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We’ve been working on a series of ACA stories that we have been saving for the opening of our Janesville, Wisconsin store May 19. With Thursday’s vote in the House of Representatives, it seems waiting to share these stories no longer makes sense. Janesville is the seat of the first congressional district here in our home state of Wisconsin that is responsible for electing the current Speaker of the House of the US House of Representatives. Our fellow Wisconsinites have elected him because they believe him to be a good and decent man. As part of our continuing Cooks Vote Project, we are opening our Janesville store as America’s store, our prototype Penzeys of the future.

A big part of why we are opening in Janesville is working to help the Speaker be the good and decent man the voters of Janesville elected him to be. And to be a daily reminder to the voters there that good and decent people are people like themselves, people who share the gifts life has given them to help not hurt those in need. We think our ongoing ACA stories and recipes are the right place to start.

Kristen’s Story

Their love affair began over 30 years ago with an afternoon of cookie baking. “We were both living in Boston. It was our first ‘unofficial’ date,” says Doug Shelton, as he recalls so many happy memories. Now Doug and his wife, Kristen Moore, call the small, friendly town of Silver City, New Mexico, home.

Since 1981, when Kristen was awarded the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, she has devoted herself to the care of young children. Kristen had wanted to study law since she was a little girl, but after working as a nursing assistant during college, she switched schools and went into nursing. “As usual, she chose kindness,” says husband, Doug.

Kristen started her career in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at St. Paul Children’s Hospital in Minnesota. Always wanting to make the world a better place by doing all she could to help others, a new challenge presented itself to Kristen when she became the charge nurse in a newly created Mobile Medical Unit which provided services throughout the hospital.

Kristen’s experiences, along with her deep-seeded need to always provide her patients with the best of care, soon presented her with the option to work with the emergency room team at St. Paul.

In 1994, after earning her Master’s Degree, she took on the challenge of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner where she would work with her favorite patients, the children.

During this time the Midwest Children’s Resource Center was established. MCRC set the standard for child abuse investigation within the entire region. Kristen was instrumental in expanding their mission, forming a 24/7 response to child abuse crises in the hospital.

Doug tells us, “Kristen later joined MCRC and spent several years conducting over 700 forensic child abuse investigations, saving helpless children from their worst nightmares. When this horror became too much to bear, she returned to work in primary care, as a Nurse Practitioner.

“Several years later we moved to Arizona where Kristen joined the Children’s Medical Center of Tucson, a clinic dedicated to helping pediatric patients, many on assistance. For a few of these 14 years, she returned to the Pediatric Emergency Room of Tucson.

“Throughout her career, Kristen has been considered to be the very best by her colleagues, her patients and their parents,” says Doug.

As important and rewarding as Kristen’s career was to her, so was cooking. Both Kristen and Doug loved to cook. Really cook. “We both grew up helping in our kitchens as children. We’ve traveled around the country and the world, eating our way through the places we’ve had the pleasure of visiting. Then we’d go home and figure out how to cook it in our own kitchen.

“We’ve always liked to cook together. We’ve hosted innumerable dinner parties and considered those times to be among the most enjoyable of our lives,” Doug smiles.

It was 2011 when Kristen began to notice she was having trouble functioning at her job. Kristen, always trying to be super-competent, tended to conceal and compensate for her difficulties, making it hard to see there was a problem.

Eventually her memory loss progressed to a point where it became obvious something was seriously wrong and by the middle of the following year, Kristen was unable to keep working. She was 54 years old.

It wasn’t until years later that her illness was diagnosed as unspecified, early-onset dementia with cerebellar ataxia, which gives her the balance problems. Nobody really knows what causes the cognitive problems or what to do about it. At this point, her treatment is pretty much trial and error.

Doug says, “Kristen has devoted her entire life to helping others and now, because of her illness, she lost her career, her income, and her health insurance.”

Together Doug and Kristen tried to obtain Medicaid coverage while living in Arizona. He says, “Although we undoubtedly qualified, Arizona stretched out the application process for nearly a year and made us go to two arbitration hearings only to find that this coverage really didn’t do much for us.

“It seemed every step was deliberately designed to be maximally inconvenient, demeaning and punitive. Our savings were gone. We lost our home. It was this attitude that contributed to us leaving the state of Arizona.”

In New Mexico, where Doug feels the state takes these services more serious, Kristen found the care she needed. With the enactment of the ACA, Medicaid had been expanded to cover funding to millions and it was finally available to Kristen. At last, she met with a neurologist and received her diagnosis.

But now, with the repeal of the ACA, Doug wonders if Medicaid will continue to be available to them.

“Things have taken a downturn for her in the last nine months,” Doug says. “I am pretty much responsible for her and for keeping our lives running.

“To say it has been difficult is an understatement. Kristen used to be the smartest and most competent person I’ve ever known and now she can’t go grocery shopping or remember how to answer her phone.

“She can remember just about everything from the past, but her brain has problems forming new memories. She used to love books and movies, but now 30 minutes or 30 pages into something, she forgets, becomes lost and then frustrated.

“Kristen enjoys emailing and talking to old friends. It’s unfortunate that none of them live here. We’re making friends, but we are still the new kids on the block,” says Doug.

“One good thing, Kristen still loves to eat. And she still loves being in the kitchen helping with simple prep work. She can make basics like a sandwich or a smoothie, but can no longer do things that have multiple steps, like her favorite Indian food. She can’t plan the steps in her head.

“We used to be avid hikers, but her balance issues have more or less restricted us to walking on flat ground. 25 years ago, we traversed the saddle of the Tongariro Volcano in New Zealand in violent winds and today we walk downtown to the co-op or our favorite Mexican diner.

“Kristen’s favorite activity is gardening. She’ll spend hours out there every day. It’s satisfying work and doesn’t require much memory.”

Many of Kristen’s patients and their parents were truly devoted to her. One patient stands out in Kristen’s mind. She remembers Kameah, a 4-year-old who suffered with recurrent fevers. Kristen was the one who saw something was amiss and referred her to the specialist who found a cancer, which thankfully was caught early enough that she survived.

As a thank-you gift, Kameah gave Kristen a rock, saying to her, “I picked out the best one for you, Kristen.” With the arrival of a family Christmas card every year, Kristen watched Kameah grow into a healthy, athletic, young woman. Kristen was invited to her high school graduation and to this day, still has the rock!

“To a great extent, Kristen has had a wonderful life,” Doug says. “She has helped thousands of people, not for the big bucks, but because it gave her life meaning; to make the world a better place, as she would say.

“I believe that these people would want to help her, just as she helped them, but it seems their government does not. It seems the government wants to punish her for being so stupid to have spent her life pursuing something other than wealth.

“Yes, a bright spot in our journey has been the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA. It has been the only way we have been able to obtain healthcare. But if we lose Medicaid, there will be no treatment options for Kristen. She will be directly harmed, and this person, who gave so much of herself to others, will end her life forgotten and discarded from the world she spent her life trying to help, for want of a little help in return, in her time of need.”

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Is this the best way we can make our country great? Should all Americans without wealth simply be disposable? We are better than the act the Republican Congress just committed. We really are.

Kristen’s recipes:

Lamb meatballs stuffed with dried cherries

Chicken in spinach mustard sauce

Raita

Wonkette thanks our friends at Penzeys for sharing this story. We hope you dig them as much as we do.

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  • puredog

    That is a sad and affecting story. But “working to help the Speaker be the good and decent man the voters of Janesville elected him to be”? Penzey’s, I’m afraid that fucking train has left the fucking station. You could read this story to Ryan and, like Hannibal Lecter, his heartbeat (if there is one) would never vary.

    • Rachel Book Harlot

      Exactly.

  • Portia McGonagal

    I. Love. Penzeys. My entire spice cabinet is stocked with their goods which are tasty and awesomely priced. But moreover, the company is stocked with great people from the top down proving you can do the right thing, be profitable, and be good people.

    • Contemplative Ron

      BLASPHEMY!
      – Republicans everywhere

  • VirginiaLady

    That is one amazing meatball recipe. I hope you keep enjoying it for many, many more years.

  • Hobbes’ Evil Twin
    • Mr. Blobfish

      Who’s a good boy/girl?

    • Anna Elizabeth

      What a happy pet! :D

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      This looks almost exactly like Jack. I showed Jack this picture and he was not impressed. It didn’t look anything like a treat….

    • Contemplative Ron

      Isn’t it amazing how something with teeth that big can be so happy and friendly?

      • DrBigHead

        That’s because Goldens are just big idiots (spoken with great affection and experience)

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    • alpacapunchbowl

      Cutie!

  • Mr. Blobfish

    It’s hard to be a good and decent man when you aren’t a good and decent man. Good on Penzey’s, my main dealer of Mexican oregano and Chinese 5-spice.

    • NerdWithNoName

      “Mexican Oregano”. Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

      • msanthropesmr

        Blueberry kush, girl scout cookie, and White widow.

        • OddMan

          “Candyland” “Headband” and “Mindful”.

    • HorseChestnut

      Also too bay leaves! So cheap, so fresh.

      • Mr. Blobfish

        I grow my own. Nothing like one plucked right off the bush.

        • folderol

          Same here. I think all of 5 bay bushes supply the world’s needs.

  • Needs moar cursing.

    • schmannity

      Is there a hidden dick joke?

      • msanthropesmr

        “Spot the dick joke, win a prize!”

        • schmannity

          Spotted dick is a completely different recipe,

        • Hobbes’ Evil Twin

          Assuming Paul Ryan can be anything but a dick is … well, actually I guess it isn’t that funny.

  • schmannity

    No sympathy from Trump for early onset dementia. “hey, I’ve got it and I’m the President. Quit bitching.”

    • Angela Ruzzo

      And I’ve got the BEST kind!

  • memzilla Ω

    A big part of why we are opening in Janesville is working to help the Speaker be the good and decent man…

    Any recipes that involve stabbing and pounding a slab of soulless, heartless meat?

    • ManchuCandidate

      Country Fried Speaker served with Fava Beans and Chianti.
      -Hannibal Lecter

      • msanthropesmr

        DIABEEETUS

        • Lark_in_the_AM

          Nah, there’s nothing sweet about Paul Ryan.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      I make my own Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe. It involves buying de-boned chicken breasts and pounding them very flat, folding them around swiss cheese and ham and stabbing them with a skewer. I can recommend this for eliminating frustration. You could print a picture of your least favorite person and put it on top of the cutting board before you start, and then you have significantly more motivation to pound away.

      • memzilla Ω

        WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!

  • ManchuCandidate

    I wish you well that you may increase Speaker Ryan’s heart a 1000 X, but I fear that Speaker Grinch is beyond saving as one has to have a heart in the first place.

    If they can go after a celebrity’s newborn then they will be more than happy to feast on the souls of decent folk.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    Good line, and sadly true: “It seems the government wants to punish her for being so stupid to have spent her life pursuing something other than wealth.”

    I encounter this attitude fairly often, whenever I find myself in the company of very rich people. There is a Wal-Mart heiress living in my town, and I have met her three times at local charitable fundraising events. This is exactly how she thinks. Yet she only inherited her wealth, and then she married more wealth. They always ask me what I do for a living, and when I tell them I am retired on disability, the look on their faces and their body language is revealing. They immediately lose interest in knowing me, and I become invisible, and they don’t remember my name. When people like them get elected to government offices, it is no wonder their attitude translates into legislation.

    • gene108

      When people like them get elected to government offices, it is no wonder their attitude translates into legislation.

      Or the politicians they buy to implement their agenda.

  • msanthropesmr

    Nobody elected Paul Ryan to be a good and decent man. They elected him to fuck over the poor and minorities. Make no mistake. He has no scruples or plan for governance.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      I think he is a Pod Person.

    • weejee
      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        Seriously, though, fuck Ayn Rand, or more correctly to her life, don’t. The world became a much better place after she died. If only our society could reduce her books to a morbid curiosity, akin to Mein Kampf and not taken as any kind of blueprint for government or philosophy.

        • Think she is dead non? And died penniless mooching off the gubmint also?

          • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

            Yeah, after all her ranting about socialism, she died taking money from social program. Typical conservative crap of “As long as I get mine, screw the rest of you!”

            Thing is, she was a bitter resentful dick to the day she died. Awful person who got exctlky what she gave in this world. Shit.

          • Contemplative Ron

            One of my better efforts, I think.
            – Karma

          • Pre-Existing Condition Jack
          • Carpe Vagenda

            Of lung cancer she had gummint-funded surgery for after smoking heavily all her life.

            She must have died proud, though, because her followers successfully resisted the unworthy urge to help her.

          • alpacapunchbowl

            She’s been dead for a long time. Gone but not forgotten, unfortunately.

      • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

        I have a burning desire to beat the shit out of Paul Ryan and I’m not a conservative man. So, there.

    • geoffalnutt

      May as well be Russian. The enemy.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      From what I read, they gerrymandered him out of Janesville because everyone there hates him.

    • DrBigHead

      And the people who voted for him knew that and supported him because of it. Make no mistake about that.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    This post needs moar dick jokes, so here’s a picture of one…

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C_KE7cIUMAMZ_2L.jpg

  • I have never heard of Penzey’s before now. I regret that

    • Contemplative Ron

      Yet another nifty retailer with no Canadian presence.

      HINT HINT, Penzeys!

      • Courser_Resistance

        We’re fortunate to have two stores in the Metro, both in historic old shopping districts. I love their stores and the people are always super-nice and give you free stuff.

        • Contemplative Ron

          Grr… rub it in why dontcha?

          • Courser_Resistance

            You’ll just have to plan a trip the next time you come south of the border.

          • Contemplative Ron

            Already done. Though I’d need to check to see if Canada Customs allows spices in. Foodstuffs are very tightly regulated, for excellent reasons.

            ETA: Herbs are limited to 250kg but spices are unlimited! Hot damn! Stop-off in Buffalo if they let me in!

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Yeah, I’d never heard of them either, but then, they’re obviously too smart to open a store in Kentuckistan, so there’s that.

      • Hint hint indeed!

        • Contemplative Ron

          I think they’d do especially well in Toronto and Vancouver and probably Montreal as well. And mail-order everywhere else.
          I’m having this amusing mental image of one of their boxes showing up in the mail in Rankin Inlet…

  • Anna Elizabeth

    @Penzeys – I like your politics, and I like your website. Bookmarked. :)

    • Turgid Love Skwerl

      You’ll love their stores! They are an amazing company! I am going there this afternoon!

  • Red Bird Ω

    You made me cry this early in the morning. To quote the very perceptive Bobby Brown from The New Edition, “This world is a trip.” I have yet to understand what motivates people. It certainly isn’t the Christian kindness they claim to have.

  • proudgrampa

    Thank you, Penzey’s. I am looking forward to ordering stuff from you and trying some recipes. The chicken/spinach/mustard thing looks amazing.

  • LarryHoudini

    Tough luck, Penzy’s! Get ready for the right wing boycott! Forget all that conservative cash spent on your Garam Masala and cumin seed!

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Shouldn’t hurt too much. I don’t think they sell ketchup.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        Swede libel!…

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Maybe a slight dip in jerk spice.

      • Contemplative Ron

        ISWYDT

  • geoffalnutt

    The one thing a Republican/conservative isn’t – is kind. Kindness is a sign of weakness. That cannot ever happen. Ever.

    • MizzMazz

      I have found Republicans/Conservatives to be kind, but it is never from the goodness of their hearts. They think if they do a good thing, Jesus will like them more. Everything’s a Deal with them.

      • Contemplative Ron

        That’s not actual kindness, that’s just strategic thinking.

      • Darlene Underdahl

        “You think you’re fooling God?!” (Me, as a little kid.)

        • MizzMazz

          “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!” (Me as a little kid. I watched a lot of teevee.)

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      Well, they do seem to think that empathy is a disease and having emotions is the first step to becoming Hitler, so they’re just stupid.

    • They are literally writing articles about how kindness is actually not good.
      See the thing on empathy a few days ago

    • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

      From time to time, I must drive from MN to Madison, WI to visit my daughters. There is a huge stretch of the freeway where my tiny car radio can only receive a bible station. sometimes i listen, just to pass the time.
      Once, a preacher said that the biblical command to “love one another” meant that we need to love other Christians, NOT to love everyone, because “that would be impossible.” Says more about him than about the bible, IMO.

      Right-wing religious pretzel-logic attempts to get out of taking care of anyone but themselves would be amusing if they weren’t causing so much pain in this world.

      • Contemplative Ron

        He must have been away when they taught the parable of the Good Samaritan in Sunday School.

        • Lark_in_the_AM

          Or the one about the sheep and the goats. Or the sermon on the mount. Or the whole books about the acts of the apostles that showed how Jesus’s followers were downright commies.

  • Beowoof14

    Was a big fan of Penzys before this news. Now I will be more of a regular at their Buffalo store.

  • Anna Elizabeth

    OT – 70F already at 9:43AM, and I’m off to the supermarket. See ya’ laters!

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      Be careful and get something nice to eat. :)

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Anna, where are you? Because it is only 59 degrees here and it’s 3 hours later, and I want to come where you are. Brrrrr! I hate Blackberry Spring.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Pueblo Colorado, Hun. It’s muggy today too, which is really unusual.

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    Aw, fuck. I already liked Penzeys. Every christmas, my cooking fanatic son-in-law gets something from them from us as part of his present. Now, I’m just tearing up. Fuck it….

  • La forza del resistino

    So Mo Brooks, did this woman leave a good enough life in your opinion to light the dormant pilot lite of your soul to admit she is deserving of healthcare?. I’ll even share a Kleenex with you if so.

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    This! 1 thousand and seven times this!

    I’m not crying, YOU’RE crying!

    No, but seriously, this is why everyone should be righteously pissed off right now. Anything short of outrage is not acceptable. It’s just not.

  • Ricky Gay

    Warning, recipes may cause empathy. If you experience empathy lasting longer than four hours, contact Jonah Goldberg.

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      Empathy is a pre-existing condition. You may have trouble getting insurance in the future if you have empathy.

      • Ricky Gay

        If only it was highly contagious. :(

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Paid post! The excellent and ethical folks at Penzeys are helping to support Wonkette by paying us to run this post from their Facebook page. Honestly though we would have run it for free.

    Nothing suspicious about this Penzey Scheme. Nope, totally legit!

    • weejee

      Mmmmm, wonder if weejee and Associates should sponsor an advert. Are any of you Wonkers corroding? And no, we don’t know how to fix rusty dick jokes.

      • Contemplative Ron

        The Fusion could use new rocker panels.

        • weejee

          Get appropriate personal safety equipment – including sufficient clothing and/or sun screen to avoid sunburn. Get an angle grinder and remove all the bad bits. Get some similar gauge sheet metal and bend/cut to fit the hole you just cut. Get a wire-feed glue gun and skip weld the patch in hole you just cut. Take big skips and short welds to keep the sheet metal from warping. Grind the welds smooth, prime and paint.

          No charge.

          • Contemplative Ron

            I dunno, man, smacks of ‘effort.’

      • Msgr_MΩment

        With votes?

      • SayItWithWookies

        I’ve got a rusty chainsaw I’ve wanted to use. Could you make it run again, but keep the rusty bits?

    • La forza del resistino

      Penzey’s does offer pyramid containers for long term grain storage.

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        I prefer my schemes in spherical form. Higher/risk reward potential but hard as hell to get out of.

    • OddMan

      You don’t have to be sage, just take some thyme and you will be cumin to the same conclusion.

  • Carpe Vagenda

    You know, I have dried cherries, ground lamb, chicken, mustard, yogurt…

    What I think I need now, though, is new spice jars. And their website has some very nice ones.

  • weejee

    FWIW, Penzeys is located in Wauwatosa – Pottawatomie for Little Firefly.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1c2053b520a45165e049ac4b21988f39ff703bba9e1df917ea4bd284486d77a7.gif

    • schmannity

      I applaud your decades-long wait to work that into a sentence.

      • weejee

        Yeah. I’m a pround alum of McKinley Grade School. Class of 1860, or maybe 1960. And I’m quite amazed it is still in operation.

    • OddMan

      I had to look that up, interesting.
      I thought of this, strangely.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb3rbDWO-_A

  • The Wanderer

    I think that you could show this story to Paul Ryan, explain it to him, have him read it again, have him pass a test based on it to gauge how much he understood it, and he still wouldn’t be able to empathize.

    • jesterpunk

      Paul Ryan would just say how tax cuts for the rich are more important. They would also say how empathy is evil.

    • Contemplative Ron

      If he had been given the Voight-Kampff test he’d’ve been ‘retired’ years ago.

    • Portia McGonagal

      Too true. He failed Catholic Social Justice teaching so he’d fail this.

  • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

    “It seems the government wants to punish her for being so stupid to have spent her life pursuing something other than wealth.”

    This is the way Paul Ryan thinks. He’s far from being a decent person. He’s a follower of Ayn Rand and that cunt had no idea what the words “human decency” mean. He learned from the best and he continues to be her faithful disciple. Having elected him so many times says more about the people of Janesville than it does about him. They’re either as evil as he is or they’re a bunch of gullible morons.

    • La forza del resistino

      Ryan is convinced altruism is a curable pre-existing condition

    • Contemplative Ron

    • schmannity

      Why not both?

    • MilwaukeeKent

      I think Janesville itself actually goes for the Democratic candidate, but the rest of the district is very red, including neck.

    • ahughes798

      Janesville is a well-known speed trap, and gets considerable income from people going 5 MPH over on the interstate. They DO NOT LIKE anyone from Illinois. The least you’ll get from a WI resident is stink eye. They think us “flat landers,” or “FIBS(Fucking Illinois Bastards)” are coming to buy up all their land, and steal their women or something, when all we really want to do is get the fuck through the state to the UP, where people ARE actually nice.

    • Snopes Shop

      Can you believe we have a man who worships THE FOUNTAINHEAD like a common college freshman controlling our healthcare? Because I can’t,

      • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

        That alone shows how intellectually barren Paul Ryan is. Anyone who’s so impressed by such badly written fiction has a lower IQ than the piece of toilet paper I used to wipe my ass this morning.

  • Courser_Resistance

    I love Penzey’s and have used their spices and seasonings for years. It’s good to know they’re on our side too.

    • La forza del resistino

      I applied for a job with them 2 years ago. Still on a wait list (they email you qtrly saying we haven’t forgotten you). They treat labor so well there is no turnover.

      • Contemplative Ron

        They’re clearly history’s greatest monsters!

      • Courser_Resistance

        They recently sent an email out to their local mailing list asking for applicant for part-time jobs at their Arvada store. I *almost* sent an inquiry because if I was going to work a second job, that’d be it. It’s the kind of job that wouldn’t really be work at all. But there’s way too much going on in my life these days for me to take on a second job.

  • Shoto

    The Democratic Party brass need to focus on flipping ZEGS Ryan’s seat, effective immediately. He’s vulnerable, and that vulnerability should be exploited. The same goes for every sociopathic monster in congress who voted for this abomination.

    • Ω cynmac will never surrender

      And even the GOPees that didn’t, that got a pass because they had the vote. Also too, fuck you Issa. Can’t be said enough.

      • OddMan

        One County over to our right physically and two centuries in mindset, sits Kevin McCarthy (R) Asshole. We are actively pushing for our Dem. Rep to go over to Kevin’s place and hold a town hall. Should be interesting.

  • MilwaukeeKent

    Yea Penzys! One of our finest companies hereabouts. Talk radio hates hates hates them because the family patriarch writes gentle reminders, addressed to white suburbanites, to be kind and gentle, etc. It drives conservatives crazy.

    Completely off topic, here’s to France, where even the letterboxes have great tits.
    Voters at a polling station in the village of La Lande-Chasles in western France are being asked not to use the front door as a family of five great tits is nesting in the letter box.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      Something I did not know: French citizens here in the US are able to actually vote. France sent election officials to the US to oversee the voting, and French citizens cast their ballots here in the same manner as they would if they were in France. The results are counted and sent to France (electronically), with the actual ballots following via post.

      • The Librarian

        I read that French citizens living elsewhere can go to their embassy to vote.

        • Résistance Land Shark Ω

          I was alerted to this by a young French citizen who is volunteering at a French polling place here in the US. Apparently, Alliance Française sponsors these locations around NY, and helps staff them with volunteers. The French government sends election officials to preside.

          • Contemplative Ron

            This is what you get when you don’t allow the goddamned PARTIES to run your elections.

          • Rags

            yes – drove a friend 100 miles to a polling place to vote.

        • Over here in Britain they could do that. I saw a picture of them handing out croissants in front of the embassy!

      • Contemplative Ron

        French citizens living in the US are encouraged to vote.
        US citizens living in the US are discouraged FROM voting.
        Interesting, eh?

    • Rick Hill

      “…the family patriarch writes gentle reminders, addressed to white suburbanites, to be kind and gentle, etc”

      Well, if they wrote bible verses then it would be fine.

      • Contemplative Ron

        Too bad there aren’t any bible verses extolling those virtues.

        • MilwaukeeKent

          Not in the Old Testament anyway, in my experience conservatives have never read the new one.

          • Villago Delenda Est

            ESPECIALLY the stuff in red print!

    • alpacapunchbowl

      New Glarus gets their knickers in a twist as well. The owner is openly liberal AND a woman? MADNESS!!

  • herrointment

    I loved Wisconsin. The one that did the right thing. Cleaned up the mess. Stood guard.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      The honey badgers that cared.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    The Penzeys mightier than the sword.
    Molotov!

  • schmannity

    Not paying close attention to news, but I thought I heard a Dreamer won the Kentucky Derby.

    • The Wanderer

      AOL News had their finger right on the pulse with the headline “HORSE WINS KENTUCKY DERBY.”

      • Turgid Love Skwerl

        So what, the last few F-1 races were won by a car. So both sides do it.

        • ahughes798

          Yeah, but nobody wrote a headline that said “Russian Grand Prix won by a car.”

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Yes, it was a real surprise, given that the race is sponsored by and supported by the richest people in the nation, to hear that they even let a horse with the name “Dreamer” enter.

    • La forza del resistino

      He’ll be deported by Tuesday.

  • M H

    I made the decision to start buying all my spices from them after the Women’s March: they sent out pins to marchers all over the country, including my deep-red hometown of Wenatchee! The delivery of a Penzy’s box is like Christmas day any time of the year.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Humans have been caring for one another for the history of our species — at least 160,000 years. And our species’ forbears have been doing the same for at least six million years. You would think it would be the height of conservatism to continue on the path that’s been so well-established by evolution, and that has brought us to this point of thriving as a species.

    And you’d think Paul Ryan would like to get emails like President Obama gets, with people thanking him for prolonging their life, or finally being able to treat some debilitating condition that someone’s had to live with because proper care has heretofore been out of reach, rather than being portrayed as the masked guy who pushes granny off a cliff in her wheelchair. How about it Paul?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Paul would rather get $20s and $50s, thank you very much.

    • gene108

      Paul Ryan is a Christian. He doesn’t believe in evolution.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Paul Ryan is a “Christian”. He doesn’t believe in the teachings of Jesus.

        • Résistance Land Shark Ω

          I take slight offense to that … Paul Ryan might call himself a Christian, but his actions are so far from anything that resembles the teachings of the new testament.

          • Villago Delenda Est

            We’re on the same page. My phrasing may be a bit off.

    • jesterpunk

      Paul Ryan is a big fan of Ayn Rand who thinks helping people is evil. The same Ayn Rand who took social security because she deserved it but those other people dont. The same way Ryan took social security benefits when his father died and now wants to remove those benefits from everyone else. “I got mine, fuck you” is how it works for them.

      • SayItWithWookies

        Rand was also an atheist, and when Ryan was asked about that (when he was Romney’s running mate, I believe) he suddenly realized he never had anything to do with Ayn Rand’s ideas whatsoever. At least until the press stopped asking questions.

  • Résistance Land Shark Ω

    In little over 100 minutes, the results from the French election will begin to be published.

    POLITICO has them here.

    • La forza del resistino

      With luck, Le Pen will accept Betsy DeVos’ offer to come over and teach French language at the private school of Betsy’s choice.

  • DrBigHead

    I was not aware that Penzy’s was so socially conscious. There is a store in my town and even though it is well outside my usual foraging area, I plan to give them my business. Every little bit helps.

    • Portia McGonagal

      The damned socialists at Penzeys often even give you FREE stuff!

      • Contemplative Ron

        Why do they hate America?

    • jesterpunk

      I never heard of them before this article but I plan on buying from them in the future.

      • DrBigHead

        I’ve received some of their products as gifts. They are excellent.

  • Rick Hill

    Update on the birds flying from my butt: Apparently they were flying from a burst rear brake line in my truck. And, even though it’s freaking May 7th, the truck troubles are keeping with the requirement that your fingers must be numb anytime you need to work on your vehicle.

  • La forza del resistino

    GOP Senate is a no girls allowed club. Even f they gave a nod to equal gender representation, they can only come up with 5 ladies.

    13 Senators in health working group so far:
    Alexander
    Lee
    Cotton
    Gardner
    Portman
    Cruz
    Toomey
    Enzi
    Hatch
    McConnell
    Cornyn
    Thune
    Barrasso

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      They have diversity! Look! There’s a couple of snakes and a turtle in that group!

      Take that libruls!

      • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

        Reptile libelz!1!1!

      • artem1s

        funny, all I see is a list of invertabrates.

        • ahughes798

          Some have exoskeletons.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba
  • Villago Delenda Est

    Penzeys, your work is cut out for you with Paulie.

  • Yr. Gma

    I, for one, think it’s a noble idea to pay a blog like Wonkette to run a story like this. It spreads the wealth around (yes, socialism, bad, yada, yada) and if Penzey’s sells a few spices because of it, good for them. The only problem I foresee for them in Wisconsin is finding a market for spices other than salt. I have been there. All the food is white (and shades thereof) except the food that is yellow because of the cheese, and the most exotic thing in any dish was some black pepper.

    • jesterpunk

      That sounds a lot like Amish food, they dont put any spices in anything and its just really bland.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        I know. I have friends who love to eat at Amish restaurants and I’m like, “really? do you look forward to hospital food, too?”

        • jesterpunk

          Hospital food can actually be good though, it depends on the hospital and how much funding they get. They actually want you to eat the food. I live in Amish country and anytime someone visits they want to go to an Amish restaurant to try the food, we just tell them to cook something as bland as they possibly can and you have Amish food. Not spending money on that stuff.

          • Yr. Gma

            Do the Mennonites run the Amish restaurants? Seems to me I heard something like that, because the Amish do not interact with the public, they have the Mennonites do their business for them. I dunno.

          • jesterpunk

            The Amish does interact with the public, my in laws landlord is Amish. It depends though some Amish run the restaurants, those are the ones with buggy rides too.

      • ahughes798

        Spices are worldly and offend teh Jeebus.

    • La forza del resistino

      If they added pickled eggs to the offerings, they might be o.k..

    • alpacapunchbowl

      Uh, they’ve been in business for decades. Also, I don’t know where in Wisconsin you were but that culinary hellscape you described isn’t representative.
      (I grew up in Wisconsin, I realize I’m probably taking a snarky joke much too personally and seriously!)

      • Yr. Gma

        I was probably eating with the wrong people. Lots of potlucks.

        • alpacapunchbowl

          Ah, that might explain it. And the fact that Wisconsin keeps shifting more and more conservative, keeps electing Gov. “Imperial” Walker, etc. goes to show that there are indeed plenty of people who probably thought those dishes were too exotic.
          I also didn’t grow up in the sticks, so there’s that.

  • Sophia

    My heart just broke for these people. We are better than this, why don’t our politicians believe us.

    • Contemplative Ron

      Because they aren’t and they think everyone else is just like them.

  • fawkedifiknow

    If Trumpcare becomes law, Medicare and Social Security are next on the chopping block. If they could just take them away from Trump voters only, I would be for it.

  • OrG

    There will be thousands (millions?) of stories like this. Trumpkins will not care until it affects them personally.

    • SeekingResistanceBarbie

      They will ignore those stories and focus on the “undeserving poor” stories.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        They’ll tell themselves that the people being hurt are black, brown, or somehow undeserving, like drug addicts, right up until the moment their kid gets cancer and they suddenly discover it’s not covered in the “health insurance” they were able to afford.

    • Truthiness2U

      They won’t care even then, evidently. Those endless stories of idiot T*ump supporters (but I repeat myself) has people who know that the repeal of the ACA or other programs Obama/Dems came up with, will literally kill them, and they’re still supporting the guy. Because ya know, “Obama phones” or hey, THEY earned the Medicaid they got, or the subsidies were too high (because the Repubs in their state chose not to expand Medicaid).

      Seriously, guns, god and gays are evidently more important than their lives, of the lives of their loved ones. Guess when you believe in an afterlife that only you and YOUR type will go to afterwards…this life isn’t as important. And I’d be happy to let them experience the consequences of their votes, but people in this article show all the people who don’t deserve to suffer from their selfish cruelty.

  • SeekingResistanceBarbie

    I learned about Penzeys on this site, and lo and behold, there is a store in my city. Adventures await!

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    It’s too bad that the moniker Charlie Pierce, PBUH, came up with for Ryan (“zombie-eyed granny starver”) is apparently a badge of honor for that little weasel. Because it is just fucking perfect, unimprovable IMO.

  • PerSister Big Puppy

    Penzeys: Doing well by doing good.

    Thank you.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    Paul Ryan has turned off all his phones and is refusing to accept petitions from constituents, so it’s time to send him postcards to his home in Janesville. His address is 700 St. Lawrence Ave, Janesville, WI 53545. I can think of at least 300 things I want to tell him. I sent ten to Fuckface von Clownstick, but ZEGS might earn a few more.

    • Yr. Gma

      I don’t disagree with the motive, but isn’t this a little like doxing? Don’t his children live there?

      • natoslug

        He is a public servant. There should be some way for his constituents (and employers) to contact him.

        • doktorzoom

          He has an office address that you can look up.

          • natoslug

            You’re just picking on me because I’m lazy. I would write a sternly-worded letter expressing my displeasure at this cruel and inhumane oppression (which is not unlike the Bataan Death March, Trail of Tears, and hangnails combined), but it’s too sunny to sit indoors any longer.

          • doktorzoom

            You’re a trouper!

    • Carpe Vagenda

      We really shouldn’t put stuff like this in the nice people’s advertorial.

    • doktorzoom

      I appreciate the sentiment, but please, office addresses only. Even if its easily found information, posting a home address is tantamount to inviting harassment — which I know you didn’t intend, but could be seen that way. If we wouldn’t want any tactic deployed against a doctor from Planned Parenthood, then we wouldn’t want to use it against even a slug like Paul Ryan.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Oops, sorry, Dok! I didn’t think about that because it was already posted elsewhere (on my FB feed). Hanging head in shame. . . .

  • SadDemInTex

    I think I cut up too much raw onion!😭

    Penzey’s is a great company.

  • sgt. jmk of the résistance

    I had never heard of Penzeys until I saw a FB post of theirs after the Women’s March, but they’ve impressed me ever since. The nearest store to me is quite a hike, but I’m happy to order from their website and feel like I’m supporting someone who makes a difference. It just breaks my heart that it’s so rare.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    DailyKOS has an article about how Paul Ryan has turned off his public phones and fax machines and is not accepting petitions from voters.
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/6/1659640/-Brilliant-piece-of-guerilla-media-send-Paul-Ryan-a-postcard

    I already wrote Ryan a letter, via snail mail. Cc’d Senator Roy Blunt. Got an email reply from Ryan with 4 paragraphs of lies about the ACA, one after the other, and some were such obvious lies that it was embarrassing to read them. I replied with a cited refutation of each lie, got no answer. I never got a response from Blunt.

    I don’t think this postcard warfare will have any effect on Ryan, but it would get a lot of media attention, which is not a bad thing. Maybe fifty years from now textbooks will say “The People Spoke Loud and Clear. . . and the Republicans denied them a voice, and spun lies to cover up the denial.” Maybe.

    • Shoto

      “Paul Ryan has turned off his public phones and fax machines and is not accepting petitions from voters.”

      This proves what a craven coward ZEGS Ryan actually is.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        I despise that man with the heat of a million suns. He’s a truly disgusting person.

        • Lark_in_the_AM

          Anyone who was actually celebrating harming their fellow citizens, as the Greed Over People party did after this abomination was (barely) passed are disgusting, but Ryan is truly first among equals in that department.

          • alpacapunchbowl

            He is so heinous. I hate him the most out of all the deplorables. He has some close contenders, but he’s really turned his evil into an art form.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      It’s infuriating. And sometimes feels like we’re shouting into a hurricane. But we must persist and resist!

  • sw19wilson

    French media showing up the US MSM part deux:

    ‘Le Monde joins FN boycott

    As many polling stations closed (some, particularly in the big cities, will remain open for another hour), France’s newspaper of record, Le Monde, has announced that it too will boycott the Front National’s election evening event in the Bois de Vincennes (see post at 17.19)pm:

    The Front National has chosen to exclude some French and international media from its election evening event on 7 May … Le Monde forcefully condemns this attitude which does not allow proper coverage of a major democratic moment and shows a poor interpretation of press freedom. In solidarity with the media concerned, we have decided we will not be present at this election evening event. This decision will not prevent us from covering the Front National to the same journalistic standards.’

  • Fartknocker

    I’m sorry but that story made me shed a couple of tears.

    • SeekingResistanceBarbie

      Don’t be sorry!

      • James

        Get even (with votes, real ones)

  • James

    I just read the chicken/spinach recipe aloud to my wife. She was all “yum” and “who is Penzey’s” and “I’m taking the credit card and spending about a million Ameros on spices in the next ten minutes.”

    I would welcome our new Penzey’s overlords if they came to Western Nebraska myself.

    • Nyumbu

      Free shipping with a $30 order (sometimes $20, when Bill Penzey is feeling especially happy). And often little freebies, like today a free jar of oregano and one of cumin with any order.

      • James

        My wife says she is looking at an offer for free red peppers right now.

        I can see the interior of our house buried in spices in the very near future.

        • Nyumbu

          But your meals will be sooo tasty

  • YayConspiracy

    but empathy is lethal!

    • James

      Every person who ever displayed empathy eventually died, so empathy is lethal, QED.

    • ahughes798

      and leads to Hitler!

  • James

    Twenty minutes later, and I still hear “clickety-click” coming from my wife’s computer on the Penzey’s Website . . .

    MasterCard is going to own our souls.

  • Me not sure

    I went on line and found a Penzy’s store nearby. It looks like I’ll be stopping by next time I’m in the ATL.

  • alpacapunchbowl

    I guess you could say I’m a fan.
    (Why the fuck does disqus insist on posting pictures sideways??) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7b3c56a938e1dffb65d9c3beb8424d60c13cb0c3d07962cd863357dbab67a575.jpg

    • Lark_in_the_AM

      LOL – double that and it could be the inside of my spice cabinet . . . I really need to pitch some old stuff and replace it.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        I just did a major purge of old stuff myself! I really need to put some more shelves in that cabinet, look at all the wasted space that could be housing more yummy gorgeous spices!

    • Biblioholicbeth

      *giggle* That looks familiar…mine is about the same.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        Wait, and is your name Beth? Are you me in an alternate dimension? One where hopefully we have a different president?

        • James

          That can’t be Beth. Beth is sitting behind me (still on Penzey’s Website).

          • alpacapunchbowl

            Haha, it will be worth it. You’ve got some good eats in your future!

        • Biblioholicbeth

          Lol! It is Beth, but sadly, no on the alternate dimension and different president. *sigh*

          • alpacapunchbowl

            Damn! Ha.

    • Kooolest G

      I guess you could say me too, and a lot of these little bottles are from even before I found out what a great company penzey’s is
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fccc5bfabf500cf15af725d1f342b16c8c0a192d4b29b1a46aea2859f94ae016.jpg

      • alpacapunchbowl

        Hot damn! I wanna come cook with you!

        • Kooolest G

          I cook in california where we like things spicy, so we have to stock up here. oh and despite the picture, my kitchen is not upside down

          • alpacapunchbowl

            Ha yeah, mine’s not tilted 90 degrees sideways :)
            Their straight-up spices are so good, but the blends are amazing as well. If you’re looking for heat, you get the heat without sacrificing all the other flavors.
            I’ve been really into the Turkish blend lately (not super spicy but SO good), also the Northwoods Fire. I swear it works with everything.
            Ah fuck it, just buy everything! Ha.
            Sometimes I go in my spice cabinet and just open up jars and take a whiff. There’s something comforting about it :)

          • Kooolest G

            have you tried the trinidad lemon garlic mix? it’s good on everything. oh and the buttermilk ranch spice mix makes the best ranch dressing ever. going to the website now to order the turkish blend and northwoods fire

          • alpacapunchbowl

            I haven’t tried either of those, they sound fantastic though. Thanks for the tip!

          • jqheywood

            Their Szechuan Peppercorns are amazing too….a little heat with a citrusy tang & a tingly/numby sensation. Can’t make real Szechuan food like Gung Bao or Szechuan noodles without it.

    • Jamoche

      It’s ignoring the metadata that says the picture was taken from a rotated phone.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        But my phone wasn’t rotated? So maybe it’s interpreting the metadata as…fuck it, this level of tech savvy is way beyond me.

        • Jamoche

          It all depends on what the phone’s camera thinks is the default orientation.

          • alpacapunchbowl

            Ah, gotcha. I’m currently on a very old samsung. I’m planning to switch up to an older model iPhone when I can afford it, not because I’m a fangirl but because they keep shit encrypted and this administration freaks me the fuck out. I know there are ways to set up encryption on non-apple products, but like I said- not too tech savvy here.

    • jqheywood

      Hah… looks like my spice cupboard.

      • keenanjay

        Mine too!

  • Granny Sprinkles

    The next time I need a spicy thingy that I can’t find locally, someone remind me to check Penzeys.

    But…

    Let’s not get too busy talking about all the great deserving people who are harmed by TrumpCare. People in prison should have health care, the little turd who bullies your kid at school should have health care, the guy down the street who lets his dog poop on your lawn and doesn’t pick up after it should have health care, and even your racist uncle should have health care. Just sayin’.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      Excellent point. You’re so right.
      Thing is, conservatives only like “deserving” victims. Remember how there was no such thing as HIV/AIDS until Ryan White got it from a blood transfusion?
      Sometimes you need to speak your enemy’s language, unfortunately.

    • Fennec

      I’m pretty sure that the guy who lets his dog poop anywhere on our block and doesn’t pick it up is also the only guy with a Trump sign on his lawn. So he doesn’t get healthcare. He can STFU and die in the street thankyouverymuch!

  • Thank you, Penzeys, for supporting our vile snark mob in such an appropriate way.

  • Biblioholicbeth

    I have been a long-time fan of Penzey’s, but seeing them help support Wonkette just makes me love them more. I also used to work there, years ago, and I can say that their spices truly are amazing. For anyone looking at purchasing, I highly recommend the Italian Dressing base. It makes great dressing, but it’s also useful in soups, pastas, sauces, veggies…it really is a multi-purpose seasoning and one that I always include in food-based gifts :)

  • Anna Rompage

    One of my favorites from Penzy’s is their crushed Aleppo pepper flakes… they’re warm but not hot, and add a lovely light sweet, acidic tang to any dish…. kind of reminds me of the flavors of dried tomato, & dried cherry, though very subtle!

  • Anna Rompage

    15 years ago I had a herniated disc that I had to have surgery to repair. My mother suffered from early onset dementia for 10 years and passed away last fall. My sweetie had breast cancer last year. My father was hit by a drunk driver 25 years ago and still has issues with a torn rotator cuff & arthritis in the ankle that was crushed. One of my dearest friends was disagnosed with MS a few years back. And a coworker of mine gave birth to her daughter 4 years ago, who was born with a congenital liver issue and had to undergo a liver transplant.

    Fortunately we all had decent insurance that covered most of the medical costs of these various ailments. Without that coverage, and the access to the healthcare we needed at the time, all of us would either be designated as being disabled, further taxing our social welfare system, or dead…

  • Lark_in_the_AM

    Thank you, Bill Penzey, for doing this. I’ve been a customer of yours for well over 20 years, back when your “catalog” was sheets of typed yellow paper. I was one of the original subscribers of your magazine and all of the wonderful food and the stories of the cooks who made it (I dearly miss One), and remember the backlash when you dared to feature recipes from LGBTQ cooks. I’m sure you lost customers in the wake of your letter after the election condemning the racism of Trump voters, but you are going to be gaining quite a few new ones here, I’ll bet. It’s been wonderful to know that the place I have relied on for years for the freshest and best spices and seasonings puts the money I give them to good use. Thanks for supporting Wonkette!!

    • alpacapunchbowl

      I remember those “catalogs”! They were like a small step up from a zine, lol

  • Résistance Land Shark Ω
  • Carole

    I was just thinking that I need some spices. Love is more durable than hate.

    • jowgajen

      I believe I will head over to my local store in a minute.

  • Mavenmaven

    TrumpCare supporters don’t have a brain, why should they support Kristen’s neurological problems?

  • Carole

    Also, too, Kristen has restored my faith in nurses.

  • Al Swearengen

    Penzey’s needs a store in northern Colorado. Boulder/Longmont/Loveland/Ft. Collins please.

    • James

      That would be somewhat close to my home in Nebraska that we could go there.

  • William
    • alpacapunchbowl

      Oh, I am so stealing this!

  • phoenix00

    Bidness PROTIP: Don’t say you’ll do something for free when somebody gives you money! Just shut up and take the money!

    Kidding aside, awesome for Penzeys and all the best to Kristen!

  • Kakariki

    I see that they have a store location in Hillcrest which I did not know. I will have to check it out the next time I am there. In the mean time I placed an online order and will try some new dishes with the curries I ordered as well as the staples I use regularly.

    • MamaBrown

      Penzey’s curry is excellent. they also have very fine online specials and promotions, and when you order a lot they throw in a sample. I love Penzey’s.

      • Kakariki

        Yes, I ordered enough for the free Crushed Red Peppers and Sate Seasoning.

  • Up In Smoke O’hontas

    Sconnie Proud! Heading to my local Penzey’s later, it’s right next to Half Price Books anyway and Minihontas wants a copy of The Diary of Anne Frank.

    • SkinlessGenderlessMan

      East Madison? I stop there once a year on my way to a trade show at Kalahari….

      • Up In Smoke O’hontas

        Yup! The sushi place next door is THE BEST! Honestly, in all my years in Florida and visiting beaches I’ve only been to one place better than Takumi, and that was the place in Daytona Beach where Tom Cruise went when they were filming Days of Thunder.

        • SkinlessGenderlessMan

          I’ll try it next time – I usually don’t trust (or try) anything more exotic than The Machine Shed when I’m in that area. Bad experiences.

          “Blackened” chicken at “Jamaican” restaurant:
          “Is it actually spicy?”
          “Yes, sir – too spicy for me to eat!”
          Food comes out, no discernable spice, and almost no flavor…

          Kinda drives you to pork chops & mashed potatoes. Eat local; it may be bland, but at least they get the bland *right*! :-P

  • Fennec

    Good thing I need some turmeric, a fine excuse for a trip to Penzeys. I hope that some shred of morality prevails with our Republicans in the Senate and they kill this terrible bill while not even attempting their own GOP wealthcare bill.

    • Bebecca

      it won’t be from a sense of morality (non-existent in republicans) but it could be for self preservation.

  • paxpax

    United States citizens who have worked and contributed to the fabric of this nation their whole lives – just tossed aside. Best friend is type one diabetic small business owner has been on ACA insurance. Everything is a nightmare for him. Coincidentally – it’s National Nurses Week – ends on May 12. (ps – I loves me some Penzeys)

  • Jennifer R

    Fine with this. Penzey’s is good stuff and they treat queers well.

  • Juan de Fuca

    I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never heard of Penzeys before, even though I love to cook. In fact, my love of cooking led to my first date with Mrs. de Fuca 20 years ago but it took me offering to cook for her and her mom, who was and still is a very good caterer in Oahu to land our first date. It was a tough audition.

    Googled “Penzeys” and found one off University Ave. in San Diego. Will be there soon.

    • susan_g

      That’s a great store. They have a website, too. If you sign up for email you get great deals, coupons for in-store or online purchases, free spices, etc. Really good people who have supported the marches. penzeys.com

      • Juan de Fuca

        It sounds like it. I’m going to give them a visit this week.

  • Dinz6315

    I LOVE PENZEY’S!!! and it’s perfect that they are supporting you guys. Did you see their blurb about their Tsardust Memories mix? Loved it. And their Fox Point seasoning is to die.

    • jqheywood

      Oooh Sunny Paris seasoning also. Celebrate Macron winning with good food!

  • maman

    That is beautiful. I hope those evil govt. goons don’t take away Kristen’s healthcare

  • JustDon’tSayFlatEarth

    Those meatballs are talking to me.

  • Ill-Advised

    I love Penzey’s. Shopping there is a welcome respite from the day, and a way to celebrate simply being human.

  • cheetojeebus

    Inspiring story, I do hope Kristen doesn’t loose her medicaid!
    I love Penzeys, if you haven’t made pickles with their pickling spice you’re missing out! And man o man, the varieties of cinnamon! You have to check out the selection at one of their stores. Who knew they could have such a range of flavors, my fav is the Vietnamese cinnamon.

    • jqheywood

      Vietnamese cinnamon is the BOMB! Also, their Mexican vanilla is great.

    • Iron Monkey

      They have Greek Seasoning (lemon, oregano, garlic) which i somehow missed in the store. Sounds like it is made for omelets.

      • keenanjay

        The Greek is very good for making dressing and seasoning meat. One of my favorites. It’s strong.

  • NellCote71

    Most excellent. I was in the Madison, WI, store just a few days ago.

  • Quercus Queen

    I do love Penzey’s, both for their products and their social conscience. I purchase their spices online since we don’t have a store within a couple of hours of us.

  • jqheywood

    We are so lucky to have a Penzey’s in town…their spices are really good, the folks that work there are very nice, and the company puts their social conscience in front. And now they support our Wonket! Yay!

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    “A big part of why we are opening in Janesville is working to help the Speaker be the good and decent man the voters of Janesville elected him to be.”

    Penzey’s, we need to talk. You seem like a really cool, nice company, but you seem to be a bit naive. Nobody votes for Paul Ryan because they think he’s good and decent. They vote for him because they think he’s going to screw poor people, which he’s very, very good at. I wish you the best in Janesville.

  • Iron Monkey

    I drop into the Penzey’s every few months to stock up but visit more often in order to get
    a jar of their Pasta Sprinkle–it has what you would expect: sweet basil, oregano (Turkish for some reason) thyme and garlic. It goes with a lot of dishes besides pasta–particularly good on a baked potato.

    Doug and Kristen Shelton’s story hit pretty hard. My wife is struggling with a malady that has many of the same symptoms. Like Kristen, she is a former health care worker on the pathology laboratory side but we didn’t have to fight to finance her care–she qualified for Medicare just as her employer sponsored insurance, which she was able to maintain during 15 months of sick leave, expired. So where you live (Michigan in our case). We didn’t get too worried about it though because Michigan was one of the states that took advantage of Medicare expansion–we just would have to have gone broke, like the Sheltons did.

    None of this, of course, makes dealing with the terrible illness of one’s spouse any easier but it does allow the caregiver more time and energy to actually give care instead of fighting with insurance companies and state agencies who really don’t give a shit about their customers or citizens.

    • kareemachan

      My mother had early-onset Alzheimer’s, and it ain’t pretty. Dad was dishing out $2500/month for an adult home for such patients (privately run), and when we tried to see if the state would help, they said Dad would have to basically use up every last cent before they’d step in.

      And then it would not be the place she was used to with outstanding people running it, but an overpacked nursing home. Crap.

  • Beautiful Soup

    I love Penzey’s! If I had to pick a favorite I guess it would be Northwoods Fire. That and the double vanilla. And Sandwich Sprinkle on tuna!

  • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

    Thank you! Penzey’s is AWESOME–not expensive, but the best, freshest herbs and spices–easy to order online–I’ve been using their products (especially their special blends) for over ten years now. And Bill Penzey was literally the first CEO to speak out openly against Trump (and had the rubes and mouthbreathers stupidly attacking him for it). It’s great to support them, and it’s great for them to support us! Go Penzey’s! My favorite blends: Mignonette Pepper (GREAT on salads and baked potato) and Brady Cheese Sprinkle (GREAT on popcorn).

    • Moar Wordz

      There’s a Penzey’s in Arlington, MA.
      Great stuff….😃

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  • Joe T.

    So here’s a bit of odd trivia. If you watch a lot of Leave It to Beaver, there are enough clues to place the show in Janesville, WI.

    • mfp

      oooh! i love me a mystery…clues, please!…did ward go to work at the local pen manufacturing company?

      • Joe T.

        Here’s a few off the top of my head.

        In one episode, Wally, telling The Beaver about a school trip that they’re, “going up to Madison to the Capitol Building.” This suggests that they’re in Wisconsin, as if they lived in Illinois, it’d be more likely that Wally would differentiate that they’d be going to the Wisconsin capital as opposed to their own capital, and a school trip would more likely take place in one’s own state for a capital trip. And by saying “up to Madison,” it implies that they live South of the capital.

        Several episodes make reference to going to the county courthouse, which suggests that they live in the county seat, which means that they live in a different county than Dane County, where Madison is located. There are two counties South of Dane, Green County and Rock County.

        The Cleavers live on 211 Pine Street. There is no Pine Street in Monroe, the county seat of Green County. There is a Pine Street in Janesville, with a cute little white 1940s house at 211 N Pine Street. BTW, for the first two seasons they lived on Mapleton Ave, sometimes referred to as Maple Ave, and there is no Mapleton or Maple Ave in either city.

        There are other clues, but those are the biggest I remember.

        • mfp

          that’s some pretty good detective work…next time i see the beaver (?), i’ll pay more attention

  • KBadger

    Good old Penzey’s. I must stop by and pick something up and thank them for this. My parents lived almost their entire lives in Ryan’s district – until the little college town they live in was gerrymandered into Sensenbrenner’s safely Republican district. If you look at the district map now, it makes no sense whatsoever. Paulie evidently didn’t think he could sway those “liberal college professors” to vote his way.

    • Cubanz

      you spelled Senselessbrenner incorrectly. ;)
      Penzey’s bumper sticker on my fridge: Love People – cook them tasty food
      some of the best advice in the world.

      • Mark Leitch

        Same bumper sticker is on the back of my Van, :-)

  • Mark Leitch

    I began using Penzy’s spices last year, and will continue to support them as best I can!

  • Carole

    They have chervil and herbes de Provence. (I may cry).
    If only they had ras el hanout.

  • keenanjay

    Long time Penzey’s user here. Complete endorsement for the products and owners. And since I haven’t found them mentioned, my go to blends are Prime Rib Rub (on fresh fish, vegetables, mashed potatoes, everything but prime rib, apparently) and Mural of Flavor (on fish, chicken). Both outstanding.

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  • B0rchkins

    Love Penzeys! I am new to them, but live in Madison, so I drop by when I’m close. I’ve been trying to find a source for Penzey freezer recipes. I have two active teen boys and crockpot meals are a must. I’ve reached out to Penzey’s on Facebook, but no luck. Anybody have a favorite they’d like to share?

  • qadesh

    LOVE Penzey’s, and have been a loyal customer for many years. Thank you for posting this.

  • chiefkurtz

    I love Penzey’s. I have a friend who worked there, and at least twice a day, someone came in, thinking it’s a marijuana dispensary.

  • susan_g

    I would like to watch Ryan snort a pile of Penzey’s Cayenne Red Pepper Powder (1/4 cup jar, item #41838 $3.45
    ).

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