lummi island wine tasting january 8 ’21

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Bread is Back!

Multi Grain-  Uses a preferment where a portion of the flour, water, salt & yeast is mixed and fermented overnight before mixing the final dough to begin the enzymatic activity and gluten development overnight in a cool environment. The next day it is mixed with bread flour and fresh milled whole wheat and rye, then flax, sunflower and sesame seeds are added for a nice bit of crunch and some extra flavor.  – $5/loaf

Rosemary Olive Oil – also made with prefermented dough like the multi grain and then mixed with bread flour and a bit of freshly milled white whole wheat for a little more flavor and texture. Fresh rosemary from the garden and olive oil to make for a nice tender crumb and a nice crisp crust. A great all around bread – $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Fruit & Spice Rolls – A nice change of pace after all those holiday sweets. About half whole wheat but still have plenty of butter, sugar and egg for flavor and a tender crumb. Dried cranberries, golden raisins, and fresh oranges, and an interesting mix of anise, cinnamon, mace and cardamom are topped with demerara sugar before baking for that extra bit of sweetness and crunch. – 2/$5

 

Wine Emergencies…Who Ya Gonna Call?

While Covid continues to limit our movements and associations, we will continue to help you keep your wine shelves topped up.  We know how it is…one minute the wine shelves are reassuringly stocked, and the very next day you reach for something and OMD, where did it all go?? It happens to all of us during these undifferentiated days and weeks of semi-quarantine.

But fear not, mis amigos! When a wine emergency strikes YOUR wine pantry, just click on the Order Wine link in the header above to browse our list of currently available wines with tasting notes and prices. When you have made your selections you can phone us with your order or email us using the Contact Us link above. We will confirm your order and make arrangements for pickup/delivery at your convenience. EZ-PZ!

 

 

 

 

Mar a Lago Update: Long National Nightmare Almost Over

Four years ago, in late February of 2017, just a month after the “Biggest Inauguration Ever,” and the contemporaneous worldwide Women’s March, many of us were still in Denial that this disaster from Galactic Left Field had somehow actually really happened. Below are excerpts of a letter I sent to Senator John McCain at that time. Though time has confirmed our reason to be concerned, no one except perhaps Michael Cohen could possibly have imagined how bad it might really get.

Dear Senator McCain,

Thank you for your excellent speech at the recent Munich Security Conference. As a fellow graduate of the Naval Academy (’67), I share your deep concerns about the rise of Authoritarianism both in Europe and here in the United States, and was reassured by your strong position on preserving our common values.

Your comments also suggest that you are as disturbed as many fellow Americans that a man as singularly unqualified as Donald Trump should have somehow become President of our country. He consistently demonstrates a severe narcissistic personality disorder, the emotional maturity of a spoiled child, and the critical thinking ability of Lewis Carroll’s Mad Hatter.

Perhaps no quality of leadership is more important or less appreciated than maintaining a steady and reassuring hand on the tiller.  Yet each day Mr. Trump remains in office adds more chaos and confusion, upsets long-established expectations at home and abroad, and undermines our ability to achieve and maintain our strategic and economic interests around the world.

Beyond the issue of his ability to meet the demands of the office, serious questions have also arisen about Mr. Trump’s financial ties to Russia and other foreign governments, with frightening implications for our nation’s security. Therefore Congress must insist that he release his tax returns, divulge in detail all financial relationships, and divest from all that present even the merest hint of conflict of interest. These security concerns must transcend party politics, and you are in a unique position to be a unifying force on this important issue.

Fast forward to today, four years later, and events of the last 24 hours have recalled to us Gerald Ford’s remarks as he was sworn in as President on August 9, 1974, just minutes after the official resignation of Richard Nixon:  My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.” And in a way it was, through the Ford and the Carter 70’s, when ordinary people did pretty well. But since Reagan took over in 1981, real (adjusted for inflation) wages have remained essentially constant while all the gains from increasing worker productivity have ballooned the pockets if the 1%.

Yesterday’s occupation of the Capitol by Fox-fed, brain-dead, Trump-led zombies and a growing authoritarian Republicanism is a wake-up call we ignore at our peril. Every Congressional Republican who supports the Big Lies of “Voting Irregularities” and “Rigged Elections” is now exposed as a fascist-racist Authoritarian. Their sense of Entitlement to Power. Their Disdain for critical thinking. Their disgust with Diversity. Their inability to speak without yelling. Fear-biters. For at least the next ten years we turn our backs on them at our peril.

 

 

 

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