Weird Shit I Bet You Didn't Know, or if You Did You Never Told Me: No. 1: Marcella Hazan May Be in Hell

The late Marcella Hazan was an acknowledged expert, if not The Expert, on Italian cuisine made American. Her recipe for Ragu Bolognese (not to be confused with what some housewives call "ragout," pronouncing it as if they were doing the laundry). But buried in Ms. Hazan's recipe is a thing shocking to not only Jehovah's Witnesses but about every Christian cult or church or organized religion. It is certainly something that would frighten an orthodox Jew. Some online American versions of the recipe substitute pork for the veal, and when I make it, I make it half each. After softening the onions in butter and olive oil, you add the meats, crumbling them up, and then you add -- shocking! -- a cup or two of whole milk. There you are mixing the same beast's milk with its flesh. Leviticus: God don't allow. The whole purpose of the milk is enrich the meat, breaking it down so that it eventually melts in the mouth, but we are getting ahead of ourselves.

One simmers for an hour to reduce the milk, and then one adds about a bottle of good white, an excellent choice being the pinot grigio. Sublime! The tomatoes and other things are added and one cooks at low for another three hours, ;stirring now and then. Put on freshly boiled pasta, this meal should even satisfy that old prune holding up at Castel Gandolfo, where he sips Dom Perginon all day and has dinner to Chateau Neuf d'Pape each night. Now, see, if the formerly Pope can have such a ragu on his pasta each night prior to the standing rib roast of pastoral lamb without garlic (don't scare the vampires away) he is violating God's clear commandments. What will we catch the Pop doing next, molesting an altar boy? He did serve as a Hitler Youth. Who was in charge, Himmler or Roehm?

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This sounds like my basic recipe for ragu. Beef and pork, tomato paste, herbs, vegetables, and whole milk. Not skim, 2%, or any lightened variation thereof. The full monty! F&*k it! If I'm going down, I'm going down in flames. Ohhh, and I finely mince the garlic before it hits the hot oil. Seems to melt in it and infuse everything in a very pleasant way.

As to Ratzinger, he was 15 or 16. Nazi? Seriously?! I've been to Havana and seen the kids forced into the Young Pioneers communist youth organization with the white blouses and red neck scarfs. How "voluntary" is that? Rat Boy is a worthless piece of scum for his cover up of pedophilia, for being the head of the Doctrine of the Congregation of Faith (Inquisition). But I just can't force myself to call him, as a vulnerable teenager, a Nazi.

From where does the authority of moral and ethical leadership arise when the heads of the institution of the Roman Catholic church worked with Nazis to persecute Jews? To remain silent during the roll of fascism across Europe? To deny women access to contraception when human population outstripped food and water sources? To instruct men to not use condoms in the face of the advancing threats of HIV/AIDS? 

Contradictions abound, made by the modern officials of the religious community of christians.  It does not matter if the source of the confusion is the old or new holy scriptures, the dogma, the policies or the practices. Ultimately, it is the institution of the church that creates confusion. 

Should we kill?

  • Exodus 20:13 "Thou shalt not kill."
  • Leviticus 24:17 "And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death."


  • Exodus 32:27 "Thus sayeth the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, . . . and slay every man his brother, . . . companion, . . . neighbor."
  • I Samuel 6:19 " . . . and the people lamented because the Lord had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter."
  • I Samuel 15:2,3,7,8 "Thus saith the Lord . . . Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. . . . And Saul smote the Amalekites . . . and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword."
  • Numbers 15:36 "And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the Lord commanded Moses."
  • Hosea 13:16 "they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with children shall be ripped up."

Are we saved through works?

  • Ephesians 2:8,9 "For by grace are ye saved through faith . . . not of works."
  • Romans 3:20,28 "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight."
  • Galatians 2:16 "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ."


  • James 2:24 "Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only."
  • Matthew 19:16-21 "And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he [Jesus] said unto him . . . keep the commandments. . . . The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven."

Source: Freedom From Religion Foundation, Losing Faith In Faith: From Preacher To Atheist by Dan Barker 

Chapter 23. "Bible Contradictions".

For me, the ultimate contradiction of religion is the claim that love, peace, joy, justice underlie their institutions, when, in fact, each denomination claims to be the one true source and religious people are willing to fight, engage in war, quarrel, have dissention within groups and between groups, blame, accuse, persecute, and hate monger. In my opinion, if there were truly a god, it would be to unify, coordinate, enhance and encourage the flourishing of all living things, including the Earth. 

Pat, Hazan puts no garlic in it at all.




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