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Well, hello there.

You may have already noticed, but I just wanted to let all of the followers of this blog know,
that the regular posts to Virtual CheeseBlogger are on hiatus. I’m taking a break to work on other things.
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Top 15 Movies You Should Watch on Netflix Before They Are Gone

Top 15 Movies You Should Watch on Netflix Before They Are Gone:

These are MY top 15 movies that you need to watch on Netflix before the end of the year, based on the list of available titles that will be gone on January 1st.
Some of these movies are good, others are utter train-wrecks. 

Being John Malkovich (do not watch this movie if you dislike John Malkovich or John Cusack)

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (sequel to Breakin’ – duh)

Half-Baked (stoner flick)

War Games (Matthew Broderick uses a Radio Shack computer to hack into SkyNet)

Top Gun (Tom Cruise flies fighter planes and hits on his flight instructor)

The Secret of Nimh (Animated kids movie about mutant non-ninja mice and rats)

Flashdance (Jennifer Beals dances and welds stuff to 80’s music)

Man on the Moon (nutty comedian movie acted by another nutty comedian)

As Good as It Gets (Jack Nicholson)

What Dreams May Come (Robin Williams gets freaked out by incredible surreal stuff)

Desperado (sequel/reboot to El Mariachi, but this time with Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek)

The Great Train Robbery (it’s a classic movie about… well, you know)

I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (Wayans family blaxploitation comedy)

Remo Williams (fun and campy 80’s action/spy flick)

Back to School (Rodney Dangerfield’s finest acting and diving role)


The Fudgeamel – A Somewhat Expected Journey

What on Middle-Earth is this?

Some would call it ‘Abomination’. I call it DELICIOUS!
My relatives call it…


pronounced: Fudge-Uhhh-Mel

Not Quite Fudge, Not Quite Caramel - Fudgeamel

The Fudgeamel – A Somewhat Expected Journey

My first encounter with Fudgeamel actually started as a batch of old fashioned fudge that did not set properly. My remedy was to melt it down again, add more sugar, milk, etc, and re-boil the mixture to 236 degrees F, which those in the candy making industry call the ‘soft ball’ stage, (AKA the temperature that you need to make fudge).

So What is The Deal with the Tootsie Rolls?

Well, after my fudge re-boiled and I let it cool, the results definitely looked like fudge, but the texture was slightly chewy, almost like caramel, and it tasted a bit like Tootsie Rolls.

I wonder if the original Tootsie Roll was actually just a bad batch of fudge. Anyway, I don’t usually plan to make a batch of Fudgeamel, mostly because I prefer Fudge, but also because my brother, who coined the phrase ‘Fudgeamel’, teases me every time I make a fresh batch of normal fudge, by asking me if I’m making Fudgeamel. Every time, I must remind him that FUDGE is the goal.

tootsie rolls

 The Fudgeamel – PART TWO:
The Desolation of the Tootsie Rolls

This time around, I had a “$H!T TON” (technical term) of semi-stale Tootsie Rolls lying around. I don’t like to waste stuff, and knew that since they’re mostly just sugar and cocoa, they’d probably melt down pretty easily. I used my previous experience with Fudgeamel Version Zero to attempt a candy resuscitation, knowing the end result was probably going to still taste like Tootsie Rolls, but would be be a substantial improvement to the nearly jaw-breaking state in which the Tootsie Rolls currently consisted. I expected that this would be another Fudgeamel. I was a bit surprised at how well this worked, but not shocked at how close this was to my earlier fudge re-boil.

Here’s how I did it:

I unwrapped and added 50 tootsie rolls (the skinny 3 inch ones twisted in wax paper – one of those is approximately 4 midgees) , along with a cup and a half of sugar, about a cup of half and half, and two blocks (2 oz) of unsweetened Baker’s Chocolate, to a double boiler – use a metal pot, not a bowl for the top part of the boiler.

If you’re familiar with traditional candy making, or know how to make old fashioned fudge, it’s basically the same process:

Slowly, AND I DO MEAN SLOWLY, melt down the ingredients, occasionally stirring with a wooden spoon, until all the candy has dissolved.  You don’t need to use a double-boiler for this first part, but it does help prevent or reduce scorching during the melting process.

Then, once everything is melted, (and you used the double boiler method) you can move the top pot out of the boiler and directly over medium/medium-high heat until the mixture starts a slow boil. Lower the heat if necessary to maintain the slow boil.

Clamp on your candy thermometer and cook to 236 degrees F (don’t go past 240!).
Remove from heat, drop a couple tablespoons of butter on the top of the mixture and let the whole thing cool to about 110 degrees F . This will take more than an hour. I can’t tell you exactly how long. Don’t mix, don’t shake, don’t touch until this “chocolate napalm” cools down!

Then, add some vanilla extract and stir the mixture in the pot until your arm falls off, then stir some more. Then stir some more. Keep stirring. Did I say stop? No. Keep stirring.
You’ll know when to stop when the shiny stuff starts turning a little less shiny.
Then get it out of the pot and spread into a greased baking dish lined with wax paper, which also is greased (with cooking spray or butter).
If it doesn’t set completely, give it more time to set up. Fudgeamel should be more forgiving than traditional fudge, which is notorious for seizing up into a solid mass before you get it out of the pot.

When the fudgeamel is set, you can use the wax paper to pull it out of the baking dish so you can more easily cut it into squares. Plastic knives work much better than metal. If it isn’t devoured immediately, you can store it in any airtight container.

If your fudgeamel starts to dry out , you can chop it up into “fudge dust”, keep it in a ziplock bag or airtight container, and use it to make hot cocoa.

Just put a couple tablespoons of ‘fudge dust’ into a large mug, pour hot milk over it and stir until the dust dissolves. BOOM! Hot Cocoa!

The Fudgeamel – Part Three: Fudge and Back Again

Here’s a video of ‘The Boiling’ (AKA Yule Log for Chocolate Lovers) :
If you click on the full-screen icon, it is in 720p HD.

The Government Shutdown, Explained


 Your news channel of choice has told you there is a government shutdown.

You have no idea what that means, but a lot of jerks,
(mainly on FOX news and wingnut radio shows)
are telling you who to blame. They’re probably lying to you.


Here’s what is really happening:

Months ago, the Senate passed a “clean” CR (continuing resolution) Discretionary Budget to keep the government running.

It was a GIGANTIC gift (a huge compromise) to the Republicans
(as you will see from the graph below),
as it keeps the sequester in place and goes even lower than that,
both of which will continue to drag the economic recovery.

This CR bill was a bi-partisan effort in the Senate.
Additionally, the Senate invited the House months ago to come and participate in the budget negotiations, but Boehner said no EIGHTEEN times.
Now, after 40+ times trying to repeal the ACA, the House refuses to pass the Senate’s ‘clean’ CR unless they get the NON-discretionary ACA law de-funded.
It doesn’t belong in a bill for Discretionary funding,
but since the Tea Party is a bunch of cry-babies about Obamacare,
they won’t let any other government business happen unless they get their way.

If the Senate caves to this behavior, it will set a dangerous precedent that will allow a small faction of 1/3 of the government to hold the entire country hostage just so that Eric Cartman can get his new iPad or whatever the hell it is that they want (they don’t even know anymore).

All of the posturing that Republicans are doing right now in front of the cameras and the piece by piece funding bills they’re passing in the House are just a sad attempt of Republicans to seem reasonable while anyone who’s been paying attention knows they’re completely disingenuous (AKA – full of crap).

So the Tea Party Republicans continue to throw a tantrum until they get their way.
Every day or two, Ted Cruz does his best impression of Bizarro Superman (sans super-powers) with a blatant attempt to project his own faults onto the Democrats.
You can’t let bullies get away with that crap. Sometimes you have to hit back.

FundingLevelCharticle-1Image via ThinkProgress
who has a really great article
you should read about
the Republicans’ fake “willingness to compromise”