Gastrodestination Portland

To the left is a meal I had in Portland, Oregon this weekend. It was not the best meal I had. But it was the gayest. (Read more at NaPP…)   Burt Likko is the pseudonym of an attorney in Southern California. His interests include Constitutional law with a special interest in law relating to the…

The judge as moral philosopher

Reviewing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner’s Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts in the Claremont Review of Books, David Forte exposes Justice Scalia’s famous legal positivism as moral philosophy by another name.  “They call false,” Forte writes of Scalia and Garner, “the ‘notion that the quest in statutory interpretation is to do justice,’” and they, like Alexander Hamilton, prefer judges to be “‘bound down by strict rules and precedents.”  But judging, Forte pushes back, is […]

Pork and Pickles

~by M.A. Since some of the Gents on the Masthead have shared their cooking treats with us, I’ve decided to pass on a little cheap-eating trick I discovered about four years ago. There’s really not a wrong way to do this, but it works superbly and I think you’ll find it highly flavorful. My secret…

Kathryn Bigelow Trolls Zero Dark Thirty Critics

Kathryn Bigelow’s op-ed in the L.A. Times rebutting criticisms of her film is about more than Zero Dark Thirty. The piece also demonstrates a tendency that’s only all to frequent when it comes to the upper echelons of cultural and political discourse. Bigelow manufactures accusations in order to easily rebuff them, ignoring the best critiques of Zero…

Briefly, On Football’s Culture and Rape

On Monday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will compete for college football’s national championship. This is the kind of thing that gets sportswriters in a tizzy. If you’re of a certain Age, Notre Dame is what college football is all about, so the school’s sudden (and entirely unexpected) reappearance in the sport’s championship is a…

The Cheap-Ass Gourmet – Thai Coconut & Lemongrass Soup

This is the second part of a three-part series of economic meals, all of which stem from a simple roast chicken.  (We also looked at using leftovers from that same meal to make chicken and red mole enchiladas.)  Each of these recipes is especially good for those on a budget that love tasty food but…

The Cheap-Ass Gourmet – Homemade Chicken and Red Mole Enchiladas With Roasted Cauliflower

This is the second part of a three-part series of economic meals that all stem from the first recipe, simple roast chicken with braised greens and roasted potatoes.  Tomorrow we’ll take the leftover chicken carcass and use it to make a Thai coconut & lemongrass soup.  These recipes are especially good for those on a…

The Cheap-Ass Gourmet – Roast Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Braised Greens

The last time I did a cooking post, I got a nice email from a reader that was also a student.  She complained that even though she wanted to learn how to cook, some of the recipes I posted required either an expensive trip to the store (e.g.: turkey with red & green mole) or…

Ketchup

Ketchup used to be awesome. With the possible exception of bread, I don’t think any food product has suffered more from commercialization. But bread’s made a comeback, and I’m pretty sure ketchup could, too. Today we drown in homogenized, pasteurized, syrupy-sweet, gloppy-thick tomato ketchup. Meanwhile we’ve forgotten all about old-fashioned ketchup — in all its…

NFL Football Contest!

Summer’s winding down, and Labor Day’s just around the corner, which means that it’s just about time for football. I was thinking this year we might have a contest to see whose professional gridiron predictive abilities got game.  The winner, of course, get’s the ultimate prize: bragging rights for an entire insufferable off-season. Here are…

What (New) Documentaries Should People Watch?

I haven’t watched one in a while, and though I lean towards the political type, or those documentaries which depict the worst kinds of social injustice, I’m willing to take a spin outside my wheel house this time. So I thought I’d put a call out for great documentaries I and everyone else around these parts…

The Amazing Spider-Man: Getting Lost Along the Road Already Traveled

Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man has the undeserved misfortune of coming second. Rebooted only 10 years after Sam Raimi first brought the web slinger to the big screen, The Amazing Spider-Man suffers from been there/done that fatigue. Not only have we seen three Spider-Man movies in the last decade, but  nearly every other A-list comic book superhero has…