Monday, September 25, 2017

Bistecca alla Pizzaiola with Mozzarella

Today we are making a really fun, tasty and easy dish that we adapted from a vintage 1950s Canadian cookbook that had a variety of "international" recipes of varying authenticity. Called "Recipes From Many Lands" it was put out by the Westfair grocery store chain and included a recipe for Bistecca alla Pizzaiola.



Bistecca alla Pizzaiola is a dish that is from the Naples area in Italy. Like the more traditional dish their recipe results in steak that has a pizza-style flavour though unlike tradition this recipe had the steak being baked rather than braised as well as covered with cheese. It also uses more inexpensive cuts such as sirloin tip or chuck steak.

While perhaps not traditional, with some modifications we made to kick it up a bit, this version of the dish is really quite delicious.

To make it, first arrange your steaks in a single layer on a shallow baking pan. You want to try to get steaks that are around an inch thick. As stated above, sirloin tip or other less expensive cuts are what you want to use. (Sometimes these cuts are sold as "simmering steak").

We made three steaks with the measurements listed here.

Season the steaks with the following:

1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
3 minced cloves of garlic
salt to taste
liberally with black pepper

Once the steaks have been seasoned pour a large can of tomato sauce over them (around 700 ml). If you can use one that is seasoned with basil that works even better. I used President's Choice Tomatoes First Tomato Sauce with Basil.

After you have covered the steaks evenly with the sauce, drizzle about 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil evenly over it. Then sprinkle it with some chopped fresh basil. Finally, add one minced small red hot chili pepper or sprinkle to taste with red chili pepper flakes. While this last step is optional, I strongly recommend it.



Put the steaks into an oven preheated to 350 degrees and bake them for 1 1/2 hours.

After the time is up remove from the oven but keep the oven hot. Top each steak with as much grated mozzarella cheese as you want and reason allows! You can also, as an option, top the steaks with things like chopped green or black olives (or both), sliced mushrooms, green pepper, etc. Be sure to put the cheese on last though.



Put the pan back in the oven and bake for around another 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and browned to your liking.



Serve each steak covered in the sauce, any toppings and the melted cheese. The beef should be very tender and the classic pizza flavours will shine through.



Goes great with garlic bread, a Caesar salad and some red wine.

You can also use this recipe, though you will have to modify the cooking, to make with veal chops or chicken breast.

Enjoy.

See also: Beef Short Ribs Charcoal Barbecued with Homemade BBQ Sauce

See also: Beef Roast with an Onion Jus

Sunday, September 24, 2017

U.S. Crimes in Vietnam Book 2, 1967

Vintage Leftist Leaflet Project

See the end of this post for details on the project.

Leaflet: U.S. Crimes in Vietnam Book 2 

With a new American documentary attempting to give an allegedly "balanced" approach to the American imperialist war of aggression against the people of Vietnam in the 1960s and 70s, (while still managing to get it wrong on facts such as that the "Gulf of Tonkin Incident" was a total American fabrication as is widely known), we posted a leaflet about American crimes committed during the illegal bombing of North Vietnam.


Today we share the final part of a three part look at the leaflet "U.S. Crimes in Vietnam". From 1967 it outlines in great detail American brutality as well as the widespread usage of chemical warfare by the Americans.

It is worth noting that as we now know:
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed 20 million gallons of chemicals, including the very toxic Agent Orange, on the forests and farmlands of Vietnam and neighboring countries, deliberately destroying food supplies, shattering the jungle ecology, and ravaging the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Vietnam estimates that as a result of the decade-long chemical attack, 400,000 people were killed or maimed, 500,000 babies have been born with birth defects, and 2 million have suffered from cancer or other illnesses. In 2012, the Red Cross estimated that one million people in Vietnam have disabilities or health problems related to Agent Orange.

Here in Book 2 it is outlined how Americans extensively used chemical weapons during their illegal war of aggression in Vietnam. 

The first part of this series was U.S. Crimes in Vietnam: Embattled Vietnam, while the second part was U.S. Crimes in Vietnam Book 1 - The Biggest War Criminals in Our Era

 (Click on scans to enlarge)

















When The Left Chapter began part of what I wanted to do on the blog was to show and highlight vintage public leftist election/political leaflets and booklets. While many of these have been offered with commentary to date, a very large collection of hundreds of them from several different sources remains and to preserve these often quite rare documents we will be posting them on a regular (almost daily) basis now often without or with minimal commentary so that people may have access to them as quickly as possible as an historical resource. 

While these will all be leaflets from a variety of different leftist viewpoints and countries, they are being posted as an historical/study resource and the views or opinions expressed in them do not necessarily reflect the views of this blog or blogger.

All of these posts (as well as posts made to date) will be listed on the page: Vintage Communist/Socialist Leaflets  (which is still being updated with past posts).

If you have any public, vintage leaflets or booklets you would like to contribute to this project please contact us via theleftchapter@outlook.com

Anthem Protests, Vietnam Revisionism, Korea and more -- The Left Chapter Sunday Reading List September 17 - 24


This week's list of articles, news items and opinion pieces that I see as must reads if you are looking for a roundup that should be of interest to The Left Chapter readers.



This list covers the week of  September 17 - 24. It is generally in order of the date of the article's release.

1) Food bank usage in Toronto back to recession-era levels, report says

Fatima Syed, The Toronto Star

Suzanne Davison, a 72-year-old who lives in federal co-op housing in Toronto with her 63-year-old brother, goes to her local food bank every week.

Read the full article

2) Voters overwhelmingly support Jeremy Corbyn's policy agenda, poll finds

Joe Watts, The Independent

The British public has given overwhelming backing to major parts of Jeremy Corbyn’s policy agenda, new polling has revealed.

Read the full article.

3) Kinew needs to come clean, NDP needs to speak up

Melissa Martin, Winnipeg Free Press

Seven years ago, on a breezy day in late August, my live-in partner put his hands around my throat and slammed me into our couch. We’d been arguing, again, and this time his anger lashed out like lightning, a sudden electric shock.

Read the full article.

4) Indigenous MLA's attempt at damage control too little, too late

Gordon Sinclair Jr., Winnipeg Free Press

I hadn’t expected the message Tara Hart’s older sister and mother had waiting for me when I called Sunday afternoon to see how they were doing after they had finally shared their feelings about Wab Kinew in that morning’s Free Press.

Read the full article.

5) Documents show B.C. ‘Climate Leadership Plan’ was cooked up in Calgary boardroom of powerful petroleum industry lobby

David Climenhaga, Alberta Politics

Using documents obtained through a Freedom of Information filing, the British Columbia office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has discovered B.C.’s former Liberal Government’s “Climate Leadership Plan” was almost entirely cooked up at secret meetings with oil and gas industry representatives in the Calgary boardroom of the country’s most powerful fossil fuel industry lobby group.

Read the full article.

6) “Ossies,” former East Germans, compare socialist youth with life under capitalism

John Wojcik, People's World

A crowd gathered at the Babylon Theater here Saturday for an annual memorial for Dean Reed, the American “rebel,” rock star, and filmmaker who famously defected to “East Germany” (the German Democratic Republic, or GDR) in 1972. Those in attendance were among Reed’s most ardent fans, of whom he had many thousands in the GDR when he died in 1986.

Read the full article.

7) Jews in Texas are already in hiding from neo-Nazis, high holiday service to be held at a secret location

Steve Russell, Newsweek

There's an apocryphal story from WWII that when the Nazis started requiring the Jews under their control to wear gold stars, the Danish King donned one himself and suggested his subjects do the same. It’s an inspiring story, and it ought to be true, but it is mere folklore in the service of the more mundane historical truth: the Danes saved most of their Jewish population from the Holocaust, but by more conventional methods.

Read the full article.

8) Burns and Novick, Masters of False Balancing 

Jerry Lembcke, Public Books

When Karl Marlantes takes the screen during the new PBS film series The Vietnam War, he says coming home was nearly as traumatic as the war itself. Later, he describes being assaulted by protesters at the airport, invoking the image of spat-on Vietnam veterans, an image that Los Angeles Times editorial writer Michael McGough said in 2012 was based on a myth. An edifying myth, McGough called it, but still a myth.

Read the full article.

9) Ken Burns’s Vietnam Documentary Promotes Misleading History

Jeremy Kuzmarov, Vietnam Full Disclosure

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary on the Vietnam War began airing on PBS last night after much anticipation.

The film follows previous Burns works in providing poignant footage mixed with compelling interviews and a backdrop of good music, starting in this case with Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall.

Despite the counter-cultural veneer, however, and admirable efforts to provide a Vietnamese perspective, Burns and Novick’s film in its first episode provides conventional analysis about the war’s outbreak and can be understood as a sophisticated exercise in empire denial.

Read the full article.

10) Getting the Gulf of Tonkin Wrong: Are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick “Telling Stories” About the Central Events Used to Legitimize the US Attack Against Vietnam?

James Williamson, Counterpunch

This past spring I attended an advance screening of excerpts of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary about the US War against Vietnam at Harvard, with these two in attendance, along with some Kennedy School “national security” types, who had evidently been recruited as “consultants.” (I was happy to see Peter Davis, the director of the truly commendable “Hearts and Minds” in the audience, to whom I had a chance to say “hello” before I left. Peter is himself a Harvard grad, is now writing novels and, happily, was acknowledged by Ken Burns as he began the post-screening discussion.)

Read the full article.

11) How AIDS campaigners joined the fight to pimp prostitution 

Julie Bindel, Newsweek

The HIV/AIDS movement is widely understood as one that focuses on civil rights and health care for vulnerable groups. The popular perception is that the AIDS movement is made up of human rights campaigners, medical experts and scientists, searching for the best prevention methods and, eventually, a cure. What is far less widely known is that the AIDS movement, and the vast amounts of money attached to it, has done more to shape policy, practice and legislation on the global sex trade than any other movement in history.

Read the full article.

12) Why are housing association flats lying empty when Grenfell survivors need them?

David Batty, The Guardian

In the heart of Chelsea, not far from Kings Road, more than 150 social housing flats stand empty on an estate set up over a century ago by the philanthropist William Sutton to house “the poor of London and other towns”. The four red-brick blocks, part of the Sutton estate, are at the centre of a long-running battle between local residents and England’s largest housing association, Clarion Group. This dispute has intensified in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire in the same borough.

Read the full article.

13) ‘Radical reverend’ NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo is leaving politics for the church

Kristin Rushowy, The Toronto Star

Parkdale—High Park representative, well-known advocate of LGBTQ rights, will be minister at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for Faith, Arts and Justice in downtown Toronto.

Read the full article.

14) There is a way to prevent so many teenage girls being depressed – but no one wants to admit it

Glosswitch, The Indepndent

Pity the girl who’s wearing a bra before she leaves primary school; already she’s ventured over the top, into a no man’s land of groping, cat calls and adult disapproval.

Read the full article.

15) Cuba calls Trump's U.N. address 'unacceptable and meddling'

Reuters

Cuba on Tuesday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest comments about the island as “disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling,” while reiterating it was not involved in the alleged incidents that had harmed U.S. diplomats in Havana.

Read the full article.

16) Spain crisis: 'stop this radicalism and disobedience,' PM tells Catalan leaders

Sam Jones and Stephen Burgen, The Guardian

Spain’s prime minister has called on Catalan separatist leaders to end their “escalation” as several thousand people took to the streets of Barcelona to protest at Madrid’s attempts to stop a banned referendum on independence.

Read the full article.

17) Unknown to most Americans, the US ‘totally destroyed’ North Korea once before

David McNeill, The Irish Times

Foreign tourists in North Korea are invariably steered to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum in Pyongyang, which documents the isolated nation’s crucible years: the 1950-53 war that split the Korean Peninsula in two.

Read the full article.

 18) LeBron James calls Trump a 'bum,' others react to President uninviting Curry to WH

Stephen Pimpo Jr. , WJLA

The sports world was quick to react following President Donald Trump's tweet that Steph Curry was no longer invited to the White House.

Read the full article.

19) Trump in angry row with sports stars after withdrawing Warriors invitation

Bryan Armen Graham, The Guardian

Donald Trump was the subject of startlingly strong abuse from major sports stars on Saturday, after he criticised NFL players protesting against racial injustice and withdrew an invitation for the NBA-champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House, breaking a tradition dating back to the Reagan years.

Read the full article.

20) Athletics' Bruce Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during national anthem

ESPN

Oakland Athletics rookie catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem when he did so before Saturday night's 1-0 home victory against the Texas Rangers.

Read the full article.

21) Stevie Wonder joins #takeaknee protest against Trump's attack on NFL players

The Guardian


Stevie Wonder has shown his solidarity with sports stars who were criticised by US president Donald Trump for kneeling on the field during the national anthem.

Read the full article.

22) Jaguars, Ravens players kneel during anthem in response to Trump's criticism

Brandon Carter, The Hill

Multiple players on the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars knelt during the playing of the national anthem Sunday at the first NFL game since President Trump’s criticism of players taking a knee.

Read the full article.

See also: Climate Change, Tara Hart, Inequality and more -- The Left Chapter Sunday Reading List September 10-17

See also: Macdonald, Conrad Black, Kate Millett, Bill 62 and more -- The Left Chapter Sunday Reading List September 3 - 10

Friday, September 22, 2017

U.S. Crimes in Vietnam Book 1 - The Biggest War Criminals in Our Era 1967


Vintage Leftist Leaflet Project


See the end of this post for details on the project.


Leaflet: U.S. Crimes in Vietnam Book 1 - The Biggest War Criminals in Our Era


With a new American documentary attempting to give an allegedly "balanced" approach to the American imperialist war of aggression against the people of Vietnam in the 1960s and 70s, (while still managing to get it wrong on facts such as that the "Gulf of Tonkin Incident" was a total American fabrication as is widely known), we posted a leaflet about American crimes committed during the illegal bombing of North Vietnam.

Today we share part two of a three part look at the leaflet "U.S. Crimes in Vietnam". From 1967 it outlines in great detail American brutality as well as the widespread usage of chemical warfare by the Americans.

It is worth noting that as we now know:
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed 20 million gallons of chemicals, including the very toxic Agent Orange, on the forests and farmlands of Vietnam and neighboring countries, deliberately destroying food supplies, shattering the jungle ecology, and ravaging the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Vietnam estimates that as a result of the decade-long chemical attack, 400,000 people were killed or maimed, 500,000 babies have been born with birth defects, and 2 million have suffered from cancer or other illnesses. In 2012, the Red Cross estimated that one million people in Vietnam have disabilities or health problems related to Agent Orange.
Here in Book 1: The Biggest War Criminals in Our Era are outlined how the American war of aggression in Vietnam was illegal and unjustifiable,  examples of the types of crimes committed by US forces and their allies, as well as how poison gas was used by the US forces. The third and final part will look at the use of poison gas in greater depth.

The first part of this series was U.S. Crimes in Vietnam: Embattled Vietnam 1967.

 (Click on scans to enlarge)






























When The Left Chapter began part of what I wanted to do on the blog was to show and highlight vintage public leftist election/political leaflets and booklets. While many of these have been offered with commentary to date, a very large collection of hundreds of them from several different sources remains and to preserve these often quite rare documents we will be posting them on a regular (almost daily) basis now often without or with minimal commentary so that people may have access to them as quickly as possible as an historical resource. 

While these will all be leaflets from a variety of different leftist viewpoints and countries, they are being posted as an historical/study resource and the views or opinions expressed in them do not necessarily reflect the views of this blog or blogger.

All of these posts (as well as posts made to date) will be listed on the page: Vintage Communist/Socialist Leaflets  (which is still being updated with past posts).

If you have any public, vintage leaflets or booklets you would like to contribute to this project please contact us via theleftchapter@outlook.com