Monday, September 24, 2012

Donkeys and Elephants

I think the Republican Elephant and Democrat Donkey have outlived their usefulness.


The cute mascots, originally sketched by Thomas Nast in the 1800's seem worn out and not particularly descriptive of either party.
Let's pick something new, like the Republican Rottweilers and the Democrat Dalmations. 

Both run around making a lot of noise and neither is very good at getting things done.



Friday, September 14, 2012

The World's Worst Recipe

Autumn is on its way.  It's time to start looking for that other glove.  It's also time to start thinking about tummy-warming comfort food. 

In the 1960's, our family had a favorite.  Fondue
We were active and frequent participants in the craze.  We dipped color-coded long forks into chunks of lean beef and plunged them into boiling peanut oil.  We tried ... not always successfully ... to avoid burning ourselves and each other. Dangerous food is always fun.

We also regularly treated ourselves to cheese fondue, made in a crockery fondue pot. We loved this in the sixties. Of course we also ate Spam.

Make this if you dare.


• 1 pound Velveeta cheese.  Don't be frightened.  It will appear to be made of rubber.
• 1 can cream of mushroom soup.  Don't be frightened.  It is beige and gelatinous goop. 
Pinch of garlic salt
• 1 box frozen chopped broccoli, thawed.  Cheap generic is preferable.

Small package of slivered almonds
White wine that has been in the refrigerator a month

Cook and drain broccoli.
Melt cheese and mushroom goop over low heat.  
Add broccoli, slivered almonds, garlic salt and a shot of the wine.  
Serve in a crockery fondue pot with bite-sized chunks of stale french bread.

It's a great way to eat your weekly limit of sodium and fat in one meal.

If there is any left over, you can always heat it up and pour it over slices of fried Spam.