This past weekend was the Daily Kos holiday party. Here are some group shots from Navajo.
I took a few of my own. The party was held at Daily Kos headquarters in Berkeley, Calif., and there were even readers who came from out-of-state for it. We had so much fun. There were a lot of delicious foods and drinks. Our Jewish Kossacks held a Menorah lighting for Hanukkah. There was a Christmas tree and gift bags for the kids — thank you, Navajo, you’re so sweet! — and life-size cut-outs of the Obamas wearing Santa Claus hats:
One of the Kossacks brought over this delicious beets dip to go with Rye baguette. He was kind enough to share the recipe with me:
Basic Beet Spread:
Per medium-large beet, add 4 tbls almonds (or walnuts), 1-2 cloves garlic, 4 tbls olive oil, 2 tbls red wine vinegar, 1/2 tsp salt, small slice dry bread or rye cracker (or small baked potato). Blend it all together with an immersion blender. Adjust as you wish, the one tonight had a little extra red wine vinegar.
Speaking of holiday parties, here’s some interesting research on red wine at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website:
The red wine ingredient resveratrol has had a lot of good press in recent years – research indications that it can improve metabolism and reduce problems with metabolic disorders such as diabetes. But the research has been done on people with those conditions. So at Washington University in St. Louis, Samuel Klein tried it on healthy people.
Klein tested resveratrol supplements on 15 middle-aged women, to see if their bodies handled sugar – their insulin sensitivity – better than 14 other women who didn’t take the supplements. He found no difference. And he concludes:
“If you’re relatively healthy to begin with, there may not be any kind of beneficial effects in taking this supplement.”
I am a red wine drinker. No health benefits for me? Boo!
Here is a blog giveaway that I dig: LadyDeeLG — she has commented here before! — is holding a contest giveaway for a signed copy of a beautiful picture book called NYChildren. It highlights the wonderful diversity that is New York City.
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?