Saturday, March 08, 2014

What's Cooking at Our House: Quiche

A quiche makes a nice meal for special occasions.

It's too time-consuming to be regular fare, but a quiche makes a nice meal for special occasions. For those who have making a pie crust down, it's no big deal, but for the rest of us it requires some real effort.

The filling is basically vegetables, eggs and a sprinkling of cheese. Here's one ready to go in the oven:

My wife made this quiche for our French side of the family during our visit last October. The crust is grated potato rather than wheat flour--a variation that would work well for those with gluten intolerance:

I know it sounds strange to the derealized mainstream, but "A healthy homecooked family meal and a home garden are revolutionary acts."

What does derealization mean? It means we have lost contact with the real deal-- real food, real work, real romance, real community, real thinking, even real experience, as our experience is shaped and our consent manufactured.

Though all my books address the politics of experience and derealizationSurvival+ and Resistance, Revolution, Liberation develop the analysis most fully.

Growing food and preparing food are two anchors to the real world. Each is an act of caring and an engagement with the pleasures of living.

I am occasionally accused of being a smug elite for eating well. This reminds me of an old Dick Gregory joke in which he described the envy of an African-American worker's Anglo-American colleagues for his new Cadillac automobile. What the white guys didn't see, Gregory noted, was the Cadillac represented the daily sacrifice of 5,000 brown-bag lunches. The envious never see the sacrifices of others, they only see the positive result of 5,000 daily sacrifices and wonder why they can't have the same thing.

Having a garden and cooking are not as difficult as they're generally portrayed. They're the real deal, and that's their value, above and beyond all their other positive features. 

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The Revolution in Higher Education

Reconnecting higher education, livelihoods and the economyWith the soaring cost of higher education, has the value a college degree been turned upside down? College tuition and fees are up 1000% since 1980. Half of all recent college graduates are jobless or underemployed, revealing a deep disconnect between higher education and the job market.

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Things are falling apart--that is obvious. But why are they falling apart? The reasons are complex and global. Our economy and society have structural problems that cannot be solved by adding debt to debt. We are becoming poorer, not just from financial over-reach, but from fundamental forces that are not easy to identify. We will cover the five core reasons why things are falling apart:

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We are not powerless. Once we accept responsibility, we become powerful.

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