|Tomato rice soup with pesto in a slow cooker, garnished with Parmesan, photographed the way Kat instructed me to photograph food|
Coahoma County District 5 Supervisor Dr. Roger Weiner has decided to move forward with plans of a Senatorial Campaign in 2012 against current U.S. Senator for the State of Mississippi Roger Wicker.
Weiner announced via the Clarksdale Press Register in early May that he would be forming an exploratory committee to see if it was feasible and viable option for him to seek election to the U.S. Senate in 2012.
Dr. Weiner has filed his qualification paperwork and says his run will not detract from his current duties as a Coahoma County Supervisor. If elected to the U.S. Senate, he will continue to serve in both capacities.
Currently Wicker serves as Deputy Whip and is a member of the Armed Services Committee; the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; and the Veterans Affairs Committee. [my emphasis]
“I am extremely concerned where Mississippi has been, where it is currently and the direction it continues to go,” said Weiner. “When you are last or next to last in education, healthcare and family income, it leaves significant opportunity for improvement. My extensive background in healthcare and education certainly could maximize that opportunity.”
“Our leadership in Mississippi has failed to address these and other issues over the last decade in any cohesive matter. Even the extremely important responsibility of appointing U.S. attorneys has been deferred for 2 ½ years. This is an embarrassment which underlines the lack of leadership. For these reasons, I am seriously giving thought as to whether I can be an effective candidate against Roger Wicker in 2012.” [punctuation problems belong to the Clarkdale Press Register; my emphasis]
18 years and over 8,159 31.2
21 years and over 7,454 28.5
62 years and over 1,576 6.0
65 years and over 1,222 4.7
18 years and over 10,328 39.5
21 years and over 9,623 36.8
62 years and over 2,331 8.9
65 years and over 1,964 7.5
Total households 9,461 100.0
Family households (families)  6,393 67.6
With own children under 18 years 2,882 30.5
Husband-wife family 3,004 31.8
With own children under 18 years 1,079 11.4
Male householder, no wife present 531 5.6
With own children under 18 years 223 2.4
Female householder, no husband present 2,858 30.2
With own children under 18 years 1,580 16.7
Nonfamily households  3,068 32.4
Householder living alone 2,691 28.4
Male 1,166 12.3
65 years and over 286 3.0
Female 1,525 16.1
65 years and over 749 7.9
Households with individuals under 18 years 3,661 38.7
Households with individuals 65 years and over 2,439 25.8
Average household size 2.69 ( X )
Average family size  3.32 ( X )
Again– I’d say Dr. Weiner has some work to do in his own backyard before he goes to The US Senate and starts asking the rest of America to fix the “issues” in Coahoma County, Mississippi.
|What remains of this evening’s supper|
Here at The Farm, we enjoy Big Food of all sorts. Last evening Mr. Big Food set some food on fire and we had Creative Cooking Steak Diane. This evening we had peasant food, wurst-kohl eintopf (translated by Mr. Big Food as “sausage-cabbage
The manner in which the recipes for these dishes– and breads &c.– is transmitted from Mr. Big Food to me to you varies depending on the recipe. Sometimes, I ask him to email me the Microsoft Word Document that’s in his Big Food Manual, and I post it. Sometimes, I sit here at my desk and type the Gregg Shorthand version on my keyboard as he dictates from his chair, and clean it up before I post.
|You thought I was kidding. Second word down: Gregg shorthand for cabbage. I don’t know Gregg shorthand. But I have some
Sometimes, I just jot things down, and clean it up before I post.
|The recipe for wurst-kohl eintopf|
Our neighbor Ken, who’s lived here– and by here I mean pretty much here— all his life, told us it was the first time in his more than 40 year memory that he’d seen this lake freeze over.
Anthropogenic Global Climate Change. Repeat after me, “The Science is Settled.”
|From Old Wives’ Lore for Gardeners by Maureen & Bridget Boland; Copyright 1976 and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (New York)|
In the short section, “Vegetables that make good neighbours,” the Boland sisters tell us that
[S]ince lists of which goes well with what make complicated reading (carrots, peas, beans, leeks and turnips all agree well, for instance, but of these only carrots should be planted near onions and garlic), a table would seem the simplest thing to follow.
|Mr. Big Food shaking the pan vigorously.|
|Before we knew it, we were feasting|
|on Creative Cooking Steak Diane served with Oreida (TM) crinkle fries.|
— If you are looking for a one-stop seed shopping experience, this is not the place to go looking.
If you are looking for that sort of experience, and still want to avoid the seed company racket, i.e., Monsanto, Botanical Interests is the place to go. They’ve got it all– flowers, herbs, vegetables, gardening tools. They’ve signed the Safe Seed Pledge, meaning that you’ll find no Round-up Ready (i.e., genetically modified) cotton seed at Botanical Interests!
I get the majority of my seeds at Botanical Interests, it’s my second stop.
— Seed packet. Botanical Interests is very focused on providing information. From their web site
|Everything you need to know is printed on the packet.|
— Packaging. The seeds are not packaged in a small plastic bag within the paper packet.
Suek and I have been chatting about tomatoes in the comments here. I’m a nut for heirloom tomatoes but it’s really important to appreciate that any tomato that you grow in a container or in the ground at your own home– or weekend getaway– is far far superior to a store-bought tomato.
Remember– there’s* only two things that money can’t buy and that’s true love and home grown tomatoes. Guy Clark:
Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes
What’d life be without home grown tomatoes
There’s only two things that money can’t buy
That’s true love and home grown tomatoes
You can go out and eat ’em, that’s for sure
But there’s nothin’ a home grown tomato won’t cure
You can put ’em in a salad, put ’em in a stew
You can make your own, very own tomato juice
You can eat ’em with eggs, you can eat ’em with gravy
You can eat ’em with beans, pinto or navy
Put em on the side, put em on the middle
Home grown tomatoes on a hot cake griddle
My naive understanding is that if SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) is enacted, I’ll just have committed a Federal Crime by posting these lyrics.
Naively, SOPA is like the updated Lacy Act. Don’t believe me? Go ask Gibson Guitars.
Should be “there’re.” There is only one thing. There are only two things.
|Bing image of Henry Fields Seeds & Nursery, 5200 Schenley Place, Greendale, Indiana|
[If you have comments, please come back here. I don’t look at the linked site anymore. Thanks!]
How far in a State can a recognized moral wrong safely be compromised? … [I]t would seem to warn any nation from allowing, through carelessness and moral cowardice, any social evil to grow.[snip][I]t behooves nations as well as men to do things at the very moment when they ought to be done.
Here’s to moral courage– on the part of nations and men– in 2012.
|the last supper we’ll serve on Christmas dishes until Christmas season, 2012 (Good Lord willing & the creek don’t rise).|
It’s baked in a 9″x13″ pan with only a top crust
|of flour, butter, cheese & ice water.|
It was delicious. The recipe comes from what we call “The Diner Cookbook,” more formally cited as The Best of Casual American Cooking DINER by Diane Rossen Worthington; A Sunset Book; 1995 (The full citation is more than I want to do right now.)
|“We specialize in open-pollinated and heirloom vegetable seed varieties that are rare and not readily commercially available.”|
|Old Tennessee Muskmelon sherbet|
— Seed Packaging. Seeds come in a small plastic baggie within the paper package. This may not sound like a big deal but here in The South it is. The plastic protects the seeds from humidity, which is important for seed storage. (It’s also an added layer of protection in my back pocket!)
My order was horribly botched, (my fault), so I wrote to see if I could change it, knowing that it’s often difficult or impossible to retract a faulty order once placed. I pretty much expected a range from a polite “No”, to the usual, “We’re not responsible for your stupidity!” response that’s so common these days.
Alas!!!!!!, David replied *promptly* that the changes I wanted had been made, *AND* thanked me for supporting New Hope, in a totally non form-letter sort of way.
UPDATE: Daughter C and I colluded to get ‘er done. We’ll have nothing but clean kitchens in 2012. Whew.
|One United States Dollar that Rocky can trade in for ____ .|
Certifies that there is on Deposit in the Treasury of The United States of America One Dollar in Silver to the Bearer on Demand
I just lit a cigarette and it occurred to me that only reason I don’t throw my Silver Certificates into the fire is because they are collectors’ items. They are relics. I oppose burning relics.
It’s a blog about what I try to think about when I’ve had enough, when I’m sickened that even here, in my little corner, one little store has sold out of 100 watt bulbs.
I hope that those who stumble across this blog find something to enjoy and perhaps occasionally something to think about, be it a new recipe, old book, or story about Rocky.
With that said, please read this letter to President Obama from George Washington. It begins:
Dear Mr. President:
Although it is two hundred years, and more, since I laid down the cares of an eventful temporal existence and took up residence in my long home, Our Gracious Lord has seen fit to bestow upon my spirit the gift of perpetual cognition, and He has granted the further boon of permitting me, for a few moments, to assume sufficient corporeality to pen this letter, which I place before Your Excellency as the cri de coeur of a patriot whose efforts on behalf of his country have been deemed by its citizens to possess no little significance.
I have watched, frequently with pride and joy, occasionally with grave misgivings and sadness, the arc of our country’s history over two centuries, since those of my generation first established that Orchard of Liberty on the North American continent that would become the envy of the world. Over many seasons that Orchard has borne good fruit, and has flourished in the golden light of our Sacred Constitution. In evil times, this Arboreal Garden has been watered with the blood of heroes, which sustenance has served to make it even hardier and more prolific.
Imagine my consternation then, Sir, when I look upon our Orchard today, and see the fruit withering on the branch, the crowns blighted, and the whole cloaked in the gauzy shrouds of assiduously destructive bagworms. How slothful and inattentive have become the arborists who constitute what my friend Thomas Jefferson referred to as our natural aristoi! …
|Not chili, chili soup!*|
The photo caption has an asterisk. We’ve been watching reruns of The Big Bang Theory while we fix supper. Funny show. One of the main characters is from East Texas. When offered some chili, he asked, “Are there beans in it?” Yes. “Then it’s not chili.”
I’ll remind you that Mr. Big Food, who’s also from East Texas, won the chili cook-off!