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BBQ Season: Veggie Recipe Edition

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Bulgur Veggie Burgers With Lime Mayonnaise (adapted from Epicurious.com)
Makes 8-10 patties 1/2 cup chopped onion, divided1 tablespoon olive oil plus additional for brushing1/2 cup bulgur1 cup water1 can black beans, rinsed and drained¼ cup Panko breadcrumb, plus more to achieve desired consistency1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce3/4 cup walnuts (2 1/2 ounces)2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped1/2 cup packed cilantro sprigs3/4 teaspoon ground cumin1/4 teaspoon cayenne1/4 cup mayonnaise1/4 teaspoon grated lime zest1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juiceWhole wheat buns
Cook half of onion with 1/4 teaspoon salt in oil in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Add bulgur and water and cook, covered, over low heat until water is absorbed, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and stir in beans and soy sauce. Pulse bulgur mixture, walnuts, garlic, cilantro, cumin, cayenne, a rounded 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and remaining onion in a food proc…

Welcome Home Heroes

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I believe our troops who die in combat are in Valhalla. Valhalla also known as "Hall of the Heroes", is the best-known hall in Asgard, which is one of the residence belonging to Odin, the AlFather ("Father of the Slain") as he is known in this hall. It is where the dead warriors, known as Einherjars, resided in a hall, and wait for the arrival of Ragnarok. The Einherjars would fight alongside the Aesir at Ragnarok. When the bravest warriors are killed in battle or combat, they are brought to Valhalla by group of women warriors known as the Valkyries, which is translated as "Chooser of the Slain", and they are known as "Shield-maidens". The Valkyries are sometimes are known as "Swan-Maidens", because their garments are made of swan feathers, which allowed them to fly. The Valkyries served Odin, by going through battlefield, choosing slain warriors who would be suited to fight in Ragnarok and therefore they have a place in Valhalla. Whi…

Calling for a Hero IV

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Bruce Wayne is the Batman, a man with a mission, not of vengeance but a long-term plan to rid Gotham from the evil that holds it. As a philanthropist he supports charities and bodies that seek to rehabilitate criminals while as the Batman he removes those that persist in offending. Those in the suburbs and country consider him an urban legend, yet the transient criminal population of Gotham and the country know him from rumor and experience. As a member of the JL the Batman is the brains behind the operation only occasionally taking a fully active part in the missions. He prefers to act as an advisor and one-man think tank. The only member of the team that he fully trusts is Superman because he the nearest to a professional amongst them. A family outing to the cinema ended in tragedy for young Bruce Wayne. Walking homeward, Bruce, his father, Thomas, and mother, Martha, accidentally ventured into Gotham City's notorious "Crime Alley" and were accosted by a mugger. Not cont…

Calling for a Hero III Once and Future King

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Arthur is the great legendary British king. There so many versions of his life that it is confusing to write for the blog but I did best. Arthur was the son of Uther Pendragon and Igraine. Igraine was the wife to Duke Gorlois of Cornwall, at the time she had conceived Arthur. Through Merlin's magic, Uther was transformed to look exactly like her husband. Uther made love to Igraine, when Gorlois was absence. When Gorlois was killed, Uther immediately married Igraine. Arthur had three half-sisters: Morgause, Elaine (Blasine) and Morgan le Fay. Morgause had married King Lot of Orkney, Elaine (Blasine) was married to King Nentres of Garlot, while Morgan was wife of King Urien of Gorre, brother of Lot. However these were very troubled times and Merlin, a wise wizard, advised that the baby Arthur should be raised in a secret place and that none should know his true identity. As Merlin feared, when King Uther died there was great conflict over who should be the next king. Merlin used hi…

Calling for a Hero II Heracles (Hercules) Part 3 Happy Ever After

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Having performed all twelve labours Heracles was now free from any more obligations to Eurystheus. He was left to his own device. Eurytus, king of Oechalia, was offering his daughter's hand in marriage, if one of the suitors could defeat him or his sons in the archery contest. While Heracles was receiving education, Eurytus had taught archery to the young Heracles, which the king was soon to regret. He sought advice from thePythia of Delphi, to help cure his disease, but she refused to give advice. Heracles angrily took the tripod and told her he will set up his own oracle. Apollo came to his priestess' aid and would have fought Heracles, had not Zeus separated the two with a thunderbolt. Heracles just wanted advice from the oracle, not a fight with Apollo. While Apollo felt admiration for Heracles' boldness, the god ordered his priestess to response to the hero's request. The oracle told Heracles, he must sell himself as a slave, as punishment for the murder and a cu…

Calling for a Hero II Heracles (Hercules) Part 2 the Twelve Labors

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Putting up from Part 1 
To expiate the crime, Heracles was required to carry out ten labors set by his archenemy, Eurystheus, who had become king in Heracles' place. If he succeeded, he would be purified of his sin.
The First Labor was the killing of the Nemean Lion. This big cat was invulnerable to all weapons and the son of Echidna, Mother of All Monsters. Heracles trapped the lion in a cave near Nemea. Since all the weapons were ineffective against the lion, Heracles decided to tackle the beast, unarmed. After an intense struggle, Heracles strangled the lion with his bare hand. Heracles skinned the lion and used the pelt or hide as a cloak. The hide of the Nemean Lion act as armor for Heracles
The Second Labor was the Killing of the Hydra. The Hydra was an ancient nameless serpent-like creature had many heads. The number of heads varied depending on the authors. Usually there were nine heads. One of the heads was immortal. The other heads were more deadly: when the head was cut of…