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Vic Biorseth, Sunday, September 08, 2013
For the most part, TV today is just crap. There's just not that much on that we can tolerate for very long. Even the best of current comedy shows are steeped in Modernist heresy, Scientism, Marxist-Leftist political agenda advancement and general anti-Christian and anti-American sentiment. We have really started to like the Tennis channel, and we have never even played tennis. That ought to tell you something.
EWTN has a lot of good stuff, but it lost it's fire, and its major pull for us, with the retirement of Mother Angelica. We miss her zealous defense of the true faith, taken to the level of challenging American Bishops. Now, nobody is doing that on TV at all. Catholic TV is now pretty Catholic, but, it is "Nice" Catholic. We don't belong to the Church of Nice. On the secular side of the street, we appreciate Glenn Beck's programming on Dish channel 212, with something finally challenging the mainstream media's absolute anti-Christian, anti-American lock on political news and commentary. There, on channel 212, we finally see some fire and some zeal, and some attempt to change things for the better.
Reality TV? Forget it. Screaming brides having temper tantrums is not for us. Life and the goings-on among the all the rich filthy pigs in the world of highfalutin celebrity-hood is not our cup of tea. There's not really that much that we can watch for very long without getting disgusted.
Gospel music, and country music in general. The horse channel; the outdoor channel; various hunting and fishing shows. Car shows, NASCAR, NHRA and hot rod shows. The home and garden channel, and the cooking channel have become default mainstays. Of them all the cooking shows are the most useful to us, because that's something we not only can do, but we have no choice. If we don't cook, we don't eat.
If I had to guess what heaven might smell like, I would guess that heaven smells like my Marcie's kitchen when she's cooking dinner. Spending more time watching the cooking channel gives us ideas to try, and we adopt many of them into our collection of "old standby" recipes. Besides all the great stuff Marcie already does, we have adopted such newer favorites, in our house, as Paula Dean's turkey-burgers, Rachel Ray's chunky tomato soup, and the Pioneer Woman's tangy brisket of beef; all wonderful dishes that taste as good as they smell.
We especially like the Pioneer Woman these days, not only because of the great dishes and recipes, but because of the wonderful little snapshots of their family life, living on a working ranch. It just seems to us that that's how an American family ought to live.
It makes me think of Glenn beck, a city boy, and his attempt to get into that kind of life in Texas. He talks about it on his radio show, and it is extremely entertaining to hear about his attempts to get back to nature and disconnect from the grid and the electronic network of America. On some part of his new property in Texas, he built some sort of stand-alone, off the grid, old time cabin of self-sufficiency.
The funny part (maybe not so funny for the money and time spent) about it was that none of the alternative power sources worked. The solar panels didn't produce as advertised (and the sun dosen't shine at night,) the batteries didn't perform as advertised, the wind turbines didn't generate as advertised (and the wind doesn't always blow,) etc., etc., etc. None of the alternative energy stuff works yet; it's just not ready for prime time.
So, he had to go back to kerosene and candles for light, and diesel (or whatever) generators, and wood chopping and burning, and so forth. Also, his riding and herding learning explanations were pretty funny. He had trouble mowing straight lines with his tractor, and couldn't understand why all the other tractor drivers around plowed and mowed and harvested, etc., in perfectly straight rows, while his were always crooked and cock-eyed.
The upshoot of all of that experience was that, he would be better off to pay an experienced tractor driver to tend his fields for him.
Maybe that's all kind of far off track, from something about cooking, but it was interesting, and so I thought I'd tell you about it. In all likelihood, the Pioneer Woman's youngest children could probably do a better job of riding, roping, herding, driving tractors and everything else that needs to be done on any farm or ranch than Glenn Beck. And that's no slam on Glenn Beck; I think it's wonderful what all he's doing. But it's a strong statement of fact that the best farmers and ranchers and cowboys grow up doing it. You just don't learn all that stuff from any book or from any college course of training. I'm a city boy, too, and I couldn't do all that stuff either.
But I love watching other people do it well. That's why we love to visit Amish country now and then.
Anyway, the cooking channel has taken over a major portion of our "entertainment" TV. The only part we don't care for are all the various kinds of cooking contests, competitions and challenges. We just like the, simple pure cooking shows. Robert Irvine's Restaurant Impossible is an unusual favorite, especially the parts where he shows the cooking staff new dishes. He (and all good chefs) does this stuff so fast, and so easy. If we see something we want to try, we have to go look it up on the computer and get the recipe.
The one that made us sit straight up and take notice was when he showed some restaurateurs how to wrap baby-back ribs in cellophane plastic wrap, and put them in the oven, rather than on the grill.
Wow. I mean, double wow.
He removed the hard, tough membrane-skin from the inside of the rack of ribs - not an easy task, for us - and then applied a dry rub to both sides. (You can find the recipe on the cooking channel website.) Then, he tightly wrapped it in plastic wrap and put it in the oven at 250 degrees for two hours. (The key is the low temperature.) If you put plastic wrap on a hot burner, of course, it will melt and burn away. But if you wrap meat in it, and put it in a lower temperature oven, for a limited time, it does not melt.
After two hours, he took it out and let it stand for about ten minutes. Then, he cut the cellophane off with shears and put the ribs, meat side up, in either an oven on broil (about 550 degrees) or in one of those fancy "salamander" cookers with the burners above the meat, for just 3 or 4 minutes, just to brown the meat.
We did it; it works; it's wonderful; the meat just falls off the bone. It is exceptionally tasty, and it fills the whole house with a wonderful aroma of good cooking. And it's a whole lot less messy than slopping up a barbecue grill outside. When you open up the cellophane, the steam and juice that comes out just smells fantastic, and the meat is as tender as it could ever be expected to get.
We did two racks at a time, each divided in two to make them fit the cellophane better, and put them on two cookie sheets to put them in and out of the oven.
This has become one of our "old stand by" recipies; from now on, this is how we will do ribs at our house. If you're concerned about all the scientistic theories about plastic dooming the planet, and carcinogens being released by heat into the meat we eat, well, if we get cancer from this, I'll do another webpage to warn you about it just before we die.
In the meantime, I've got a good idea of what Heaven smells like.
It's well seasoned baby back ribs coming out of Marcie's oven.
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Date: Mon Sep 09 15:19:23 2013
From: Mike Gent
Location: Saratoga Springs,NY
The only thing my wife and I watch on EWTN is the show about G.K. Chesterton "The Apostle of Common Sense". Highly recommended and definitely not the Church of Nice! This genius predicted all the perils of our times at the beginning of the 20th century. A saintly,prescient and very humorous man who is sadly unknown today.
Keep up the good work,
Date: Mon Sep 09 18:55:04 2013
From: Vic Biorseth
Yes, I love Chesterton. I recommend his book titled Orthodoxy. I love that show on EWTN too; unfortunately, my wife can hardly stand the actor who plays Chesterton, and the accent and manerisms. Even more unfortunately, I think that's really how Chesterton looked and how he talked; in all probability the actor is doing an excellent job of imitating Chesterton.
You are right; the content of his words contain such nuggets of brilliance as are rarely heard or read in contemporary oratory or literature today. His words are a real treasure.
Date: Mon Sep 09 16:42:18 2013
You didn't mention the wet sauce. Did you put barbecue sauce on before putting them back in the oven?
Date: Mon Sep 09 19:10:00 2013
From: Vic Biorseth
No; Robert Irvine did, but we didn't. We just went with the dry rub, and it came out great.
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014
From: Vic Biorseth
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Date: Fri Sep 06 18:32:03 2019
Location: St Aug Fl
Roberts Ribs, I tried this EXCELLENT recipe at least 15 times and have fine tuned the time and temp. First thing you should know is the meat should not ever “fall off the bone” that is major crime are labeled OVER COOKED!
Anybody who knows anything about Quality or Competition BBQ that’s a big No No and points are deducted from you (if they don’t run you off the property) You should be able to bite the meat cleanly off but the remaining meat stays on. Try the wrapped ribs at 220° for 2hrs if you have a probe it should read 190° then sauce and broil 3-4 min pull it sauce again broil 3-4 minutes and rest for 10min. Now if you really want to blow your peeps minds. When you pull the ribs out. Rest for 10min BUT Before you cut the Plastic wrap off, hold vertically cut a hole at the bottom and drain juices into a saucepan add your favorite bbq sauce and a cube of butter and stir up while your finishing the ribs in the broiler. You just made a killer finishing sauce.
Date: Sat Sep 7 2019
From: Vic Biorseth
The best rib sandwich I ever ate came out of one of those smoked rib contest events. The guy put four ribs on a bun, put the lid on, pressed down gently on the top and very easily pulled the bones right out of the sandwich, leaving every bit of the meat in there. Those were some of the best ribs I ever ate.
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Our argument against public despair, hopelessness and pessimism re the future. Despair is a mortal sin, the opposite of the virtue of hope; it is a sin unto the death of the soul, a repudiation and rejection of God’s grace.
On Threats to America's National Existence. A look at the nature of our national existence, what makes us America, physical threats to that, and the possibility of just going out of existence.
On the ethics of language: English dictionary Vs. Political-Correctness taboos. Language evolves, yet morals are (or should be) fixed. This poses questions re the ethics of language.
Thinking Catholic direction: threats to America, Church, Ethos, even History. The Thinking Catholic Direction is multi-faceted, facing threats to American National Existence, Catholic Liturgy, our common Guiding Ethos - emphasis changes to meet the threat of the moment.
Catholics learn and practice Glossalalia, in the Life In The Spirit seminars. Life in the Spirit seminars, fueling the Catholic Charismatic renewal, bring tongue-speaking "Glossalalia" and being "Slain in the Spirit", into Catholicism.
The website is going on hold for at least the next five weeks. Business calls, and I must respond. Will be traveling, and not taking the laptop this time.
Current Website Status. Still too busy for individual responses to questions, comments & criticisms.
Our 2006 Ohio Voter Guide. The choices are quite clear, and the 2006 Ohio Voter Guide was easy to produce
On carrying my Lord, Jesus Christ, in my pocket. As a Eucharistic Minister, I am on occasion carrying the Lord Jesus in my pocket. It's a wondrous thing.
A 2006 Christmas and Hanukkah wish. May the Holy Days we celebrate remind us all of who we are, and how we are different from other peoples.
Current Democratic Party platform reveals anti-Semitic streak among Liberals. In their voting, their speechifying, and in the slant of their controlled mainstream media reporting, the current Democratic Party Platform is made clear to all observers.
The "Left", and The DaVinci Code, The Passion, and Cartoons of Mohammed. You can tell a lot about a movement by its public words. The Passion? "Unreservedly Bad." The DaVinci Code? "Unreservedly Good." Anything to do with Islam? "No Comment."
Who's driving the Health Care bus? Health insurance companies grading doctors? Health insurance companies grading doctors: a legitimized conflict of interest. A preparatory step toward the nationalization of the health insurance industry?
On the forced use of medical boiler plate language rather than simple notes. The "little dictators" from insurance companies and government bureaucracies force MDs to use stilted, verbose, medical boiler plate language in their own documentation.
Home For Christmas 2008. Website Getting Active Again.
Hydrogen power could be, and should be, the wave of our automotive future.Any move toward hydrogen power is a move toward a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and away from our dangerous dependency on oil.
Thoughts in remembrance of 09/11/2001, five years later. The changing shape of the war, the changing shape of the enemy.
The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.
Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC.There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.
Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.
What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite?I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic. But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.
Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE NuVo Initiative still stands pat.
The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard" The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.
Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.
Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.
Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.
Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.
Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.
"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great). Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.
Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture. What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?
If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it? Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility. If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?
So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible. Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.
Taking a look at Illegal Immigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem.
First journal / blog entries when the thinking catolic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing.
On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006 Adding items to book store.
Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.
Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.
Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.
Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.
The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now. Well … so what?
Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace. Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.
Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.
Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine life without the USA?
More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.
Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.
Website Status Update 11/09/10 Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.
Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.
A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense. Why?
God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.
Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.
Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.
Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithuanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania.
The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.
Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.
We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?
Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper. The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.
Get behind these Tea Party Candidates. The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.
Ecce homo; Behold the man. Ecce Homo. Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.
When your system slows down or hangs, it's time for a Total System Reboot. America, the World, and even the Catholic Church may need a Total System Reboot.
"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
Truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.—Winston Churchill
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.—Ayn Rand
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