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Lovely Internet 6.25.15

1. The impersonation of Rachel Dolezal you’ve been waiting for (thanks Maya Rudolph).

2. On finding your quiet (and congrats, Grace, this book sounds amazing!)

3. Who can use the “n-word”? and why the focus on this one word takes away from the point of President Obama’s nuanced message about race in this country.

4. Marilyn Mosby!

5. This is community support. This is resilience.

6. A Conservative pundit on why he’s changed his mind on the Confederate flag. Also, racism is not just a Southern institution, it exists throughout the country. And finally, here’s a break down on why the Confederate War was really fought, from the men who fought it.

7. Excellent! Death to low fat!

8. Harry Potter on stage (!!)

9. SCOTUS in haiku. (CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA!)

10. On high heels and power.

 

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Smoked Fish Dip

 

One of my favorite dishes to serve at parties is my dad’s fish dip. In fact, in the past few months I’ve been a part of this exchange no less than a dozen times, most recently at the Rosemond Family Reunion last weekend:

 

Them: What’s that?

Me: It’s fish dip.

Them: Fish dip?

Me: Try it!

Them: OH MY GOD FISH DIP.

 

It really is that good. And since I’ve had a lot of people ask me for the recipe recently I thought I’d bring it up from the archives, dust it off a little, and share it with you. Just in time for all your summer cookouts.

 

 

Smoked Fish Dip

 

4 cups flaked smoked fish, such as kingfish or mackerel

1 cup whole milk

1 cup Greek yogurt

8 ounces light cream cheese, softened

1 finely minced onion

3 stalks finely chopped celery

1/4 cup finely minced parsley

12 finely chopped cornishon pickles

Juice of 2 lemons

7 shakes hot sauce

1 tsp cayenne pepper

Salt & pepper

 

With a fork, flake the smoked fish off the filet.  You can flake it finely or coarsely depending on your preference.  Put the smoked fish in a medium bowl and pour milk over it.  Cover and soak in the refrigerator for thirty minutes.  Drain the milk using a fine strainer and place the fish back in the bowl.

 

Stir in remaining ingredients.

 

Cover and chill 2-3 hours to allow flavors to blend.  Serve with crackers or fresh vegetables.

 

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Lovely Internet 6.19.15

1. This week a church in Charleston, SC was attacked and eight people were killed at the hands of a terrorist. This was not random, this was a hate crime. The Emmanuel A.M.E. Church was founded by the abolitionist slave, Denmark Vesey. Wednesday was the anniversary of the slave revolt planned by Vesey. This is yet another instance in a long history of white violence towards black people. We need to acknowledge the fact that we live in a racist country, and we need to work together to change and to heal. (also, Jon Stewart is on point, as usual).

 

2. I can understand why some people (white Southerners) feel an emotional attachment to the Confederate flag. I know they mean it when they say it represents their great-grandfather, and that it isn’t about race. But the thing is, to a significant portion of the population, a community that has been to hell and back over and over again since we stole them from their homes, it represents nothing but violence. And should a flag with that much hatred and controversy surrounding it be something that we display publicly, on government property? We go to pieces about everything being politically correct, why not this? It’s time to take down the Confederate flag.

 

3. Rachel Dolezal just made it so much harder for biracial people who don’t “look black.” (also, speaking of White Privilege)

4. Check out pages 18-20 in this month’s eidé magazine for my spread on biscuit sliders!

5. This is what I want for my birthday.

6.  Morons. Be better, people.

7. My amazing friend Lisa designed this beautiful calendar.

8. What to eat right now.

9. For all the foragers out there.

10. Another complicated pseudoscience diet!

 

For more tidbits from Elena the person, follow me on twitter (@elenabrent or @biscuitsandsuch), instagrampinterest or facebook. Subscribe to my bloglovin’ feed to make sure you never miss a post. Follow along with MissElenaeous for thoughts on everything other than Southern food.

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