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Wed
19
Aug

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Crockpot Funeral Potatoes

As I promised last week a fun and good sounding recipe by Robin Bashinsky on the “My Recipes” website. I really like scalloped potatoes and have often wondered why the covered dish casseroles at church dinners or other gettogethers always taste so much better than the packaged or frozen dishes you can make at home. AND I’ve tried a few scratch-made but they were too much like gravy making for me to be very successful with any ot them. When I read Robin’s I quickly realized that all I had to do was dump all the ingredients into a medium sized crockpot and “walk away for a few hours” as she puts it .... so with that said, there’s not much chance of me screwing this up.

Wed
19
Aug

Along the Way

Along the Way

(Editor’s Note: This is an oldie but goodie column written by Mrs. Carpenter for the August 24, 2017 Enterprise. Please enjoy this rerun.)

I saw a picture of a dorm room online recently that looked like it had received the personal touch of Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper than the touch of two 18-year-old kids.

It was nothing like my old dorm room at Louisiana Tech.

I spent my first year at Tech in the “freshman dorm” called Mitchell Hall. To help you imagine the condition of that dorm, we all referred to it as “Mitch-Hell.”

I had gone “potluck” on my first roommate at Tech, landing me with the one and only Melanie McCall. And our dorm room wasn’t anything like the Pinterest photos of today; no, it was just ancient twin beds with matching mint-and-Pepto-Bismol-colored comforters, typical of mid-nineties decor.

 

 

Wed
19
Aug

Did You Know?

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Did You Know?

While serving as First Vice-President of the North Louisiana Historical Society on April 4, 1964 this writer submitted the following article on the Ole Log Courthouse Bell. This article slightly condenses and updates that original. Hardly had DeSoto Parish been

Hardly had DeSoto Parish been organized when the Police Jury saw the need for a bell to summon people into court. In 1843 a bell was ordered from Philadelphia to be placed in front of the newly constructed log courthouse at the corner of Washington Ave. and Franklin St. The courthouse square was left vacant because a larger Courthouse would be needed in the near future. The Bell did service for many years and if it could speak it would reveal the history of DeSoto Parish. It would tell of the trials, debates and elections that became history here.

Wed
12
Aug

Paula Shuford Callender of Pleasant Hill Named Recipient of Presidential Excellence Award

Paula Shuford Callender of Pleasant Hill Named Recipient of Presidential Excellence Award

On August 3, 2020, President Donald J. Trump announced the recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Paula Shuford Callender of Pleasant Hill High School was one of the two recipients named from Louisiana.

 

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Wed
05
Aug

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Aubergine ou Ecraser Parmesan Partie Trois

The French conversion to English reads Eggplant or Squash Part Three ... but I thought the French translation was cooler sounding. Besides If I just said Part Three you probably wouldn’t start reading my column this week - but, here we are. In last week’s column I told you about the comedy of errors that Susan and I experienced while trying to make a recipe tragically titled “Baked Eggplant Parmesan” and by trying to duplicate it we had many mutant varieties with none turning out good. I mentioned that while looking through other Baked Eggplant recipes on the Internet and in my own cookbooks I found several promising sounding variations. I decided to try these and am glad to report success.

Wed
05
Aug

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Few DeSoto Parish residents realize the rich culture and heritage of our area. For seven years it has been my pleasure, at the suggestion of Enterprise owner and Editor John Blanchard, to write this weekly article on history - primarily DeSoto Parish History. None of the topics are more iconic than the Rock Chapel. Research on the Rock Chapel constantly renders new and interesting facts.

In the year 1850, the Bayou Pierre Community, located in the piney woods of DeSoto Parish in Northwest Louisiana, was a small congregation of Catholics and they decided to establish a Catholic Church there. A church was built in 1856 by Father Pierre, the first pastor. Father Pierre, whose name was coincidently the same as the community, came once a month from Natchitoches on horseback or boat. Legend has it that while Father Pierre was reading a prayer book accidentally drowned when the riverbank where he was standing suddenly crumbled into the Red River.

Wed
29
Jul

Hey, Let’s Talk!

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Eggplant Errors

As I promised last week let me give you an update of our Parmesan Problems ... a blow-by-blow if you will, a Cooking Comedy of Confusion - well, you get the picture I’m sure.

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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.

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