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Roasting New Mexico Hatch Chilies in New Orleans!

My daughter went to her local Rouse’s grocery store (the one on Tchoupitoulas a block or so up from Napoleon) and out in the front they were roasting chili peppers.  I asked if they were Hatch chilies and she confirmed they were! She’s not noted this ever before in New Orleans, and in […]

I have been puzzling with this one for days…

Shouldn’t that verb be “set” or “pour?”

(on South Lamar in Oxford)

“With the blood from my body I could start my own still” Country Music has the drinking-didn’t-solve-the-problem thing covered. Some examples.

Anderson sought some country songs that alcohol brought you down, but the drugs that brought you up were illegal.  With the not-complete answer of “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” I noted that country had the alcohol-didn’t-do-it-thing covered, completely.  I wanted to post some links here to some of those songs that came to mind about […]

There will be hogs: Here’s the 2-hog barbecue pit under construction at John Currence’s Lamar Lounge


John Currence is having a pit built behind the Lamar Lounge that looks to me about able to hold two whole hogs.   There’s already a hardwood woodpile nearby.  The pits and structure are very reminiscent of those at Ricky Parker’s Scotts Barbecue in Lexington, Tennessee.  Parker was the master […]

You only think you have a large record collection, or, this could actually be the end of all music.



This is how 250,000 records in a hoarder house looks.  More at Dangerous Minds.  Link courtesy Ponderosa Stomp on Facebook.

Lolis Ellie book event for Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans at Lamar Lounge on August 22nd

Writer Lolis Elie (author of the fine barbecue book Smokestack Lightening among others) has just published a book called Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans.  Lolis worked and wrote for the HBO series Treme throughout, and has assembled this book to represent home and restaurant cooking in the various communities […]

Some more stop and frisk quotes, plus the opinion itself

The opinion overturning New York’s stop and frisk policy starts with three quotes:

Courts can take no better measure to assure that laws will be just than to require that laws be equal in operation.

— Railway Express Agency v. People of State of New York, 336 U.S. 106, 112–13 (1949) (Jackson, J., concurring)


Quote for the day (Judge Scheindlin striking down New York’s stop and frisk policy)

In ruling the New York Police policy of cause-less stop and frisk unconstitutional, Federal District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin made the following statement in rejecting the city’s argument that the stop and frisk policy worked well:

Many police practices may be useful for fighting crime — preventive detention or coerced confessions, for example, but because […]

The Browns are now producing buttermilk (and a buttermilk dressing recipe)

Brown Family Dairy Farm has now unveiled buttermilk (it may not be brand spanking new, but this is the first I have encountered it).  The Farmers Market on old Highway 7 had half-gallon containers today, and I got one.

My experience is that the few times I have had real farm buttermilk, it was […]

Dylan, Pretty Saro. Amazing.

Folks who have followed Dylan back to the sixties will remember the extreme hostility to his record Self-Portrait (the Rolling Stone review by Greil Marcus had a great lede– What is this shit?). Well, the new record in his bootleg series is outtakes from that album. This version of an Appalachian ballad, Pretty Saro, […]