Having a husband who has a cousin who owns a Wine|Beer|Cigar Bistro is Big. [Diagram that sentence!] It means that we enjoyed some Big wine at in Steiner Ranch, Texas. The wine was paired with some Big Food, created by Albert in a restaurant owned by Jeff & Kathryn. The photos I took of the
Felix Reinbach As I begin to compose this post, there are fewer than 14 hours until we will depart The BIG Sovereign State of Texas and make our way back to The Farm in rural Mississippi. It’s been a delightful trip. To channel some old Steve Martin from an old SNL, if I had one
A fine start to a very fine meal Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive from your bounty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Merry Christmas (in Czech)! Unbeknownst to me before I met Mr. Big Food many years ago, Texas has a large population of folks of Czech decent. Count Mr. Big Food’s Mom among them. Both her grandmother and grandfather were born in Czechoslovakia. The Czech’s have a rich food heritage. Needless to say, this heritage has
We have arrived in The Big Sovereign State of Texas. I was on the patio enjoying coffee and the sounds of a gentle rain when I heard something I’d not heard in a coon’s age: sirens. This, and a lively discussion with suek in the comments on a previous post, reminded me of a little
Something fun! On occasion– say, when there’s a game or movie we want to watch– Mr. Big Food will whip up some “bar food” instead of an honest-to-goodness supper. Why not? ‘Tis the season. YUMMY BAKED POTATO SKINS Makes 8 4 large baking potatoes, baked 3 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 Tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese ½ tsp salt ¼
is where we are headed. I don’t think I’ve mentioned before that Mr. Big Food is a Texan. My in-laws anointed me an Honorary Texan. These tidbits explain our appreciation of Big Stuff. Blogging will be sporadic, as we are driving.* The trip is not too long, just over nine hours driving time; I’m sure
This is a cake Mr. Big Food makes fairly frequently because it’s good! TEXAS WHITE SHEET CAKE Makes 1 15×9 inch cake CAKE 1 C butter 1 C water 2 C flour 2 C sugar 2 eggs, beaten ½ C sour cream 1 tsp almond extract 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda Preheat oven
From Hot Air: Listen to this advertisement and you’ll reasonably assume that what’s for sale is something forlorn, lonely, cute and cuddly … a stray puppy, perhaps. “They’ve been mistreated and misunderstood for generations,” the ad begins. “Abusive owners have done severe damage and given these beautiful creatures a bad reputation.” That’s how it’s supposed
Real world stuff intrudes on blogging time. Be back shortly.
New Little Prayers Pop-up Book, reprinted in 1984, copyright Deans International Publishing I stumbled upon an interesting story in my search for information on the nursery rhyme, “Christmas is coming.” It’s from the Preface to the chapter on Faith in The Book of Virtues (1993), edited by William Bennett. A few of Bill’s words to
Christmas is coming, The geese are getting fat. Please put a penny in the old man’s hat. If you haven’t got a penny, a half a penny will do. If you haven’t got a half a penny, then God Bless you. The best I’ve been able to find regarding the origin of this nursery rhyme
That last post on the scuffle in Cincinnati basketball reminded me of this. I’ve been waiting for just the right time to post that. “None of them guys on their team is like me. We got disrespected.” No doubt. We are all special, and deserve respect, don’t you know? Birch & green holly comes from
Just a little something different on this Sunday morning. Apparently, the Cross-Town Shoot Out did not end well. Five thoughts from No. 8 Xavier’s 76-53 win over crosstown rival Cincinnati: 1. The game didn’t end, literally. Nor have the repercussions. An ugly brawl erupted with 9.4 seconds left in the game. Benches cleared, fists flew.
The casserole we had with last night’s steak supper took about 10 minutes to prepare– if even that. It is “Potato Casserole II” because it was the second potato casserole recipe that Mr. Big Food entered into his Big Food Manual. It differs from Potato Casseroles I and III in at least three fundamental ways.
“Fixing” it didn’t help. Fortunately, the quality of the photograph was inversely related to the quality of the meal: Perhaps the best Friday evening steak supper ever. Mr. Big Food whipped up Potato Casserole II while I started a fire. (Casserole recipe to follow.) I poured us a Gentleman Jack and he read aloud from
My favorite part of bread baking: “Punch down!” This is a delicious, slightly sweet bread. It’s not nearly as dense as some grain breads, but it’s not fluffy either (a good quality). Mr. Big Food thinks it will make excellent French toast, and I agree. Lovely to knead, too. Very cooperative. Graham flour from Bob’s
H/t Instapundit who links to Dailymarkets.com Add caption; I would if I could think of one. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, hunting with firearms is one of the safest recreational activities in America (here’s the press release and here’s the fact sheet with sources provided). Here’s the link to the whole short piece
Lunch After a good night’s sleep, Mr. Big Food announced he agreed with me and cast his vote in the Fall/Winter Soup Contest for Slow Cooker Potato Cheese Soup with Wieners. It was a difficult decision. Corn and Sausage Chowder is a very very good Fall/Winter Soup (recipe at the link). ~~ Posts on soup
Meta Givens recommends “memorizing this brief chapter.” From The Modern Family Cookbook (1958). I think The Shopper’s Creed speaks for itself. Give it another read. The Creed begins a four page chapter devoted to helping “you to become a better manager,” because in 1942 (when the book was first published) running a home was a