It’s a safe bet if the word, “Encyclopedia” or “American” or “History” appears in a crappy old book title, I’ll spend one United States Dollar to preserve it in my little library. It’s a sure bet if all three words are in the title. And it’s a surer bet– if there was such a thing
Waiting on Miss M. to come back home.
I took a lot of photos on our little fishing trip last week. I’m saving them up to post when I ain’t got nothin’ else to talk about. (Just wait until you see what they’ve done to Mammy!) This is not such an occasion, though, as I do have something to talk about! Alberta’s Vintage
God Almighty first planted a garden. And, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures; it is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man, without which buildings and palaces are but gross handiworks. And man shall ever see that when ages grow to civility and elegancy, men come to build stately, sooner than to
As am I. Moments after I took this photo, Rocky hopped up on the bed with Mr Big Food and Missy. Hum. Not a bad idea. I thought I might write tonight about the 19 books I got for $5. But I think instead I’ll just post photos of Blackeyed Pea Soup and jalapeno cornbread
Not an especially inspiring week in history. I like my truck so it’s good Henry was born. I don’t like Lemark. Clark? Just not into him right now. And so on. July 30Henry Ford born 1863  July 31 The Donner Party left Fort Bridger, Wyoming in 1846 en route to California via an “untried
–> SPICY CALIFORNIA CHICKEN BARBECUE Serves 8 1 C tomato juice (use spicy V-8 for a spicier dish) ¼ C vinegar 2 Tbsp brown sugar 1 Tbsp corn starch 1 Tbsp onion, chopped very fine 1 Tbsp oil 1 tsp salt 1 tsp dry mustard 1 clove garlic, minced ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 1 chicken
From Clifton’s Silver Spoon Restaurant, a long-time downtown L.A. eatery. ZUCCHINI MONTEREY Serves 5 1 ½ lbs zucchini, cubed Boiling salted water (for cooking zucchini) 4 eggs, beaten lightly ½ C milk ½ tsp Accent 1 tsp salt Dash cayenne pepper 2 tsp baking powder 3 Tbsp flour ¼ C fresh parsley, chopped 4 oz
with homemade sausage POLISH MEATBALLS WITH SOUR CREAM SAUCE Serves 8 1 ½ lbs ground pork 1 egg ½ C seasoned bread crumbs ½ C milk ½ C chopped onion 1 ½ tsp salt ½ tsp marjoram Pepper 4 Tbsp flour 2 Tbsp oil, maybe more 1 C beef stock (preferably homemade—see recipes in Basics
GARLIC GREEN BEANS 1 lb green beans, (can use frozen, thawed and drained) 2 Tbsp olive oil ¼ C white onion, chopped fine 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ C fully cooked sausage or ham, cubed 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar 2 tsp sugar 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp white pepper Heat oil in a heavy
Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy. Served with mashed potatoes and garlic green beans. Mr. Big Food used minute steaks.~~ An old Texas favorite. This one is adapted from “Crazy Sam Higgins.” As Sam and others have said—including the family’s father in Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Part II—“it’s the meat—don’t skimp on the meat!” CHICKEN-FRIED STEAK
A Big Food Favorite. Sorry. No photo. Mr. Big Food needed to add an additional 1/2 C Masa Harina. The Masa & water should be the consistency of mush– soupy mashed potatoes. TAMALE PIE 1 C Masa Harina 4 C water 2 tsp salt 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 4 oz diced green chilies (can
As you may recall, Mr. Big Food was invited to participate in a Google+ Hangout with the editors of GOOD Magazine and others. The topic was gun control– not so much control of guns, per se, but the current divisive climate surrounding talk of the issue. One of the other guests was a very very
As you can see, the zucchini got away from me while I was fishing! I’m catching up. I’ll be back with recipes, photos, videos and more.Meanwhile… HEY CO-BLOGGERS! Why don’t you post something?
you know that a good life begins in the kitchen. While Mr. Big Food & I were away fishing, Daughter C took it upon herself to conduct a BIG transformation of the kitchen. It’s orange. I love orange. She painted the walls Mississippi clay orange and the backsplash slate write-on-it-grey. She apologized for the French–
1. Mr. Big Food’s participation in the GOOD IDEAS forum on liberal gun ownership went well. As it was scheduled for 1:30 central time, and at the time we were making our way back to the Farm from the coast, Mr. Big Food chose an outdoor location from which to participate. Civil Rights 2. Daughter
I never wonder what it’s like to be a bat, but I swear, I some times wonder what it must be like to wander around so deluded that you think this book is worth $20. 1934. It’s not a real Webster’s Dictionary– and it says so on the title page! I thought it would be
1-888-SOS- A regular at the VFW pier– which is open– told us hooking turtles is not unusual. He said the folks at the Institute for Marine Studies respond promptly, usually within 30 minutes. (That’s a quicker response than Humans in Detroit get!) We did not hook a turtle today.
We’re on the road. I don’t have my shiny things about me my crappy old library at hand, so what follows will be light on historical detail, for now. This morning, we headed down I55 South toward the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Our plan was to make it past Jackson, and then pick our way on
Pier closed We knew this. We just wanted to see it for ourselves. It’s a shame, too. It was a very nice pier and the fishing was good. The lady I talked with a while back at the Hancock Co. Sheriff’s Office blamed it on the Feds. It shouldn’t take a year to re-open a pier