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Wed
29
Jul

Did You Know?

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It has been observed by the writer of this article that over the past several years “History Buffs” like articles on history’s little tid-bits. Of course, it could be possible that this writer likes the history of things that are not common knowledge and thinks that everyone else likes them, too. Never the less this article is about little known facts of history and primarily of past Presidents.

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Wed
22
Jul

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Frozen Leftovers

I know I’ve talked with you about clearing out my freezers during the COVID caused shortages at the supermarkets and I have had some interesting results. However, some of the leftovers I’ve put up didn’t look too appetizing after re-heating. Some even had freezer burn on the edges or ice crystals covering them – Brrrrr. Soooo, this past weekend OUT all that kinda stuff went!

Wed
22
Jul

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

During the middle and late 1930’s America was deep in the Great Depression but movies were in vogue. It was the one thing both the older and younger could go to for a few hours and dream of better times ahead. The possible filming of Margaret Mitchell’s bestseller “Gone With The Wind (GWTW)” was on everyone’s mind. Who could possibly be chosen to portray the Rhett Butler part other than Clark Gable? Almost everyone agree that Gable should be Rhett except Gable himself. It’s not that he didn’t want the role but he said, “It is simply that Rhett is too big an order for any actor to tackle who is in his right mind.” Clark realized he needed money to get a divorce in order to marry Carol Lombard so he signed on in August of 1938.

Wed
15
Jul

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Vegetarian Fare Encore

I’m smack dab in the middle of a kitchen remodel and am down to hooking up the plumbing under the sink. I replaced the old shallow double bowl stainless with a satin nickel single deep bowl with an apron front. Piece of cake, right? WRONG! All you have to do is plan it out carefully and if there are any cuts measure twice

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Wed
15
Jul

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

It is assumed that if you are a weekly follower of this column that you are patriotic and would enjoy a better understanding of “The Great Seal of America”. On July 4, 1776 after voting to approve the Declaration of Independence the Continental Congress advanced the following resolution “Franklin, Adams and Jefferson be a committee to develop a seal of the United States of America”.

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Wed
01
Jul

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

A Gift?

Sam Sifton is the Editor of the Cooking Section for the N.Y. Times and frequently has some comforting and sometimes intuitive thoughts to open the weekly section especially during these quarantines. A few weeks back I saved this excerpt, “Cooking, that joyful act, seems near powerless to bring any comfort in the face of our grief and worry (…) and yet it is not. It’s the one thing you can do that can make someone else’s life a little better if only for a few minutes. It is a way to offer (them) a gift.”

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Wed
01
Jul

Along the Way

Along the Way

Sometimes amid the negativity of current events, it’s good to take a break.

For us this year, the 4th of July will be just that.

We’ll float on pool hammocks in my parents’ pool in the country while mom and dad’s Sixties Hits blares from the music channel.

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Wed
01
Jul

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

July 4th is approaching soon and it is one of the most sacred days for the American Citizen. On July 4th, 1776, delegates to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Penn. voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence. The 56 men who issued that famous document realized they were signing their own death warrants because the British would consider them traitors. A followup article next week will tell of the suffering and hardships each of the signers and their families went through.

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Wed
24
Jun

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

What was the Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport, La. in 1940 for three senior boys out of school for the day with five dollars each to spend? DeSoto Parish schools were off for Fair Day and the three boys called themselves the “Do-It Trio”. The buses left Logansport High School at 8:00 am and John who was a football player, J.L. who was a basketball player, and this writer called “Senior” who was a boxer spent their first 25 cents for the bus ride still leaving $4.75 left for the Fair.

The month was October with the world famous “Royal American Show” waiting. It took 80 train cars to move the Show and after seeing all the rides, sideshows and food stands it was easy to see why it took so many cars. In addition to the large group of Carnival workers that traveled with the show there were many local people employed for the 10 days selling tickets, working in food booths, & etc.

 

Wed
24
Jun

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Have you ever wondered why there’s no ham in a hamburger? Well while doing some research on the subject of this week’s column on Salisbury Steak I found out. Thanks to ole Tommy Craig I found out about an LSU Sports themed website called “Dandy Don’s Sporting News” started by Don Long. He talks about and updates all LSU sports but is really heavy on baseball and football and a real necessity for me now especially during the season. Reading Dandy Don every day during last year’s magical championship season was very rewarding and I recommend this site for any of you that are Tiger Fans. It’s a free site but I send in a small donation every year to help out with expenses so tune it to it and repeat after me, “Geaux Tigas” as Coach O growls.

 

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