Art Pottery, Politics and Food
Saturday, November 13, 2004

As the highly energized rank and file of the Democratic Party continue to feel the burn from Mr. Bush’s 2nd questionable presidential victory and as big media continue to weave conspiracy into a devious web that soils both recount advocates and members of the liberal blogosphere, recount activism and leftist energy also continues apace.
Official Wire at, this morning, posts Greg Palast’s take on the Ohio recount.
Mr. Palast, a frequent victim of big media idea rape, has copy-protected his interesting article preventing this humble free web advocate from excerpting a juicy click-inducing chunk.
I would urge you, none the less, to follow the link and read Palast’s highly interesting article headlined, Kerry Won Ohio…Here’s How The Votes Vanished.

Aside from Googling “recount”, “Kerry” or the key state of “Ohio” to provide current information on active recount efforts may I suggest visiting to sign the petition and receive up to date Ohio-specific news of which there is a sizable pile this Saturday morning.
In order to give this particular post the gloss of loonie New York Times conspiracy allow me, in a tribute to vestigial hippydom and with lip-service to my much-maligned blog title, to post a bit of foodie perfection for a cold winter’s night in the form of my excellent Lentil Soup recipe.

Sean’s Lentil Soup

1 49-½ ounce can plus 1 14-ounce can of Chicken Broth
1 Kielbasa, skinned and chopped
½ of a 16-ounce bag of dried Lentils, rinsed
5 cloves of Garlic, peeled and chopped
1 large White Onion, peeled and chopped
1 large Russet Potato, peeled and chopped
¼ to ½ of a 16 ounce bag of Baby Carrots, chopped
2 stalks of Celery, trimmed and chopped
15 Button Mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
¼ Tsp Thyme
1-Tsp Sea Salt
¼ Tsp White Pepper
2 Tbsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Heat oil in a large pot.
Add Garlic, Onions, Celery, Carrots and Potato to hot oil.
Stirring frequently, sauté 5 minutes.
Add chopped Kielbasa and continue to sauté for an additional 4 to 5 minutes.
Add rinsed Lentils, Broth, Mushrooms, Thyme, Sea Salt and White Pepper.
Bring nascent soup to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for approximately 45 minute or until Lentils become tender.

This, accompanied with some crusty bread, is heaven and a meal in a bowl.

Images:, Newark Advocate

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