A Garlic Milkshake Recipe for John Boehner
by Charles Lemos, Thu Oct 01, 2009 at 04:57:15 PM EDT
It's clear that House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio doesn't get out much. Even though a Quinnipiac poll just two weeks ago found that Ohio voters support 57 to 35 percent the idea of giving American consumers the option of buying health insurance from a government-run plan, Congressman Boehner told Politico's Glenn Thrush that he has yet to meet anyone who is for a public option.
"I'm still trying to find the first American to talk to who's in favor of the public option, other than a member of Congress or the administration" said Representative Boehner, whose sole recent foray into a public discussion of health care reform was a tea-party-style event in Ohio a few weeks back. "I've not talked to one and I get to a lot of places," he told reporters at his weekly press availability. "I've not had anyone come up to me -- I know I'm inviting them -- and lobby for the public option. This is about as unpopular as a garlic milkshake."
Democratic members of the House have been quick to pounce on the rather out of touch but always tanned John Boehner.
Rep. Chris Murphy (D-CT): "Since polls in Ohio show that 57% of people support the public option, it's pretty clear John Boehner isn't hanging out with the people he represents when he goes home. Maybe he should change up his golf foursome to include fewer Republican cheerleaders and hit the links with a few regular people."
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY): "There are plenty of average Americans in Louisville who support the public insurance option, and I'd be happy to personally pay for one of them to fly to Washington to tell John Boehner why, if he will agree to meet with them in public. Shoot, I'll pay for John to come to Louisville, if that will make it easier for the Minority Leader."
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL): "Minority Leader Boehner clearly hasn't been listening to the American people. I'd be happy to take him to SE Mechanical Service in my district, a small business which every year has to figure out how to continue to provide coverage for their employees despite 15-20% premium increases. When I visited them in July, they were debating whether to end family coverage for their employees because of increased costs."
Moreover, Boehner's remarks have drawn a sharp rebuke from Brian Bowe, the executive director of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, an annual garlic celebration in Northern California that draws hundreds of thousands of people each year and donates proceeds to charity.
"I would invite him to our festival and would urge him to try the garlic ice cream," said Mr Bowe. "It's the longest line of people at the festival every year. Everyone loves it."
I can personally attest to the wonders of garlic ice cream and I am hopeful that soon enough I can attest to the wonders of a public option. Below the fold a garlic milkshake recipe for Congressman Boehner. Drink up John, you know it will be good for you!
Held the last weekend every July, the Gilroy Garlic Festival serves up garlic ice cream every year. Here's their recipe:
Makes 1 quart
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
* 2 cups whole milk
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 1 vanilla bean, split in half, and the seeds scraped out and reserved
* 1 cups heavy cream
* 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
* 8 egg yolks
1. Put milk, garlic, vanilla pod and seeds in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and remove immediately.
2. In mixing bowl, whisk the cream, sugar and egg yolks until combined. Whisking constantly, slowly strain the hot milk mixture into the egg and sugar mixture.
3. Return the mixture to the pan and stir continuously over low heat until it thickens slightly, and coats the back of a spoon, about 10-12 minutes. Do not boil!
4. Pour in a bowl and chill over an ice bath. Pour into ice cream machine and churn until done. Freeze until ready to serve.
I've not tried to make a garlic milkshake, though I have tried an avocado one in the past, so I am melding the two.
1 California avocado, peeled, pitted and halved
1/3 quart whole milk
1/2 cup lowfat yogurt
3 tablespoons sugar
2 scoops garlic ice cream
Directions are real easy even for an out of touch Republican. Just throw everything in the blender and blend until smooth. Serves one.
Feel free to send Congressman Boehner a copy of the recipe and let him know you want a public option. Just copy and paste the recipe into the message.