Monday, December 17, 2018

Merkin Miller!

The twittering this morning is all about Stephen Miller's very obvious spray-on hair. #StephenMillersHair #MerkinMiller

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Perfect Gluten-Free Vegan Pie Crust

I finally made a delicious flakey gluten-free, vegan pie crust!! The secret? Use vodka instead of water! The vodka alcohol evaporates during baking, leaving a slightly grainy, but tender crust. It was the perfect crust for a yummy vegan pecan pie.
 INGREDIENTS: 6 Tablespoons cold vegan butter 1-1/4 cups gluten-free flour (I used King Arthur brand) 1/4 teaspoon salt 4-6 Tablespoons vodka 1. Add gluten-free flour and salt to a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Slice or dollop the cold vegan butter in and work gently with a fork or pastry cutter to cut it in. Don’t overwork, just get it incorporated. 2. Next add vodka a little at a time and use a wooden spoon to stir. Only add as much vodka as you need to help it come together. 3. Once a loose dough is formed, transfer to a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper and work gently with your hands to form a 1/2 inch thick disc. Wrap firmly and refrigerate for a minimum 30 minutes, up to 2 days. You can let it warm back up a little before using, but not too much or it will get too soft to handle. 4. To roll out the crust, unwrap the dough and place it between two layers of wax or parchment paper. Roll it into the shape of your pie pan. It is fragile, but cracks and tears are easily repaired once it's in the pan. 5. To transfer the crust, remove the top layer of wax paper and gently lay the pie dish face down on top of the crust and use the support of the wax paper to quickly but carefully invert it. 6. Once you get the crust inverted, press it into the pan, working the crust up along the sides. Any holes or cracks can be mended with a little excess dough and the heat of your hand. 7. Some recipes call for pre-baking - 6 or 7 minutes should do it. The crust doesn't brown like butter/wheat crusts do, and I had no issues with over-browning. It came out perfect even when I baked for an extra 20 minutes to make sure the filling had set!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Our Super Stable Genius Expert on Firefighting and Forest Management

Sarah Gowan 11/18/18

“We’ve gotta take care of the floors, you know, the floors of the forest. It’s very important. You look at other countries where they do it differently and it’s a whole different story. I was with the president of Finland and he said, ‘We’re a forest nation.’ He called it a forest nation. And they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things. And they don’t have any problem. And when it is, it’s a very small problem."
"I was watching the firemen the other day, and they were raking areas. They were raking areas where the fire was right over there. They’re raking trees, little trees like this that are not trees, little bushes, that you could see are totally dry. Weeds. And they’re raking them, they’re on fire. That should have been all raked out.”
-- Our Super Stable Genius Expert on Firefighting and Forest Management.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Phone Call

In this ExtempoVT video my mom, Susan Terry, tells the powerful story of the end of my parents' marriage. If you knew my father, this story may be upsetting. However if you REALLY knew my father, you won't be at all surprised.