Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Eight Plait Round Braid Quirt

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Smoked Ham Hocks With Red Kidney Beans Soup

A one-pot meal.

Seven quart pot. A large onion diced more or less fine. Some minced garlic. A 16 oz. can of diced tomatoes. A 16 oz. can of tomato sauce (pureed tomatoes). Two or three bay leaves. A pinch of cumin seed. A teaspoon tip of black pepper. Half a red jalapeno pepper. Two cans of water. Start boiling.


Wash four smoked hamhocks. Put in pot. Add water to cover hamhocks.

Low to medium boil until you can cut through the skin of the hamhocks with a spoon (three hours for me).

Remove hamhocks. Set aside in serving platter.

Into the broth, put in three pounds ( 3 16 oz. cans) pre-cooked, canned, red kidney beans. I don't care about the brand but I always empty out the cans into a colander and rinse the beans well. Low boil until you like the consistency.


You might want to skip the jalapeno. A little bit goes farther than Yanqui tastes like.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

To Sautee Or Not To Sautee?

I make this thing which is a spaghetti sauce and/or Sloppy Joe, take your choice.

I chop a large onion fine and sautee it in a seven quart pot with a little olive oil, medium heat, until it's translucent, not browned. I add about two and a half pounds of 95% ground meat and brown it gently, stirring frequently, until the blood turns into juice. A 16oz can of tomato sauce, minced garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, nutmeg, two or three pints of water. Simmer for about two hours.

Well, I thought that maybe I should not be sauteeing or browning. We used to call them saturated fats, now they call them trans fats. So I just dumped everything together into the pot and started boiling it. Brought it to a boil, lowered the heat to a simmer. About two hours. We'll see if it's the same thing.

Friday, October 02, 2009


Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Who's The Leader With The Peter Eighteen Inches Long?


There is no other explanation.