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I just made this up this evening. It's tasty.

Makes 4 servings.

1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups chicken broth
Julienne-cut sun-dried tomatoes
2 bay leaves
1 lb bulk Italian sausage
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, fire-roasted if you can find them
Tomato paste, double concentrated (the kind that comes in a tube)
1 small onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
about 2 tbsp finely chopped or dry basil, plus fresh basil leaves for garnish
1 tbsp finely chopped or dry oregano
Pinch ground cloves
Red wine
Grated parmesan cheese
6 cherry tomatoes

In a 3 qt. saucepan, heat the chicken stock. When boiling, sprinkle in the oats and bring back to a boil. When it starts to get creamy, bring the heat down to a low simmer. Roughly chop about 6-8 pieces of the sun-dried tomato and add to the oats along with the bay leaves. Simmer uncovered until the right consistency, loose and smooth but not watery; about 20 minutes.

Put the sausage into a hot saute pan and cook, breaking up the pieces as you go. You want medium-sized pieces of meat here, not small granules, so don't break them up too small. When nice and browned, remove to a bowl and set aside. In the grease from the sausage (add some olive oil if there's not enough) cook the onions and garlic until slightly carmelized, then add the diced tomatoes and about 2 tbsp of the tomato paste, deglazing the pan as you go. Add basil, oregano, and cloves. Cook down over medium-low heat until most of the moisture is removed. Add a splash of red wine and reduce further. Make a well in the center of the pan, slice the cherry tomatoes in half, and heat them in the well until just slightly cooked.

When the oats are done, remove the bay leaves and mix in the sausage meat. Divide evenly into 4 bowls. Spoon 1/4 of the sauce into each bowl, either as a layer on top of the oats or in a circle along the edge of the bowl. Sprinkle each with about 1 tbsp parmesan.  Garnish with the cherry tomatoes, a few pieces of sun-dried tomatoes, and a couple of sprigs of the fresh basil.

If the tomato is too intense for you, halve the sauce ingredients and omit the sun-dried tomatoes, but my family loved it like this. I made it with dry herbs because that's what I had to hand, but I'm sure fresh herbs would better.

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I just made this up this evening. It's tasty.

Makes 4 servings.

1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups chicken broth
Julienne-cut sun-dried tomatoes
2 bay leaves
1 lb bulk Italian sausage
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, fire-roasted if you can find them
Tomato paste, double concentrated (the kind that comes in a tube)
1 small onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
about 2 tbsp finely chopped or dry basil, plus fresh basil leaves for garnish
1 tbsp finely chopped or dry oregano
Pinch ground cloves
Red wine
Grated parmesan cheese
6 cherry tomatoes

In a 3 qt. saucepan, heat the chicken stock. When boiling, sprinkle in the oats and bring back to a boil. When it starts to get creamy, bring the heat down to a low simmer. Roughly chop about 6-8 pieces of the sun-dried tomato and add to the oats along with the bay leaves. Simmer uncovered until the right consistency, loose and smooth but not watery; about 20 minutes.

Put the sausage into a hot saute pan and cook, breaking up the pieces as you go. You want medium-sized pieces of meat here, not small granules, so don't break them up too small. When nice and browned, remove to a bowl and set aside. In the grease from the sausage (add some olive oil if there's not enough) cook the onions and garlic until slightly carmelized, then add the diced tomatoes and about 2 tbsp of the tomato paste, deglazing the pan as you go. Add basil, oregano, and cloves. Cook down over medium-low heat until most of the moisture is removed. Add a splash of red wine and reduce further. Make a well in the center of the pan, slice the cherry tomatoes in half, and heat them in the well until just slightly cooked.

When the oats are done, remove the bay leaves and mix in the sausage meat. Divide evenly into 4 bowls. Spoon 1/4 of the sauce into each bowl, either as a layer on top of the oats or in a circle along the edge of the bowl. Sprinkle each with about 1 tbsp parmesan.  Garnish with the cherry tomatoes, a few pieces of sun-dried tomatoes, and a couple of sprigs of the fresh basil.

If the tomato is too intense for you, halve the sauce ingredients and omit the sun-dried tomatoes, but my family loved it like this. I made it with dry herbs because that's what I had to hand, but I'm sure fresh herbs would better.
Just watching old music videos and re-evaluating my life choices.

*sigh*
I'm writing this mainly to put it down on record, so I can check myself later on. We are, come what may, in for an interesting few years.
  • Trump has very little interest in doing the job himself. This is someone who couldn't even sit still for a two-hour debate prep session. He's likely to find the daily grind of briefings, meetings, and paperwork a dull drag. Day-to-day management of the government will probably be turned over to Pence, with Trump reserving himself for speeches, press conferences, public appearances, state dinners, signing ceremonies, and other self-promotional events. Edit 8 December 2016: At least when it comes to routine intelligence briefings, this seems to be what is developing. Trump receives the President's Daily Briefing (PDB), to which he is entitled as President-elect, about once a week. Pence receives it about six times a week. www.yahoo.com/news/trump-gets-…
  • With the effective power vacuum, the "swamp draining" Trump voters hoped for will simply not happen and the Republican establishment will move right in. This has already begun, with Pence being placed in charge of Trump's transition team, replacing Christie, who seems to be getting an increasingly raw deal in return for his support. There may be a few token outsiders added to the Cabinet, but there are a few in every administration. They don't remain outsiders for long.
  • As a result, Trump will push relatively few policy decisions, apart from a few high-profile, flashy issues. Most decisions made by his administration will be firmly in line with mainstream establishment Republican thinking.
  • One exception to this may be the fate of Obamacare. Early indications are that Trump's intentions for it may not quite be what the Republican establishment will want in its less fevered moments, and since he intends to attack it first thing he may well get what he wants. He's hinted that he'll fix Obamacare's problems (largely caused by deliberate non-cooperation from Republican governors) in part by a further expansion of Medicaid under the rubric of a "public option". This will effectively create a two-tiered healthcare system, where some have private coverage through their employers or professional associations, and others have public Federally funded coverage. It will in fact be an incremental step toward universal single-payer health care, but Trump will resolutely avoid calling it that.
  • He has already indicated his support for a $10/hr Federal minimum wage, something else he's likely to get right away and just about the only policy that really will directly help his supporters. That it's something the left has been pushing for will be steadfastly ignored.
  • Trump will probably settle his fraud lawsuits out of court so as to avoid distractions during the transition period and his first 100 days. He will claim this as a victory, despite a high likelihood they will be very costly to him. Edit: Called this one correctly as of 18 November 2016. www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/2…
  • Trump will be unable to deliver on any of his campaign promises when it comes to job creation, apart from directly funded Federal spending on infrastructure and defense. The former is actually a good thing: our national infrastructure is in dire need of an upgrade. But the trade wars he's threatening with China and his desire to renegotiate NAFTA will do far more harm than good. Growth and job creation will grind to a halt.
  • His tax scheme is the usual trickle-down nonsense, and it won't work now any better than it ever has. Given the vast sums he plans to spend, expect the Federal deficit to balloon even further.
  • Trump will, however, be able to claim victory on immigration almost immediately. That's because much of what he promised is already being done. Obama's administration has, contrary to right-wing rhetoric, been extremely active on immigration enforcement -- net immigration both legal and illegal from Mexico has in fact been zero for years now -- and a strong multi-agency vetting process is already in place for refugees from risky parts of the world. The Wall will not be built, as Mexico cannot be made to pay for it and Congress will certainly not appropriate the billions it would take to fund it, but he'll claim his vigorous enforcement (it's actually Obama's) has made it unnecessary.
  • Trump's foreign policy will be in large part driven by a strong desire to avoid antagonizing Russia at all costs. Therefore: [Edit 11 December 2016: Recent revelations from the intelligence community that Russia definitely interfered in the election may have repercussions here. Trump undoubtedly takes this seriously one way or another, despite his public complaints. He may have to curtail his actions in Russia's interests, or take action in less overt ways.][Edit 1 February 2017: Now that Rex Tillerson has been confirmed as Secretary of State, I anticipate things will go as predicted under this heading. Tillerson is also beholden to Putin, and has actually received a decoration from him, the Order of Friendship.]
    • Far from destroying ISIS, he's more likely to withdraw from Syria and leave clean-up there to the Russians as Putin wants. This may be a good thing too: The attempt to remove Assad was among Obama's greatest blunders. [Edit 1 February 2017: Trump has revealed he in fact had no plan to defeat ISIS as he bragged in his campaign, since one of the first things he did was to ask the Pentagon for a plan to defeat ISIS. Whether he implements anything they present him is an open question.]
    • We will therefore probably see a strong recovery in global oil prices, and increased costs at the gas pump, on consumer goods, and on air travel. I have long suspected that OPEC's over-production, and the resulting depression in oil prices, has been diplomatically manipulated by the US partly for the purpose of keeping Russia economically stressed. If that's what has been happening, it will end.
    • Given Trump's denial of climate change and his intention to cut subsidies for clean energy, this is a good thing in a way. Subsidies have been necessary because the slump in oil prices have made clean energy sources economically unviable. If we see crude oil back up over $100/bbl, that will change, and subsidies will simply be unnecessary.
    • Trump's "get tough" policy on North Korea will amount to nothing but a war of words, since Russia would prefer stability that close to its territory. Vladivostok is less than 80 miles from the North Korean border. [Edit 1 February 2017: Despite some provocative threats from North Korea and an impending ICBM test, the Trump administration is completely silent on the subject.]
    • While the Iran nuclear deal will perhaps be renegotiated for show, it will remain more or less the same in all essentials. Iran is a Russian ally. [Edit 1 February 2017: The show has begun. Iran was on the list of nations in Trump's travel ban, and his national security adviser Michael Flynn has put Iran "on notice" over a ballistic missile test. The travel ban inconvenienced the Iranian government not at all, and "on notice" is meaningless rhetoric, an opening gambit in the sham renegotiation which is now more likely to take place. There will be some minor modifications of Obama's anti-nuclear agreement, but no important changes, although Trump will sell them to the public as if they were enormously important.]
  • Since Trump's promises of jobs and prosperity for his support base of uneducated white men will fail to materialize, as his policies cannot yield that result, Democrats may regain control of the Senate in 2018 and will at least narrow the Republican majority in the House. A sure Republican congressional majority will be short-lived under Trump, and he'd best take advantage of it while he can.
  • This also means Trump is very likely to be a one-term President. He won by securing the narrowest of margins in a number of key swing states. One analysis I've seen points out that Trump carried these swing states by a combined margin of slightly over 112,000 votes. This is less than a quarter of the margin by which Clinton is winning the overall popular vote as of this writing. It won't take much for the swing states to go the other way.
I may edit this over the next few weeks to refine a few ideas as we get a better idea of how the Trump administration is shaping up. Either way, I'll come back to this in a few years to see how right or wrong I was.
I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

If you are the dealer, let me out of the game,
If you are the healer, I'm broken and lame,
If Thine is the glory, mine must be the shame.
You want it darker.

Hineni, hineni.
I'm ready, my Lord.
-- Leonard Cohen, 1932-2016

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