Sunday, February 28, 2010

Oven-Roasted Delight.....

Hi Everybody..
Yesterday I visited the Farmer's Mkt, it's kinda slim pickens this time of year except for baked items, meats, cheeses, spices, eggs, and root veggies.
Thats what I got, Beets and Parsnips.
I had an idea of what I was gonna make for Sunday Dinner today, and it was going to be A Peasant Dinner!
On the bottom of a pan I put celery stalks. I had some cheap rear shank steaks in my freezer, so I thawed them last night and laid them on the celery. I then put some onions, carrots, and the beets in with the beef. I added some garlic, covered the whole thing in foil, and baked it for 2 hours at 325. I then took the pan out of the oven, and added the parsnips to cook for another hour. I've found that it's easy to over-cook parsnips and they turn 'Mushy'. Mushy parsnips are OK if you are going to add them to a pot of mashed potatoes, but I'm NOT doing that here.
About the only root veggie I didn't add was spuds and turnips...Oh Well, another time, another dinner.
I'm so easy to predict aren't I?...hehehehe
Have a Productive and Prosperous Week!!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Friday Flash 55......

We all have our dirty little secrets.
You know the ones.
The ones that should NEVER be discussed, OR remembered.
Lying to Mom about breaking her favorite vase.
Not paying for the Snickers at Kroger.
'Accidently' strangling that cat.
Sleeping with your 1st Cousin...TWICE!
...The land-fill where your over-bearing boss lies rotting!

Thanks for all your thoughts during my brief hiatus.
If you or anyone you know has written a Friday Flash 55,
Please come tell The G-Man.
I will visit, read, enjoy, comment, Then BOOK!!!
So from the most gracious host from coast to coast...
Have A Kick Ass Week-End!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Retro-Thursday Portrait.......

Hi Everybody...
I'm Baaaaaaaack!!!
Since I've been gone a couple of days, I think I'll give you a Two-Fer!
We didn't get a color TV until 1965, and not very many programs were in color back then. A TV-Guide was a must, and for some odd reason I still have several issues from that year.
I Dream Of Genie, (she couldn't show her bare navel)
Green Acres, (Arnold Ziffle was my Hero)
Peyton Place, (The first night time Soap, it was on Tuesday and Thursday)
I'll just name a few because I don't wanna be here all night, but lets see what was on the tube the night of May 5th of that year, say page.....FIFTY-FIVE?

YAY!!!!... Mr. Ed
Ohhhhh Wilber...
And don't forget what happens on Friday!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Break Time....

I'll be taking a few days off from posting.
I'm sure the world will get along just fine.
Carry On...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Friday Flash 55....

This Thursday, a great friend and fantastic supporter of our Friday Flash 55, Doctor John, was laid to rest. For about a year, he and his 'Dragon' Fandango, were nearly ALWAYS the first ones to contribute on my Flash 55 post. They also visited nearly all of the other authors that day with wit, wisdom, and warmth.
And in the spirit of Doc's 55's.....This Groans For YOU!!!

They thought they were discreet.
But the paparazzi were on the prowl!
They had spies stationed EVERYWHERE...Even on the exotic island of Bali.!
The outside open-air shower felt MARVELOUS following their daily swims.
And upon returning home, The London Globe's Headline screamed....
"A Rolling Stone Lathers Kate Moss!!!"

R.I.P. Doc....
If you or anyone you know has written a Friday Flash 55,
Please come tell The G-Man!
I will visit, read, enjoy, comment...Then BOOK!!
So from the most gracious host from coast to coast...
Have a Kick Ass Week-End...!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Thursday Portrait.....

Hi Everybody...
As a Catholic Youth growing up, Lent was the beginning of a period of Sparadic Meatless days within a 40 day time frame! Salmon patties, Tuna/Noodle casserole, Fish Sticks...!! This, and giving up Chocolate for 40 days, PROVED beyond a shadow of doubt, that I was Pearlie Gate material!!
Anyway, Since this is the day after Fat Tuesday, or as we say in Michigan, Packzi (poonch-key) Day. I got a Great deal on crawdaddy's at Kroger! I bought a package today, but after cleaning, them the plate seemed so sparse without all their armour.
I made a stuffing with bread crumbs, finely chopped celery, scallions, the chopped crayfish, some oriental fish sauce, some liquid and two eggs as a binder, and made stuffed Porcini Mushrooms. And as if that wasn't enough...I made a Salmon Loaf!
Talk about a Retro Lenton Feast! Although I can say that we never got stuffed mushrooms when I was a kid. The Shroons were a hit, everyone hated the Salmon Loaf. I gotta tell you though, it was Awesome!
See you all tomorrow...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Retro Wednesday.....

As always, I apologize for the piss poor picture quality.
The mirror that I am holding, sat on my grandmother's dresser for as long as I can remember. It is made out of Bakelite, pronounced Bay-Ka-Lite!
Bakelite was the worlds First true synthetic plastic. Also it was moldable.
Bakelite was very durable, but it could Not be remelted or remolded. It was used for jewelry, radios, telephones, and even hand held makeup mirrors!
To this day 'Retro' Bakelite in Mint condition, is worth beacoup bucks.
Mines worth a lifetime of fond memories.
As we all shall be someday...Fond Memories!

(Too Maudlin?)

Monday, February 15, 2010

TMI Tuesday.....

A Mr. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly from Ottumwa Iowa asks....

Dear Mr. Knowitall...What is Spam?

Dear Walter, I hope you mean that delectable canned Bit-O-Heaven Spam, and NOT the PC Spam, cause I am very Low-Tech!

The year was 1937, at the George A. Hormel meat packing company, thousands of pounds of pork shoulders were piling up in the coolers. Executives at the company brainstormed the idea to take the shoulders, chop them up, add spices and chopped parts from the rest of the pig, and form it into small 'ham-like' loaves. Put it in a can and fill the excess space with gelatin from the skin and bones from the pig!
They thought that you could probably keep this product edible for months without refridgeration...They were right! They tried it and it WORKED. Hormels tasty spiced ham quickly found a niche in the market, considering that many American homes didn't own an electric ice box yet.
But pig parts were piling up at at other meat packers warehouses as well, and they also produced a chopped formed tasty 'Treat'. Afraid of being lost in the canned pork shuffle, Hormel offered a $ 100.00 prize to come up with a catchy name. Somebody came up with turning the "Spiced Ham" into...SPAM!!
But in the late 30's Americans ate mostly basic natural food, and this canned chopped clump meat seemed pretty gross to most, and sales weren't what company officials had hoped for....Then came WWII.
Because it was cheap, portable, and didn't need refridgeration, Spam was perfect to send to the G.I.'s overseas. It quickly found it's way into the Army mess halls, and many G.I.'s swore that they would NEVER eat that crap ever again.
But ya know, evidence suggests otherwise! Forced to eat canned pork over a period of several years, many troops developed a taste for it, and after the war sales of Spam shot up dramatically!
*Americans eat 3.8 cans of Spam every second, thats 122 Million cans a year!
*Spam has a 75% of the canned meat market share.
*Since 1937, more than 5 Billion cans of Spam have been sold worldwide.
*To this day it is WILDLY popular in most Pacific Nations. In Korea, young men go a courting with Spam as if it were wine or chocolate!
*Former Russian Premier Nikita Khruschev, credited Spam with keeping their troops alive during WWII, because they couldn't produce any crops or food.
*And the most amazing fact of all...There are NO eyes, lips, ears, snouts, brains, any any other gross pig parts in Spam! It is ONLY Pork Shoulder, Ham, Salt, Sugar, and Sodium Nitrate.

Good Question Walter, I suddenly have the overwelming urge to travel to Hawaii. But not now, because Mr. Knowitall grows weary....


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Enough Already......

Hi Everybody....
No Food today!!And even though I don't give a Rat's Ass about Nascar and the Daytona 500, My little watering hole Down the Hatch, is having a Daytona 500 Party today with drink specials and a Pot Luck with grilled chicken. I think thats where I'm headed...
And speaking of giving a Rat's Ass....
Here's My Personal Pictorial of just a FEW of the many many things that I am sick of reading or hearing about in today's media. Let's hear some of yours.
Have a Kick Ass Week.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Friday Flash 55.....

Been driving for hours, you need a hunger tonic.
Burger King, Arby's...Oooooh, theres a Sonic!
McDonalds, Rally's, Chick Fil-A.
Is Wendy's awesome?? Fuckin-A!!!
Subway, Quizno's, Taco Bell...
Too many temptations, in Neon HELL!!!
But you're on a mission...Forget the gut bombs.
To the best joint on earth...Your dear ole Mom's!

Answer me this and tell the truth. If your Mom is still alive, or when she was, one of the very first things you did when visiting her was go to the fridge and see what left-overs or goodies were there? I did!! My kids STILL do before they even say Hi.

If you or anyone you know has written a Friday Flash 55,
Please come tell The G-Man...
I will visit, read, enjoy, comment...Then BOOK!!!
So from the most gracious host from coast to coast...
Have a Kick Ass Week-End!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thursday Portrait.....

It's a sad state of affairs when 10 inches of snow is like Light Flurries eh? Holy Shit! There was a 22 hour span between pic #1, and pic #2, and we were thankful that we didn't live in Philly!
As with any snow covering in the car business, the cars have to be broomed clean. I can't milk the Boil schtick any longer, and I did NOT want to go outside all day, so I paid my son Reese to come to work with me and take my place on broom duty!!
It was worth the 20 Bucks to me, and the dealership bought Pizza for lunch, which just happens to be my son's favorite food. He was happy, I was dry and warm, It's all good!
And as a lonely clump of snow melts on the pavement, it's bizarre shape seems to be reminding us of something.....
It's already written, AND it's Delicious!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Retro Wednesday.....

Hi Boys and Girls....G-Man goes Wayyy Retro this Wednesday!
(Say that fast and you'll sound just like Elmer Fudd)

During WWII, all sorts of items needed to be rationed.
While some food items were scarce, others did not need rationing.
Americans adjusted accordingly...Red Stamp food items included all meats, butter, fats and oils. Cheese was an exception! Blue Stamp food items included all canned, bottled, and frozen fruits and vegetables. Some juices and dry beans, along with processed baby foods and soups. They became almost as valuable as real currency!
Anyway...This book was owned by Harmon E. Haynes, My Granpa. The picture quality is poor but these are 'Blue Stamps'!
I also have my Granny's as well.
And yes I do indeed own a rotary phone...But I Can't Find It Grrrrrrrrrrrr.
I hope you enjoyed this little History Lesson...Carry On!

Monday, February 8, 2010

TMI Tuesday.....

A Mr. Al G. Bell IV from Bummfuque Idaho asks...

"Dear Mr. Knowitall, Is there a reason why area codes are assigned the way they are by the phone companies"?

...Dear Al, it does seem a bit strange that 212 is for New York City, and 213 is for Los Angeles. But in 1948, assigning area codes had NOTHING to do with geography! It had to do with how fast people could dial them. Lets not forget that back then there were no touchtone phones of any kind, we all had ROTARY phones!
The faster numbers-1,2,and 3, were called 'Low-Dial Pull' numbers. They were given to large cities for one simple reason..It saved the phone company money! Millions of people called those cities every day, the faster each caller could dial the number, the less time the phone company's switching machines would be tied up making the connection. Hence...The fewer switching machine the company had to buy!
Today, the only concern when assigning new area codes, is to make them as different as possible from neighboring codes, so people wont get confused.

Good Question....

Mr. Knowitall worked late tonight and grows weary...


(We are finally getting a 'Heavy-Snow' warning for Tuesday night. 6-10 inches. We have barely a half inch on the ground now!)

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Hi Everybody...
Super Bowl Sunday!!!!
That means The G-Man visits a Sports bar owned by a customer of mine called Mo Doggies. Mike DeMoss the owner, has a buffet laid out with various bar food items, Sliders, Coney Dogs, the best Hot Wings this side of Hooters, and dips and offerings brought in by other patrons. I HAVE to bring the same thing every year...Vidalia Onion Dip, and Gorganzola Dip.
1.) One chopped Vidalia Onion, One cup of Miracle Whip, One pound of grated Swiss cheese. Mix together well, bake at 350 for 35 minutes...VOILA!!!
2.)Three Packs cream cheese, One jar Apricot preserves, 6 slices chopped bacon, 4 ounces Gorganzola....To Die For!!
It's simple, It's fun, It's Party Time!!!!!
I'm on about 6 different football 'square' sheets, so I don't care who wins as long as you can....Show Me The Money!!!!
Have a Kick Ass Week.....Peace!!!