|Zoom in. It’s cotton.|
Mr. Cotton Farmer is starting to pick. I’ll takes some pics.
*A certain small city in which the president of a private collage managed to get three of these things located at three corners of campus.
|Argentinian beef stew in banana squash|
It was a big squash.
This one came from a California cook book I got in the mid 1980s for subscribing to the L.A. Times. (I was a naïve graduate student at the time, which explains why I subscribed to the L.A. Times.) This is an excellent Halloween dish, but be sure that the pumpkin flesh is cooked before your pull it from the oven and serve it. That can take awhile, depending on the pumpkin. The stew is also good without the pumpkin. The variation comes from the season that Marica grew huge Banana winter squash in the garden.
|A nice little cottage in Arkansas|
Some thoughts about what we saw along the way…
The HWY 82 bridge is far better than the HWY 49 bridge, which is a two freaking lane bridge across the freaking Mississippi River. According to my calculations using Google Earth, the distance across the river on 82 is 0.44 miles. On 49 it is 0.57. The difference may not seem like much to you, but trust me… . I will never cross on 49 again. Never. Even though it’s one third of a mile longer, I’d sooner take the M bridge. (Plus, I’m pretty sure the ladies’ room in the Conoco on the Mississippi side had cameras in the ceiling.)
Roundabouts are dumb. More on this later.
Roundabout related: College presidents in Arkansas wield too much power.
Quitman County (Mississippi) just didn’t look all that poor to me. Jonestown, in Coahoma County, did.
And some questions…
And on a lighter note, is it possible to over-do thematic decorating?
|A bison– for real|
|A small part of my neighbor’s cotton field|
The first fall we lived here was exceptionally wet. You can’t pick and bale cotton in the rain and mud.
I have more thoughts on cotton in Mississippi, but I’ve lost the context in which I first wrote them. I’ve got my cracker-jack research assistant– my son-in-law– (back-)tracking. If he comes up with anything, I’ll post later. But to give a hint, I calculated that if all of the cotton grown in my county went to make T-shirts, there’s enough to make 4,000,000 100% cotton T-shirts.
To be honest, we’d rather word didn’t get out. Stay away! In fact, I need to point this out: The South is a cultural desert, across which ride Klansmen on horseback and NASCAR fans in F350 Dually pickups. The cultural center is Wal-Mart, and the occasional tailgater before a lynching. Gunshows are disdained as the domain of pointy-headed intellectuals, because they also sell books. No, really, that’s all true — stay away! For the love of God, stay away!
UPDATE: Reader Phil Manhard emails: “I wish to add that we have fire ants, sinkholes, red tide, shark attacks, huge and regular brush fires, sandspurs, sunburn, hurricanes (though, unexpectedly!, none in the last couple of years). Yes, for the love of God, stay far away!”
And the chiggers. Beastly critters you want no part of. Stay in Massachusetts!
The neighbor gets a funny look on her face and says, “Funny. Ya don’t sound like yur from Mississippi.”
|Oxford, Mississippi is so backward it still has phone booths!|
I’m a Jersey boy. I was born there, went to high school and college there, and assumed I’d spend the rest of my life there. But though I loved the people and food, the Jersey Shore summers, and short rides through the Lincoln Tunnel to Broadway shows and Madison Square Garden, I gave it all up and moved south. Very far south. I’m not alone.
The economic and cultural forces driving this migration south have been ignored by the press. And by the Obama administration.
So I figured this Jersey boy who now calls Oxford, Mississippi, home could explain why. This Yankee turned good ol’ boy could explain the pull — no, the tug — of the South.
|Daikon Miyashige White Orgnaic Radishes|
Radish Daikon Miyashige White Organic Heirloom Seed
60 days. Young shredded daikon radishes are often used in sushi, but their light, crunchy, slightly spicy flavor is a unique addition to many other dishes. Mature daikon is pickled or cooked; add to stir-fries or soups. Daikon is a “winter radish,” requiring a longer time to develop than spring radishes, and cool temperatures to mature the edible root. To grow successfully, sow in mid- to late summer or early fall.
This packet plants three 5 foot rows.
In Chicks with Guns, Lindsay McCrum has created a cultural portrait of women gun owners in America through photographs that are both beautiful and in a sense unexpected. The book examines issues of self-image and gender through the visual conventions of portraiture and fashion, but the guns are presented here not as superimposed props but as the very personal lifestyle accessories of the subjects portrayed. And it defies stereotypes often associated with aspects of the popular culture of both guns and women. Like the 15-20 million women gun owners in this country, the women we meet in Chicks with Guns ( their portraits are accompanied by their own words), reside in all regions of the country, come from all levels of society, and participate seriously in diverse shooting activities. The women here are sportswomen, hunters, and competition shooters. Some use guns on their jobs and some for self-defense. They may not all be classically beautiful, but in these photographs they all look beautiful, exuding honesty, confidence, poise, power and pride. They are real women with real guns that play a part in their lives. By focusing her camera respectfully on this particular aspect of the American scene, gun-wielding women and girls, Lindsay McCrum sheds new light on who we are in America today.
I’d much rather use self-checkout than wait in the express line behind people who don’t understand the concept of an item limit.
has a different look from the other darker-skin varieties. It is a white-skinned, cream-fleshed sweet potato that cooks up drier than other sweet potato varieties. O’Henry’s leaves are green and heart shaped. It’s large tubers grow in a compact cluster underneath the plant helping to make harvesting easier. O’Henry has a high yield potential and also stores well. Excellent taste.
Several months of warm weather are required to produce the sweet potatoes biggest tubers. Northern growers can benefit from using black plastic to warm the soil for about 3 weeks prior to planting. Sweet potatoes should be planted in a ridge (raised row) to provide drainage and allow for root expansion. Space ridge about 3 1/2 feet apart with plants set 1 foot apart.Upon receipt of your slips, placing them in a jar of water until you are ready to plant will perk them up, allow you to wait until weather conditions are perfect for your area, and give you time to prepare your soil.Please note: Your plants may appear severely wilted which is normal, there maybe leaves that appear rotten or slimy and this is also a natural occurrence, just remove the slick or slimy leaves and place your plants in a jar of water as discussed earlier. Sweet potatoes are extremely tough and resilient plants and once livened back up will take off and grow well.Keep transplants moist after being set in the field and water before the soil dries. Weed control will be necessary until the vines meet between the rows.