I've written about collard greens in a "Fumbling Toward Culinary Talent" post before, but I made some Sunday afternoon that were outstanding. Because I haven't been able to get my hands on any good smoked turkey legs lately, I purchased a smoked pig jowl from my local megamart instead. It worked pretty well at imparting smoky porcine goodness to the pot likker, but I didn't keep the jowl in there. After I cooked the jowl for an hour, I set it aside, let it cool, and threw it outside for my dog to happily scarf down. And then I simmered the collards for about two more hours, and they turned out excellent. The greens got to the desired tenderness and almost had a sweet flavor to them. Using the spice combination of Penzey's Old Fashioned and Northwoods seasoning worked well.
About a week ago, I was playing football with the kids in the neighborhood, and I asked one of the neighborhood kids what he was going to be for Halloween, and he answered, "Bibleman." You see, his dad is a preacher and he doesn't go to public school but a private, religious grade school, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. It did take me aback initially though because I've never heard of such a superhero. I guess if the protagonist has some superpowers, maybe it's persuading Congresspeople to promote stupid legislation or oppose smart legislation based on interpretations of Scripture. Reminds me of when President Dubya compared stem cells to snowflakes.
The other day I bought a bunch of doughnuts. At the supermarket, I got a couple of blueberry fritters. They're different than the regular old apple fritters, but they're healthier because they have blueberries in them. Blueberries are extremely good for you, so the pastry isn't fattening or unhealthy.
Recently one of my daughter's favorite words to say is "Nuts!" She's infected me. I've been thinking that word internally, but I haven't started verbalizing it yet. Fair warning.
Lately, I've been thinking about debates, compromises, and whatnot, and the phrase that comes to mind is an evocative one: argumentative dumpster fire.