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    Ready for the Weekend

    Posted by Jonathan on 11th May 2012 (All posts by )

    hummus fixins

    Chicagoboyz are loaded for action.


    Posted in Photos, Recipes | 14 Comments »

    Not Prepping … Just Prepared

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on 12th April 2012 (All posts by )

    It would seem that once there is a TV reality show about something than you can assume that it’s gone mainstream enough that the denizens of the mainstream media world are interested. So it seems to have happened with ‘prepping’ – that is, being prepared for the zombie apocalypse with a garage or a bunker full of shelf-stable and dried foods, a water purification system and a couple of cases of munitions. Meh … a lot of people went nutso over this just before New Years’ Day 2000, and there always has been a lunatic fringe … but then ensuring that you have a plentiful supply of food, drink and supplies on hand used to be pretty mainstream, actually. It was called ‘getting ready for winter’ in the 19th century, especially if you lived on a homestead half a day’s journey from the nearest general store. It certainly has been a requirement for LDS church members, as I discovered when I lived in Utah. It seemed pretty sensible for me, actually – having an emergency stash of food.

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    Posted in Americas, Book Notes, Human Behavior, Personal Narrative, Recipes | 8 Comments »

    Whole Hog Butchering Class

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 9th March 2012 (All posts by )

    A few weeks ago I took a whole hog butchering class in Milwaukee. Photos and info are posted at my “home” blog, Life in the Great Midwest. The photos may be disturbing to some, however the dispatching and evisceration of the animal are not part of the class. More importantly, if you go to part one you get to see a picture of Dan from Madison with a hair and beard net on.
    Part 1.
    Part 2.
    Part 3.
    Part 4.

    Posted in Diversions, Recipes | 2 Comments »

    Cheesy Goodness

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on 29th February 2012 (All posts by )

    After following all the directions given for making cheeses last fall, to include covering the various wheels with wax – we stashed the results on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator to age. Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in Deep Thoughts, Diversions, Photos, Recipes | 10 Comments »

    A Revived Delight

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on 15th January 2012 (All posts by )

    I know that in Louisiana, they are trying to create a culinary demand for nutria, since the wretched beasts have outworn their welcome in the wetlands there. They were once imported from South America for their fur – but I have no idea why American grey squirrels were inflicted upon Great Britain. You’d think they had enough problems of their own without adding imported, fluffy-tailed tree rats to them … maybe it was payback for that fool who wished America to have every critter mentioned in Shakespeare.
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    Posted in Anglosphere, Britain, Diversions, Environment, Humor, Recipes | 4 Comments »

    DeLeo’s Deli

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on 5th January 2012 (All posts by )

    When I was a baby troop on my first overseas tour, at Misawa AB in Japan, I had a regular date in the form of a guy that Jenny bequeathed to me. Jenny was my friend simply because we were the only two women in the barracks who worked shifts. She was about to rotate out; her tour was up and she was going home.

    She also added, by way of convincing me to consider him as a regular date, “A nice guy, he’s a gentleman and he’s always good for a meal, he’s Baby Deleo.”

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    Posted in Diversions, Entrepreneurship, Military Affairs, Miscellaneous, Personal Narrative, Recipes | 17 Comments »

    Liver and Onions of the Gods

    Posted by Jonathan on 22nd December 2011 (All posts by )

    This was a great lunch, except for the corn, which was tasteless. But, overall, it was really good.

    The liver beguiled me as the Sirens beguiled Odysseus. However, unlike Odysseus, I lacked the strength to have myself lashed to the restaurant booth. That is what really happened in the Odyssey. The Sirens lured mariners onto treacherous rocks by creating a fragrant mirage of liver, onions and fries in front of them. Only Odysseus had the foresight to have himself tied to his boat’s mast, and to have his men’s nostrils plugged with beeswax so they wouldn’t be tempted by the fatal aroma.

    My only regret is that I didn’t take a picture of this before I started eating, but I was hungry.

    A lunch of liver and onions on a restaurant table. (© Jonathan Gewirtz)

    Cross posted on Jonathan’s Photoblog.

    Posted in Photos, Recipes | 13 Comments »

    An Orphaned Cookbook

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on 18th November 2011 (All posts by )

    The Daughter Unit is, as I have mentioned before, the absolute queen of yard sales, thrift stores and estate sales. She views each possible venue as a rich hunting ground – and regularly emerges triumphantly flaunting a high-quality and originally expensive item bought for a relative pittance.  She also has a soft spot for old books, especially the ones which look as if they have had better days. She says they appeal to her rather like a kind of abandoned pet, the elderly animal left behind when the owner dies.

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    Posted in Advertising, Anglosphere, Recipes | 10 Comments »

    Conversation Ender

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 28th September 2011 (All posts by )

    A friend of mine posted the above on her Facebook page today. She is an extremely nice person, but believes in nonsense like accupuncture, and the vaccinations are bad for you woo-woo, and other things like that. She is also into all natural foods.

    The above reminded me of my grandparents (my father’s parents), who I loved very much and had many great times with when I was a young boy. My Grandmother grew up in squalor in Munich, and my Grandfather did the same in Riga, Latvia. They met in Chicago. I have some photos of my Grandmother and her family in front of their rabbit cages – they raised them for meat. They had no indoor plumbing, of course. This was just after the turn of the century. I don’t have any photos of my grandfather when he was growing up. His father was killed in WW1 and he was shifted from relative to relative. I can only assume that a camera and photos were the last thing on his mind.

    I was treated to the way that my grandparents ate when I spent summer weeks at their house in northern Wisconsin (Birchwood, for those who may be interested). We ate all sorts of shit that my friend of today would simply puke on if presented to her. Processed meats, fortified grains, you name it. Coming from the places they did, although they lived a comfortable retirement, they still wasted nothing. If we had chicken for dinner, we would make soup that night or the next day out of the carcass. It wasn’t even a question, we just did it. All the leftovers went into the soup.

    I think my favorite was when after a roast or something was cooked, my grandmother would take the rendered fat and wait until it solidified, then scraped it up, put it in the fridge, and hauled it out for a lunch the next day. She would simply spread it on rye bread and that was it. Take it or leave it. My grandpa would wash that down with a beer or two.

    This is what people, when they were poor, had to do to scratch it out every day. My comment, which ended all of the “hell yeas!” and “I agrees” in the Facebook thread above was:

    I admit I miss the lard and rye bread sandwiches my grandmother used to feed us.

    Lack of perspective cracks me up at times.

    Posted in Chicagoania, Germany, Humor, Personal Narrative, Recipes | 23 Comments »

    New! Friday Calf Blogging!

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 3rd June 2011 (All posts by )

    The newest member of the Dan from Madison clan, Bart, with his mom Annabelle. Two days old as of this photo.

    Posted in Photos, Recipes | 25 Comments »

    New! – Your Microwave-Dinner Taxonomy

    Posted by Jonathan on 17th December 2010 (All posts by )

    tv dinner


    “Blog what you know about,” say the Internet yentas, and for once I am following their advice! Years of painstaking research yield the following observations…

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    Posted in Diversions, Humor, Personal Narrative, Photos, Recipes | 18 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 23rd November 2010 (All posts by )

    refrigerator mysteries

    Sprouted potatoes are a Chicagoboyz holiday favorite.


    Posted in Humor, Photos, Recipes | 3 Comments »

    Vapors of a Infernal Machine: Towards a General Theory of Strategy

    Posted by Joseph Fouche on 14th November 2010 (All posts by )


    This is the threefold path of strategy:

    1. power: the possibility of friendly conditions
    2. control: conditions friendly to aspiration
    3. purpose: an aspiration for how things should be

    Power is converted into control to achieve purpose. This is 97% of any general theory of strategy. The rest is details.

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    Posted in Recipes | 3 Comments »

    Epic Cookbooks of American Foreign Policy and Other Stuff

    Posted by onparkstreet on 10th October 2010 (All posts by )

    Or something like that.

    1. Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating States: A Dinner Party Approach to International Relations – by Chris Fair (via Abu Muqawama’s Twitter feed leading to C. Fair’s Twitter feed and so on and so forth….)

    2. Pioneer Farm Cooking (Exploring History Through Simple Recipes); Cooking on the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Exploring History Through Simple Recipes)

    3. The I Love Lucy Cookbook (Hollywood Hotplates); The Hemingway Cookbook

    4. The First American Cookbook: A Facsimile of “American Cookery,” 1796


    Chris Kimball had a few friends over for dinner in Boston. The menu included oysters, mock turtle soup, rissoles (fried puff pastry with various sweet and savory fillings), Lobster à l’Américaine, saddle of venison, wood-grilled salmon, fried artichokes, roast stuffed goose and a variety of homemade jellies made using a calf’s foot gelatin. This sounds like pure decadence. But Mr. Kimball, the founder of Cook’s Illustrated magazine and host of “America’s Test Kitchen” on PBS, was trying to re-create a traditional 12-course meal from the famed 1896 edition of Fannie Farmer’s “Boston Cooking-School Cook Book.”

    Victorino Matus in the WSJ (via The Weekly Standard)

    Posted in Americas, Book Notes, Diversions, Education, History, Humor, Recipes | 5 Comments »

    Dried Salty Fish – Yummy!

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 20th April 2010 (All posts by )

    Delicious and nutritious!

    Delicious and nutritious!

    Posted in Photos, Recipes | 12 Comments »

    Racist Is As Racist Does

    Posted by James R. Rummel on 7th March 2010 (All posts by )

    Glenn linked to this post at the food blog.

    The author was shocked (shocked!) to find out that the tuna she has been using wasn’t from Italy, even though it has a vaguely Italian-sounding name. In fact, the tuna is caught in the middle of the ocean, and packaged by an American company.

    So what does she do? The author swears off that particular brand of tuna! It was perfectly good when she thought it was from Italy, but it isn’t worthy enough to pass her lips now that she knows that a company based in the US is involved. Only tuna caught in the waters off Sicily, and packaged in that country, will be used from now on.

    Most of the comments at the post accuse the author of being a snob, which certainly seems to be obvious. But I think it shows a much darker and vile tendency than simple snobbery. Isn’t the author exhibiting blatant racism?

    Turn it around. If someone refused to use perfectly acceptable tuna from Sicily, just because it came from Sicily, they would be accused of being racist. How could they not? There isn’t anything wrong with the product, after all. They just can’t stomach the idea that those people touched the food.

    So isn’t it racist to do the same thing, just because the tuna is sold by an American company?

    As of this writing, the author hasn’t bothered to respond to the criticism. I doubt she will. Racists usually have a lack of backbone, after all.

    Posted in Anti-Americanism, Blogging, Recipes | 19 Comments »

    “Broccoli may undo diabetes damage”

    Posted by Ralf Goergens on 9th August 2008 (All posts by )

    First the good news:

    Eating broccoli could reverse the damage caused by diabetes to heart blood vessels, research suggests.

    A University of Warwick team believe the key is a compound found in the vegetable, called sulforaphane.

    Lead researcher Professor Paul Thornalley said: “Our study suggests that compounds such as sulforaphane from broccoli may help counter processes linked to the development of vascular disease in diabetes…”

    Now the bad news: It’s broccoli.

    Posted in Recipes, Science | 17 Comments »

    Key Lime Pie, Part Two

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 30th September 2007 (All posts by )

    Part two of a two part series. Part one is here. Click any photo for larger.

    The traditional topping for key lime pie to me is a meringue. I am not that big of a fan of meringue, so I whip my own cream. Again, so easy just about anybody can do this.

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    Posted in Diversions, Recipes | 5 Comments »

    Key Lime Pie, Part One

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 29th September 2007 (All posts by )

    This is the first of a two part series. Part two is here. Click any photo for larger.

    Before I begin this two part series about Key Lime Pie, I must first and foremost give a tip of the hat to the inspiration for this recipe, Steve H. His original blog post and recipe can be found here and I basically followed it to the number. There are a couple of minor variations, and I took some photos of the process. So lets begin.

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    Posted in Diversions, Recipes | 15 Comments »