Sunday, November 4, 2018

A pound of homemade potato salad? Yeah, that works!

Every so often I get a hankering for some good old fashioned potato salad. The problem was, I didn't particularly like the offerings at my local Deli. I also wasn't too fond of paying two to three bucks per pound! Thus it was that I came up with this simple old fashioned recipe which goes together fairly quickly, produces about one pound of salad and costs only about a dollar to make!


2 medium Russet potatoes, boiled
¼ tbsp vinegar
3 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tsp mustard
2 tbsp onion, minced
3 tbsp celery, chopped
2 tbsp pickle relish
1 hard boiled egg, chopped
Dash of celery salt to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash of smoked paprika

To make hard boiled eggs
  1. Place egg into a pot of cold water.
  2. Heat to boiling.
  3. Remove from heat and cover.
  4. Wait 12 minutes, drain, cool and peel.

After boiling the potatoes for about 15-18 minutes, place them in the fridge until they cool off, then remove, peel and cut into pieces and place in a small bowl. Next, take the hard boiled egg and rough chop into pieces and add them to the bowl. Next, add the rest of the ingredients and mix everything together with a fork pretty well. Place into a covered container and refrigerate for at least one hour. Makes about four servings.

Notes: For a fast way to cook the potatoes, just nuke them for about four minutes instead of boiling.Much of the flavor is in the mustard, so adjust amounts accordingly.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

I guess things could be worse!

News anchor DanO Dingo with the KDIP News:

11:00 AM EST - 'Good even and here is the news for this December the 5th, 2018. I'm DanO Dingo and events were certainly heating up domestically as throngs of irate college students, dressed in ANTIFA garb, have now completely trashed downtown San Francisco in an apparent protest against Donald Trump and his attempts to shore up troops at our southern border! We're also informed that some seventy five thousand 'refugees' were even now storming random sites all across California and Arizona. Causality counts, while sketchy, were said to be mounting into the hundreds.'

12:00 Noon - 'DanO here and we have some somber news to report as a reported 100,000 plus Chinese shock troops were said to be headed for the Russian border in response to threats made by Putin to 'shut down that 'slant-eyed backward country' once and for all.'

12:20 PM - 'Boy folks. It's been a heck of a day already as reports are now coming in telling KDIP News that some type of nuclear weapon or weapons were detonated somewhere in Israel only minutes ago. Details are still very sketchy at this time, but all indications point to Iran as the responsible party. We'll follow that story and report back to you when there's more new information.'

12:45 PM – 'Scientists are now telling KDIP News that the floor of Owen's Valley near Yosemite has abruptly risen three feet over an area of approximately twenty five miles. Rumors of the super volcano that rests just below that spot, now rumored to becoming active, are flying over the airwaves as thousands of frightened citizens flee to the West Coast.'

1:00 PM - ' President Trump has announced that a Nationwide broadcast will be given by him concerning the loss of over half the worth of the Stock Market, just since the opening bell at the start of this day's trading. We've learned that he plans to announce the setting up of 'soup kitchens', for anyone who will not be able to afford to pay for their meals in the short term. Chuck Schumer was also scheduled to make an announcement where it was rumored that he planned to blame the sudden market drop squarely on the Trump administration.'

2:00 PM – 'DanO here. Well, just when you thought things could get worse, they did. The General Accounting Office for the US government has just issued a statement declaring that there is 'no more money' to pay for entitlement programs as most of the GNP will be directed towards paying just the interest on the National Debt. The action will 'severely affect benefits' coming from Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, for the foreseeable future. One official was heard to say, 'Good luck out there everyone'.'

5:00 PM – 'Hillary Clinton has just announced that she intends to run on a joint ticket with Oprah Winter for the 2020 electoral race for the Presidency! Good luck to them both. In other more exciting news, the KDIP News organization was just acquired by Media Matters, a George Soros run conglomerate. In a prepared statement, Mr. Soros assured everyone that KDIP would continue to publish only the truth, as he saw fit!'

9:00 PM – 'Sadly, this will be my final broadcast, as the new ownership has decided to replace me with Louis Farrakhan, beginning tomorrow morning. Mr. Farrakhan has promised us he will tone down his rhetoric on the Jewish problem and that hewill really clean up his act concerning 'those damn Middle Class white crackers'. That was all the news for this Wednesday in December! I'm DanO Dingo and I'll see ya all around'

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Random Thoughts for late October 2018!

Cool weather means it's Chili time!
Simplify, simplify simplify. Some good thoughts by Henry David Thoreau. And, like most things in culinary life, it's the simple stuff that often shines. And, while this is your typical bare bones chili, it's still damn good!

After many years of experimenting with all sorts of chili recipes (I even once bought a book on the subject), I've come up with a rather simple recipe that seems to work pretty well for me. Mind you, there is nothing fancy about the ingredients list. I've tried fancy cuts and combos of meats and while they were OK to even good, I wasn't entirely satisfied. With this simple chili, I was! So, here goes.....

1 lb hamburger meat
1 can of petite tomatoes
1 can of red beans
1 pkg Williams original Chili Seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions: Brown the meat and drain off the grease. Add the other ingredients and simmer for 40 minutes. Got a small slow cooker? Dump everything in, cover, and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours. Serves 4.

Notes: It's not human nature to ever leave good enough alone. I decided to add the smallest amount of a Scorpion pepper into this recipe. You know. Just to give it a bit of a kick.

It's the flu season, don't ya know?

The month of October is the official start of the flu season for the Northern Hemisphere and was just ending down south with Pediatric flu-related deaths reaching 172 during the 2017/18 USA influenza season. Of the sub-typed influenza A viruses which accounted for most of the severe cases of illness, 964 (76%) were influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and 305 (24%) were influenza A(H3N2). So, that could be pretty much what we can expect up in America as we waddle into the late fall and early winter months!

In Missouri, incidents of the flu, during the 42nd week, were sporadic and that was the case across most all of the continent. That said, please note that the curve, seen in the graphic, was on the high side. I would therefore encourage everyone to go and get a flu shot post haste!

Election time draws near!

On November the 6th, millions of Americans are going to help decide on what sort of country America will be shaped into as critical seats in both Houses are currently up for grabs! And while I belong to no Party, I can already tell the direction which I intend to go at the voting booth.

The Republican Party is pretty screwed up, in my opinion. That said, they seem to have the concept of a Constitutional Representative form of government pretty well understood. Strong borders, low taxes, a good military, supporting the 2nd Amendment and no mob rule are good platforms to endorse by my way of thinking.

The Democratic Party members have a much smaller platform that seems to endorse; wide open borders, high taxes, no ICE, HLS or police. They also seem to endorse hate speech via the Media and are definitely promoting a re-birthing of the failed Obama Healthcare deal. In point of fact, they appear to openly endorse the idea of America becoming a Socialistic State like Venezuela!

Uh, no thanks. Over a million brave men and women have died to make this Republic one of the best places to live in the world. And, for me to turn my back on them now, is not an option for me to consider. I'm voting the Republican ticket across the board!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

What's the X-37B Military Space Plane doing up there?

The latest mystery mission of the U.S. Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane has now passed the 400-day mark with no clear deadline of returning home.

This mission - known as Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-5) - was rocketed into Earth orbit on Sept. 7, 2017, atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The un-crewed space plane is carrying out secretive duties during the X-37B program's fifth flight. A fact that has not escaped the shrewd minds of people like Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein, two feisty Democrats of recent Brett Kavanaugh fame. Without any factual corroboration, they've both accused Trump of evil doings with the craft... (uh, where have I heard that before)?

One possibility that was leaked by a high ranking official indicated that the plane was equipped with hi-tech missiles that could hit any target at will. Another was that the planes had a sinister virus on board that was flu-like, but much more deadly. Upon release, only those (Republicans) who had gotten special 'flu shots' would be likely to survive the winter. Lastly, there is a chance that the plane has test 'structures' on board that are being exposed to long term periods in space. Personally, I like option two the best!

Monday, October 15, 2018

My classic meatloaf!

After tasting my neighbor's meatloaf recently, I decided to go with a classic meatloaf formulation of my own. For the recipe, I used; lean hamburger, minced onions, minced bell pepper, egg, milk, breadcrumbs, parsley flakes, ketchup, garlic powder and some pepper to taste, These were all mixed thoroughly in a bowl and then placed in a baking dish in the form of a loaf. I poured over the top, a mix of ketchup, red wine vine vinegar and brown sugar. Finally, I placed a couple of strips over the top! This was placed in a convection oven that had been preheated to 355°F for about an hour.

The result was fairly impressive, if I do say so myself! I awarded myself a score of 10. (Something that happens a lot with my cooking efforts). a couple of slices went over to my neighbors who both like it very much. So much, they asked for a copy of the recipe!

A neighborly meatloaf!

A good neighbor of mine, Carol, dropped off a couple of slices of meatloaf on a rather chilly and overcast day in October. This was very much appreciated, as I was really not in the mood to cook. (I was also curious as to how the meatloaf would taste when it was made by someone else).

5PM - It was now dinner time and one of the sliced pieces of meatloaf was sitting pretty as you please on a plate where I also paced a side of corn and potatoes with brown gravy. To me this was a real 'comfort' type of meal that I would remember with some fondness.

The verdict: I scored this meal a solid 9! The meatloaf was moist and flavorful and it got extra points for it being made by someone else! However, I was also inspired to have a go at making one myself!

Friday, October 12, 2018

A simple egg sandwich and thoughts of Thoreau!

I think it might have been Henry David Thoreau that uttered the words 'simplify, simplify'. Perhaps he was thinking that we often go through life exhausted because we tend to take on too many things, bring too much complexity to our days, and don’t have time to... simply enjoy life!

With that thought in mind, I elected one October day, to have a very simple lunch comprised of an egg sandwich on white bread with a side of coleslaw. (I was in the sort of mood wherein I'd felt exhausted, as of late, and felt that I needed to break away).

In addition to enjoying such a simple meal, I also decided to keep the TV turned of while listening to 'soft and easy listening music'. Wow! A first, I thought I'd go crazy, but then as the day wore on, I found that I'd already been driven crazy with to many thoughts cluttering up my mind. De-tune and re-a-tune my mind along more esoteric channels, that seemed to be the key!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

DanO's All American Dawg!

After going, a couple of times to the local Sonic Drive-in and enjoying their hot dogs and fries, I decided to try and emulate that offering with one exception; I shit-canned the fries in favor of something a bit more nutritious and a lot more cheap!

The Sonic All American dog and medium fries was a bit of a nutritional nightmare as far as I was concerned:

A 700 calorie lunch might be cool for an athlete or someone in great shape, but perhaps not so much for an aging gnome such as myself. With tax, this meal deal came in at $4.31! I figure I could craft a much more nutritional dawg and coleslaw side at a much better price. This is what I came up with:

About half the calories and maybe one fourth the cost made this a sure fire winner for me at lunchtime!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Random Thoughts for Oct 2018

Long Horn blues!
Where's my hash browns?
Forsyth MO. – OK, so everyone can have an off day, and apparently today was the day for my server at the Long Horn Family Dining establishment located in Forsyth Missouri. As had happened in the past I sat down and got a cup of coffee, but no menu. And, while I have a pretty good memory, it's far from perfect. Next the server had a difficult time understanding my order, and when the order came, it was on a tiny plate that was missing one of the sides. (It did finally show up a bit later). All in all, not a very good experience on this date.

Dark times at the Country Mart!

Not to be deterred, I finished my breakfast and went over to a local grocery store known as the Country Mart, located near the intersections of Coy Blvd and Hwy 160. As I walked it, it got somewhat surreal as the store was mostly dark inside. Sure, there were a few islands of light, but other isles and most notable #3 was pretty much black. Out of the corn of my eye, I could have sworn I glimpsed some kind of dark object flitting about near the spices and oils. And, even though vegetable oil was on my shopping list, I passed that isle by at a mild gallop!

Shadowrock Lodge!

In a strange but true series of events, After posting that I had no idea of what was going on with the Shadowrock Lodge, I got a call from the owner. She told me that due to some setbacks, they still planned to open in '6 to 8 weeks'. If things do work out, that would be great news for the area.

The Health Department!

As I was pretty much striking out on this day, I decided to stop over by the Forsyth Mo Health Department to see about getting a flu and a pneumococcal pair of arm blaster shots just to sort of top off the morning. I'd been there on numerous occasions in the years before and yet the staff there had a hard time locating my records. Yes, it was beginning to feel like a Stephan King movie for me, at that juncture. But, the files were discovered and I was given both shots. While the nurse was injecting me, she confided that I was likely going to hate her in about 24 hours! Driving home, I then almost hit a deer less than a block from my home.....

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Steak and eggs!

The title above was somewhat misleading. My version of this popular meal also contains fried potatoes and OJ making it not that diet minded! Also, there was only one egg consumed!

Whenever you have meat and eggs together on one plate for breakfast, you are talking a high protein slug of food to begin your day. Add in the fried potatoes and that's a also definite carbo-slammer. So, this is not something for the man or woman who is trying to shed some pounds. That said, it could be a good meal for a young athlete who was trying to bulk up a bit.

The meat I often choose was a cut of top sirloin, a thick hunk of meat that grills up really well. It's sort of like a second class filet mignon.

[Whenever I 'grill' up meat like this inside, I often use two pieces of equipment; a convection tabletop oven and a small Foreman grill. I first heat up the Foreman and cook the steak for just a minute before transferring it to the oven set on broil. That part of the cooking process usually is for about three minutes on a side. When done correctly you get the grill marks, yet have a just barely done interior]!

The fried potatoes consisted of one small Russet that had been peeled and then thickly sliced in to 'dollar' shaped pieces. These were quick cooked in hot oil, then removed to a paper towel and the sprinkled with a salt substitute.

If everything is done in a smooth fashion, the whole cooking process takes only about ten minutes!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Free food and drinks! I'm all in!

Raffle ticket item
Forsyth MO. - Apparently a convenience store located just to the east of Forsyth Missouri will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Day on October 6 (a Saturday) from 11 AM to 2 PM! During that time, they will be serving free hot dogs along with a drink! They will also be doing a raffle for a number of items including a really cool Creek Cooler! (The perfect companion to have during 2019's next float trip)!

Now, I don't know about you, but when the free lunch bell rings, I'll be there in a flash! The location is Peggy's Park Place located close to the new bridge over Bull Shoals Lake. The formal address is 17463 US-160 and the telephone number is 417-546-5845.

It's open 6AM to 10PM just about every day and has a great selection of must have stuff including a very nicely appointed Deli! (I like to stop there to grab a fast sandwich and chips along with some brewski's, of course)! Of course, a business is only as good as the people who staff it and that's where Peggy's really shines! I've found everyone that works there to be of the highest caliber; friendly, helpful and a pleasure to inter-react with. Hopefully, I'll see everyone there on the 6th!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Critique: Michelina's Chicken Alfredo!

Nothing I could do would improve the pic
In general when I see a frozen entree on sale and for under a buck, I'm cautious. I wonder just how 'nutritious' such a meal-a-deal really could be. But, figuring, what the hey, I grabbed that one up along with another package that indicated I'd be enjoying 'beans and rice'. Yea.

The front of the package indicated that it was 'Delicious fettuccine pasta in a classic rich and creamy Alfredo sauce with chicken and broccoli'. My eyes were drawn to the word Alfredo which is synonymous with 'heart attack' for not a few nutritionists.

Seven grams of fat (3 grams saturated) were a bit of a culinary downer, even as the calorie content was a low 240 grams! Even the 660 grams of salt was not out of the ballpark, but 33 grams of carbohydrates was really over the top for a dieter like myself.

And, while it may not look like very much, the meal tasted OK. For .79 cents is was actually great. Just not a meal I'd serve to friends... unless I didn't like them.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Lunch at a small Park!

The month of September can occasionally deal out a robustly warm to hot day. The sort of day that keeps many folks inside, in air conditioned comfort. That was what normal folks did. I was cut from a more abnormal piece of cloth, and so decided to head out to see a few sights at a local Park, while enjoying a burger and fries.

A half hour before the noon hour found me in a rather short line at a McDonald's drive through just off the main drag in a town called Forsyth, MO. Since it was a Tuesday and many guys and gals were working or in school, thus I didn't have very long to wait and quickly arrived at a little order box that you have to talk into to get any food. A barely discernible and squeaky voice greeted me.

"Welcome to McDonald's, can I take your order?" For my part, I was fumbling in my pockets for my wallet and some loose change. Inevitably, a few coins got loose and fell down into an area between the seats... never to be seen again.

"Uh, yeah. I'd like a Quarter Pounder and a medium fry." I spoke this out in a reasonably loud and clear voice, while hanging half out of my car window. (Order takers seemed to us customers making the effort to be uncomfortable. That thought could have been just in my head, though).

"Would you like something to drink with that?" Came the tinny and garbled counter response. (You could tell that the order taker was a bit bored and had done this routine something like a million times).

'Nope. That's all. I brought my own with me." I could swear I heard a muffled swear word, and then a small electronic window, right across from me, lit up with my order description and the total. As usual I blinked twice when I saw the amount. (Not long ago, the cost would have been well under a buck. Those days were long gone, as it was the 21st Century).

'Please pull around to the pay window", I was instructed, and then was dismissed in favor of the next vehicle behind me. I grabbed the wheel with one hand while holding some bills and change in the other. (Each and every time I'd done this, I reflected that it all seemed a very awkward way to do a transaction. It was well into the 21st Century for chrissakes)! In a minute or two, I had pulled up to the pay window and dutifully handed over a small ransom of hard earned cash. Receipt now in hand, I then proceeded to the next and final window where I would be rewarded with what I hoped was my actual order. (Not a few times, I had driven away with someone else's order of chicken and gumbo rice or whatever). That was always an instant McBummer, each and every time.

Looking quickly into the bag, after it had been handed to me, I caught a glimpse of what looked to be the correct stuff and casually tossed it into the seat next to me. With my repast now safely ensconced in my Jeep, I then drove a relatively short distance down a Park that was situated next to the Bull Shoals Lake. It was a quarter to noon and the fabulously clear day was warming up fast!


I arrived at the Empire Park and was happy to see only a few other people out and about. Lots of water and windless days most always elevated my mood. I pulled into a parking spot and then walk over to a picnic table that was next to the water. There were just a couple of houseboats plying the calm waters and I think food always tastes a little bit better in surrounding like I was in. Apparently, so did a bunch of flies who had also developed a taste for fast food. They attacked my burger with even more gusto than me and were a constant threat. Somehow, I muddled through the meal and at the end the score was me 1, flies 0.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018

Billy Joel and all things we trust!

Not all that we desire is given or obtained very easily. Love and the pursuit of love, is the ephemeral flame of hope for us all! Love of life, love of family and love of country do form the Holy Trine.

A Mostaccioli lunch!

To all extents and purposes Mostaccioli is virtually the same sort of noodle as Penne Rigate, only without the 'rifling'. So, it's a smooth hollow pasta that I thought would be interesting to try.

Not surprisingly, cooking times in boiling water were very similar; about 10 to 12 minutes. What I really liked about a meal, such as this one is, was the ease of prep. You boil some water, throw in the pasta, stir and that's about as hard as it gets. For a sauce I used Hunt's, right out of the can, adding only a dash of oregano and red wine. The 'garlic bread' was made using a slice of regular bread, minced garlic and a little fake butter. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Taco deluxe with a salad!

A good crunchy taco falls into the world of things that make me very happy. Give me a couple of those and a beer and I'm pretty much set for the day. Sadly, beer was off the menu for lunch, so I had to settle for a simple salad with red wind vinegar, instead.

My idea of a really great taco is to keep the fixings simple and stupid...

1 hard taco shell
3 tbsp (36g) taco meat
1 tsp chopped onion
2 olives, chopped
1 leaf of Romaine, chopped
1 tsp shredded cheese
½ tsp taco sauce

OK, so not so simple. The salad, on the other hand, was plain Jane Romaine lettuce with a little chopped bell pepper. The dressing was also Red wine from Kraft. Following is the nutritional hit list!

Three hundred calories for a filling lunch time repast is not too shabby.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Trio Italiano with Hunt's pasta sauce!

There's something about a dish of hot pasta that just seems to yell 'Comfort Food'. That was the case for me, on a late August afternoon, when I sat down to a lunch that included a mix of; Rotini (spiral), Conchiglie (shell) and Penne rigate (rifled) pasta's. An interesting combo that really holds onto the pasta sauce of your choice. In my case that sauce was Hunt's pasta sauce, which is fairly cheap (under a dollar for 24 ounces when on sale), and which is also a great addition from a nutritional standpoint.

 At just 230 calories, this main entree fitted in nicely with my current dietary effort. And yes, those carbs were on the high side, but when viewed in the context of what other foods I ate that day, they were also in line as I ended up at under 100 grams! (Not shown was the nutritional impact of 30 grams of lean hamburger meat that was browned and then thrown in at the last minute). The entire meal, including the meat is shown below;

Note shown were the following ingredients; raw garlic, oregano and a dash of red wine!

Effective planning of meals with an eye to cost versus nutrition is something I feel should be taught as a required course at every High School across the country. Learning how to eat well along with good exercise are two keystones to aiding in the reduction of future health costs for everyone! This whole meal cost me under a dollar, was filling and delicious! Please give it a try!

A permanent base on the moon! Is that really needed?

A recent article by titled 'NASA Chief Wants to Send Humans to the Moon - 'To Stay' caught my interest. It was a lament on how the United States perhaps missed an opportunity. NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine stated, “When you look back at history, look back at the end of the Apollo program, 1972 when we didn't go back to the moon... you look back and there was a period of time there after Apollo and before the space shuttles when we had a gap of human spaceflight capability," Bridenstine said. "And then you go forward and look at the retirement of the space shuttles in 2011, and now we're getting to the point where we're ready to fly commercial crew. We've got a gap of about eight years in our ability to fly crew into space.

"When we think about the [end of the] International Space Station, we want to make sure that a gap doesn't materialize," he said. "I believe it is important to do everything in our power to prevent another gap from occurring and that is why it is important to start this conversation now."

I fully agree with Mr. Bridenstine. I believe that having a permanent moon base will become of great strategic geopolitical importance, in the years and decades to come. If you question that statement, just imagine Russia or China with a base of their own up there... right over our heads...

Some time ago, I wrote a tongue-in-check blog called Welcome to Mooneyville.  Perhaps getting a few convicts up their, as a cheap labor force, might help reduce costs!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Great Northern beans with ham, slow cooked!

My fast, yet slow method of cooking up a batch of Great Northern beans with ham required the following eight basic steps;

1) Measure out a cup of beans (about 233 grams).
2) Sort through beans and remove any foreign matter.
3) Rinse the beans, then place in cold water over high heat. Bring to a boil.
4) Boil for about a minute. Remove them from heat.
5) Place beans into a strainer and rinse.
6) Add beans to a 2 quart slow cooker and cover with about an inch of cold fresh water.
7) Add 1 cup chopped cured ham.
8) Set the cooker on Hi and cook for about 4 hours*. Test the beans for doneness after three hours.

After the beans have been cooked, add a little salt for taste and then serve! I often like to combine the beans over white rice, along with the chopped ham.

 This is a very nice little high carbohydrate meal-a-deal that can work for dieters, just as long as you keep the proportions within reason. For those not on a diet, it's filling and very cheap to make for anyone on a fixed income. Serves 6-8.

Notes on Great Northern beans: Great northern beans are a low-calorie, low-fat, cholesterol-free source of iron, dietary fiber, protein, and potassium. Eating beans like great northern beans regularly can reduce the risk of many potentially serious medical conditions (According to the Harvard School of Public Health).

* Slow cookers vary in the amount of heat they generate and that along with the age of the beans can affect total cooking times.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Empire Electric jacked up rates in May and I missed it!

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo- The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by Empire District to change the fuel adjustment charge (FAC) on the monthly bills of its electric customers back in May 2018.

As a result of this filing, the FAC for a residential customer using 1,000 KwH (kilowatt hours) of electricity a month will increase by approximately $5.74 a month, from approximately $1.84 a month to approximately $7.58 a month. The change is expected to take effect on June 1.

The FAC change reflects Empire’s fuel and purchased power costs for the six month period of September 2017 through February 2018 (Case No. ER-2018-0270). It also reflects Empire’s FAC true-up filing (Case No. EO-2018-0271).

Empire District serves approximately 151,700 electric customers in the Missouri counties of Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Polk, St. Clair, Stone and Taney. [Posted by KY3]

My thoughts: Just as in the convoluted and twisted tax structure we all live with, so does our utility companies have the ability to jack its customers up whenever the mood strikes them. Oh, and the money goes to the Canadian owners not to workers in the US. Yes, the taste of free money is intoxicating, isn't it? My opinion.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Mueller! See the funny little clown!

As I've never met Robert Mueller, I cannot say of what sort of 'intestinal metal' this is man is made of. I can assume he is composed of some stellar quality stuff, looking backwards at his outstanding career, in many critical roles. That said, it's very confusing for myself (and many others I'm sure), as how I should look at the convoluted series of events that have circled around him and his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. More and more while he may not actually be a clown, he seems to be viewed as one, by millions of Trump supporters... However, at the end of the day, is seems we may all look the part of a clown, from time to time....

Friday, August 10, 2018

Space Force wants you!

President Trump has indicated that Congress may be charged with the creation of a new branch of the military. (Something that hasn't happened for over 70 years). He's indicated that 2020 is the current target date! New recruits are rumored to be known as 'splats'....

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

PT 2 - Bobby Vee and True Love Waits!

I'd given up on over the air FM and was now trying for an internet streaming channel. Tough work as the powers that be do not want to hear from the likes of me.... Well, that too was a dead end. So, now I face a choice; fade in to the embers of time, or break federal law and broadcast over the airwaves, anyway..... I do hold an FCC Technicians Class license. Like that would matter.... In answer. Yes, most likely I would. Local, State and Federal laws all cite the need for suspension of actions by those who believe that the Nation is in danger. I think that might just apply here...

A representative Republic, like we have all enjoyed, is very hard to maintain. Ask the Founding Fathers. Right now. Right this minute. That fragile structure is under serious attack! 

No FM station for me! PT1.

Bummer. I wanted to set up a LPFM or low powered FM station, but discovered that you have to be a 'government entity' to do so. Of course, give me ten million or so and I could build a commercial one. That's it! Either you're rich or with the government should you want to be heard by more than a few people. Hmmm.

OK, so I think I'll try another route.... Not a true podcast, but rather something more like Pod thoughts... PT's!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Da Gary Brown Burger. A new idea in hamburgers?

Forsyth, MO. - While cooling myself at a local watering hole, recently, I noticed a man sitting next to me adding a couple of unusual condiments to his hamburger!

That gentleman, by the name of Gary Brown, informed me that he likes to apply liberal amounts of Heinz 57 and prepared horseradish to his hamburger. WTF I thought? He suggested that I might even enjoy such a strange combination.

At first, I had a few doubts, but then remembered that I often love to eat roast beef slathered with generous amounts of the Brassicaceae. When added to a burger with a little Heinz 57 (which is actually a tangy steak sauce), you get a very interesting and 'synergistic' effect that left me with a slightly runny nose! In other words, damn good burger!
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OK! As the nutritional panel at right clearly illustrates, this is a rather hearty meal-a-deal  (especially if you add a side of chips or fries)!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Enjoying pasta even while dieting!

For anyone who has had to go on a diet, I would agree that it can be tough! Food  that you might really like, as in potatoes, pasta and bread are generally included on the list of stuff you can't eat!

In my case, I look at all foods mainly in terms of just two factors; carbs and calories! If you can reign those dudes into some semblance of reason, then any diet you might try, will likely be successful. The carbohydrate intake, in particular, needs to be monitored very carefully. (I try for less than 160 grams per day). Note that going below 50 grams can throw your metabolism into a state of ketosis. A potentially bad thing for you to find yourself in - see this article for more.

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As you can see in the picture above, that's a whole lot of pasta with a simple meatless tomato sauce! And is that garlic bread? Yes. I'm guilty on both counts. But at 277 calories (290 with the Parmesan and red wine I added), this was still a very can do lunch! After having a bowl of oats for my breakfast with half a cup of milk, I had a good idea of what I could enjoy for afternoon snack and dinner!

Following was the entire day that followed. Note that I was able to reserve calories for those inevitable late night snacks....

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Exodus 3 and God reveals Himself to Moses.

'Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.'

To this day, anyone looking at the Creator could go blind. All of us exist by His Light that shines on all of us. The just and the unjust are seen... Get a grip everyone... Life is very short. Make that time work, not just for yourself, but also for good friends and family. At the end of days, our individual body's will turn to dust. Even as, the very essence of what makes us unique, will rise to new challenges.

Friday, July 20, 2018

After seeing that I had gained weight.... I made pasta!

I got down to business and made myself up a batch of pasta! What? Yes, I've always felt that when you begin to let events start to control your life, then it's time to say WTF!

Of the many pasta's I've tried, over the years, I like Penne Rigate most! It's fast to cook up (7 minutes), absorbs the sauce really well and makes my tummy very happy!

But, what about your diet, you may well ask? No biggie. Like all things food, it's really the calories you have to watch, and in the cast of pasta, it's all about portions.

According to the package, a ¾ cup (56 grams) of dried Penne will contain about 200 calories. Add a very simple tomato sauce and you would be pushing about 350 calories, all told. That's not really bad, in my book at least!

Where you have to exercise caution would be with topping like Parmesan cheese and such. The only side I like to add is a slice of garlic bread which throws another 120 or so calories into the meal mix. Still a very livable repast....