Lagniappe: Service Poodles, Secret Chicken Sauce, Punxsutawney Phil and NBC Sports

 Lagniappe:  Service Poodles, Secret Chicken Sauce, Punxsutawney Phil and NBC Sports

Hello friends.

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.

This post is just me scattershooting about whatever pops in the old skull.

So here we go…

TRAVEL STORY OF THE WEEK:  PRECIOUS THE SERVICE POODLE

In the photo above, you will see a picture of Precious (name changed to protect the innocent and also to avoid any potential legal action) the Service Poodle who flew next me on a flight to Dallas a few weeks ago.

As a frequent flyer, I often see a pet flying with its owner in the main cabin.  Most of the pets that I see are in a pet carrier or a service dog for the visually impaired.  Precious did not seem to fit either of the previous descriptions at first glance.

Precious did have a tag that said "SERVICE ANIMAL", but most of the service dogs I have seen are much larger breeds.  This tag of course appealed to my inquisitive nature so I took the liberty of asking the owner what type of services Precious provided for her.

The woman very rudely explained to me that he provided "multiple services" but his primary functions were "stress relief" and "emotional support."  With her curt manner, I took it that this was probably not the first time she has been asked that question.

Also, Precious was very smartly attired I might add, sporting a plaid bow tie around his neck.

Of course, I am sure the $125 per flight pet fee had nothing to do with Precious being trained for these therapeutic duties.

I think I am going to send our cat Tigger to an Amish training schoolsomewhere in the mountains of West Virginia and then file the necessary paperwork so Tigger can begin accompanying me both to the office an on the road...fulfilling my dream of having a "stress" cat.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK:  CHICKEN TENDER SAUCE

One of my favorite places to eat when I head back home to Texas is Raising Cane’s.  Founded in Baton Rouge, Raising Cane’s has a very simple formula:  fried chicken tenders/fingers, crinkle cut fries, cole slaw, Texas Toast and a secret sauce.

The simplicity of the concept and the quality of the product has made Raising Cane’s one of the nation’s fastest growing chains.

Raising Cane’s signature item is the Cane's Sauce.  In fact, all employees must sign a confidentiality agreement regarding any details about this “secret” sauce.

Having become a big fan of the sauce, I began a quest to develop a similar tasting sauce.  Once I started my research, I found an interesting item.  It seems as if both  the Raising Cane’s concept and its “secret” sauce maybe based upon a restaurant  called Guthrie’s located in Auburn, Ala.  Guthrie’s has been open since 1965.

This is the recipe for Guthrie’s Sauce:

1⁄2 cup Mayonnaise

1⁄4 cup Ketchup

1⁄2 tablespoon Garlic Powder

1⁄2 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

1 teaspoon Paprika

Generous amount of black pepper (cover surface two or three times and mix in)

Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.

GF NOTE:  This recipe is definitely close to the Cane’s Sauce.  The differences in flavor can be attributed to the brand of ingredients used.

Whether you have ever eaten at Raising Cane’s or not, you should try this recipe sometime.

RANDOM THOUGHTS:

**How drunk are the cats that bring out Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day?  Gregg would like one of those stylish top hats.

**NBC Sports Network is covering the Super Bowl the way it should be covered with news, interviews, solid observations and perspectives.  NBC is doing this without interjecting themselves into the stories.  Imagine that, real sports coverage for a change.

**It looks like I will have a special celebrity interview next week for the blog…exciting stuff.

**Gregg likes his chicken spicy.

**22 Days until Daytona…Git Sum!!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “It rubs the lotion on its skin.”

COMING UP:  Bacon…The Candy of Meats.

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