The great bail-out oops, I mean “rescue” is underway! Thank God! How lucky we all are to have the comfort of knowing that billions of dollars (dollars that aren’t even printed yet) of our Country’s hard earned money are being transferred to unmasked thieves in the biggest financial heist of the history of the world! Yes, I feel so much better now knowing that our money will soon be printed up and put into the hands and bank accounts of God knows who.  How comforting it is to foresee the inevitable bankruptcy of the United States looming in the near future.  Yes, I feel as though we were practically whisked away on a white stallion named “Rescue”.  I know I will sleep better just dreaming of the trillion dollars Bush has spent on the war, combined with the trillion they will use to “rescue” us. Lets see, if I do the math correctly……it definitely comes out to bull&%#!

Which brings me to my recipe of the day:

Bail-Out Stew better known as “Rescue” Ratatouille: This recipe is loaded with heart-healthy ingredients.  First, go to your nearest neighbor, ask to look in his refrigerator.  Take any fresh vegetables he may have.  He probably worked hard to earn the money to buy fresh vegetables, which will enhance their sweetness even more.  Carrots, onions, celery, garlic & potatoes. If you have any neighbors with a real vegetable garden, that’s even better! The harder they have worked the better it tastes.  You will need four tomatoes, two eggplants and two zucchini.  Some gardeners have prized-sized crops that they have nurtured and cultivated for months or even years.  If that is the case, you will only need one of each but make sure you take the biggest, fattest, heartiest one as to “rescue” the smaller ones from certain demise.  If you have to go to Main street for this, make sure you use the money from your child’s piggy bank or your 401k.

Course chop all the veggies.  Toss in extra virgin olive oil (also borrowed from a neighbor, or stolen off the table of your favorite local restaurant, to “rescue” anyone from possible rancid oil) sea salt, pepper, and any fresh herbs you can take from more neighbors.  Some neighbors may have them sitting on their porch in little pots free for the taking.

Heat oven to 400.  In a deep baking dish, roast for 1 hour. Add one can of chicken stock and bake another half hour. Sprinkle grated gruyere cheese on top and bake another 15 minutes.

This dish would be the perfect comfort food to serve with warm, crusty bread to your generous, starving, depressed and broke neighbors who gave you their last fresh vegetable.  However, I suggest instead that you do the patriotic thing and take the warm food down to the UPS store and overnight it to the poor, tired men who stayed up for days to come up with this life-saving “rescue” plan!  Bon-Appetite!