Want To Feed Your Soul? Go to Church or the Outdoors, Not Government

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) recently said,”People come to government to feed their souls.”

CNSNews has more about it:

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D–Md.) says, “so many people come to government knowing that they are not going to make the kind of money they would make in the private sector but they come to government to feed their souls.”Cummings was speaking in Washington D.C. at the Legislative Conference of the National Treasury Employees Union on February 4th when he made the comments.


“People do not seem to understand that so many people come to government knowing that they are not going to make the kind of money that they would make in the private sector but they come to government to feed their souls,” Cummings told the audience.

Really? Last I checked, people go to church or go to the outdoors to feed their soul. Going to church or synagogue is an uplifting experience. Seeking a power higher than yourself feeds the soul to insurmountable heights. Additionally, going to the outdoors puts one’s mind at ease. Henry David Thoreau said it best, “Go fish and hunt far and wide day by day – farther and wider – and rest thee by many brooks and hearth-sides without misgiving. Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures. Let the noon find thee by other lakes, and the night overtake thee everywhere at home. There are no larger fields than these, no worthier games than may here be played.”

This constant push for paternalistic government with nanny state inklings is incredibly bothersome. Cradle-to-grave dependency on government deprives one of their autonomy, for one’s soul belongs to the state.

Want to feed your soul? Be independent of the government.

Mama’s Turkey Barley Soup

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

January is National Soup Month. What better way to celebrate this chilly month with some delicious homemade soup?

Below is a family favorite from my house that you’ll love. It’s perfect for this time of year and is packed with great ingredients and nutrients. It’ll take some time to make, like any soup, but it’ll be worth it!


  • 12 oz. barley
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 5 tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 big garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, sliced into chunks
  • 3 tbspns complete seasoning
  • 10 cups water

Sautee the chopped onions and grated garlic in a large cast iron pot for 5-8 minutes, until they are slightly browned. While you are sautéing those ingredients, rinse the barley well in a strainer and set it aside. Next, add the ground turkey to the pot and brown it over a medium heat, which will take 10-15 minutes. Once…

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Turning the Tides in Annapolis

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending my second Turning the Tides conference in Annapolis, MD as a speaker. I previously spoke at the event in January 2013 on their “Cheated Generation” panel. This year, my sister Anna Maria joined me at the conference as a blogger.

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This year, I spoke alongside 14-year-old activist Leonard Robinson III and Maryland College Republican chair/John Hopkins student Christine McEvoy on the “Liberty Issues of the Youth” panel.

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Twitchy reported on the event:

Saturday’s Turning the Tides Conference in Annapolis, Md., featured an impressive array of speakers, including Dr. Alveda King, Niger Innes, Dan Bongino, Gabby Hoffman, Larry O’Connor and more, addressing topics such as “Campaign Dos and Don’ts,” “Refute the Tests,” and “Liberty Issues of the Youth.”

My sister blogged about the conference behalf of Counter Cultured. Here are her three blog posts: “Liberty Issues of the Youth“; “Change the Game“; and “Bullet or the Bribe.”

I want to thank Tonya Tiffany and Jim Jamitis for inviting me to speak. I encourage everyone to support and get involved with Maryland Citizen Action Network!

Refreshing Orzo

Gabriella Hoffman:

Orzo is AMAZING! Great side dish for any meal. Read Anna Maria’s write-up about it on A Taste of Patriarchy today! #SpreadTheTaste

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

Do you like orzo? Are you looking for an orzo recipe that’s got some color and nutrients in it? Check out this recipe I whipped up recently. It’s really easy to make and makes you feel less guilty for eating pasta with the greens its got in it: spinach, green olives, and green onions . Who says conservatives can’t be for healthy eating, creative cooking, and getting their products from places like Whole Foods? ;) In fact, the orzo featured in this recipe comes from Whole Foods, but you can find orzo anywhere you go really.


Hope you try this recipe in your kitchen! Feel free to modify the ingredients to your taste, since we conservatives are about choice after all, but of course not in the way how liberals talk about choice. :)


  • 1/2 package of orzo
  • 3 green onion stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of manzanilla olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of spinach, chopped

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Old Country Gefilte Fish

Gabriella Hoffman:

My dad submitted this awesome stuffed fish / fish patties recipe! Check it out.

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

This recipe submission comes from my dad Boris. He’s an avid fisherman and a great family man. He started cooking at a very young age, learning the flavorful, traditional recipes of his family and heritage. In fact, he taught me how to make many of those recipes.


Here’s why my dad submitted this recipe to our site:

This recipe honors my mom and grandma, who often made this recipe while I was growing up. It is a true family tradition.

Check out the recipe below, along with the fish patties you can make from the remaining stuffing mixture!


  • Whole fish [You can choose any type of fish you like. I used red drum (5 lb.)]
  • 5-6 slices of white bread
  • 1 cup fresh milk
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3 large carrots, sliced 3/8 in. thick
  • 2-3 medium carrots, grated
  • 2 medium-sized parsnip roots, grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1…

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Homemade Nachos with Goat Cheese

Gabriella Hoffman:

These nachos are easy to prepare–not to mention, delicious! Check this recipe out.

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

Are you craving nachos, but want a healthier version of them? Check out these nachos I recently made, because who says conservatives can’t be creative and innovative on a budget, with as few ingredients as possible? This is a recipe government-imposed “healthy eating standards” proponents certainly won’t like, even though it contains some healthy ingredients.

We all know nachos are an American tradition, especially in Southern California, the Southwest, and Texas, so let’s get to some cooking in the kitchen to continue to serve the patriarchy. ;)

If you try this recipe, feel free to add any ingredients you want to it. It’s perfect for 2-4 people. Hope you try it!


  • Tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup of black beans, mashed
  • 1/2 a can of black olives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of pico de gallo
  • 1/2 a package of goat cheese, crumbled
  • A dollop of sour cream, on each serving

Preheat your oven to 400°F…

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Caphe Banh Mi: A Treasure in Old Town Alexandria

Gabriella Hoffman:

Amazing Vietnamese restaurant in Old Town Alexandria. Check it out!

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

Do you live in the D.C. metro area and like Asian food or are looking to try some new cuisine? Feast your eyes on Caphe Banh Mi, a quaint Vietnamese eatery close to city hall that is rich in flavor and tradition. Unfortunately, their website hasn’t been updated in a while, but you can view their menu here.

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Before stepping inside, you’ll see how many great reviews this place has gotten, including a good one from Washingtonian Magazine back in 2012. Gabriella and I discovered this gem in Old Town almost two years ago, after someone we know who is a big pho fan recommended it to us. We found its charm and deliciousness to be irresistible since then.

IMG_1808 Caphe Banh Mi’s quaint interior

During our last trip there, Gabriella tried Thit Heo, a pork Vermicelli bowl, and I had Ga Nuong Xa, a rice plate with lemongrass…

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