My weekly post at rollbamaroll.com is up. It might look familiar to those who frequent these electronic pages, maybe even to those who just read the previous post here. We just kicked off against Texas A&M and are driving as I write. Roll Tide.
Posted in Alabama, Cooking, Food, Football, Recipes, SEC
Tagged Alabama Football, College Football, Grilling, Roll Tide, sausage, Texas A&M, tomato sauce
Seriously? October 17th and I missed it? Pasta is practically my raison d’etre, but in Italian so it’s more like my penso che tu sia abbastanza caldo di mamma. I’d never heard of National Pasta Day until this morning, but a little Google research brought me up to speed. It turns out that its origins are murky so it’s considered an unofficial national holiday. That means that unlike official national holidays like Christmas that were voted on by congress and forced down our throats by those big government bureaucrats in Washington, NPD is one of the people’s holidays.
Thankfully, the people also had the good sense to make October National Pasta Month just to drive the point home, so I’m not entirely too late. Thusly, in honor of National-Pasta-Day-one-day-after-National-Pasta-Day-but-still-during-National-Pasta-Month-so-it’s-still-okay, I’m linking to a few of my favorite pasta sauces. Continue reading
Posted in Catering, Cookbook, Cooking, Food, Humor, Recipes, Welcome Absurdities
Tagged Amatriciana, Italian Food, National Pasta Day, National Pasta Month, Pasta, puttanesca, Tomato, tomato sauce
What is to be done with an ostensibly original phrase or sentence that sounds oddly familiar. Unease at the possibility that the bit came from an article or book read years ago and over time crept into your argumentative arsenal without remembered attribution is immensely frustrating. On the one side, you can’t just publish it as yours without knowing if that bit of wit started life beyond your reckoning. On the other, if you really do think it’s clever, you can’t just let it languish, sad and unread.
An example: Continue reading
Posted in Blogging, Books, Free Speech, Language, Literature, Poetry, Politics
Tagged Bunnies, Charles C. Cooke, freedom of expression, Hunter S. Thompson, Kevin D. Williamson, Mark Steyn, Nick Gillespie, Offensive Speech, P.J. O'Rourke, Plagierism, Robert Graves
My weekly post at rollbamaroll.com is up. This week: What is very likely Arkansas style fried fish crossed with what is more likely traditional British fish n’ chips. Also, perfect French fries.
While you are there check out the previews of this weeks game against the Hogs.
Posted in Alabama, Cooking, Food, Football, Recipes, Sports
Tagged Alabama Football, Arkansas, Crimson Tide, Fish, French Fries, Fried Fish, Razorbacks, Tailgating
Last week I wrote post about pork tacos with cilantro yogurt sauce for rollbamaroll.com. In one of the comments someone said they have the cilantro-tastes-like-soap curse. So do I, but I’ve always enjoyed the taste. It’s like lavender blended with oregano. Apparently among those with similar genetic predispositions, I am practically alone in my appreciation.
More accurately, my position earns scorn and hatred. People who hate this herb really hate it. The first thing you learn after a quick Google search of “cilantro soapy” is that if you are going to write an article or post about cilantro you must include the fact that when on Larry King Live, Julia Child was asked which foods she hated. La Child responded: “Cilantro and arugula I don’t like at all. They’re both green herbs, they have a kind of a dead taste to me.” and followed, “I would pick it out if I saw it and throw it on the floor.” So I’ve done my duty. Continue reading
Posted in Cookbook, Cooking, Food, Uncategorized
Tagged cilantro, cooking, herbs, Julia Child, parsley, Pork, pork tacos, Recipes, Roll Tide
Coors Light may claim prescience considering yesterday’s loss to Ole Miss, but they had no idea what would happen when they printed these posters. So I ask you Coors Light Director of Advertising, SEC, Pissing Off Bama Fans Division, why did you include a slot for the SEC Championship on the Barner’s schedule but not ours? When answering, tread carefully.
Posted in Alabama, Beer, Etiquette, Football, Humor, Pissed, Sports
Tagged Advertising, Alabama Football, Auburn, Boycott, College Football, Coors Light, Crimson Tide, Roll Tide, Saban
And I’ve got another RBR Tailgating post over at rollbamaroll.com. For the season kickoff on Thursday we’ve got Asian inspired ribs, a dubious plan for getting out of work early, and Gregory XIII. So come on over and check it out.
Posted in Alabama, Food, Football, Humor, Recipes
Tagged Alabama Football, Barbeque, College Football, Crimson Tide, Crock Pot, Pork, Ribs, Slow cooker
Hamilton was right. The Bill of Rights was a terrible idea. Most parents grasp this fairly quickly. “Stay in the yard.” is unambiguous. “Stay in the yard, and I especially better not see you in the Johnson’s yard.” is an invitation to wander.
And wander they will. I have papers, a house, effects, and my wife and I are both people with other people in dependence. We like to be secure in those things. If we have to have a Bill of Rights it’s nice to know that there is one that takes our circumstance into consideration. I just wish someone acknowledged the damn thing.
Two news stories from the last few days give me pause. Continue reading
Posted in History, Humor, Pissed, Politics, Uncategorized
Tagged Alexander hamilton, Bill of Rights, border control, checkpoints, chickens, Fourth Amendment, homeland security, Martha's Vineyard, Oregon, traffic stops, Unreasonable searches
My first post is up at rollbamaroll.com, sbnation’s Alabama sports blog. I’ll be doing a weekly tailgating recipe during the football season. It’s a great site and deserving of your football loving attention. So come for the “Grilled Spicy Okra with Tzaziki Sauce” and stay for the “Position Preview: Offensive Line.”
Posted in Alabama, Blogging, Cooking, Food, Football, Humor, Sports
Tagged Alabama Football, College Football, Crimson Tide, Okra, Tailgating, Tzatziki
It’s been almost forty-eight hours since Varela put that conquistador’s cross in the back of the net and I’m beginning to come to terms with it. We more or less took the best player in the game and, for ninty-four minutes, marginalized him. Sure he had flashes of quality, but rarely did he pose a threat. I’m almost accepting the fact that the referee gave two minutes of stoppage time at the end of a first half that included a water break but gave five minutes at the end of a second half than ran fairly smoothly and on pace. What I am having trouble getting past is the poor form displayed by the Portuguese.
Form has a specific meaning in Soccer. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about ettiquette, manners, presenting yourself in such a way that others would deem you trustworthy. Continue reading
Posted in Etiquette, Football, Humor, Soccer, Sports
Tagged Alabama, Group G, Portugal, Ronaldo, Saban, USMNT, World Cup