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Wed
17
Jun

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

There are some historical events that I believe every American should remember. Please forgive me if you think differently but my mind will probably not change. The war in Europe was over but Japan’s Emperor Hirohito had called on his people to fight to the last person living. They stood behind him solidly.

Wed
17
Jun

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Tiger Sauce

My friend Butch and I have a lengthy set of “Gameday Rituals” for LSU football and baseball games. Heck I guess most intense fans do, too: Favorite shirt or hat, lucky appetizers or foods, cheers or chants and on and on. In our minds we all know that any lucky habits like these ultimately have no effect on how young men play a game but in our hearts we still don’t want to chance it. One of my gameday rituals is to make a big Bloody Mary after breakfast with Zing-Zang mix and extra hot sauce. Zing-Zang is excellent with only ice and vodka but you know I have to add a dash of Louisiana Hot Sauce, Crystal Hot Sauce, and (of course) Tabasco. This is where the title of Tiger Sauce comes in. Butch’s nephew, and mine kinda too, is Bake Barron son of Gay and Roy Lee Barron who were from right here in Mansfield, La. He asked Butch if I would do a little research on and write about Tiger Sauce.

 

 

Wed
10
Jun

Did You Know?

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Most history buffs occasion ally venture off into areas they know little about but that is one way to gain additional knowledge. Early medicine and early doctors of DeSoto Parish is today’s topic. Of course there are plenty of doctors that would know more about early medicine than this writer but have you seen any of them take the time to write about it?

Medicine as we know it today is almost solely a 1900’s and 2000’s development. Until the early 1900’s there were only a few drugs and most of them came from plants. Aspirin, quinine, morphine and it derivative of paregoric, either and chloroform all were plant based. In early times and even to some measure today illnesses were personal. When a person was sick they were referred to as “indisposed, confined, under the weather or puny”. Early obituaries usually referred to the deceased as “God took them to their rewards or they were called home to Jesus”.

Wed
10
Jun

Along the Way

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Phase Two of reopening the economy amid COVID-19 is here.

I’m not one to engage much in political banter, so that aside, I think a main pro to reopening (other than the economical aspect) is the social and emotional outlook for many kids and teens.

One thing that I feel has been largely ignored during the pandemic is the impact that isolation has had on children, particularly kids in late childhood, preteens, and teenagers.

A few weeks ago, my 10-year-old daughter Juliana said, “Mama, I’m lonely.”

Those words were hard to hear because Juliana loves school, her friends, and life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
10
Jun

Hey, Let’s Talk!

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I noticed some nice fresh looking yellow hookneck squash at Brookshires the other day. Few things evoke Summer than these that looked just like they had been picked that morning out of someone’s garden. When I noticed they were still not real chilled from the cool wet produce bin I decided to buy a few. My favorite ways to do squash is to stuff them with cheese or a rice/onion/beef mixture and broil them or put chunks on a shiska-bob. AND those are all good but my favorite way is to thick slice and boil with sautéed onions until just soft. This bunch was crying out for that!

Wed
03
Jun

Did You Know?

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A request has been made that a concise short history of Louisiana and DeSoto Parish be made for reference when needed. A prominent Mansfield person wanted to be sure his grandchildren knew this information. The Louisiana Territory was a large area with New Orleans as a valuable port near the mouth of the Mississippi River. President Thomas Jefferson realized the need for the U.S. to own and control it for its western growth. He sent a representative to France to buy the N.O. area but Napoleon needed money badly to finance the wars the he was waging. He offered the entire La. Territory, which composes about one third of the present U.S. for $15 million. Also the U.S. paid $5 million to U.S. citizens who held claims against France bringing the total to $20 million.

Wed
03
Jun

Along the Way

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My two miniature schnauzers, Kaiser and Charli, were going bananas in the back yard one afternoon last week.

I could tell by the intensity of their yapping and the way that they were darting around, that something was amiss.

I walked warily toward the action, stopping a few feet from where Kaiser and Charli were still flipping a lid near some landscaping behind the hot tub.

 

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Wed
03
Jun

Hey, Let’s Talk!

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New Orleans Crab Cakes

Earlier this week I was reading Christine Rudalevige’s (try rolling that around on your tongue a few times!) recipe on “Classic Crab Cakes” on the MyRecipes website. Her version sounded like a really good sounding take on one of my favorite seafood dishes. I often try them on a first visit to a restaurant and am usually disappointed because they are often too bready (more stuffing than crab) or over seasoned. I’m usually saddened when I order crab cakes as an appetizer and instead of the sweet tangy taste of crab all you can taste is doughy bread crumbs with Worchester Sauce and yellow mustard or overpowered by red pepper. For that reason and for fun I did two of the patties like Christine’s recipe but adjusted her seasonings a little on the two remaining patties and sorta re-named that part of the dish.

Wed
27
May

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

History is much more than dates like 1492 or 1776 or 1843. As important as these and other dates are to us they do not represent history in its entirety. Several years ago a lady asked me to write an article on Hopscotch since as a young girl she enjoyed many hours playing that game with her girlfriends and she had forgotten some of the rules and details. A game that young boys played in the 1930’s which has apparently disappeared today is marbles. Youngsters played two games with marbles and after giving some thought an attempt will be made to reconstruct the rules as I spent many hours enjoying playing these while in grades 3 to 6.

Wed
27
May

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

My New Favorite Herb

I tried a new version of Chicken Enchiladas last weekend and was introduced to an Herb I’d not tried before – Coriander. I assumed it was like Anise whose flavor reminded me of a black jellybean and I always omitted it from any recipes I cooked. Well, when I read up on this mysterious (to me) Herb I found out it was an Old World spice sometimes called Chinese Parsley and probably one of the first spices. The ground seeds of the plant are called Coriander Powder and the leaves and stems are called Cilantro …. AND I just love Cilantro in salsa and other Tex-Mex dishes. When I found out I could buy a bottle of powder at the Super Market for a little over a dollar I was in!

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