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23 July 2017 @ 08:32 pm
recipe: sour cherry cobbler  
For [personal profile] cereta:

This recipe is a bit fussier than cobblers I've made in the past and takes a bit longer. It's also tastier and keeps better, so for me, at least, the tradeoff is worthwhile. The biggest time commitment is pitting the damn cherries, so have an effective and efficient pitter on hand before even contemplating this recipe.

Sour Cherry Cobbler

The timing here, ideally, is that you make (and start to bake) the biscuit topping while the cherries macerate, and then you cook the cherry syrup while the biscuits are in the oven, and everything is ready for assembly at about the same time. This requires pitting the cherries in advance! You can also pit the cherries in advance and stick the macerating cherries in the fridge for several hours (even overnight) and then make the biscuits and cherry syrup later, but once you've made the biscuit topping, you are committed.

The recipe as given fills a 9x13 baking dish. It can easily be halved for an 8x8 dish.

1 1/4 cups sugar
3-4 Tbs cornstarch or tapioca flour (depending on how juicy the cherries are)
pinch salt
4 lbs (6-8 cups) fresh sour cherries, pitted (NOT sweet Bing cherries!)
1 cup dry red wine (or cranberry juice if you don't do wine, but I vote for the booze)
1 3-inch cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
6 Tbs sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbs (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces
1 cup buttermilk

Make the filling: stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large bowl. Add the cherries and stir to combine. Add the wine and let the cherries macerate for at least 30 minutes. Drain the cherries in a colander set over a medium bowl. Put the cherries in the baking dish; bring the juices and the cinnamon stick to a simmer in a small-to-medium saucepan over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the liquid thickens to a syrupy consistency (about five minutes). Discard cinnamon stick and stir in almond extract. Pour hot juices over cherries in baking dish.

While the cherries macerate, make the topping: In a food processor, combine flour, 6 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Scatter butter pieces over and process until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 15 one-second pulses. (If you don't have a food processor: whisk dry ingredients together and cut in butter using a pastry comb or a couple of forks or however you usually make biscuits.) Transfer to medium bowl; add buttermilk and toss with rubber spatula to combine. Scoop 12 biscuits onto baking sheet, spacing them 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart. (If halving the recipe, scoop 9 smallish biscuits.) Sprinkle biscuits evenly with a tablespoon or two of sugar and bake until very lightly browned on tops and bottoms, about 15 minutes. Remove biscuits, but don't turn off oven.

Arrange hot biscuits over filling. Bake cobbler until filling is bubbling and biscuits are deep golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack at least 10 minutes or you will burn your mouth, not that I know this from experience or anything. Leftovers, if there are any, keep surprisingly well in the fridge for several days.
23 July 2017 @ 09:08 pm
Hmmm...note to self, just because you delete something, doesn't necessarily mean it disappears.

Although I do it a lot. Mainly because I'll re-read the comment or think about what I posted and go, frak. I did not mean to say THAT. I meant to say THIS. But someone will totally think THAT. What to do? DELETE! DELETE!

OR, damn, that didn't come out as well as I thought it did. Note to self, sugar warps the brain.
23 July 2017 @ 08:31 pm
1. The Great British Baking Show...this episode was pastry. And I felt sorry for the bakers.
Also, who makes Bakewell Tarts? I've rarely seen them and never had one. I've had marzipan tarts. But not with that horrid icing on top. Seriously. Everyone knows how to bake or should know how to bake a Bakewell tart? Maybe if you are British and in your 70s.

But I adore this show. And it made me cry this week...Val is such a lovely lady. She said she just bakes with love. And does it to share her love with others. And she's always so upbeat regardless of how well she does. Not that competitive and brings others up.

2. fannish about television -- alas, I'm not really. Nothing is really grabbing me. And the one show that cancelled and didn't have enough episodes. Also...I think when you binge the entirety of a series at once, as opposed to watching it as it airs...the whole fannish bit melts away faster?

I've tried with Doctor Who. But it has so many problems. That said, it may turn around for me...I rather liked a good portion of this season. Much better than the previous season. And I did like the River Song arc. So, the change in Doctors or new Doctor may change my take on it and make it more interesting for me, while simultaneously getting rid of the things that irritated me about the series and kept me from investing in it on an emotional level. Don't know. This season was certainly better than last.

The trailer to the Christmas episode is quite brilliant.

3. Will -- uneven so far, but the play writing bits still fascinate. How Alice convinces him to adapt plays from books or borrow ideas from others, as opposed to coming up with his own. In a way his talent lay more in adaptation that in coming up with new and clever ideas. Also, love how it shows the collaborative nature of the work, and how much Alice influenced him and in a way co-wrote The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

4. Broadchurch -- the third season is better than the second, which I couldn't get into and found unwatchable. So far, I've found compelling despite the subject matter. What works is we have a normal, not beautiful, somewhat ordinary, older woman sexually assaulted. Usually in these shows, it's a pretty young girl, who is model pretty. Or a lead character. Here, it's a new character and I think that works better. Also they don't show the assault or fetish it, which helps. Too many shows fetish it.

Jodi Whittaker, who plays Beth Latimer in the series, I've been watching closely, curious to know what she'll do with Doctor Who. She seems a bit earnest. So don't know. But then that is the role of Beth Latimer. I can't remember her in Venus. I'm pretty certain I saw it, but the movie clearly wasn't memorable. I sort of wish Olivia Coleman had gotten the role. I rather like Coleman, she does world-weariness well.

I have to admit I can't understand half of what Tennant says. His accent is thick. And he mumbles. Same problem with a good portion of the actors. Latimer, I can at least understand. She enouciates and doesn't mumble. That was actually my difficulty with Tennant as Who, I couldn't understand half of what he said. He speaks fast and mumbles.

I keep putting on the close-captioning. In Broachurch, I rewind and sort of guess. Do however love what Tennant does with his face. Now if he'd just not mumble, it would be great.

5. It was either edit this post or write a new one...The Mary Sue keeps posting rather cool things to look forward to in the pop culture world. Such as

* Thor Rorganork, which has a great villain in Cate Blanchett's the Goddess of Death. Except I thought Doctor Strange was supposed to be in it. Don't see him in the trailer.
But the film looks like a lot of fun, with a buddy team up of Thor and Hulk.

*The Star Wars episode 8 trailer looks phenomenal.

* So too does the trailer for "The Gifted" which wonders what would it be like to be born a mutant in a world where the X-men and the Brotherhood may not even exist any longer? Focuses on lesser seen and known mutants such as Lorna Dane (Polaris), Thunderbird (John Proudstar, the Native American mutant), Eclispe, and Blink. Also stars Amy Acker and Stephen Moyer as humans.

* And..the Black Widow trailer. I didn't know they were doing a Black Widow film. It looks official not fan made.

* Apparently Marty McFly is coming back to save us from the Doofus in 2016-17. Will he succeed? Yes, there's a Back to the Future IV coming out. The mind boggles.

* They have actually adapted a film from one of my all time favorite children's books, A Wrinkle in Time -- which appears to have a good cast. And the trailer looks brilliant, unlike A Bridge Over Terribetha, which was a weak film.

* There's some concern over "The Defender's" which may focus a bit too much on Iron Fist, because of The Hand being the principle villain. I don't know about that...the Hand is actually also the main villain in Daredevil. I think Daredevil will be the center of it. Which is as it should be.

* They are apparently doing a film version of Cloak and Dagger, which I think are from the DC verse. Not sure about it.

* The Inhumans could be's focusing on Medusa and Black Bolt, from the 1980s comics. Looks a little cheesy though.

Interesting, a lot of the comic adaptations and book adaptations, with a few exceptions, seem to be from the 1980s...which I rather love. Apparently my generation has some nostalgia for the 80s?

* Apparently Ben Affleck had a falling out with the new Batman director, so they are kicked Affleck to the curb...after that movie is done. does that work with Justice League and other films in the franchise, exactly? Won't people notice a recast? Speculation is that Nightwing aka Dick Grayson will take over. Considering I liked Grayson in the comics and the 60s television series, I'm okay with that. Also he had a more interesting back story -- child of two acrobats, who were killed in a circus accident. So, a trained acrobat. Also, with Nightwing, you could potentially do a romance between him and Batgirl. (I've grown weary of Batman, finally. He's been over done. Superman has too, but not as badly as Batman.)

* And oh dear, I really need to catch up on The Expanse, don't I? They already have the third season trailer out.
23 July 2017 @ 10:30 pm
Things We Saw Today: The Thor: Ragnarok Poster, But Goldblum’d  

Posted by Marykate Jasper

As part of their San Diego Comic-Con press blitz, Marvel released a gorgeous Thor: Ragnarok poster (also see below), but writer/actor Brian Firenzi found a magical way to improve on it – with more Jeff Goldblum!

  • BILL IS BACK for the Doctor Who Christmas special.

  • Rep. John Lewis, as he has at previous cons, led a civil rights march through San Diego Comic-Con. (via io9)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, who famously played Catwoman in Batman Returns, has joined the cast of Ant-Man & The Wasp as Janet Van Dyne. Laurence Fishburne has also joined the cast as scientist Bill Foster, who eventually becomes a superhero himself in the comics. Intriguing… (via The Hollywood Reporter)
  • I immediately wanted to make all of these Star Wars: Forces of Destiny “adventure figures”, including Leia, Rey, Sabine, and Jyn Erso, go “pew-pew” and fight each other.
  • The Black Panther footage was apparently amazing – like, standing ovation amazing – and yet Marvel will not release it to us peons on the internet. They’re rude. But you can at least read a full description of the action over at io9!
  • Look! What a gorgeous Black Panther poster!

  • Also look! What a gorgeous Thor: Ragnarok poster!

  • Supernatural fans are going to get their dream lineup for the Wayward Sisters spin-off. Three series’ originals –  Briana Buckmaster, Kathryn Newton and Katherine Ramdeen – have signed on to join Kim Rhodes in the new, women-centered series. Actress Clark Backo has also joined the series’ cast as a new character. (via Deadline)
  • The trailer for the third season of The Expanse has landed. “Season 1 was ‘What are the sides?’,” said executive producer Mark Fergus, “Season 2 was ‘Pick a side, and Season 3 will be ‘war.'” (via Syfy).

(Featured image via screengrab)

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23 July 2017 @ 11:48 pm
Sanctuary IV: Labyrinth (Buffy/Giles) FRAO  
Title: Labyrinth
Author: [ profile] darkheartwalsh
Rating: FRAO
Setting: Several years post-Chosen, no comics
Pairing: Giles/Buffy
Word Count: Approx 9,500
Warnings: Mild kink, explicit sex (you know the drill…)

A/N: The continuing saga of the PWP that ran away and developed some semblance of a plot.

Thank you very much to [personal profile] dragonyphoenix, who was kind enough to swap posting days with me after my catastrophic technical failure last week.

It's an AO3 only link today (apologies), as DW is buggering around with formatting. Urgh.

These are the concluding chapters (3 and 4) of Part IV in the Sanctuary Series. You can find the other parts of this series linked below.

PART I – Sanctuary
PART II – Anchor
PART III – Confluence
PART IV - Labyrinth (chp. 1+2)

Dating is a minefield. And that’s just when you’re single, nevermind in a definitely-not-a-relationship with a man who might technically be your boss.

If Buffy were a betting woman, she’d put money on Giles being jealous. But she isn’t, and he’s definitely not.


PART IV – Labyrinth


23 July 2017 @ 06:24 pm
Dear Equinox Letter  
23 July 2017 @ 09:05 pm
Comics Legend Florence “Fabulous Flo” Steinberg Has Passed Away  

Posted by Marykate Jasper

Florence “Fabulous Flo” Steinberg, a staple of the original Marvel Bullpen, has passed away. “I am grieved to report that ‘Fabulous’ Flo Steinberg passed away this morning,” wrote her longtime friend Larry Hama on his Facebook page, “after complications from a brain aneurism and metastatic lung cancer. She will be interred at the Jewish cemetery in Kerhonkson NY. We are making plans for a memorial in September or October. I will update on this page.”

Steinberg and Stan Lee were the only two full-time employees at Marvel during the Silver Age, and “Fabulous Flo” wrote all the funny replies to fan mail, letters columns, and the “Merry Marvel Marching Society” copy. While Lee is often given credit for his innovative approach to fandom, it was Steinberg’s words that really made the fan club resonate with readers. She also did anything and everything to help get the monthly comics out the door, and this could include anything from proofreading and editing to production and design.

After Steinberg left Marvel, she published the groundbreaking Big Apple Comics, which, as Newsarama aptly summarized, “many consider to be the link between ‘underground’ comics and modern-day ‘alternative comix’.” She later returned to Marvel as a proofreader in the 1990s.

Many comics pros posted about Steinberg’s passing, praising her kindness and impact on the industry.

Marvel have also issued a statement, saying, “We are incredibly saddened to hear of Flo Steinberg’s passing and send our deepest condolences to her friends and family. Flo has always been the heart of Marvel and a legend in her own right. She will be forever missed and always loved by all of us here at Marvel.”

Rest in peace, Flo, and thanks for inspiring so many women in comics.

(Via The Beat and Newsarama; image via Lopaka42 under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

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23 July 2017 @ 04:20 pm
Drabble: Dessert  
Title: Dessert
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Word count: 100 x 2
Characters/pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] dracoharry100/[ profile] dracoharry100's prompt 489: Eat.
This is part 71 of my H/D Auror Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
It starts at part one: The Beginning (LJ/IJ/DW).
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Authors Notes: Harry's mind stays on one track.

Dessert )
Current Mood: hopeful
23 July 2017 @ 10:16 pm
Dear Equinox Vidder Letter  
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23 July 2017 @ 10:51 pm
Preacher Special: Saint of Killers #3  

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23 July 2017 @ 07:45 pm
My Body is Not Ready for This Romance Movie About Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West  

Posted by Marykate Jasper

When it comes to problematic old-timey white-people relationships, the straights have…I don’t know, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton? F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald? And the rest of us have Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. The modernist thinker/writer and prolific poet/garden designer had a decade-long affair which represented one of the most artistically and emotionally fulfilling times in both women’s lives. And it’s finally making its way to the big screen.

Gemma Arterton will star as Vita Sackville-West, and either Andrea Riseborough or Elizabeth Debicki (the IMDB page keeps shifting) will star as Virginia Woolf, in the upcoming biopic, Vita & Virginia. (Eva Green was originally cast as Woolf, but had to leave the role for other projects.) The movie is based on the stage play of the same name by Dame Eileen Atkins, which adapted “the letters Virginia and Vita exchanged and weave[d] them together into a witty, intimate conversation, telling their story in their own words.” Atkins is co-writing the film adaptation with director Chanya Button.

The film is set between 1927-1928, the period of time during which Woolf was inspired by her relationship with Sackville-West to write the modernist masterpiece Orlando. Button described the film as “a visceral love story, a vivid exploration of creativity, and an energized perspective on one of our most iconic writers…We so often associate women of the past with oppression, bound by the duties of marriage, propriety and domesticity; but what Vita & Virginia offers is an example of a relationship where bold, brilliant women bent these institutions to their will at great personal cost.”

Honestly, I don’t know if there’s anything more impossibly romantic than writing a literary masterpiece about your lover that describes her as having “eyes like drenched violets” – but if there is, I haven’t seen it yet. While Woolf had one-too-many proto-fascist friends in the Bloomsbury Group and could be a (self-admitted) classist snob, she also wrote beautifully, and achingly, about opening up to Sackville-West and experiencing two different loves, for both her husband and Sackville-West, at the same time. And their relationship is an important reminder that open marriages and bisexual people (Sackville-West’s husband, too, was a bisexual) have always been here.

Plus, Woolf and Sackville-West’s letters to each other are just gorgeous: touching, surprisingly funny, and often oh-so-pretentious. “I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia,” wrote Sackville-West, after leaving for Trieste. “I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone: I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way…So this letter is just really a squeal of pain. It is incredible how essential to me you have become.”

To which Woolf replied: “And ever since [you left], nothing important has happened—Somehow its dull and damp. I have been dull; I have missed you. I do miss you. I shall miss you. And if you don’t believe it, you’re a longeared owl and ass.”

Ah, romance!

(Via Variety and The Irish News; images via Wikimedia Commons)

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23 July 2017 @ 06:00 pm
There’s A Whole Lot of Exploding in the Latest Star Trek: Discovery Trailer  

Posted by Marykate Jasper

Abrams, what are you up to?!

The new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery premiered at Comic-Con, and there’s a lot of good stuff going on. It looks like First Officer Michael Burnham, played by Sonequa Martin-Green, will really be taken through the ringer – she’s even accused of “help[ing] to start a war” – and Martin-Green has the perfect expressiveness and sincerity to be the viewer’s lens into this world. I’d definitely watch this woman run through the universe.

At the panel, it was also revealed that Burnham is Spock’s adopted sister, taken in by Sarek and Amanda after her parents were killed. Given the trailer’s voiceover – “All life is born from chaos; the world doesn’t always adhere to logic” – and quotes like, “Change is the essential process of all existence,” it looks like Martin-Green will have to deal with a world that doesn’t always match up to Vulcan ideals of logic and rationality. While I wonder about the necessity of connecting Martin-Green to Spock in such a direct way, I do think her Vulcan-adoptee past could be a cool character element.

However, this trailer is also quite…splodey. We don’t see nearly as many new, alien worlds as we see careening and burning spaceships – and while it’s obviously okay to reinvent a series for its reboot, all the explosions and interstellar warfare made it feel less Star Trek and more Battlestar Galactica.

Plus, they didn’t give Michelle Yeoh’s Captain Georgiou much to do in this trailer. Give me more Yeoh!

Obviously, I’m still going to watch it – first, for the experience of seeing two women of color leading and learning their way through the Trek universe; and second, because the first look trailer seemed much more explore-y. But I don’t quite know what to expect from this series after this SDCC trailer. I guess I’ll find out on September 24, 2017.

(Via io9; image via screengrab)

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23 July 2017 @ 11:53 am
Dear Equinox  
I hate doing this, but this is a placeholder! I promise to post details as soon as I can. <3 
23 July 2017 @ 01:30 pm
Speaking truth to power, sometimes while in power, sometimes not  
Every former Congressional Budget Office director has signed a letter telling Paul Ryan to take a flying leap. (And, presumably, not return.)

The Senate health care repeal FAILS the Byrd Rule, according to the parliamentarian. In its current form, to misquote Gandalf, it shall not pass.

Trump's infamous Voter Fraud Commission asked for public comment. They got it.

There's this exhibit of what is purported to be a replica of Noah's Ark in Kentucky. According to the people running it, it's a nonprofit ministry. But it's run now by a for-profit group, in order to get tax incentives from the state. So the Ark project is
now no longer eligible for the tax rebates.
How much are we talking? $18 million over the next 10 years.

Stop erasing women's presence in SFF.

The public editor's club at the NY Times, as told by the six people who were public editors. The job no longer exists.

Jeff Sessions authorizes highway robbery by police.


Red state North Dakota is trying an experiment in humane imprisonment for its prisons, based on the way Norwegian prisons are run. I will be very interested to see how this goes. One item in the article caught my eye:

...By 2015, Bertsch was ready to ship excess prisoners to a private facility in Colorado. In Norway, though, she learned that the farther a prisoner is removed from his home community, the less likely he is to have visitors. And that’s a problem, because multiple studies suggest that inmates who have regular visitors are less likely to reoffend later...

It makes me wonder if anyone was paying attention to the NYS prison system's stupidity in sending New York City felons to Dannemora, above the Adirondacks, or Attica. Each of those is hundreds of miles from where the violators' families are in the City. But when I look at the photo of the women in charge, it seems to me they're not old enough to remember the violence at either place -- though I have to say that much of the violence at Attica came from the police and National Guard sent to quell their requests for better food and medical care. I was living perhaps 10 miles from Attica; I noticed, and I remember it.

Now, you go speak truth to power, in regard to this:

From Democracy Now, a transcript of an Amy Goodman interview: Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are supporting a bill that would criminalize criticism of Israel or Israeli political/military actions. Further info behind cut )

More info here on how boycotting Israel would be considered a felony.

On free speech grounds alone this should not pass. Please write your Senators to oppose it. Here's the contact list for every Senator, with email, phones and more.


Teenaged girls in Austin, Texas, staged a wonderful quinceanera protest at the state capitol -- in their fancy gowns -- to protest the vile anti-immigrant law. And yes, they met with their elected reps afterward, to deliver the message in person. In case you don't know, a quinceanera is a big formal party on a girl's 15th birthday, to signify she is now an adult and no longer a child in Hispanic cultures.

Speaking of a different form of vile, the attempt to create a narrative of shame and regret for women who choose to exercise their own control over their bodies and futures, someone has come up with an abortion-pill reversal drug.

And damn right, tampons should be free for women in prison.


Tending tenderness and disrupting the myth of academic rock stars.

Six types of essays you should know.
23 July 2017 @ 10:35 am
 Who is going? Can't wait to see you all.
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23 July 2017 @ 04:30 pm
Eleven Claws Her Way Back to the World in Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer  

Posted by Marykate Jasper

The second season of Stranger Things will premiere on Netflix on Halloween of 2017, and so it’s fitting that the Comic-Con trailer kept things creepy. With Vincent Price’s opening monologue from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and plenty of Upside Down, flashlights-in-the-woods, and crumbling-suburbia footage, this trailer shows that Hawkins, Indiana is in for more of a fright.

Most importantly, it also shows the return of Eleven, who claws her way through the wall between the Upside Down and our world. Yay!

Aside from Eleven, the boys look like they’re having a rough time of it, too. Mike is still hunting for Eleven, saying, “Sometimes I feel like I still see her.” Will keeps having hallucinations and hop-backs to the Upside Down: one minute he’s in the arcade with his friends, the next he’s in the crumbling, deadly other world. His visions are driving him to stare into space, frantically draw the monster that’s coming, and warn his mother that the creature wants, “Not me. Everyone else.”

Plus, it looks like the boys catch a monster in their Ghostbusters ghostcatcher. What might emerge when they open it?

Aesthetically, this looks very similar to the first season, and it seems like a strong escalation of the original conflict with the Upside Down. I appreciate that it doesn’t look too much slicker, and I like that so much of the story seems to focus on the “What’s going on?” elements that made the first season feel so true to small-town life. Based on the size of the monster Will sees, they’re undeniably upping the stakes for the world-at-large – but I’m still optimistic that it won’t mean losing our focus on the citizens of Hawkins.

Then again, as the trailer warns, “Nothing’s gonna go back to the way it was.”

(Via Vox; image via screengrab)

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