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This poem came out of the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] readera, [personal profile] alexseanchai, and [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "bisexual" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some fractious content. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features crowds, frustration, floundering over cape identity, rude people, obnoxious language, sex/gender bigotry, bigot-baiting, questioning aspects of personal sexuality, and other challenges. But mostly it's fluff. It's also a humor-based choking hazard. Do not read with your mouth full! If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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We went to the farmer's market for the first time this year, and bought supplies for making Sloppy Joe filling and Wild Tidy Joes (bison version).  We also had lunch with my parents and visited a bookstore.

There's a new mushroom vendor, Flyway Family Farm, who had lovely batches of fresh oyster mushrooms for $5.  Very sweet and tasty, we had those for supper with garam masala.

Biggest score was Prairie Rim Bison / Ruhter Bison.  Lovely ranch running about 40 head of buffalo at present.  Aho!  In addition to the usual ground bison and less common things such as ribs, they had something I've not seen white people selling before: bison soup bones.  Not just meatybones like I was expecting but actual slices of limb with quite a lot of meat around it. I bought two fist-sized packages for $6.50 and opened them to find that each contained two slabs the size of large lamb chops, nearly as big as my hand.  *victory dance*  So I have crocked those with about a gallon of water now simmering away in the kitchen, and we shall have bison broth!  :D  We also bought cheesecloth so I could make a bouquet garni  instead of chasing bits of leaves around the pot.  I put in two bay leaves, a bunch of peppercorns and juniper berries, a big sprig each of fresh sage and rosemary, and some sea salt.  I had fun rolling the fresh herbs between my hands to bruise them and release the flavor, so now my hands smell like rosemary and sage.

I also trimmed some brush from the forest garden, watered plants, and sprayed the Japanese beetles.  Little bastards have almost denuded my firecracker plant.  And I couldn't find my can of Sevin.  >_<  I prefer to avoid pesticides, but when the JBs swarm there's little other choice because nothing will eat them.  Must get a fresh can.  Blackberry lilies have tiny buds on them now.
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Today, in Reasons Not to Hurl the Planet into the Sun, I discovered that Cracker Barrel has a new dessert for summer: Campfire S'Mores.  This consists of a graham cracker crust, warm fudge brownie, roasted marshmallow, and melty chocolate bar accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with dark chocolate sauce.  *DROOL, SLOBBER*  It's harder than it looks to translate recipes across different cooking modes, such as bringing a campfire classic into the kitchen.  I've had several attempts at indoor s'mores, including the pretty good s'more dessert pizza at Brixx, but nothing that compares to this.  So if you like s'mores and you're near a Cracker Barrel, go try this.  \o/

EDIT 6-27-17: Someone has thoughtfully posted a copycat recipe.  This will be useful after the special concludes in August. Meanwhile go throw money at the people who invented this, in hopes they will make more awesome food.

EDIT 6-28-17: Now in delicious poem flavor!  I wrote about some supervillains discovering this dessert.  "Reasons Not to Hurl the Planet into the Sun" is 60 lines, Buy It Now = $20
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Any of you vision-impaired folks like to cook?  A friend tipped me to this spice merchant, and I noticed they advertise Braille labels are available upon request.  The blends sound quite promising.
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We went up to visit my parents today.

I found a black t-shirt with copper lettering that says "Breathe."  Always good advice!

I was thrilled to find a square-fold insulated shopping bag that zips around the top.  We used to have one but eventually it fell apart.  Since then I could only find flat ones, and one very small square-fold.  Yay, new bag!

We tried feijoa fruit.  It has a very strong tropical aroma with musky and floral notes.  The flavor is tangy but with many complex undertones that don't really blend together.  Texture is soft and a little gritty, similar to pear, although it has a complex seed compartment like a cucumber.  It was interesting to try, although I think I'd like it better blended with other fruits in a smoothie or ice cream.  It just seems made to marry with everything.  :D  Fandom bicycle fruit!  Everyone gets a ride!
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... would a hospital make a McDonald's its adjunct restaurant.  Think about all the times doctors nag people to eat better and lose weight, and all the people who can't  eat McDonald's due to special dietary needs.  I am just boggled by the loss of opportunity, because this shit is routine in L-American "health care" -- they push people around, but refuse to lift a finger to help.  Hospital food is almost universally slop of exactly the kind they tell people not to eat, and the cafeterias or adjunct restaurants are barely better.  What they should be doing is serving delicious well-balanced meals to show  people how that works, and then doctors should eat that in public, because humans are prone to imitative behavior.  I've read about outliers having an organic restaurant, but in terms of access, that's still a unicorn hunt.  But McDonald's?  Really?  WTF.

Fortunately someone working there does NOT have their head up their ass, and has started a petition to replace it with a restaurant serving healthy food.
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 They're GMO, but I must admit I'm tempted to try one.  I like the idea of gengineering, it's the execution I often find unethical, my safety standards being much higher.  But an occasional nibble seems unlikely to do serious harm.
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[personal profile] kengr tipped me to the Habanada, a descendant of Habañero without the heat.
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In Terramagne-America, there is a company of several multicultural women that's making packets of crispy chickpeas in different flavors. The Hot Chicks are extra-spicy, the Saucy Chicks are milder, and the Sweet Chicks are sugary. The promotional characters are baby chickens dressed as bikers on the Hot Chicks, while the Saucy Chicks have more eclectic "go out and have fun" outfits, and the Sweet Chicks are dolled up in pink. So cute, I wish I could draw these.

Chickpeas are big rounded legumes. They offer protein, fiber, and other benefits. When roasted, they make a healthy snack that can be flavored in various ways. You can do many other things with them too.

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This is another commercial from Terramagne. Comfort food appears in many of the poems from Polychrome Heroics. So what do you do if you grew up with junk for comfort food? They've got a patch for that ...

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 Superheras for Mother's Day.  I think the first Wonder Woman cake is my favorite.
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Terramagne has all kinds of awesome snacks, mentioned in various poems from the Polychrome Heroics series. Screamin' Squirrel Snacks offer a range of healthy high-energy items.

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Jumble Munch is a popular snack in Terramagne-America, mentioned in several poems from Polychrome Heroics. It's a mix of different ingredients, similar to trail mix or party mix, in a large array of sweet and savory flavors. It comes in small or large bags.

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Here's a selection of mixed drinks from Terramagne, mostly alcoholic although there's a virgin version of one.

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Terramagne-America has a much wider selection of drinks aimed at adults than just alcoholic ones. Their mixed drinks get really interesting. This batch relies on some ingredients -- especially the Aromantic Bitters -- that tend to produce blue to purple drinks.

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Here are some recipes from the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of Polychrome Heroics. Most of these are fairly straightforward American recipes. There are also a few Indian recipes courtesy of Lawrence's friend Chatura.

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