For those who have never lived in south Louisiana, you may not be familiar with the term lagniappe.
Lagniappe (pronounced [lan-yap, lan-yap) means “a little something extra” in Cajun country.
On occasion, I will try and do a “Lagniappe Blog” that will just be me scattershooting about whatever pops in the old skull.
So here we go….
**This is a very difficult time of year for the homeless and hungry in Chicago. Before throwing away clothing or any food from your pantry, think of the people who live on the margins and find a place to donate those items.
**It is normally a sign that you are going to have a good day if you get Stone In Love by Journey, anything by Sammy Hagar, REM or Steve Earle in your head while you are getting ready for work. The opposite applies for 99 Luftballons by God only knows who, Boot Scoot Boogie by Brooks and Dunn, Wang Chung or anything by Cold Play…there is a good chance your day is going to suck.
**Very interested in which way Sports Illustrated's Joe Posnanski will go with the book he is writing about Joe Paterno and Penn State. Posanski embedded himself in State College last fall to write a sympathetic piece. He sold his soul for a book deal and now we will see how that all works out.
**Gregg would like to find a Jesus Quintana lavender jumpsuit in a size 48.
**Gregg loves to hear people refer to themselves in the third person.
**I really enjoy watching the major networks scramble to cover sports stories that Deadspin, The Big Lead and Yahoo break days earlier and then spin it like its new news. If you are a sports fan, you should be reading the three above-mentioned websites. Many of the best sports journalists in the country have moved to Yahoo in the last couple of years while Deadspin and The Big Lead are great reads.
**Trying to set up an interview with NASCAR Chef, Motivational Speaker and Life Coach Virgil Cain...who can help me get in touch with him?
**Would like to know how many times I have watched Shawshank Redemption on a Ted Turner channel. Some refer to this phenomenon as being "Shawshanked" and I agree with that description.
**I almost sliced the top of my thumb off on Sunday while cutting chicken. The string of expletives used after that is the reason my cooking show would have to be on Showtime. Also, just once I would like to see one of the celebrity chefs burn the crap out of his or her finger like normal folks.
**Would like to congratulate Adam Levinson on his new position as the manager of corporate sponsorships for the Houston Rockets…Zay gezunt! Also, you might need this link Emanu El
**Still trying to catch the Drew Peterson movie on Lifetime starring Rob Lowe and according to all reports, Drew Peterson:Untouchable is compelling and rich. Of course, Xfinity On Demand (Comcast) does not have it in the listings. On another note, Xfinity On Demand (Comcast) does not have any of this season’s Finding Bigfoot episodes either. Doesn’t ON DEMAND mean I can watch a past show when it is convenient for ME? NOTE TO SELF: Gregg hates Comcast.
RECIPE OF THE WEEK: In keeping with the south Louisiana theme of this blog, you will find below a Cajun Seasoning recipe I have been using for many years. Normally, I give jars of this blend out during Christmas. I started working on this recipe because almost all of the commercial blends contained MSG and contain too much sodium. This blend is a base seasoning for many of my recipes and can be used to season just about anything…especially a Bloody Mary. Enjoy and Laissez les bons temps rouler.
8 Ounces Ground Black Pepper
5 Ounces Garlic Powder
3 Ounces Onion Powder
2 Ounces White Pepper
2 Ounces Cayenne Pepper
2 Ounces Brown Sugar
3 Ounces Paprika
2 Ounces Oregano
1 Ounce Parsley
2 Ounces Chili Powder
1 Ounce Dry Mustard
3 Cups Kosher Salt
Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Store in air-tight container for up to six months.
That is all for today…Stay Classy.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “No, sir, Mayor Daley no longer dines here. He's dead, sir.”
COMING UP: Bacon…The Candy of Meats.