A Pre-Wednesday’s Forum

The words so sweet

Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Kathy says:

    I see someone’s been playing with the DeLorean again.

    I’m stuck at work with a lot to do, but not much willingness to do it. The Poblanos are at it again, having not awarded most of their social programs last month. I seriously think General Zaragoza made a big mistake.

    Anyway, I thought I’d share one of my favorite simple* recipes:

    2 lb. shredded beef (cooked weight)
    380 gr. tomato puree or tomato sauce (thick)
    1 onion cut in large pieces
    2-3 (or more) cloves of garlic, chopped
    Paprika (at a guess, i think I used like 1-1.5 tbsp.
    Cooking oil
    Pepper (and salt if you must)

    Simply saute the onion to taste, add the garlic and pepper and saute an additional minute, then add the tomato puree or sauce and let it warm up a bit (don’t let it bubble). Add paprika, stir, and add the beef. Again let it heat up a bit stirring from time to time. When it begins to bubble, it’s done.

    *Simple recipe: one with a minimum of prep beforehand and washing afterwards. It helps to buy the beef already cooked.

  2. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Kathy: Sounds good. Will it work with ground beef? (I ask because shredded beef in difficult to come by where I live–precooked or otherwise.)

  3. Kathy says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:

    Maybe. I’ve only done a couple of times, always with shredded beef, not ground. But as I’ve used up all my precooked beef, I may just try it with ground and see how it does.

    I think I should use more oil and brown the beef, too. Even shape it into little meatballs, if I can find the patience. They won’t hold up without mixing in egg, and I don’t think that would be a good idea for this recipe. We’ll see.

  4. Kathy says:

    Hm. Another Trump book, this one by his niece, Mary, promising all sorts of salacious and humiliating details.

    Odd how an obstinate illiterate has generated so many books. But reading the short article, I learned a few things:

    Trump’s family makes each other sign NDAs.
    Trump’s late brother’s name was Fred Jr., which explains why El PITO is said to dislike his given name.
    He was ugly even as a young man. Not as ugly as he has become, of course, youth hath its privileges (and is definitely wasted on the young).

    I expect I’ll read the previews and reviews and not waste any money on the finished product. But Trump’s base definitely ought to buy as many copies as they can lay their hands on, to keep other people from reading it. Especially all Kindle copies.

  5. sam says:

    Headline seen on twitter:

    BREAKING: Four NY police officers turned into a newt by Goth Lesbian in SoHo.

  6. Jax says:

    TWO Wednesday Forums?! Master has given Dobby a sock! Dobby is now freeeeeeee….. 😉

    Sorry, I haven’t had my coffee yet, thought I was seeing things and maybe it was actually Thursday…but all available data shows that it is, indeed, only Wednesday and I am not losing my mind!

  7. @Jax: SLT forgot to change the date again.

  8. Kathy says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:

    I like the DeLorean hypothesis better.

  9. CSK says:

    Do tell.

    Me too.

  10. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @sam: Four turned into one single newt? Wa! That’s powerful!