Monday, March 27, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
Province of Carolina, which included most of the southeastern current states of the United States and every place I have ever lived. It was named for Charles II, who granted the charter to the Lords for helping to restore him to the throne of England.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Stonehenge, you can join the druids and pagans are celebrating the event there. I'll be celebrating it at my desk in the justice center, content that winter 2017 is in the history books.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
Saint Patrick's Day, the patron saint of the Irish. In the United States it has become a celebration of things Irish, and one is expected to wear green or be subject to being pinched for not being in the spirit of things.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Here's a little Ides of March humor to start this March 15 off. Although it was a bad day for Julius Caesar, I've always viewed it as the unofficial beginning of spring here in East Tennessee. It has been an unusually mild winter, and although there is always a possibility of cold weather into April, by mid-March you have a lot more warm days than you do cold days.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Fort Charlotte in what is now Mobile, Alabama, to Spanish forces commanded by General Bernardo de Gálvez. It was the last British post threatening the port of New Orleans, and the battle limited British military influence in the area to Pensacola.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017
Alexander Graham Bell famously spoke the first words ever transmitted via telephone. He said, "Mr. Watson -- Come here -- I want to see you." I wonder what he would think of today's version of his creation.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes or 3 cups home-canned, chopped with their juices
2 cups strong chicken broth (if using store-bought, enrich by simmering with the chicken bones and skin for at least 30 minutes and then strain)
3/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup sweet, tomato-based barbecue sauce
1/4 cup peppery, vinegar barbecue sauce or white distilled vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
3 cups green butterbeans
3 cups yellow corn kernels
1 pound pulled smoked or roasted chicken meat
1 1/4 pounds pork barbecue
Serve with: flimsy white bread
1. Bring the tomatoes, broth, ketchup, barbecue sauces, Worcestershire, salt, pepper and hot sauce to a simmer in a large pot. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring often.
2. Stir in the onion and butterbeans. Simmer until they are almost tender, about 20 minutes.
3. Stir in the corn, chicken and pork. Simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes more.
4. Adjust the seasoning. It should be balanced, but unequivocal. Serve warm with the bread.
EDITOR'S NOTE: I'm not sure what "balanced, but unequivocal" means, and I can envision many better bread options than plain white bread as a complement to this stew. I will likely experiment with this some. I can see celery and bell peppers working well with this, and I think I will try frying up the the onions in the skillet next time instead of boiling them with the rest of the mixture.
I made this over the weekend, and was very pleased with the results. I didn't really know whether Sherry would go for this recipe or not, but she liked it. I packaged most of it up for our work lunches, but left some in the refrigerator for next week.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Hop 50's Drive-In, which is just down Everett Hill from us at 1540 East Broadway Avenue here in Maryville in the building that housed Amburn's Humdinger Drive-In for many years. The new establishment is operated by the same guy who runs Hot Rods 50's Diner over in Alcoa. I had the chuckwagon sandwich, which is a breaded and fried beef patty affair, and it was quite good. I was sad to see that they did not retain the corned beef on rye sandwich that Humdinger served, but overall I like the new place. Because it is so convenient, I suspect we will be frequent patrons.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017
In the cooking department, my first run at Brunswick stew was a success. I didn't expect that Sherry would go for it, but she liked it. I packaged most of it up and froze it for our work lunches, but kept several servings in the refrigerator for next week. My next project is meatloaf and potatoes, the latter most likely fried with onions unless the girls want to peel some for mashing.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Back up here in Tennessee we're enjoying a quiet weekend at home after a busy theater weekend last week, although Sherry's gone out for a couple of hours to help a friend with a project. I'm going to try to make Brunswick stew from a recipe I recently found. If it turns out to be any good, I will post it here for future reference.
Friday, March 3, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
I recently met Mom for lunch at Sitar Indian Cuisine, which is located at 6004 Kingston Pike in Knoxville near the intersection of Kingston Pike and Northshore Drive. It has been there forever, and I had never dined there. Mom likes Indian food, so it seemed like a good place for us to meet for lunch. During the lunch hour they have a buffet, which we both took advantage of in order to try several different things. I've been wanting to try chicken tikka masala to see if the batch I made was anything like the way the dish is actually supposed to taste. I was pleased to discover that I didn't do too badly for my first try, although I think I over-seasoned mine. All of the food I had was very good.