Monday, May 24, 2010


It's that time of year! Summer! And that means watermelon time! I'm eating some right now!

Math Equation for you!
Summer =A
Watermelon =B
Any Guesses?

If you answered LOVE you are correct!

Did you know that watermelon has a long history?
It is speculated to have originated from Africa. There were seeds found in ol' King Tut's tomb. The moorish invaders took it to Europe. Did you know that it first made it's appereance in an English Dictionary in 1615? It's true! In the 10th century the Chinese were working their food voodoo on watermelon. As a matter of fact.....this will be quite controversial for some of you, but they were pickling the rind way before the U.S. was the U.S. AND.. The Vietnamese say they had those ruby reds way before China did.
WOW that's a lot of history for a melon.

Now here's the fun part...How many ways can you eat it?

According to my fella...the best way to eat watermelon is to have a quarter of the melon in your hands, outside, and going after it face first. Juice runs from your mouth, to your hands, to your elbows, and down your shirt until you are super sticky all over! After you're finished all that is left is to run through the sprinkler to get the sticky off!

Some like it sliced, diced, salted (NOT my favorite at all), sugared, Juiced, with Cream, crushed with ice, fizzed (use plain soda and mix with juice), sandwiches, yogurt, shakes, soups, salads, and of course salsa!

Here is a new one! Can you believe I found a recipe for FRIED watermelon. Unintentional, honest...I totally happened upon it!

 Alright all that is left is for you to go and get some of wonderful fruit that Oklahoma thinks is a vegetable (for reals)! Have Fun!

Monday, May 17, 2010

The "Southern" Triangle

On the way back from Florida we took a actually missed a turn.
We were then on the road. I know, I know, we had already been on the road, but this was the smaller road. Call it the road of small town America...........this turned into a LONG trip.

We ended up having to stop in a town that we were passing through on this road. I can't remember the name, however, I do remember where we stopped.

We walked around. I found a nice apple and some crackers. There were pictures of the Piggly Wiggly character dancing all around the top of the store.

After rounding a corner I came upon a display of all things pig. I mean this- they had everything. Pickled pig lips, pickled pigs feet, fried skins, smoked pig loaf, ect. It was all there. I was a bit grossed out.

We finally found our way out of the store and got on the road. We kept on driving and driving and driving. Georgia is not that big of a state right....or at least not the bit that we drove through.

Needless to say I was tired of driving. We drove from Valdoosta, GA to Jasper, AL. By the middle of the drive I knew what was going through my mind couldn't possibly happen, but it did seem like a very real possibility.

It  seemed as if we were going through a "southern"  Bermuda triangle. It was a perpetual endless drive through small town after small town. We were lost to a fate of The Piggly Wiggly pork products as our only source of nutritional value....

feet and lips
You can't make this stuff up....there really was smoked pig loaf....I'm glad there are people who can enjoy these things, as for me, well.....As K-La Mac would say, "I'm over it!"

Let me end with this...there are apparently ways to eat pigs lips and one of them gets a shout out for sounding like a gross out.....