Thursday, October 31, 2013

Make Mine Grilled Cheese, Pleese!

Grilled cheese! What better comfort food for blustery autumn days?  For this week's LouisvilleHotBytes review in The Voice-Tribune, I check out the delicious variations on this traditional sandwich at two local spots:  The new Atlantic No. 5 (son of RYE) on West Main, and the newly launched weekend brunch at Bourbons Bistro.
VOICE-TRIBUNE Review by Robin Garr
Grilled cheese at Atlantic No. 5Ahh, it finally feels like autumn, and I’m thinking of comfort food. This nostalgic meme rarely attaches itself to the light, low-calorie and cooling dishes of summer. “Comfort” means stews and hearty soups, spaghetti and meatballs or maybe a thick pan of lasagna – the kinds of warming, stick-to-your-ribs dishes that Mom used to make, or at least you wish she had. 

Nor need comfort food be complicated or hard to cook. Consider, if you will, the simple grilled cheese sandwich. Recently, in discovering one delightful new spot and one appetizing new weekend brunch at a familiar spot, I’ve encountered new takes on a grilled cheese capable of winning the people’s ovation and fame forever.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Food stamp cuts matter to real people. What will you do?

Funding for federal food stamps will shrink by $5 billion this week, and the pain may not stop there, says the Wonk Blog at The Washington Post.

Brad Plumer writes:
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) currently costs about $80 billion per year and provides food aid to 14 percent of all U.S. households — some 47 million people. Those numbers swelled dramatically during the recession.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Broccoli and cheese pasta

Simple comfort food:  Trim fresh broccoli into florets and cut the stems into thin slices and small dice.  Blanch until crisp-tender, shock with cold water to stop cooking while they're still bright green, and set aside.

Start short pasta (I used penne rigate), and make a quick Mornay sauce with a flour-butter roux, salt and pepper, minced garlic and onions and about a cup of shredded Cheddar.

When the sauce is thickened, add the drained broccoli. When the pasta is al dente, drain it very well and stir it in. Serve!

The challenge of Naturo-locav-organic foodism ...

It's no secret that I favor a preferential option toward locavore, natural and organic food, and I'm delighted that we can get this from our urban garden and from retail options in our town.

But it's not always puppies, kittens and unicorns.

The short version is that I don't know whether I'm glad or sorry that I spotted three boiled broccoli worms in tonight's dinner just before I mixed the locally grown organic veggies into the cheese sauce.

There are some things that you just can't un-see.

No pictures. No way! Sorry, thanks, bye ...

OS X Mavericks ...

Now installing on my iMac. I hope I'm happy!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Roasting veggies: Just short of a controlled burn

White eggplant, potatoes,  green peppers, carrots and
onions;  roasted 30 minutes at 450 with olive oil, S&P.
Next time I'm making a big platter of roasted vegetables, I'm going to know how to tell when they're ready:  When Mary yells, "Go look, I think they're burning!" I'll know that they've got about 10 minutes to go yet.

As I've roasted a fair share of our urban garden's limited bounty this summer, I've learned a thing or two about the easy, delicious process of converting them into nutritious, healthy vegetable candy by cutting them into chunks, tossing them with oil, salt and pepper, and roasting them at 400 to 450F for a while.

So how long is "a while"?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Why I like ethnic cooking: Thai (etc.) dinner at home!

If I really want authentic, well-prepared food from most of the world's great cuisines - I trust the experts to make it for me at a good restaurant run by chefs from the country of interest.

But while I don't want to sound vain here, I really enjoy trying to reach a reasonably close imitation of a world of ethnic fare at home.  Luckily, between the Internet and Louisville's growing ethnic diversity through immigrant and refugee communities, we have access to more information, and more good ingredients, than ever before.

I can hardly look at a fresh green bean any more, for instance, without thinking right away, "Hey, I could make a Thai red or green curry out of that!"

Zin, again!

So, speaking of Zinfandel, as we were doing the week before last, is Zin an American wine?  Well, sure, as long as we understand "American" in terms of our immigrant heritage.  In those terms, Zin is as American as anyone whose ancestors came from Croatia via Puglia in Southern Italy by way of Massachusetts to Napa; and better yet, it traveled that last lap in the hands of a 19th century Hungarian promoter!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Vietnam Kitchen: 50,000 K8's Sold?

VOICE-TRIBUNE Review by Robin Garr
Behold! The popular K8 in its tofu version!
Behold! The popular K8 in its tofu version!
Okay, let’s run the numbers here. Vietnam Kitchen has been open for about 20.5 years, six days a week. That’s roughly 6,500 days of serving the public since Alex and Kim Lam brought this lovable institution to town in 1993.

Thinking out loud, that means that if every day they sell five orders of “K8,” the menu shorthand for Hủ tiếu Saté,  a delectable rice-noodle dish that’s surely one of Vietnam Kitchen’s top hot-and-spicy dishes, they must have stir-fried way more than 30,000 orders of it by now.

If the Lams were more boastful types, they could put out a flashing sign that boasts, “Nearly 50,000 K8′s sold!” (Yeah, I know I guesstimated 30,000, but hey, nobody fact-checks Mickey D’s “billions and billions” either, right?)

Read my full review on LouisvilleHotBytes.com, and in the Voice-Tribune.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

If it quacks like a canard ...

Brasserie Provence shows grace and good eats in dinner rush

Fillet de merou et coquilles St. Jacques at Brasserie Provence.
LEO photo by Frankie Steele.
"Je vais avoir le canard," said my friend Anne, summoning a French teacher and one-time expat's easy fluency.  Our server looked puzzled, though. "Maybe you could point it out on the menu," he said, blushing a little. "I'm still learning the dishes."

I'm not picking on the guy, though. He showed Hemingway-esque grace under fire as our party of four spent the evening on a lavish meal at Brasserie Provence.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The last eggplant of summer?

That sounds a lot less nostalgic than the old traditional song, "Last Rose of Summer," but it's nostalgic enough:  With a frost forecast for tonight and freezing temps not far behind, autumn is finally coming to the Ohio River Valley.

We harvested about 20 skinny white Indian eggplants (and some fat green tomatoes) today, and I've now got all the eggplant, chopped and tossed with onion chunks, olive oil, salt and pepper, roasting on a greased cookie sheet, where it will bask at 450F for a half-hour or so until they fall into juicy, tender little browned morsels.  We'll just throw some on basmati rice and eat it au naturel, and if there's any left, save it for a pasta topping or risotto or pilaf ingredient.

Why the Obamacare Website really failed

Before we're too quick to blame inefficient government or lazy bureaucrats for the problems with the ACA (Obamacare) Websites, consider this simple, credible analysis from National Public Radio:
When it became clear that HHS would need more money to build the federal exchange than had been allocated in the original law, Republicans in Congress refused to provide it.
As a result, says Jay Angoff, who formerly ran the health exchange program for the Department of Health and Human Services, officials "had to scrape together money from various offices within HHS to build the federal exchange."
Then there was the timing issue. Technically, department officials have had 3 1/2 years since the law passed. But much of that time was spent in limbo.
Read the full NPR story here.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Are we there yet?

It was my turn to preach the sermon yesterday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Louisville, and, as often happens for some reason, the assignment coincided with Youth Sunday.

This prompted me to work with the lectionary readings to come up with a concept that I hoped would hold the attention of teen-agers and sub-teens without losing their parents.

"A barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world"

If you heard something like Whitman's barbaric yawp echoing over cyberspace this morning, it might just have had to do with an apparent massive Facebook fail.

Facebook posting, along with the ability to "like" posts and do other Facebooky things, apparently went down at some point, prompting a chorus of world wide wails.

Happily, before mass riots ensued, it is now being reported that access is coming back up.

Mashable.com has an early account. Click to it here.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

"Let 'em eat Brown Rice Triscuit!"

A load of Brown Rice Triscuit finds its way
to a church food pantry in Louisville.
Marie Antoinette purportedly said, "Let 'em eat cake." Nabisco, it seems, says, "Let 'em eat Brown Rice Triscuit!"

Triscuit’s new line of “healthy-seeming” Brown Rice snack crackers, introduced with some hype and a significant advertising campaign back in April, has apparently missed its mark. A considerable quantity of the product turned up as donated surplus at a church food pantry in Louisville today.

This took me back to my work on the hunger-and-poverty beat back in the early 1990s, when the massive marketing failure of oat bran products flooded the nation’s food banks with truckloads of oat bran products that didn’t even particularly excite the hungry homeless people who ended up taking them away in free grocery baskets.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Remembrance of wines past

In my 30 Second Wine Advisor column this week, a balanced, flavorful South African white wine prompts a reverie on the way our wine choices have expanded so dramatically over a generation.

Delicious South African Sauvignon Blanc
It's funny how we turn into our parents as we get older. When I was younger, I never understood what my father and mother got out of sitting around and droning on about the way things used to be ... and now I do it! I fell into this reverie, curiously enough, upon contemplating my second glass of Mulderbosch 2011, a really delicious Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa's Western Cape.So why would a South African white, however tasty, act like Marcel Proust's famous madeleine cookie to yank a long rumination out of my easily distracted mind?It's pretty simple, really ...
Click to read this week's 30 Second Wine Advisor, with my tasting report on Mulderbosch 2011 Western Cape Sauvignon Blanc. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Playing with my food

Is it so wrong that, even as a supposedly mature adult, sometimes I like to play with my food?

Our lunch today was a cool-weather standard, a delicious, aromatic soup that's just as simple as can be: Black beans pureed with a lot of fresh ginger and a little bit of flavoring including a shot of soy sauce.  That's all it is, and all that's needed.

And then I noticed a little box of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish.

Don't you think three little Goldfish swimming in a school make a good bowl of black-bean-and-ginger soup even better? I do!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Broccoli pasta kicks this simple veggie up a notch

Ask yourself two questions:

1. Do I want a bowl of broccoli?

2. Do I want a bowl of delicious pasta with garlicky, aromatic broccoli on top?

Well? Which would you choose?

I know which way I'd go, and it's a simple, quick way to fashion a light veggie-based dinner or an excellent pasta course.

It didn't take long, either.  Here's how:

And now, a dish that makes us say, "Mmm, brussels sprouts!"

For this week's LouisvilleHotBytes.com review, shared with LEO Weekly, we got back to Rye on Market in Louisville's NuLu neighborhood, and I was blown away by the food coming out of Chef Tyler Morris and Joe Banet's kitchen.

Even brussels sprouts, roasted Korean brussels sprouts to be precise. Anybody who can make brussels sprouts taste this good can make anything taste good!  Here's the top of the review. Click the links for the full report.
Rye will make you eat your brussels sprouts and beg for more 
Korean roasted brussels sprouts at Rye.
Somewhere out there in this wonderfully diverse world, there is bound to be at least one human who truly loves, loves, loves brussels sprouts.
I have not yet met this person. 
Let’s face it, a brussels sprout is nothing but a tiny cabbage, with all of the faults that its bigger sibling is heir to, but - in my opinion, at least, and apparently that of many others - few of the virtues.  Overcook them and they get stenchy.  Undercook them and they stay hard, without the saving grace of crunch.  And no matter what you do with them, it seems, they remain, well, tiny cabbages.

Facing the end of life, do you want heroic measures?

I wouldn’t have understood this story before spending the summer as a hospital chaplain. Now I do. It’s long and may be emotionally challenging, but it’s worth reading through, for your own sake or that of your loved ones.

PERSONAL HEALTH
Doctors' Secret for How to Die Right
Why do physicians make different end-of-life choices than the rest of us?
By Melinda Welsh 
Sacramento News & Review
Oct. 14, 2013 

Local physician Michael Gunther
Maher said the doctors he hangs out
with at the hospital who have been
vocal about interventions near
the end of life have said, “No
way are they doing that to me.”
Dr. Ken Murray wrote an essay for the web-only magazine Zócalo Public Square, thinking he’d be lucky to attract a few dozen readers and generate an online comment or two. Instead, the physician—a UC Davis medical-school graduate who taught family medicine at the University of Southern California—drew an avalanche of responses. In fact, what he wrote put him center stage in a swirling debate about life, death and doctors.

What did he reveal that was so groundbreaking?

He claimed that a vast majority of physicians make dramatically different end-of-life choices than the rest of us. Put simply, most doctors choose comfort and calm instead of aggressive interventions or treatments, he said. Another way to look at it is that doctors routinely order procedures for patients near the end of life that they would not choose for themselves.

What do doctors know that the rest of us don’t?

According to Murray, physicians have seen the limitations of modern medicine up close and know that attempts to prolong a life can often lead to a protracted, heartbreaking death.

Click to read the full article online.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Anybody got a torch and a pitchfork I can borrow?

This short video graphic may help explain why Big Pharma execs in the US live in gated communities protected by Blackwater guards.
What $250 of Prescriptions Looks Like 
Comparing the costs of five medications between the United States and other countries.

Ahhhh

That moment on a crisp autumn morning when you suddenly remember that the new Smart Car has seat warmers.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Eat more chik'n? Maybe not ...

The Salt
What's In That Chicken Nugget? 
Maybe You Don't Want To Know
by MARIA GODOY
National Public Radio
October 11, 2013 2:05 PM

Chicken Nuggets, from Banksy's 2008 installation
"The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill"
in New York City. Mario Tama/Getty Images via NPR
Chicken nuggets: Call 'em tasty, call 'em crunchy, call 'em quick and convenient. But maybe you shouldn't call them "chicken."

So says Dr. Richard deShazo, a professor of pediatrics and medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In a research note published in The American Journal of Medicine, deShazo and his colleagues report on a small test they conducted to find out just what's inside that finger food particularly beloved by children. Their conclusion?

Can I learn to love Zin again?

Bring out your Zins! This month we're aiming our WineLovers Discussion Group's Wine Focus at Zinfandel, America's grape with its roots in Italy, or so we thought, until Carole Meredith & Co. traced its roots to Croatia.

Accordingly, we'll open the topic to a world range of Zinfandel and its cousins, not only in California but in the other places around the world - particularly Western Australia - where it is grown; we'll check out Puglia's Primitivo (which, oddly, also is planted here and there in the New World); and, if you can find any, wines from Zin's progenitor grape, Croatian Crljenik Kasteljanski ("Kurl-YEN-ik Kahs-tel-YAN-ski").

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Who ever heard of Bartolomé de las Casas?

I hear you saying, "Who?"

But before Monday, when America celebrates Columbus Day (to the limited extent that this relatively minor holiday gets a celebration), you might want to read this infographic all the way through.  Try to stick it out through the long, relentless deconstruction of Chris Columbus and make it down to the part about Bartolomé de las Casas.  Now, there's an early Conquistador worth celebrating.

Happy Bartolomé Day, everyone!

Click here for the full infographic. The image at right shows only the top of it.

Want to learn more about de las Casas? Here's an entire Website devoted to his memory and his growing modern influence.

"A big-little play about faith in America - and the trouble with changing your mind."

Well, this looks fascinating.  I wonder whether Hnath's The Christians will be edgy and controversial or bland and diluted.  I'm hoping for the former, but it will be  interesting to see how this develops, either way.

Actors Theatre of Louisville to premiere commissioned work The Christians by Lucas Hnath
during the 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays

Lucas Hnath’s new play, The Christians, will receive its world premiere at Actors Theatre during the 38th Festival of New American Plays. The Christians, which was commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville, will be directed by Les Waters and performed in the Pamela Brown Auditorium. The production will begin previews on March 4, open on March 6 and run through April 6, 2014.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It's all about your perspective

This makes sense ...

We sing the praises of Shady Lane Café

LouisvilleHotBytes.com | October 9, 2013

LEO's Eats with Robin Garr
Good eats at Shady Lane Cafe. LEO Photo by Frankie Steele.
     Good eats at Shady Lane Cafe. 
       LEO Photo by Frankie Steele.
I’d like to sing the praises of Shady Lane Café, but I expect that café owner Susi Smith, an outstanding professional singer, could warble it far better than I; and her husband and co-owner Bill Smith, who’s not only a mean hand on the short-order grill but also a poet of some repute, could probably sling some better verses on the topic than I, iambic pentameter or free verse, either way. 

But that being said, I’m standing in this pulpit and they’re not. So let me just say that Shady Lane Café has been a favorite for quite a while, and judging by the crowds that pack in daily and the applause that comes in from all over, it still is.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

More flavor, less hatin' ...

De Cecco pasta. Delicious, inclusive and diverse.  Say no more!


Food risks going un-checked during shutdown?

This is reassuring. Not. I think I'll make our dinner out of the garden.

8 Food Risks Going Unmonitored During the Shutdown

Furloughed FDA inspectors can't look out for bacteria, metals and other contaminants.
 
Among the  ostensibly “non-essential” services on hold during the government shutdown is the Food and Drug Administration’s food inspection program. Within the country, as the Huffington Post points out, that means as many as 80 food production facilities each day may be going uninspected (although an FDA spokesman clarified that an unclear portion of those will be carried out by state agriculture and public health departments).
Food coming from outside the U.S. is also going unmonitored. As  Food Safety News first reported, meat inspectors at the USDA are still on duty, but food-safety workers at the FDA are not allowed to use their cellphones, check their emails or, most important, inspect imported food.  Normally, according to Quartz, the FDA blocks imports from tens of thousands of facilities with records of violations.

Militarized police: Good idea, bad idea? What's your take?

Quick survey: Does anybody (outside law enforcement and the security-industrial complex) think this is actually a good idea?  In my opinion, one of the most dangerous legacies of 9/11 is the fear-driven agenda that preferences a police-state mentality in the name of "security."  

And it gets even more complicated when "security" is claimed as sufficient reason to keep it all secret.  Do your local police have a militarized stockpile? Who knows? Have local media ever tried to find out, or would that be unacceptable pot-stirring in a post-9/11 world?

Monday, October 7, 2013

What's your sign? Er, I mean, what's yer Myers-Briggs type?

To be frank, I'm not convinced that the famous Myers-Briggs personality types are a great deal more revealing than astrological "Sun Signs."

On the other hand, "I'm an INFP on the cusp of ENFP" sounds a lot more scientific than, "I'm a Taurus on the cusp of Aries."  At least there are 16 Myers-Briggs possibilities, so it's that much more fine-grained than the 12-sign astrological calendar.

So let's not be picky. It's fun to play! Today's Daily Infographic, "Famous Personality Types," sets out the 16 Myers-Briggs categories with capsule summaries of each personality type, followed by a string of little pictures of famous people and celebs who supposedly fit that type.

Like a lot of other seminarians and pastoral types and a lot of other writers, I consistently test high on "N" ("Intuitive") and "F" *"Feeling") while falling close to dead center on "E"/"I" ("Extrovert"/"Introvert") and "P"/"J" ("Perceiving"/"Judging"), and this has been true whether the test is a simple, non-scientific online type or a fancy supervised test.

Looking at the chart, this "NF" status apparently qualifies me as a "Visionary," and I guess I can live with that.  How about you? If you know your Myers-Briggs rating, check yourself out.  If you'd like to try a quick, self-scoring 72-question online test, try this one.

Here's a link to today's Daily Infographic.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sichuan style chili-and-garlic prawns

Every now and then I'll be cooking on all cylinders and hit an ethnic dish that (to me, at least) seems to hit the nail on the head and taste as good as it would get at a hole-in-the-wall eatery where folks actually know their stuff with that particular cuisine.

So it was tonight with this simple Sichuan-style dish, prawns (yeah, all right, Sophie's Kitchen konjaku-based no-meat prawns, but you could certainly use the real thing) stir-fried with a boatload of garlic, red and black pepper and fresh broccoli.

It didn't take long to make, was great with rice, and, to use a technical East Asian cooking term, was goo-oo-ood!

Quick poll! Sock sock shoe shoe or sock shoe sock shoe?

Ha! An Archie Bunker classic!


'Nuff Said Department, ad infinitum

Can I burn down your house? 
No 
Just the 2nd floor? 
No 
Garage? 
No 
Let's talk about what I can burn down. 
No 
YOU AREN'T COMPROMISING!
RT @JuddLegum 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Rude truth from the Rude Pundit

The Rude Pundit really IS rude. I'm not kidding. He salts his essays with repeated, complex structures of four-letter words that you probably don't want your kids to see. Think twice before clicking this if you are easily offended by language.

But doggone it, I'm afraid his hypothesis in "A Tyranny by the Minority, Part 2: The Reign of the Cracker Babies" is sadly close to real, and offers one solid hypothesis for the fractured politics we're seeing in America today.

"I was hungry, and you formed a humanities club ... "

From Chris Lenshyn's blog, Anabaptistly. 
This essay* on Matthew 25 as understood by a homeless woman caught my eye and grabbed my mind this morning. There's truth here, and an eye-opening slap of reality.
  • I was hungry and you formed a humanities club and discussed my hunger. Thank you.
  • I was imprisoned and you crept off quietly to your chapel in the cellar and prayed for my release.
  • I was naked and in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance.
  • I was sick and you knelt and thanked God for your health.
  • I was homeless and you preached to me about the spiritual shelter of the love of God.
  • I was lonely and you left me alone to pray for me.
  • Christian, you seem so holy; so close to God. But I'm still very hungry, and lonely, and cold...

Thursday, October 3, 2013

I'll take breakfast for dinner ... or lunch, or breakfast!

Who doesn't like breakfast? I'll eat it any time of day, and in some ways the contradictory notion of breakfast-for-dinner seems especially appealing. Doubly so in this age when it's easy for city folks to get locally produced, free-range eggs.*

Around the world, though, breakfast isn't only about eggs and pig flesh.  I remember spending about three days wearing down our hosts at a Tokyo ryokan until they finally gave in and let us have "traditional Japanese breakfast" with herring, pickled veggies and such. It wasn't bad.

So, I particularly enjoyed today's offering from Daily Infographic, a favorite blog. This one gives us a look at dining tables of breakfast eaters from around the world, from Australia's iconic Vegemite on toast to Moroccan morning lamb stew and more.

I've copied the image at right. You can click here to read more on Daily Infographic and, if you like, subscribe to the blog.

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*In another life, by the way, I've had some experience visiting labor organizers at some of the nation's most mendacious industrial egg producers. These are greedy, corporate entities that treat their animals and their human employees with similar disdain for life, prosperity or happiness. Out of concern for both my physical and moral health, I won't eat those eggs.  That's really a story for another day, but it's not hard to track down horrible examples, if you're willing to see some things that you can't un-see.

The Tea Party Taliban is playing with risky toys

We're waist-deep in the Big Muddy, and the big fools keep pushing on ...

Treasury Says Mere Prospect of Default Endangers Economy
By ANNIE LOWREY
The New York Times
October 3, 2013

WASHINGTON — The debt-limit impasse could cause credit markets to freeze, the dollar to plummet and interest rates to rise precipitously, the Treasury Department said in a report released Thursday. A default might prove catastrophic, the report said, and could potentially result “in a financial crisis and recession that could echo the events of 2008 or worse.”

“As we saw two years ago, prolonged uncertainty over whether our nation will pay its bills in full and on time hurts our economy,” said Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew in a statement urging lawmakers to act. “Postponing a debt ceiling increase to the very last minute is exactly what our economy does not need – a self-inflicted wound harming families and businesses.”

Full story in The New York Times.

And now, a musical interlude ...

Don’t judge the name. Try Hay!! Chi Wa Waa

Golden Tacos at Hay!! Chi Wa Waa
Hey, Chihuahua? What kind of a name for a restaurant is that? With a wacky Señor Gonzales accent?  Really?  Are they talking about the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, or calling a little dog? Or maybe, just possibly, poking a thumb in the eye of "Yo quiero Taco Bell"?

I like that last theory, myself, because Hay!! Chi Wa Waa, a recent arrival in the Lyndon quarters sadly vacated by the loss of the lovable La Colombiana, is to Taco Bell as, say, an artist like Diego Rivera is to your local graffiti scrawler.

Read my full review on LouisvilleHotBytes.com and check it out in this week's Voice-Tribune.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Food Network loves The Coach Lamp, but who loves Food Network?

The fried chicken at The Coach Lamp.
Okay, I am just going to come right out and say it: I am so over Food Network.  Have been for years, really.  She’s like an old flame, full of bad memories of a romance that I try to suppress now that I’m no longer quite so young and stupid.

But my cable heartburn doesn’t mean I’m not happy that Louisville’s Coach Lamp restaurant and the Darling family, its affable family proprietors, are winning a few moments of Food Network fame. 


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

As the U.S. government shutdown begins ...

Without sitting in judgement over who's at fault but thinking about who'll be hurt as our national leaders drive into deadlock, a thought from the 1979 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer (p. 826):

36. For the Oppressed

Look with pity, O heavenly Father, upon the people in this land who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions. Have mercy upon us. Help us to eliminate our cruelty to these our neighbors. Strengthen those who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law and equal opportunities for all. And grant that every one of us may enjoy a fair portion of the riches of this land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.