If genies were Southern . . .

. you’d get something like this. The genie of the gravy boat . . . does it matter if it’s been used for brown gravy or country gravy?  With or without mushrooms?  Does one get a better quality of wish with sausage chunks in it?  And if the genie really can’t fulfill your wish, does he simply say, “Well, bless your heart!”? Peter

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Landscape, or meatscape?

The Glover Prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious art awards.  However, its latest winner has upset several apple-carts by his irreverent approach to the field. A Tasmanian artist has won a prestigious landscape prize with a painting of a hunk of meat sitting on a bed of mashed potatoes with peas and gravy. Hobart local Robert O’Connor won the Glover Art Prize for his painting ‘Somewhere near Oatlands’. “It’s fun to try and disrupt a landscape prize by entering a hunk of meat into it,” he said. “I was just trying to amuse myself really.” . . . While some love his piece,

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A farmer replies to Michael Bloomberg

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg was rather scathing about farmers and farming a few years ago.  This video clip surfaced recently as he ramped up his presidential campaign. A sheep farmer from northern Texas has replied. Dear Mr Bloomberg, I am not an anybody … a middle of the country farm girl with no college education … but your comments about farming not taking as much “gray matter” as what you do made me want to address this serious misconception you and many in our society seem to have. Farming is not simply planting a seed or feeding an animal

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Gonad gastronomy?

I missed it at the time, but it seems an inaugural Texas Testicle Festival was held in Fredericksburg in mid-January. The Best of Texas wants you to know that a poor turkey has lost his testicles for you to enjoy. The organization, which hosts festivals around Texas, said in a Facebook post not to let the turkey’s testes be wasted in vain at its first Texas Testicle Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday in Bankersmith Hall in Fredericksburg. Testicles from calves, lambs, roosters, turkeys and other animals are considered delicacies in other parts of the world. And that’s what the festival

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Debunking myths about cast iron cookware

The use and care of cast iron cookware is almost a religion in many kitchens in America – not to mention outdoor cooking aficionados.  I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been told that one should never use soap on cast iron cookware (“It’ll destroy the seasoning!”), or use metal cooking utensils with it (“It’ll scratch the surface!”), or another warning against the heinous crime of disrespecting one’s cast iron. Thanks to a recent social media post, I was led to a page on Lodge Manufacturing’s Web site.  Lodge makes most of the cast iron cookware produced in

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Men are dipping their WHAT into WHAT???

Now and again one comes across something so egregiously stupid that one can’t quite grasp it for a moment.  One sits, reading the words or watching the video, and thinking, “This absolutely cannot – can’t possibly – be true!”  Sadly, all too often it is.  (Follow the links below at your own risk!) A groundbreaking 2013 study of how mice can taste with their testicles has resurfaced online. And now social media bozos are testing the theory, first published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by dipping their genitals in soy sauce for the latest bizarre TikTok trend. The study was apparently rediscovered

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