Despicable Liar

Posted: July 22, 2016 in Articles
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Today, Dink came home from work and reported that a new person who has been working at the restaurant had a sly plan. Her sly plan was to intentionally not do her job and to eventually get fired.

She wanted to get fired so that she could sue the white restaurant managers for being racist. Unfortunately, she tried to convince a loyal employee to join her in her ingenious and original little ploy and that loyal employee reported the plan to the managers. The managers promptly called the owner who promptly called his lawyer.

What a pathetic little person she is. As we once wrote, liars are losers.

Cooking Shows Aren’t Epic

Posted: July 22, 2016 in Reviews
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KnifeyKnifeA few days ago we finished all four seasons of Cutthroat Kitchen that were available to us on Netflix, and we have started to watch Chopped, another cooking show on Netflix. About two episodes in, I noticed that they made the same mistake as Swamp People started to. They tried to make it epic and suspenseful with slow-motion and heroic music. I seem to find it more funny than anything else.

It’s a fairly entertaining show to watch nonetheless. The show might be a better judge of how well someone can actually cook, since there are no sabotages. Instead of sabotages that can be bought, there are four mystery ingredients that the chefs must use in each round. Other than that, it works almost like Cutthroat Kitchen; there are four chefs and three rounds, the first being an appetizer round, the next is one wherein the chefs must make an entrée, and in the last round, a dessert must be made. After every round, one chef is “chopped,” and the last chef remaining usually wins $10,000.

I have actually learned a few things from Chopped. I’ve learned that if you put potatoes in a blender, they get gummy and that if you cook something salty down, it just gets saltier. I’ve also learned that the skin of mahi mahi is not edible, but I will probably never need to know that, so I think I’ll discard the knowledge with haste.

Overall, it’s a fun thing to have playing over supper.

My brother, Daniel (some of still call him Dink), works in a fried chicken establishment which serves, along with fried chicken, things like coleslaw and breakfast sandwiches. In this restaurant, Dink has been promoted to a cook and in their kitchen, they have four deep fryers in addition to ovens and stovetops, etc. Thus when he works, he’s basically in a room full of oil all day. As you would expect, his clothes become dirty and mainly greasy in a very short amount of time.

Today, he soaked three of his outfits (three pairs of pants, three shirts, three pairs of underwear) in a cooler of water with baking soda and vinegar. After he pulled the clothes out, the liquid wasn’t exactly recognizable as water as we generally know it. It was more like water that you would expect from the Amazon.

At least, hopefully, his clothes will be clean now!

Well, here we are halfway through July…. The garden (and we) plug on. Here are some of the things we’ve been harvesting and processing.

First up, green beans (snaps) and Lincoln peas. We ate all the peas as they came in, but are canning & freezing our snaps in addition to eating them frequently.  We have around 40 or so bush and pole plants combined and that is plenty to get us to next season. After all, you can pick a large bowl of them every 3rd day or so. Just started a couple dozen wax bean plants as well. Lincoln peas are done and have been pulled out of the ground. Either sugar snaps or Snow peas will take their place.

Next up, all of our peppers are turning and we are enjoying fresh salsa every day. In addition, we are pickling a lot – both sweet and hot peppers. Peppers are showing up on pizzas, in casseroles, and in salads!

Blueberries are done for the season with the song birds, chickens, squirrels, and rabbits polishing off the remaining berries. We ate and froze lots of fresh berries, processed lots of blueberry pie filling, blueberry pancake syrup, blueberry muffins and other things blueberry.

Then came the zucchini:) In addition to zucchini stir-fry, zucchini fritters, and zucchini casseroles, we’ve had zucchini fries, zucchini muffins, zucchini breads, chocolate zucchini cake and more. Bags of grated zucchini, muffins, cakes, and breads have been frozen. We’ve given lots away and I think zucchini soup with hot Italian sausage is on the menu soon and most likely a lot of that will be canned for the winter.

A lot of our 1st kale crop was fortunately taken by our sisters and brother. One of our sisters likes to eat lots of kale salad. For us, we make a hot kale and bacon dish and then we tried kale chips. Yes, the trendy kale chip in our handy dehydrator. We hated them so out they went to the chickens. Our 2nd crop of various kales has been started.

Here is a lunch which came entirely from our yard. It doesn’t look great, but it tastes great. You can’t see the hot pepper vinegar splashed on it or the good stuff under the eggs and beets, but there is a lot of stuff in there.

We feel very spoiled, and yet, it is back-breaking work to make our garden good and productive, so even though we feel spoiled, we also feel our harvests are a blessed reward for us.


Last, but not least, we have started our next crop of broccoli, cabbages, kales, cilantro, radishes, beets, and perhaps more.

On a completely different note, we are finally going to the beach next week! And later we’ll go camping!

Never Waste Food!

Posted: July 17, 2016 in Articles

Yesterday, I read an article about all the wasting of food that happens in the United States. We’ve written before about how people leave heaps of food on their plates in buffets (which then gets thrown away), but this waste is on a different scale. Apparently a lot of produce gets thrown away before it even reaches stores. Have you ever been in a grocery store and noticed that, unless produce is labeled as, “Organic,” it is usually without blemish of any type? We certainly have, and while that can be partially attributed to the extensive use of pesticides, it is, according to this article, also due to the fact that big food growers throw away any produce that isn’t perfect.


This, of course, means that tons of food is thrown away. Research says that half of all of the produce grown in the US is thrown away (I believe feeding to hogs, for example, is considered thrown away). The types of blemishes mentioned in the article doesn’t affect the quality of the produce very much, if at all. I’m sure someone who really needed food wouldn’t mind a slightly misshapen pepper or grape. Imperfect produce could at least be offered to people at a lower price (?).

Anyway, the whole food wasting thing needs to stop, whether it be in individual homes or on large farms. We’re incredibly spoiled because we never have to be hungry, but some people don’t have as much as we do. We need to be grateful always and remember that whatever has been given can be taken away.