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It’s early days, but the future looks bleak. We are outnumbered, outgunned and surrounded. And our opponents’ desire is to crush us so badly that we aren’t even a memory. They may, if we give in to despair.

But we needn’t do that!

Did King Leonidas despair when faced with an overwhelming Persian army? No. He sacrificed a small number of valiant men to do two things: delay the inevitable clash of his main army and the Persians’ until a time and place of his choosing, and impress on the Persians an image of Greek soldiers as fearsome adversaries. And he won the war.

When the Battle of the Bulge hinged on the defense of the crossroads town of Bastogne, did General McAuliffe, surrounded and outnumbered 5 to 1, consider accepting the opportunity of an honorable surrender to General von Lüttwitz? Nuts to that! Instead, he made creative use of the forces at his disposal, he innovated on the fly. And he held Bastogne until reinforcements arrived.

We must learn from examples like these. We cannot defeat our adversaries by brute force, but there are already cracks in their charade of comity. We have to be creative, careful, nimble, patient and smart. We can’t win by direct confrontation — we have to out-think them. We have to use our brains.

And what food has a reputation as “Brain Food?” What can we use to feed our head? There’s only one answer: Fish that swim, of course! (makes hand motion)

This is another dead simple recipe that packs a lot of flavor into a quick meal made with only a few ingredients. Today, we make:

Seared Salmon With Balsamic Glaze

Fish that USED TO swim. (makes hand motion)
Fish that USED TO swim. (makes hand motion)

Drinkage: One or two – ok, THREE! glasses of wine. It’s a simple recipe, but you don’t wanna overcook the fish (that swims (makes hand motion)).

Time: 5 minutes prep, 15(ish) minutes cooking: 20 minutes total

Difficulty: 2/10

Serves 4.

WHAT YOU NEED!

Ingredientses: Salmon, Balsamic vinegar, Lemon juice, Seasoning Salt, Brown sugar.
Ingredientses. Not many this week!
  • 1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1⁄4 cup water
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed plus
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar, packed
  • 4 salmon fillets, skin on (center cut)
  • Seasoning Salt or salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Measuring cup & spoons: skillet: metal or silicone spatula: baking dish large enough to comfortably fit the fillets, lined with foil

WHAT TO DO WITH WHAT YOU NEED!

  • Place foil lined baking dish in oven. Preheat to 125 – 150 (f).
  • Pat salmon dry and season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir together balsamic vinegar, water, lemon juice, and brown sugar in a small bowl.
  • Heat oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium high heat, not smoking. Increase heat to high, add salmon skin side up, and sear until well browned, about 4 minutes.
  • Turn fish over and sear until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes more.
  • Transfer salmon to baking dish and cover loosely with foil. Return to oven & turn it off.
  • Carefully add vinegar mixture to skillet (liquid will bubble vigorously and steam).
  • Simmer, stirring, until thickened and reduced to about 1/3 cup, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove salmon from oven, plate
  • Spoon glaze over salmon.
  • If desired, garnish with sliced lemon and parsley

Serve with another glass of wine. Enjoy the sweet, savory glaze and the smooth, flaky salmon, as you consider your opponents’ strengths, and how to turn them into weaknesses.

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  • memzilla Ω
    • Jeffocaster in the desert

      I used to like salmon………………..

    • shastakoala

      One way to get a tape worm.

      • U haz autocorreck

        • shastakoala

          What do you meat?

  • beingreleased

    Adding salmon to the shopping list.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Yes, I want to eat your fish.

  • natoslug

    And the best part is that the balsamic vinegar guarantees you get your daily allowance of lead. Mmm-mmm-good! (this may explain my thought processes these days — I love cooking with balsamic vinegar)

  • o’look Skwerl!

    Yuck. I’d rather eat canned clams than that icky fish.

    (I have a gag reflex with salmon — can’t even get near my tongue.)

    • Saxo the Grammarian

      You MONSTER!!!

  • MΩebym

    I love salmon, both cooked and raw. I might actually try this sometime when I’m not too lazy to cook.

    • Saxo the Grammarian

      They’d be right at home in a police lineup of suspected sex offenders.

      • Jeffocaster in the desert

        More like war criminals. Call the Hague, they can round ’em up in one swoop.

        • Alternative Pony Ron

          ‘Take your time, ma’am.’
          ‘Maybe number three? Can I see his hands?’

    • Martini Ambassador

      I dunno, it seems weird to me for him to have an audience while he phone-sex’es his big daddy bear. But whatever, pee hookers ain’t my bag either.

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      So much treason in one place.
      No snark.

  • Jeffocaster in the desert

    Listen, I know we gave you a green card and said you could live here, but we changed our minds….

    • The Librarian

      No takesies backsies!!!!111!!

      • Jeffocaster in the desert

        Really? I’m Donald Trump, read The Art of the Deal!

        • The Librarian

          Worst book ever, Donald.

  • shastakoala

    When you said “out-think them” I first read it as “out-drink them.” Done and done.

  • MΩebym
    • The Librarian

      JFC, we’ll all be labeled terrorists soon enough if this becomes a thing.

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        I understand they won’t be announcing that until next month.

        • The Librarian

          Hmmm, time to get my affairs in order……

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    There are all kinds of quick and easy recipes for salmon. One of my favorites is pan-roasted salmon seasoned with olive oil, pepper and rosemary. (I leave off the salt because blood pressure.) Takes 10-15 minutes, max. Drizzle with lemon juice and enjoy!

  • eggsacklywright

    Back when I was working and could afford it, I bought White King salmon at University Seafood in Seattle. It’s probly $25/pound now. Grilled on a Weber kettle, served with a generous splash of lemon juice and Vignalta sea salt. Parfait.

    • Scrofula

      All that and you turned it into a dessert?

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        Layers. Salmon has layers.

    • The Librarian

      Yum! I like it grilled with a warm pineapple salsa (incl a little jalapeno, ginger, mint, basil and curry) – delish.

  • Martini Ambassador

    Ooh, nice! Salmon does well with sweet-savory preparations. We already went to the market and picked up cod, which I don’t think would work here, but does fulfill the fishy part of eating like a resistance-fighter. And I’m enjoying a nice mulled wine while I prep the green beans. Life is good, despite the gloom, and I count those blessings. It should be that way for all of us. We fight on for our less-fortunate kin.

  • beingreleased
    • Rick Hill

      They tried but Alex Jones was busy

    • Scrofula

      I’m sure the old Mountain Dew marketing team could use some work.

  • Treg Brown

    Not related to this delicious recipe:

    Interesting article at Buzzfeed,

    We Talked To People Who Fought For ISIS. This Is How They Plan To Use Trump.

    “In the days that followed, the recent defector said, ISIS members in Raqqa, the group’s self-declared capital, hailed Donald Trump’s win as a victory for the terror group. Local leaders even called it divine intervention. “They told us that victory is at hand and that God has sent the pig Trump as clear evidence of this,” Abu Musab said. “And they said that now God will make the Americans start fighting amongst themselves, and they prayed to God, saying, ‘O God, destroy the oppressors by the hand of the oppressors and let us escape them unharmed.’ And we said, ‘Amen.’”

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/we-talked-to-people-who-fought-for-isis-this-is-how-they-pla?utm_term=.oewoGraG9#.jkeNmoAmQ

    Stay woke.

    • Rick Hill

      It’s actually Bin Laden’s long term plan and it’s working beautifully

      • BadKitty904

        The Repugs have taken his bait every single time.

        • Rick Hill

          Only because they focus on the $$ they use as bait and not on the hook.

          • BadKitty904

            And it’s a convenient boogeyman for frightening their base into obedience.

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      So God is listening to the Muslim fundamentalists and not the Christian ones.

      • BadKitty904

        The GOP is a recruiting tool for the Muslim fundamentalists and not the Christian ones.

  • MΩebym
    • Martini Ambassador

      Who could have foreseen this?!

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      Idle question: how will this affect visits from the people monitoring Iran’s nuclear capabilities? Or can we assume that that’s past history now?

      • Jennifer R

        I would assume if it isn’t already over it will be soon?

        I guess Flynn and poots decided Iran was an easier target than China?

        • Alternative Pony Ron

          Having Iran gives Pooty a warm-water seaport. That would permanently change the balance of power world-wide.

      • Rick Hill

        Since rump isn’t evaluating anything other than whatever craezy shit he promised he would do, you can assume he’s trying to eliminate the treaty

    • Jennifer R

      How long until war?

      • BadKitty904

        Well, the GOP needs a boogeyman to frighten the sheep into line. If there isn’t one, the GOP will manufacture one.

        It’s already worked once, fairly recently…

        • Vecchioivan

          Does it ever fail?

          • BadKitty904

            Not in my lifetime, it hasn’t. The Republicans have worked very hard to turn Americans into fearful, pants-wetting cowards.

            It will fail when people call their bluff. We’ve seen it work in Europe.

      • Spurning Beer

        What time is it?

        • Jennifer R

          Tool Time judging by our government.

    • BadKitty904
      • Whereas Richard Spencer is Father of Punchbags

      • LucindathePook

        I wonder in a few years time what new terrorist group will have been begotten by and then named under a picture of PeeTUS.

        • BadKitty904

          It will be interesting to see how the GOPs blames them on the Dems, too.

    • Jennifer R

      What if they are serving up war with Iran to McCain in exchange for a yes on everyone?

  • I prefer the kind of fish that don’t swim

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      Dead ones?

    • Sister Artemis

      Hand motion for that?

  • How good is the finished dish for slapping purposes?

  • The Wanderer

    I’m going to try that this week.

  • goonemeritus

    Can I use canned salmon?

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      YOU… wait, sorry, never mind.

    • No but I think clams ….

  • BadKitty904
    • BadKitty904

      Plus salmonsez!!!

  • WomanInTheResistance

    Just saying – we’re not outnumbered.

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      What scares me is that we might be outgunned. This is escalating at a pace that pretty much guarantees armed suppression. It’s happened before.

      • BadKitty904

        As horrified as I am to say it, I sincerely believe we need to start thinking about that and how we’re going counter it.

        Anyone who thinks the Republicans are going to willingly give up absolute power – in four years or ever – doesn’t know the GOP.

    • BadKitty904

      We’re the majority, actually. We just need to get organized and start acting like it. Some leadership would be helpful, too. Also.

  • Shan

    Doing this today!

    • zerosumgame0005

      I kind of wish my mom had not set me up with a fear of fish when I was a kid…every time I even ate a tuna sandwich she would fuss and worry and stand behind me because she was so scared I would get a bone and would detail how horrible it would be, so now I never eat fish at all.

      • Shan

        I hated fish as a kid in Kansas because all I knew was fish sticks and cat food. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s and moved to the UK and had great fish and chips, then in Seattle discovered halibut and salmon and crab and tuna….

        I only ever caught a fish bone one time, and that was from my MIL’s disgusting fish pie.

        EAT FISH!!’

        • zerosumgame0005

          OMFG Pom frites(sp? don’t give a damn about spelling, gimme some!) are the fucking BEST! just hold the mayo :P

  • Ok guys, I don’t mean to step on this wonderful salmon recipe (I will actually make this soon!), but I have to post the Easiest Most Delicious Chicken Dish Ever. This is one my mom taught me, and I’ve looked all over the internets to see if it is a thing that people do, and I can’t find anything like it. I have no clue where mom got it, but I guarantee that this recipe has the highest simplicity to delicious ratio of anything you have ever eaten. That is, there are better dishes, and there are easier things to make, but nothing ever as easy as this is as good!

    So without further ado: One-Dish Chicken and Rice

    You will need: 4-6 Chicken thighs, 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup + 1 can water, 1 can French Onion Soup, 1 cup rice, an oven safe baking dish.
    Preheat oven to 375. Spread rice evenly on bottom of baking dish, arrange chicken pieces on top, glop cream of mushroom soup over chicken, add can of water around the edges, glop french onion soup over everything, cover with foil, put in 375 oven for an hour-and-half, take out of oven.

    The chicken should be fall off the bone tender, the rice will be cooked in the water and soup, an everything will be covered in delicious white and brown soup/sauce! It packs a lot of umami for a chicken dish, so I recommend a tart vinaigrette salad to go with. So easy and perfect for a weeknight.

    • Sister Artemis

      Thanks! This is the sort of thing I like to throw together, but (a) always get the liquid proportion a bit off (too wet, too dry), or (b) ends up sort of bland.

  • shastakoala

    Can you substitute shrimp?

    • Sister Artemis

      I don’t see why not – Pinkham should probably weigh in as he’s more of an expert about these things, but basically it’s “cook the fish, and keep it warm while I make this delicious glaze to pour over it,” and I’m thinking it would work with chicken too.

      • shastakoala

        Thanks!

      • Pinkham’s Law

        Works very, VERY well with chicken!

    • Kateaux

      Or canned clams?
      Hm. Perhaps we could organize a campaign to send cases of canned clams to the Donald?

    • Pinkham’s Law

      Should work well.

  • The Nazi Punchbag Richard Spencer has opined on Twitter that the words on the base of the Statue of Liberty mean “It’s offensive that such a beautiful, inspiring statue was ever associated with ugliness, weakness, and deformity. and has a hashtag ‘TearDownThatPlaque”

    If you see him in public make sure he is reminded of his true status

  • Alternative Pony Ron

    Now I know what I want for dinner: sashimi!

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      I think this just killed what was left of my sense of humour today.

      Later, all.

    • The Librarian

      Omfg. We now live in a terrorist country.

      • Sister Artemis

        We always lived in a country where some of our so-called fellow citizens were perfectly fine with terrorizing some of the rest of us. My own experience working in women’s health clinics proved that (several arsons, many people harmed, a few outright murdered); harassment, murders, rapes and beatings have been perpetrated against my gay community for decades and then some. I’m white, so missed out on the full-on assault against communities of color, but that too is part of our sad history.

        I’m not willing to concede that our country is a terrorist country. But a lot of our countrymen and women are terrorists, and now feel a lot freer to wage war on the rest of us. Dig your heels in, people! Resist!

    • BadKitty904

      As I mentioned earlier, Putin is certainly getting his money’s worth from Trump and the Republican collaborators – chaos, confusion, distrust, division, coming economic disaster, the neutering of America’s international presence, the elimination of our agents within Russia, and the opportunity to embed his moles in every U.S. political agency.

      Russia’ first strike against the U.S. couldn’t have been more effective than if they’d nuked D.C.

    • Nockular cavity

      So Kristallnacht came early this year, eh?

    • Shibusa

      Favorite comment: Rick Infinity

      Give me your Christian, your white,
      Your huddled masses terrified of TV shows,
      The wretched refuse of your rural poverty.
      Send these, the Nazis, so-angry, to me:
      I lift my right arm, flat palmed beside the golden door.

    • Shibusa

      BTW, there is a GoFundMe to help them rebuild:

      https://www.gofundme.com/victoria-islamic-center-rebuilding

    • Stulexington
  • WomanInTheResistance

    So I have a majestic cold. I’m talking clogged up, shivery, and miserable. Any suggestions?

    • zerosumgame0005

      hot water and brandy?

      • Vecchioivan

        I’ll have the same, hold the water.

        • zerosumgame0005

          the thing is when you pour the hot water in the brandy you get a wonderful, fragrant puff of steam up your nostrils…

    • Rick Hill

      Gargle with salt water. Real salt, like sea salt

    • Vecchioivan

      If you can make it to a steam room that can help, I find.

    • Punch Richard Spencer? That seems to cheer people up

      • Sister Artemis

        There should be an app for that…

        • Teecha

          We had one for much-hated education minister Micheal ‘I’m a slimy fuckwit’ Gove. It was really really good.
          All the links to it seem to have vanished. A sad day.

    • BadKitty904

      Rest and liquids, liquids and rest. My Granny said “You can’t cure a cold, but you can shorten its visit.

    • The Librarian

      Neti pot with a saline rinse will rinse out the yuck and help you breathe.

    • Teecha

      Poor you! Have some sympathy from here. Take 2 paracetamol every 4 hours, drink warm honey and lemon, with ginger if you’re off the fucking chain, and wrap up, rest up and steam your poor snotty sinuses.

    • Sister Artemis

      (a) keep yourself uncomfortably warm
      (b) do the steaming-hot-pan-of-water-with-towel-over-yer-head thing like all the 1950s grandmas advised
      (c) keep small warm animals close to your chest at all times
      (d) if you have the stuff, or can get someone to bring it to you, heat the following to a boil and then drink hot or cold:
      – 1 jug cranberry juice blend, with NO sugar
      – juice of 1 to 2 lemons (preferably fresh, not bottled lemon juice)
      – chopped up ginger, as much as you think you can stand (at least a big spoonful)
      – honey to taste

      • WomanInTheResistance

        What a sweet group of people! Thank you. And the small, warm animal is very much cuddled.

    • Jonny On Maui

      Hot Toddy. Very hot water, whiskey, lemon juice, honey. Half and half with the whiskey and water, tablespoon of lemon juice and honey, add to taste. Drink a lot of them. It won’t cure your cold, but you won’t care…

      With a shout out to Sister Artemis!

    • monoglot

      Hot steamy shower with drops of eucalyptus oil in the far corner of the shower pan. Deep breaths, then comfy bed with snuggly critter of choice.

    • Pinkham’s Law
      • WomanInTheResistance

        I have chicken stock on the stove right now. I hope to have chicken noodle soup in the not too distant future.

  • UnsaltedSinner
    • Vecchioivan

      We have always been at war with East Muslimstan.

    • Didn’t Jesus supposedly have a thing about hypocrites? (Matthew 23:13)

      • BadKitty904

        He had a thing against hypocrites.

        • Gloriarhinnant

          Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !so203c:
          On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
          !so203c:
          ➽➽
          ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash493TopPositiveGetPay$97Hour ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!so203c:….,……

        • Stulexington

          He’s a member of the GOP, how is that possible?

    • The Librarian

      Wow, it’s amazing what a year and being tapped by a psycho can do.

  • Résistance Land Shark

    Needs moar kittehs. A Manet Kitteh painting taken at the National Gallery.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a7b964bd050025741a6f45d193918c9aa5caf2273c0bd015bbf147c33b81f1bf.jpg

  • Scrofula

    Compare/contrast exercise for the day:
    http://verdantlabs.com/politics_of_professions/index.html

    • The Librarian

      “Most librarians are Democrats”. :)

      • TJ Barke

        By far.

      • Heather

        Can confirm. I’m a librarian in KANSAS, and we’re all raging lefties.

        • The Librarian

          I have a librarian friend in Kansas, she is too! Thanks for the confirmation. :)

  • Teecha

    Thanks for this recipe. You’ve given me this earworm
    ‘We won’t use guns, we won’t use bombs,
    We’ll use the one thing we’ve got more of – that’s our minds.’
    Name that tune for 3 points.
    I don’t even like fish (that swims (makes hand motion)

    • Pinkham’s Law

      I’m out on naming the tune. Googled it. Have never heard it before in my life.

  • BadKitty904

    Back to Mr. Pink’s original topic – sort’ve – it’s time to go do our weekly grocery shopping.

    In talking with someone this week about the GOP coup currently attempting to overthrow our government, this Jerry Garcia quote came to mind: “Somebody has to do something, and it’s just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.

    If nobody else steps up to stop this, we – me, you, all of us – are going to have to. So, UP THE RELUCTANT REBELS!!!

  • BrendaKay

    Just read this at Mother Jones… and it fits well with this lovely salmon recipe, I think.
    http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/01/science-says-society-exists-because-beer

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    The recipe looks as delicious as this tweet:

    https://twitter.com/Melandgabb2/status/825404525867593728

  • JMP

    But salon tastes gross.

    • BrendaKay

      LOL. Salmon is a strong fish… good mild tasting fish include cod, trout, and mahi-mahi.

    • TJ Barke

      Magazines are good roughage.

    • eggsacklywright

      Salmon is delicious, but the good stuff is really expensive. There’s a lot of salmon on the market that is essentially bear food and not fit for human consumption.

  • shaar dula

    pinkham, i want to introduce fish to our family diet otherwise filled with vegetarians by induced habit. what is a good way to start? is salmon a good start? does it smell? does it get chewy? does it absorb spices? first recipe i hope to make something dry and shredded just to get everyone started.

    • Scrofula

      Salmon is a good fish to start with–but it can overcook easily–dry, not chewy. Unless you’ve got a good fryer, in which case breaded “cod” makes people happy.
      Maybe a good blackened catfish if you’re in to heavy spice.

    • BrendaKay

      My hubby is not a fish fan, but he really likes cod. Cod is very mild in flavor and super easy to cook. Our traditional Saturday lunch is cod sauteed in a skillet with broccoli and salsa. :-)

      • Teecha

        Cod, coley, whiting. All fish which don’t really taste too strongly fishy.
        I don’t eat fish by choice, but these three are ok.

        • eggsacklywright

          Rockfish is mild and not too expensive.

    • Sister Artemis

      Shaar, I’ll be curious about what pink has to say about this, but I would not start with salmon (sorry Scrofula) because of its extremely strong flavor. I’d start with something milder, like halibut or Dover sole. And timing can be tricky, so I tend to bake it rather than saute – usually 20-25 minutes based on how thick the fish is.

      Get your fish fresh, too – makes a huge difference. Most fish markets, or even counters in a good grocery store, will be able to give you some advice on cooking times for the particular cut your get.

      • Scrofula

        The “fresh” part is why I’d shy away from starting with a potential mystery white fish from the grocery store. With salmon you can be pretty sure it’s actually salmon, at least. Just check out the Chowhound comments on “Rock Cod”. What you thought might handle a saute turns to mush.

        (Of course, the best is to go catch a live trout out of the water.)

        • shaar dula

          i need something from grocery stores before i can venture into adventures. so you are saying try salmon?

          • Sister Artemis

            what part of the country are you in?

          • shaar dula

            new england.

          • Sister Artemis

            So, near the ocean, sort of at least (as opposed to, say, Wyoming).

            If you can, go to a grocery store that has a meat-seafood section, and talk to someone there about the best cut for a simple meal. Try to get something that was caught that morning or the day before if you can. If not, “fresh frozen” cuts are ok, but worth it if you can find stuff that wasn’t frozen. I’m thinking that because you are in New England, this is very possible.

            And while it’s great to pick the brains of the Wonketariat, you might visit a fish market/grocery counter just to pick the brains of those in the know before you actually make a purchase.

          • shaar dula

            thanks. i just got a buyin in from missus to try it. today’s meals already cooked. tomorrow i will try.

          • Scrofula

            I’ll defer to the apparent foodies here, since I seem to be in the minority (so maybe it’s me?)
            Me? I won’t buy supermarket white fish. My mother does, and I cook it. It’s usually fine.
            It also depends where you shop about whether you get a bona fide fishmonger or a teenager making min. wage.

          • Amalga

            Cod then. And contrary to other commenters you are often better off buying frozen fish that is labeled as “individually flash frozen”. Costco carries a nice assortment. I have also found I can go to my local supermarket, Safeway here in the NW, and ask for the fish that is on special still frozen and they are happy to give it to me.

    • Shibusa

      Try this one: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/reviews/baked-salmon-with-cranberry-thyme-crust-107479
      Don’t overcook! I put a thin layer of mustard on it before the crust–helps the bread crumbs stick. If the salmon is reasonably fresh, it shouldn’t be stinky. Wild is best, if you can find it. Cook it with the skin on (skin against the pan) and you’ll get lots of good fats cooking up into your salmon. The skin will pretty much fall of when you serve it up. It’s delicious. Always a crowd-pleaser for me.

    • Pinkham’s Law

      I’m honestly the best person to advise on this, but I’ll give my two cents. I’ll jump in and try pretty much anything, but I’m NOT an expert on fish. I can’t say I’d suggest salmon as a first try, though. It’s very tricky to get cooked right. Undercooked, and it’s just . .. not right. The mouthfeel is just yuk! Overcooked, and it’s dry as hour old buffet fried chicken – and there’s only about 45 seconds difference between the two. Beyond that, I’m not going.

    • CatCafe de la Resistance

      My suggestion is to get a very simple, almost tasteless fish, like cod, or sole, and lightly fry it with panko crumbs or bread crumbs. Get or mix up a really nice tartar sauce to go with it. Serve with french fries (you can oven bake them, or get Ore-Ida ones) and ketchup. Salmon has a definite flavor and I wouldn’t start with it. But if you do, try a very flavorful teriyaki sauce, and grill it. Serve with rice and a nice salad.

    • Amalga

      Start with tilapia; it is cheap and very mild flavored but not as nutritious as other fish. Cod or pollock is also very good (cod being preferred) again because it is very mild. Perhaps a nice fish curry or a tomato based fish stew like cioppino but with added veg?

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Whoa, this shit just got heavy (heavier):

    https://twitter.com/BFriedmanDC/status/825183272690974720

    • shaar dula

      fucking barring iraqis just got to me. how ungrateful can one get man? they are old people, they are not looking for handouts.

      • CatCafe de la Resistance

        They don’t have Trump properties, though. So he wants to steal their oil. It’s simple.

  • Scrofula
    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      “The makeup of our town has really changed, and again with this chicken plant, there’s going to be a majority of low-income jobs that will not bring us taxpayers and homeowners,” said Dawn Wiegert, 55, who has lived in Fremont for 25 years. “People that will be a burden on all of our other resources — I don’t know how else to say it without sounding racist.”

      1. That’s because it is a racist sentiment.

      2. If you are truly concerned about employers that don’t pay a living wage, it would be more effective to direct your opposition to them, not the desperate people who are doing what they can to survive.

      3. Oh, for fuck’s sake.

      • Shan

        Exactly, re #2: In 2011-2012, GA and AL had hundreds of millions of dollars worth of crops rotting in the fields because migrant workers wouldn’t go there to work because they were afraid of the ramifications of the recent immigrantion crackdowns. But nobody else locally was willing to do the backbreaking work for such low piecework pay and the employers who DID hire them said they were shitty at it and quit all the time.

        It’s not the immigrants “stealing” jobs, it’s the employers offering terrible ones that only desperate people will take. They knew that here in KS in 2012 when agriculture businesses tried to get Federal exemptions so they COULD hire undocumented workers, again because nobody else wanted to work on the shitty (literally) pig farms in Western KS under such awful conditions and for such low pay. They had the gall to call it a “labor shortage” too.

      • CatCafe de la Resistance

        Not to mention, that even the fucking undocumented immigrants they racistly blather about PAY THEIR FUCKING TAXES, paying in over a billion dollars in sales tax, gas tax, phone tax, etc. These other low-income workers will also pay the SAME FUCKING TAXES. And yes, your fucking issue, Dawn Wiegert, is WITH THE FUCKING EMPLOYERS who aren’t paying a living wage, you asshole!

  • Nockular cavity

    Oh, Pinkham. The line is
    We are outgunned
    outmanned,
    outnumbered, outplanned

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTCELUTD-QA

    • Pinkham’s Law

      And you assumed I would know that, because . . . ?

  • Résistance Land Shark

    We have now crossed over, people …..

    Dick Cheney Thinks Trump’s Muslim Ban Is ‘Against Everything We Stand For’

    “I think this whole notion that somehow we can just say no more Muslims, just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in. I mean, religious freedom has been a very important part of our history and where we came from,” Cheney said on a Monday appearance on the radio show. “A lot of people, my ancestors got here, because they were Puritans.”

    • TJ Barke

      We are currently living in a universe that is a simulation designed to generate satirical material for another universe’s version of The Onion.

      • Sister Artemis

        this is why we like you. You can scare the shit out of us and make us laugh at the same time.

      • Kiri the Resistant Unicorn

        Somewhere in space and time, an intelligent silicon crystal is thinking the equivalent of “Boy, you just can’t write shit like this!”

      • CatCafe de la Resistance

        That is brilliant. Perhaps this is all a performance piece for their amusement.

    • shaar dula

      main thing for me is that it is knee jerk and no understanding of what is what.

    • Alexander Stallwitz

      How badly have we fucked up when Dick Chency thinks we have gone too far?

      • FigaroPho

        Seriously. It’s like Christian Bale pulling you aside and telling you you’re being an asshole.

  • Courser

    Excellent, Pink! I’ve been searching for a simple, but unique, salmon recipe. This will do nicely this week! I have a nice bottle of Balsamic vinegar I’ve never even opened. I’ll definitely crack it for this!

    • CatCafe de la Resistance

      The best balsamic vinegar I’ve had (in reasonable price range) is from a California company called Calileo. They have great olive oils, too, and you can order it online. Really fragrant, slightly sweet, and thick. I have it on everything.

  • Sister Artemis

    Apropos of nothing except that it’s about food, and it makes me happy to remember being there, I share with you the amusing Quark’s Bar menu from the Vegas “Star Trek Experience” – the food was actually pretty good (substitutes were made due to the lack of off-world meats and veggies), and the drinks were fabulous. And yes, it actually looks like the first picture (menu pics might be easier to read if you open them in a different tab)
    http://www.garygoddard.com/gbim/1395.jpg

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/849d2861f0e42f15e5a4c29994e940e6965a63aa8ecb49ce0847545c480fcca2.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4c910d6c06b23e1e2452370dada84b33a09cb36fa9d0f1e4cb321176d8d16b5e.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/41ae3418c6695321a4a3f6f89af277002c4abf098de94eeb38b0d88cb00a21fc.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5668fc120b44dfa8b59cd211ebdda638f578a010d5b516b25b7dd171d273c4b9.jpg

    • proudgrampa

      You brought back some great memories. I used to travel to Vegas a lot for my business, and almost always stopped in at Quark’s.

      The Flaming Ribs of Targ were awesome!

      Gosh, I miss that place…

      • Sister Artemis

        We got stalked by a 7 foot Klingon woman, who kept coming by our table and demanding to know How Is The Food!!??!! Quite intimidating.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
  • Old Man Yells at Cloud

    Is the oven temperature of 125-150 correct? That seems too low.

  • canes_pugnaces

    Should we all be drinking Riesling and chomping on liver strudel?

  • btwbfdimho

    I usually make this fabulous dish by using molasses instead of brown sugar. + paprika.

  • tehbaddr

    True fact: I’ve been known to throw a splash of Balsamic in my canned clams when making Linguine Fini with clam sauce!

  • Jo Mathie

    On a nicer non Trumpier note, try baking salmon with a drizzle of pomegranate molasses – it’s really nice and goes well with rice or salad.

  • Shan

    I’m hiding here instead of going back to the JFK protest post where it’s all “angry toddler with nuclear codes” and shit.

    Anyone have a paper bag?

  • Shoto

    I’ve been away for a few hours. The Wonkette Glazed Salmon Delivery Wagon™ must have arrived while I was gone. Dammit!

  • David Chaillou

    Speaking as a local, i believe you mean Bastogne. Bastonge hurts the ears.

    • Pinkham’s Law

      My apologies, with thanks. Corrected.

      • David Chaillou

        My pleasure, and no apology was required. Keep up the good work.

      • David Chaillou

        Did you read that cool article by Nesrine Malik in the guardian of December 2 (sorry, can’t get the link to paste)? It throws an interesting light on Bannon’s behaviour in declaring war to the media: these people are constitutionally unable to shift out of a “victim” position.

        • Pinkham’s Law

          I had not, until your suggestion. Many have noted that Trump is the sorest winner ever, but few have suggested an explanation for why that is so. /this seems a reasonable one. Thanks for the link!

  • therblig

    need to take an internet break – i just read this as “islamic glazed salmon”. i know there’s a salman rushdie joke in there somewhere.

  • Bongstar420

    You dern elitists….

  • Left Coast Tom

    I’ll have to try this, sounds good. With salmon I normally melt butter, put pepper, thyme, and rosemary in with the butter and let it bubble a little, then cover the salmon with the mix, and broil. The balsamic sounds interesting, though.

  • Amalga

    This looks really good and I just pulled a fillet out of the freezer. Probably cook it a little less though; I hate over cooked salmon. Thanks!

  • Ω cynmac will never surrender

    I do a glaze of lemon, Dijon mustard and olive oil. My family likes it and they’re picky eaters.

  • gamera23

    Remember if you feel trapped get everybody to #SwimDown !

  • Okay I am making this now only using real maple syrup in place of some of the sugar. Yum!

    • I f***ed up the skin – stuck to the bottom and ended up as soggy glop in the pan sauce. Otherwise, outstanding. Highly recommend using some REAL maple syrup – I did 1 Tbl brown sugar + <2 tsp syrup. Also threw in a pat of butter towards the end.
      Served with French String Beans a la Julia Child (boiled, blanched then cooked in butter and lemon juice – see "The French Chef: Vegetables the French Way" 2/11/63).
      Wonderful dinner. Thanks PL

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