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Tin Ear Vs Heart of Stone

 

This is a food and cooking blog. This is not a political blog. But sometimes cooking and politics do meet. And they are intersecting right now in a way that makes me very upset.

Just like I was when I wrote the very first post here at MTTD chiding Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi for spending more money on liquor in a week than food stamp recipients receive for food. ($1000 Vs $25 a Week)

I didn’t say much a week or so ago when Congress passed and the President signed into law a 13.6 % cut in the Food Stamp program in order to keep states afloat and to prevent teachers from being laid off.  At the time I just held it in. I simply noted in one day’s post that the number of both unemployed and food stamp recipients had gone up.

Not content with cutting the Food Stamp program the aforesaid 13.6%, President Obama and Congress are now at it again. They are planning to make even more cuts to the Food Stamp program. This time the cuts would fund the First Lady’s pet initiative, the Let’s Move/Child Nutrition Bill to fight childhood obesity and make school cafeterias include more fruits and vegetables on their menus.

It is worthy goal. But it should not be funded on the backs of hungry out-of-work Americans and their families!

We are in a deep and worsening recession. Unemployment is at record levels and rising. Too many Americans are homeless. The number of people receiving Food Stamp assistance is at a record high of 41 million people! And that number is projected to grow to 43.3 million by next year!!!!!

This is not the time to raid the Food Stamp program for other projects, no matter how worthy.

The Food Stamp program helps feed poor, unemployed, or under-employed families three meals a day. The Child Nutrition Bill would feed children at ALL income levels one healthy meal a day.

This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever!!!! We are trading 3 meals a day for 1 healthy one? Give me a break!

What we really should be doing is increasing the basic Food Stamp allowance for those in need.

The average food stamp recipient receives $133 a month, or $4 a day for food. As I said when upset with Nancy Pelosi last February, this is not even enough to buy a Happy Meal. 

Even if a family  gets some of their food at a community or church food pantry, or eats one meal at a public food kitchen, $4 a day is a paltry and anemic sum of money to feed a human being. I also understand that food pantries cannot keep up with the need during this recession.

So cuts to the Food Stamp program make no sense during this Great Recession. 

So I publicly challenge President and Mrs. Obama to eat on $4 a day for one full month. 

I might consider supporting this new bill when the President and the First Lady, along with all Congress persons and their staffs and lobbyists begin eating on only $4 a day. They should all do this until the recession is over. And while I am at it, let’s make all bankers and financiers eat on only $4 a day too. And no more booze on Nancy’s plane either until this recession is over!!! 

IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE TO EVEN CONTEMPLATE CUTS IN BASIC FOOD BENEFITS DURING A DEEP RECESSION, MR. PRESIDENT.

How could you?

I am offended. 

What are your priorities?

What happened to ‘hope?’

Where is the common sense?

This is a reverse Marie Antoinette.

Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake.”

She had a tin ear.

But even that’s better than having a heart of stone.

Or being totally, completely, and incredibly stupid!

Featured Recipe:  Open-Faced Tomato, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich

Today’s recipe is super inexpensive and something families on food stamps hopefully can afford to make. It is for you that I started this blog in the first place. It costs only 52 cents a person to make, well under that $4.00 per day stipend. This meal is also super delicious, easy to make, and healthy too. 

Another great thing about this recipe is that you can fix it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is even great as a midnight snack.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

2 English muffins split in half

4 teaspoons butter

4 slices of tomato

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

4 eggs

4 teaspoons shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper to taste 

Here is what you do:

Cut 4 slices off  a tomato

Place a bit of oil in a skillet and heat. Add the eggs (I used egg rings, but you do not need to.) and slowly cook over low to medium-low heat. Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

While the eggs are cooking toast and butter the muffins.

 Add 1 slice of tomato to each muffin.

 

When the eggs are almost set, top them with a teaspoon or so of the cheese. I already had left-over cheddar and mozzarella in the fridge, so I used both cheeses today.

Continue cooking until the cheese melts. You can cover the eggs with a lid to speed the melting of the cheese if you are impatient as I am.

Then place the cheese covered egg on top of the tomato.

 You can serve with a salad or fresh or canned fruit.

You can make the meal healthier by using whole wheat muffins.

Sometimes when I do not have tomatoes, I use tomato paste in its place. This would be less expensive and every bit as tasty.

Cost 

2 English muffins                              $0.88

4 teaspoons butter                            $0.24 

4 slices of tomato                             $0.32

1 teaspoon vegetable oil                    $0.02

4 eggs                                              $0.32

4 teaspoons shredded cheese            $0.28

Salt and pepper to taste 

Total cost for 4 people = $2.06
Cost per person = $0.52

Bon Appetit!!!

Quote of theDay:   What this country needs today are more unemployed  politicians.    Edward Langley

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