Monday, April 16, 2018

All Rapists Are Serial Rapists. 6 years ago....redux


We are grateful for all the work SANE SART nurses do for crime victims, and the work that law enforcement does to try and get criminals off the streets.
But many folks do not listen to radio, read papers, and talk of such things as rape.  --Sexual assault awareness is important. Risks are faced each day by many.
Imagine! every day, a significant portion of the population faces the risk of being deeply, deeply hurt by those of their own species!

One problem is that folks do not understand the type of person who rapes. Those who bully, who steal, to feel better about themselves.
 Read about this type of person (a seven part series) HERE and HERE.
We must constantly be on the lookout for this type of manipulator.

By WE i mean
primarily women--young women, older women, very old women, girls.
 Women who dress like nuns and
women who dress like joggers and women
who dress like me and women who dress like
your mother and your sister and your daughter.
Women who have had a beer, women who have had four beers, teetotalers,
 Women who have been Given a Drug to make them groggy and forgetful.
(Women who are virgins,
women who have children, women who are partenered or married or chaste or active,
women who trust and are kind to strangers.)

Also children--
very cute and precocious children,
well-trained children, mean disobedient children,
boy and girl children.


Every day i am aware of the Loss of Freedom We endure because we do not want to be Assaulted by Men of our Own Species. We do not want to be kidnapped or held down for a minute or an hour or a day.
We do not want diseases and cuts and bruises.
We do not want another person to belittle and hurt and taunt us,
 and
steal
inner things that belong to no one else but us.

We do not want anything rammed into our bodies anywhere.


Read Marge Piercy's amazing,
Rape Poem click HERE
So,
 my point.

We
do not film the sunrise and we do not paint the sunset.
We do not watch the birds on the lake at dusk.
WE do not look at the radically purple and red petunias glowing at the end of light when
the huge humming moths come.
We do not sleep with the windows open, the fresh Flint Hills air bringing hay scent and a horse's whinny, crickets, lavender into our dreamy sleep.

We do not hike alone.

We do not swim alone.
We do not wander the trails at Tuttle, writing poems and sketching the tall ripe grasses.
We do not leave our apartments for a study break at 2, like the Other Students do,
for a tasty pita sandwich in the 'ville.
To lower our risk we have given a lot.
Please
can we all gather to find something new?
And
no matter how much we give up to Lower Our Risk
We are assaulted anyway.
Can we talk about this?


(Someone always suggests that Perhaps
males must Stay In after 8 and are not allowed to Walk Alone during the day in secluded places. this suggestion provokes a group chuckle, then silence
as
the actual daydreamy thought of living
safe freedom in our own space and time--of living without fear--shocks us 
in its absence.



more HERE.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Martin Luther King jr. On PBS: and Still I Rise

On PBS tonight



Was a show who's first hour outlined James Earl Ray's beginnings.
 This is worth the watch.
I want to talk about several aspects of this because we are still embroiled in unfinished aftermath.

Especially considering the normal distribution, what happened to whites and blacks in the middle, the racist tail folks, and other painful thoughts.

This is a 4 hour special---but i have some thoughts I would like to share about the first hour....
 and the focus of nonviolence.


However 
it is dinner time 
the animals are calling.
 I shall return


More MLK posts here


See the Turrets of the Old Stadium near Ahearn behind Dr. King?

K-State Keepsakes: Martin Luther King, Jr. Visits K-State

HERE
 and HERE





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Saturday, March 31, 2018

farm grandmother

She saw it clearly.
Everyone walked about manifesting themselves.
The sad sinners bouncing around
Miserable and spreading
Misery

All one was able to do was walk about,
[the city was a cesspool of blindness]
 each encounter alleviate
the delusion or pain to the extent one can ease it.
that it is allowed to be eased.
like washing a cut,
like wiping a mouth
As Jesus took Pilate as far as he could go… (and Peter and John ...and Mary...)
and with Herod said nothing, 
lest it redound to herod’s greater hell 
(which herod's life created.

Who, walking about, is filled with peace and sureness, joy and grace?    easter poem todd










More pictures of Jesus


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Chocolate Easter Bunnies-- What?!







Easter Funnies.

The easter dog...




excerpt from this site:
My Father was a gifted poet (if I do say so myself), and some of his finest works were composed at the death of our dogs. It was his way of grieving their loss. Here is what he wrote of Prince as he recalled their long runs together and the sad moment when Prince had to be put down:
We were solitary, old friend, you and I.
In the sun and rain we tramped together
And walked and ran the miles;
A hundred phantoms caught you
In scent and sound;
You raced to ancient summonses
That led the pack across the wild
In joyful bound:
You tried to tell me.
I listened, but could only hear
Your barking in the wind,
And see the eager paws
Trace out your gladness in the ground.
When I returned from being gone,
You greeted me with the abandon of your kind,
In leaps and yelps and wags,
Telling me you loved me
And not knowing why,
Yet knowing that I loved you, too,

And had missed you,
Even as I do now
That death’s deep slumberings
Have had their toll,
Since I held you in my arms,
And you looked at me
And said goodbye
. (Charles Evans Pope, 1982)


And they have much to teach us. Likely you have seen this list, but it is always worth another read. It’s things: can learn from dogs:
  1. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
  2. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
  3. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  4. Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
  5. Take naps and stretch before rising.
  6. Run, romp, and play daily.
  7. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
  8. Be loyal.
  9. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
  10. When someone is having a bad day, be silent,  sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
  11. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  12. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  13. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  14. No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout…. run right back and make friends
  15. Delight in the simple joys of a long walk...






related story click HERE and  CLICK HERE



Monday, March 26, 2018

Congo Man ...Redux

Congo Man

Pissing in your own cup of cold clean water
Shitting in your bowl of sweet rich food
I can’t wrap my head around your psychosis
Tell me, what you doin, Congo Man?
Shooting a gun up inside a woman
The very body of a woman-
The woman of your land
Cutting out the life of your future generations
What devil in your head, o congo man?

Like Burning down your fields so full of grain
And Making sure everybody watch the pain
Shattering the lives of your very own daughters
Tell me bout your madness, Congo Man!
Rise Up, Rise Up, Good Congo Man
Rise Up, Rise Up, Good Congo Men!
Rise Up, Rise Up, Good Congo Men!
Are you there, Are you there,
Good Congo Men?
Put these devils in a tight little box.
Forget about money, come out from the dark.
Give even your life if it is required.
Better find your Christ, o Congo Man

(Well, Neil heard screamin and bullwhips cracking
and asked How long? how long? we say,
Congo man better find your head
Dont forget what your Good book said
We know change gonna come at last
Now your chances are burning fast

Congo Man)



Mary Todd 2008-08-19




Posted years ago ...
History ...
Sadness.
I am going to repost a few from a decade ago.
U.N.?
 Please . .the future proves the past .

The Horror of the Congo ... The future proves the past...


Originally publishef almost a decade ago... n the Newshour, it was reported that people in the Congo walked for miles in the rain to vote, and when their names did not show up at the polling place, they walked for more miles from place to place to vote.
How can one not admire the Women of The Congo?


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/30/world/africa/congo-election-board-may-annul-tens-of-thousands-of-votes.html?_r=1

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/Africa-Monitor/2011/1129/A-brief-history-of-Congo-s-wars

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/5226772.stm

The atrocious violence in the congo is just about the worst:
more HERE:
 http://marysbeagooddogblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/congo-rape-and-theuninvolved-un.html
http://marysbeagooddogblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/npr-interview-congo-mass-rape-and.html
http://marysbeagooddogblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/rape-in-congo-womans-body-is-worth-less.html


"The Women of the Democratic Republic of Congo
have shown incredible bravery in the face of unbelievable atrocities, as evidenced by the photographs assembled in this exhibition. These women, along with their families, have survived a litany of atrocities: oppressive dictators; the violent passage to democracy; economic crises; and an ongoing struggle of regional and tribal warfare which has found its end far too slowly and with far too much bloodshed. These challenges have been accompanied by a devastating lack of both general and reproductive healthcare, HIV/AIDS, and the common occurrence of rape and extreme sexual violence against women and girls of all ages. For those who survive, support is often unavailable..." the tour HERE

Marcus Bleasdale: (and Orchestra in Congo HERE)

Congo, Rape, and the UnInvolved U.N. "Peacekeepers" Part 1


Rape Toll Rises: Infants, Women and Children. Where is the Global Outrage?

((First published in 2010. The future proves the past...))
For more on Congo,
enter congo into the search bar for this blog.
   Part Two HERE
  Aid Workers treating Rape Victims Attacked:
   There is a history here:
 /UN-raises-Congo-rape-toll-to-240/UPI-95961283437049/

/rebels-attack-aid-workers-treating-congo-rape-victims-2068105.html
"While Ms. Wallstrom said that the UN can't protect women in all conflict zones, it seems fair to ask why, while spending $1 billion, the UN can't protect women from mass multi-day rape 20 minutes from a UN peacekeeping base. Who will be held accountable? Those who looked away or those who dissembled after the fact? Why not both?"
history  

the texts of these links are printed below.

Investigate this yourself.
See what you can find.

write a letter.
ask a question.
http://www.innercitypress.com/drc9rapes090110.html
Why
do these things keep happening--
where is the energy in the media to make change for good happen?
This is the emergency.
This is the slaughter that is taking place now.
Cry out-racism, sexism, anything you want.
In the End, it is Abuse of Power.
Who is in charge?
Who is allowing this?
Who is behind the greed or lust for power or lust for violence that needs to be exposed?
Where are the journalists?
Where are our media??
Start putting this on 24/7.
Stop repeating every little snippy thing our politicians are spitting at each other, which "Celebrities" are drinking too much, what a bunch of sportscasters wear under their pants.


Fu'Crying out loud



U.N. raises Congo rape toll to 240



UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- More than 240 women, children and infants may have been raped when rebel forces seized a town in the Congo, a U.N. report said.

A spokesman for the United Nations said last month that a human rights team found that more than 150 women were gang-raped in late July and early August by members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, or FDLR, and a local militia called Mai-Mai.

The United Nations raised the number of people raped by FDLR and Mai-Mai fighters to 240, adding some of those raped were infants, the BBC reports.

U.N. peacekeeping forces in the area have been supporting an effort to beat the FDLR, who are linked to the Rwandan genocides in 1994.

The U.N. Security Council in the wake of the initial reports had an emergency session and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon later sent a senior representative to the area to investigate.

The Security Council pressed the peacekeeping force in the area for not responding to the rape allegations. The force, however, said it was unaware of the rapes until more than a week after the atrocities despite being positioned around 20 miles from the Congolese village.

Leaders in the FDLR said their force weren't involved in the attacks.



Rebels attack aid workers treating Congo rape victims

Gunmen in eastern Congo fired on a private plane carrying international aid workers who escaped into the forest yesterday, the regional director of International Medical Corps (IMC) said.

A UN official said the aid workers were later rescued by peacekeepers. He said a Congolese soldier and two militiamen were killed in the firefight. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to reporters. IMC officials could not be immediately reached to confirm the rescue.

IMC regional director, Miel Hendrickson, said earlier that the endangered staff of the Los Angeles-based medical aid group were three Americans and one Georgian who were on the aircraft, and two Congolese staff who were at the landing strip outside Walikale mining town when the shooting started.

Mr Hendrickson said the attack comes a few weeks after a Russian pilot was kidnapped at Walikale airport. The whereabouts of the foreigner who piloted the plane were not immediately clear.

The aid workers are in a team treating scores of people raped in rebel attacks between 30 July and 4 August in villages about 40 miles from Walikale.

Mr Hendrickson said the number of people treated for rape in those attacks has risen to 242 from 192 last week. More and more survivors who had fled into dense forest have been coming out of hiding each day – some women completely naked, according to aid workers. The attacks took place within miles of a UN peacekeeping camp for about 80 Indian soldiers, and thousands of Congolese troops based at Walikale, a 90-minute drive from the villages, raising questions about why nothing was done. Those raped include four baby boys, one just a month old, and a great great-grandmother who was said to be 110 years old, according to civil society leader Charles Masudi Kisa.

Survivors have said their attackers were from the FDLR rebel group led by perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide who fled across the border to Congo in 1994 and have been terrorising the population in eastern Congo ever since, along with Congolese Mai-Mai militia. The Rwandan rebel group has denied the reports.

On Tuesday, the UN envoy in charge of sexual violence in conflict urged Congo's government to prosecute the perpetrators, and also warned leaders of the rebel and militia groups that they could be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court because widespread and systemic sexual violence can constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The U.N. Sex Scandal

From the January 3 / January 10, 2005 issue: Exploitation, abuse, and other humanitarian efforts.


LAST MONTH A CLASSIFIED UNITED Nations report prompted Secretary General Kofi Annan to admit that U.N. peacekeepers and staff have sexually abused or exploited war refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The worst of the 150 or so allegations of misconduct--some of them captured on videotape--include pedophilia, rape, and prostitution. While a U.N. investigation into the scandal continues, the organization has just suspended two more peacekeepers in neighboring Burundi over similar charges. The revelations come three years after another U.N. report found "widespread" evidence of sexual abuse of West African refugees.

"The issue with the U.N. is that peacekeeping operations unfortunately seem to be doing the same thing that other militaries do," Gita Sahgal of Amnesty International told the Christian Science Monitor. "Even the guardians have to be guarded." That's not far off the mark. Various U.N. reports and interviews with humanitarian groups suggest that international peacekeeping missions are creating a predatory sexual culture among vulnerable refugees--from relief workers who demand sexual favors in exchange for food to U.N. troops who rape women at gunpoint.

Allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct by U.N. staff stretch back at least a decade, to operations in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. A 2001 report, released by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Save the Children, found that sexual violence against refugees in West Africa was endemic (though some of its findings were denied by a subsequent U.N. team). A year later a coalition of religious organizations sent a letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell urging the United States to send more human rights monitors into Congo. The U.N. then introduced a "code of conduct" to help prevent future abuses, including prohibitions against sexual activity between staff and children and the exchange of money or food for sex.

On Congo Rapes, UN Admits 240 Victims, Dodges Meece Inaccuracies, Wallstrom Inaction

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 1 -- As the UN tries to slow down or even bury the story of its inaction on the mass rapes in Eastern Congo, the questions keep on coming and the admissions, drip by drip. But belatedly updated victim numbers can't change the inaccurate statements of MONUSCO chief Roger Meece, nor the inaction of Margot Wallstrome, UN envoy on Sexual Violence and Conflict.


On Wednesday at the UN in New York, Inner City Press asked about

Inner City Press: what the UN knew and when, saying that on 30 July in that e-mail it mentioned a rape in the village of Mpofi, and also a 10 August e-mail mentioning already 25 rapes. These dates are inconsistent, to put it mildly, with what Mr. Meece said to us from the video screen. What are the ramifications? Does the UN deny this... or are we missing something in terms of the inaccuracies?

Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq: As far as that goes, as you’re aware, when the Secretary-General learned of these mass rapes, what he did from our side was to immediately dispatch Atul Khare, the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is there right now. We just mentioned what his travels in the area are. He, among other things, was sent there specifically to look into the mass rapes that occurred in the Walikale area. He’ll also look at our response and how we responded to it. He’s there now collecting information and we will see what his evaluation is of that situation when he returns. We expect him back next week and we expect him to report back to the Secretary-General, and also, by the way, to the Security Council, although, of course, their schedule for the month is still being determined.

Inner City Press: But I remember Martin [Nesirky] saying from this podium that here at the Secretariat in New York your office was looking into this 30 July e-mail to find what it was and what it said. Now, the New York Times says a rape occurred. I’m just wondering, has your office found that e-mail? And totally outside of Mr. Khare’s time schedule, what does it mean it mean about what Mr. Meece told us?

Deputy Spokesperson: Yes, we have been looking into that. At this stage, what I would wait for is to see what information Mr. Khare, as the person who is there on the ground, because he is there, he is accumulating data and he will report back. I think we’ll leave it until then. But, yes, we’ve been looking into this and certainly we’re trying to find what the providence of this particular e-mail is.

Inner City Press: Just one more on this. The International Medical Corps now says that the number of women treated in this mass rape incident, they’ve raised their number from 192 to 242. I’m just wondering if the UN, which initially had this 154 number, do you dispute those numbers? Or is the UN just shutting down its communications until 7 September?

Deputy Spokesperson: I don’t have for you at this stage any higher number beyond what we’ve given. However, as our presence in that area grows and as there’s been more of a restoration of peace to various areas, freeing up people to feel like they can speak, we’re trying to get more information about what’s going on. So we may find out more information about other attacks. So we would update the numbers accordingly once we get that. But right now at this stage what we’re doing is we’re spreading out into various communities. We’re looking into different reports and we’ll try and see what further information we have.

[The Spokesperson added later that the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has put the number of rape victims at higher than 240, with more cases being reported.]

In fact, after the above transcribed questions, the UN released not only an updated number of victims, but a whole press release, in French which a tri-lingual colleague in New York has helpfully translated, below.


Unofficial translation from French

Today, MONUSCO in partnership with the DRC government, has continued to review its activities on the ground in order to better protect the civilian population, while conforming to its mandate.

MONUSCO launched today operation "Shop Window" in the areas of Pinga, Kibua, and Walikale, aimed at reassuring the population and demonstrating its efforts to use all available resources to fulfill its mandate to protect.

This operation follows the observation of increased activities of armed groups in the areas of Walikale and Masisi, who have committed a number of human rights violations and fostered insecurity amongst the civilian population.

Indeed, after the rapes of over 240 victims in Kibua, MONUSCO received additional information concerning other acts that have occurred in Mubi and in the area surrounding Pinga.

CONCERNING MUBI

Mubi is an area located approximately 36km northwest of Walikale on the axis of Walikale-Kisangani. On August 17, the North Kivu Brigade, MONUSCO police and the joint UNHCR bureau reported clashes between the FDLR and the Mai-Mai Sheka (that occurred) on August 16 and 17 and that resulted in the pillage of several homes, the detention of at least 50 people for looting, and the deaths of 2 FARDC and 7 wounded.

On August 25, "Heal Africa" informed MONUSCO of the 8 rape victims who sought medical attention in their center in Bilobilo. The office of human rights contacted the NGO IMC the same day for additional information. That evening, they received information of the release of all those who had been previously detained. On August 28, the IMC informed MONUSCO that according "Heal Africa" they had 11 rape victims in their center in Bilibilo, but that the number of victims could increase.

CONCERNING PINGA

Pinga is located 10 km northeast of Masisi. Based on the report from an interpreter who received information from an NGO, military observers made another report on August 18. A team was sent to Pinga on August 30 to verify the information. As a result, they confirmed that 16 rapes had occurred in the area over a period of two weeks: 2 in Bushimo on August 12 and 14---13 in Chuho on August 17 and 1 in Burai.

A patrol was dispatched to each of these locations to gather information and secure the areas. A meeting was set up with the 121st brigade that reinforced (the patrol's) presence and opened up an investigation. One suspect has already been apprehended.

Helicopter patrols in these areas have also been set up and MONUSCO troops have already received instructions concerning their future conduct. On August 30, a joint protection team was sent to Walikale and received a list the names of approximately 40 rape victims.

But what about the inaccurate statements by Roger Meece? And the inaction by Margot Wallstrom? What about accountability? Watch this site.

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On Congo Rapes, UN Inaction & Dissembling Stretches to Wallstrom, Meece, Higher

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 31 -- Of the mass rapes in Eastern Congo which occurred from July 30 through August 4, the UN's Special Representative on Sexual Violence and Conflict Margot Wallstrom only learn on “August 21-22 through emerging media sources,” Wallstrom told the Press on Tuesday. Video here, from Minute 1:50.

Inner City Press asked what steps she had taken, in her six months on the job, to try to ensure that UN peacekeeping missions like MONUSCO in the Congo actually inform her of mass rape, rather than leaving her to find out about in in the newspapers ten days after MONUSCO admits knowing of it. Video here, from Minute 14:19.

Ms. Wallstrom, apparently realizing how bad it looked to learn only from the media, changed her story and said “not the newspaper,” she had “reports and calls one by one.” Videohere, from Minute 18:19.

Beyond Ms. Wallstrom's shifting and self serving story, one call she did receive was from the Secretary General, calling her into action from where she was in Europe. Still, as of August 31 she had not gone to the Congo after the rape story broke, instead sending an underling from the office she has barely staffed in six months.

She acknowledged that only four of ten posts have been filled; she said there was only been an office since June. She blamed this on the UN budget process.

Rather than offer a critique of the UN peacekeepers' inaction -- it has now been shown that the UN knew of at least one of the rapes on July 30, and of at least 25 by August 10 -- Ms. Wallstrom chided the media to keep the focus on the rapists.

Inner City Press asked about known rapists still serving in the FARCD Congolese army: Bosco Ntaganda, an FARDC commander who walks around Goma at will, Colonel Zimulinda / Zimurinda, who the UN worked with even after UN expert Philip Alston named him as responsible for 50 rapes, and ex-warlord and kidnapper and murderer of UN peacekeepers Peter Kerim, made a colonel in the FARDC. Video here, from Minute 35:15.

In response, Wallstrom lamented that some in the FARDC are “people straight from the forest.” But will her office call for their arrest and apprehension? Video here, from Minute 37:22. Wallstrom seemed to say yes. We'll see.

Regarding Wallstrom's "straight outta the forest" comment, an African UN official tells Inner City Press that Wallstrom's "language" is causing consternation. Ironically, butquintessentially UN, Wallstrom may face accountability if at all not for her inaction, but for her language.

Footnote: something to be established is whether Wallstrom even gave her cell phone number to Roger Meece and other peacekeeping officials. To be informed of mass rape known to UN peacekeepers does not require the full staff of ten.



While Ms. Wallstrom said that the UN can't protect women in all conflict zones, it seems fair to ask why, while spending $1 billion, the UN can't protect women from mass multi-day rape 20 minutes from a UN peacekeeping base. Who will be held accountable? Those who looked away or those who dissembled after the fact? Why not both? To be continued.

* * *Part two: Live interview

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Best Chicken Caesar Salad...Mary's Killer Caesar Salad finished. Delicious! SOOO Healthy!

Oh, red wines and white; perfect mixtures of sweet olive oils and herbs and garlic, warm toast and the wonderful gift of Reggiano and Pecorino cheeses!

Sorry-- back to finish this thing!
I lived in Dallas with my beautiful friends Claudia and Marks and Alicia. ( the fabulous zambini family...heh...)
We ate in wonderful Italian restaurants. Some had ceilings that looked like faraway silver stars were glistening on deep faraway inky black skies;
 ...Between the tables ran little sparkling streams as if we were outdoors in an Italian Countryside...

I began to spend a lot of money eating out and realized i was getting addicted to the tableside Caesar salad...so, I asked about it and began to put together my recipe. I was told that a fine hotel restaurant in Mexico was the birthplace of this amazingly healthy and scrumptious feast. After-hours one night, the owner and some guests were in a poolroom or rec room, and got hungry. The main kitchen of the hotel was closed. They put together the ingredients they had at hand, and the Caesar salad was born...And, the daughter of the owner sells a bottled version of the dressing in grocery stores to this day, i understand.
_________


For now...I agreed to post this recipe for the Caesar salad that came from several months of interviewing, learning and experimentation...It always left us feeling great.


MARY'S KILLER CAESAR


First one must keep in mind that all ingredients change the outcome.

For example
 Romaine lettuce may be bitter or sweet depending on inner or outer leaves and the time it was picked. Also the varieties of Romaine have a different flavor.... I love to grow this lettuce.
 Lemons may be sweeter or more tart depending on how ripe they are.
The olive oil of course varies greatly in its richness or fruitiness, its sweetness or its spiciness.  I love Alessi. in a little jug.
Extra virgin olive oil for Caesar salad Alesssi

Pepper. Grind it, just a little is needed. Dried mustard.
The bread chosen for the croutons ( Hawaiian for me, or a hearty full grain). The Pecorino Romano and/or Reggiano Parmesans chosen for grating. The green herbs chosen to put on the croutons. Are you using a very fresh farm egg yolk?
Obviously one combination can result in a certain taste, while another combination will result in a different taste. You may lean towards a sweet or mild  salad, or a spicier, more tart and savory salad.
Add that to whether you're drinking it with ice cold Perrier or sparkling water, or a delicious sauvignon blanc or a sweet Chardonnay...

Besides the ingredients mentioned above, you will also need a very large bowl. I use two utensils, a rubber spatula and a spoon or slim pancake turner to gently mix.

You need Worcestershire sauce, and I prefer Lea & Perrins, the others are way too salty. Lea and Perrins has anchovies in it, but if you would like you may use a little bit of anchovy or anchovy paste as well.

some hints

1. The romaine lettuce should be washed thoroughly and put in the refrigerator so that it is ice cold and crisp when used later. I like the deeply formed leaves which one may find at organic stores often or grown in one's own garden. The deeply grooved leaves rather than flat factory grown Romaine can hold the flavors much better.

2. The olive oil should be extra virgin of course and one favorite has been Alessi in the little jug.
I love this stuff

3. Lemons, fresh ground pepper, worchester sauce, 1 or 2 very fresh egg yolks, ground dry mustard.

Wine to drink during preparation

4. Chicken--- only the brand "Smart Chicken" or a local humanely killed chicken, that is, a chicken that has lived a normal life, outside, happy... and was slaughtered in a humble and grateful manner.... read up on Smart Chicken; you will see what I mean. Plus it is the most delicious chicken $ can buy...

5. Garlic. Besides some nice powdered garlic, I take a couple of garlic cloves and warm them with some of the olive oil in a tiny cast iron skillet--- chopped finely while in the skillet with the oil, until the oil becomes extremely warm and the garlic becomes a bit soft. Then turn off the heat, do not cook or simmer.

6. Croutons!.   I pull apart Hawaiian bread into crouton-size chunks or cut/rip a nice whole wheat bread into small squares. I put them on a pan, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic and some green herbs (Italian Blends or perhaps summer savory), a bit of grated Romano or Parmesan cheese and put in the toaster oven until the bread is Toasty. You can undertoast it a bit and let it sit for an hour to get crisp. IF you use a nice whole grain bread like Dave's Killer Breads--be careful. the whole grains can get HARD when you toast. so, toast ever so lightly and let it sit in the over and dry out for an hour or two....



Have to run..Will edit tomorrow

You know what the French say, the best first course is anticipation...


OK here is how i make my Caesar Salad.

How to start.

Pour a glass of Sauvignon Blanc (in the summer).
Play some nice music. If you are in love, perhaps some old Bee Gees.

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First i wash the lettuce and if it is already crisp, i rip some of the large dark leaves into smaller pieces, separate the small inner leaves and put back in the fridge. If it is not crisp i wash and put in the fridge to crisp up for an hour, and rip it later. You may be using a whole head, or just the inside leaves if it is a huge head of lettuce. I guess after ripping into pieces (which are 2 or 3 inches by 2-4 inches in size) and separating smaller leaves, you will have 3-5 cups of lettuce...(The typical huge Caesar bowl is about 3/4 full but settles down as liquids are added...)


i put a little olive oil in a cast iron tiny skillet and chop up some fresh garlic cloves, maybe 2, and heat it gently in the oil. I let that cool, and add it when i add the olive oil later.

I extract a fresh farm egg's yolk. I then juice at least half or a whole lemon on top of the egg yolk in a small cup and let the lemon make the yolk clean and healthy. I also say grace for the good ingredients. Anything can make you sick, anything can make you healthy.... learn to cook and eat with a grateful heart. Say grace!

I take my bread, rip as described above in croutons! and prepare these sometimes even a day ahead of time.

I take a huge bowl and put the lettuce, ripped (sometimes i might cut the huge green leaves for color and nutrients) into pieces, into the bowl. I wipe out any water from the bowl with a clean napkin. I then sprinkle about a teaspoon, maybe up to 3 teaspoons of dried mustard powder onto the lettuce and lightly toss. then a teaspoon, maybe 2, of garlic POWDER and toss lightly. if you use anchovy or paste, you should put that in the bottom of the bowl first and it will slowly become incorporated, -- or you can mix it into the lemon/yolk mixture.

Now you have a big bowl full of lettuce with seasoning on it. you may add some fresh ground pepper, a tiny bit of Italian herbs or I just use summer savory, a wonderful green herb that tastes like pepper, if you like.
Add a tablespoon or two of the Worchestershire sauce and toss lightly.
 Now, mix the yolk and lemon briskly with a fork and pour into the bowl, again tossing lightly. You can add more lemon juice here, up to a full lemon and a half. Add a bit of anchovies paste or an anchovies for more punch. Taste.

The variations in amounts are due to your desire for light or heavy flavor, and how much lettuce is in your bowl.
You really need to taste as you go although until you do it a few dozen times, you won't know exactly how much suits you.

Now, after the lemon it should taste flavorful and a bit lemony. The lemon is going to be balanced by the oil and cheese. So, if you like a lot of cheese, you need to have plenty of lemon and Worcestershire sauce.

I have been known to put the bowl back in the fridge for a few minutes now. (After you add the oil and cheese, you need to serve it as soon as possible for the best taste. Don't get me wrong, i eat this a day or even 2 later, all wilted and weird, but for guests it's nice to have it perfect.)

So, now you add between a third and 3/4 of a cup of fine sweet extra virgin olive oil. Drizzle in and toss lightly. Finally, you will add a cup or more of  FRESHLY, finely grated Pecorino Romano and/or Parmesan. I like the stronger taste of Romano. I must warn, many stores carry bland versions of this cheese... not worth it. Spend the time and money to find a good strong flavorful cheese, grate it yourself. 
One afternoon in Washington D.C. a fine old woman behind the counter at an Italian grocery blanched when i asked her if she could grate my cheese.
 she asked, when are you using it? 
When i told her "tonight"--she was mollified and said, OK then....

Now you have two toppings...IF i may use the word toppings. These turn a healthy, delicious salad into a rich, fabulous, mouth-watering main course which is good enough to make a preacher cuss.
 The croutons, and the chicken.
 I cook my 2 Smart Chicken Breasts with full on spices, Monterey chicken spice, in a skillet in a bit of olive oil. Don't overcook. After resting for a few minutes, I then cut the chicken into pieces ranging from small to large bitesize.

Let the chicken and croutons be slightly warm, or room temperature, but not hot.

You can lightly toss the chicken and croutons, as they will soak up a bit of the spectacular dressing you just made and be the better for it. By lightly toss, i mean use the spatula and the spoon to gently lift and turn the contents of the bowl a few times. Gently! I know, you can arrange the chicken and croutons without tossing, and it looks so nice. That's OK.  It tastes better if you toss.
I sprinkle large shreds of romano or parm on top of the whole thing. a bit of pepper, coarse grind. a pinch of a green herb...

This meal will make your body feel good. It is good for the tastebuds, nutritional intake, intestine, and enjoyment while cooking.

I was asked to make this detailed enough for some friends to follow without error... hope this was accomplished!

Yes it will wilt in the fridge 24 hours later. So...no worries. I eat it until it is gone!

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