Saturday, October 25, 2014

We interrupt this silence to ask,

"ARE YOU F-ING KIDDING ME? THAT WAS EXCESSIVE CELEBRATION? UNSPORTSMAN-LIKE CONDUCT?"

I am not an LSU fan. I am certainly not a fan of That School Up North. BUT ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Two calls in a row?? 

Let's just play tiddlywinks. 

Neither of those two calls was justified. 

Please note my formal protest against the SEC officials.
~~

Please note that I already have a tag, "SEC," for just such occasions. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Place for Everything

"Mom?"

"Mom? Where's that deer skull?"

"Ummm... . In that chest in the foyer." Right side. Top shelf.
Because, like, doesn't everyone have a deer skull in a chest in the foyer? 

The steer mandible is in the garage near the Area 51 rock. The goat skull is on top of one set of encyclopedias-- I think the stack that is weighing down some pressed four-leaf clovers. Those little bottles of model car paint with their cute teeny tiny little brushes are in the right hand drawer of that crappy old white metal kitchen cupboard under the air conditioner in the workshop. And the vintage mint-in-box Scarlet O'Hara Barbie is in the store room on the top shelf, one section over from the left.

And the truck keys are... . ... . ... ?

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Country Mice Are On The Move Part 2: This Week (with a spot of how to convert a Lickert scale to something that makes sense)

Miss M and I really did go to Our State Capital the other day, but we didn't stay.

Daughter C and Mr. Big Food really did go to Hotlanta. Oh! What stories they brought home. (They showered upon their return, ensuring that stories were the only things they brought home.)

But that was last week.

This week Miss M and I really are going to Our State Capital but won't be staying until next week.

Mr. Big Food is headed to Long Island. 

[INSERT PHOTO OF JACOB AT COLD SPRING HARBOR]
[with caption stating that if I had my things about me, I could find an even better photo-- I have a bunch of crappy old history of biology books. Point being that Mr. Big Food for the second time in his life will be at Cold Spring Harbor]

And Daughter C is at home on the Farm for the duration. As Miss M & I will be.

As we were all here last Sunday evening, we* enjoyed Entry #4 in our Fall '14 Macaroni & Cheese Contest: Diner Mac & Cheese with Turkey Franks.

Diner Mac & Cheese with Turkey Franks is the leader, thus far. I can prove it. 

Diner Mac & Cheese with Turkey Franks is a classic mac & cheese recipe. Cheesy sauce with a touch of mustard that I could have done without. But an excellent-- truly excellent!-- breadcrumb topping. 

On the back of the envelope where I collect the various bits of data concerning the Fall '14 Macaroni & Cheese Contest are written two quotes:
10/19 CLC: Please note that I've liked every one.

and
10/19 JB: Please note that... .

Daughter C also commented that the mac & cheese contest was a lot harder than the soup contests. Which I hope explains my comment about the mustard. It's a grain issue. When you are ranking soups... . Haven't we covered this already?
The second problem is that macaroni and cheese casseroles have just two unchanging main ingredients. Look back at the variety of soup entries-- not often two soups had the same two main ingredients. 
Back to Diner Mac & Cheese with Turkey Franks which got two #1 votes and one #2 vote. How does it fair compared to, let's say, Veggie Mac & Cheese with One #1, one #2, and one #4? Or Ro*tel with two #2 and one #3???????

Our weekly rankings are ordinal. We've covered this many times here and when I don't have to be up at O'Dark Thirty to take Mr. Big Food to the Airport, I will link. But for now-- consider that there are four entries. All we need to do is rank them. And therein is the pitfall.

It is impossible to quantify the distance between "1" & "2" & "3". More impossible still to quantify and standardize the distances between a star and a moon and a clover. Ranking things that are not measurable leads to all sorts of problems. 


Here's how you get around this problem-- Dawgs are still #1, by the way, even though they didn't play this weekend. You make everything a pair-wise comparison with a clear winner and looser and add up the wins and loses. 


So. see?  With a score of 7.2 Diner Mac is #1!! And Ro*tel is tied with Veggie for #2. 




*So by "we" I mean we were all on the Farm but as a vegan, Miss M did not participate in the mac & frank dinner.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

+/- 1 or thereabouts

Life is pretty amazing, isn't it? 

On any given day in May, June, July, August, September or October the ambient air temperature can be 98 °F or greater in Mississippi.


Take a look at these 48 data points. Consider different pairs of monthly high & low records: -5 & 85 (Jan.); 54 & 107 (August). There are 80 and 53 degrees difference, respectively, between those two sets. 

I can tell the difference between -5 and 85. Heck. I can tell the difference between 92 °F and 107 °F, can't you? I cannot tell the difference when the air is 92 versus when the air is 87-- a difference of 5 whole degrees Fahrenheit. Can you?

Think how remarkable it is, then, that we-- you and I-- know something is amiss when our body temperature is not 98.6 but 99.6-- or worse yet, 100.4! 1.8 degrees and we know things are not 'normal'. 

What's my point? 

Homeostasis is cool err ...hot err ... neet. 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Country Mice are on the Move

Miss M & I are headed to Our State Capital day after tomorrow.

So much to think about. What books to take in the Traveling Library? How much canned Canada Dry can we reasonably transport? I never did order that quick one cup little traveling coffee maker... how to improvise such that I have coffee when I need it? And somewhere in this house there is a pair of black sweatpants that belong to Miss M. Can we find them in time? Do we know where the soft serve food outlets are in Jackson?

Meanwhile... Daughter C and Mr. Big Food will head to Hotlanta, Georgia. (It's purple on the map.) 

Still more to think about. Good grief! We're almost out of hand sanitizer and Daughter C and Mr. Big Food will be within spittin' distance of Hartsfield International Airport. I can say with absolute certainty that the LAST thing we need is for the Farm to be GROUND ZERO on an EBOLA infection here in Mississippi.

So. If you have Ebola-- stay the hell away from us Country Mice. 

We just want to go where we need to go. Do what we need to do without bothering any one. And get back home. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

#1

Ro*Tel Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Ha ha ha haha. You thought I was going talk about college football, didn't you?

I've tabulated the results after three games entrees and the polls results for The Fall '14 Macaroni & Cheese Contest are in! Vegetable Macaroni & Cheese is in the lead with two #1 votes. Ro*Tel is #2 with one #1 and two #2 votes.

This was a good mac & cheese. More classically cheesier than the two previous entries. If you are a huge fan of Ro*Tel, then you would have voted this #1 as Mr. Big Food did. It wasn't too Ro*tel-y, but as a main dish-- we make these rules up as we go along*-- it was a bit too Ro*Tel-y for my taste. 

But again, it was by far the best cheese sauce so far.

* below

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cue up the Twilight Zone


You know what's more odd than the Ole Miss vs. A&M and the State vs. Auburn scores? The sound bar arrived today while Mr. Big Food & I were at the game. 

I coaxed Daughter C into hooking it up after I hooked it up after we had supper after we got back from the game. (She did a much better job than I. It actually works now.) 

What a nice distraction the game was! We ran into an old friend!!


La Girl with la Cool Name
~~

"Missy!"

"Missy??"

...

"Missy? Where are you?"

...

"Rocky?"

"Wake up, Boy! Where's Missy?"

"ru.. ruf... f"

"Missy?"

"ruff?"

"Gosh, Rocky. I'm sorry I woke you. I'm still stoked up over the game and don't feel like sleeping. I thought you and  Missy might want to watch the new episode of Dr. Who. We recorded it, don't you know?

"ruff."

"Oh. You know."

"ruff."

"Where's Missy?"

"Ruff."

"Oh."

"ru... f... f"

"Well. I see. Well, then good night Boy."

"ruff"

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Let this sink in a minute

Via Instapundit at Business Insider a "Beautiful Visualization Of Nobel Prizes By Country Since 1901.




It is beautiful, isn't it?

Suggestions for further reading:

Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. Edward R. Tufte. Graphic Press, Cheshire, Connecticut. 1997.

Sign, Image, Symbol. Gyorgy Kepes, ed. George Braziller, New York. 1966.

The Great Books Foundation Set One Volume Four: Aristotle, The Federalist Papers, Adam Smith. Great a Books Foundation, Chicago. 1966.

Foundations of Liberty: Independent Study Materials. Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

Our Wonder World: A Library of Knowledge in Ten Volumes Volume Two Invention and Industry. Howard Benjamin Grose, ed. Geo. L. Shuman & Co., Chicago and Boston. 1914.

Being a Boy. Charles Dudley Warner. Hard Press at Amazon. Offprint originally copyright date 1877.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Things that Tire Me: Parts 3 & 4 of 365

3. Lies.

4. Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (E.S.P.N. dadadada).

PART 3 WALMART LIES





Until 5pm this afternoon, FedEx tracking had my order arriving today. Who were they kidding? Hutchens, TX is 8 hours from here. 

It's not arriving tomorrow, either. We all know that. Tomorrow is Game Day. Ain't nobody gonna be driving a FedEx truck out the The Farm on Game Day. 

I'm never shopping at Walmart ever again. Never. Ever. Never. I don't like Sam Walton, lying thief that he was. 

PART 4 ESPN

I hate ESPN. 

At no time in the history of our planet have so many lives been so distributed but one stupid television network as ours have been by ESPN. Week after week, year after year, ESPN dictates when our teams will be playing, and by extension when our tailgates will start, what we'll have for breakfast, what time we'll need to get up, go to bed the night before... . ESPN even tried to start a new Mississippi Thanksgiving tradition! Who gave EPSN and its corporate shills that power? Not me! 

I'm tired of ESPN.

See you at the game. Go Dawgs.

And you know what the sad part is? Those staying home to watch the game won't even be able to listen to it on the new sound bar because the sound bar is in Columbus and as we have established, ain't nobody gonna be driving a FedEX truck out to The Farm on Game Day.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Counterpoints



From a crappy old book.

I'm on a mission to catalog 365 Things I Am Tired Of Which I am Tired. In the interest of positive thinking, I thought I should counter with a year's worth of things that tickled me to no end. This illustration from a 1933 edition of The Pilgrim's Progress is #1.


#2
Maybe this is funny only to me. I was just the other day trying to remember all 12 of the cranial nerves and no one makes fun of German accents anymore. 

Recipe: Fruit Dumplings

Cherry Dumplings topped with cinnamon sugar
Before we go to the recipe, I'd like to say a word or two about 'Dumpling Culture'. Dumpling Culture refers to the crappy old times in which folks ate a lot of dumplings-- usually with sauce or gravy. I will not say that those were simpler times because making dumplings is complicated business. But they were good times because dumplings are yummy. 

We used cherries rather than plums.

FRUIT DUMPLINGS

3/4 C milk
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 C flour (or more)
2 eggs
plums cut into pieces
cinnamon sugar

Combine milk, salt and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add flour and stir constantly until mixture is stiff and doesn't stick to spatula or pan. Remove from heat, let cool slightly. Add eggs. Roll out on a lightly floured surface. Cut into squares. Wrap each square around a plum piece. Spoon dumplings into rapidly boiling water and boil for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Dumpling Culture is Alive and Well

Just add cinnamon sugar
See?

I am trying. 

I may remind one & all that I am not the only one who has admin posting privileges. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

My Thoughts On Mac & Cheese

As I mentioned, we're having a contest: The Fall '14 Macaroni & Cheese Contest.

Some time ago Mr. Big Food made a Mac & Cheese dish and I asked how many Mac & Cheese recipes he had. He didn't know for sure but guessed about 70 or 80. What an exaggeration! He got to counting and only has 60 something. Along the way, we decided we should re-imagine our traditional Fall & Winter Soup Contest as a Macaroni & Cheese Contest

Here we are in week two of the contest and Daughter C for one couldn't be happier. She loves macaroni & cheese. 

The Fall '14 Macaroni & Cheese Contest does present some problems that the soup contests did not. Most glaring is the Recency problem. As in, "My God! This week's macaroni & cheese is really really good!"

The second problem is that macaroni and cheese casseroles have just two unchanging main ingredients. Look back at the variety of soup entries-- not often two soups had the same two main ingredients. 

THerefore, it is imperative that we take excellent notes. 

To that end, here are my thoughts (with visual aids) on the first two entries. Recipes to follow just as soon as I am able.


Friday, October 3, 2014

Fresh Air

Don't get too excited.

I know 'Fresh Air' is a ® of NPR-- your tax dollars at work. But dammit. Fresh Air belongs to all of us! All I have to do is prop open one door, and then another, and then bingo bambo...


This happens every Spring and Fall. It's better outside than in. 

'Sposed to get down in the 40s tomorrow night. 

Wondering why I am whooshing heat out of the house.

Oh. Right. Fresh Air. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Civilisation, Descartes, & Stuff

I found this quite odd.


Frans Hals, Descartes
From page 208 of Civilisation by Kenneth Clark (1969). 

Civilisation was a BBC series. It spun a book. I don't have time to critique the crappy old book in the full measure with which it is due since it's late and we're under a tornado watch so I'm on high alert. Yes. You read that correctly. It's October 2nd... soon to be October 3rd, 2014... and we are under a tornado watch. Not that a tornado is coming. We're just watching out for one. Still, I don't have time to delve into the absurdity of a book titled Civilisation: A Personal View

But here's my first reaction!

I picked this book up today at the Starkvegas Library and thought it had potential. Who doesn't like crappy old books concerning civiliZation? It was definitely worth fifty cents. (But no more.) 

Here's what the back jacket says:
A personal view of how Western Europe evolved after the collapse of the Roman Empire and produced the ideas, books, buildings, works of art and great individuals that make up a Civilisation.
And you see whose likeness is on page 208?

Cogito ergo sum, idiot

'Western Europe' didn't do jack. 

'O': Denotes first person singular in a lot of verbs. This is like 8th grade Latin stuff and 9th grade Logic stuff. 

What does it even mean to say "Western Europe produced..."? Like, the Urals or the Alps just spit out Descartes or Locke or Mozart or Luther or Sherlock or Dr. Who or-- what the hell? Kant-- or whohaveyou? Like Dvorak and ... oh nevermind. 




~~

"Missy?"

"Missy? Where are you?"

"Rocky??"

"Boy!"



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Into This New Month"

The Lost Summer began mid-May. Between then and now-- i.e., during those four and one-half months-- I added 207 crappy old books to my library. That's one and one-half books per day!* Some came from my old haunts, others from a new crappy old bookstore I found in Jackson, still others from the Neuroscience & Anatomy conference room in the research wing of UMMC. (FYI: You can never have too many books on the anatomy of the lab rat. And who doesn't need a two volume, 2791 page reference on Medical Physics?)

I traveled to Birmingham, and then to Jackson, with many of my crappy old new books (and some old favorites). This one-- Meditations for Women (1948, edited by Jean Beaven Abernathy) was piled in a 'must read' pile on a table covered with a sheet to protect them-- the pile and the table-- from drywall dust until today when it traveled with me to Memphis.

As a woman, and a survivor of The Lost Summer, I read with interest the meditation for October 1:
Into This New Month 
The sun and the stars do not break up eternity into thirty-day cycles. Their schedule provides for no momentary slowing down to celebrate accomplishment, nor for any speeding up to dramatize a new beginning. 
But we who live under the sun and stars have a recurrent need to say, "There-- that much is done," and to say, "This is a fresh start." Out of our human need we design a calendar pattern that can be imposed upon the endlessness of time. 
And although all our logic may tell us that the first day of a new month is just like any other, yet our feelings tell a different story. With some flick of thought, some quickening of the spirit, we acknowledge the difference-- ahead of us there is a month in which anything can happen; in which no mistakes have yet been made; in which we can begin again.
Frankly, I think Bonoro W. Overstreet, author of October's meditations, might have benefitted from a little introduction to astrophysics. Though to her credit, she doesn't talk about the moon. But I liked the sentiment. A whole entire month in which no mistakes have yet been made! WhooHooo!! 

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN! The ceiling in the Greenhouse apartment might get painted! 

THERE! That much is done. I wrote a blog post!

*It tickles me no end when folks say stupid stuff like this. There's no such thing as 1.5 books. No one-- not even I-- buys a half a book! (Though I did buy an 1856 edition of Macaulay's The History of England from the Accession of James II Volume I which had a less than mint condition spine. I was missing Volume I. You take what you find when you find it.)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Things I Am Tired Of: Parts 1 & 2 of 365

In no particular order of Importance, Relevance to Life, or Linear Time Lines (we qualified for a 'free' Direct TV upgrade; I can now watch Daughter C's recorded episodes of Dr. Who over & over again as I dust), I am tired of

1. Not blogging

--and--

2. Dust

It is dry and there is always dust when it is dry but the sanding of the drywall inside the rooms that had been flooded three months ago really did me in. Had to spring $9 on a new mop/dustmop.

Regarding #1. I have, can, and will do better than this post. How hard can it be to get back on that blogbike after all these weeks-- especially since we've started a new contest!!

We launched the Fall '14 Mac & Cheese Contest last Sunday Supper. So far, after one entry, we are unanimous-- 'of one mind.' (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/unanimous?s=t)



Sunday, August 31, 2014

To Burn or Not To Burn?


[Wow. Wide Open. Score. LSU. Oh-- It's college football season again. Just warning you.]

Yesterday I bought one single crappy old book (for fifty cents) which contained some good advise for letter writers. 

[Wow! Score. LSU.]

From Composition-Rhetoric (Stratton D. Brooks and Marietta Hubbard, American Book Company, New York, 1905). 

[Still nine minutes left to play.]

"Marica?"

"Yes, Missy?"

"Ruff?"

"Aren't you coming to bed soon? We're tired."

"Well, you don't have to wait up for me, Missy."

"Ruff??"

"No. I'm fine. I'm just watching this game and wishing I could come up with something clever to blog about."

"How is that progressing?"

"R.U.F.F."

"Thanks, Rocky, for stating the oblivious."

"Ruff ruff."

"Good heavens, boy. Did you not leaf through Composition and Rhetoric? 'Not too good' is ungrammatical, no matter what sort of emphasis one puts on 'too'. Funny play on words, though, Marica."

"Thanks."

"Ruff? Ruff?"

"Oh my! My Dear Friend!! You really ought not ask those sorts of questions. We are dogs, my good man. We just go with the flow, man."

"It's okay, Missy. I don't fault Rocky for wondering when things will be back to 'normal' and when we will see Miss M back in the kitchen. I wonder as well."

"Still. My dear Friend should know his place."

"RUFF!"

"That's right, Rock. Your place is right there!

"Ruff."

"Good Lord. You all sound like a bunch of hippies. Just find a place and call it your own. No sense of decorum. No sense of order or propriety. If you don't mind my unsolicited comment, Marica, this place has ... how shall I say... "

"WOW! Did you see that Rocky?? Another touchdown!!"

"RUFF!! RUFFFFF!!!!!!"

"High Five, Rock!"

"Well. Clearly, I need to write to Miss M. Someone needs to restore some proprieties to this joint. I ... oh good grief."

"What's that, Missy? Sorry-- Rock and I were watching then end of the game and not paying attention to your mutterings."

"Never mind."

"Well... sleep tight, Missy! Sweet Dreams, Rocky!"

"Rufffffffff... ."


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What Would They Do Without Me?

That's me-- there in the middle with the Kanizsa T-shirt. (Kanizsa's father was Hungarian, don't you know, which is why I have his T-shirt.)
Big day on the Farm. How can you tell? Count trucks.
Fixin' to do some work on the floors


and a little diggin'.
What is "wrong" in this photo?
No comment on this tonight-- wait until you see what it looks like tomorrow!
Meanwhile... 
please direct your attention to the first photo (above). See there? It takes three guys to do the jackhammering. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Cross with No Church

Photo by Miss M

Just off the Winona exit on I-55 is a large cross. It has bothered Miss M for some time that the associated church is not visible from either 55 or Hwy 82, so this afternoon we went looking. Near as we could tell, there is not a church associated with the large cross-- which is to say there's no church on any of the few roads we drove. 

The first turn off 82 one makes, however, is onto Brother Johnny Walker Drive. That was a clue.



The Weekly-FactorFebruary 22, 2005 
by Bubba Blissit 
Brother Johnny 
Johnny Walker stood in the pulpit where he has been for most of the services at First Baptist Church, Winona, Mississippi, for over 14 years. What he was about to tell his congregation, most had known for some time, yet no one wanted to hear it. Parkinson's Disease had progressed to the point that he would not be able to continue what the Lord had called him to do over 40 years ago. At the end of February, he would no longer be a pastor. 
Many eyes filled with tears, mine too. The "guy thing" wouldn't let me get in line with wet eyes to shake his hand. So I bit my lip, took my wife's arm, and walked quietly to our car. The "Why?" question popped in my mind several times that afternoon. Part of being a human, I guess. 
Brother Johnny is a terrific preacher. He can deliver a sermon with the best of them. He could have used First Baptist Winona as a stepping stone on his way to a church with thousands of members, not hundreds. But he didn't He gave his all for this church for 14 1/2 years because that was what he wanted to do. 
Brother Johnny's ministry extends past the corner of Church and Summit Streets. He is there for everyone in this community. His warmth and kindness, his message of Christ's Love have meant so much to so many. From his early morning radio devotional, to visitations late in the evening, he has worked tirelessly, and for the last few years bearing the cross of illness.


Read the rest here.

More on the Cross here-- though how the intersection of 55 & 82 is the "center of Winona" is a fine question. Good for you for asking!

WINONA, Miss. – (WCBI) The symbol for Christianity will soon stand tall in the center of Winona.
After eight years of planning, the site at the intersection of Hwy 82 and I-55 in Winona is finally under construction.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

At an Overgrown Vacant Lot on Laurel St. It Ain't Even Dark Yet





From America, With Love by Kathleen Winsor (1957). 

Begun happily enough, this tale soon takes a sad turn. The next morning the paddy wagon comes 'round to collect the parents who have committed the unspeakable crime of letting their kids play unsupervised-- in a vacant lot!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Zzzzz Part II

ZZ Part I here.

Bing Crosby singing White Christmas

That was the #1 song in 1942. (Other top-selling bands/artists include such rocking names as Glen Miller, Woody Herman, and Jimmy Dorsey along with their respective orchestras.)

I did find the book I was looking for-- The Encyclopedia of American History (1965) which I've written about, it's a great book. It put me on the trail of White Christmas which I've written about. Wikipedia confirmed the song's status for '42. 

So to recap... .

ZZ Top : undergraduates in 2014 
Bing Crosby : undergraduates in 1978


I don't know what to say other than go see ZZ Top in concert at Mississippi State University October 30th. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ZZ Part I

Be there or be square.

According to that infallible source Wikipedia, ZZ Top created its signature sound during its first decade, 1973-1982. Let's use 1978 as our half-way mark thorough that decade and do a little arithmetic.

In 1978 I was a 20 year old undergraduate. 

2014 - 1978 = 36

1978 - 36 = 1942

Somewhere I have a crappy old book (or maybe two) listing top ten songs, popular bands and singers, and so on from years gone by. I'll see if I'm able to find out who was marching in the hit parade in 1942. 

Recipe: Creative Cooking Chicken Sauterne

Fancy Night Supper! 

Cut the recipe in half if you don't need to serve 12 people.

CREATIVE COOKING CHICKEN SAUTERNE
Makes about 12 servings

2 3 ½-lb frying chickens, disjointed, simmered in salted water to cover for 1 hour or until chickens are tender, removed from broth and drained until cool, skin and bones removed and discarded, meat cut into large chunks, 1 C broth reserved

6 Tbsp butter
1 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
3 Tbsp flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp paprika OR Creole seasoning
1 Tbsp instant minced onion
¼ tsp Tabasco (or more, to taste)
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp celery salt
½ tsp oregano
1 C Sauterne (or other dry white wine)
1 C half and half cream
1 C fresh green peas, cooked
Basic Boiled Rice (or other rice dish, for serving, if desired—see recipes in Potatoes … section)

Melt butter in a large saucepan, add mushrooms, and cook, stirring constantly, until tender. Mix well together flour, salt, and paprika or Creole seasoning, and add to mushroom mixture. Stir in onion, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, and oregano, add reserved 1C broth and Sauterne, and cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened. Cool mixture slightly, then stir in cream. Stir in peas and chicken meat, and heat through. Serve over rice, if desired.

Serve with Creative Cooking Green Rice

Recipe: Creative Cooking Green RIce

Mr. Big Food cut this recipe in half, and cooked the rice in carrot stock for added goodness.

“This dish may be prepared and frozen. Bring to room temperature before baking.”—The Creative Cooking Course (1982)


CREATIVE COOKING GREEN RICE
Makes about 12 servings

10 oz broccoli, cooked, drained, chopped
2 C milk
1 stick butter
1 onion, chopped fine
2 eggs
2 recipes Basic Boiled Rice (or other boiled rice—see recipes in thi section)
1 tsp salt
2 C grated Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350°. Place half the broccoli and ½ C milk in blender container and process until puréed. Process remaining broccoli with another ½ C milk. Melt butter in a small frypan, add onions, and sauté until golden. Beat egg with remaining 1 C milk. Combine all ingredients and pour into a well-buttered casserole. Cover casserole and bake 35 minutes. Remove cover and bake 10 to 15 minutes longer. 


Served with Creative Cooking Chicken Sauterne



Monday, August 18, 2014

Two things, One of Which is a Link to a Recipe!

Tonight was veggie night. Mr. Big Food fixed us a nice supper of carrot and bean casserole and a Big Food Favorite, Broccoli Cornbread. I forgot to take pictures-- again-- but figured since the cornbread is a favorite I could easily find the recipe here on the blog.

Two things:

1. It was not easy finding the recipe.

2. Here it is.

Many folks think is the very best way to eat broccoli. It's easy (use Jiffy cornbread mix!) and delicious. Try it some time. 



24/30

http://www.playbuzz.com/jonb10/how-many-english-words-do-you-actually-know

Folks, this is what's wrong with the world today. Twenty-four correct of 30 possible is NOT an A+ and certainly does NOT deserve a gold star.

24/30 = 0.8 = 80% = B-.

Talk about grade inflation. 

A Crappy Old Book Quiz

Label these 1-10, top to bottom, left to right. You'll answer the quiz questions (below) using these numbers.

Inspired by one of the books pictured above-- which amused us to no end this weekend-- I though we might take a quiz. Please match the recently purchased 50 cent book with my random musing &/or fun fact pertaining to each.
  • What book inspired this trivial quiz?
  • I'm cleaning and organizing the books in the Bunkhouse, some of which are works of Shakespeare. What book needs to added to the same general category as the Bard's books?
  • What book was not written by a popular historian of history and philosophy?
  • I got all warm and fuzzy thinking of my high school days when I came across this popular (for a brief time) author.
  • You only need one. We have more than one. 
  • There's no DoI in this book.
  • Mental Health is all it's cracked up to be. 
  • The publication date of this book didn't surprise me.
  • The publication date of this book surprised me. 
  • MONSTERS!!
~~

HINT!! If you have been invited to view my library online, and you take advantage of this no cost to you opportunity, you have a distinct advantage. Also, if you are suek you will do well.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Knock, knock.

Who's there? 
Electolux. 
Electrolux who? 
Electrolux her father, but not her mother.

From the chapter "Test Your Mythology IQ" in Literary Trivia: Fun and Games for Book Lovers  (1994).

That cracked me up. 

Here's another bit of literary trivia for lovers of crappy old books: What do these four sentences have in common?

WE ALL MAKE HIS PRAISE.

I SWEAR HE'S LIKE A LAMP.

"HAS WILL A PEER?" I ASK ME.

AH, I SPEAK A SWELL RIME.

dodododo do do do. dodododo do dodododo.


cookies

"Marica?"

"Yes, Missy?"

"I think we need to talk."

"Oh, my! What's up, girl?"

"Well... [yawn] I'll make this [yawn]...."

"RUFF!"

"Oh. Oh. Oh my. I am exhausted, Marica. That run Daughter C took us on plumb wore me out."

"Ruff?"

"'Plumb." P.L.U.M.B. Plumb."

"ruuuuffff!!"

"I think it's pronounced 'plum,' like the fruit, Missy."

"Well, excuse me."

"Ruuuufff...fff."

"Once again, I will remind you, my Dear Friend, that you have a vocabulary of exactly one word."

"RRRUUUUUUUFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

"No need to take offense, I'm simply reporting... ."

"Pardon me for interrupting, but did you have a question?"

"Indeed, I did. I wondered how Miss M was today."

"Oh, she's fine!"

"Ruff?"

"Okay, okay, Rocky. That's just how folks talk. What I mean to say was that she was finer today than she was yesterday. And I'll bet she'll be even finer tomorrow."

"Well that is good news! Do you think we might see her tomorrow? I would so love to give her a little slurp on the face to show her how much I love her."

"Ruff!"

"Oh! Don't do that! OMG!! And whatever you do, don't even say such a thing in front of Daughter C. unless you want your mouths washed out with antibacterial soap. Didn't you read about Semmelweis?"

"Oh my! You are not implying that our kisses are ... dirty... are you?"

"Ruff??"

'Trust me on this one, y'all. No kisses."

"Ah my. That is awfully disappointing-- and I can not believe it's so-- but if the experts believe dog kisses are laden with germs, who are we lowly dogs to disagree?"

"RRRRUUUUUUFFFFFFF!! RRRUUUFFF!!!"
~~

"Missy? Rocky?'

"Yes, Ma'am?"

"ruff?"

"Would you two like a little tiny sliver of a bite of a Loran Doone?"

"OH MY GOODNESS!!"

"RUFF!!"

"WOULD WE EVER!!"

"Shhhhhh. We have to keep this between just us. It's one of the 'percs' of staying up past everyone's bed time. No one knows who raided the cookie jar! So you have to keep quiet about the Lorna Doones. Understand?"

"Oh. My. God. These are so buttery."

"Ruuu...ff...f..f." 

"Quiet now."

"You have our ... . WORD! Oh so sorry."

"Shake it off girl."

"ruuuf.f.f."

"Remember. Don't tell about the cookies."