Wednesday, October 31, 2007

the truthiness is out there


Percentage of Americans opposed to the war in Iraq.
70. Includes Dennis Kucinich. and moi.
Percentage of Americans who have seen an UFO. 70.
Includes Dennis Kucinich. and moi. Vote for Dennis.

THE NPR UFO

video
This UFO was captured in the early morning hours of Halloween 2007 on my way to work. It's called the npr ufo because Morning Edition can clearly be heard playing on the radio in the background. This are many kinds of UFOs and this one is of the type "BLINKING LIGHTS" which typically are bars of lights that move around quickly. Sometimes these are mistaken for airplanes, or military signal flares, which they are not.
m.o.i.: the npr ufo
elsewhere:
strength through peace

made with real honey

and cocoa.


self portrait with indian corn, 2007; ~6"x8"


elsewhere:
m.o.i.: self portrait with building
m.o.i.: self portrait with roundup-ready soybeans
m.o.i.: self portrait with maps and bicycle parts

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

standards updated


Recently I've really been getting into sandwiches. But instead of sandwiches that press things together, I've been using them as platforms for ingredients. You can eat them as sandwiches, salads, or as an entree.

Here's a delicious, mild update to the southern pork bar-b-que sandwich. It's so far astray from the intense flavors of the southern standard that you might not recognize the connection, but the inspiration is completely derived from the Deep South's love of the pork sandwich.

Sesame encrusted pork tenderloin sandwich.

You will need. Number one. Some fine pork tenderloin, preferably from a local producer. I love pork tenderloin because it's lean, not very pricey, quick to cook, and versatile. It's mild flavor lends itself to many ingredients.

You will also need some very good bread. For this I used "Pepita Farmhouse Petaluma" which I got from Whole Paycheck. It was a few days old, which really didn't matter, because for the sandwich to be properly made, you MUST toast the bread. Toasting the bread seals the crumb so that it doesn't become soggy and limp. Nothing worse for a sandwich than soggy, limp bread. The Pepipita Farmhouse Petaluma bread is a wonderfully chewy mild sourdough full of pumpkin seeds. There aren't many dishes that can't be improved with seeds and this one has two kinds. Seeds are good for you. People who eat seeds and nuts are happier than those who don't.

Lesson number one. Being a little nutty is good for you.

Back to updating the standard.

Dredge the room temperature pork tenderloin in freshly cracked pepper, sesame seeds, and ground sea salt (easy on the salt, heavy on the pepper and sesame seeds).
Then, using a very hot pan coated with a mildly flavored oil such as canola or grapeseed oil, quickly sear the outside of the pork tenderloin. This takes no more than 3 minutes. One minute on each side (there are 3 sides to a triangle and a pork tenderloin). Once seared, pop the tenderloin in a medium oven (~375 F) for about 15 minutes. Overcooking the tenderloin is death to this sandwich and anything else involving this cut. Remove from the oven when the internal temperature is ~130 F. Cover with foil and let rest. It will continue cooking to mid-rare. You can do this the day before and refrigerate overnight if you wish, but if you take this approach, err on the side of under cooking, because you will finish just prior to serving.

Avocados. Get some and slice them thinly. For the mild sandwich, I use only the flavors of the bread, avocado, pork, and carrots (see below). You could put mayo on the bread, but if your tenderloin isn't overcooked, it isn't necessary. The avocado works in the place of the mayo.

The carrots are for the slaw. It's very simple, like the slaw for a pulled pork sandwich, but this one's only shredded carrots tossed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fine herbs. Easy on the fine herbs and the balsamic. Dash of salt and pepper. Let sit for a 10 minutes.

Assembling the sandwich. Plate the toasted bread, layer the avocado, and then...after the tenderloin has cooled, sliced thinly and then flash in the pan (30 seconds - no more) if you want the pork warm or more well done. Mid-rare is best. Not rare, not well-done, but slighty pink in the middle. Garnish with the carrot slaw and serve.

You're in business and we are updated.
m.o.i: standards updated

elsewhere
m.o.i: bison burger
m.o.i: chili 'n out
m.o.i: switch-hitting behemoth
m.o.i: bioaccumulation
m.o.i.: autumn trout
m.o.i.: inventory reduction dinner
m.o.i.: purple food, purple food
m.o.i.: life is corny
m.o.i.: Fruit cobbler for breakfast?
m.o.i.: post-modern breakfast

cheney embarks on killing spree


Vice-President Dick "the Dick" Cheney, bored with Washington inaction has embarked on a killing spree to liven things up a bit.

m.o.i.:cheney killing spree

elsewhere:
elmer fudd

Monday, October 29, 2007

just making this stuff up as we go

Here's the fake news conference that the dolts at FEMA staged last week during the wildfires. MSNBC and Fox News carried it live as news, a fact which is as pathetic as the staged event itself. FEMA is under the Dept. of Homeland, a cabinet level position, which has daily briefings with the White House. If HS or the White House didn't know about it before hand, then they continue to demonstrate their inadequacy to the task. All of the FEMA employees involved in this staged event were in the public relations department and therefore they all would have had to have known that such a stunt contitutes an incredible usurpation of the idea of a free and fair press. The whole affair, including the response of MSNBC and Fox News is as ludicrous as this administration of idiots.




Bush to Michael Jherkoff, "you're doing a heck of a job."
m.o.i.: fake news conference

ghost to manage yankees


"O good Horatio, I’ll take the ghost’s word for a thousand pound."

Yankee's owner, King George, apparently suffering from side effects of meglomania coupled with the continued use of the human growth hormone, somatotropin, (see m.o.i.:yankees on hgh) has hired the Ghost of Billy Martin to be his next manager.


It is not clear yet who Martin's Ghost will hire as his coaches but apparently there are no dogs (see m.o.i.: rare west tibetan mountain dog) who have shown an interest in the position. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said there was a strong desire among all of the prospective candidates "with the exception of Alex Rodgriquez" to partake in the Yankee riches. "There are enough treats to go around."

Sunday, October 28, 2007

laying down


In the battle of Infidels versus the Christians.
It was infidels 4, Christians 0.
So, although they had a long unbeaten streak, apparently it's wait until next year for the Christians.

m.o.i.: infidels versus christians
elsewhere:
m.o.i.: yankees on hgh
m.o.i.: jesus lives

alex rodriguez - furniture salesman?

smokin' up the joint




Bison Blue Cheese Burgers.

To one pound of ground bison add 1/2 cup of blue cheese crumbles, mix thoroughly, flatten into patties, and grill on a hot fire for 4 minutes a side on the weber of choice.

Serve the bison blue cheese burgers on a toasted whole wheat bun smeared with an avocado, the sweetness of which, contrasts nicely with the tangy burgers.

These lovely avocados were 10 for $10 yesterday during the harvest festival at Whole Paycheck. These must have been shipped prior to the wildfires and one suspects that these might be last inexpensive avocados for a while. Let's hope not as we are deep into the season of chips n' dip.


m.o.i: bison burger

elsewhere
m.o.i: standards updated
m.o.i: chili 'n out
m.o.i: switch-hitting behemoth
m.o.i: bioaccumulation
m.o.i.: autumn trout
m.o.i.: inventory reduction dinner
m.o.i.: purple food, purple food
m.o.i.: life is corny
m.o.i.: Fruit cobbler for breakfast?
m.o.i.: post-modern breakfast

Friday, October 26, 2007

universal symbols for dinosaur piss


Californians weary of wildfires will now wish for water, as if the parched region hasn't wanted for water all summer. This time it'll be drinking water. Or bath water. Or water to wash the ash from the window. The town of Ramona, California, is now without water, having used it all to fight the Witch fire.

Much of Southern California will be forced to drink their own urine in the coming decades because use rates are far exceeding the amount of imported water and storm water recharge available to the region. Luckily it's possible to drink your own urine, but to make the idea more palatable to consumers, it's best to use the 'recycled' water (read very highly treated urine) to recharge groundwater and then pump older, more 'pristine' water for use. If the travel times are long enough, you can think of it as drinking dinosaur piss, which doesn't seem as bad as drinking your neighbors'.
universal symbol for dinosaur piss
elsewhere:
out of water
drinking piss

Thursday, October 25, 2007

our most important asset


Hey, if you're rich and a movie mogul then when wildfires threaten your home you can call your very own Dreamworks Fire Department and have them douse your home with flame retardants. Once the wildfire threat has past and then when it rains, all those flame retardants can wash off your home and into the creeks and waterways used by the rest of the world who keep your dreams alive by watching the Shrek you produce. Let's replace our ecosystem with a cartoon.


But if you're not-so-rich, that also means that you're not-so-important, and you might want to try alternative methods for saving your home.


The result.

Quotes of the day.
George Bush, "you're doing a heckuva job Arnold."
Michael Brown, "I'm available for interviews."

ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT WILDFIRES.
m.o.i.: our most important asset
elsewhere:
universal symbol for dinosaur piss
m.o.i.: busted out the stall

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

busted out the stall

Lot's of video out there about the California wildfires but his one seems to capture many of the elements embedded in the story and do it in a way that is bereft of news anchor's editorializing. I love the way the speed of the Santa Ana winds are visually expressed, how the creep of the fires slowly begins to threaten the viewers vantagepoint, and how the intersection of human habitation and natural wildfires are captured.






ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT WILDFIRES.
m.o.i.: busted out the stall
elsewhere:
universal symbol for dinosaur piss
m.o.i.: our most important asset

steinbrenner implicated in doping scandal


Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has become the latest sports figure implicated in a doping scandal. In an effort to maintain control of the pinstrip juggernaut forever, King George, has reportedly received shipments of human growth hormone from the same Florida pharmacy that supplied Rick Ankiel and Paul Byrd.

When asked if this was a good idea, George Costanza, assistant to the traveling secretary, stated emphatically, "Well, I wish I could say yes, but I must say, with all due respect, I find it very hard to see the logic behind some of the moves you have made with this fine organization. In the past twenty years you have caused myself, and the city of New York, a good deal of distress, as we have watched you take our beloved Yankees and reduced them to a laughing stock, all for the glorification of your massive ego!"

Apparently HGH works wonders, since in the past few years Mr. Steinbrenner has grown noticeably younger in appearance. Alas, however, one of the side effects of continued use of illegal doping aids is to apparently induce a state of perpetual unhappiness in the user.
m.o.i.:yankees on hgh
elsewhere:
m.o.i.: maillot jaune
m.o.i.: corporate money
m.o.i.: white hat, black hat, yellow jersey
m.o.i.: the 2-mile high club
m.o.i.: flance to wear zero for prologue
m.o.i.: you've lost that lovin' feeling
m.o.i.: give it up

hat's off

Let's talk hats. We all wear them and maybe more than we should. Joe Torre is changing his hat soon although we don't know yet what his new one will be. I was hoping that it might be a Cardinals hat, but it looks as though LaRussa is ready to ink a deal for another 2 years.

The above hat was given out during Armed Services Appreciation Day at the K this past summer. It's light color makes this hat a fine for working outdoors when the sun is blazing and you're likely to work up a sweat. It's flimsy construction is an apt metaphor for how much we really do appreciate our Armed Services once they're done serving. Trex, the inimitable Rare West Tibetan Mountain Dog, found this hat irresistible one day and his teeth marks are still visible in the brim.


Now that the weather's begun to turn I suspect this hat might see more use in the coming months. It's fleece - a better use of pop bottles has yet to be found! This hat is a souvenir of a trip to NYC to see "The Gates". It's decorated with objects found in the city that Rudolph Guilliani likes to call, "the safest big city in the America", logic that only makes sense if you choose to discount the incident where the crazy fucks drove 2 airplanes into the World's Largest Skyscraper in their attempt to fire the first salvo in what yet may still become World World III. Speaking of twisted logic, our Fearful Leader wants to continue to spend billions (10.7 billion next year alone) on an antiquated missile defense system that he thinks will save Europe from an Iranian nuclear missile strike but you can be assured such a missile system won't be able to take down rogue airplanes nor missiles but none of that ever seems to matter to the Republicans who waste your tax dollars and line the pockets of the military industrial complex.

Said Bush, "it ain't rocket science". He's right. It's not. Rocket science has been around for about 100 years. It's not that difficult. We send rockets up all the time. To the moon. And back. To the farthest reaches of the solar system. Rocket science we can do.

Missile defense is something else. That's something we can't do. Perhaps it should occur to Bush that diplomacy might be another way to resolve conflicts besides wagging your tail and drooling.
m.o.i.: hat's off
elsewhere:
m.o.i.: 99 dollar brain surgery
m.o.i.: rare west tibetan mountain dog
more at:
more bush folly
bush wants a bigger missile

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

did you put your duchamp in the trash?

A missing masterpiece, "Tres Personajes, second version", by the Mexican artist, Rufino Tamayo, was found in the trash in NY City and will go on the auction block at Sotheby's. It last sold in 1977 for $55,000 and is expected to sell this time for ~$1,000,000.

Kinda makes cleaning out the basement a little more daunting.

more at:
Rufino Tamayo - Stolen Painting
Missing Masterpieces PBS

Monday, October 22, 2007

anthill diggs downtown


For Immediate Release.

Warrior Ant Press annouces plan to relocate WorldWide Anthill Headquarters as part of continuing downtown revitalization.





The Kansas City Star said, "there's no other place like it."


Here are just some of the amenities offered at the new headquarters.


  • Ten-year real estate property tax abatement with complimentary offshore banking.

  • Indoor saltwater lap pool, spa, with steam and massage rooms.

  • Wine cellar with private lockers and sommelier.

  • Demonstration kitchen hosted by Rachel Rae.

  • Card room with continuous ESPN2 broadcasts of World Series of Poker.

  • Party room (VIP bottle service available) with complimentary salsa lessons (7-9 pm nightly), and DJs (11pm - 4 am Wed-Sat).

  • Executive business center with video golf range and free powerpoint tips.

  • Drawing room with complimentary sketch books and nude models.

  • Media lounge with fantasy football mentor on 24-hour stand-by.

  • State-of-the-art treadmills with embedded video screens.


  • Biometric security and 24/7 staff. Concierge and valet services for both patrons and pets.

  • Dog grooming room and outdoor pet playground.

  • Complimentary storage pod and valet parking.

  • Outdoor heated swimming pool, whirlpool, barbecue area and putting green.

  • m.o.i.: anthill diggs downtown
    elsewhere:
    m.o.i.: intellectual property
    m.o.i.: more about moi
    m.o.i.: my new collection

Sunday, October 21, 2007

chili 'n out

Fall's here. The World Series is just around the weekend, some of our favorite teams are still looking for or have yet to sign their manager for the '08 season, the leaves are starting to drop, and the pigskin is flying and no one knows yet where it will land. This means it time for chili 'n out. Everyone's got a favorite recipe for the humble dish but maybe you're ready to try a new one so here's two that we cooked up today.

Make your favorite chili fixin' sans the meat. Two suggestions though. Just after the onions are transparent in the skillet add your spices (ala the technique of curry) to the hot oil. Saute for 1 minute ONLY before adding your roasted red peppers. Note: Before I became a liberal I used green peppers! Then add your beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, and lot's of garlic. Note: Before I became a progressive I used diced tomatoes and very little garlic! Simmer for 15 minutes.

Now for the meat of the recipe if you please. Here's 2 options that you can use to replace the traditional ground beef. Nothing wrong with tradition but you might like to try some leaner cuts and tweak the seasonings so they stand out from the rest of the dish.


Option 1. Alternate layers of very thinly sliced pineapple and eye of round seasoned with black pepper and refrigerate overnight.

Option 2. Cut some pork loin chops into cubes and toss with a mixture of lime zest, olive oil, and a dash of balsamic vinegar. Skewer.

Make a hot fire and very briefly grill either option 1 or 2. This should take only a few minutes and overcooking either of these lean cuts will make then tough. So don't. Pull from heat, cover, and let rest for 10 minutes.

While the grill is still hot, throw your tortillas (wrapped in foil) on the side and warm gently.

Serve with a flyover or a ceremonial glass of beer.
m.o.i: chili 'n out
elsewhere
m.o.i: standards updated
m.o.i: bison burger
m.o.i: switch-hitting behemoth
m.o.i: bioaccumulation
m.o.i.: autumn trout
m.o.i.: inventory reduction dinner
m.o.i.: purple food, purple food
m.o.i.: life is corny
m.o.i.: Fruit cobbler for breakfast?
m.o.i.: post-modern breakfast

intellectual property


Self-portrait with Round-Up Ready soybeans.

Permanent collection of Monsanto Corporation.

m.o.i.: intellectual property
elsewhere:
m.o.i.: anthill diggs downtown
m.o.i.: more about moi
m.o.i.: my new collection

two-timing the decider


W., who not long ago came out to the American people and described his "open exchange of positions" with Vlad and implored the Russian leader to keep the relationship vibrant for another 4 years, now appears miffed by roving Russian eyes. "yes" means yes, and "no" means no, the Decider stated adamantly.

Sometimes in politics, "yes" means maybe.
The cloying Bear is now making advances to the man-who-can't-count-to-six-million and the miffed Bush is threatening everyone to show them his missle. Again.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

renegade racers


Abandoned Car Museum, Rolla, MO 10/17/2007


A new transcontinetal auto record has recently been posted.

31 hours, 4 minutes.

To set the record, Alexander Roy averaged 90.1 m.p.h. over 2,794 mile route from Manhattan to Santa Monica and somehow managed to do it without getting a ticket.


His adventure, highlighted in a new memoir, "The Driver: My Dangerous Pursuit of Speed and Truth in the Outlaw Racing World" shattered a long-held record by the team of Burt Reynolds and Capt. Chaos (Dom DeLuise).


teampolizei

Sunday, October 14, 2007

there simply isn't enough

money. To go around. You don't have enough. Your friends don't have enough. Nor does your family. And what little money that you do have, you fritter away. How much money have you spent on Pop-tarts over your lifetime? Too much, too much, way too much. Sure that gooyey strawberry filling was madness after being nuked on high for 3o seconds - especially when covered with iced frosting and a few sprinkles - but you were in a hurry and had money to burn so there you were with a smile on your face and a scalded tongue. And that's just one example. Things you wanted, but didn't necessarily need, they're all around you.

Our heroes, however fallen, also don't have enough money. Litigation is expensive and apologies are few and far between. So saddle up riders and join the peleton.

First they took away his dignity and now the jersey. But you can help help Floyd recover his maillot jaune and earn one for yourself for the small price of $29.99 postage paid.
The jersey is 100 percent organic cotton and the attitude is all French. Proceeds benefit the Flance Fund. Order yours today. Or order one for Flance (he's lost his) since today is his 32nd birthday.
m.o.i.: maillot jaune
elsewhere:
m.o.i.: corporate money
m.o.i.: white hat, black hat, yellow jersey
m.o.i.: the 2-mile high club
m.o.i.: flance to wear zero for prologue
m.o.i.: you've lost that lovin' feeling
m.o.i.: give it up
stage 17 recap

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

bang! you're dead

Private security forces in Iraq responded to official calls for their removal by shooting several unarmed woman. A spokesperson for the firm was quoted as saying, "they pay us to do this."


Photo: Joao Silva for the New York Times.

what's your s.l.e.e.p. index?

It's now easier than ever to determine you S.L.E.E.P. index.

S = L + E + E + P, where

S = your sleep index.

L= length, in hours of uninterrupted sleep.
If hours slept are greater than 10 then
a) subtract 5 from the total if hungover,
b) subtract 4 from the total if suffering from sleep deprivation, and
c) subtract 3 from the total if depressed.

E= enjoyment factor. Was there a vivid dream at the end of your sleep? If this was dream that you could savor, peruse, and refine during the Enabling period (see below), score 1. If this dream was a recurring dream and you were able to build off previous interpretations, score 1.5. Any flying dream scores a 2. Any flying dream that also includes psychedelic paisley prints, scores 3. Nightmares score -1. Nightmares with flying creatures scores -3.

E=enabling factor. Was your sleep prolonged by blissful waking moments only to realize that you did not yet have to arise? Were you still able to resume sleeping? or better yet, dreaming? Score 1 if the wait is 30 minutes before you have to arise, 0.5 if the wait is 15 or 45 minutes. If you awake 1 hour or more you have to arise and you can't return to sleep, then score -1.

P=Predicting factor*. Are you now well rested? 1 point if "yes, the world is now my oyster", 0.5 points if you feel great after 1 cup of coffee, or 0 points if you need an injection of vitamin b-12 before going to work.

Scoring last night's sleep using the S.L.E.E.P. index.

L=7.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep, 7.5 points.

E=Enjoyment factor, development of new scientific theory while dreaming equals 1 point.

E=Enabling factor, awoke thirty minutes prior to arising (used time to define new scientific theory), score 1 point.

P=the world was somewhere between an oyster and a brook trout on a line. Score 0.75.

So last night's sleep would score a 10.25.

In order to be well-rested your sleep index should be 8, or greater. Sleep indexes of 7 or less indicate sleep deprivation and are additive. Meaning that if you consistently score a 7 every day for a week then, at the end of a week, hou'd have almost a full nights loss of sleep. Or in lay terms, you be tired.
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*Subtract 2 here if you inflate your bed to a number.

Monday, October 8, 2007

acquiring a taste for bioaccumulation

I never liked tuna salad, or at least the kind of tuna salad that confronted me as a child, and can still be found in diners across America. You know. Some canned tuna, diced gherkins, celery, maybe some onion and a hard-boiled egg, then everything tossed with mayonnaise and served with a slice of iceberg lettuce on toasted white bread. I dunno, perhaps even as a small child I could taste the mercury.

But as an adult, I've found that by deconstructing tuna salad, and then rearranging the ingredients in combinations more to my palate, then tuna salad is more agreeable. Down right good, in fact. Probably still has a bit of mercury, but at the price of really good tuna and our sinking dollar, I can't afford enough of it to worry much about any toxic effects that might accrue from bioaccumulation. Parking lot sealants - now that's something that really scares me. Parking lot sealants are killing moi.
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For the deconstructed tuna salad, mix or match the following:

Pan-seared sashami grade tuna on toasted sesame bread.

7-minute hard boiled eggs.

Medley of sweet peppers. baby portabella mushrooms, and
kalamata olives glazed with a garlic, tarragon, and balsamic reduction.




m.o.i: bioaccumulation
elsewhere
m.o.i: standards updated
m.o.i: bison burger
m.o.i: chili 'n out
m.o.i.: autumn trout
m.o.i.: inventory reduction dinner
m.o.i.: purple food, purple food
m.o.i.: life is corny
m.o.i.: Fruit cobbler for breakfast?
m.o.i.: post-modern breakfast

Saturday, October 6, 2007

pride goeth before the fall

Who didn't love Marion Jones, least of all the sponsors?



When athletes exceed their expectations, and by proxy we exceed ours, we are engaged, enamored, and proud. And when they fail, we fail with them. The price for success can be exorbitant, the wages of redemption even greater.
m.o.i.: pride goeth before the fall

Thursday, October 4, 2007

lock ém up

Senator Larry Craig today became the first openly gay member of the Senate from Idaho. It's great when our elected officials to have the courage to stand up for their convictions.



m.o.i.: gay senator

inventory reduction dinner


Here's another quick after-dinner meal that's modeled somewhat on the work of Ernest Matthew Mickler's series of White Trash Cookery. It's for those days when you're too tired to go to the store or even for take out. There's always something in the pantry or fridge that needs to be used. This meal can be used for inventory reduction purposes, thus one can clear the pantry so that the next time you find the end cap with sales, sales, SALES, you can re-stock. Winter's coming! Stock up today.

This is really just fast food with a few fine ingredients thrown in to 'dress' it up, improve the palatability, and get you out of the kitchen in less than an hour and onto the latest episode of Law and Order, CFR (Campaign Finance Reform).

Kitchen Sink Corn Bread with Lentil, Chevre, and Rosemary.

Kitchen Sink Corn Bread.
1 package of cornmeal meal mix.
1/2 red pepper.
1/4 poblano pepper (seeded and deveined).
1/4 onion.
3 cloves garlic.
1/2 portabella mushroom.
1/2 cup of stale bread
1/4 cup of sunflower seeds.

Preparing the corn bread is the only part of this meal that requires any modicum of 'skill' and that's streching it a bit.

Liberally butter a small baking pan. Line with bread crumbs. You want enough crumbs to cover the entire bottom of the pan. Not that wishy washy bread, but something better, past the point of making sandwhiches or toast. Anything will do here, but for this one I used a mixture of Farm to Market Grains Galore and sourdough.

Sprinkle a layer of sunflower seeds on top of the bread crumbs. Together, the crumbs and nuts will form one layer of crunch (the top crust will form the other layer of crunch).

Quickly sauteed the onions, peppers, garlic, and mushrooms until tender in butter. Add one teaspoon cake flour at the end to absorb some of the liquid. Cook for an additional minute, then press this layer onto the crumb and nut layer.

Prepare the cornbread mixture as per the package instructions except altered as follows. Add one extra egg yolk and an additional 1/2 cup of milk (or buttermilk or clabbered cream [remember it's the kitchen sink corn bread]. The extra moisture is needed because the bread crumbs are going to adsorb more liquid and without it, you'll have dry, crumbly cornbread. Yecchh. Not amount of butter can repair dry cornbread.

Pour the very liquid cornbread mixture over the other ingredients and the pick the pan up and repeatedly tap on the counter to insure that the liquid fills the gaps in your mixture.

Pop in a hot 425 degree F oven. After 10 or 12 minutes check for browning on the top and reduce the heat to 325 for another 5 minutes or so. You want it to just set up and then remove it from the oven. The final product will be firm enough to cut, and have the consistency of CRUNCH, moist tender, yummy goodness and then a nutty CRUNCH.

For the soup.
One can of Progesso Lentil Soup.
Heat 2 minutes over medium. Enliven with fresh rosemary.
Pour in bowl.
Garnish with chevre and fresh rosemary.

And serve with cornbread.
m.o.i.: inventory reduction dinner
elsewhere
m.o.i: standards updated
m.o.i: chili 'n out
m.o.i: bioaccumulation
m.o.i.: autumn trout
m.o.i.: purple food, purple food
m.o.i.: life is corny
m.o.i.: Fruit cobbler for breakfast?
m.o.i.: post-modern breakfast