“”Ruff?” “Of course! What’s up?” “Well, Marica, you must know that My Dear Friend and I think you are among the most remarkable humans who ever existed on the planet.” “RUFF!!” “Ummm. Missy. Rocky. Stop trying to butter me up. What’s up?” “We were wondering about the disposition of that feline.” “ruff.” “Oh. I see.
May’s Crappy Old Book of the Month was Science in Your Own Back Yard (Cooper, 1958). There was a lot I didn’t get to in this book. I had hoped to comment briefly on Chapter 10: Plants from Spores because one of the funniest things ever is the settled science of crappy old cook books, specifically the
I started what follows several days ago and finished up just now. ~~ As I mentioned, somewhere, my computer screen decided to turn pink. So I resurrected my old iComputer. And that’s all I’m going to say about that because I don’t want to jinx this. Anyway– I’ve just met myself in 2010. I’m learning how
EOM: end of month/May It was a pretty typical Sunday. We did our weekly shopping at the Piglet this morning and heard some bad news. D.C. is in the hospital in Tupelo. Open heart surgery. I wonder if Miss M has any get well cards. We then did our normal post-grocery shopping things and got
In the last few days some so-called “conservatives” have informed me that collecting meta-data is nothing to worry about. No biggie, you libertarian-contitution-loving-reason-reading dears- bless-your-pea-pickin’ hearts. The Government just wants to keep you safe! The Government isn’t really listening to your silly phone conversations or keeping track of what looney-tune web sites you visit on
Now that I’ve gotten your attention… . I came across this C.S. Lewis quote in an article by Ian Tuttle at National Review. Tuttle’s talking about old books and literature. In an introductory essay to St. Athanasius’s De Incarnatione (another very old book), C. S. Lewis made just this argument. “Every age has its own
There hasn’t been a garden status post lately because the garden is wet. Things are going on. I am making slow progress. The lettuce has been great– I like that deer ear and that new red one. But it is wet out there. And there’s more rain coming. You may recall, we were snowed in
We’ve talked about the first three introductory chapters of May’s Crappy Old Book of the Month, Science in Your Own Back Yard (see here and here). The remaining 17 chapters discuss– and offer hundreds! thousands! of suggestions for experiments on– the abiotic stuff (soil, fossils, water, etc.) and kinds of life that make up your yard. Chapter
“it’s so nice to see you hooooome.” “Ruff.” “Oh, Rocky! Missy!– I’m so glad to be home! How are you?” “We are well, thank you, madame. Is there anything we can retrieve for you this evening before we turn in, Ma’am?” “Ruff?” “Oh for crying out loud. Cut it out. I was only gone for
What’s interesting to first look at is the difference between forecast high and forecast low. If the temperature forecast is more or less right– i.e., if the difference remains about 20° until Sunday, wouldn’t you expect the chance of rain to be greater late Saturday leading into Sunday and probably carrying over a bit
This was our Memorial Day supper, served with Potluck Potato Salad. You can use any kind of frozen juice concentrate to change the flavor. There are two variations: smoked on the grill or cooked in a cooking bag. We had the the cooking bag version– still grilled and glazed about 30 minutes. ORANGE GLAZED LOIN
Delicious! POTLUCK POTATO SALAD Serves 8 ¼ C clear French salad dressing with herbs and spices (see recipes in this section) 4-5 medium potatoes, cooked in jackets, peeled, and cubed (about 4 C) 1 C celery, chopped ¼ C onion, chopped 4 hard cooked eggs, sliced 1 tsp salt ½ C mayonnaise (preferably homemade—see recipes
This recipe is from Kathy Mulligan, Maryland Heights, Missouri. It appears in Keyes Gateway Presents Culinary Classics, a pamphlet-style cookbook Mr. Big Food is currently working his way through. If I’m not mistaken, Keyes Gateway is a real estate company in Dayton, Ohio. I have no other information at this time other than that this is a
EASY CARROT CASSEROLE Serves 6-8 4 C carrots, peeled and cut into lengthwise slices 2 C medium White Sauce (see recipes in Basics section) 2 C potato chips, crushed Preheat oven to 375o. Place layers of carrots, White Sauce, and chips in a greased baking dish, ending with chips. Bake 45 minutes.
I called it “Pinwheel Quiche.” YELLOW SQUASH QUICHE WITH A RICE CRUST Serves 4 as a main dish Working time: about 30 minutes; Total time: about 1 hour 15 minutes Calories 319; Protein 17g; Cholesterol 158mg; Total fat 11g; Saturated fat 5g; Sodium 287mg 3 yellow squash, halved lengthwise, seeded, flesh grated (about 3 C)
Another recipe from Royal Recipes from the Cajun Country— a fun cookbook to read! Mr. Big Food used goose stock rather than beef and used shrimp and sausage– it’s gumbo, after all, you can do your own thing! “This is one of King Culinary’s specialties, and when he prepares it, he cooks it in a
As the secular Memorial Day weekend draws to a close, I’d say it was a productive start to summer and a relaxing– in a bone tired sort of way– long weekend. Last afternoon’s storms continued into morning. No farm work in the rain so no reason to wake with the chickens. We enjoyed morning coffee talking
Where might you find the following collection of items? old spoons scissors paper clips garden trowel single-edged razor blades stapler kitchen knife sieve or flour sifter ordinary hammer or geologist’s hammer tacks and nails wire string scotch tape pencils and pens notebook glue or transparent cement crayons water-color paints and brushes And of course the
We’ve been working very hard the last few days. And we’ve been eating well. Tonight Mr. Big Food made gumbo. He was going to make it in the gumbo pot on the propane cooker on the patio but it rained. Anyhoo… . This gumbo started, of course, with a roux and was made with goose stock.