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Kippers, Revisited

Breakfast discovery: Trader Joe’s kippers.  We’ve eaten–and enjoyed–Crown Prince for ages, but we think we’ll be switching to TJ’s.  A little less salty than Crown Prince (not a bad thing), and considerably more smoke flavor (a very good thing!).

Do note that the cans are more than twice as big, so it’s either a big breakfast or leftovers.  Somehow, we don’t see either becoming a problem.

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On a cold winter’s day, there are some things that just bring comfort.  A piping-hot bowl of hearty stew, a comfortable chair with a dog on the ottoman at one’s feet, a warm favourite sweater….

Life is good.

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Mulligatawny Stew

Mulligatawny Stew

Yield: 8 servings


  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup celery, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 3-1/2- to 4-pound chicken, cut up
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder (we prefer to double, or even triple, this)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (we increase this as well)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup coconut, to garnish


  1. In large stewpot, saute onions, carrots and celery in butter until translucent.
  2. Add chicken and cook about 20 minutes, turning the pieces occasionally until they turn a golden brown.
  3. Stir in yogurt, curry powder, garlic, turmeric and salt, and cook another 20 minutes. (Be careful; the yogurt mixture can burn, so stir now and then, and lower the heat, if needed.)
  4. Add water, cover, and simmer 1 hour, or until chicken is very tender.
  5. Remove chicken pieces from the pot, pull the meat off the bones, cut it into bite-size chunks, and return them to the pot. Reheat stew if necessary.
  6. Garnish each serving with a sprinkle of coconut. Serve with boiled rice, if desired.


We do serve over rice, and it goes even further. This is great to make, then package into individual servings and freeze for a quick, easy meal (freeze without rice, and cook the rice fresh while you reheat the stew). Also, try garnishing with golden raisins and diced Granny Smith apple.


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When the Star Trek parody series turns out to be a better Star Trek than the new Star Trek series.

Plus, it’s free on broadcast.  Suck it, CBS.  You’ve never known a good thing when you had it.

(Yes, we know, FOX was your understudy.  Firefly proves your credentials on that point.)

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And Then, All at Once…

…it was autumn.

This time last week, it was high 80’s/low 90’s.  Since Tuesday, we haven’t broken 65, with lows in the 50’s.  It’s almost as though somebody whispered to the weather gods “hey, the solstice was on Friday,” and they suddenly got their act together.

We approve entirely.  The windows are open, Charlie Parker Radio (courtesy Pandora) is playing, and this weekend will see bean soup and cornbread for dinner.  Recipes to follow, of course.

Smile, and talk amongst yourselves.

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We don’t typically watch NCIS: New Orleans, but happened to turn it on tonight.  At the end of the show, when Pride reopened his bar, we heard a familiar song coming from the stage: “I Will Play for Gumbo.”  The performer had an oddly familiar look to him, but we couldn’t quite place him.  A bit of pondering…take off the scruffy goatee…yeah, it really is him!

Gotta love a surprise Jimmy Buffett cameo!

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Taking a Knee

We think a lot of people need to watch several episodes of Penn & Teller: Fool Us.  Perhaps it’ll get them to comprehend the concept of “misdirection.”

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Maynard did it best, of course, but we recently stumbled across The Manhattan Transfer’s cover.  We’ve always been fans of them, so we present this forthwith:

(With apologies to Wayne.)

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Free to good home or decent Chinese restaurant.

Okay, we’re lying, and he still enjoys sleeping in our bed.

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