Thursday, August 17, 2017

Letter to the Editor

Alert readers will notice that I deleted God in the letter.  He ran yesterday.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Where's The Sauce for the Gander?

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. 

Apparently the sauce for the gander ran out - the KKK, New Black Panthers, #Black Lives Matter, the pink pussy hat wearers for womens' solidarity, the Antifa, Social Justice Warriors and the Westboro Baptists Church poured it down the drain. 

These demonstrations and marches (with or without a permit to demonstrate) have changed exactly nothing at all other than overtime for the trash collectors  to clean up their meeting sites.  These supporters may believe ardently in their "cause" but clearly not in trash cans. 

The 1st amendment blesses (and rightly so) a peaceful assembly.    All of the above groups do not assemble with any kind of "peaceful" in mind.  It is time to call out every group that riots and causes riots, no exceptions.  If God came down from Heaven and picked up a protest sign and started yelling for His cause, I'd tag him, too - for Remedial Peaceful Assembly 101. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Now At Barnes & Noble

"And The Best Blog Is:  Word of Mouth" is now available at Barnes and Noble bookstores as well as

Can I Offer You Some Swineapple?

Apparently foodies are now turning their noses to the aromas of pork and pineapple; their ears to the crackle of cooking bacon and their salivary glands are working overtime!

Who knew?

"Swineapple" is a cute name for a fresh pineapple, cored, and the vacant space filled with cooked, pulled pork or stuffed with Spam.  Then a lattice of bacon strips is draped over it cunningly and the whole mess is put on an outdoor grill or in an indoor oven. 

I read that a bacon lattice is made in the same manner one would make the lattice for a pie.  I think just the bacon lattice all by itself would make an attractive dish as an appetizer - put it out whole on a platter with a sharp knife and let guests cut their own portion.  Add to the merriment by basting it with a mix of brown sugar and whisky as it cooks.  It should crust up nicely and give a visual and taste bud treat.  Cook the lattice at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, plus or minor. 

On the other hand ... Saute rings of fresh pineapple, put them on a plate, fill the hollow with pulled pork and garnish with an "x" of grilled bacon strips.  One strip halved should work just fine per pineapple ring.  Let's not get giddy here.  Bacon doesn't grow on trees.

Want proof?  This is an old Israeli/Jewish saying:  "Such-and-such will happen when pork chops grow on the palm trees in downtown  Tel Aviv."  I think you can take that pretty much as the long way of saying, "Never." 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Shameless Self-Promotion


Dogue de Bordeaux

I am grinning ear to ear about the use of this perhaps slang French word for "dog?"  "Chien" is dog in French.    Maybe it was one of those jokey Cajun things like "Geaux"  for "go."  But since the Kennel Club lists them and we pretty much know that's not a jokey group ...  

Another dog listed for today (8-12-17) and tomorrow's Kennel Club Show being held at North High School, Torrance, from 9 a.m. to around 3 p.m. when Best Dog in Show is determined, is a Peruvian Inca Orchid.   Yes, orchid.  I thought maybe the typesetter had slipped and confused the list of entries with a flower show, but, no.  They are beautiful medium-sized dogs - 26 lbs.-  and hairless so no allergy worries. 

The one pictured had great, clean lines that reminded me of a greyhound, to give you a mental picture  and an alert look.  My only nit pick would be that this dog has rather larger ears than might be necessary for it to get through life.  Puppies go for from $400 to $600.  Check the pound first. 

It really is an international list -

Finnish Spitz, French Bulldog, Chinese Shar Pei, Irish Setter, French Poodle ...

And, of course, le Dogue de Bordeaux.