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pigskin and franks

The rain is falling lightly thumpity-thump on my blue roof. The Saints have a bye this week so we are spared the frustration and humiliation of watching our beloved halos finding (or having inflicted upon them) another bizarre way to lose. That doesn't mean I'm ignoring the NFL this weekend. I'm balancing watching Peyton on Fox, Ricky on CBS and the other games on www.NFL.com.

NFL Sunday also means preparing one of my favorites---hot dogs and chili. Now here in La. La. land, food is part of the culture and we take it pretty seriously. My frank confessions will illustrate what I mean.

I make my own chili, freeze what I don't plan to eat within a week, and use it later for things like hot dogs and stuff. I'm currently trying Nathan's all beef skinless franks. I'd like to use Fluky's but I don't know if they're available here. I'm a boiler, btw, and finish them off by slicing them lengthwise and give them a little searing afterward.

I use different rolls and breads and today have kaiser rolls. I dress it with lettuce, tomato, onions, bell pepper, pickles, sweet relish, mayo, mustard, cheese and yellow peppers and top with chili. It is quite messy and I always close the blinds so that I may indulge unobserved and in solitude. Some fresh fruit after seems to balance things out nicely.

I have been suffering from Katrina fatigue with all the cleaning, sorting, etc. I have to do. My place is a mess and I still haven't been able to begin the actual repair process. However, in going through some undamaged boxes, I found a few little surprise treasures. Three autographed hardcovers, first edition Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice and On the Trail of the Assasin by Jim Garrison (I actually did the first interview with him after the book came out---before Iris Kelso and Jack Wardlaw wrote about it---for a weekly paper when people were still trying to ignore him. The TP ignored me when I tried to sell the story, then hurried two articles the week or so after my article was published locally. I also found a hardcover of The Mick signed by Micky Mantle. It brought back nice memories.

Also, I found 5 unread paperbacks from 1985 of the Mr. Moto series---Think Fast, Mr. Moto, Thank You, Mr. Moto, Your Turn, Mr. Moto, Right You Are, Mr. Moto and Mr. Moto Is So Sorry. I think I have a sixth somewhere but I may have misplaced it.

I've just got too much I want to read and too few hours in the day (and in my life). I found out that the copy Against the Current won't be coming in because the North Kenner library is still out of commission. Also, the copy of the Night Gallery Reader with the Margaret St. Clair story at the WBR branch is unavailable because their fiction section is off limits due to floor damage. I've now got it coming from the EBR branch.

The rain is now coming down harder. I usually enjoy the sound but the current conditions have me apprehensive. Hope my roof holds up.

Update: The rain has subsided some. It's half-time and a little quiet. I'm missing old friends.


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Nov. 13th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
I am hoping that roof does hold up after all my friend.. *GAH*

How are things back on the West Bank?

I had a moment of "homesickness" in a sense when I attended the "Wine and Blues" festival last night.. kinda reminded me of Gretna fest in a way..

Then I looked up a link with Benny Grunch and the bunch's new CD.. kinda bittersweet there.

Glad you found some goodies that survived the storm-go you! Please tell us about the interview with Garrison one time! What paper were you working for?
Nov. 15th, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
I still don't get around much. There's little I can do, the traffic is always bad, and every place is crowded. I plan to start on some of the repairs I can handle myself tomorrow. More on that later.

I'll say a little about the Garrison interview later too. I used to freelance some. The Guide newspapers printed the article although it was cut in half. I never did buy Garrison's theory and the Shaw trial was a total fiasco. Oliver Stone's JFK was based on his last book, "On the Trail of the Assassin." It was mostly pure hokum but interesting reading.

Nov. 14th, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC)
This post is making me hungry! I make a really good chicken chili... And I love Nathan's hot dogs above all others!
Nov. 15th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
I seem to have that effect on people. There's always a lot about food in my writings, mainly because it is part of my culture and I like the way it evokes so many feelings of happiness, friendship, and good times. Some of my best memories growing up involved fun, parties, storytelling, and food, food, food.
Nov. 15th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
btw, how do you make chicken chili? (sounds like I'm playing a straight man)
Nov. 15th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
Shredded, stewed breast meat; ancho chili pods, chili powder, garlic and onion powders, other secrect ingredients!! I know it's unconventional, but it is one of my favorite recipes ever. It reminds me of the filling for a chicken enchilada...
Nov. 15th, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
I stuff flour tortillas with grilled chicken, cheese, and other stuff sometimes, then top them with sour cream and salsa, sometimes black beans. I might try something like this with chili chicken. Thanks.
Nov. 15th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
No problem - if you do, let me know how it turns out!
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