Elect Democrats in November. Wherever you are, stop what you're doing and get to a phone bank or fly to a District with a potentially winnable Congressional race. This is our task. No whining!
Of course, we'd love it if they were young, progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who beat old-timer Joe Crowley, considered a favorite to be the next leader of the House Dems. Not so fast, Joe. He did graciously endorse her and even played a song for her on a guitar.
So, the old timers (and I are one) are moving aside to let the youngsters take over. Some of us old-timers are progressives don't forger. (Think Bernie). So i really don't see it as a generational thing, but more of it's time to be feisty, resist, fight back, solve problems and move forward with programs that actually help people.
Getting that message to voting public is the rub. All good ideas welcomed at this blog!
It's almost the Fourth of July! No firecrackers please; fire danger and you'll scare the dogs. But do indulge in some all American Strawberry Shortcake. Home made, with organic berries and cream of course. Put a few blueberries in there for a red, white and blue effect, if you wish.
From Fine Cooking. Very yum!
Classic Strawberry Shortcake
Watch a video of Fine Cooking‘s Homegrown/Homemade team making this strawberry shortcake recipe.
For the strawberries
- 1 lb. ripe strawberries, hulled (about 4 cups)
- 2 Tbs. granulated sugar; more to taste
For the biscuits
- 9 oz. (2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour; more for rolling
- 1/3 cup plus 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
- 2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 4 oz. (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup heavy cream; more for brushing
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
For the whipped cream
- 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
- 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
Prepare the strawberries
- Put one-third of the berries in a medium bowl and, using a potato masher, crush them into a chunky purée. Slice the remaining berries 1/4 inch thick and stir them into the mashed berries along with the sugar. Taste the berries, adding more sugar if necessary. Let the berries sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
Make the biscuits
- Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to
425°F. Line a large heavy-duty baking sheet with parchment.Sift the
flour, 1/3 cup of the sugar, the baking powder, and baking soda into a
large bowl. Stir in the salt. Using a pastry blender, a fork, or your
fingertips, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture
resembles coarse cornmeal.In a small bowl, beat the egg and heavy cream
with a fork. Mix in the buttermilk. Make a well in the center of the
flour mixture and pour in the cream mixture. Mix with the fork until the
dough is evenly moistened and just comes together; it will still look a
little shaggy. Gather the dough and gently knead it three or four
times. If the dough seems dry and doesn’t form a cohesive mass, work in
more cream, 1 tsp. at a time.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll it into a
3/4 -inch-thick disk. With a sharp 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter, press
straight down to cut the dough into rounds and lift straight up to
remove (don’t twist the cutter or it will seal the sides of the biscuits
and interfere with rising). Transfer the rounds to the prepared baking
sheet. Gather the dough scraps, gently knead them together, re-roll, and
cut out more biscuits until you have a total of 6.
Lightly brush the biscuit tops with cream (about 1 Tbs.) and sprinkle with the remaining 1 Tbs. sugar. Bake, rotating the baking sheet once, until the biscuit tops are lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Let the biscuits cool slightly while you whip the cream.
Whip the cream
- In a large, chilled metal bowl, whip the heavy cream and sugar to soft peaks with an electric hand mixer. (Use immediately or refrigerate, covered until ready to serve).
Assemble the shortcakes
- Using a serrated knife, split the warm biscuits in half horizontally and transfer the bottoms to 6 dessert plates. Spoon about three-quarters of the macerated berries and their juice evenly over the biscuit bottoms. It’s OK if some of the berries spill out onto the plate. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and cover each with a biscuit top. Spoon more berries and cream over each shortcake and serve immediately.
The biscuits can be baked 10 to 12 hours ahead and reheated in a 350°F oven before serving. The strawberries can be macerated up to 2 hours ahead. The cream can be whipped up to 2 hours ahead and refrigerated, covered. If necessary, lightly rewhip before using.