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Interesting view of the Mr. Rogers documentary:

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I like AUs. Boy do I like AUs. Some of them more than others, but still, I find AU history in particular fascinating. And yet comics/movies don't seem able to figure out how to do it right. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (also known as "Alan Moore's Public Domain Fanfic") was disappointing in both forms, and I wanted to like it.

So I heard about Rough Riders comic book and got it from the library to give it a shot. And... once again, disappointing.

If you want to write your own turn-of-the-century fanfic featuring public domain real life dead people, well, sure, nobody can really stop you, because their estates are generally not around to send you a C&D. That's again what this is: fanfic. And not very good fanfic.

Teddy Roosevelt puts together a bunch of celebrities with SPESHUL SKILLZ YO to investigate alien invasions of earth. oKAY... yeah, I don't really like the OMG ALIENS line, but I can sorta-kinda live with it.

What I wasn't happy with:
- gratuitous jacked & buff Rasputin poking around in Cuba
- Houdini now throws cards like Gambit and they're razor sharp and cut flesh
- the writer claims to be a super history buff, but then he tosses history completely out the window
- modern slang, dialog, and attitudes (yes, even the racism is modern-tinged)
- Teddy R in power armor
- even the horse has power armor
- the word "alien" meaning "being from another planet" which doesn't occur until 1953. Prior to that it meant "foreigner". These characters use it freely in the SF sense without batting an eye.
- in other words, this self-described history buff comic book writer doesn't do any research into history.

And that bugs me, man! And you know what? I could probably forgive some of this if the parts that are supposed to be based in reality, like, oh, people's speech patterns of the time, actually were. Instead this is a cheap "steampunk adventure novel with aliens" plot with famous dead people tacked on.

In case you're wondering, Harry Turtledove did a decent job of this with is Worldwar book series, which had real personages in it, even with alien invasions. And he did OK. It can be done, if the author chooses to. Glad I got this from the library instead of paying money for it. (TPB version, Volume 1)

OK, time to lower the blood pressure...

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So I tried this recipe:

And here are details beneath the cut.

3 to 4 large pattypan squash (about 1 3/4 pounds total), cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
1 medium onion, halved and sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup grated mozzarella or fontina cheese

For Breadcrumbs:
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil; brush with oil.

Toss squash and onion slices with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, and pepper. Arrange in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Spoon marinara sauce over squash slices.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes (depending on the thickness of the squash); sprinkle with cheeses and bake for 5 to 7 minutes more, or until squash is tender and cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

Meanwhile, to prepare garlic breadcrumbs, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and garlic in a medium skillet over medium heat, until oil is hot and garlic is fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add bread crumbs, herbs, and salt and pepper and stir until breadcrumbs are golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes more. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over squash slices and serve.

My notes:
1. OK, so you bake some onions, and then...? I guess you just have them on the side? I took out some of my frozen caramelized onions, thawed them while assembling the rest of this, put a few underneath the tomato sauce and it was fine.

2. I didn't do the breadcrumb thing.

3. Caramelized onions and the cheese give it a very French-onion-soup flavor and there's nothing wrong with that!

4. I used one smallish? medium? squash (I don't know what the standard is for these) and cut it into 3 slices and so I didn't measure anything. I oiled both sides of the squash; put the semi thawed onions on top of each one; put a spoon of leftover spaghetti sauce on top of that; baked for 15 minutes. Probably could've gone 1-2 more (or on the next step).

5. Used a mix of premade shredded "fiesta cheese" mix for pizzas and that's fine, lots of mozzarella in it. 5 minutes. Cheese wasn't browned, I could've gone 1-2 more minutes (see above).

That said: Tasty and delicious! And healthy! Veggies! Squash itself had zero flavor, but the onions and tomato and cheese helped with that (I mean, those make anything better).

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