Got Tomatoes and Sausages Up at RBR

Sausage Screen GrabMy weekly post at 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.

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How in the Hell Did I Miss National Pasta Day?

SAMSUNGSeriously? 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

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A Question of Plagiarism.

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

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New RBR Tailgating

Fish n Chips CaptureMy weekly post at 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.

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Let’s Talk About Cilantro

Cilantro coverLast week I wrote post about pork tacos with cilantro yogurt sauce for 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

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Do I Smell A Boycott Coming?

Coors LightCoors 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.

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Game Week. It’s Finally Game Week.

RBR Ribs SnipAnd I’ve got another RBR Tailgating post over at 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.

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Roosters, Chickens, and the Damn Anti-Federalists

Dramatic EnactmentHamilton 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

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Spreading My Wings

Okra CaptureMy first post is up at, 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.”

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U.S. vs. Portugal: Two Days Later

Game Ending TieIt’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

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