Special Austrian – Polish Turkey Stuffing

I have had many hits on my Austrian-Polish Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing. So here is a re-blog for all of you.

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Many different stuffing recipes are made from bread, rice, oysters, and so on. This one is a meal in itself. My family usually stuffs the turkey, both front and back, but these days everybody gets in a dither and many do not actually “stuff” the turkey. Well, I made it to 62, so I still stuff it. If you wish, you can cook it separately, but you need to use some of the turkey drippings to ladle over the stuffing as you are cooking it. It will give the stuffing the appearance and taste of being “stuffed” in the turkey. This is not an ordinary stuffing, as you shall read.

Need:
• 2 Lbs. Ground beef
• 1 Lb. Pork Sausage
• 1 Lb. Ground veal
• 6 Kaiser rolls or hard rolls
• 2 Medium Onions
• 2 eggs
• 2 Tbsp. Salt
• 2 Tbsp. Black pepper
•…

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The Demise of the Democratic Party

buzzard[1]The American people are finally seeing the true colors of the Democratic Party.  I know there are those staunch supporters that will follow blindly no matter what the Democratic leaders say.  Their allegiance to their party is nothing but arrogance and will certainly begin to wane in the following years to come.

The Senate has finally hit an all-time low by going “nuclear” and destroying the minority’s only tool to have some say and equality within the legislative body.  The majority of Democratic senators have never experienced being in the minority, but they have the gall to change over two hundred years of historical government structure set down by Thomas Jefferson.  This move was to give the president more power and defeat the capability of preventing appointments of additional people into the Obama administration and the Judicial Branch.

They are the hypocritical party that has changed from sheep to wolves.  They rebuffed the “nuclear’ act when they were the minority.  There was enough video (of Senator Harry Reid and Senator Obama at that time) to back that premise.  But because their ratings, across America are dwindling into obscurity, they are desperately doing everything in their power to keep their heads above water.

This is one good reason for our government to have term limits.  We should be represented by citizens that will return to their original jobs in the workforce after serving the people.  Lifelong position of power will always be the demise the government in part if not in total.  We citizens do not want to be put in their gun sights for the destruction of our nation.

Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader of the senate, is a pork grabbing, power hungry advocate of the Obama curse that has spread turmoil and personal bankruptcy for many.  Reid has perpetrated this pox trying to gain brownie points for his party.  Unfortunately, he and his presidential cohort are prevaricating without shame trying to convince us that they are helping the people.

Regrettably, the Senator doesn’t hear his constituents. He blindly has eliminated equality and traded it for more power.  The Obama administration and the Democratic Party are desperately changing ways to blame all their woes on everyone except themselves for their ineptness of serving the people.

They keep shifting blame beginning with President George bush, then the Republican Party, the Tea Party (calling them Nazis and terrorists), and now they are shifting blame to the media.  Only the most extreme media groups, such as MSNBC, are still siding with the administration.  But MSNBC is losing and has lost all credibility when it comes to the news.  Where are those bygone newscasters that reported rather than spewing slurs and fraudulent accusations at individuals that have nothing to do with the Democratic downfall of Obamacare.

Obama is circumventing the law. He picks and chooses to make adjustments on Obamacare and now wants to delay it until after the November 2014 elections.  Does he think we, the people, are that ignorant to see he wants to save his democratic cohorts from losing their seats in the government?

I think the populace has finally realized, or at least most of the populace, realize their biggest mistake by re-electing Obama to a second term.  It’s a wonder that nobody has brought charges of maleficence against him for lack of leadership and being unable to control his administration causing a destructive economy and healthcare upon the citizenry.

The contrast between his previous position in the senate, and now as president, is a 180 degree turnaround after viewing archived videos.  They show his obviously damning evidence that he can no longer shroud his true goal of socialistic objectives.

Bob Hope once quipped, “One party can’t fool everyone all the time, that’s why we have two parties.”  It is now obvious that we, the people, should force the government for reduction of their pay and pass term limits into law.  This is the only way the party in power can be controlled.  It will bring more bipartisan agreements. We can succeed if we push hard enough.

I want this country to grow and give our citizens the ability to live their lives as they want to.  We should stop sending funds to foreign governments that really don’t care about friendship.  Their coveted need for monetary aid will never buy their allegiance.  Most of the time, the monies never reach the people, just the government honchos.

When Election Day arrives let’s not forget what has happened and why.    There will be Democratic incumbents who want their seats back, but if we put in an opposition party, such as a Republican, Tea Party, Independent or Libertarian, at least we can hold off Obama’s road to disaster.  Let’s not fail the future of our children so that they may have a better life than what we are now experiencing.

An Ode to Autumns Passing

buzzard[1]Years ago when I worked for an electronics company, whenever some left, transferred, or retired, I started to write comedic poems. I would gather personal information that included, goofs, fun stuff that were said or done.  And at their going away party we held for each, I was the poet of mirth that roasted the honoree.  It was a time when everyone had a good laugh as a remembrance of the individual. Someone said I should do it for money and for a couple of years I did.  I wrote for a variety of folks including a local popular radio station.  I finally stopped after 20 years when many of us were downsized and I gave up the short lived business.  So again I am writing some verse but nothing comedic.  I hope you will enjoy the “Ode to Autumns Passing” below.

The autumn air begins the change,

Trees of color make leaves so strange.

Fallen leaves gathered into a heap,

I gaze upon trees as they decide to sleep.

The air becomes crisp and I’m bundled up,

I smell rain coming while sipping a hot cup.

The coffee warms me as I continue walking,

Crisp air and darkened clouds share a bond as if talking.

With Thanksgiving approaching I think of my past,

So many of those days I have quickly amassed.

Each was so different the older I grew,

Never again will I experience all those that I knew.

Thanksgiving Day has quickly approached,

Often it feels as if years are encroached.

When we were young it was such a long wait,

We’re home from afar for that turkey plate.

Age is a burden that takes its’ toll,

Few relatives faded to a spiritual world.

I sense the table showing signs of gaps,

I think of them who’ve taken eternal naps.

Giving thanks for memories we cherish,

In hopes of beginning our foremost wish.

The heartfelt need to celebrate this day,

We look forward again to love and play.

This year is another time for collection,

As family gathers and gives much attention.

Together we share as plates begin to form,

While some watch football, I hope with no scorn.

The day ends into the night,

And families shortly part from sight.

Another holiday shared and passed,

I wish that I could make it last.

I look forward to the future without any fear,

Our families multiply with each passing year.

This day is the trumpet that calls for the season,

With snow on pines that celebrate with reason.

We are the ones, who are getting old,

The holiday is arriving with holly and gold.

The snow will soon fall to see it glisten,

Perhaps from afar, the Noels you can listen.

More changes abound, familiar melodies sung,

And wreaths and lights are meticulously hung.

A maddened rush to malls we search for a gift,

A caroling troupe compels smiling spirits to lift.

Each day is counted to that day of joy,

Smiling faces we espy on every girl and boy.

Gifts under lit pines waiting for morn,

Feet rush to the parlor after break of dawn.

This special day of photos and smiles,

Bits of wrapping strewn even on kitchen tiles.

This day was born from the first day of fall,

Happy Thanksgiving I say and Merry Christmas to all.

The Bullying of Citizen Values

buzzard[1]We, as individuals, want to live our lives without constant harassment.  Our lives are dictated by beliefs, idealism, and the understanding of getting to and accomplishing personal and family goals.

It’s a wonder we can go day by day with prospering opportunities without someone constantly orating that we are misguided and wrong or we shouldn’t do this or that.  As long as we follow laws and continue to be a diligent asset to society, we shouldn’t be harassed by others who continually say they are more correct than what we believe in.

Most of us are readily intelligent, I might add.  We have the freedom to pick and choose what our lives should be like and what we can do to improve those decisions.  I am sick and tired of those that continually proselytize their isms upon us.  If you believe in a specific perspective, you alone should follow that obligation.  However, your preferences have no right to harass and override my preferences.

There are organizations that perceive that their tenets are morally better than our individual choices.  Often times they become a fanatical group of stir-crazed peddlers that uses a united front as a power hungry organization which thrives on the false premise of what is best for a thriving society.  They play upon your emotions.  They beg for your monies and for your acceptance with the idea that they are the saviors of our health and moral well-being.

A good example is P.E.T.A. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.)  Their constant harassment of citizenry concerning animals and meat eating is nothing but an intrusion on our beliefs. I have no qualms about caring for pets and the fair concern of animals in general, but that is as far as it goes.  We were born as omnivores, not herbivores.  I love vegetables, but I prefer them as a side with fish, meat and poultry.

Jim Henson of Muppet fame, was a vegetarian.  He died at 53 years of age from Group A Streptococcal Virus.  I’m not saying that being a vegetarian caused it, but I am saying that to espouse the fact of an herbivorous life is healthy and prolongs life is nothing but futile ideology.  We are all guided by our mitochondrial genetic makeup.  There is nothing that can change what happens to us as a total no matter how hard we try every day.

I would rather enjoy my life to its fullest (to my final days) with my own convictions rather than to have an organization cram their way of life upon me. There are many other organizations that prey upon our emotional well-being and our vulnerable sympathies.

Commercials beg for monies for poor children across our oceans.  They depict photos of starving kids and saying we can save them from their plight.  I truly feel sorry for them, but why don’t they televise their parents?  Where are they?  I would rather see the beggars for money educate the parents or parent, so that they understand if you cannot afford to have a child, stop procreating.  I would gladly send a case of condoms and a box of birth control pills to fight the problem.  This may seem harsh, but again, this is another program that attacks emotional guilt.  I’m not saying not to help, but many do what they feel best.  Perhaps concentrating on the kids here in the states and educate the parents and single mothers is another alternative.

Those examples are just the tip of the iceberg.  We are not ignorant.  We understand the complexities of life.  But charity is a self-sustaining gift given of free will and not by emotional piracy.

There is a certain presence of a “con” perpetrated by most organizations. I remember years ago when the United Way was caught in a financial upheaval when almost 90% of the donations went to salaries and advertising.  I believe that if you want to run a charitable organization, volunteer and keep your day job.  Having a six or seven figure salary as head of a charity is morally distasteful.

Lastly, I just like to mention the tenets of every religious organization.  I condone your ideas of faith and your determined love of your religious faction.  However, there is an argument for the biblical adage of going out and preach the “Word.”  It should be a personal agenda designed for your own family.  One religious sect differs from another and attempting to persuade your tenets upon someone else’s specific faith is an invasion of their personal beliefs and their family values.

There is no religion better or more right than another.  They all are a part of sustaining faith within ourselves.  And they all are directed toward the same spiritual entity.  Be strong and be fervent in your decisions.  Go with your heartfelt and intellectual understanding to decide what is best for your family.

The GED Test Deadline

buzzard[1]There was an article from the AP service on the GED (General Educational Development) deadline the other day.  Since I am familiar concerning this testing, I want to express the importance of it.

There are many who never had the opportunity to finish high school or just gave up trying.  However, when one gets older, you suddenly wake up and realize that a diploma is necessary for many jobs as it signifies you have done your best.

If one never achieves that pinnacle as the first stage of one’s life, it becomes a real life reason why finding a good paying job becomes problematic.  The employer looks with a discerning perspective by assuming you are not responsible enough to care about your own obligation to your future and so his assumption is you wouldn’t do your best after being hired.

So what does one settle for?  You find a very low paying job you eventually get disgusted with.  So you quit and search for another “higher” paying job.  Unfortunately, higher paying jobs are taboo without the proper knowledge for the position. You can’t get something for nothing and you cannot achieve the respect you want from others.

If you just take the time to put yourself on the path of education, your life will no doubt improve and that fork in the road between comfort living and living in poverty will never appear for you to choose.

The article, I mentioned, identifies the closing opportunity for those who are considering obtaining a GED.  It also is a warning for those who have begun the process, but have not completed it.

On December 31, the deadline is set and when the New Year begins, the cost of obtaining a GED will begin at a minimum cost of $125.00 with some states raising that cost.  I’m sure many cannot afford that with the earnings they make presently.

For those who have partially completed the testing, they will lose all the testing gained and they will have to start all over again after January 1st of 2014.  Some of the costs may be subsidized in whole or part depending where they are.  But I wouldn’t hold my breath.  Be safe than sorry and finish what was started.

I quit school in my junior year, repeating it rather than being a senior.  Halfway through, I decided that it was too much of a burden, working full time and going to class. The reasons why are not important at this time.  Luckily, there was a person who I didn’t realize was a mentor.  It only dawned on me many years later.

He told me to go and get that GED. Without opening a book or going to any help classes, I took the five tests on two Saturdays and passed with 4 B’s and an A.  I ended up in the Navy where studying was mandatory for the rank and in the area I would be working.  Following my obligation to my country, I went on to get an Associate’s Degree in electronics. That was the key for a job that lasted 20 years.

The company hired me, gave me a better pay scale and offered more hands on education, which helped further my learning by increasing my ability to do a better job.  It was a very satisfying part of my life.  I want to let everyone know that they can make a better life if they just take the time and put forth the effort.  If anyone knows of someone that needs a GED, give them this article and mentor them to achieve their goal.  It will also give you the sense of accomplishing something good for the person you care about.

The Ultimate Cheeseburger

buzzard[1]In my sixty-two years of life, I think I’ve tasted all kinds of burgers.  Being in the Navy, for four years, certainly helped visiting different states and eateries. But at nineteen years of age then, the only one that I can never forget is in my home town of Meriden, Connecticut.  It has even been showcased on TV as one of the most popular places for cheeseburgers.  This little hole in the wall eatery is named, “Ted’s.”

The last time I was there was in early 1970.  Ted’s was only open from 6:00 pm to 6:00am back then.  Tractor trailer trucks would be lined up along Broad Street waiting to get in for an order.  There were only about six counter seats and maybe three or four booths, so it really is relatively small.

Let me explain why this “joint” was so popular.  They offered four items on their menu; French fries, a hamburger, a cheeseburger, and a cheese sandwich.  Their main item was the cheeseburger and what made this cheeseburger so popular was because it was “steamed.”

Ted’s incorporated a tall stainless steel container that sat on the burner of the stove and on the inside it was first divided vertically into two sections and then horizontally segmented into several narrow “slots” on each side.  Each “slot” was deep enough for two 4×4-inch trays.  On one side the meat was pressed into the trays and the other side the trays held hunks of white New York cheddar. After the door of the container was closed, from an area below the trays, water was put in allowing steam to rise and cook the meat and cheese.

The original way it was served was a freshly sliced poppy seeded top, Kaiser roll that was on the harder side rather than the soft ones bagged in plastic today.  This allowed the roll to crumble a little, but was made softer from the burger as you bit into it.  On the roll, the steamed meat is placed first, followed by scraping the steamed molten cheddar on top. The fat remaining in the little meat tray was poured over the cheese for taste.  To finish, a large hand sliced Bermuda onion was placed followed by the top of the roll. Most of the time no ketchup was used but you could put some on by yourself.  Nothing else was offered like lettuce or tomato.  An order of French fries was always nice as a side.

If you tasted one, you would really never want another cheeseburger anywhere else.  Recently, I was informed by watching the TV episode that the cheese was altered and the blend secreted, and they include the lettuce and tomato.  The hours have been changed as well.

I realize that many of you will never have the opportunity to visit Ted’s, even though there are also a few more places that offer it in town since then. So I will tell you how you can make it at home for you to taste this cheeseburger.

Get a large frying pan and put water into it.  Find two wide containers like a large tuna can or salmon can and make sure it is empty and cleaned.  Turn both upside down into the water. Next, make two square trays out of heavy duty aluminum foil or buy a couple of smoked oyster cans.  It is a good size to use as well.  I’ll continue with the oyster cans since it is easier.

After cleaning the oyster cans (make sure you remove all paper labels from everything) and pack teach oyster can, one with meat and other with mild white New York Cheddar.  Make sure the cheddar is about one-inch thick depending on the width of your cheese.  If you can’t find New York cheddar, use mild white cheddar of your choice.

Place both oyster containers on the cans already in the frying pan, make sure the water level doesn’t go over the bottom two cans, let the water boil and cover for anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes, pending the thickness of your burger and the heat of your stovetop.  Though we all know water boils at 212°F, the size of the pan can make a slight temperature difference for the time needed.  Make sure the water doesn’t evaporate before it is done.

The rest is easy. Use any Kaiser roll you want if you can’t find the harder ones (at home we called them hard rolls) and do as I described in the early part of the article.  If you try it, let me know how you liked it.  It is a winner.  Steaming is always better than frying if you are a health conscious person.

The Mythical Concept of Fast Food

buzzard[1]Almost five decades ago, I was just a high school student looking for a way to make some money for all the extras I wanted.  Back in the ‘60’s, wages were low, but worth more than they are today.  I was able to convince my friend, Bob, to ask his older brother for a job at a fast food restaurant called “The Duchess.”

I was hired and was put in charge of the coffee, fries and washing pots and pans.  That lasted about two weeks.  Being across town without a vehicle and the boredom of the job, I just quit.  It was a frustrating time for me as I wanted a decent job.  Eventually I did find a job, which I will later provide.

In my hometown in Connecticut, McDonalds was the first franchised fast food restaurant that was opened in 1967.  Burgers were 18₵, cheeseburgers 19₵, fries 15₵, Fish sandwich 18₵, Shakes 20₵, Sodas 10₵ and 15₵, and coffee 5₵.  They did offer double burgers and cheeseburgers for less than double the price.   There was no drive up at this one and it was so popular that the parking was chaotic due to the lack of parking spaces.  However, this was certainly a fast food restaurant.  It was the best deal for a meal under a buck.

A couple of years later Burger King showed up, as well as a Dairy Queen with a Brazier Grill for food orders.  We did have a Friendly’s in town and a Farm Shop in the next town, but the popularity of the burger joints was exceptional along with the prices.  These were the original fast food franchises in all their glory.

Today the fast food franchise is nothing but a myth.  Think about the times you went to a few in the last couple of months.  Do you go inside or do you use the drive up?  How long do you have to wait in line inside or in a car line waiting to get to the drive up window and still wait for your order?  Lastly, how often is your order lacking or items missing at either area as a takeout rather than sitting in the restaurant?

As a joke, I ordered at the intercom at the Burger King drive up and added, “I would like my burger to look like it is pictured in the ad.  The person, it just so happened to be the manager, asked. Are you serious?”  I answered, “No, but it was a thought.”

These are the questions you have to ask yourself as well as how much are you spending for a family of four?  Is the wait worth it? Is the price worth it?  These are always valid questions to ask ourselves.  Perhaps I can expand on that concept and possibly opine about that part of our eating endeavors.

Why aren’t these restaurants fast food?  It is because they offer way too many things on their menu.  They are constantly changing their menu to compete with all the other franchises in today’s marketplace.  They have gone from simplicity to complexity with burgers in all different stages, fish, chicken, Mexican, wraps, and extra types of sides.  Why can’t they just serve what they know?

Their envy of the other competitors began an evolution bringing war for marketplace domination.  It exists in a time warp to gain a better piece of the industry’s fast food market share. What prohibits consumer favorability is the cost of their “meal packages” on their menus. And their dollar menus were incorporated because of those high prices. Higher food prices were created because they spend billions on advertising agencies to process all types of media promotions.

In today’s market, I’m sure that the adult consumers can see for themselves what they prefer to eat without extensive promotions and ad agency costs.

Personally, I haven’t eaten at a McDonalds for almost 30 years.  Mostly because their burgers have no taste and the cheaper ones taste like cardboard.  I can tolerate Burger King and Wendy’s, but Wendy’s prices are worse than Burger King’s.

Often, I would rather eat at a local diner or restaurant.  They serve quicker and there is more of a food variety than fast food franchises.  It is often cheaper and you get more than your money’s worth. The wait is shorter, the atmosphere better, unless you go to one that is extremely popular and the people (mostly senior citizens) flock there continuously.

I always wondered how much better they could do with having less variety, cutting prices in half for a month, and see what the outcome would be.  I would bet they make more money on quantity sales rather than the quantity on their higher prices.  They should know by now how their dollar menu amounts add up per month.

I had to write about this after I read an article in today’s newspaper about Burger King’s “new Big King” burger, a pseudo-clone of the Big Mac from McDonalds.  As I said before, grasping for more market share. So the next time you feel like some “fast food” think about it, consider your options and then go and eat.

Oh, and to answer what job I ended up with at 17, I was asked to teach kids music theory, music harmony and accordion to kids at a private music school right across from where I spent most of my time after school, the YMCA.   There I volunteered teaching kids, gymnastics, swimming, basketball and taking them on trips.  But that is another story so eat well and be happy with your choices.

This Is My Country; Stop Your Hatred or Leave

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I am disheartened by the people of this nation, especially the younger generation.  The college level liberal education has falsely embedded facts that brainwashed the logic reasoning of our youth.  Blaming the Tea Party for financial ills is not the party of blame. Myopic folks, and those under 30 years of age, have not lived long enough to experience the stupidity of an expansive government.  They are accepting the belief the president doesn’t have a personal agenda.

I live and believe in a country dependent on its constitution and I applaud the Tea Party initiative.  Even an extreme liberal organization, the American Civil Liberties Union, has similar agendas concerning the constitution.  Our two popular elected parties are weakening our country in terms no one wants to deal with.  It’s always somebody else’s fault.  The Tea Party is just a small preservation entity.

In my early youth, J.F. Kennedy, a Democrat was elected. In his inauguration speech, he expressed his belief in our nation’s greatness and his concern of a government of the people.  He believed in people and he lowered taxes because taxes were an enormous burden on all divisions of its citizens.

Today that party has evolved into this pseudo Robin Hood Syndrome, hating and taking from the rich, the middle class, and spending it away. This utopian concept is a socialistic bomb waiting to explode.  This syndrome is the catalyst that perpetuates the existence of the liberal party to keep those in poverty, in poverty.

Liberals mock the rich.  But the rich have always funded countless charities and the poor that many of you have not realized that segment of reasoning.  We are a country of helping all in need, but regulating it by governmental distribution of tax money is offensive.  Where would medical discoveries and inventive ideas be without the monies from these corporations?  The government is careless, wastes tax monies.  We are responsible for electing those weak politicians as representatives.

We are equal but not all of us have abilities to be CEO tycoons.  We need our blue collars to survive and trying to convince the populace that big business is evil would be the ultimate destruction of our democracy.  Our nation must keep a balance of classes. We need big business and big businesses and small businesses need workers.  It is what made this country great for generations. For those who are so intent of having the same exorbitant wages as the opulence of big business are mindless and envious.  How can anyone begrudge a highly paid corporate executive with educational skills and compare it to those who demand the same wages without the same educational abilities?  My guess is that those individuals want something for nothing.   Again, a socialistic view bordering on communism and we know how the European economy stands.  The president is forcing us into that realm of a serious devastated country.

The president is to blame when he refused to negotiate, as an arbitration leader, because he wants it his way, not the people’s way. Is this an example of leadership, kingship or dictatorship?  Since when do we work for him?  He works for us. He is far from the example of an Abraham Lincoln, who believed this country’s government that is of the people, by the people, and for the people without the risk of a president who is leading our freedoms to perish from this earth. His “lame duck” irresponsibility is creating an impending catastrophic doomsday.  He mocks the constitution by his rude dislike of an organization straining to preserve the resolve of democratic integrity, and alters law specifics without congressional approval.

If anyone makes the effort to list the pros and cons of this president’s record, you will obviously recognize which list is the longest. His prevarications have conned our youth and you liberals into believing in a societal change perpetrating devastation on more families than any era in our nation’s history.

I was an immigrant in 1951, and I served proudly in the Navy during the Viet Nam Era.  I gave service to this country for giving me a good life even though I am now disabled.

No matter the party of your choice, it is the individual that represents us that we must believe in. Personal agendas by politicians are signs for scrutiny.  Our problem for believing any promises by any politician can only result in potential shortcomings as we see that evidence today.  A politician’s promise can never come to fruition because it takes a majority to make it happen.

If you never served in any branch of service, you will never feel the way I feel about our flag and the sanctity of my country.