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December 05, 2016

Monday Overnight Open Thread (12/5/16) Smorgasbord Edition

a buffet offering a variety of hot and cold meats, salads, hors d'oeuvres, etc.
a wide range of something; a variety.
"the album is a smorgasbord of different musical styles"


One of the ONT's favorite Holiday baked goods is fruitcake. Yes, fruit cake. Mamma Misanthropic use to make it for Papa Misanthropic and her favorite son. Now Mrs. Mis. Hum. makes it using the same old time tested recipe from The Electric Company-Home Service Bureau 1954 cookbook.

Dark Fruit Cake

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
5 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup sour milk
1/4 cup grape juice
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon mace
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 pound citron
1/2 pound chopped pitted dates
1/2 pound candied orange peel
1/2 pound candied cherries
*1 1/2 seeded raisins
1 pound seedless raisins
1/2 pound almond slices
1 pint brandy or your choice of whiskey or rum.
New clean cotton dish towels (Flour sack towels)

1. Have ingredients room temperature
2. Line greased pans with waxed paper. Grease paper.
3. Cream butter well. Add sugar gradually.
4. Add eggs one at a time. Beat well after the addition of each. Add molasses, sour milk and grape juice.
5. Dredge fruit and nuts with part of flour.
6. Sift remainder of flour, spice and baking soda together. Combine with first mixture. Add floured fruit and mix well.
7. Spoon into pans
8. Bake at 275 degrees. See time chart below.
9. Makes about 7 pounds
**10. Soak dish towels in brandy.
**11. Wrap completely cooled cakes in brandy soaked towel. Wrap with cellophane wrap, then aluminum foil and place in cool dry location for 2-3 weeks. Dig in and enjoy.

** Mamma Misanthopic's special touch.

1-2 pound fruit cakes-about 90 minutes per pound
2-4 pound fruit cakes-about 60 minutes per pound
4-8 pound fruit cakes-about 45 minutes per pound
8-12 pound fruit cakes-about 30 minutes per pound
Over 12 pound fruit cake-about 20 minutes per pound

What goes well with fruit cake? Eggnog of course!! Remember, if eggnog was good enough for General George Washington, it is good enough for you.

Here is his recipe for eggnog.

One quart cream, one quart milk, one dozen tablespoons sugar, one pint brandy, 1/2 pint rye whiskey, 1/2 pint Jamaica rum, 1/4 pint sherry—mix liquor first, then separate [a dozen] yolks and whites of eggs, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating. Beat whites of eggs until stiff and fold slowly into mixture. Let set in cool place for several days. Taste frequently.

Using these recipes you'll be helping your local liquor store immensely. Your liver is a different story.

Welcome to the ONT where we have a little of everything tonight.

Quotes of The Day

“Life will soon bring you increased responsibilities, and it is rare that you will have a legitimate choice to do nothing. Responsibility usually demands action.”Former CIA Director Michael Hayden
Obama has made incredibly poor decisions that have made us less safe. Michael T. Flynn-Designated National Security Adviser

Why are we less safe today than say 8 years ago? Uninformed civilian hacks.

Made up words for a made up world. Or reality bites. Gavin McInnes takes a look at the uninformed.

“What we care about is permanent protection, dignity, and respect,” blurted out Alex Uematsu of the pro-illegal group Cosecha Movement on Tucker Carlson Tonight. “I’m for those things too,” Tucker responded. Carlson has been eating liberals alive on his new show and all it takes is a few simple questions. When he asked Canisius College history professor René de la Pedraja why people flee Cuba, the pink-cheeked PhD said, “They left their wives behind. They want to start a new life.” This was clearly a theory René pulled out of his ass at the last minute, but this is what we’re up against these days. We are at war with a value system based on meaningless platitudes and conjecture.


Didn't care for the fruit cake? Not everyone cares for candied fruit. Perhaps you will enjoy tomorrow, National Sacher Torte Day. At least the ONT shared the fruit cake recipe with you.

Mainstream. Outside of the Mainstream. Battle lines forming on upcoming Federal court appointees by Trump. Time will tell if President Elect Trump's campaign promises come true. Time will tell if the GOP controlled Senate has the balls backbone to fight Chuck Schumer.

Our friends to the north are in the midst of a cultural /legislation fight. In Canada you can legally commit suicide. You just don't have the right to experimental treatment. Why not legalize it? What is there to lose?

"“I’m going to die anyway,” said right-to-try campaign co-founder Jeff Perreault, who has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

While competent people facing a forseeable death have the legal “right to die” in Canada, they don’t have the “right to try” something that might prolong their lives, he says.

“We have the law that allows us to kill ourselves. We just don’t have the law to do something else.”

Tonight's Musical Interlude

It will be a long climb. But perhaps common sense is hitting college campuses. OSU student points out the obvious. The left is more frightened of Trump than ISIS.

More praise for Sec. of Defense choice General James "Mad Dog" Mattis. Even an Obama appointed general agrees on the choice.

Has the civilized world grown too fat and soft? Are there enough worthwhile challenges for mankind? Are there legitimate wrongs to be righted? Vegans Are Livid Because Britain’s New Currency Includes Animal Fat.

England’s large number of vegans and other meat abstainers have gotten pretty hacked off this week after learning their country’s new £5 bill, one of the most common (and therefore unavoidable) denominations, contains actual animal fat in its polymer base. The new note, just released in September, was promoted as being sturdier, safer, and more environmentally friendly than its predecessor, but as the Bank of England has been forced to acknowledge repeatedly over the last couple of days on Twitter, it’s not so good for people who avoid animal products:

Give the ONT a %^&*#@^ break.


When Donald Trump talks about America Great Again, what comes to mind? Better economic conditions? Better moral values? What use to be an enjoyable show on Sunday evenings by a wholesome American company has become the purveyor of a vulgar pop culture.

Science lesson time. Remote control lighting. This may be NSFW

Coexist? The ONT is confused. Is it permissible for a heavy carbon footprint in order to protest an Anti-LGBT neighbor?

The Genius Award Winner

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