October 29th, 2004

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Happy Nevada Day

Today is Nevada Day (celebrated), although Sunday is the actual 140th anniversary of Nevada to the United States of America as a full state (as opposed to a territory.) A little reductive math and a brief glance at an American History text will provide the curious with the reason for one of Nevada's official nicknames, "The Battle-Born State."

And the amusing fact that NV was admitted to the union on All Hallows Eve, 1864. It's somehow appropriate.

They changed the date of the holiday a couple of years back, to the last Friday in October. Alas. So sad.

ob. anecdote:

When I first moved out here, I was really amused by the whole concept of Nevada Day. My husband, a native Las Vegan, asked me, in all innocence, "Doesn't Connecticut celebrate the day it was admitted to the Union?"

"Yes," I said, and gave it a beat, because I am an asshole. "We call it 'Independence Day.'"

Why, yes. I do have culture shock. Still. (One of my friends has opined that I'm living Mark Twain's life in reverse. I certainly hope not: I'm really not all that keen on riverboats.)

ob. footnote:

(Nevada's other nickname is "the Silver State." [Well, okay, supposedly it's also "The Sagebrush State" but nobody actually calls it that.] Our state capitol is the only one in the union with a silver dome rather than a gold one, and there's a silver service there that saw service aboard the USS Nevada, a ship whose crew's courageous actions at Pearl Harbor are largely forgotten.)

Nevada's other contributions to history include the Upshot/Knothole Project, Wovoka and the Ghost Dance, the Anasazi "Lost City" (Pueblo Grande), the Kyle/Stewart range war, and the ghost city of Rhyolite.

Yes, there is a trend there.


It's thought by most that the Mojave doesn't have seasons, per se. I'm here to say that's slightly inaccurate information: I can tell autumn has arrived, because I wished I'd worn socks with my sandals this morning.

Also, I'm craving piroshkies. Definite sign of fall.

In other news, I seem to have sprained my wrist in my sleep.
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Inauthentic Medivinyk

Today's recipe: Ukrainian Christmas Cake (sorta)
(the piroshki dough is still rising; I'll get back to you on that.)

Ukrainian Christmas cake:

(Other versions are less fluffy, do not have the yeast, do not have the sour cream/yogurt, do not have the sugar, are less labor-intensive, add fruit or nuts....)

1 pkg. dry granular yeast
3 tbsp. lukewarm water
1 cup honey (dark buckwheat honey is preferable)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup sour cream (I use whole milk yogurt)
1/2 cup butter
4 eggs separated
3 cups sifted flour (I use half whole wheat and half unbleached)
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt


Preheat the oven to 300°F. Grease your pan--rectangular cake pan or loaf pan(s).

Proof the yeast. Bring the honey to a boil and cool it slightly. The honey should be warm.

Cream the butter and sugar together with a hand-held mixer until light and creamy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, and continue to beat until all is incorporated, then add the honey and sour cream and continue to mix. Add the yeast to the resultant batter; it's mostly for flavor. *g*

Beat the eggs whites to stiff peak. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Fold the flour mixture and the egg whites, alternating, into the cake batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans. Bake for 45 minutes-1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack, but not too much; it's best warm.
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nihilistic_kid, I absolutely hate you for the fact that you actually have me thinking hard enough that I had to get back up out of bed to post this, but it occurs to me that the McCaffery position on green riders bottoming (send the pun police) that you linked ties in perfectly to discussions that have been held elsewhere in livejournal regarding rape-fantasies and Pern. (I'd ask papersky if she could find the link to that discussion, but she's entraining, I believe. coffeeandink, do you have it, by any chance? I can't find it....)

And specifically, apparently it's not just women who fall in love with/become subservient to their rapists in the Pern canon, but men as well.

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