of offering preferred status to prospective immigrants who are seeking to join family members who already legally reside in the U.S. So rather than being some sort of needy, giant population that has to be managed by the government, we’re actually talking about individuals who are engaged in the completely above-board, fully documented process of moving here to join established families, a practice that nativist right-wing politicians—Trump among them—like to refer to as “chain migration” because “chain” sounds more viral and sinister than “family.” (The word migrant in particular seems very much like a dog whistle to the far-right/Breitbart audience, which is accustomed to regular updates on the alleged rape menace presented by Syrian refugees and other literal migrants in Europe.)

The Trump administration’s attacks on said “chain migration” have been particularly aggressive in the weeks since an individual who was able to enter the country because of family connections attempted to bomb the New York City subway in December. It seems likely that this push has been supported in particular by attorney general Jeff Sessions and his former-aide-turned-Trump-adviser Stephen Miller, two nationalists who believe the legal immigration system should restrict the entry of individuals who don’t fit a certain archaic Anglo-Saxon archetype of American-ness. Miller has a long history of whining in public about people of non-European ancestry, while Sessions once praised a 1924 law that restricted immigration by Jews and Italians for having helped create the U.S.’ “solid middle class.” (One of the experts appointed by Congress to write that law believed that individuals from southern and Eastern Europe were “intellectually and morally defective.”)

In addition to conveying the administration’s general sense of contempt for an enormous chunk of the very “American people” it’s supposed to be working on behalf of, the language described above is significant because it underlines what seems to be the main sticking point in the Senate’s attempt to come up with a DACA bill that the president will sign: He (or at least the hardliners who may or may not be influencing him on any given day) also demand that any such bill include radical changes to the legal immigration system that will prioritize “merit” and likely have the practical effect of making the immigration pool more white. After all, the opposite of a “migrant” from some “shithole” is a Norwegian.

Tofu with minced pork recipe – How to cook in 4 easy steps

by KP Kwan @ Taste Of Asian Food

Tofu with minced pork is one home-cooked dish that served in every Chinese household. And do you know that tofu (beancurd) has an ancient history way back to two thousand years ago? Legend has it that tofu was invented by Lord Liu An 劉安, a Han Dynasty prince around 160 BC. The earliest evidence of […]

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Summer Rolls

by Rasa Malaysia @ Vietnamese Recipes – Rasa Malaysia

Healthy and delicious Vietnamese Summer Rolls made with rice noodles, lettuce, carrots, shrimp with hoisin-peanut sauce. So good!

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Slow Cooker Coq Au Vin

by Sarah Ozimek @ Curious Cuisiniere

Our Slow cooker Coq Au Vin recipe makes this classic French dish of wine-braised chicken perfect for an easy weeknight dinner.

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Tofu Onigirazu (Sushi Tofu Sandwich)

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

  1. Heat frying pan over medium-high heat. Pan-fry the tofu slices until golden brown and set aside to cool.
  2. To assemble, place a cling wrap on a chopping board and put a sheet of nori seaweed on top (shiny side facing down).
  3. Evenly spread the steamed rice (thinly) to form into a square

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Grilled Chicken Banh Mi

by Rasa Malaysia @ Vietnamese Recipes – Rasa Malaysia

Hanoi grilled chicken Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich filled with chicken and herbs. Delicious chicken banh mi from The Banh Mi Handbook by Andrea Nguyen.

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Cá kho tộ – (Fish cooked with sauce) recipe

by admin @ Vietnamese Recipes

Cá kho tộ – (Fish cooked with sauce) recipe is a well-known homely dish often prepared at the family dinner table. The dish requires a lot of details on the seasoning as well as patience in waiting for dish to be slowly cooked so that the deep and sweet aromatic flavor of the sauce will...

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Vietnamese Cuisine Cooking Class | Cooking Studio Taos

Vietnamese Cuisine Cooking Class | Cooking Studio Taos

Cooking Studio Taos

Vietnamese Cuisine is 100% hands on participation and learning. Walk away having learned recipes, technique and theory.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken HOLIDAY Gift Sets Available NOW

by Kimlai Yingling @ EatinAsian

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas and Astro Doughnuts is celebrating the holidays in a really big way. Astro is known for their tasty and creative flavored doughnuts and they’re also known for their crispy, not greasy, perfectly seasoned fried chicken. So if you’re looking for that perfect gift for the person who […]

My Immigrant Family’s Obsession with Paul Bocuse’s Soup with Truffles Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

“If you want to impress jaded Vietnamese guests, make French food,” my mom frequently told me while I was growing up. That’s among the reasons she made puff pastry when we came to the United States. It was as if she had been waiting all her life to knead excess moisture out of butter to...

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8 Unique Ways to Use Sweet Potatoes

by Honest Cooking @ MyGreatRecipes

It’s the perfect time of the year to remember to be a little sweeter. Whether it’s dropping off dinner for a neighbor or bringing in a treat for your coworkers, let’s be sweet more often. We’ve partnered with the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission to bring you some sweet inspiration. DISCOVER GREAT RECIPES, TIPS & IDEAS! Not only […]

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Vietnamese Food: 25 Must-Eat Dishes in Saigon (and Where To Try Them)

Vietnamese Food: 25 Must-Eat Dishes in Saigon (and Where To Try Them)

Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

Vietnamese food is an insanely delicious cuisine. Here are 25 Vietnamese dishes you need to try, and restaurants to eat them in Saigon.

Top 8 Afghan Foods That Will Keep You Smell Your Fingers All Day

by Sharnab Neogi @ Flavorverse

The Afghan cuisine is known for its aromatic and flavorful dishes, and many people from around the world travel to Afghanistan exclusively to get a taste of it. Here you will get acquainted with a few of the iconic Afghan dishes including baked items, fast food, main course items, and desserts, along with their regional […]

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A Berry Delicious Way to Prevent Heart Disease in Men

by Jane Duncan @ MyGreatRecipes

The world’s most popular superfoods – think wild salmon (rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids), broccoli rabe (containing a host of antioxidant vitamins and bone-building Vitamin K), and cinnamon (a powerful inflammation buster) are beneficial to all people, since they aid in reducing our risk of developing heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some types […]

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Beef Stroganoff – 8 Amazing Recipes and Cooking Tips

by Emily Stephens @ MyGreatRecipes

With ingredients list that includes mushrooms and sour cream, Beef Stroganoff is the creamy and warming family dinner recipe you must have in your cookbook. Sherry brandy, tomato sauce, onion, and paprika are often added for extra flavor, which makes this dish even more decadent. Finally, the rich meat is served over a bed of […]

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Cooking with Grandma: Cha Gio Vietnamese Egg Rolls

by The Ravenous Couple @ appetizers – The Ravenous Couple

What recipe would  you like to learn if you get one afternoon to learn from a Vietnamese grandmother? For us, and some friends, it was crispy banh xeo and Vietnamese egg rolls, called chả giò in the south and nem rán in the north. Since we blogged about banh xeo already, we’ll concentrate on the venerable […]

Elderflower Cocktail and Strawberry Puree

by Kimlai Yingling @ EatinAsian

Simple 5 ingredient recipe

Let’s Make Gnocchi with Chef Fabio at Bettolino’s Kitchen

by Kimlai Yingling @ EatinAsian

I had no idea that gnocchi could be so simple to make, could be so tasty and is actually quite healthy. Clearly I’ve never had Chef Fabio’s recipe. I also thought gnocchi was pasta with potato filling so imagine my surprise that the two are combined ey yi yi. Pasta is beautiful! Tasty time at […]

Democrats Are Doing the Right Thing

Democrats Are Doing the Right Thing

by Mark Joseph Stern @ Slate Articles

On the second day of the first government shutdown of Donald Trump’s presidency, one narrative began to rise above the rest: Blame the Democrats. Republican lawmakers and Trump advisers blitzed the airwaves on Sunday to explain why Senate Democrats’ demand for a DACA fix tethered to a funding bill is irresponsible and unreasonable. (DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an Obama-era executive policy that allows undocumented people who came to the U.S. as children to live and work here legally. Last September, the Trump administration announced that it would phase out the program.) Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, proclaimed that “we want to … solve the DACA issue,” but that Democrats’ incorrigibility made the task impossible. Trump claimed that Democrats “are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration.”

This spin is laughably inaccurate. Four Senate Republicans voted against a bill to keep the government open on Friday; a majority of Democrats simply chose not to bail out the measure since it included no DACA solution. The blame falls primarily on GOP party leadership—which is in thrall to a nativist minority—as well as the White House’s hopelessly mixed signals.
But even if the narrative sticks and Democrats take the fall for this shutdown, they made the right call by refusing to prop up the GOP’s stopgap funding bill. The administration has negotiated over DACA in bad faith from the very start, and Democrats may never have more leverage than they do today. Standing up for DACA may wind up being bad politics. For the Democratic Party, it is also a moral obligation.

At various points in the DACA debate, all sides have pointed to Donald Trump as the chief impediment to a deal. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently admitted that Trump “has not yet indicated what measure he is willing to sign,” and that the GOP can’t “figure out what he is for.” But it’s not actually fair to blame Trump alone for this disaster; the president is plainly uninterested in the details of a final deal—and, more importantly, he did not force Congress’ hand on DACA in the first place.

In reality, DACA’s demise was the result of maneuvering between state attorneys general and United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Last June, a coalition of 10 state attorneys general, as well as Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, signed a letter threatening to sue the administration if it did not take action on DACA. (Needless to say, all signatories were Republicans.) Their letter gave the administration an ultimatum: Begin phasing out DACA on Sept. 5, or we’ll attempt to kill it in court.

One signatory, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, actually withdrew his signature upon discovering that many DACA recipients “will be of great benefit and service to our country.” But the rest stood fast, and on Sept. 5, Sessions announced that the government would begin to “wind down” DACA, halting renewals in October and stripping status starting in March 2018. (Sessions has refused to state whether he colluded with these state attorneys general to justify the rescission of the program, and the Supreme Court’s conservative justices have allowed the administration to shield documents that may reveal such collusion.)

Sessions’ Sept. 5 announcement injected a great deal of ambiguity into the White House’s position on “Dreamers,” or DACA beneficiaries. Trump had praised Dreamers during the campaign, and DACA’s Republican critics tended to condemn the program as executive overreach rather than lambaste immigrants themselves. But Sessions’ speech dripped with malice toward Dreamers, disparaging them as “illegal aliens” who steal jobs from real Americans. It suddenly sounded like the Trump administration opposed DACA as policy, not merely its executive implementation.

Yet Trump himself clearly maintained his support for a measure sparing Dreamers from deportation. Hours after Sessions’ address, the president tweeted that if Congress couldn’t “legalize DACA,” he would “revisit this issue.” (He seemed to believe that he could revive the policy that his attorney general had just dismissed as illegal “unilateral executive amnesty.”) Nine days later, Trump asked, “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?” But congressional Republicans took no action, pointing out that DACA does not expire until March 5. (In reality, due to Sessions’ “phase-out,” about 122 Dreamers lose protection each day.)

Since then, this dynamic—Trump backs Dreamers, Republicans hinder action—has played out in various ways. In September, for instance, Trump allegedly told Democratic leaders that he wouldn’t tie a DACA fix to funding for his border wall, but White House staffers promptly reneged on whatever compromise Trump had made behind closed doors. And on Friday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer outlined a deal with Trump, which McConnell and chief of staff John Kelly promptly thwarted. The president is an inept dealmaker, but his basic desire is clear: He wants to sign some version of a DREAM Act.

Republicans, however, are doing everything in their power to prevent a bill from landing on his desk. The bad faith here is staggering. McConnell secured Sen. Jeff Flake’s vote for tax reform in December by promising to bring a compromise immigration bill to the floor in January. Senators quickly struck a bipartisan DACA deal—but GOP Senate leaders scuttled it, citing Trump’s apparent opposition. (As if anyone, including Trump, knows what the president would do if handed an immigration bill with concessions from both parties.) On Sunday, House Speaker Paul Ryan declared that Republicans were “negotiating in good faith on DACA,” accusing Democrats of blowing up deliberations by demanding a DACA fix alongside any spending bill.

“Negotiating in good faith”? House Republicans’ current DACA proposal would literally criminalize Dreamers who fail to stay significantly above the poverty line, subjecting them to imprisonment and deportation. Senate Republicans’ proposal would give Dreamers a nonrenewable three-year visa, essentially giving them a 36-month grace period before they have to leave (or get deported). Other GOP hard-liners are insisting that any help for Dreamers be attached to dramatic reductions in legal immigration levels, a nonstarter for many Democrats and Republicans.

Faced with intra-party discord and malevolent prevarication from Republicans, what are Democrats to do about DACA? Rely on more easily broken promises from Ryan, McConnell, and the White House? Go along with the lie that Dreamers can wait until March for relief? Surrender altogether to the whims of a Republican Party dominated by serial fibbers? Of course not. The first DREAM Act was introduced in 2001. Republicans have foiled its passage for 17 years. At some point, Democrats had to draw a line in the sand. That moment arrived on Friday.

A government shutdown is an awful thing. It’s a humiliation for the nation that disrupts hundreds of thousands of lives, and it may well provoke backlash against progressives. But Democrats had no other choice. Republicans cannot be trusted to protect Dreamers from a crisis of the GOP’s own making. To capitulate on DACA would be an abdication of the Democratic Party’s moral responsibilities. Dreamers belong in this country, and Democrats should use every bit of leverage they have to keep them here.

Snowball Cakes (Banh Bao Chi)

by Trang @ RunAwayRice

This Snowball Cakes recipe makes delicious coconut-coated glutinous cakes filled with grated coconut, roasted peanuts and mashed mung bean. The combination of nutty flavors and sticky texture makes for a tantalizing snack cake that is absolutely addicting. The cakes are bite-sized and make perfect sweet treats to enjoy with a cup of hot tea or […]

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How to Make a Healthy-ish Fried Fish Sandwich

by heidi @ foodiecrush

If you think that making a healthier fish fillet sandwich at home is an impossible task, think again. This fried fish sandwich with homemade tartar sauce is golden brown and ready to serve in under 30 minutes, and it’s so good that it puts McDonald’s filet-o-fish to shame. It’s wasn’t very often that I ate [...]

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Pork Seafood Clear Noodle Soup (Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang)

by NPFamily Recipes @ NPFamily Recipes

Recipe for Pork Seafood Clear Noodle Soup (Hu Tieu Nam Vang) This popular soup has its origin from Cambodian-Chinese. In fact, Nam Vang is the Vietnamese word for Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. Vietnamese people have embraced the recipe and added Continue reading Pork Seafood Clear Noodle Soup (Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang)

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Vegetarian Pate / Faux Gras (Pate Chay)

by Trang @ RunAwayRice

This delicious Vegetarian Pate recipe has all the flavors and texture of pate but is completely meat-free. Made of roasted Portobello mushrooms, assorted beans and tofu, this Vegetarian Pate or Faux Gras is full of savory flavor and meaty texture. The recipe is really straightforward and easy to adjust depending on your preference for a […]

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Lemongrass Wings

by Rasa Malaysia @ Vietnamese Recipes – Rasa Malaysia

BBQ lemongrass wings recipe. Marinate chicken wings with lemongrass & Asian seasonings for the best BBQ wings ever. Easy and tastes so good.

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Beef Stir-Fry Appetizer (Bo Xao Lan)

by Trang @ RunAwayRice

This recipe for Beef Stir-Fry Appetizer is a tasty dish to serve with drinks at a casual gathering. Delicious chunks of tender beef are marinated with savory spices and stir-fried with red bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and bean thread noodle and then served atop toasted sesame rice crackers. Flavorful and hearty, this Beef Stir-Fry Appetizer […]

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Vietnamese Chicken Rice Soup (Congee) | Recipes | PBS Food

Vietnamese Chicken Rice Soup (Congee) | Recipes | PBS Food

PBS Food

Try this recipe for Vietnamese Chicken Rice Soup (Congee) from PBS Food.

Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe

by Julie Deily @ The Little Kitchen

Curtis loves pumpkin pie and until I started making it from scratch, I didn't realize how easy it is to make! I'm excited to work with Country Crock to bring you this pumpkin pie recipe!

Neil Gorsuch Is a Terrible Writer

Neil Gorsuch Is a Terrible Writer

by Mark Joseph Stern @ Slate Articles

Neil Gorsuch is supposed to be a good writer. In fact, he once was: During his tenure on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Gorsuch produced a number of witty, lucid, and pithy opinions. But since his elevation to the Supreme Court, Gorsuch’s prose has curdled into a glop of cutesy idioms, pointless metaphors, and garbled diction that’s exhausting to read and impossible to take seriously. It may even be alienating the conservative justices whom Gorsuch was supposed to beguile with his ostensibly impeccable reasoning.

Consider Gorsuch’s dissenting opinion in Artis v. District of Columbia, a rather arcane case the court decided on Monday. After Stephanie Artis lost her job with the D.C. government, she sued D.C. in federal court under both federal and District law, alleging sex discrimination and retaliation. The court eventually ruled against her on the federal claims and dismissed her D.C. claims without ruling on their merits. Artis filed these claims in a D.C. court 59 days later, but because the federal court had taken two and a half years to decide her case, the statute of limitations on these claims had expired. A judge tossed her case.

Was Artis really locked out of D.C. court because a federal judge took so long to rule? In a 5–4 decision authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court held that she was not. Ginsburg pointed to a federal law which states that statute of limitations for a state claim “shall be tolled while the claim is pending” in federal court, “and for a period of 30 days after it is dismissed.” In legalese, Ginsburg wrote, tolled simply means suspended, citing multiple federal statutes, precedents, and a law dictionary to prove her point. Thus, the statute of limitations on Artis’ D.C. claims stopped running when she filed them in federal court, and only resumed 30 days after that court threw them out. She now gets another chance in D.C. court.

Gorsuch dissented and was joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito. He began his opinion like this:

Chesterton reminds us not to clear away a fence just because we cannot see its point. Even if a fence doesn’t seem to have a reason, sometimes all that means is we need to look more carefully for the reason it was built in the first place.

Leave aside the pretentious reference to “Chesterton.” What’s irksome about this passage, as law professor Nicholas Bagley notes, is its redundancy. The first sentence is catchy, but the second stomps all over it, bludgeoning the reader with a gratuitous and clunky explanation.

This crime against the English language might be pardonable if Gorsuch deployed his fence metaphor to clear up some technical complexity. He does not. Instead, he veers from the fence to an ancient rule called “journey’s account.” According to Gorsuch, this rule gives plaintiffs nothing more than a brief “grace period” to refile their claims after a court dismisses them. To illustrate his point, he cites a 1647 treatise by Edward Coke, which states:

“[T]he common law set downe the certaine time of 15 dayes,” because “a dayes journey is accounted in law 20 miles,” as “a reasonable time … within which time wheresoever the court of justice sate in England, the party … wheresoever he dwelt in England … might … by the said account of dayes journies appeare in court.”

Convinced? Neither was Ginsburg, who (correctly) dismissed Gorsuch’s tangent as an irrelevant “history lesson.” She also ridiculed Gorsuch’s “grace period” theory as “entirely imaginative,” given the total lack of evidence that Congress “had any such ancient law in mind when it drafted” this statute. Gorsuch’s dissent, Ginsburg wrote, cannot, “for all its mighty striving,” identify “even one federal statute” that uses the word differently. “From what statutory text, then,” she wondered, “does the dissent start?”

None, as it turns out. Gorsuch’s theory is utterly divorced from the text of the law, and based instead on “our foundational principles of federalism.” Or so he claims. In reality, the court has already unanimously upheld this statute’s constitutionality, and Gorsuch’s federalist fretting makes little sense given the majority’s minimal intrusion upon states’ rights. Yet he closes his opinion with a return to the fence metaphor, accusing his colleagues of disregarding the Constitution:

The Court today clears away a fence that once marked a basic boundary between federal and state power. Maybe it wasn’t the most vital fence and maybe we’ve just simply forgotten why this particular fence was built in the first place. But maybe, too, we’ve forgotten because we’ve wandered so far from the idea of a federal government of limited and enumerated powers that we’ve begun to lose sight of what it looked like in the first place.

Notably, Roberts—who generally shares Gorsuch’s commitment to states’ rights—declined to sign onto this nonsense. Instead, he cast the decisive vote against this warped analysis. Alone among the conservatives, Roberts seems to have recognized how silly Gorsuch’s position is, and how gruesomely it mangles the text of a statute to reach an unfair result. The chief justice deserves credit for refusing to play along with Gorsuch’s pseudofederalist posturing and following the more practical route.

Gorsuch’s argument in Artis bears a vague resemblance to his notorious frozen trucker dissent, in which he twisted the actual words of a statute to deny relief to a deserving plaintiff. What’s particularly irritating about this bad Gorsuch opinion, though, is that he makes his terrible argument so poorly.

Notice the fat in the passage above: “clears away a fence that once marked a basic boundary” instead of “clears away a basic boundary”; “but maybe, too”; “maybe we’ve just simply forgotten.” This excess verbiage is one of Gorsuch’s specialties, along with kludgy and archaic idioms. In his brief career on the court, he’s given us “cheek by jowl,” “constable and quarry,” “work enough for the day,” and “at the end of a long day.” He has used “and more besides” twice in the same opinion. He has called one plaintiff’s position “an invitation I would run from fast.” (The “invitation” in question, which the court accepted, allowed the plaintiff to sue more easily for employment discrimination. Sensing a theme?)

Gorsuch tends to write in big blocks of text, with few commas and no section dividers. Endless paragraphs bleed into one another and conclude with faux-folksy aphorisms like “this court often speaks most wisely when it speaks last.” As that maxim indicates, Gorsuch has a habit of lecturing his colleagues in the most condescending tone possible. In his very first dissent, Gorsuch scolded the court for allegedly short-circuiting Congress:

If a statute needs repair, there’s a constitutionally prescribed way to do it. It’s called legislation. To be sure, the demands of bicameralism and presentment are real and the process can be protracted. But the difficulty of making new laws isn’t some bug in the constitutional design: it’s the point of the design, the better to preserve liberty.

No doubt the justices in the majority, including Roberts and Alito, needed this ConLaw refresher course from their newest colleague.

Why does Gorsuch write like this? In all likelihood, he’s trying to emulate his idol and predecessor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia was a writer of extraordinary verve and concision. Where Scalia’s prose was lapidary and instinctive, Gorsuch’s is limp and self-conscious. It is, at times, genuinely painful to read.

Artis is a minor case, and there’s no good reason for anyone to suffer through Gorsuch’s entire dissent. (I’d suggest you revel in Justice Elena Kagan’s marvelous prose instead.) But in the near future, the junior justice will begin to receive major assignments, and we’ll have to pay careful attention to his words. Let’s hope he settles in by then and figures out that sometimes a fence is just a fence.

Lemongrass Vietnamese Meatballs | The Endless Meal

Lemongrass Vietnamese Meatballs | The Endless Meal

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Troller-in-Chief Strikes Again: Trump Says it’s “Perfect Day” for Women to March

Troller-in-Chief Strikes Again: Trump Says it’s “Perfect Day” for Women to March

by Daniel Politi @ Slate Articles

Tens of thousands of women—and lots of men—across the country took to the streets Saturday, marking one year since the first Women’s March to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration. President Trump didn’t ignore the huge event, but in acknowledging the marches the commander in chief seemed to want to completely change the reason why so many decided to demonstrate.

On Saturday afternoon, Trump said the weather was “beautiful” all over the country, making the “perfect day for all Women to March.”  And what should they be marching about? “Celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months.”

Taking a look at the signs that protesters took to the marches across the country, it looks like celebrating what Trump is touting as his signature achievement was the furthest thing from their mind.

Demonstrators pretty uniformly denounced Trump and his views on immigration, abortion, and women’s rights in general. In Washington, D.C., two Democratic leaders—Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Nancy Pelosi—called on women to run for office and challenge Republicans. “We march, we run, we vote, we win,” Pelosi said.

Today in Conservative Media: Schumer Totally Caved on the Shutdown. If You Don’t Think So, Just Ask Other Democrats.

Today in Conservative Media: Schumer Totally Caved on the Shutdown. If You Don’t Think So, Just Ask Other Democrats.

by Elliot Hannon @ Slate Articles

Today in Conservative Media is a daily roundup of the biggest stories in the right-wing press.

With the government shutdown set to come to an abrupt end Monday after Senate Democrats agreed to a continuing resolution that would fund the government until Feb. 8, commentators on all sides were looking to declare a winner of the three-day government closure. Conservative outlets didn’t need to look far to find evidence corroborating their belief that Republicans came out on top. They just quoted angry Democrats who felt jilted by the party leadership’s decision to end the filibuster of the CR without a concrete deal on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children from being deported.

Fox News’ website splashed the shutdown story across the home page with the headline: “Team Schumer caves on filibuster as House, Senate approve end to shutdown; bill heads to Trump’s desk.” The right-wing behemoth characterized Democrats’ agreement—to fund the government for three weeks in return for six years of funding for the children’s health insurance program and a commitment from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow for floor debate on immigration—as “Dems blink.”

National Review was measured in its immediate reaction to the news, noting that “with blame for the shutdown falling mostly to the Democrats, the GOP made no substantive concessions.” The Weekly Standard described Democrats looking for a DACA fix as “appear[ing] to be right back where they started.” Other conservative outlets were more gleeful. Breitbart went big, framing the deal this way: “Donald Trump Celebrates Democrat Cave.” The far-right site highlighted displeasure on the left with the deal in a post titled: “Democrats Whine After Shutdown Loss.” The Daily Caller took a slightly more diplomatic tack on the same story: “Liberal Activists Are In Complete Agreement: Democrats Just Lost Big To Trump.”

Ben Shapiro at the Daily Wire lists what Democrats “gained” from the shutdown: “[T]he perception that Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had outlasted them at the negotiating table; the understanding that Democrats will be unable to fight Republicans using a government shutdown as leverage, at least on the issue of illegal immigration; the impression that Democrats care more about illegal immigrants than military members; a Democratic base that now believes the Democrats are on the run; the impression that Democrats were responsible for the shutdown,” Shapiro writes. Republicans, on the other hand, have “gained the perception that they can govern; combined with the tax cut bill, Republicans in Congress have done their job and forced Democrats into a position of irrelevance.”

Ben Domenech at the Federalist says Democrats barely even tried to win. “It’s amazing how quickly Democrats lost the shutdown battle before it was even really joined,” Domenech writes. “In return for an overwhelming vote to reopen the government, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer extracted little more than a commitment to bring up immigration within the next three weeks—something Republicans were likely to do anyway, coupled with pressure for increased enforcement and border security funding.” The Republicans were united in their belief that country is “more or less with them on immigration enforcement issues,” according to Domenech, which contrasted with Democrats’ approach to the negotiation. “The problem from the beginning for Democrats was the distinct lack of clarity in what they are trying to do,” Domenech writes. “The outcome of this shutdown was never going to be a big win to energize [Democrats’] base (already sufficiently energized). And had it continued, it could have damaged their ability to win over independents, who may be more susceptible to voting based on the country’s economic success heading into the midterms.”

“The only rational explanation for this shutdown error was Democrats’ belief that President Trump would not be able to resist the urge to intervene and worsen the situation—either by making some base-splitting promise or saying something objectionable,” Domenech concludes. “This is not an entirely unreasonable bet, of course—but President Trump manages on occasion to avoid behaving like Leeroy Jenkins for 72 hours, and he absolutely did so here.”

Barefoot Rosè Harvest Martini Cocktail Recipe

by Kimlai Yingling @ EatinAsian

Ready for a delicious Fall cocktail? Rosè all Day! Rosè is crisp, sweet, fruity and more subtle than a red wine. I was recently at Barefoot Wines Fall for Rosè preview and along with a glass of their Fall Rosè they also had Rosè martini’s on the menu. WHAT? Two of my favorite things in one […]

Stir fried Snails with Lemon Grass and Chili Recipe

by admin @ Vietnamese Recipes

Stir fried Snails with Lemongrass and Chili (Ốc Xào Sả Ớt)  is a specialty dish of Central Vietnam. The people of this region are often known for their knacks for using chili and lemongrass in a wide variety of dishes. Like many other Vietnamese Recipes, this dish embodies a distinctive and exemplifying flavor from a certain part of Vietnam, and should...

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Pork Menudo

by ARAdmin @ Asian Recipes

Pork Menudo is another Filipino “stew” style recipe that incorporates pork meat and liver cubes with potatoes, carrots and tomato sauce. You can also substitute the pork with chicken, and eliminate the liver… and perhaps even add in some chickpeas (garbansos) with your mixed vegetables.   Ingredients: 2 lb. pork belly, cut into cubes 1/2 […]

Loaded Butternut Squash Zig Zag Taco Salad Fries

by Kristen Stevens @ The Endless Meal

Looking for the best healthy-ish French fry recipe ever? These loaded Taco Salad Fries are it! They're made with super fun butternut squash zig zags and are piled high with all your favorite taco salad ingredients. Serve these as a Super Bowl appetizer or a delicious, kid-friendly dinner. You love them! Who's ready for all...

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Arroyo Seco chef grabs screen time for Taos

by cookingstudio2014 @ Cooking Studio Taos

Chef and actor Chris Maher, right, crushes red chile as cameras focus in on the action Sunday (June 10). Maher allowed the crew of “Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking” to film some of his dishes with chef Andrew Horton and Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone. Read full article here:,41136

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New Meatless Dishes for the New Year

by Honest Cooking @ MyGreatRecipes

Step up your vegetarian recipe game with these flavorful meatless dishes that will win over your tastebuds this new year.   DISCOVER GREAT RECIPES, TIPS & IDEAS!   Zucchini Pancakes Serve these pancakes for breakfast or with a scoop of yogurt for a mid-afternoon snack. This recipe comes from 8fit, be sure to check out their […]

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Bò lá lốt (Grilled beef wrapped in piper lolot) recipe

by admin @ Vietnamese Recipes

I am back from a long hiatus! Been working on various things and getting my business set up. Finally gotten the time to sit down and share with everyone this new recipe.  Bò Lá Lốt (or grilled beef wrapped in piper lolot), is a specialty dish known to all Vietnamese. It is loved especially in...

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Vietnamese Any Day – A New Book Coming Up!

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

You’re looking at the draft of my sixth cookbook! This week, I sent the manuscript to my editor, Kelly Snowden. Vietnamese Any Day is all about helping American cooks work Viet flavors into their regular rotation. Many people who are new to Vietnamese food do not know where to begin. They’ve been seduced by the...

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Onion Rings Recipe [Easy & Super Crispy]

by Huy @

Making onion rings at home is SUPER easy. It’s much more fool-proof than when I made sweet potato fries (<–Even though I eventually found a way!). I’ve been munching on a lot of onion rings lately and I blame it entirely on my girlfriend. Well…I do take some blame too, but they really are delicious. A crunchy, warm onion ring fried […]

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Lunch On The Run With The Best Asian Meals In Jars

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

Say goodbye to tired old sandwiches and expensive take-away meals with five easy recipes for lunch on the run. Send your kids off to school with flavour-packed salads and sushi bowls, and dine ‘al-desko’ in the office on nutritious Asian soups. With a bit of preparation over the weekend, you and your …

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Banh mi recipe (Vietnamese baguette)

by admin @ Vietnamese Recipes

Banh mi recipe: In this section, we will share with you the steps and techniques needed in kneading and making Vietnamese baguette or sandwich itself. Once the baguette has been made, it is often pretty simple and flexible for you to continue adding in the other ingredients (such as paste, ham, vegetables and butter…). However,...

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Spaghetti Squash Carbonara Recipe

by Huy @

Spaghetti squash is something I’ve seen online and social media for YEARS that caught my interest. My girlfriend was actually craving spaghetti squash carbonara this week, so I finally gave in and wanted to see what the fuss was about. There are paleo and other ‘cleaner’ spaghetti squash recipes you could make instead, but if you […]

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Today in Conservative Media: Here Comes “Amnesty Don” to Ruin the Day

Today in Conservative Media: Here Comes “Amnesty Don” to Ruin the Day

by Elliot Hannon @ Slate Articles

Today in Conservative Media is a daily roundup of the biggest stories in the right-wing press.

Thursday afternoon the broad outlines of the White House’s immigration reform proposal leaked. It offers a pathway to citizenship for some 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as young children in return for $25 billion for a border wall and security, the end of the visa lottery, as well as restrictions on legal immigrants bringing family members to the country (what the right refers to as “chain migration”). Not all of the details of the Trump immigration plan are known as of yet, but Breitbart appeared to be displeased with what it saw and led with a story titled: “Don’s Amnesty Bonanza.” The site called in a dial-a-quote from Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach, who told Breitbart: “Expanding the pool of amnesty recipients to aliens beyond those who have already obtained DACA is an extremely bad idea.” Other stories topping the Breitbart home page Thursday evening include: “Warning: Plan Expands Citizenship for Aliens to Potentially Uncontrollable Levels” and “White House Plan: Big Amnesty Now, Nothing for Americans Until 2027.” So they’re not super fired-up over at Steve Bannon’s old stomping grounds. Even before the news emerged Thursday, Breitbart had tagged Trump “Amnesty Don” for his previous support for allowing Dreamers to become citizens.

The Trump plan—which offers a real concession to Democrats on citizenship for Dreamers—was expected to outrage the far-right Breitbart wing of the party, but what about moderates? The jury is still out, but for now, the response is more positive. National Review editor Rich Lowry offered a preliminary appraisal of the leaked plan saying it’s “generous on the Dreamer side,” “the restriction and enforcement priorities sound reasonable,” and “[t]here is appropriately an emphasis on new legal authorities on the border, not just the wall.” “But I wonder what our immigration wonks will think of the proposal to work through the family visa backlog,” Lowry writes. A portion of the proposal would reallocate the visas from the visa lottery to clear the backlog of people waiting for family visas and high-skilled green card holders.

And what will Democrats think? Can a compromise be struck? National Review’s David French doesn’t see a Democratic Party that’s interested in compromising on much these days. “In the last two decades we’ve witnessed remarkable, rapid Democratic changes from tolerance to intolerance on critical political, cultural, and religious issues,” French writes. “The Democratic position on immigration has moved rapidly and decisively to the left, so rapidly and decisively that internal progressive debates that were common even a few years ago are settled.”

In other news

Ramesh Ponnuru at National Review cases out what the Republican agenda should look like in the year to come even though “the prospect of a political hanging” in the midterms is “not concentrating Republican minds on an agenda.” “You would think that Republicans would be scrambling to get as much done as possible,” Ponnuru writes. “But you would be wrong.” Despite all of the doom and gloom about Republican’s chances this November, David Byler at Weekly Standard offers this reminder: “It won’t be easy for Democrats to take the Senate in 2018.” Byler breaks down why the “basic math of the 2018 Senate elections shows a challenge for Democrats.” Perhaps sensing a surge in GOP optimism, Jim Geraghty weighs in for National Review on why “The House GOP’s Outlook Is Better Than You Think.”

Both Breitbart and the Daily Caller smelled a rat in the timing of the just-released photo of then–Sen. Barack Obama and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan at a 2005 Congressional Black Caucus meeting. Photographer Askia Muhammad took the photo but never published it, because he thought it would be “damaging politically” to the young Obama.

Eggplant with garlic sauce – How to cook in 4 easy steps

by KP Kwan @ Taste Of Asian Food

Eggplant with garlic sauce (Yuxiang eggplant, 鱼香茄子) is a relatively easy and extremely delicious home-cooked dish. However, it is very tricky to cook eggplant. Many people struggle to perfect it because of eggplant absorbs oil quickly and become soggy, at the same time it lost its appetizing purple hue after cooking. This article will show you […]

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Back Into the Quagmire

Back Into the Quagmire

by Fred Kaplan @ Slate Articles

As the Trump administration escalates America’s military involvement in Afghanistan and Syria, one wonders what happened to the Donald Trump who decried the former war as a “total disaster” and bellowed over and over “It’s time to come home”—and who pledged to do nothing in the latter war but “bomb the shit out of ISIS.”

Yet Trump is sending more troops to Afghanistan (the longest war in U.S. history) and broadening our mission in Syria (arguably the most complex conflict we’ve ever sleepwalked into).

What happened to Trump is that, however stubborn and overconfident he’s been on most matters he’s sounded off about (health care, climate change, immigration, protectionism), when it comes to the use of military force, he has deferred to his inner circle of generals.

In some ways, this has proved fortunate. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, a retired four-star Marine general, persuaded Trump, at least so far, not to resume the torture of suspected terrorists. Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, an active-duty three-star Army general, persuaded him—at least so far—not to rip up the Iran nuclear deal. Several senior officers in the Pentagon have briefed Trump, as they had briefed his predecessors, on the extreme risks of bombing North Korea.

But when it comes to Afghanistan (where both generals served time in uniform) and Syria (which involves Iran, which both consider the enemy), Mattis and McMaster are deeply committed to the cause—if not necessarily to winning, then certainly to avoid defeat. And so they did everything they could to convince Trump to pour in more weapons and troops, and Trump at last gave in.

In a televised speech in August, Trump said, “My original instinct was to pull out—and historically, I like following my instincts. But all my life I’ve heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office.” So, after “many meetings, over many months,” with “my Cabinet and generals,” he decided “to complete our strategy”—not just to refrain from pulling out but to pour in more troops and weapons.

Here was one time where Trump might have been wiser to follow his instincts—or at least to bring in a wider array of advisers, including some who could inform his instincts with facts and figures about all the many past assurances of victory’s imminence. But there were—and still are—no such experts on his team.

The “new strategy” that Trump articulated in the half-hour speech wasn’t so different from previous strategies. Even so, he concluded that, though he’d been dealt a bad hand, “one way or another, these problems will be solved—I’m a problem solver—and, in the end, we will win.”

He didn’t define “win” (nobody has, really, in the 16 years we’ve been fighting this war), but he seemed to suggest that he would do what it takes, and succeed, because he’d solved problems in his prior life as a real-estate tycoon—as if restoring peace and stability to one of the world’s most war-torn countries was on the same order of complexity as wrangling a permit from the New York City Department of Buildings.

President Obama left office with 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, down from a peak of 100,000. Under Trump, the number has risen to 15,000, with another 1,000 set to arrive this spring.

Fewer Americans have died there in the past few years, because they are serving more as advisers than as soldiers engaging in combat. But advisers get trapped in firefights, and, more to the point, the Afghan soldiers they’re advising haven’t made much progress in the fight. A case in point is the Taliban’s 14-hour siege this week of the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital, Kabul, killing 22 people. On another front, American pilots have stepped up the bombing of opium fields—a source of income for the Taliban—but the production of poppy last year nearly doubled.

In short, there is no end to the war in sight.

Syria is a different story, but no more hopeful. Early in his term, Trump eased up on the restrictions that Obama had placed on bombing in civilian areas, instead letting the commanders in the field set the rules of engagement. This may have accelerated the defeat of ISIS in the field and the collapse of its caliphate, but it has so far had little impact on the jihadis’ activities worldwide—and it has intensified the underlying conflicts in Syria.

The key fact about these conflicts is this: The United States is the only combatant in the country that views ISIS as the main threat and the destruction of ISIS as the main mission. All the other countries and factions view the threat of ISIS as secondary at best. Their main threats stem, instead, from long-simmering sectarian rivalries (mainly Sunni versus Shia) or territorial disputes (leftovers from the arbitrary borders set by European colonialists at the end of World War I). As a result, the local powers have played the United States, promising or pretending to join the fight against ISIS as long as we’ve helped them go after their main threats—i.e., as long as we help them pursue their vital interests. The problem is that the interests of some of these actors conflict with the interests of others. We can’t help them all without alienating some. As ISIS nears defeat, these deeper conflicts, which we’ve tried to finesse or submerge, rise uncomfortably to the fore.

And so we now stand by as Turkey, our NATO ally, wages a brutal fight against the Syrian Kurds, who have been our most reliable ally in the war on ISIS—a war, by the way, that isn’t entirely over. The U.S. commanders on the ground, who have been given such wide authority since Trump came to office, openly praise the Kurds. Meanwhile, White House officials, who are trying to patch relations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have noted that Turkey is our “ally” while the Kurds are merely our “partner” in a narrow combat operation, and allies trump partners. The Pentagon, which relies on Turkish air bases for NATO and counter-ISIS operations but has also been aiding the Kurds, released a statement trying to straddle both positions.

These tensions were bound to erupt as the fight against ISIS wound down. The Obama administration was taking steps (who knows how effective they would have been?) to anticipate the imbroglio. The Trump administration never did, in part because the top officials never set the priorities of a political-military strategy—in other words, never worked out a position on what the United States wanted to accomplish in Syria

And now the administration is digging in deeper. In a speech last week at Stanford University, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States “must maintain a military presence” in Syria in order to accomplish five goals: an “enduring defeat” of ISIS and al-Qaida, the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad through a “UN-led political process,” the diminishing of Iranian influence; the return of Syrian refugees; and the removal of all weapons of mass destruction.

These are all worthy goals, but it’s not at all clear how a U.S. military presence can accomplish them. Probably they can’t be accomplished without this presence, but the presence has to be tied to a strategy—and a strategy requires more than the mere recitation of worthy goals. It also requires the articulation of interests, the amassing of resources, the planning and execution of a policy—and, given that we have little leverage in Syria, it also requires compromise and coordination with other countries and militias. But which ones? Can we do all this without help from some combination of Russia, Iran, Turkey, the Kurds, and some indigenous forces within Syria—or perhaps all of them?

The problem is that the answer might be no. During the Obama administration, Secretary of State John Kerry assembled a diplomatic conference in Vienna comprised of 21 countries with an interest in the conflict. But they couldn’t get beyond a list of vague of principles, and, since then, the fissures have widened, our leverage has weakened, Assad’s grip on power has tightened, and the Iranian-backed militias that support him aren’t leaving anytime soon. Not even the WMDs are gone. In April, Trump fired 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase to punish Assad for using chemical weapons against his own people. Trump (and some others) thought that did the trick. But just this week, Assad reportedly unleashed chemicals again.

We’ve seen this movie before. We send troops or drop bombs for what some think (and, in some cases, what might actually be) a good cause; the problem only worsens, so we send or drop more, devise a new strategy, then another new strategy (which, after a while, resembles one of the old strategies), and then just stay there, spiraling the violence upward, achieving occasional tactical triumphs but no strategic breakthroughs.

This is where Trump is at with these endless wars that he wanted no part of and berated his predecessor for dropping in his lap. But neither he nor his advisers have the slightest idea how to break through the stasis or pull out without exacerbating the chaos. Not to draw comparisons with Vietnam, which was a far deadlier and more thoroughly senseless war, but Trump is finding himself bogged down in the very definition of a quagmire.

Vietnamese Beef Jerky Vua Kho Bo recipe

by The Ravenous Couple @ The Ravenous Couple

There’s really only one name in the Vietnamese beef jerky game in America and everyone knows it: Vua Kho Bo. Literally and figuratively, it’s the king of Vietnamese style beef jerky. While there are a few imitators, ask Vietnamese-American loving beef jerky enthusiast and that’s the top of the list. Maybe their popularity is because […]

How A Jewelry-Making Project Is Empowering Displaced Women In Istanbul

by Nikki Savvides @ Epicure & Culture

Jewelry that gives back to charity is a great way to be stylish and do good. Check out how to help empower displaced women in Istanbul through jewelry.

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Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup (Pho Bo)

by Trang @ RunAwayRice

Beef Noodle Soup (Pho Bo) is a quintessential Vietnamese dish and this step-by-step recipe shows you how to make this amazing, hearty soup from scratch. If you’re a fan of Beef Pho and have always wanted to learn how to make this delicious soup at home, this is an authentic recipe to try. I’ll show you […]

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Fresh and Easy Vietnamese Noodle Salad |

Fresh and Easy Vietnamese Noodle Salad |


This light and fresh Asian salad filled with cucumber, carrot and bean sprouts is a tangy side dish for grilled meats, poultry, or eaten as a veggie main.

Best ever Vietnamese recipes

Best ever Vietnamese recipes

olive magazine

Vietnamese cuisine is packed full of punchy, vibrant flavours and fresh, healthy ingredients. We've pulled together a collection of our favourite Vietnamese recipes, including colourful rainbow banh-mi, sizzling bun cha salad, and classic summer rolls.

Posole Verde or is it Pozole Verde

by Dax Phillips @ Simple Comfort Food – Recipes that are simple and delicious.

My wife and I (and my family for that matter) have been on a soup kick since late fall. Soup is so comforting.  We have so many favorites. My wife’s go to soup is probably Chicken Tortilla Soup whereas mine is probably Vietnamese pho, or this (or any type) Mexican Posole Verde. The thing I […]

Dwaejigogi Doenjang Gui (Doenjang Marinated Pork)

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Add the meat, and mix well until evenly coated. Marinate at least for 30 mins.
  3. Heat a skillet (or frying pan) with a tablespoon of oil, and briefly stir-fry the vegetables until slightly wilted. Add salt to taste and transfer to

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We’ll Always Have Sky City

We’ll Always Have Sky City

by Bianca Bosker @ Slate Articles

Sky City, the replica of Paris on the outskirts of Hangzhou, was supposed to be empty. The development had been built in 2006 to house 10,000 people in a community modeled after France’s capital, complete with its own Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, and white Haussmann-style apartments. Yet word was that hardly anyone had moved in: It was too far, too inconvenient, too weird. In 2013, a video surfaced showing Sky City’s long boulevards empty of life and its Eiffel Tower choked with weeds, and news sites generated more than 60 copycat stories declaring Sky City a failure. They described the clip as a rare glimpse at China’s “eerie,” “abandoned,” and “post-apocalyptic” City of Light. “Paris, now virtually a ghost town—streets empty, stores vacant,” repeated a 2016 Nightline story, panning over bleak gray plazas populated only by fountains copied from Parisian gardens. (Full disclosure: I was a talking head for the segment.)

For many, Sky City’s demise was an “I told you so” moment. I’ve spent the past decade tracing China’s “duplitecture”—the replica White Houses, Versailles Palaces, and even foreign cities, from Venice to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, that have multiplied through the country—and from the start of my research, planners and architecture critics have assured me the movement was on its last legs. “It’s really just a trend and it’s not sustainable,” an architect at Ben Wood Studio Shanghai told me in 2008; soon after, a different Shanghai-based planner asserted duplitecture was “already outdated even within China.”

Sky City became the poster child for other themed developments that had allegedly met the same fate: intended to house Chinese families in surroundings inspired by Orange County or Barcelona, these communities were said to have languished as ghost towns. An op-ed in the Global Times asserted, “These ‘fake cities’ are just so ridiculously similar to their Western originals that rather than anyone taking them seriously, they turned into residential amusement parks”—empty backdrops for wedding photos and tourist selfies.

Then again, overseas reporting on Chinese culture has a tendency to turn into a game of telephone. (That 2013 video of Sky City was in fact filmed in 2008 by artist Caspar Stracke.) When a documentary filmmaker who’d read my book Original Copies invited me to join him to revisit these duplitecture developments, some of which I hadn’t seen in years, I leapt at the chance to check in on them firsthand. Had they been abandoned? Remodeled? Razed to the ground? Liaoning’s Holland Village—which installed windmills, canals, and a double of the Hague on an area three times the size of Brooklyn’s Navy Yard—had been demolished 10 years after its construction. Sky City had just celebrated its 10th anniversary. This past May, I set out to see what I’d find.

* * *

Once in China, I did not have to go hunting for duplitecture. I caught my first glimpse while in line for customs: The flat-screen TV mounted overhead played footage of starched Chinese soldiers saluting a government building that appeared to be the lovechild of the U.S. Capitol and the White House. En route to Hangzhou, I spotted sprawling Italian palazzos the color of Easter eggs; a British hamlet; a red-domed structure that could have passed for the Duomo in Florence; another U.S. Capitol; and, in line for taxis at the Hangzhou train station, an airbrushed ad for the be-fountained villas of Cam-Town Riviera.

A taxi driver who had last traveled to Sky City two years ago—and never with a foreigner—took me out of the dense thicket of Hangzhou’s skyscrapers into the gangly, mismatched landscape of its suburbs, past a ball-bearing factory, a pink house frosted by white balustrades, and, at last, to a four-lane boulevard, at the end of which sat Sky City’s Eiffel Tower, rising 35 stories into the air.

Both sides of the road were flanked by row after row of high-rise apartments girded by scaffolding and waving cranes from their roofs. The walls bordering the buildings advertised homes in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower (“Don’t wait!”) and reminded passers-by to pursue the “Chinese dream.” For a deserted ghost town, construction was booming.

Expecting to find Sky City an empty shell, I’d stocked up on water and peanuts at the train station. Instead, the streets hummed with the mosquito-whine of scooters and bustled with pedestrians: Parents pushed strollers, young couples queued for Pocky, teenage boys lounged on shady benches, and elderly women shuffled under their neon umbrellas. I snuck into the back entrance of what I thought was an abandoned hotel, only to discover myself in the chandeliered consulting room of a plastic surgery clinic. It advertised a procedure of “exquisite carvings” that would give patients a “U.S.-nose.”

Long populated by Juliet balconies and Art Nouveau streetlights, Sky City had added other sights common to French towns. I passed grocers, barber shops, day cares, cafés, a cosmetics store, a “Baby Bilingual Education Center,” and a boutique with a mannequin dressed in chic black shorts and a Yves Saint Laurent purse. Just like France’s Paris, Hangzhou’s Paris was also filled with Chinese tourists snapping photos.

I learned it had been two years since a new management company had taken over the town. Where an earlier breed of “build-it-and-they’ll-come” developer had judged success in concrete poured, this more enlightened manager had recognized the importance of luring services and stores that would attract residents. The company’s chairman promised he would bring Sky City a Montessori school, “French research institutes,” and spas offering the “world’s most authentic and advanced beauty treatments”; a year later, he pegged the town’s population at nearly 40,000 people—though a bored twentysomething at Madenjoy Real Estate told me that between 14,000 and 18,000 residents had moved in. Still, it appeared something was working: According to Hangzhou Daily, when 663 new units went on sale in August, they sold out in less than four minutes for an average of 14,000 yuan per square meter—about $200 per square foot, slightly more than the average price in Houston. (The average price-per-square-foot for apartments in downtown Hangzhou, two hours away by public transportation, is about triple that, which might explain the high proportion of young families—Paris as starter home.) The developers behind the Hangzhou Paris did not consider it an “eerily depressing ghost town.” They described it as the foundation for a new satellite city.

In its early years, Sky City had, like other themed communities, pushed a European lifestyle to match its European surroundings. British-style Thames Town courted English pubs, German-themed Anting Town served bratwurst, and Sky City hosted crash courses on Gallic customs, from the time of day French diners take their meals (according to the organizers’ website: “Most French restaurants offer lunch between 12:00 and 14:00”) to how they savor caviar (“use the tip of the tongue to slowly crush each individual grain one by one”).

Since then, however, tastes had evolved. I stopped into a bakery just a few steps away from the Eiffel Tower, imagining I’d pick up a baguette or brioche to pair with my Parisian stroll. But not a single thing in its glass cases could reasonably have been described as “French”—not the rolls of taro-infused “Purple Cake,” not the triangles of Barbie-doll pink cream, not the fluffy mounds of dough uniting mayonnaise and hot dog in a stunning number of permutations. These were hybrid pastries with a Chinese sensibility. Like Sky City itself, this pâtisserie had taken a European classic, then reconceived it to suit Chinese tastes.

* * *

Other duplitecture developments had undergone similar transformations. The ghost towns had both filled out—I hit traffic getting into Shanghai’s Thames Town—and mellowed out, the Western surroundings giving way to local habits.

These communities had once emphasized their foreign themes by courting businesses with ties to Western culture, or adopting strict design covenants meant to preserve their foreign look and feel. Planting vegetable gardens, hanging laundry outside to dry, or enclosing balconies—all common sights in typical Chinese neighborhoods—were usually prohibited. Now, at Hangzhou’s Venice Water Town, nearly every Moorish window had a view of glass-encased porches or underwear fluttering in the breeze. One middle-aged woman had planted yuzu, pomelo, peaches, mint, chives, and squash in a yard no bigger than a bus stop.

In Thames Town, where British pubs and wine stores had once far outnumbered Chinese restaurants, couples and families now perused pu’er tea shops, slurped down noodles, and lined up for bubble tea, or Baskin-Robbins. The 27-year-old owner of a boutique selling clothes by up-and-coming Chinese designers told me Thames Town had grown busier since 2014, thanks in part to the expansion of the subway system, and in part to the swelling population of Shanghai proper. (Between 2000 and 2016, the city had grown by the population of New York City, pushing the city limits closer to Thames Town.) When I asked whether Thames Town had tried to court British restaurants to match its English architecture, he choked, midbite, on his sticky rice. Why would anyone want that? “But the English don’t have anything good to eat!” protested the owner’s friend. “All they have is fried fish and french fries! British food is disgusting.

Not every former ghost town has come to life. In Shanghai’s Holland Village (no relation to Liaoning’s), most storefronts along the main street stood empty or deserted, their dusty concrete floors littered with desiccated bouquets or curled posters. Like something out of fairy tale fever dream, I met an elderly woman who lived inside the town’s wooden windmill—the previous tenant, a wedding photography studio, had left it in her care after business went south. Several buildings, including replicas of Amsterdam’s Maritime Museum and De Bijenkorf department store, were under construction—just as they had been during a previous visit in 2008. Since then, the developers had successfully completed a stone cathedral, which they’d outfitted with crucifixes, a crèche, and a wooden altarpiece, then rented to local businesses for use as offices.

A 36-year-old entrepreneur, one of the few shop owners in Holland Village, had chosen the ground floor of a brick townhouse for the headquarters of her wine-importing firm. Since wine was European, she explained, it was appropriate to bring clients to drink in a European setting. And besides, she thought Holland Village was beautiful—a glimpse at a continent she’d never experienced firsthand. “I think there’s a lot of foreign architecture in China because people who can’t afford to see the world can see what it’s like overseas,” she said. “It’s a great thing that we now have all these different styles of buildings in China. It’s not just architecture. It’s also a cultural exchange in a way.”

* * *

Anthony Mackay, a British architect and urban planner who worked on Thames Town, is less enthusiastic about the “cultural exchange” duplitecture represents. I visited Thames Town with him one afternoon, and we followed the curving cobblestone streets past columned apartments drawn from London’s Belgravia, past black-and-white Tudor-style inns, and past a replica of Bristol, England’s Christ Church. (The original is a 20-minute drive from the offices of the firm, Atkins, that planned Thames Town, and it seems the designers conveniently opted to copy from their own backyard.)

“When I discovered that the architecture of Thames Town was a pure imitation of buildings around Bristol and England, I felt ashamed. I felt ashamed that we—I mean Atkins—had succumbed to the client and built such a place,” said Mackay, stressing that he did not design Thames Town’s buildings but consulted on the urban plan for Thames Town and the larger suburban district, Songjiang, to which it belongs.

To Mackay, while the original, British buildings were authentic to the time and place from which they emerged, this Chinese interpretation was copy-and-paste architecture—a rootless imitation. “These buildings have no history. They are pure theater. They are pure replica,” he said. “Tourists in Paris and Venice know that beyond the façade is a genuine history. They are trodding on the ground that Henry the Eighth trod on. Here, you’re trodding on the ground that was a duck farm.”

I considered this while treading the sidewalks of Thames Town. It’s true the landscape houses more than its fair share of absurdities: the statues honoring British greats, like Princess Diana, Winston Churchill, and Harry Potter; the limestone façade of an English school that commands students to “Conquer English to Make China Stronger”; the dozens of brides dressed like princesses and oversize Tinkerbells, feigning surprise as photographers instruct grooms to proffer fake-flower bouquets. Like “uncanny-valley” robots that unsettle us by falling just short of being human, these buildings represent “uncanny architecture,” arousing suspicion because they are nearly identical to the originals, yet a smidge too big, or too new.

But then we forget the originals were once off-putting and conspicuous themselves. We expect columns and crenellations to have the respectable patina of age. They didn’t always. Remarking on the flashy newness of J. Paul Getty’s Malibu villa, a copy of an ancient Roman country house, Joan Didion observed that the ornate surroundings sparkled a little too much with the shine of wealth and status—just as the original would have. “Ancient marbles once appeared just as they appear here: as strident, opulent evidence of imperial power and acquisition,” she writes.

Over time, the glitter and strangeness of duplitecture will fade, until its inhabitants all but forget the replica ever belonged anywhere except its adopted milieu. Back in the U.S., on my drive home from the airport, I pass New York’s own duplitecture—Joseph Pulitzer’s copy of a Venetian palazzo on East 73rd, Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo’s Loire Valley chateau on Madison Avenue. (Of course, there is a double standard, and while the creators of these buildings were “inspired by” European landmarks, China’s developers have been “knocking off” the greats.) Europe’s aristocrats might never have trod in these duplicated structures. But it doesn’t matter: They’ve acquired a new history and transformed into Manhattan’s treasures, rather than Europe’s.

China’s duplitecture will also grow old. Already, its Paris, its Holland, its Venice, and its England have become Chinese in spirit, if not in appearance.

Nomsly Meal Delivery For Kids Opens Up A World Of Flavor

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Boston-based Nomsly is redefining meal delivery for kids. While many grocery and meal kit delivery services include options for kids’ meals, Nomsly is the first focused entirely on childhood nutrition from start to finish. Business has been great for the community, too: Ingredients are sourced in part from the urban farm at reVision House family shelter, […]

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Vietnamese Egg Rolls Recipe (Chả Giò)

by Huy @ Vietnamese Appetizers & Snacks –

My mom is an great cook and a very generous person. Her keen sense of taste and relentless persistence allows her to fine-tune recipes until they’re excellent, and worthy of sharing with others. It was my mom and grandma’s cooking that made their home the gathering point for lunch and dinner multiple times a week. Additionally, she readily […]

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Seven traditional Vietnamese family recipes

Seven traditional Vietnamese family recipes

the Guardian

Uyen Luu, author of My Vietnamese Kitchen, gives her recipes for fried tilapia, sizzling crepes with pork and prawns and omelette baguettes

Apple Crisp, the Dessert You Don’t Want to Miss!

by Laura Bracket @ MyGreatRecipes

Apple Crisp or Apple crumble, depending on which side of the pond you are from, is one of those dessert recipes that are a household staple. Not only is it made with easily accessible ingredients, but preparing it is a breeze, which might be the reason apple crisp is so popular. Of course, being relatively […]

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How to Make Resolutions into Habits

by Eliza Lagerquist @ The Whole U

Ah, January—the month when many of us make resolutions, plans, and promises to make healthier food choices, work out more often, or otherwise implement lifestyle changes that could lead to better health. But three weeks into January, the challenge now is as much sticking to a plan as it is making one. Even among dietitians, [...]

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Michigan Man Arrested for Calling in Death Threats to CNN Over “Fake News”

Michigan Man Arrested for Calling in Death Threats to CNN Over “Fake News”

by Elliot Hannon @ Slate Articles

A Michigan man was arrested after making threatening phone calls to CNN earlier this month, telling an operator at the Atlanta-based news network “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down,” according to an FBI affidavit. The man on the other end of the line, Brandon Griesemer from a Detroit suburb, made a total of 22 calls to CNN on Jan. 9th and Jan. 10th, including four that contained threats.

The calls are particularly disturbing given the incendiary rhetoric of President Trump leveled at the network, which has manifested itself in violent, or at least intentionally intimidating behavior from Trump supporters online and at rallies. Griesemer’s threatening calls came after he called the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor in September and made derogatory comments about Muslims. On Jan. 9th, from the same number, Griesemer called CNN.

From WCPO:

According to the affidavit, the caller told the CNN operator, “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down. F*** you, f****n’ n*****s.” About three minutes later, the affidavit said the CNN number received another call from the same number, and the operator heard a male voice making disparaging comments about CNN and telling the operator that employees should kill themselves. “I am on my way right now to gun the f****n’ CNN cast down. F*** you,” the caller said, according to the affidavit.

Then, 30 minutes later, the same number called CNN again, and the same male voice started whispering derogatory comments about the network, saying, “I’m coming for you CNN. I’m smarter than you. More powerful than you. I have more guns that you. More manpower. Your cast is about to get gunned down in a matter of hours,” before hanging up… “You are going down. I have a gun and I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f***ing gun every single last one of you,” the caller said, according to the affidavit. “I have a team of people. It’s going to be great, man…You gotta get prepared for this one, buddy.”

Investigators were able to trace the calls and arrest Griesemer.

Festive Green and Red Dip

by Marc Matsumoto @ PBS Food

This easy double-dip features both a green and red dip, each have a unique texture and taste that are delicious on their own, but even better together. Continue

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Vietnamese pho recipe- how to cook Vietnamese noodle soup

Vietnamese pho recipe- how to cook Vietnamese noodle soup

Taste Of Asian Food

Here is the recipe how to prepare a bowl of incredible Vietnamese pho. This pho recipe comes with detailed step by step instructions.

Bánh Xèo – Savory Vietnamese Crêpes

by Huy @

Bánh xèo seems to be designed to be eaten as a family. The batter, filling ingredients, and veggies aren’t complicated to prepare, but they don’t make sense to be bought or made to be eaten by yourself. You don’t just buy 1/4 pound of pork, 8 shrimps, or buy 1/4 head of lettuce. You kind […]

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Fried Bee Hoon (Fried Rice Vermicelli)

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

  1. Prepare rice vermicelli by soaking in warm water until they turn soft. Drain and set aside in a colander to rid of excess water.
  2. In a small bowl, mix chicken slices with cornstarch and 1 tsp soy sauce then, set aside to marinate.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp oil a frying pan or wok.

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Instant Pot Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

by heidi @ foodiecrush

Thanks to the Instant Pot pressure cooker, this easy chicken with wild rice soup is rich, creamy (without any added cream), and fast to make, and it tastes even better the next day, making it a great addition to your meal prep plans. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, not to worry, I’m sharing [...]

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The Obstruction Case Is Getting Solid

The Obstruction Case Is Getting Solid

by William Saletan @ Slate Articles

President Trump tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. That fact, reported Thursday night by the New York Times and confirmed by sources for the Washington Post and other papers, shreds the assurances from Republican lawmakers that Trump would never attempt such a thing. It also bolsters key elements of the case for impeachment. The aborted attempt to dismiss Mueller shows that Trump has sought to control the Russia investigation, that he has faked his reasons for disrupting it, and that he has ignored warnings that his behavior could be illegal.

The first thing that stands out is the flimsiness of Trump’s purported rationales for firing Mueller. According to the Times:

First, he claimed that a dispute years ago over fees at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., had prompted Mr. Mueller, the F.B.I. director at the time, to resign his membership. The president also said Mr. Mueller could not be impartial because he had most recently worked for the law firm that previously represented the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Finally, the president said, Mr. Mueller had been interviewed to return as the F.B.I. director the day before he was appointed special counsel in May.

What an odd list. The golf dispute, on its face, is trivial. There’s no record of Trump complaining about it in public, and, in fact, according to the Post, there’s no record of an exchange: “Mueller had sent a letter requesting a dues refund in accordance with normal club practice and never heard back.” So there’s no reason to think that Trump ever heard about it or that Mueller cared enough to follow up. The Kushner complaint is nonsensical. If anything, it implies that Mueller would be inclined to favor Trump. The same goes for the FBI job interview. When Mueller took the special counsel job, he was being wooed and flattered by Trump, not rejected.

If those rationales make no sense, where did they come from? Answer: Trump’s lawyers.
The Post and Times report that the weeks between Mueller’s appointment and Trump’s attempt to fire him, Trump’s lawyers were “compiling arguments about why Mueller could not be impartial” and “digging into potential conflict-of-interest issues.” That’s how they found the issue of the golf club refund.

So what was Trump’s real beef with Mueller? According to the Post, after Mueller’s appointment in May, Trump “spoke with a number of friends and advisers who convinced him that Mueller would dig through his private finances and look beyond questions of collusion with Russians. They warned that the probe could last years and would ruin his first term in office.”

That doesn’t prove Trump meant to obstruct justice. But it does show that when Trump tried to fire Mueller, the reasons he offered were fake ones concocted by his lawyers. And this echoes Trump’s behavior throughout the investigation. When Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, he initially claimed to base his decision on a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about the Hillary Clinton investigation. Then, in an NBC interview, Trump admitted that the Rosenstein story was an excuse. Trump said his real reason was that Comey was a “showboat” and was wrecking the FBI. Then Comey told the Russian foreign minister that Comey was a “nut job” and that Trump, by firing him, had relieved “pressure” on the U.S.-Russia relationship. Then it turned out that Trump, in his initial draft of the termination letter to Comey, had begun by calling the Russia investigation “fabricated and politically motivated.”

The second curious revelation in the Times story is that Trump didn’t just target Mueller directly. He also targeted Rosenstein. “Another option that Mr. Trump considered in discussions with his advisers was dismissing” Rosenstein, the paper reports, “and elevating the Justice Department’s No. 3 official, Rachel Brand, to oversee Mr. Mueller.”

This part of the story is significant because it shows that Trump’s concern was broader than any of the objections he raised against Mueller. Trump targeted Comey, Mueller, and Rosenstein. What did they have in common? It wasn’t golf fees or Kushner’s law firm. It was that they weren’t Trump’s men.

Look back over the Russia investigation, and you’ll see this pattern: Trump constantly sought control. In January 2017, he told Comey that he expected loyalty. A month later, Trump tried to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself. Later, Trump fired Comey and rebuked Sessions for failing to protect Trump from the investigation. In July, Trump drew a red line around his personal finances and signaled to Mueller that he had better not cross that line. And in August, Trump called up members of Congress to derail legislation that would impede him from firing Mueller.

Third, the Times report shows that when Trump tried to fire Mueller, he did so despite warnings that this might be criminal. By May 22, it was widely reported that Mueller was obliged to investigate—and was, in fact, investigating—whether Trump had obstructed justice by firing Comey. When Trump moved in June to oust Mueller, he was essentially ignoring those reports.

Thursday night’s revelations indicate that Don McGahn, the White House counsel, may also have warned Trump directly that firing Mueller would be seen as obstruction. The Times says McGahn “refused” Trump’s instruction to fire Mueller, “saying he would quit instead.” Specifically, the Times says McGahn was “concerned that firing the special counsel would incite more questions about whether the White House was trying to obstruct the Russia investigation.” It’s hard to believe that McGahn didn’t convey to Trump this legal basis for refusing to comply. In addition, the Post reports that Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, who served, respectively, as Trump’s chief strategist and chief of staff during these crucial weeks, “sought to enlist others to intervene with” Trump to stop him from firing Mueller. But Trump went ahead and “moved to remove” Mueller, the paper reports, “despite internal objections.” What exactly were those objections? How many people warned Trump that he might be breaking the law?

This, too, fits Trump’s known behavior. In May, when Trump drafted an initial termination letter to Comey, McGahn warned him not to send it. McGahn marked it up, removing problematic sections. In July, the spokesman for Trump’s legal team resigned, reportedly because he and other members of the legal team worried that Trump had obstructed justice by devising a false statement about the Trump Tower meeting with Russians. And last week, Axios reported that Comey’s successor, FBI Director Chris Wray, blocked Sessions’ attempt to make him fire FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Sessions reportedly pressured Wray on Trump’s behalf and dropped the attempt when Wray threatened to resign. Is it plausible that Trump wasn’t told, in any of these cases, that his own people saw his behavior as obstruction?

The latest reports also indicate that Trump’s aides knew his assault on Mueller was out of bounds. “The White House has denied nearly a dozen times since June that Mr. Trump was considering firing Mr. Mueller,” says the Times. In August, Trump’s White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway, insisted, “The president has not even discussed that.” Trump’s lawyer, John Dowd, said firing Mueller had “never been on the table, never.” This stonewall persisted despite repeated queries. Looking back, says Times reporter Maggie Haberman, “I’m a little surprised at how effective people in the White House were at lying to us about what was actually going on at the time.” But why the need to lie and lie, if the attempt to fire Mueller was nothing to be ashamed of?

To impeach and remove a president for obstructing justice, you need to show that his intent in targeting investigators was corrupt. The easy way is to find tapes in which he talks explicitly about orchestrating false testimony. The harder way is to show that he has repeatedly lied about his motives and has maneuvered to control the investigation, despite warnings to back off. Trump’s assault on Mueller, coupled with his previous assaults on Comey, Sessions, Rosenstein, and McCabe, solidifies that case. He obstructed justice.

Dua Mon Recipe Vietnamese Brined Vegetables

by The Ravenous Couple @ The Ravenous Couple

Dưa món is a mix of brined vegetables,  a Vietnamese version of an Italian giardiniera that is ubiquitously found on tables of feasting Vietnamese families during lunar new year celebrations.  It’s commonly eaten with traditional banh chung and banh tet, but can really be used as a vegetable side for a meat entree. Each family may […]

20 Vietnamese-Inspired Recipes That Think Outside of the Noodle Bowl

20 Vietnamese-Inspired Recipes That Think Outside of the Noodle Bowl

Bon Appetit

From spicy Vietnamese pork chops to quick pho, we've got just enough recipes to satisfy your craving.

Chili Stuffed Peppers

by Kristen Stevens @ The Endless Meal

Chili Stuffed Peppers are a simple and healthy weeknight meal. Bell peppers are stuffed with your favorite chili recipe and baked until soft and delicious. Depending on the chili you choose, these stuffed peppers can be vegan, paleo, or Whole30 approved. Either way, they are always a huge hit at the dinner table! Healthy eating...

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Pho bo recipe (Vietnamese beef noodle soup)

by admin @ Vietnamese Recipes

Pho bo recipe – When you talk about Vietnamese cuisines, you talk about Pho Bo. The Vietnamese beef noodle soup is a stapled dish loved by millions of people around the world. You can find this dish anywhere, from a fancy restaurant in California to a rustic roadside shop in Singapore. Despite its immense popularity nationwide...

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Ayam Goreng – Fried Chicken

by ARAdmin @ Asian Recipes

Ayam goreng is the name applied to various Indonesian and Malaysian dishes of chicken deep-fried in coconut oil. Ayam goreng literally means “fried chicken” in Indonesian and Malay. This South-east Asian version of fried chicken has no batter coating, and is richer in spices. Marination & Spices Nasi bungkus Padang with Padang style ayam goreng.The spice mixtures vary across regions, but primarily consist of a combination of; ground shallot, garlic, Indian bay leaves, turmeric, lemongrass, tamarind juice, candlenut, galangal, salt […]

Bun Cha – Rice Vermicelli & Pork Meatballs

by ARAdmin @ Vietnam Recipes – Asian Recipes

Rice vermicelli Rice vermicelli (“bún”) is a food staple across the entire country of Vietnam. Bún cha is a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork and noodles, thought to have originated from Hanoi, Vietnam. It would be foolish indeed to Hanoi without trying authentic bún cha. The combination comes with grilled pork sausage patties, a basket of herbs, […]

Vietnam Meat Dishes Index

by ARAdmin @ Vietnam Recipes – Asian Recipes

Vietnamese meat dishes are many and varied, the following index to Vietnam recipes and dishes covers meats, poultry and seafood items in both traditional and modern fusion cuisine. Page 1 Vietnamese Spring Rolls Fresh Spring Rolls Chicken Curry Sour Fish Head Soup BBQ Five-Spice Game Hens Tom Yam Goong  (Hot & Sour Soup) BBQ Shrimp […]

Vietnamese Sauces

by ARAdmin @ Vietnam Recipes – Asian Recipes

Vietnamese sauce recipes commence with an important element of Vietnamese cuisine – nuoc cham or the Vietnamese dipping sauce. Nuoc cham is a fish sauce-based dipping sauce, served with spring rolls in Vietnamese restaurants and with a number of other dishes. Nuoc Cham Nuoc Leo (Peanut Sauce) Mam Nem (Fermented Anchovy Dip) Nuoc Mam Cham […]

Vegan Avocado Tofu Sushi Rolls Recipe (Sushi Chay)

by NPFamily Recipes @ NPFamily Recipes

We like sushi, but we couldn’t handle the raw sushi. Everything has to be cooked or smoked. In this recipe, we’re going to go even further. We’re going to make Vegan Avocado Tofu Sushi Rolls (no animal products). The rolls Continue reading Vegan Avocado Tofu Sushi Rolls Recipe (Sushi Chay)

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8 Delicious Korean Desserts That Will Leave A ‘Sweet’ Trail On Your Tongue

by Sharnab Neogi @ Flavorverse

Desserts from Korea are always known for their world-class taste and vibrant, colorful appeal – Korean rice cakes, candies, pastries, cookies, pancakes are only to name a few. They are not just old and traditional, but also equally satisfying, and you wouldn’t understand unless you get acquainted to a few of these. Now, here’s a list […]

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Pig Ear Cookie Recipe (Bánh Tai Heo) - NPFamily Recipes

Pig Ear Cookie Recipe (Bánh Tai Heo) - NPFamily Recipes

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Pig Ear Cookie (Bánh Tai Heo) is one of the favorite snacks for kids in Vietnam. They're slightly sweet, extremely crispy and delicious.

Crab with Tamarind and Chili (Cua Rang Me)

by Rasa Malaysia @ Vietnamese Recipes – Rasa Malaysia

Crab with tamarind and chili or Cua Rang Me is a coastal Vietnamese recipe. Easy recipe with step-by-step photo guide how to prepare live crab.

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The Best No Knead Cookbook Ever

by Thien-Kim Lam @ I'm Not the Nanny

The perfect bread making book for busy people.

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Why Trump Wanted Mueller Out

Why Trump Wanted Mueller Out

by Ryan Goodman @ Slate Articles

“Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said in July 2017. Any effort?

The news broken by the New York Times, and confirmed by the Washington Post and NBC, is that President Donald Trump did not just make an effort—Mr. Trump reached the point of ordering the White House counsel to get the Justice Department to fire Bob Mueller in June. The president apparently backed off when the White House counsel said he would resign if Mueller were fired.

The reason that Sen. Graham and others drew the line at firing Mueller, around that very same time, is that such action alone would constitute a grave abuse of power. Indeed. And the current reports of how exactly Trump’s decision to fire Mueller transpired provide more evidence that points, on the whole, toward a stronger case for obstruction of justice. But there is also some nuance here to be sorted through.

Here are three lessons I derived from the reported events inside the White House.

First, these events put the lie to the idea that President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because of Comey’s misconduct, for example, in handling Hillary Clinton’s emails or in his leadership of the bureau. The reporting now clearly indicates President Trump simply wanted both men fired because of their dogged commitment to following through with the investigation and rooting out crime. According to the Washington Post, “the president spoke with a number of friends and advisers who convinced him that Mueller would dig through his private finances and look beyond questions of collusion with Russians.” While one might think it was already obvious why President Trump fired Comey, a question is whether it is obvious beyond a reasonable doubt or so obvious that Republican members of Congress could not try to explain it away. We now have two similar and astonishing actions by the president to thwart the Russia investigation by trying to cut off the head of the probe. Simply put, Trump’s ordering the firing of Mueller adds significantly to the criminal case for obstruction of justice and to any impeachment case for obstruction and abuse of power.

As to the three reasons the president provided for Mueller having a conflict of interest, we can interrogate each of them separately—I recommend Renato Mariotti’s tweet thread for that purpose—but the news reports themselves explain that was not the true motivation for the president’s concerns about Mueller. What’s more, the White House counsel reportedly “disagreed with the president’s case.”

Second, caution is advised in how to interpret White House Counsel Don McGahn’s reasons for saying he would resign if Mueller were fired. It is not clear from the reporting whether McGahn objected because he considered the act would be unlawful (or unethical) or because of the harmful political effects on the White House for going down that road (and the damage to McGahn’s own professional and personal reputation for being involved). I suppose the White House Counsel could have had multiple reasons. The New York Times wrote, “Mr. McGahn disagreed with the president’s case and told senior White House officials that firing Mr. Mueller would have a catastrophic effect on Mr. Trump’s presidency.” It is notable that it was the White House top lawyer who said he would resign. Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon also both reportedly strongly opposed the president’s decision, but the news reports do not say that either the chief of staff or the White House chief strategist threatened to leave.

Third, given the prospect of enormous negative fallout for the presidency if Mueller had been fired—the episode is support for either one of two theories:

Theory A: Trump calculated that the risk of damage to his presidency was less than the risk of letting Mueller continue his investigation (a “something-to-hide” theory);

Theory B: Trump’s cost-benefit calculation is so askew and his decision-making so impulsive that he’d make decisions that could implode his own White House (a madman theory)

The first explanation would fairly directly bolster the case of obstruction. The second does too in a way. The madman theory raises the question of what so deeply worried the president about Mueller to lead to an order to fire the special counsel—especially over the advice of the White House counsel, the chief of staff, and White House chief strategist.

The fact that the attempted firing of Mueller provides significant evidence of obstruction of justice has implications across a range of issues in the Russia investigation. Most squarely it builds the case in the criminal context, which is being investigated by the special counsel. It also builds the case for any action by Congress—whether in the form of censure or impeachment and whether in the current Congress or the one after the 2018 elections. These events may also give rise to other problems for White House officials. Mueller has reportedly been asking White House officials about questions that relate very much to the president’s state of mind and attitudes toward the Russia investigation. So, did any White House officials who have been interviewed by the FBI (or by Congress) withhold information or make statements about the events in June 2017 that would now be proven false? If so, they would have exposed themselves to criminal liability, and would now have every reason to cooperate even more fully with the special counsel’s office.

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Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup)

by Rasa Malaysia @ Vietnamese Recipes – Rasa Malaysia

Chicken Pho - hearty Vietnamese chicken noodles soup, hearty and super delicious. Get the easy recipe

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There’s Nothing More to Learn About Trump

There’s Nothing More to Learn About Trump

by Katy Waldman @ Slate Articles

Over the past year, I developed a stock answer for when new acquaintances asked what I wrote about. “It used to be language, books, and culture,” I’d say. “Now it’s language, books, culture, and Trump.”

While the rise of the former Apprentice star changed my beat explicitly—after the election, I was tasked with critiquing his political performance as theater—this general turn Trumpward is an experience most journalists share. A single person has become omnipresent in the news, and in all of our lives, to a degree that hardly seemed possible prior to November 2016. Writing in the New York Times about his quixotic quest to avoid the 45th president, Farhad Manjoo suggested in February 2017 that Trump “is no longer just the message” but also “the medium, the ether through which all other stories flow.” Reading ostensibly non-Trump journalism, Manjoo wrote, was “like trying to bite into a fruit-and-nut cake without getting any fruit or nuts.”

With Trump’s sun dominating our mental sky, the media ecosystem now evokes some darkest-timeline version of an energy pyramid from freshman biology: POTUS feeds the grass that feeds the herbivores that feed the carnivores that feed the decomposers. The specifics of the analogy hardly matter. Line up grass with reporting, herbivores with first-day analysis, carnivores with second-day analysis, and decomposers with social media. Or maybe political writing is the plant life, and arts, culture, business, and tech writing are the animals. At any rate, if you looked at a screen or leafed through newsprint in 2017, what you saw couldn’t have existed absent an overfamiliar ball of glowing orange gas.

There’s something fantastical about Trump’s dominion, a sense that we’ve been cursed. All the paragraphs we’ve read in the past year have transformed into a pinwheel of red-hatted presidents, a sick whirligig that doesn’t fade even when we close our eyes. Most of the time our mind isn’t playing tricks on us—there’s an unspoken imperative, it seems, that every story contrive to incorporate the head of state. “My Angle for This Piece Is That We Live in Trump’s America Now” ran a satire on the Awl, a compendium of pitches about, for instance, what “ ‘gourmet’ mean[s] in America in an era when our president dines almost exclusively on well-done steaks and chicken fingers.”

I remember how I felt when Trump got elected last November—the dismay but also the energy, how fascinating it all seemed.* Yes, the country was screwed, but our reality TV president gave us so much to unpack and question and observe and uncover. Was he a canny strategist channeling the resentment of America’s forgotten workers? (Who exactly were the forgotten workers? Were we covering them correctly at all?) Or was he a supremely inept guy making the right angry noises at the right time? Did he have dementia? Could we ask that? What were Trump’s formative experiences? Where did his loneliness come from? His bigotry?

And how about that amazing supporting cast? Ghost-in-the-shell Melania, Carmilla-lite Ivanka, Kush, the idiot sons, neglected Tiffany. Lieutenants came in both the “craven opportunist” and “true believer” flavors, and you could go hoarse debating which was worse. You could throw a roll of paper towels from the stoop of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and hit a novelistic type: grossly underqualified cabinet pick (check), granite-faced general (check), slippery communications people (check, check), blustery turncoat (check).

There was so much to say, and we said it all. We really did. But after a certain point, one’s hunger to cover the White House morphs into nihilism about White House coverage. What’s left to discuss when you’ve discussed everything, and nothing has changed?

Trump possesses a radical power to remake reality—to alter not only the world but also the rules governing it. When he sends a tweet taunting Kim Jong-un about the size of his nuclear button, phallic military grandstanding on Twitter becomes a thing that presidents do. Political experts weigh in; historians take note. We argued that firing James Comey was wrong, imagining our judgments would enter the warp and weft of things, would create consequences. Perhaps our stories offered momentary clarification, illumination, or entertainment. Perhaps they even spurred some change. But they were no match for someone with a near-supernatural command over the country’s ontology. They couldn’t reverse the topsy-turviness Trump wrought. In 2017, we learned just how wide the gulf separating our words from the president really was.

Cut to the present day, after 12 straight months of wall-to-wall 45. We’re worried we’ve lost all sense of perspective. Either we’re overreacting, ready to declare the death of democracy with each asinine tweet, or underreacting, because we can’t possibly process all of Trump’s crimes against humanity. We were driven to chronicle a presidency that broke every paradigm; now, satiety wrestles addiction in an endless downhill somersault. Trump is the leftover holiday pie we wish we weren’t eating, but we just keep cutting more slices.

Why? Why are you still reading 10 articles about Trump a day and why am I writing them? I think your voraciousness and my compulsion stem from a misunderstanding of what it is we really crave. Trump is a question to which we don’t have an answer, a dissonance we can’t resolve. We’re galant-style harpsichordists pounding on a dominant seventh chord that refuses to melt to tonic. The more we cover him, the more we excite the desire to explain away, account for, and tame his outrageous behavior. But we can’t. All we can do is stoke the fever with fresh data points, new revelations.

It didn’t take long for us to get a handle on Trump’s character. He feels no need to disguise who he is, and who he is turns out to be pretty simple to discern. But the portraits of entitlement, racism, and rage that continue to roll off the presses fail to address how it is that we wake up every morning to any number of astonishing facts—for instance, that the grifting U.S. president may not have even wanted to win the election. Explaining Trump, in other words, doesn’t make the world Trump has created (or that’s created him) any more legible. It also does not throw light on the relational space between Trump and us—how a single man wields such profound power to shape our inner lives as well as our outer ones, or how we found ourselves in a present defined by the ludicrous, the ridiculous, and the unbelievable. I’d bet this existential bewilderment—and our misplaced belief that more data might assuage it—is why everyone got so mad about the New York Times’ “softball” interview in December, though people said it was because Michael Schmidt didn’t press the president on his lies and errors. That piece, which revealed Trump in his uninformed, rambling state of nature, could only ever be a broken promise. It would never expose anything we didn’t already know.

Welcome to the condition of having, as Alanis Morissette put it, 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife. Trump is a lot, but he’s a lot of a particular quality called nothing. No qualifications, no ideology, no substance. He’s turned glut and scarcity into a snake eating its own tail. Of course we want a blade to cut to the heart of that empty commotion. We’re like Macbeth grasping for the phantom dagger that might finally put an end to all this sound and fury. And you’ve probably already figured out the grand diabolical twist: that meditating on the Trump experience for 1,300 words only feeds the unslayable beast. Then again, what else am I going to do with all these spoons?

*Correction, Jan. 23, 2018: This piece originally misstated that Trump was elected in January. He was inaugurated in January and elected in November.

Vietnamese Cuisine

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Rice is the staplefood in the Vietnamese cuisine as well as noodles made of rice. The rice noodles can be served from breakfast to dinner in the Vietnamese diet. The rice noodles are prepared in soups or even in meat dishes served served fresh or dried and may have different shapes. The Vietnamese diet is rich in vegetables and herbs such as cucumbers, bean threads, sprigs of basil, hot pepper, mint and coriander. Vietnamese cuisine is a reflection of its culture, traditions and history. In...

Dumplings – How To’s and Recipes

by Emily Stephens @ MyGreatRecipes

You must have tried dumplings from the store at least once and you probably found them tasty. But wait till you prepare homemade ones! Round, chewy, and packed with your favorite sweet or savory filling – you just won’t be able to stop eating! DISCOVER GREAT RECIPES, TIPS & IDEAS! We find these Asian cuties […]

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RunAwayRice - Traditional Asian Recipes with a Modern Twist!

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A fun and friendly food blog sharing hundreds of easy Asian recipes with short how-to videos on making delicious and healthy Asian and Vietnamese cuisine.

Samgyupsal Gui (Grilled Pork Belly)

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

  1. Prepare the vegetables. Mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Heat the grill or skillet. Turn to medium heat and add the meat to the grill along with the garlic, chilli peppers, and any other vegetables of your choice. Cook for about 2-3 mins then flip over to cook the other

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Chicken & Pork Adobo

by ARAdmin @ Asian Recipes

This is popular offering is a national dish of the Philippines. Before serving, it might pay to mention that peppercorns in the sauce, not everyone handles those well. The strong vinegar flavor in the sauce/gravy is counterbalanced by the pepper, soy sauce and garlic. Adobo has many regional variations and Chicken & Pork Adobo is […]

Gochujang Saewu Gui (Spicy Grilled Prawn Skewers)

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

  1. Soak wooden skewers in water while preparing the prawns. Rinse the prawns and drain. Thread the prawns on to the skewers.
  2. Mix all the marinade ingredients well in a bowl.
  3. Spoon (or brush) the marinade over the prawns to coat evenly. Let stand for 20 to 30 mins.
  4. Preheat a lightly oiled

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Nuclear Posturing

Nuclear Posturing

by Fred Kaplan @ Slate Articles

President Trump has cranked up anxieties about nuclear war, more so than any president since Ronald Reagan’s first term more than 30 years ago. These anxieties are unlikely to be calmed by news that he will soon sign the Nuclear Posture Review, a 47-page Pentagon document that critics say will spur the building of new nuclear weapons, expand the scenarios in which the United States might use them, and thus boost the likelihood of nuclear war.

But the panic over Trump’s willingness to use nukes—stemming mainly from his public comments about raining “fire and fury” on North  Korea—is actually a separate matter from the review. That document—which was leaked to HuffPost earlier this month and has since been the subject of alarming news stories and editorials elsewhere—was written by the U.S.
military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff  (not the White House). It has since been endorsed by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and the national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. And, with a few exceptions (some of them notable, and we’ll get to those), it reads very similarly to the Nuclear Posture Reviews released by Presidents George W. Bush in 2002 and Barack Obama in 2010.

The last point is the main one. The shuddering thing about this document is that it reflects the views of officers and civilians, deep inside the Pentagon, who have been thinking about nuclear policy for decades. In other words, its premises and logic precede Trump; they have been woven into America’s nuclear-war machine for a very long time. Trump makes it seem more shuddersome because he is the first president since the end of the Cold War to speak about nuclear war so cavalierly—to give the impression that he might actually launch a nuclear first strike—and, therefore, to a degree that wasn’t true of Bush or Obama (or almost any other president), it seems that he might easily be persuaded to take this document as a serious guide to action.

Three points in the new document have triggered particular alarm. The first is that the United States might fire nuclear weapons in response to several types of non-nuclear attacks, including attacks involving biological, chemical, or cyberweapons. This is the most marked contrast to Obama’s 2010 Nuclear Posture Review, which had, as one of its main points, that the U.S. would “reduce the role of nuclear weapons in deterring non-nuclear attacks.” Trump’s review says, explicitly and several times, that the country will now increase the role of nuclear weapons.

The second source of alarm is its statement that the United States will build new nuclear weapons for precisely this purpose. These include a very low-yield warhead for some Trident II submarine-launched missiles, a nuclear bomb–carrying version of the F-35 fighter jet, and the revival of a nuclear sea-launched cruise missile. Some of these weapons are said to blur the distinction between conventional and nuclear weapons—either because they’re mounted on planes or missiles that carry both types and because, in some cases, they’re much less powerful than most nukes—thus making the escalation to nuclear war more seamless and possibly more tempting.

The third alarm bell, which accentuates the second, is the document’s repeated emphasis on the need to “integrate” nuclear and non-nuclear warfare in the U.S. military’s doctrine, training, and exercises.

If these points make you nervous, that’s OK; they should. But here’s the larger point: They have very little to do with Donald Trump; rather, they have everything to do with the nature of the nuclear age and the logic that’s animated it all along, in the United States and in Russia.

Even Obama’s 2010 Nuclear Posture Review, which called for reducing “the role of nuclear weapons in deterring non-nuclear attacks,” didn’t lead to a change in policy on this score. During the drafting of that review, Obama sparked a lively debate among national-security aides over whether to adopt a “no-first-use” policy on nuclear weapons. (No president has declared such a policy; America’s post–World War II deterrence strategy in Europe and Asia has always relied, in part, on the pledge to use nuclear weapons first, in response to an invasion, if conventional defenses collapse.) The debate under Obama was whether the posture review should say that nuclear weapons’ “only” purpose was for retaliating to a nuclear attack or whether that was merely their “primary” purpose. If it were the only purpose, that meant the United States would not use nukes first; if it were the primary purpose, then first-use was still an option.

Top aides said at the time that Obama backed away from “only”—i.e., backed away from a no-first-use policy—mainly because U.S. allies said they would find such a policy “very unsettling”; it would cast doubt on our commitment to their security and might tempt foes to behave more aggressively. The posture review fudged the issue by saying that deterring a nuclear attack was the “fundamental” purpose of nuclear weapons while noting that they might also be useful for deterring (and, therefore, responding to) biological attacks and large-scale conventional invasions.

Trump’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review lists more examples of non-nuclear attacks that might justify nuclear first use—including cyberattacks that damage America’s infrastructure—and it cites these examples with fewer tonal qualms. But as something that the nuclear-war planners at U.S. Strategic Command might read as guidance on policy, the two documents aren’t so different.

The second main point—calling for new nuclear weapons that might make first use seem easier—does differ from Obama’s review. It is, in fact, a return to George W. Bush’s review of 2002, which called for building these sorts of weapons for precisely this purpose. (Obama’s review did not mention such weapons.) But none of these weapons were ever funded: The Pentagon’s budget requested just scraps for research and development; Congress cut even those.

Not even Trump’s review places these weapons on anything like a front burner. It estimates that a new intercontinental ballistic missile will be fielded by 2029, a new nuclear-missile submarine by 2031. It doesn’t even posit a date for the low-yield Trident warhead and says only that the Pentagon will “pursue” a nuclear submarine-launched cruise missile—and that the program will be dropped if the Russians cut back some of their new shorter-range nuclear missiles aimed at Europe.

Obama’s document, though falling short of proclaiming a no-first-use policy, did change nuclear policy in three significant ways. First, it declared that the United States would not use nuclear weapons first against a country that had signed, and was in compliance with, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT. This still kept North Korea (and, at the time, Iran) in the crosshairs but provided an incentive for other countries, which might be thinking about going nuclear, to refrain. Second, Obama’s document declared that the 400 Minuteman ICBMs, each of which carried three warheads, would now carry just one.

A striking thing about Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review (and this hasn’t been noted by any alarmed article on the subject) is that it reaffirms Obama’s pledge not to fire nuclear weapons first against a country in compliance with the NPT. (It doesn’t credit Obama with the idea, but it does repeat his language, word for word, and in italics.) It also pledges to keep just one warhead on each Minuteman missile—and, for good measure, not to violate any arms-control accord that puts limits on America’s nuclear arsenal.

The authors of Trump’s document also note, in italics, that the use of nuclear weapons would be considered only “in extreme circumstances to defend the interests of the United States, its allies and partners”—though it does broaden, a bit, the definition of “extreme circumstances.” It is also worth noting that, while Obama put these pledges up front in his document, Trump’s officials buried them in his. They start off, repeat many times, and conclude with the warning that the world is more dangerous, that Russia in particular has been boosting the role of nuclear weapons in its defense planning, and that therefore so must we.

The Trump officials’ premise is true. While the United States hasn’t built a new nuclear weapon in two decades, Russia is modernizing two of its ICBMs, has built more short- and medium-range nukes (even to the point of violating the Reagan-Gorbachev era treaty that banned intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe), and has carried out exercises that integrate nuclear and non-nuclear operations. If Russian military officers and political leaders really believe that they’ve figured out some gap in the U.S. deterrent—if they believe that they can use nuclear weapons in some way that forces us to back down in a conflict, rather than to respond in kind—then this is worrisome.

One way to deal with Russia’s new programs and doctrine might be to ignore them—to say, We see what you’re doing, and you’re wasting your money. We have enough nuclear weapons, of enough versatility, to retaliate to any move you make at any level you choose. One might also take steps to bolster everybody’s confidence in that statement—for instance, improving the security of command-control links. One might also strengthen conventional and cyberdefenses, in order to reinforce—rather than blur—the threshold between nuclear and non-nuclear warfare.

But the Trump officials’ response is flawed and potentially dangerous. Rather than deride and diminish the Russians’ nuclear illusion, they are taking it seriously and saying that we need to make nuclear weapons more usable in order to survive. In short, the Nuclear Posture Review is, in effect, telling the Russians that they’re on to something, that they really have uncovered a weakness in our defenses.

In fact, this weakness doesn’t exist—the document breathlessly asserts, but never makes so much as an argument, much less a clear case, that our current arsenal can’t meet the new threats. The danger is that, to the extent the Russians believe they have an advantage, the Pentagon’s review might bolster their belief. When this document goes public, reportedly in the next week or so, and when Mattis appears on Capitol Hill to defend it, members of Congress should ask him to explain, point by point, just which threats he can’t meet with the current policy and arsenal—and just how his new policies and weapons can handle the threat.

There’s a key bit of context to this document, a fact that most people don’t know but that’s crucial to understanding what’s going on here: From the beginning of the nuclear age, the people entrusted with the bombs and missiles and warheads—the people who spend their workaday lives thinking about how to deter nuclear war and how to fight nuclear war if deterrence fails—have always sought ways to make nuclear weapons usable, to make them like other military weapons writ large. The popular myth is that our policy has been mutual assured destruction—we threaten to blow up the bad guys’ cities if they attack us, and so they don’t attack us. But in fact, our weapons have always been aimed mainly at the bad guys’ military targets—their own nuclear forces, military bases, command posts, etc.—and our nuclear plans have always incorporated options for going first, if just to pre-empt the bad guys from going first.

The people who devise these war plans are not, for the most part, the crazed generals in Dr.
. They base their plans on elaborate logic chains of what’s needed to deter the enemy and assure our friends. Somewhere along the way, they decided that a credible assuring deterrent must involve actual plans to fight the nuclear war, if possible to win it, and from that point on, the “options” and “scenarios” mount endlessly, and the capabilities we “need” mount endlessly too.

This is the nature of the nuclear age. This has been going on since the first A-bombs exploded, and it’s continued to go on these past few decades, since the end of the Cold War, even though few in the outside world have noticed. That’s the difference in the Trump age. Trump’s belligerent rhetoric has highlighted the fact, which we’ve all tried to forget, that these nuclear weapons are still here. In one sense, the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review is a bit of exceptionally bad timing. It really isn’t so different, in substance, from the posture reviews of the past; but, in particular contrast to the previous review, in 2010, we now have a president who might take it seriously.

Obama accepted the logic of the nuclear machine, though reluctantly; in that context, his expressed desire to eliminate nuclear weapons, at some point in the far-off future, signaled that, despite the machine’s logic, he would be very averse to using these things—and, because of that, our anxieties about the machine were abated. Trump seems exuberant about the machine, not so much about its logic, which I can’t imagine he’s ever explored, but more about its sheer destructiveness. That’s what makes the Nuclear Posture Review such a frightening document.

Trump Calls Shutdown a “Nice Present” From Democrats on One-Year Anniversary of Presidency

Trump Calls Shutdown a “Nice Present” From Democrats on One-Year Anniversary of Presidency

by Daniel Politi @ Slate Articles

Mere hours after the federal government shut down at midnight Friday for the first time in more than four years, Democrats and Republicans have started blaming each other for halting all but the most essential operations.

President Donald Trump got in on the act early on Saturday, saying that Democrats wanted to give him “a nice present” to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Even though the Democrats “could have easily made a deal” they “decided to play Shutdown politics instead.” The commander in chief used the hashtag “#DemocratShutdown.”

The shutdown, the president added, is just one more example of why voters need to elect more Republicans in November “in order to power through mess!” He later noted that with more Republican lawmakers, “We can then be even tougher on Crime (and Border), and even better to our Military & Veterans!”

Trump pinned blame on Democrats mere hours after the White House press secretary called lawmakers on the other side of the aisle “obstructionist losers” in a statement that seemed to dash some hope that the shutdown could be resolved quickly. Shortly after the federal government shut down, Democratic and Republican leaders expressed optimism that ongoing talks throughout the weekend could provide a solution. And Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney even said there was a “really good chance” of the issue being resolved before government offices are scheduled to open Monday morning.

The White House statement though seemed to draw a line in the sand on one of the most contentious issues leading to the shutdown, making clear all negotiations on immigration were off the table until government funding resumes.

“We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform.”

Senate Democrats, however, blamed Republicans for the shutdown, insisting they negotiated several points to try to reach a deal, but were met with rejections. “It’s almost as if you were rooting for a shutdown,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor in comments directed at Trump.

For now polls suggest voters are more sympathetic to Democrats. A poll by Washington Post-ABC News released Friday afternoon showed that 48 percent of Americans said they would blame Trump and Republicans rather than Democrats for a potential shutdown, compared to 28 percent who would blame Democrats. In a sign of how Americans are tired of Washington dysfunction in general, 18 percent of Americans said they would blame both parties for a shutdown.

Easy and Creamy Homemade Coleslaw Salad

by Laura Bracket @ MyGreatRecipes

A classic coleslaw recipe is quite simple – it features only three ingredients (green cabbage, carrots, and dressing) and is very simple to make. Its simple crunchy creaminess pairs beautifully with rich BBQ meats and for that reason, coleslaw is a regular attendee at backyard parties and get-togethers. DISCOVER GREAT RECIPES, TIPS & IDEAS! And […]

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Coconut Turmeric Latte

by Kristen Stevens @ The Endless Meal

This delicious Coconut Turmeric Latte is the ultimate healthy indulgence. It tastes like a creamy dessert coffee but is so good for you. Don't worry, even though you don't taste the turmeric, you still get all of its health benefits. Ok friends, I'm crossing my fingers that you can have a little faith and hear...

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Review: BBQ with The Pit Barrel Cooker

by The Ravenous Couple @ The Ravenous Couple

Let’s put this out here front and center. We’re gluttons for good smoked bbq (we’ve had a bbq caterer smoke bbq for 3 parties!) but have always been too intimidated to make it at home—until now. Yes, we’ve spent hours making complex soups such as bun bo hue and other seemingly difficult Vietnamese dishes, but […]

Vietnamese Summer Rolls

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We’re back from an amazing vacation to Asia and finally, a week later I’m over the jet lag! Stops in Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong proved every bit the adventure that I had hoped for…

Let’s Pause to Appreciate That Trump Thinks Mueller Is Biased Against Him Because of Golf Club Fees

Let’s Pause to Appreciate That Trump Thinks Mueller Is Biased Against Him Because of Golf Club Fees

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ Slate Articles

The New York Times dropped a pretty good bombshell Thursday night, reporting that Donald Trump ordered special counsel Robert Mueller’s firing last June before being talked out of it by White House lawyer Don McGahn. The news has all sorts of implications for the larger Trump-Russia saga and, like, the fate of our 242-year-old experiment in democratic government, but let’s pause for a moment, before getting into all that stuff, to appreciate the funniest part of the Times story:

The president began to argue that Mr. Mueller had three conflicts of interest that disqualified him from overseeing the investigation … First, he claimed that a dispute years ago over fees at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., had prompted Mr. Mueller, the F.B.I. director at the time, to resign his membership. 

Ah, yes … golf disputes, always a hot topic in conflict-of-interest ethics. Making it even better is that this has actually come up before only for Mueller to assert that he did not, in fact, resign from Donald Trump’s dumb country club because of a fee issue. From the Washington Post last July:

A spokesman for Mueller said there was no dispute when Mueller, who was FBI director at the time, left the club.

I would bet $1,000 of Titleist golf balls that what happened was Mueller canceled his membership for normal reasons in a normal way only to have to later complain to American Express or whatever because the Trump Organization kept “accidentally” billing his card every month like one of the companies that sells homeopathic erection pills on late-night television.

Update, 10:55 p.m.: A stunning new development! The Washington Post weighs in with a late-breaking insider account of the alleged golf-money showdown that has transfixed a nation:

The dispute was hardly a dispute at all. According to a person familiar [with the] matter, Mueller had sent a letter requesting a dues refund in accordance with normal club practice and never heard back.

This is basically what I guessed, right?

Japanese milk bread- How to make the softest, lightest and fluffiest bread ever

by KP Kwan @ Taste Of Asian Food

In this post, I will show you the softest, lightest and fluffiest Japanese milk bread recipe. You may wonder, Japan is not the country famous for bread, so what is so unique about the Japanese bread recipe? I was equally puzzled why the Japanese bread (Hokaiddo milk bread) is so soft until I found the […]

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Why Did Don McGahn Save Bob Mueller’s Job and Why Did We Learn About It Now?

Why Did Don McGahn Save Bob Mueller’s Job and Why Did We Learn About It Now?

by Jeremy Stahl @ Slate Articles

The New York Times reported on Thursday that President Donald Trump attempted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller in June but was stopped by White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II. According to the bombshell story, sourced to “four people told of the matter,” McGahn threatened to resign rather than carry out an order from the president firing Mueller.

“Amid the first wave of news media reports that Mr. Mueller was examining a possible obstruction case, the president began to argue that Mr. Mueller had three conflicts of interest that disqualified him from overseeing the investigation,” the Times reported.

The story tracks closely with what has been previously reported about Trump’s approach to the special counsel’s office around the summer of last year. On June 8, former FBI Director James Comey testified to Congress that Trump had attempted to get Comey to drop his own investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. (You’ll remember that Trump fired Comey in May, Mueller was appointed not long after that, and soon began looking into the possibility that the president obstructed justice in the Russia case.)

One day after this testimony, Trump told reporters that Comey was lying under oath to Congress and that he’d “be glad” to tell the real story to Mueller’s investigators. Lying to federal investigators—or Congress, as Comey was accused of doing—would of course be a crime. (Flynn himself has since pleaded guilty to lying to investigators probing the Trump campaign’s possible connection to Russian interference in the 2016 election.)

Three days after Trump promised to talk to Mueller, his pal Chris Ruddy floated the possibility that the president might actually just want to fire the special counsel instead. Now we’ve learned that this was around the time that Trump was making plans in private to do exactly that, a proposal that was reportedly only foiled by McGahn.

Why is this timeline relevant? Well, for one, the news broke one day after Trump again told reporters that he “would love” to speak with Mueller “as soon as possible.” Again, lying to a federal investigator, particularly about something like alleged obstruction of justice, is a crime.

Which brings up a few theories for why this story was leaked when it was, several months after the incidents in question allegedly happened.

1. Maybe this leak is part of McGahn’s effort to again prevent Trump from firing Mueller. Under this reasoning, perhaps our Wile E. Coyote president has once again panicked after his latest headline-generating promise to speak with Mueller—a promise it seems he doesn’t actually want to fulfill—and is looking for a way out. If he were again talking behind the scenes about firing Mueller, floating this story might be one way for McGahn to attempt to again put a cork in it.

2. Another theory put out on Twitter is that McGahn leaked the story as a way of publicly floating to Mueller that he wants to cooperate with the investigation. Under this premise, a leak would be McGahn’s way of lessening any possible culpability for potential obstruction of justice in his own role in the firing of Comey and his effort to block Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation. This seems implausible to me, because why wouldn’t he just do that through his lawyers directly to Mueller?

3. Someone other than McGahn has leaked this story either to punish the White House, or perhaps to again try to save Mueller under the rationale of theory No. 1. The Times story is sourced to four people who were told about it. There’s no indication one of them was definitely McGahn. Steve Bannon, who recently had a high-profile falling out with the White House, might have reason to spill such news at this point. He has also come under scrutiny in recent days from both Congress and Mueller and could have reason to try to protect himself.

All of this raises another interesting question. Why would McGahn try to save Mueller’s job in the first place? A few more theories:

1. Maybe he thought it would be politically catastrophic to Trump’s presidency to (again) patently obstruct a criminal investigation into his campaign, associates, and administration. Mueller is after all a long-respected Republican public servant who was first appointed head of the FBI by the last Republican president, George W. Bush. Perhaps McGahn believed firing him would be a step too far, even for previously loyal Trump Republicans.

2. Maybe McGahn felt firing Mueller would spark a constitutional crisis and he didn’t want that. Hypothetical mass protests over the head of state claiming essentially authoritarian powers to end criminal investigations into himself and his associates would not be inconceivable, nor would an eventual impeachment controversy.

3. Maybe the lawyer McGahn actually appreciates the rule of law and didn’t want to go down in history as one of the men who helped bring about making it subordinate to the will of Donald Trump.

4. Maybe McGahn believed that this president and anyone who might help him obstruct a criminal investigation will eventually have to face the retribution of a true prosecutor such as Mueller.

Ultimately, maybe McGahn was just looking to cover his own ass.

How to cook the best Chinese fried rice with only six ingredients

by KP Kwan @ Taste Of Asian Food

Have you ever replicate the restaurant style Chinese fried rice, but still fall short of the result you want after trying all the methods on the internet, YouTube and recipe books? This article is aimed to provide the final piece of the missing puzzle that you are searching for. I am referring to the simple […]

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Heo Quay Sous Vide Crispy Pork Belly

by The Ravenous Couple @ The Ravenous Couple

Instead of holiday leftover recipes we’re going to post a recipe that’s been sitting in our queue for quite a long time, heo quay Vietnamese roasted pork belly.  Pork belly is beloved ingredient on our blog, from braised and caramelized pork belly (thit kho to thit rang) to our Asian inspired porchetta. While all of […]

Discover Vietnamese Cuisine

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Learn how to cook healthy Vietnamese food.

Slow-cooked Mandarin Beef

by ARAdmin @ Asian Recipes

If you are looking for a healthy beef recipe, this is a classic “slow cooker” beef dish that also tastes great! Slow cooking recipes are both easy to make and still enable you to get your essential vitamins and minerals from red meat without going overboard it on calories or fat.   Ingredients 1 pound […]

Braised Pork Ribs

by ARAdmin @ Vietnam Recipes – Asian Recipes

Ribs are not always baked or grilled, and these ribs are “oven braised” with a Vietnamese spice mixture, making them succulent, juicy, and very tender. You can even braise them a day ahead and keep them refrigerated in their juices, because they reheat nicely. Ingredients 2 medium shallots, finely chopped 2 lemongrass stalks, tough outer layer removed, lightly […]

Butter Cookies for the Holidays (Banh Bo)

by Trang @ RunAwayRice

Butter Cookies are simply irresistible and this 6-ingredient recipe is fail-proof. These buttery and crispy cookies make awesome holiday sweets or delicious everyday treats. The Butter Cookies are baked to golden perfection, are light and crispy with just the right amount of sweetness.

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Easy Carrot & Enoki Beef Rolls

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

  1. In a small bowl, combine sauce ingredients.
  2. Boil a small pot of water and blanch carrots.
  3. Season beef with salt and pepper. Place 3 carrot sticks on each sliced beef and roll them up. Then, place a small bunch of enoki mushrooms on each slice of beef and roll them up. Repeat

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Homemade Hoisin Sauce Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Love hoisin sauce with pho and in other Asian dishes? Make it yourself! I didn’t think it would be easy, but for the sake of excellent pho and the desire to offer a gluten-free hoisin recipe in The Pho Cookbook, I experimented for about two weeks to come up with an excellent recipe. Now, you...

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Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Vietnamese Cuisine

Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Vietnamese Cuisine

Houston Press

It was only a matter of time before we hit Vietnamese food. The cuisine has become one of Houston's favorite over the last few decades -- coinciding with the large influx of Vietnamese immigrants that began following the Vietnam War -- with dishes such as pho now rivaling cheese enchiladas...

Orange Glazed Ham Recipe

by Julie Deily @ The Little Kitchen

I recently made this wonderful orange glazed ham recipe. It's sooo good! We always make a ham for our annual holiday party. We serve it with little sweet rolls along with coarse ground mustard and slices of cheese. I have it all laid out and everyone can make their own little sandwiches. It always goes over really well! And if we have them, we use the leftovers to make this fried rice too!

7 Croatian Foods That Will Surely Captivate Your Olfactory

by Jay @ Flavorverse

The cuisine of Croatia is quite out-of-the-mainstream when compared to many other food cultures of the world. With unique ingredients being used, especially the meat varieties (like rabbit or octopus, to name a few), the cuisine has a style of its own. The tasty traditional breakfasts, main-course meals, desserts, sweets, appetizers, confectionaries, barbecues – all […]

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Vietnamese Chicken Soup (With Elbow Macaroni)

by Huy @

It has been getting coooold lately, cold for Southern California anyways! This is perfect weather for you to cook up some soup. If you haven’t built up the courage to try the bitter melon soup I posted the other week,  Vietnamese chicken soup with elbow macaroni might be a simpler start :). What’s that you […]

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Coddled egg with mashed potatoes a.k.a the eggslut recipe

by The Ravenous Couple @ appetizers – The Ravenous Couple

If there’s one thanksgiving leftover recipe you must make, this coddled egg with left over mashed potatoes is it! It makes for the perfect after thanksgiving brunch. Here in LA, this dish is made famous by Eggslut, a popular diner at the Grand Central Market where diners line up for hours to sample this dish […]

Chinese Spare Ribs Recipe – How to make in 4 simple steps

by KP Kwan @ Taste Of Asian Food

Look at the image above, the Chinese Spare Ribs that has to be tasted to believe. Why? If you regularly use herbs and spices like rosemary, thyme, black pepper and olive oil to make braised pork ribs, now think of replacing them with a plethora of Asian spices- cloves, scallion, star anise, cinnamon, sesame oil […]

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Report: Tourism to the U.S. Down 4 Percent Since Trump Took Office

Report: Tourism to the U.S. Down 4 Percent Since Trump Took Office

by Molly Olmstead @ Slate Articles

Travel to the U.S. has been declining since Donald Trump took office, leading to a cost of $4.6 billion in spending and 40,000 jobs, according to NBC News.

A report by the National Travel and Tourism Office found that last year saw 4 percent less travel into the U.S., translating into 3.3 percent less spending, NBC reported. As a result, Spain has overtaken the U.S. as the second-most visited country in the world after France.

This “Trump Slump” in part stems from the president’s anti-immigration language. More intense security and a weaker dollar likely also played a role.

One likely key factor in this decline is the year’s chaotic travel bans. As Daniel Gross wrote in Slate in February, a month into Trump’s presidency:

Perhaps not many of the refugees and nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries affected by Trump’s now-stayed travel ban will be staying at Disney or a Marriott. But airlines have already absorbed significant costs from flight delays and from staff time occupied in pulling people off planes and reissuing tickets. And if you start blocking Canadian citizens who happen to have Moroccan parents from entering the country, word starts to get around.

[T]he travel app found that the number of weekly searches for flights to the U.S. fell from 61.5 million just before Trump’s inauguration “to 56 million during Trump’s inauguration week, before falling to 50.9 million after the travel ban was ordered.” That’s a decline of 17.7 percent.

The United States has a “huge competitive advantage” in attracting tourists, Gross wrote in Slate later the same month:

English is something like a universal global language. Despite the complaints about infrastructure, it is relatively easy to get around America, and there are options for people of all budgets. Airlines like Norwegian Air are expanding international service to the U.S. This is an industry on which we should double down—it supports millions of service jobs, which are distributed around the country.

It matters if people have the wherewithal to afford tourism. But it also matters if the country has a willingness and ability to let customers come in, process their exit and entry quickly, and generally let it be known that their patronage is welcome.

At least one city in the U.S. has attempted to adjust to this Trump Slump by crafting diversity-touting tourism ads with decidedly anti-Trump undertones. Now, it seems, the entire country is going to have to take up that same message. As the Los Angeles Times reported in January, the U.S. Travel Association, a trade group for the industry, is planning a coalition called “Visit Us” that aims to send a welcoming message to international visitors and “promote more balanced rhetoric.”

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Freedom?

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Freedom?

by Isaac Chotiner @ Slate Articles

Donald Trump’s election victory, and the success of demagogues around the world, have caused worried commentators to fret about the rise of illiberalism. In an intriguing new book, however, Patrick J. Deneen argues that part of the problem is that liberalism itself—the thing everyone seems obsessed with protecting—is partially to blame.

As Deneen* sees it, liberalism—defined not as progressivism, but rather as an ideology that stresses freedom in the marketplace and in our social relations—has led to the breakdown of societal norms, helping to impoverish our societies and creating the conditions for strongmen to rise. As he phrases it, “The breakdown of family, community, and religious norms and institutions, especially among those benefiting least from liberalism’s advance, has not led liberalism’s discontents to seek a restoration of those norms.” Even potentially more worrisome is that, in his opinion, “Liberalism created the conditions, and the tools, for the ascent of its own worst nightmare, yet it lacks the self-knowledge to understand its own culpability.”

I recently spoke by phone with Deneen, who teaches political science at Notre Dame. During the course of our conversation, which has been edited and condensed for clarity, we discussed his provocative analysis of the women’s movement (the value of which he calls into question), why liberals are blind to their flaws, and what the election of Donald Trump says about the society we have established.

Isaac Chotiner: It seems like your book is identifying two different flaws within liberalism, one that is often brought up by the left in its critique of globalization and capitalism, and the other that is brought up by conservatives in their critique of social trends, including the decline of traditional, religious beliefs. Do you think it’s fair to say you are combining those critiques?

Patrick J. Deneen: Yeah. That’s correct. I’m defining liberalism as basically a philosophy that begins with an understanding of human beings as naturally, to use John Locke’s terms, free and independent. That we are by nature creatures that in our natural condition or natural state are understood to be unattached in some ways. Autonomous, freely choosing individuals defined by extensive rights of self-making and self-construction.

What’s interesting is that our political configuration today tends to draw on some aspects of Lockean thinking in what we think of as the conservative, economic realm—the understanding of what the economic man is, the freely choosing individual who treats the world as a marketplace. While on the political left, that’s in many ways what defines our understanding of the social creature, in terms of our relationships, and in many ways informs our understanding of the sexual revolution and many of its effects. Broadly speaking, we have a debate within species of liberalism on the left and the right—not a deeper challenge to the essentially liberal order in which we live.

How do you think your critique differs from the standard left critique of the economic sphere?

I’m sympathetic with many aspects of it. Oddly enough, I find myself also sympathetic with certain aspects of this rather inchoate Trump-esque concern with the effects of globalization, especially on many of our fellow citizens. I’m not an economist, but I’m hesitant to embrace either the market or the state as the two modes of dealing with this contemporary crisis of modern capitalism. One way that I think about that is how norms of economic exchange, for example in a place like a farmers’ market where I live, are not simply dominated by sheer utilitarian calculus. How are our forms of exchange contributing to the health of our town or of our community?

The counterargument is that the regnant economic system has brought millions of people out of poverty, has allowed women more economic opportunities, etc.

A gentleman named Henry Olsen has done some interesting work showing on the one hand that, especially in the most impoverished parts of the world, various forms of economic liberalization measurably improved the lives of those in conditions of poverty. But also it has actually in some ways resulted, in the developing world, in increasing division between those who win in our economic system and those who lose.

So rather than lifting all boats, it tends to lift some boats. We have to really think about the social costs of that, not simply the economic benefits, but what that does to our society. Here it seems to me it’s self-evident that the developed West is experiencing this kind of deep rift, and increasingly an unbridgeable rift, between those who feel they are successful in this economic order and those who don’t. It doesn’t become merely a question of material success but a sort of social solidarity and the capacity of a society to function at some level.

Let’s get into your social critique. I can say my own view is that I think that the sexual revolution and what came in its wake was just much more necessary and important than you seem to, because you worry about having children being seen as impediments to freedom, lower birth rates, etc. But what was or is the reasonable alternative to a real women’s movement and what followed?

It’s interesting how that question is really a species of the last question you asked me: Isn’t the success in the economic sphere, in the material sphere, complemented by the success in the social sphere of what liberalism has achieved? I think when you live within the liberal order you view these developments through the lens of how liberalism evaluates these phenomena, and of course it looks like a success.

What I’m really trying to call attention to in this book is the kind of deep costs and consequences that come from, in both the economic realm and in the social realm, the ascendancy of individualism in our lives. The breakdown of social norms that govern sexual behavior, among other things. The breakdown of family, and family life that we see, especially among those in the lower echelon of our society who are experiencing social breakdown.

The decline of reproduction. The demographic crisis that’s being faced broadly in the West but of course across the world as well. We see a whole set of consequences that, in the light of the liberal worldview, look like successes, and tend not to see the cost or regard the cost as attachable from the successes of liberalism.

You write in the book that liberalism considers “the paramount sign of the liberation of women to be their growing emancipation from their biology.” What exactly are you trying to say?

The other aspect of liberalism that seems to be really quite distinctive is to regard human beings as fundamentally in conflict with nature. And seeing nature as an obstacle to our liberty.

You see this, of course, in the treatment of the world. The way in which we extract anything we want from the world in whatever way we want. It seems to me here that the left is particularly good at calling out the abuse of the human effort to conquer nature in the natural world, the environmental movement.

On the other hand, you see this as well on our own nature and the effort to conquer our nature in the name of our liberation. Here again you have this example where the right lauds the conquest of nature when it comes to the environment, and the left lauds the conquest of nature when it come to our biology, and we tend not to see that these are both a species of the liberal ambition to liberate human beings from our nature, external and internal.

OK, but two things: It might be in a man’s nature to want to sleep with as many women as he wants, whenever he wants, regardless of what they want, or his partner wants. I think that we can agree that being liberated from that is a good idea. And secondly, why, in the book, is your definition of a woman’s nature based so clearly on having babies?

Of course part of human nature is to develop cultural and various kinds of artifices that in many ways shape the aspects of our nature. In a sense, I’m drawing on the arguments by, among others, Aristotle, who talks about the ways that, in regard to eating and sex, human beings are the best of all creatures when we develop the capacity to govern our appetites. Those capacities to govern our appetites are often through development of various cultural forms and norms and laws that on the one hand acknowledge our nature but also govern the worst expressions of our nature. Whether it’s as you just suggested, through the male desire to simply dominate or conquer women, or the desire simply to feed ourselves without realizing that excess in that form is bad.

Of course, there have to be various forms of human artifice, which have often been in the form of culture and through laws that govern the excess of our appetites. We’re dealing now in many ways with this crisis of a lack of self-governance in both the natural world, the environment, and the sexual world, the consequence of the sexual revolution.

But on the culture question, what is the alternative? I assume that you think women or gay people should have equal legal rights. They should have equal access to jobs. They should be encouraged to do the same things that straight men are encouraged to do in a society.

I just want people to see that kind of continuity of these deeper forms of individualism that we have divided up between our current political parties. In fact, to argue that the thing that bothers us most about what the other side stands for might actually be complicit in the things that the other side supports.

I’m assuming in your case the free market ideology of the Republican Party bothers you, and so then maybe one has to be introspective about how that is also reflected in your commitments. And vice versa.

Then one would have to say, “How do I think about this in terms of a society that would value the creation of families and the raising of children?” I’m not saying that we should go back to the Dark Ages or something. But how can we build upon the achievements of liberalism while acknowledging that perhaps we’ve gone too far in the direction of the freed and autonomous human will?

What way do you think we’ve gone too far? How should we be constructing family relations differently?

Part of this is simply what we express is what we value. I’ve worked at three different great universities: Princeton, Georgetown, and Notre Dame. Each of those universities has a career service center when you graduate so you can get a job. None of these—and two of these were Catholic institutions—have a “What It Is to Grow Up and Be a Member of a Family” or “To Build Your Own Family” center. What it is to be a mother or a father. None of these institutions, in other words, cultivate thinking about what it would be and what one would need to think about in terms of shaping and forming a family. We perpetuate, then, certain kinds of commitments, not only by the actions that we recommend but also by what we recommend as being that which should be taken seriously.

I have told you where I disagree with your book, but one thing that was thought-provoking was about Trump, indirectly, and how shocking he is. I don’t agree with Trump’s policies. That’s fine. Lots of politicians’ policies I don’t agree with. The thing to me that is shocking is the type of figure he is, the way he behaves on a daily basis. There’s something just grotesque about him that I think a lot of people can recognize on just a human level. The way he treats other people. The way he talks about other people. The way he behaves in public. I do think there’s a way in which our society would not have put up with that 50 years ago.

I basically think the way our society has changed in the last 50 years is for the better. I also think that there were certain kinds of niceties and formalities about our society that would have led people to say about a figure like Donald Trump 50 years ago, “Are you kidding me? This guy is just grotesque. Of course, he can’t be president.” I think we have lost something there.

One of the things that Alexis de Tocqueville talks about when he visits America is that democratic peoples will come to hate what he calls forms. And you talk about niceties. That’s one way of saying forms. That’s the root of the word formalities.

He says that forms are artifices that keep us from being authentic. They keep us from being equal. They divide men from women. They divide the high from the low. This religion from that religion. So, we have a tendency to want to get rid of forms. We become more informal. We call each other by our first names rather than 50 years ago. We don’t wear hats anymore.
Men don’t wear hats when they go out. We have dress-down Fridays, which now becomes dress down every day of the week.

One aspect of losing the forms is the inability to recognize certain kinds of formalities. It seems to me Donald Trump is almost the culmination of what you rightly call a kind of grotesque figure that one could never have imagined would occupy the presidency. And he seems to be a reflection of a society that’s become much coarser. And I’m always shocked. I guess I’m a bit of a prude I guess.

I wasn’t going to say it.

But when I walk around campus, well, I hear my Notre Dame students using words that I can barely imagine sailors having once used. In just casual conversation, when they’re walking around campus. That to me is indicative of the coarseness of society today.

I know your opinion of Trump, but it seems like while you have a certain sympathy for some of the underlying dynamics of things like Trump or Brexit, you also don’t think that they are going to actually bring about any type of society that you want. But you also believe that liberalism doesn’t know how to deal with the challenges that things like Trump and Brexit represent, so we’re in a pretty bad place.

Yeah. I’m constantly being challenged with what my solution is. Part of the difficulty right now is that we’ve gotten so deeply into a condition which we have now, with the great proponents of liberalism, on both the left and the right. And now increasingly an incoherent and almost just emotion-driven opposition, especially from what’s now being called the populist part of the West. I fear a deeply damaging, unresolvable dynamic that I would expect to continue for the rest of my life. I don’t know that this will be resolved when Trump leaves office.

He’s not going to leave office. Maybe that’s the solution.

Perhaps. But inasmuch as it might be solved, it might be necessary in some ways for especially those who are in positions of most power, which I would say on both the left and the right are essentially the liberals as I described them, to begin to recognize the excesses of the liberal creed and to begin to think about ways that, in order to prevent further blowback of the most damaging kind, how it might be to be cognizant of liberalism’s own inherent trajectories of excess and think about how one would correct those.

I would say in America, the way in which especially the left has responded to Trump, I understand. I carry no brief for Donald Trump. I understand that reaction personally, but it seems to me in the extreme animus that’s been directed toward Donald Trump, there’s been a kind of corresponding neglect of what were the forces that brought him to power.

In the book, I have somewhat of a resigned conclusion, which is I don’t see a grand theoretical resolution that’s practical on the horizon. So I suggest people of goodwill, of whatever political stripe, begin to build the culture more locally. Begin to build the kinds of relationships of solidarity in the household, beyond the household, in their neighborhoods. To try to create new conditions of solidarity closer to home.

I’m happy to strike a blow against liberalism by not including any link to your book in the intro to this interview.

That’s fine. People can find it at their local bookstore.

*Correction, Jan. 24: This piece originally misspelled Patrick J. Deneen’s last name.

Vietnamese Chicken Curry

by Rasa Malaysia @ Vietnamese Recipes – Rasa Malaysia

Best Ca Ri Ga recipe ever, with tender chicken, rich curry with potatoes and carrots. This chicken curry is so good.

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10 Iraqi Foods That Will Acquaint You to the Primitive Flavors of Mesopotamia

by Jay @ Flavorverse

Believe it or not, the Iraqi Cuisine, also called the Mesopotamian Cuisine, dates back to 10,000 years, during the time of the pre-Islamic civilizations including Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian. Ancient tablets have been excavated containing recipes that were cooked in the temples during their religious festivals. However, later, there have also been other influences like […]

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Delicious Grilled Mac and Cheese

by Marc Matsumoto @ PBS Food

These easy pan-fried fritters are like two-bite grilled cheese sandwiches, with a crisp buttery crust and gooey mac and cheese in the center. Continue

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Dead on Arrival

Dead on Arrival

by Jim Newell @ Slate Articles

One of the more tiresome clichés in Washington is that if both ends of the political spectrum are lighting their hair on fire over a proposal, then the authors of that proposal must be doing something right. That was the charitable defense of the immigration framework released by the White House on Thursday night, which proposed a path to citizenship for nearly 2 million immigrants in return for a massive increase in border-security funding and a permanent crackdown on who is lawfully admitted into the country.

Another possibility: If both ends of the spectrum are lighting their hair on fire over a proposal, the proposal is dead-on-arrival because no one likes it. The White House’s immigration proposal appears to be dead for that very reason, and the reactions to it demonstrate just how difficult it will be to get a DACA bill to the president’s desk that he will sign into law.

The headline figure that drew the most attention was the White House’s willingness to offer a path to citizenship for about 1.8 million Dreamers, either recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or those eligible for it. In exchange, the White House asked for a whopping $25 billion for border security, an elimination of the visa lottery (and redistribution of those visas to existing immigration backlogs), and sharp cuts to family visa sponsorships.

On the right, Breitbart took exception to the citizenship provision and labeled its treasured president “Amnesty Don.” Others, either out of their own paranoia or in an appeal to the president’s, have warned that the White House proposal lays the groundwork for impeachment in 2019. “This is the beginning of the end of the GOP majority in the House,” one House Republican told Politico. “In a year when the Democrats impeach Trump, we can point to this moment.”

Mark Krikorian, National Review’s chief immigration restrictionist, argues that the White House kneecapped House Republicans’ preferred bill—the product of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte—thus “making it more likely that either there will be no bill at all or that any final bill the president signs (which is guaranteed to be even weaker than this) will fatally demoralize Republican voters in November.” “If the latter happens,” Krikorian writes, “the president will be well on the way to joining Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton in the impeached-but-not-removed club.”

And Republicans are more keen on the idea than Democrats.

Democrats do not take seriously a proposal that offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers in exchange for the most far-reaching restrictions on legal immigration in 100 years. While the Gang of Six proposal reached by Sens. Lindsey Graham, Dick Durbin, and others would prohibit newly legalized Dreamers from sponsoring their parents (but still would have offered those parents renewable legal status), the White House framework would limit all family sponsorships to just spouses and minor children. In other words, sponsorships for parents, siblings, and adult children would be eliminated. The framework doesn’t say that those visas would be redistributed to another category, either, meaning there would just be vast legal immigration cuts. This isn’t a “DACA deal.” It’s a hawkish overhaul of the American immigration system with a small section devoted to Dreamers—or as the Dreamers’ rights group United We Dream called it, “a white supremacist ransom note.”

The hawk behind this plan, White House aide Stephen Miller, suggested this is the sort of bill that could get 60 votes in the Senate and earn the president’s support. I have a hard time seeing it get 50 (or even 45) votes in the Senate, or a majority in the House.

The White House proposal doesn’t advance the process of reaching a deal, but instead reveals just how far apart the two sides are from even agreeing on which issue they’re trying to resolve. The idea for months was to match protections for Dreamers with boosts to border security. Democrats are still on that page, while many Republicans, including the one in the White House, now seem to believe that the goal is a rewrite of the country’s legal immigration policies.

The big question before and after the release of the White House’s document is the same: What will House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump do if and when a bipartisan bill passes the Senate? The open process to which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “committed” earlier this week could produce a bill, like the Gang of Six proposal, that passes with a mix of Democrats and center-right Republicans. Does Trump sign on to it? Does Ryan call it to the floor for a vote without the president’s support? Barring some magical “breakthrough” in negotiations that pleases everyone, these are the key choices that will have to be made sooner or later.

How To Make Stuffed Zucchini Like You’re From Syria [Free Cookbook]

by Jessica Festa @ Epicure & Culture

This free cookbook download shares recipes from SOS Mothers around the world. Also read on for a delicious Kousa Mahshi recipe from a mother in Syria!

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34 Vietnamese Dishes To Try Apart from Phở and Bánh Mì

34 Vietnamese Dishes To Try Apart from Phở and Bánh Mì


We asked Chef Diep Tran of Good Girl Dinette to give us a rundown of Vietnamese dishes we should try aside from the usual pho and banh mi.

Vietnamese Caramel Chicken

by Rasa Malaysia @ Vietnamese Recipes – Rasa Malaysia

Vietnamese Caramel chicken - skillet chicken recipe with sticky, sweet, savory, and mildly spicy sauce. So good with steamed rice.

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Asian Lamb Barbecue Recipes For Australia Day

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

If you believe Sam Kekovich, there’s nothing more Australian than lamb on Australia Day. So, to celebrate the vibrant multicultural makeup of this great nation, why not give your lamb barbecue an Asian flavour this January 26?

Japanese teriyaki lamb cutlets

Sticky with teriyaki sauce, these Japanese-style lamb cutlets are just the …

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The French Influence On Vietnamese Cuisine

The French Influence On Vietnamese Cuisine

Epicure & Culture

The French have played an enormous role in influencing Vietnamese cuisine. Here's why (and how to savor it for yourself). 

The Year in Pho: Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Family Stories from 2017

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

| Wouldn’t you know it, there was a lot of pho fervor this year, especially at Viet World Kitchen! Instead of doing a year-end summary of the most popular recipes on the site, I decided to round up all the pho-related content that published during the past twelve months. I published tips, tricks, and recipes...

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How To Indulge In Turkey’s Delicious Culinary Culture

by Kate Robertson @ Epicure & Culture

Food in Turkey is a reason to visit the country in itself. Here's how to enjoy the country's best flavors, including recipes dating back hundreds of years!

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Banh Trung Thu recipe (Vietnamese Moon cake)

by admin @ Vietnamese Recipes

Today we would like to introduce to our readers the Banh Trung Thu recipe, an indispensible delicacy enjoyed during the Mid-autumn festival, a traditional festival of the Vietnamese. The festival is held on the 15th day of the August based on the lunar calendar. It is the occasion when all members of the family gather to celebrate the festival as...

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