Lost & Fondue


Today’s encore A&J (“Encore,” that sounds good, doesn’t it?) is from 2003. We finally received some rain this week and are expecting more over the weekend. It would appear November finally has arrived.

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  1. Actually, my favorite recipe for party dip is one 10 oz can Ro*tel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies and 16 oz reduced fat Philly cream cheese, mixed in a blender until smooth. Serve chilled as veggie dip or chip dip.

  2. My favorite fondue dip from 1970s to 80s were actually chafing dish items, oysters Rockefeller and oysters Bienville redesigned as scoop able on toast points.

    Then I quit holding huge food and wine parties. Maybe I will resurrect the tradition.

  3. Speaking of food, and I guess we are now…

    A zaftig blonde (call her Samantha) seated at the next table at an out-of-state Starbucks struck up a conversation with me the other day. (Funny how often that happens.) She was an interesting and talkative lady, as well as a sharp business woman, and since I’ve been told I’m a good listener, I picked up a lot of information about the local economy and politics. I suppose I might have made a good spy.*

    Among other things, Samantha mentioned that she had prepared Poulet de Normandie for Thanksgiving dinner. I think I may do that for Christmas.

    *Of course, I might already *be* a spy, for all you know. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Ghost, you have a wonderful vocabulary and are extremely articulate. If you are even half as good looking as you think you are, I do not doubt that stray women strike up conversations. With no encouragement.

  5. From the Department of Funny Stuff I See: A sign posted on the automatic entry door at my pharmacy…”Warning! Door May Close Without Warning.”

  6. Going to have my hair done and go on to Christmas concert at University in Tahlequah. Concert is by operatic voice who is famous as the longest running Phantom on Broadway in Phantom of the Opera, I think over ten years.

    One takes what one can get in music when you live way in boonies and then drive ninety miles each way.

    Think I will forget the elegant outfit, it is already raining.

  7. Marie has made an amazing turn around. It came on just as quick as her down turn. She had snacks and such last night, breakfast this morning, and lunch. She has been up in her chair and doing remarkably well considering the prior twenty-four hours.
    My uncle is not so lucky, but still hanging on.

  8. Got hold of nice Mississippi trooper who talked to me and gave me correct number for report. They have no idea who hit me. The car is impounded and owner says he has no idea who was driving.

    Classified as hit and run by unknown. I will get a copy of report and send to Allstate adjuster. I fear this is going to deteriorate even more.

    Thank you Ghost.

  9. Yes, Jackie, I have that same problem…I seldom know who is driving my vehicle at any given time, and never when it is involved in a crash.

    I suspected it was a numerics problem on the report that would be corrected when you talked to the right person. Happy it worked out. I hope you have good uninsured motorist coverage.

  10. Ghost I am afraid about the uninsured driver part. I think there is a problem there but I won’t know until Monday when I talk to my agent.

    Why can’t they take prints? I could identify the girl I think. She referred to it as her car and rattled off name and address of who insured it.

  11. By the way, I rather thought you’d approve of me getting out of boating Hobby and driving all over North America.
    But you don’t it seems.

  12. Yep. Grandmother who lived with us; 1959. I had never known a home without her until then.
    BTW, I was 2:32 anonymous…not that it matters.

  13. Jackie, my research shows that apparently Uninsured Motorist coverage works a bit differently in Oklahoma than what I’m used to. OK state law requires insurance carriers to “offer” the coverage, but does not require the vehicle owner to “purchase” it. However if the owner opts for it, it covers only personal injuries to occupants of the vehicle caused by an uninsured motorist, an underinsured motorist, or a hit and run driver. In other words, it would not pay for damages to your vehicle. If an uninsured motorist damages your vehicle, repairs would be paid for under your collision coverage.

    So, as long as you have collision coverage, you should be fine. Allstate may or may not try to locate the driver that hit you for purposes of subrogation.

    Disclaimer: Although I once took the three day class and passed my state’s insurance agent’s examination, I didn’t intend to work as an agent and never did. (Long story.)

  14. Ghost… every once in a while I am concerned for you and wish that I could say something to you directly. But then… trying to warn you about a possibility would be like teaching your grandma about sucking eggs! You got it goin’ my man.

  15. Jackie, while I thought your multiple boat purchases might be a bit over-the-top, it was not my place to say how you should spend your money. And it still isn’t. I am glad, though, that you have decided to dial back your travels a bit. Besides the addition wear and tear on your body, there are places where it’s not particularly safe for a female to travel alone. And lest you think that chauvinistic on my part, there are plenty of places where it would not be particularly safe for me to travel alone.

  16. This is who I went to hear perform a Christmas program tonight, the first carols and songs I have listened to in over two years. I have not been able to do so, this was a major commitment for me to attend.

    The artist is France D’Ambrosio who is #1 Phantom of the Opera who played him over ten years for 2300 performances. He is singing Music of the Night. https://youtu.be/C8TLLIbjaH4

  17. Listening to that was the first Christmas music of the year for me, too. Somehow haven’t been in the mood. Perhaps because the 4th will be the third anniversary of my sister’s passing, and the 14th will be the anniversary of my mom’s birth.

    I’ll probably do a “12 Days of Christmas Music” for The Unknown Stripper, ah, I mean, Debbe. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Oh yes, I was supposed to tell you that I was a professional stripper among my career high lights, for which I was paid the enormous sum of $20 per hour despite fact I was in my mid 40s by that time. I will state I did not look my age and could perform incredible physical feats like hanging by my feets, working in harnesses, shinning up poles, hanging from poles with just my legs and knees, wearing very little clothing. Highly sought after by rich men.

    Of course you will figure this one out fast, Ghost. I had a lot of muscular and fit young men working with me, often with no shirts or shoes. We all stripped.

  19. GM Debbe
    .
    When nothing goes right … go left
    .
    .
    Going to a wedding today (Sat). At our age it feels
    great to go to a friend’s or family celebration that is not a funeral.

  20. Just another facet of your multi-talented self, eh, Jackie? Well, perhaps it’s time to tell the stripper story I mentioned a while back. Tomorrow, perhaps.

  21. Silly man, I was a professional stripper of varnish, dirt, mold, mildew and assorted gnarly growths growing on wood on yachts when I lived in Houston. I had a dozen good looking young men who worked for me and two daughters who also stripped. My oldest daughter claimed most of the young men as party friends.

    It was a talent highly sought by rich men who owned the yachts.

    Mark put me up to telling this one. I swore I had admitted to this occupation which competes with chicken poop for noxious fumes and chemicals but less clothes. I thought you’d figure it out in two minutes at best.

    I never thought of stripping clothes for pay. There was more money in varnish. But not a lot of clothing required.
    Tell anything if it won’t shock rest of Village.

  22. Good morning Villagers…

    ….and a good morning back at you Old Bear.

    Jackie, you had me there….and yes, you did make me laugh ๐Ÿ™‚

    Got my first SS deposit…can’t believe it…and you were right GR, not going to get rich off of it either. My one BIL, who is very savy with the government and their ways and means, told me I could earn up to fifteen thousand a year and still collect SS, think I’m going to find a part-time job, I’ll go nuts sitting here. Too cold to go into hen house….45 degrees

    Steve, clicked on your name and read about all your wife’s books she has written. You are a very blessed man with a very talented wife. Where does she get all her ideas about so many books?

    later…..

  23. Jackie, what gave you away was the harness (never saw that…on stage, anyway) and the 20 bucks per hour. I think any ecdysiast kind of stripper worth her salt made a good bit more than that (including tips), even back then. (At least the one I knew that worked in a club in Atlanta around that time did.) And I’m sure you would have been worth even more than that, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I did enjoy reading your job description, though.

  24. Wow! I am amazed at the many “talents” of the inhabitants of this village. There must be an attraction for talented people here. I’m glad to have found this place and will continue to visit and comment occasionally.

    God bless us every one. God bless the USA.

  25. Raining steadily and gray gloomy day. Going to Tulsa to indoor giant flea market at Fair grounds and maybe some Goodwill stores, discount places, used book stores, whatever. Good day for indoor walking or activities. Pathetic I have nothing better than bargain hunting to do on dank, rainy day. At Dollar General to start off day.

    Cheap date, huh?

  26. I am a life time devotee of the marked down price and bargain shopping. My favorite price point is 80% off the lowest marked price. Or finding a Waterford jar on a tag sale marked 50 cents.

    But don’t think that was what Sir Ghostly meant.

  27. Debbe My wife always loved writing and a junior high teacher really encouraged it. She retired a few years ago and Marianne got to give her one of her books. She wrote traditional romance for a few years, but felt called to delve into Christian fiction. She won a contest for a Christian Romance publisher 7 yrs ago and has published around 30 books. Like anything these days, digital has taken over. It means that it is easier to get a foot in the door, but a lot harder to make any money.

    I hesitated sharing this, but Marianne did an interview in Atlanta for a network. Its 30 minutes long, but there was a very interesting moment at about the 17:00 mark about Forgiveness (the name of her latest book) and the most difficult thing that she had to forgive. It involved the tragic accident that took my Mom’s life. I felt honored that she mentioned it, but frankly it was a very defining moment in my life.

    http://ptwwntv.net/series/11%7Cbooks%7Cof%7Cthe%7Cmonth/seasons/1/episodes/6

  28. Ghost… as far as the job, I am definitely winning. Have a ways to go but, as far as organization and accuracy, the department has improved immensely. Morale has improved also.
    On the home front, not so good. My Internet has taken a nosedive. After refusing to pay highway robbery rates, I find there is nothing else available! So… I am making do by using my phone and being very economical in my data usage. The upside? I realize I was spending way too much time on line. So it’s all good.
    Personally, I have been sick for a week. Sinus and upper respiratory infections. I am getting better but much too slowly to suit me.
    Have not been able to keep up as much as I would like, but am still checking in. I pray for your challenges. .. celebrate your victories. .. send virtual hugs for your comfort. .. because I love this Village.

  29. Mindy, that’s great news about Marie, and probably the best possible for your uncle. Sometimes, the best possible outcome is the most we can hope for.

    Ruth Anne, if you’re able to check in, how is your cousin, Nancy?

    OB, “When nothing goes right…go left” reminds me of some advice I once received. “If you can’t do something, do the next best thing.”

    Jackie, you’ve gone through a lot the last couple of years, and it may take awhile for you to find the things that feel right for you. It’s a little like gaining or losing weight: you go out to get new clothes and have to decide what style the new you might be. Sometimes you buy a blue sweater, then decide you’re no longer a blue sweater person. That’s okay. You might be a green blouse person!

    Gal, I’m sorry to hear you’re under the weather. Please take good care of yourself!

    Debbe, that has got to be a Social Security record!

    Ghost, puppies and kittens…isn’t that how “Walking Dead” and “Z Nation” refer to zombies? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. I had intended to (and was looking forward to) attending an area Christmas parade this morning. For many years, my dad and I went to it, something we both enjoyed, but it’s been a while since I was able to be there.

    So of course it rained on that parade.

    Another apt apologue for the year 2016, I suppose.

  31. Good report on the job. Gal. And since morale has improved, I suppose you can discontinue the floggings for the time being. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sorry you’ve been puny. Sounds like what I apparently caught at the hospital when my mom as there. I took me six weeks to recover to anything like normal, and it was the sickest I’ve been since the last time I had the flu, which was many, many years ago, Normally, when a bug bites me, the bug dies, but not this time. I hope your recovery is speedier than mine was.

  32. Jean dear, it just occurred to me you gave me a shout-out recently I didn’t acknowledge. Sorry about that.

    How’s tricks? I hope you’ve recovered from your physical issues.

    Decided yet what kind of pies you’ll bake for Christmas dinner? I try to avoid pie-eating if possible (’cause when I start, I don’t know when to stop), so I enjoy them vicariously through your posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Jackie, one day perhaps I’ll pen an essay regarding the difference between “cheap” females and “trashy” females.

    Meanwhile, in your honor, I’m watching Oklahoma State play Oklahoma.

  34. Ghostly one, I just took a break to renew my lipstick, smooth my hair and breath before going back into the exhibits. This isn’t exactly a flea market. I have been to worse antique shows, more vintage and antiques and some are exquisite.

    Not a good place for me. I collect things. Excellent glass, jewelry, vintage Christmas, even found a porcelain rolling pin that is in my middle grade China.

    I am in bathroom until I can walk by stuff and not want it.

    So Ghost, am I cheap or just trashy? I seem to still have that champagne taste in shopping but I dislike paying, so that is cheap I think.

  35. Smigz: Nancy is still with us; most recent news is that her neurologist has given her family some hope, which is more than I expected from what I first heard. (I’m relying on another cousin and friends on Facebook for up-dates rather than bother her husband or their kids – she has always been the family communicator.) Thank you for keeping her in your thoughts.

  36. On Tulsa’s busiest shopping street but heading home. I will drive by the light show at Rhema Bible and see if crowds are too big. One of largest congregations in country.

  37. Where has everyone been? Paqrties, music, shopping, football games?

    Back home from long day. Went to Peach Barn to buy baskets of Oklahoma grown apples for Christmas gifts to my post office, tag office girls, veterinary office, feed store, hardware stores, dentist. Realized I need more so back I go tomorrow. Got ribbon for bows, boxes and icing sprinkles for homemade brownies and cookies for more people who are nice to me. Christmas is about giving thanks for me, not getting. I love to give to others.

    Had a great time at “flea market” which was misleading. One of best shows I have been to. Got Oklahoma honey, sand plum jelly, jalapeรฑo jelly, several others, all Okie made, some great Oklahoma wines for fun, Amish cheeses, artisanAL bread, cut glass, antique plates, jewelry, dog toys, a China rolling pin you can put ice in and stuff I have forgotten already. Had a great time and found out it is dog friendly so Dickens can go. Met lovely vendors which made me remember when I did arts and craft festivals in Houston every weekend. I loved my fellow vendors and enjoyed the customers as well. It’s kind of like being gypsies.

    Tomorrow is a matinee in afternoon of Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Oratorio and some other musical groups doing a joint holiday concert. No, it isn’t the Houston Symphony or Opera or Ballet or even the Houston Pops but I am enjoying the concerts and performances. Better to enjoy what is than mourn what isn’t.

    And I hope orchard is open on Sunday. Many businesses and museums do not open Sundays here.

  38. Local orchestras, mostly volunteer, unpaid except for music director, concert master, and some staff [none richly paid] can be great. The BSO is, Dr. Beverly Everett, cond. She also directs the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony, puts a lot of miles on. We are blessed.

    Peace,

  39. That is how I feel, that we need to support whatever local arts groups we may have, just as we need to support our local small businesses, artists, craftsmen, food companies.

    Without them we will give up so much that makes America the great country it is.

  40. Ghost, having met Jackie, I can attest that in my opinion, she is neither cheap nor trashy. Eccentric, perhaps! But aren’t we all, to some extent?

  41. No, I never thought Jackie was cheap or trashy. And eccentric? Well, someone has to be quite a ways out there before I tag them as eccentric. Which may say more about me that the other party.

  42. Willy Nelson who played at a club I used to go to in Monroe, LA in college. We didn’t much like him, he didn’t have the sweet crooner voice we were used to.

  43. I like to think I have diverse interests and strong opinions on some topics, coupled with generosity and a loving nature that doesn’t much care what others think.

  44. Sounds like me, other than I may need to work on the “loving nature” part. ๐Ÿ™‚

    That photo of Willie would have been from about the time he was playing Houston bars/clubs and when a lady I met later claimed to have been dating him. Musician, groupie-types, bars, drinking, late nights …yeah, he may have “dated” her.

  45. I went to college in Monroe from 1961 to 1964. Once I left Monroe I never went to another bar there. This was time he played club.

    I can state categorically and definitely that I did not date Willie Nelson. I didn’t like him as a musician and I remember we thought him a geek and nerd.

  46. I noticed that broken line too Buzz but thought it was my phone perhaps? In fact, I knew the joke was pokies, we all got it and laughed. But I thought to myself ” I don’t see anything. Maybe the joke is we can supply the joke in our minds?”

  47. buzz: Wondered, but think maybe not. All JJ had to do was make 2 lines almost come to a point.

    ‘. . . I went to college in Monroe from 1961 to 1964.’ Stayed several hot wks in Monroe summers of ’43 and ’45 with Mom’s younger bro. and family. Before AC. Paper mill stank. Didn’t know they had a college. Monroe is where I learned that even the RC church was segregated; blacks sat in the balcony. No AC and of course, hot air rises.

    Peace,

  48. Hi Ghost Sweetie! I’m doing good, thanks. Recovering from Thanksgiving. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cooked two turkeys and all the trimmings and sides, plus pumpkin, pecan, and eggnog pies. We ended up with 14 or so people what with family and friends, so it was fun.

    Still have some health issues, but soldiering through. Beats the alternative.

  49. Thank you, Smigz. I wrote that, not a quote. I just felt that way about my current life. My mother in law always moaned loudly about being moved from Los Angeles to Lafayette, Louisiana that had no ice skating rink. At 70 something, my age, we moved her into assisted living near us in Louisiana.

    She said “I can’t move to Oklahoma unless they have ice skating, Lafayette just finally got an ice rink.” I found her an assisted living apartment across from the Tulsa ice skating and indoor swim clubs. She was already too disabled to qualify for the home.

  50. Emb I was in Northeast 1961 to 64 too. What was your major? I was liberal arts, lots of theater arts, journalism but took some essential courses too. Lots of hours in fact.

    What landed you in Monroe? I went there in protest after my stepdaughter refused to supply any financial info or disclaimer that he did not support me, my out of state scholarships required that but all my Louisiana state colleges and universities gave me automatic four year scholarships with no paper work. By that point I didn’t give a hoot.

    You would not recognize the town or university now.

  51. Jackie,

    As Dr. Hook said, “I’ve got a few years on you, Babe, and that’s all.” I finished USL, now ULL, in 61 and by 64 was married and in my 2nd year of vet school at Auburn. (By the way, You may have known Dr. Jim Rundell from Monroe. Great guy and great friend! He died a couple of weeks ago.)

    Just got my JJ personal drawing of A&J and Jimmy put “War Eagle” on it and really made my day. Looks like Auburn is going to the Sugar Bowl and the LA/MS War Eagle Express is planning a trip south to the Big Easy. As J. Durante used to say, “Irregardless” of the outcome, we will have a great time. Even the wives are coming this time!

    God bless us every one. God bless the USA.

  52. โ€œBetter to enjoy what is than mourn what isnโ€™t.โ€

    Jackie and Smigz, reminds me of an old German folk saying, “One must live as one can, not as one would like.”

  53. Jackie: โ€˜. . . I went to college in Monroe from 1961 to 1964.โ€™ was lifted from your earlier post. My ‘several hot wks in Monroe summers of โ€™43 and โ€™45 with Momโ€™s younger bro. and family’ referred to my staying with them, my Uncle Julian and Aunt Ollie + two boys younger than me, during two summers, when I was 13 and then 15.

    My undergrad college was the N.Y. State Coll. of Agriculture [now NYSC of Ag. and Life Science] at Cornell U., in Ithaca, NY. Major was Wildlife Conservation, BS ’51. After two yr. active duty in USAF, grad. school was U. Mich., Ann Arbor: MA ’55, Ph.D. ’60, both in Zoology. Then 36 yr. on Biology faculty at Bemidji State College/BSU, my only full-time civilian job.

    We have 2″ or less of snow on ground, temp hovering around freezing, more snow predicted but not enormous amts. Have seldom seen Sol since TG.

    Sardines on toast / lunch, then nap.

    Peace,

  54. I found it ironic that when I was older universities like Cornell and Purdue recruited me for agricultural graduate degrees. I think I’d have helped their diversity quotas on both sex and age. I did participate in one of Cornells international leadership programs for the grocery and produce industry which was part of their agricultural and business programs.

    Definitely recruited for quota.

  55. emb – you saw Sol at TG? Lucky you
    1″ snow last night mostly gone now – temps heading for cellar after tomorrow.

    GR6 use a red plate then you will know when to stop eating when eating pie.

    I am not cheap but my brother claims I invented copper wire when someone tried to
    take a penny from me. I am penurious.

    Jackie – here is one for a Walmart regular

    Click here: Cowboy lassoes would-be bike thief in Walmart parking lot – YouTube

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/dsq_jZiB1_U

  56. Good wedding Sat.
    The theme was the Three Stranded Cord a Song of Solomon

    Reminded me of the Village when One is tired and discouraged the other is there
    to help. If one falls and cannot get up the other is there to lift the first.
    If enemies (or life’s ills) assault where one could not prevail two could overcome.

    The Village is here and does what it can to help.

    The third strand is Faith with Faith we can overcome all obstacles

  57. Steve FRO
    I hope you are wearing bright and reflective clothing when running at night
    or early morning. Having a red flasher on the back even better.

    We have some people (mostly women) around here that walk or run
    in the dark wearing black clothes — walking on the wrong side of the road.
    Isn’t walking toward traffic taught anymore? Is it that walking on sidewalks
    has taken away rural survival skills? I only see one because she has a white dog.

  58. Old Bear: On my list of things I don’t miss since I retired is having to watch for/dodge runners and dog walkers who don’t understand that it takes more than one little reflective square on their shirt or back of their shoes to make them visible in the dark. Prize for spookiest sight went to the person in dark clothes walking two dark dogs – all I could see was the two moving reflective leashes each with two red dots (eyes) floating below them.

  59. Old Bear. No more running for me, but I do all of my walking at a park or around my parking lot during the day. When I did run at night, I wore a reflective vest, a light on my head and even a blinking red light. I share your concerns as I see people oblivious to common sense. My son is in training for Boston and he wears very reflective clothing and a light as well. BTW, I wrote a guest column in the local newspaper years ago on the importance of safety when running. When I drive to work, I can see kids walking across the street, but all I see is their shoes.

    Jackie, as Purdue graduate, I am sure that you are right about the quotas. The Ag program has historically been one of the top in the country, so you would have gotten a fine education

  60. Steve, I know I would have. In the late 60s when I graduated Louisiana had to send all their ag graduates out of state as doumacan has said about going to Auburn. Women were not much sought after in those days. By time I was 50 they were trying to meet minority and diversity quotas. I really seriously entertained doing it. It was a graduate ag program for MBA and PhD online combined with so many on campus classes. I am intelligent enough to have completed the degree, despite not completing the two graduate school degrees I was admitted to in past, once because I got pregnant (and married) and once because my job and sales commissions vanished.

    I just could not see what I would do with degree out here in boonies and turned down opportunity.

    But even so I considered it a great compliment. .

  61. This afternoon I got to hear the Tulsa Symphony do their Home For the Holidays program with many of the arts group they work with. This is last year’s video, I did not see one for this year on youtube. https://youtu.be/CC7RGwfCaKw

    It was most enjoyable and I was impressed with all the groups they work with, Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Oratorio, Tulsa Ballet. They had segments involving each onstage but no ballerinas leaping about. It was a loaded stage with youth symphony, high schools, grade schools and even the Sweet Adelaides onstage.

    The group that impressed me most was the very young children in a program called Harmony that gives young untrained children violins and cellos and in short time teaches them to play well enough to play with a large symphony. I will post a separate link for that.

    Next Saturday I will be going to a program at the Gilcrease Museum where small groups from the Tulsa Symphony will play in the galleries and you can go from gallery to gallery for each program.

  62. This is the restaurant at the Gilcrease Museum where I will be next Saturday to hear the Tulsa Symphony again. If you do not know about museum restaurants, they tend to be very good and very innovative and rather modest in price for the quality of the food. I try to eat at every museum I visit for that reason. The revenues help support the museums, the city of Tulsa and the University of Tulsa share ownership of the museum and the restaurant.

    Gilcrease was donated by Thomas Gilcrease, a Tulsa oilman. It is a world class museum. They have one of the largest collections of Thomas Moran in world, as largest collection of native American art and artifacts.

    https://gilcrease.org/restaurant/menu/

  63. Oscar Wilde, “All of us are lying in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.”

    In regards to Arlo in today’s current cartoon.

  64. Jackie: Intriguing menu, and you are right about some museum restaurants. Mpls. Inst. of Arts has been good; likely still is, but it’s under new mgt. Bemidji, of course, is too small for such, but our art spaces are downtown, nr. a variety of good cafes and a decent Chinese restaurant [closed Sundays, and some of the others may also be.] Dunn Bros. is open all days, and has a Cubano sandwich special Wed.

    Great astro strip. Now, please send some clear night skies.

    Peace,

  65. Today’s TIP BlogSpot:

    http://thatispriceless.blogspot.com/

    Scandinavians have a somber rep., the Melancholy Dane and such, or Ibsen’s various plays. Finland has a very different language from the other three, but has among the shortest days in winter, which can make one morose. Simberg fits nicely.

    Lovely place in summer; we spent a week in Turku, Helsinki, visited model community Tapiola. Fun.

    Peace,

  66. Jimmy, today’s strip reminds me “It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness.” I’m looking forward to the clear night skies of winter, too, emb.

    sand, lots of wisdom in those old sayings. Guess that’s why they’ve stuck around. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    sideburns, I’ll have to check out Brown’s recipe. Thanks!

  67. Not from Tahlequah, live in Eufaula for 22 years but go to Tahlequah a couple times a month or more. I love Tahlequah. I am from Louisiana and Texas.

  68. Ghost, thank you. I have a bottle of wine chilling in fridge I can toast with. Made in Oklahoma. I don’t think they observed Prohibition up here.

    Ghost, are you doing ok? I worry about you, needlessly I am sure, Ghost.

    Have you been doing anything you can share here? Me, I am cleaning kitchen, doing laundry, getting ready to clean floors and clean house with intent of putting up a tree, decorations and baking.

    My helpers say I spoil them. Tony said if he has to get a real job he’s going to ask where the pasta is? I made bow ties with meat, mushrooms, olives, artichokes tomato sauce today.

    Wish someone else would talk about what they are cooking.

  69. Jackie,

    I finished some venison, pork, & beef summer sausage this morning. It was smoked in pecan for about 8 hours. The venison is the primary ingredient, but I include pork for the fat and chili ground beef for some texture.

    Also made fajita-tortilla soup for lunch. It was comprised of small cubes of fajita marinated skirt steak, sweet yellow onion (Texas 1015), beef stock, diced tomatoes, ground chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and a generous dash of habanero pepper sauce. Other veggies in the soup included sweet corn, baby butter-beans, carrots, celery, a few green beans and English peas. I served it (to myself) with white corn tortilla chips and grated Monterey jack, queso quesadilla, cheddar and asadero cheeses (mix).

    As to fondue, my family does a full 3-course fondue at least twice a year. Typically we do two cheese pots, one cheddar-based and one Swiss based. Both generally use a gluten-free beer and gluten-free bread since my older son-in-law has a substantial gluten intolerance. The main course is Fondue bourguignonne (fried!) and we usually have tenderloin, chicken breast, and shrimp. Also normally do mushrooms and a few other veggies. (sometimes with a gf tempura batter). We have several sauces, but always have a Green-Goddess like dip that is a favorite.

    Desert is frequently a white chocolate and milk chocolate mix. Strawberries, bananas, raspberries, gf angel food, and gf Rice-Krispy treats are normally the base for the chocolate. Dried apricots are also interesting. We also sometimes do a white chocolate and caramel mix that is reminiscent of Bananas Foster.

    Both daughters have fondue sets with multiple pots, liners, and appropriate hot plates for introducing the concept to their friends. So far, we’ve never found anyone that doesn’t enjoy and evening of food and conversation.

    Is that enough food talk. ๐Ÿ˜€

  70. Yes, thank you David. Now I want to come visit your family. So far all the Village I have met loves to cook and/or eat.

    That venison sausage sounds fantastic.

    You just stimulated my taste buds, salivation and imagination!

    Come on yall, let’s cook!

  71. I agree on the venison sausage – and all the rest. We could put on a really good progressive dinner if only the distance between courses/locations were a little more convenient.

  72. For those of you not inclined or equipped to make your own venison sausage, here in the Deep South there is no shortage of places that will turn the deer you shot into that wonderfully succulent product. For those of you not inclined or equipped to shoot your own deer, here in the Deep South it’s awfully easy to find a friend who will shoot one for you.

    Note to David in Austin: There can never be too much food talk. ๐Ÿ˜€

  73. Yay, food!

    Weather, not so much. Only an inch or two on ground now, lots of bare spots. Icy coat on front walk sublimed during partly cloudy day, temp 2 or 3 below 32. But the honeymoon is over: 4″-7″ on the way, high winds, blizzard warning in the Red River [of the North] Valley. That Siberian cold cell is heading twd. us. Am guessing it w/b a white Christmas.

    Likely will not toast Repeal. Had a beer w/ supper last night.

    Peace,

  74. Jackie, I’m doing OK; I’m just involved in my normal end-of-year tying up of loose ends. Add to that the detritus of sad tidings (including the personal ones) left behind by 2016, and it’s not a particularly good time for me. But I’m a survivor, and I will be OK.

    Non deficere.

  75. Had our first snow yesterday, some 6 or 7 or 8 inches in my part of northern IL. The firm I hired back at the start of September [after bouts with hurting back and hip and falling in the tub], DID show up within 45 minutes of the ending of the flurries. Yay! The MBH was as relieved as I, if not more so.
    Cannot claim to be a cook, though I would not starve even if living alone. While the fare would not qualify as “gourmet”, it would suffice. Perhaps, someday, I’ll get to sample venison sausage or boar sausage. Recently, I did have two bowls of venison chili, but the difference noted seemed totally in texture rather than taste. Hmmm. Do taste buds suffer with age?

  76. Making stuffed sweet peppers, red, yellow, orange and green filled with ground beef and pork sausage, rice, cheese, lots of herbs. But for lunch for speed I will make homemade bacon cheese burgers. With good large seeded buns. I am a great employer, feed people well and am usually still in pajamas until lunch. They are used to me, plus I don’t look nearly as bad as Walmart People.

    Funny I thought same thing about a progressive dinner. I used to love those, going from host to host. Started laughing at memory of the Swan Lake desserts.

  77. Possibly, cx-p, but with properly seasoned chili, the difference in taste of beef and venison would probably be minimal. My recently upgraded neighborhood market now carries ground bison meat. I may use that for my next batch of chili, when I finish off the servings I have in the freezer now. And that reminds me that I need to make up another batch of marinara sauce for the freezer, also.

    Sausage fan here, also, sand. Also need to make some more jambalaya with andouille; finished off the last from the freezer last week.

  78. My best friend and I took the desert course for our churches progressive Christmas dinner. We are Episcopalians so not huge, about 100 guests. I do not remember what I cooked for finger food deserts but I remember my friends. A talented hostess and cook, she had meringue swans filled with mousse or such at expensive Houston eatery and decided to make a couple hundred small swans to fill.

    Swans were beautiful, tables were elegant, lakefront home gorgeous for Christmas. Guests dressed in best evening clothes, cocktail attire, men in suits and ties. Remember the lakefront home in Houston and humidity?

    She had filled with lemon curd and raspberry sauce, beautiful colorful. People oohed and awed and dug into those swan trays and because they were a little too big for one bite, they hesitated just long enough for the bottoms to fall out of a hundred swans onto table, floors, guests.

    I have no idea what I cooked.

  79. I made jambalaya for my workmen with leftover turkey substituted for chicken and andouille. They had never had. I have promised red beans and sausage, French bread and bread pudding. When I worked for Hibernia Bank in New Orleans in my youth the porter used to cook for us daily. He taught me to make red beans and other New Orleans soul food dishes like gumbo des herbes.

    Sorry but I miss New Orleans and the food.

  80. I’ve made Cajun-style Red Beans and Sausage for my all-female staff several times. (Think I may have published my recipe here.) Always a hit. (Like those wenches ever refuse to eat anything. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    A local attorney (now deceased) for years threw a lavish, formal/black tie, sit-down dinner on Christmas evening for years. His theory was that the remedy for post-Christmas Day “letdown” was to instead make it memorable.

  81. I think I would enjoy a return to elegance given a chance.

    Sitting here toasting the end of prohibition with a wine made here in Oklahoma called Simply Peachy. Fruity soda pop wine, sangria style.

    Struggling with cork it occurred to me I never really learned to pull a cork. Helps if you can screw straight and brace to pull it out.

  82. Think I have one. I was being sentimental, using the pocket wine opener Mike carried in his pocket for close to thirty years. The one he opened a bottle of wine for Tennessee Williams one afternoon down in a liquor store in Quarter or maybe it was morning?

    Wasn’t sure it would actually open an Oklahoma peach wine or of it would protest.

    Listening to JJ Cale, an Oklahoma product and Eric Clapton. I love Clapton doing Tulsa Time.

  83. So, what was dinner? To go with wine, Ghost? Do you portion out all your food you cook and freeze?

    I need to cook up a slab of ribs for workmen. I defrosted a couple days ago.

    Still doing laundry and putting away but getting to be more enjoyable.

  84. Good morning Villagers….

    Not sure, but I think I’ve dropped in on the Food Network ๐Ÿ™‚

    My husband does all the cooking here, he likes to use the smoker. Yesterday we had a very tender pork loin. Pork, the other white meat.

    Raining here and I have to get out in it. Six month check up.

    later……

  85. Jackie, dinner with wine was 4 oz grilled NY strip, seasoned with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper; rice pilaf; and steamed mixed veggies.

    I portion and freeze dishes I have to make in larger quantities. I have a three lb roast in fridge now I need to convert into freezable portions of slow-cooker pepper steak.

  86. Slightly late, but to clarify what Jackie was talking about a couple of days ago. There was a Southern Regional Plan in place whereby, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Kentucky had reserved spots for their residents in the veterinary school at Auburn. Class size was about 80 with 40 spots for Alabama residents and the rest divided among those other states. LA had 9 places at Texas A&M, 4 at Auburn, per school year. I was accepted at Auburn in the 1963 quota after getting a B.S at USL, now ULL and half a masters degree at LSU, with military time added. I was one of the older members of the Auburn Class of 1967, our graduation year. We have a 50 year reunion in the Spring, and if the Good Lord is willing, I’ll be there with my wife, who helped put me through vet school by working as a secretary for Dean Foy(RIP).(We also have similar plans for the 2017 Sugar Bowl!) Now, all the above mentioned states, except Kentucky, have their own veterinary schools and a great majority of the students are female. So much so that at LSU, all the male restrooms had to be converted to female restrooms several years ago! (When I was at Auburn there were five females in a student body of almost 400! It is almost the opposite now!)

    God bless us every one. God bless the USA.

  87. So we women have made some progress since the 1960s. When I went to USL so long ago we had five women in entire school of agriculture and we were the first that were not home economics majors. I was first to make the livestock judging team and the meat judging team. I was only woman on the collegiate livestock teams, about a 900 to 1 ratio nationally.

    And yes, I showed Bulls and judged them, slaughtered animals and cut them up, castrated cattle, did all kinds of things considered unfeminine. How times change.

    Should have married one of those veterinarians perhaps. Or not.

  88. Ghost dear, you are staying on your eating plan, while I have thrown mine out with the dish water.

    Haven’t heard you say but how good are you looking? I need some inspiration. I have abandoned mine altogether, had Krispy Kreme donuts which were awful, cheesecake, all this pasta, breads, ate a candy bar in line at grocery last night, a Butterfinger, firSt donuts, candy bar in two years

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