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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!

 

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Lovely Internet 6.12.15

1. This film looks fantastic. (I’m also psyched about this one, but for VERY different reasons).

2. The best article I’ve read on the intersection between the transgender rights movement and the feminist movement. (Read: objects/actions are not gendered and that women, no matter how they are defined, will not succeed in our unified goals until we, well, unify).

3. The president of NARAL is pregnant, and she’s getting weird reactions to that. Pro-choice means choice, guys.

4. !!!!

5. My wedding dress was seersucker. Here are some guidelines on wearing that fantastic fabric and other keys to life in the South.

6. Some hard data about the local foods movement.

7. An amazing solution to cleaning plastic trash out of the ocean (guys, there is a lot of shit in the ocean because we are the worst).

8. FINALLY.

9. #distractinglysexy

10. “About birds. Or whatever.

 

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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Chipotles

 

Did you know that chipotles are smoked red jalapeños? And that paprika is smoked pimentos (we’ll be circling back to that later this summer)? I know, it blew my mind.

 

chipotles 4

 

Last summer my brother brought us a huge bag full of jalapeños from his farm, and since we had just bought a smoker we finally had the opportunity to make our own chipotles (these are the things we dreamed about all those years in city apartments).

 

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It was insanely easy. As easy as 1) take red jalapeños 2) put in smoker 3) wait 4) dry completely 5) enjoy. Seriously. Do that. Get red jalapeños. Smoke them. Grind them. Have chipotles! We used them all winter whole in soups and stews and ground on, well, pretty much everything. They hit the spot, and we’ll definitely be smoking another batch this summer.

 

 

chipotles

 

Chipotles

 

Fresh red jalapeños

Smoker/oven

It can take up to 48 hours for chipotles to dry through, so our approach was to smoke them for 10 hours on hickory smoke and then to finish them in the oven on very low (150F) for an additional 24 hours. We dried them until they were dry to the touch and the seeds inside rattled around.

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