Bookmarks for December 14th

Some additional reading December 14th from 13:14 to 16:25:

  • Chicagoist: Christmas Cocktails: Glögg, Glögg, Glögg, Glögg… -Chuck Sudo’s Bridgeport Bureau glögg. You can buy these at any supermarket or drugstore. It doesn’t have to be ultra-expensive:

    – Two parts (one 750ml bottle) of port wine. Chicagoist uses a ruby port because of its deep fruit palate and color. You can use a tawny port, but it’s a bit sharper and the fruit aspects of the wine are lighter.

    – One part (375 ml- 12.5 ounces) of brandy or cognac.

    – One cup of vodka. If you want to go truly native (read: Scandinavian) you can use aquavit Mull the port wine with one teaspoon cloves, one teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon whole cardamom, and one small peeled ginger root, wrapped and tied off in cheesecloth. Mull the hard spirits with 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup raisins, 2 pinches dried banana, 2 pinches dried pineapple or dried apple, and fresh ornage peel, tied up in cheesecloth. Add 1/2 cup of brown sugar or honey to the spirits mixture and stir to dissolve. Mull both of these over a medium low heat.

  • detritus.: an antidote – “I am not discouraged. Things will right themselves. The pendulum swings one way, and then another, but the steady pull of gravitation is toward the center of the earth. Any structure must be plumb to endure. So it is with Nations: Wrong may seem to triumph. Right may seem to be defeated, but the gravitation of eternal justice is toward the throne of God. Any political institution which is to endure must be plumb with that line of justice.” From a speech Illinois Governor John Peter Altgeldt gave once upon a time, now etched into his tombstone at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago.

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