Sunday, February 15, 2009

Don't Divorce my Friends and Family

Please watch this powerful video and sign a letter to the California Supreme Court here if it impacts you.

"Fidelity": Don't Divorce... from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.

They already have over 262,000 signatures as of Sunday, February 15 and the new goal is 300,000. Here is the text of the letter, telling the Supreme Court to invalidate Prop 8 and not divorce the already married couples:

We, the undersigned, share President Barack Obama's view that "for too long, issues of LGBT rights have been exploited
by those seeking to divide us. It's time to move beyond
polarization and live up to our founding promise of equality by treating all our citizens with dignity and respect."

Yet, on December 19, 2008, Ken Starr and the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund filed legal briefs defending the constitutionality
of Prop 8 and seeking to nullify the marriages of 18,000
devoted same-sex couples solemnized before Prop 8 passed.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in this case on March 5, with a decision expected within 90 days.
We, the undersigned, ask that the Court enforce the equality promised to each of us by our constitution and invalidate Prop
8. So doing will protect all loving, committed couples in California -– including the 18,000 who said "I do" last year –-
and prevent the initiative process from being a tool for stripping vulnerable minorities of precious constitutional rights.

As Americans who believe in the rule of law and fundamental civil rights, we know that Ken Starr and the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund's shameful attempt to nullify equal protection
and all these bonded unions will be condemned in the eyes of
history. We know that, ultimately, love will prevail, no matter
how hard they try to fight it.

Sincerely, Me (and you I hope!)

Chocolate Covered Cherry Pudding Cakes

For Valentine's Day, we stayed in and cooked dinner at home. Correction - Russ cooked dinner and I made dessert. I was on the hunt for a recipe involving cherries and chocolate (his favorite combo) that used ramekins (our were getting dusty in a kitchen drawer). Earlier in the week Google reader solved my quest: Fatfree Vegan Kitchen posted a recipe for Chocolate Covered Cherry Pudding Cake. It was meant to be!

So, I gathered my ingredients... (btw, the Dragoba cocoa is amazing and I think a good quality cocoa would make or break this recipe)

I have a bad habit of not reading a recipe all the way through beforehand, and this time was no exception. Apparently you have to let the frozen cherries sit for 1-2 hours. This gave me some time to do the dishes though...
Silly cherries waiting to thaw out...

Here are the cakes before I poured the cherry juice on top and popped them in the oven for 20 minutes

Fresh out of the oven!

My pictures aren't as pretty as those on FFVK, but the cakes were delicious! They weren't too heavy like some chocolate desserts and the ramekins make a nice portion (although we each had 1 and half...and only because I gave the 4th one away). The bottom was the best part (cherries and goopy chocolate pudding) and I loved how the cake part was marbled with moist areas of pudding throughout. I definitely recommend the cake, especially straight out of the oven, paired with vanilla ice cream.

Here are some other pictures from the night...

Cinnamon reading her Valentine card

Cooking a delicious dinner: bacon wrapped scallops and herb roasted potatoes

Peace out!