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As many of you who know me already know, I’m a native North Carolinian-and proud of it.  Virtually all of my family still lives there.  In yesterday’s primary, the residents of NC voted to pass Amendment One under the guise of it being a same sex marriage ban.  I’m not gonna get into it; I’m not here for that.  You can go read the legislation at your leisure.

The real gag was all of the public outcry after the bill passed into law.  And frankly I am not surprised!  It’s like people forget where they are.  NC is still the south, hate it or love it and some things are just true.  Riddle me this: how in the hayle do you expect a state to endorse any legislation protecting gay marriage when they don’t even have legislation to protect the gays in their jobs?  Yup, that’s right, you can get fired in NC from your job if you are suspected of being gay, or pretty much for any other reason.  Aaaaaaaaaaaaand sodomy (oral & anal sex) was illegal anyway doe up until 2003 when the Supreme Court stepped in.

See, here’s the tea: I’ve seen more twitter and facebook politician/preachers who were glad this amendment passed than I care to know.  (I’m talmbout my people here).  Some of these same folks were the ones back at G who were just as gay as a damn gala! But now they found Jesus (so they say) and they gotta let they ‘morals’ and ‘values’ dictate ‘all aspects of they decision making’…etc.  Maybe it’s the Libra in me, but I’d like to think that its the God in me that hates to see this type of blatant bigoted behavior on full display.  Regardless of your personal feelings/opinions/beliefs, it is never your place to discriminate or disenfranchise another group of people in order to uplift yourself and you so-called ‘morals’ -that aint Jesus and it doesn’t make you virtuous, it makes you a hypocrite!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand now, NC has opened up pandora’s box, literally.  By allowing the church to be the driving force in governing matters that concern the state, they’ve conversely opened up the door for it to be permissible for the state to legislate in church affairs.  If nothing else, this amendment shouldn’t have been allowed to pass to preserve the separation of church and state, and the legislative process as a whole.  Again, you may not necessarily agree that this was the best practice based on your ‘religious’ convictions, but if you take the emotion out of it, you can’t deny it’s there for a reason.

So black people: when the state of NC comes in and tells yall you can only hold one service on Sunday between the hours of 9am and 10am, then how you gone act?  Ok, I know that was extreme but…not really.

Stop allowing emotions to be the primary force that drive all of your actions and think!!! Grow up!

Spinach Artichoke Dip with Shrimps! 

Ingredients 

  • 1 to 2 bags of fresh spinach, cleaned
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • olive oil
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • up to 1/4 c flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 jar artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups cheese (you can use virtually any kind, I used muenster and monteray jack here)
  • 1 lb cooked shrimp, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • pita chips, or toasted bread for dipping

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease a baking dish and set aside.

In a stainless steel pan over medium-high heat, season and cook the shrimp in olive oil.  Add 1 tbsp of the garlic.  Remove the shrimp when done and allow to cool.  Add the spinach to the same pan and cook, add more olive oil if necessary.  Remove the spinach and allow to cool.

In a pot over medium high heat melt the butter and add the onion.  Allow to cook until they start to become soft:

Add the garlic, and the flower, salt and pepper and cayenne and cook for about 5 more mins stirring frequently until it begins to thicken; this is the roux for your dip:

Meanwhile, drain and rinse the artichoke hearts and chop them, also chop the spinach and shrimp:

  

Add them into the mixture and stir:

Add the cheese, a little at the time while continuing to stir until everything is combined. Then transfer your dip to your greased baking dish and top with the parmesan cheese:

Bake until the cheese on top starts to brown, no more than 15 mins.  Serve with the pita chips or toasted bread and enjoy!

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