Results and Run-offs, Going to the Clinic, and Recipie

Good morning!
I’ve got a great dinner for you guys tonight and it’s easy. Sally made it last night (easy for me to say it was easy). It was great. More on that in a minute…
The news

Run-offs
In Des Moines the two big city council races go to a runoff December 1st.
That’s not the only place it happened.
In West Des Moines’ 1st District the incumbent runs off against the same challenger he had last election. In Windsor Heights as many as four candidates will have to run off for three spots. One of the four needed only one more vote to reach the threshold where she wouldn’t have needed to be a part of the runoff.
Do you need any more evidence you vote matters?
If you couldn’t find the time yesterday I respect your busy schedule. It took me longer to walk from the car than it did to vote. These people control millions of dollars of tax money, not to mention local business and economic development. These are the people that are in control of the things you see and do every day. Think about that next time you complain your street wasn’t plowed fast enough, or your trash wasn’t picked up or a pothole not filled in.
There has been no more important time to have committed public servants in office. I’m glad to see the competition for that right Tuesday.
Meanwhile on the National stage Republican win big in Virginia and New Jersey. Pollsters are focusing on the fact that voters say the President and his policies weren’t a factor. OK, how about the fact that these were centrist Republicans focusing on fiscal issues not social ones? BTW the guy who conservative Republicans put up as their poster boy in a HUGELY Republican district of New York got his lunch handed to him after the more centrist republican dropped out. I’m sorry to tell the people on the far left and right…you don’t represent most of us. For all of the screaming at each other on TV, I think Americans are probably more centrist than most politicians and talk show hosts would have you believe. There’s no money in it for the talk shows if we come to that conclusion on our own. Who wants to hear people agreeing with each other or finding common ground on the radio? Fighting is more entertaining, but it’s good to see the voters come to the conclusion that centrist politicians are better for governing.

Going to the Clinic
So I think we’re going to try to go to the Polk Co clinic and try to get the boys a shot again. Wish us luck. if you’re out there…I’d like your thoughts on the process and about the flu. News that a youngster her in Iowa died of complications from the flu can’t make anyone feel better about what’s still to come.

Recipe
So here it is, Rachel Ray’s Buffalo Sloppy Joe’s. I give this one HIGH marks. Sally said it was easy to make. Just for the record, I was watching the boys while she was cooking. I just don’t want anyone to think I had my feet up with my pipe and slippers on barking orders form a Barca lounger.
Sloppy Buffalo Joes
Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray, 2008

Prep Time:15 min
Inactive Prep Time Cook Time:15 min
Level:Easy
Serves:8 servings.

Ingredients
•2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
•2 pounds ground chicken or turkey breast
•1 carrot, peeled and chopped or grated
•2 stalks celery, chopped
•1 yellow onion, finely chopped
•2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
•Salt and freshly ground black pepper
•2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
•2 tablespoons brown sugar
•1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
•1/4 to 1/3 cup hot sauce (recommended: Frank’s Red Hot)
•1 cup tomato sauce
•1 cup chicken stock
•8 good quality burger rolls, split and toasted
•1 cup blue cheese crumbles
•2 large dill pickles, chopped

Directions
Heat a large skillet with extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add meat and break it up with wooden spoon, cook 5 to 6 minutes. Add in carrots, celery, onions and garlic, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, cook 7 to 8 minutes more. In a bowl combine the vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire, hot sauce, tomato sauce and stock. Pour into the pan and stir to combine. Simmer a few minutes more. Pile sloppy Buffalo filling onto buns and top with blue cheese and chopped pickles.

We used ranch instead of the Blue Cheese.

So there ya go. I hope you have a good day!
PWD