Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Jersey Democrats Trying To Snowball Governor Chris Christie

NRO O Governor,Where Art Thou, By Robert Costa, Dec 27,2010.

Gov. Chris Christie (R., N.J.) is catching heat from New Jersey Democrats over his administration’s handling of the blizzard. ABC News reports:

In New Jersey, where a post-Christmas blizzard dumped as much as 30 inches of snow in some parts of the state, the website PolitickerNJ reports that “some lawmakers Monday were grumbling” that Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, as well as Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno, also a Republican, “were on vacation at the same time,” leaving state Senate President Steve Sweeney – a Democrat – as the state’s Acting Governor.

State Sen. Ray Lesniak, Democrat, chided the two for not better coordinating their calendars, noting that state Office of Emergency Management officials “aren’t allowed to go on vacation at the same time.”

Lesniak then took the opportunity to slam Guadagno. “I supported the creation of a Lt. Gov.,” said Lesniak. “That was a mistake. We clearly don’t need one.”


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Why shouldn't the Governor of New Jersey get a family vacation? Wasn't the President of the United States on vacation in Hawaii? Was D.C. bereft of any need of snow removal?

I get why people are upset with Mike Bloomberg, Mayor of NYC., if you are a New Yorker attempting to salt your food he is all over you....but is he johnny on the spot when it comes to salting your roads? Not so much.

Snow happens, who is in charge of snow removal in New Jersey? Really the Governor of the state is in charge of snow removal? This must be the first time it ever snowed in New Jersey, and no one knew what to do SARC. It looks like Governor Christie, is coming home to a snowball fight. This is the best Democrats in the state of New Jersey can come up with? It reminds me of when hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, and Democrat Governor Blanco, was on vacation.....oh wait no she wasn't, she was in the Governor's mansion, she had already declared an emergency on August 26th. I remember the media blamed Blanco, for her response to the hurricane. Oh that's right they blamed President George W Bush, for the federal government's response to the aftermath of the hurricane Katrina. Does that mean New Jersey snow removal was President Obama's responsibility? I guess he shouldn't have taken that family vacation to Hawaii. Ah Democrats always trying to roll snow up hill, that's not the general direction of what commonly rolls down hill.

Governor Chris Christie, Anybody can get me any minute of any day, given the way we communicate now, by cell phone or text message or twitter for God's sake.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year - Life Is Da Bombe Edition

A New Year's greeting from America Plum,

Good morning, I thought I would write a day early and say Happy 2011 ! Oh my, what a cold end to the year ! Yesterday we woke up to 12 degrees, this morning it is 8 degrees.

Before the cold front came in, we had a nice moist snow this week, picture of snow bear below.

It's so cold in Idaho. How cold is it? The Bears are frozen stiff, and posing for photos. Below Cinnamon Bear, and although Sarah Palin was born in Idaho, you're not going to find this Bear featured on "Sarah Palin's Alaska"


Last night we had friends over to watch the show Who's Killing the Great Chef's of Europe. At the end of the show they try to kill the Pastry Chef with a bomb in her bombe, so I made a bombe for dessert, picture below also.

Life Is Da Bombe "Death By Chocolate - It's Just Desserts" America Plum's Bombe Making Recipe ;)

This is the cake, mousse next, the ganache.

The bombe was fashioned after Marcel Desaulniers’ (author of Death by Chocolate Cakes) Frozen Chocoalte Oh-Honey So-Fluffy Mousse Bombe.

Here are the recipes I used, not all exact to his.

The cake I used is Hershey’s perfectly chocolate cake. The recipe batter comes out thin, it is supposed to be. ½ of this recipe will be used for making the bombe, freeze the other cake layer for some other project, I don’t like trying to halve recipes. 350 degree oven. 2 nine inch greased and floured cake pans, must be 9 inch or recipe will over flow. Bake about 35 minutes.

2 C sugar

1-3/4 C flour

3/4C Hershey's cocoa

1-1/2 tsp baking powder

1-1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 C milk

½ C vegetable oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 C boiling water

Mix all pour in pans and bake.


Oh so fluffy mousse

5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chopped up

¼ C warm water

¼ cup honey

4 Tbsp granulated sugar

3 large egg whites

2 Cups heavy cream

Melt chocolate put in bowl. In a pan bring water, honey and 2 Tblsp sugar to boil at soft ball stage. Turn off. Beat egg whites in bowl until soft peaks form, add boiling sugar mixture slowly, beating on high, beat until very thick. Fold chocolate into egg mixture. Next in clean bowl beat whip cream into whip cream. Then fold cream into chocolate/egg mixture.

Reserve 2 Cups mousse for next mousse.

Chocolate Pecan Mousse

3 ounces coarsely chopped semi-sweet chocolate melted

1 C pecans broken up

2 C fluffy mousse

Fold altogether

Glaze

8 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped

½ C heavy cream

¼ C honey

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

Put chocolate in bowl, put other 3 ingredients in pan, bring to a boil and then pour over chocolate to melt and stir until smooth.

Creating the Bombe

Line a bowl with plastic wrap. Add oh so fluffy mousse. Add pecan mousse, press cake on top of mousse so air bubbles do not form. Freeze at least 6 hours. Take out of freezer, turn upside down on baking sheet equipped with wire rack. Remove all plastic wrap. Spoon glaze over top and move to cake plate. Freeze another 20 minutes, at least before serving. Decorate as desired. If getting fancy maybe use those tubes of cookie frosting in Supermarkets. I used left over glaze and a star tip.

Good Luck, America Plum

Trailer "Who's Killing The Great Chef's Of Europe"



That's about it for now, I hope you all enjoy the New Year - From the Plums In Idaho.