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A week or two ago, someone mentioned "Cookies From Kossacks" as a means of thanking the tireless volunteers who are working day in and day out to get more and better Democrats elected to offices across the country.

I love to cook, and so today my husband and I are taking the "cookie" notion a step farther. We're calling our effort "Cooking From Kossacks" and would like to invite you to join in.

So far today, I've made a double batch of peanut butter-Butterfinger cookie crisps. I had to put our leftover Halloween candy to use, otherwise we'd eat it and get fatter than we already are.

My husband, Old Abe, is at the moment making two huge trays of food: Victory Vegetarian Lasagna and Leftilicious Lasagna. We've also bought ingredients to deliver a gigantic Caesar salad.

When Old Abe is done in the kitchen, I'll return to make a double batch of chocolate chip cookies.

The cookies are labeled "Cookies for Kossacks" and include a note thanking everyone on behalf of the Kos community. The lasagnas will be labeled "Liberal Lunch Special" with the same thank you note.

I'll be working with the Darcy Burner (WA-08) campaign all day tomorrow, and I'll deliver the food to her office, which is a consolidated site for a number of Dem candidates.

On Election Day, I'll be out in the rain, providing folding chairs and loaning out my four umbrellas to voters standing in line as they await their chance to make history.

Won't you join us?

Originally posted to Auntie Neo Kawn on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 01:35 PM PST.

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  •  Can we have the recipies for the lasagnas? (5+ / 0-)

    And throw in the recipe for the peanut butter Butter finger crisps- those sound good.

    My son is a lasagna hound and I'm on the lookout for good lasagna recipes- esp. vegetarian ones.

    I wish I worked at your headquarters!
    (though we have had some mighty fine chili)

    •  I second the motion! n/t (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Auntie Neo Kawn, kyril

      Electing conservatives is like hiring a carpenter who thinks hammers are evil.

      by MA Liberal on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 01:59:40 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  You sure can (2+ / 0-)
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      Ckntfld, kyril

      This is going to be a seriously LONG comment:

      Peanut-Butter/Butterfinger Crisps
      2 cups white sugar
      1 cup light brown sugar
      2 eggs
      1/2 tsp baking soda
      1 1/2 tsp baking powder
      1 tsp salt
      1 cup butter
      1 1/2 cups peanut butter
      8-10 Fun-Size Butterfinger bars

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together sugars, butter, eggs, and peanut butter. In separate bowl, blend dry ingredients except candy bars. Combine creamed ingredients with dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Use a mallet or somesuch to lightly smash candy bars while still in wrappers. Remove candy bars from wrappers and add to cookie dough, mixing in carefully to prevent breaking up candy any further. Drop dough in rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes. Cookies will puff and appear undercooked when done...do NOT wait until browned or sugar from candy bars will begin to burn. Cool on wire racks.

      Lasagna (NOTE: Meat filling for non-veg and veg filling for veg version are below)
      1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
      1 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed with hands
      1 14.5 ounce can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
      1 6 ounce can tomato paste
      1 cup chopped onion
      3 cloves of garlic, minced
      1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
      1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
      2 teaspoons dried oregano
      1/4 teaspoon black pepper
      2 cups cottage cheese
      1 15 ounce container ricotta cheese
      1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
      1 egg white, lightly beaten
      12 cooked lasagna noodles
      8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
      1 tablespoon olive oil

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

      Add olive oil to large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onions and garlic until softened. Add all tomato ingredients and herbs. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat.

      Combine all cheeses (scant 2 ounces mozzarella and all Parmesan) with egg white. Set aside.

      For Vegetarian Filling:
      Peel and slice three eggplants and three zucchini. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat until grill marks form. Remove from heat and allow to cool enough to handle. Chop eggplant and zucchini and add to tomato mixture above before simmering.

      For Meat Filling:
      Brown one pound lean ground beef and two mild Italian sausage links, casing removed. Break into small pieces. When browned, add to tomato mixture above before simmering.

      To construct:
      Ladle 1/2 cup of tomato mixture onto bottom of baking dish. Arrange four noodles over the tomato sauce, top with half of cheese mixture and 2 cups tomato sauce. Repeat until baking dish is full. Spread remaining tomato mixture over noodles. Bake covered for one hour. Remove cover and sprinkle remaining Parmesan and mozzarella on top. Bake uncovered for ten minutes. Allow to rest at least ten minutes before serving.

  •  Great Idea! (6+ / 0-)

    I can throw a batch or two of cookies in tonight and take them to the office tomorrow!

    Thanks for the "Food for Thought"

  •  1 pork shoulder + 1/2 bottle of Goya mojo (7+ / 0-)

    Marinate overnight.  Cook 5+ hours at 275, until it's 180 inside.  Wait for it to cool so you don't burn your hands off--I hear they make silicone gloves but I don't have any.  Shred the pork, removing the really fatty bits.  Serves a whole bunch, on tortillas or rolls.

    -5.38/-3.74 I've suffered for my country. Now it's your turn! --John McCain with apologies to Monty Python's "Protest Song"

    by Rich in PA on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 01:43:52 PM PST

  •  Good for you! (4+ / 0-)
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    lvv, MA Liberal, Auntie Neo Kawn, kyril

    This is a great way to support the campaigns.

  •  Chili, white chili, coq au vin... (5+ / 0-)

    bbq chicken, spaghetti & meatballs, cole slaw, chicken soup, lasagna, fajitas, ziti & more pasta, mac & cheese...pb & j, cold cuts, bagels & cream cheese...fruit, juices, water, coffee, coffee, coffee...and tea.  Enjoy!

  •  Yesterday I dropped off snacks (3+ / 0-)
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    lvv, Auntie Neo Kawn, kyril

    at the county Dem headquarters (in the rain), but it was all store-bought stuff - candy and crackers.
     Maybe I'll get my butt in gear later today and/or tomorrow to bake something for another drop off.

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 01:59:33 PM PST

  •  Oh yes... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    lvv, Auntie Neo Kawn, kyril

    I've been told "real food" is better than sweets...especially for exercise we're getting.

  •  I have a neighborhood (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    lvv, Auntie Neo Kawn, Ckntfld, kyril

    breakfast set up for voters -- now up to 47 participants (from both parties).  This weekend I've baked 7 pounds of biscotti (easy to transport and distribute).  Some are going to the local volunteers, the rest to voters -- I won't have any Obama paraphenalia on.  

  •  Interesting you wrote this diary (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Auntie Neo Kawn, kyril, gatinha

    I'm bringing Chinese food to our small Democratic site/headquarters in about 3 hours. My contribution to the cause!

  •  How About Obama's Chili? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Auntie Neo Kawn, kyril

    and Michelle's Shortbread Cookies? Talk about comfort food....

    Obama’s Chili Recipe
    Ingredients:
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 green pepper, chopped
    Several cloves of garlic, chopped
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 pound ground turkey or beef
    1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
    1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
    1/4 teaspoon ground basil
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    Several tomatoes, depending on size, chopped
    1 can red kidney beans
    Method:
    Sauté onions, green pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add ground meat and brown. Combine spices together into a mixture, then add to ground meat. Add red wine vinegar. Add tomatoes and let simmer, until tomatoes cook down. Add kidney beans and cook for a few more minutes.
    Serve over white or brown rice. Garnish with grated cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream.

    Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies

    6 dozen 2-inch x 3-inch cookies

    Ingredients
    1-1/2  cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
    1-1/2  cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
    2  egg yolks
    2  tablespoons Amaretto (almond liqueur)
    1  teaspoon each orange and lemon zest
    3  cups cake flour (not self-rising)
    1/4  teaspoon salt
    1  beaten egg white
     Chopped nuts or dried fruit (optional)
    Directions

    1. Heat oven to 325°F. Line a 17 x 12 x 1-inch baking pan with nonstick foil. In large bowl, cream together butter and 1-1/2 cups of the sugar.
    1. Slowly add egg yolks, and beat well until smooth. Beat in Amaretto and zest.
    1. Stir in flour and salt until combined.
    1. Spread dough evenly into prepared pan, flattening as smoothly as possible.
    1. Brush top of dough with egg white; sprinkle with nuts or fruit (if using) and with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
    1. Bake at 325°F for 25 minutes or until brown, turn off oven and allow cookies to sit in oven (with door ajar) for 15 minutes. Cut while slightly warm.

    "Live right. Think left." Gregory Peck

    by bookwoman on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 02:17:50 PM PST

    •  Oh, serious yum (1+ / 0-)
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      kyril

      I have a Barack recipe of my own:

      Candidate Chicken
         1 boneless, skinless chicken breast per person being served
         3 dried poblano chiles, stems removed
         2 dried Anaheim chiles, stems removed
         1/2 cup olive oil
         1/2 cup lemon juice
         2 tablespoons crushed garlic
         2 whole green (scallion) onions, cleaned
         1 large shallot, coarsely chopped
         1.5 teaspoons ground black pepper
         1.5 teaspoons salt
         1 teaspoon garlic powder
         1 cup water

         2-3 bamboo skewers per chicken breast

         Cut the chicken breasts into cubes and place into a zipper bag. Combine all remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until relatively smooth (it should be a nice orange color with bits of onion and shallot visible). Pour half of mixture over chicken pieces in bag, adding water if needed to thoroughly coat. Retain other half of mixture and refrigerate both it and the chicken for 24 hours.

         One hour before cook time, soak skewers in water. Skewer chicken pieces (5-6 each usually is about right, depending on cube size). Prepare grill (indoor or outdoor) as per normal process. Grill the skewers for three minutes per side, basting often with remaining marinade.

         Serve with rice pilaf or roasted red potatoes and a salad. Yummy yummy.

  •  I took a spagetti dinner (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Auntie Neo Kawn, Ckntfld, kyril

    to Obama-Erie headquarters last week.  I had 5 lbs of hamburger from my butcher and made a roaster full of sauce, took the pasta and garlic bread down to those starving kids who have been working ceaslessly.  

    "Whoever wrote this alternative "plan" shouldn't merely be fired -- they should be fired into the sun." Hunter

    by tobendaro on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 02:18:25 PM PST

  •  I just got back from Phone banking in Montana! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Auntie Neo Kawn

    We just heard that we are now a toss up state and not a lean McCain.  It is even.  I will be working tomorrow and all day Tuesday.  I also feed the group tomorrow and Tuesday.  If you have a staging home or office close please take food by.  they can use the help and food.  We are turning MT blue!!!!!

  •  I called and emailed local headquarters (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Auntie Neo Kawn, MinervainNH

    to say I wanted to supply an entire meal (Im a caterer by trade).  No one ever got back to me.  Should I just drop off something simple?

    Draft Young Republicans!

    by lindsay nj on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 03:14:38 PM PST

  •  Easy Chili (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Auntie Neo Kawn

    Cook up 5 Lbs Hamburg, and then
    Add: 8 16 oz cans black beans
    Add: 4 Large Cans Diced Tomatoes
    Add: 1 Very Large container of Salsa
    finely diced carrots (about 3-4 carrots)
    4 Envelopes of dried chili mix
    3-4 T of Chili Powder
    3-4 T of Cumin
    Jar of Chilis

    Simmer for about 1 hour on low heat.  Serve with sour cream, grated cheese and taco chips on the side.

    optional: 1 cup dried macaroni: adds a bit of ummph to the chili.
    Don't forget to put cans into recycling.

  •  Anyone up for publishing a Campaign Cookbook? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Auntie Neo Kawn
  •  Darcie on the Radio (0+ / 0-)

    Gosh does this woman really know how silly she sounded? She is flooding the local tv with ads every five minutes and people are calling into the radio station to complain. Yikes.. hope we win with the absentee voters

    Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the enemy, but to win his friendship and understanding." -- 1958 MLK

    by Cascadia on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 08:20:46 PM PST

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