|Retold by Alan Benjamin; Illustrated by Jeffrey Severn; Published by Western Publishing Company, Racine, Wisconsin|
Meanwhile their mutual respect has deepened.
We are heading to the city today! We will have a wonderful visit, but by the end of the day, we will be anxious to return to the country.
|Two lovely rutabagas|
In northern climates they can be grown in the spring. Here in Mississippi, I sowed the seed in early August– which was a bit too early, the seedlings struggled early on. They take about 90 days to reach harvest size but can be left in the ground later into the fall. “They” say rutabagas taste better after a frost. We shall see.
UPDATE: I peeled, sliced, boiled and mashed them as I was asked. Mr. Big Food turned them into a little casserole with a dash of nutmeg.
When the girls were young, we had a policy– a rule. You don’t have to like it, you do have to try it. When you try it and you don’t like it, you say, “I don’t care for this, thank you.” To this day, Marlena Rose remembers this rule.
Mix a bag of thawed mixed veggie (be creative) with a can of cream soup, 1/2 cup milk and some salt & pepper. Line the pie pan with crust. Toss in the veggie mixture. Top with crust. Use knife to create scary face. Bake 45 minutes at 350. Eat.
I felt bad about wandering so far off the farm in that last post. This was Halloween supper.
|From General Zoology by Tracy I. Storer, published in 1943 by McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc. New York and London.|
This text is a general introduction to zoology, primarily for students in colleges and universities. It comprises a general account of animal biology and a systematic survey of the animal kingdom from protozoans to man…
… the most serious of these [heritable defects] are mental ones such as feeble-mindedness and insanity.
In the United States there are seven million persons with an intelligence quotient of 70 or lower, from high grade morons to imbeciles and idiots.
The feeble-minded become juvenile delinquents, problem children, and cases for public relief and charity. They breed early and often and so tend to increase their kind.
Although 29 states have laws that permit insane and feeble-minded persons to be sterilized, only about 35,000 have been so dealt with up to 1941.
Recipe update. Allow glaze to cool slightly before pouring over cake. We scooped it up and piled it back on the cake.
Fresh Greens on the market
The greens are really at their Fall peak right now, and between the various local farmers I found a lot this morning:
From Woodson Ridge Farms, I got carrot, radish, beet, and turnip tops, along with arugula. I missed their lettuce.
From the Bost Farms at MidTown shopping center (sadly, the last market of the Fall), I got mustard greens and spinach.
From Flora Farms at Midtown, I got Swiss chard.
From Hollowell, who has taken to parking a pick-up truck just north of the three-way intersection, I got collards and kale.
I’ve got bunching onions in the yard and will buy some cabbage, lettuce, Italian parsley, along with some brisket from the Brown Family Farm, garlic from Flora (how many dishes have thirteen local ingredients?), and sausage Joyce brought back from West Louisiana to make this, something I ordinarily make in the Spring.
|From the Food Desert Locator brought to you by the United States Department of Agriculture|
The HFFI working group defines a food desert as a low-income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store:
To qualify as a “low-income community,” a census tract must have either: 1) a poverty rate of 20 percent or higher, OR 2) a median family income at or below 80 percent of the area’s median family income;
To qualify as a “low-access community,” at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the census tract’s population must reside more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store (for rural census tracts, the distance is more than 10 miles).
|Dining options at Ole Miss|
- What is the definition of “large” in this context? Is it proportional to population size? Even if you combine Oxford’s permanent resident population with the on-campus population, how many grocery stores can Oxford support?
- Why one mile? Or 10? At best this seems arbitrary. At worst it reflects an assumption that one mile is a really really big distance, which it might be if you don’t have a vehicle (i.e., if you are accustomed to using public transportation to scoot around D.C.).
- Why supermarkets? Why not canvas all available food access locations? “… who has taken to parking a pick-up truck just north of the three-way intersection… .” Again, there are some underlying assumptions at work.
On a related note, did you know that the quality of my life is low because I live more than 10 miles from the Getty Museum?
|Rocky’s a digger!|
I’ve talked to a lot of folks who’ve told me they’d like to grow veggies but can’t on account of the Mississippi clay. What poppycock. That excuse does not hold water. Clay does. That’s why the roots of the tomato that Rocky was busy digging out went down so far– to the clay layer. When we till, we’re trying to incorporate more of that clay layer into the top 6-8″ of soil.
Our Mississippi soil is naturally on the acidic side. Simply growing crops lowers the pH even more. So before we till, I’ll throw some lime down. And although I don’t use inorganic fertilizer often, I will also throw out some “triple 13” (13-13-13, N-P-K). Some of the nitrogen will leach out over winter, but that’s okay.
|Baby lima beans|
|1 lb + blanched New Zealand spinach|
50-70 days. Discovered by Sir Joseph Banks in New Zealand during the 1770 voyage of Captain James Cook, and enjoyed by 18th century gardeners. Also known as perpetual spinach, New Zealand is not true spinach, but a great way to have spinach flavor all summer; many even prefer the flavor to true spinach. It loves the heat, and produces abundantly. Noted for high vitamin content, especially vitamin C; it was served on Captain Cook’s ship to prevent scurvy. Small, young leaves can be eaten raw, or cooked. Bothered by almost no insects, even snails and slugs!
|Nutritional information for 5 ounces of cooked New Zealand spinach|
I was prompted to add this after reading “Food and the Feds: An exhibition at the National Archives celebrates the government’s role” by Bruce Cole at National Review Online. Cole concludes his description of the exhibit with this:
Although skillfully done, “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” is marred by its cheerleading for the massive role of Washington in the lives of Americans. There is never a scintilla of doubt that federal regulation has been, and still is, a good thing; never a hesitation about how the thicket of regulation and rules affects the individual liberties of millions of Americans, for good or bad. For example, the massive failure of the federal prohibition of alcohol is ignored, as are controversial farm subsidies and agricultural tariffs, among the many other less than successful, or controversial, programs.
The exhibition coincides nicely with the nutritional directives now emanating from the East Wing of the White House. The catalogue, but not the exhibition, features a full-page photo of Michelle Obama, our nation’s dietitian-in-chief and anti-obesity crusader, in her White House garden with a group of toque-wearing chefs looking like they’re eager to harvest some of the First Lady’s healthy foods (perhaps arugula). This bit of gratuitous puffery by the National Archives, an independent federal agency, is unseemly, but not out of line with its exhibition’s sunny view of big government.
As I’ve said before,
I don’t want to be told what to do/eat/say/think/feel. etc. Get out of my garden and kitchen, and stay away from my bookshelves. And while you’re at it, get out of my life.
The label comes from Nutrient Facts, a web site that provides nutrient information for a wide variety of food. It also has a “build your own recipe” feature– you throw your ingredients in and it calculates the nutritional values of the final product. Sort of fun.
From Prince Edward, Formerly Edward VIII:
And I want you to know that the decision I have made has been mine and mine alone. This was a thing I had to judge entirely for myself. The other person most nearly concerned has tried to the last to persuade me to take a different course. I have made this, the most serious decision of my life, only upon the single thought of what would, in the end, be best for all.
The Festival we know as Christmas is above all a festival of peace and of the home. Among all free peoples the love of peace is profound, for this alone gives security to the home.
But true peace is in the hearts of men, and it is a tragedy of this time that there are powerful countries whose direction and policy are based on aggression and the suppression of all we hold dear for mankind.
…“I said to a man who stood at the gate of the year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown,’ and he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be better to you than a light and safer than a known way.'”
May that Almighty hand guide and uphold us all.
|Still pickin’ (way out there)|
|A fuel tank in the field|
That ain’t cheap. And that doesn’t include fuel used by his other machines, including those that take the bales to the gin, or his pickup. Nor does it include the fuel he burns to plant the cotton in the first place. Or the fuel that powers the crop duster he uses to defoliate. Et cetera.
It would be interesting to look at Mr. Cotton Farmer’s books. I wonder if I am anywhere close to being right.
*There are a lot of things going on (i.e., factors) with large machinery fuel economy that I need to learn. One thing is certain, this calculation is simplistic. But on the other hand, I was reading a book my son-in-law sent me. It has been suggested that simplicity in complex calculations is a good thing.The key feature of my calculation is that it doesn’t have to be 100% +/- something or other. It just has to be in the ballpark.
It is pitch black dark. He’s still out there. I think I see a flashlight moving around.
|Taken with zoom completely zoomed out|
|Taken with zoom completely zoomed in|
|Same. Tripod recommended. Oh well.|
|Same, but trying to get more of the activity|
This only works if you plan a menu. I refer the interested reader to Crappy Old Stuff: The Meal Planner’s Creed.
|Sweet potato dressing, buttered spaghetti squash, a glass of wine.|
|Ray’s Modern Practical Arithmetic, 1908|
The same process of over-bureaucraticization, politicization, and watered-down content has taken place in the public schools. When the K-12 system has finished with them and killed off anything resembling intellectual curiosity or initiative, the kids passively ride the conveyor belt to the next institution, where, if they’re lucky, the amenities will be a lot more awesome. Oddly enough, families often fail to give much thought to the enormous cost or the questionable value of the credential. But then, they’ve been told for decades that this is the only path to prosperity.
That’s all changing.
The curriculum was designed to instill inductive thinking. It prepared the student to write well, think, and have a corpus of dates, events, people, and places at his fingertips for reference and elucidation. [My emphasis]
Ah, but the great advantage of mass moronization is that it leaves you too dumb to figure out who to be mad at. At Liberty Square, one of the signs reads: “F**k your unpaid internship!” Fair enough. But, to a casual observer of the massed ranks of Big Sloth, it’s not entirely clear what precisely anyone would ever pay them to do.
Seriously, if any random stranger tried to talk to kids about stuff that schools teach in sex-ed classes, parents would be calling the cops. It’s just downright creepy to teach this kind of stuff to sixth-graders.
49. George Washington was born in A.D. 1732, and lived 67 years. In what year did he die?
50. Alfred the Great died in A.D. 901; thence, to the signing of the Magna Carta was 314 years; thence to the American Revolution, 560 years. In what year did the American Revolution begin?
66. The area of the United States up to 1897 was 3681661 square miles. Since then there have been added the territory of Hawaii containing 6449 square miles; Porto Rico, 3531 square miles; Philippine Islands, 114410 square miles; Guam, 150 square miles; Tutuila, 77 square miles; and Wake Island, I square mile. What is the present area of the United States?