Wednesday Reader August 30

HUMOR + HEART + MANGO CHUTNEY RECIPE

GREETINGS
FROM CHERYL CLARSON

We’ve had a teeny-tiny reprieve from the triple digits!  Relief.  Crazy to believe that 95* feels like a gift.  But it sure does!

Walking my 3 miles – got a little more pep-in-my-step!  ha

Presenting Wednesday Reader!

Line up –

Quick Question – what unnerves me but doesn’t seem to bother a mass majority?  My answer to that would be lack of common manners.  Manners = Class.  You?

RIDDLE – I didn’t guess the riddle answer.  However, now that I know the answer.  No-Brainer.

Tracy Beckerman’s column regarding wearing white after Labor Day … Great read!

Leslie Elman’s Trippy Trivia – I can’t get enough of her collections!

THINGS IT TOOK ME 50 years to learn

9 down.  If someone is cool to you but un-cool to a server – pay attention.  Straight up!  Truth

Mango Chutney recipe is phenomenal.

From my longtime catering friend, Chris Mesmer, in the Film business.  We go way back in the time machine.  Lots of laughter + hard work + more laughter because we were all in it together.
I hope that I have presented the recipe properly, Chris, – if not – please set us straight!

Fun backstory on Chris
We worked this show “A Beautiful Country” – Nick Nolte + other actors.  The majority of the show had been shot in Vietnam and Production came to Dallas to finish the show for like 2 weeks.  It was labeled low budget.

It was winter and it was chilly for sure.

So we all signed up – didn’t have anything else going on at the time for that 2 weeks.

Production didn’t have any dough $$ in the budget for Chris to feed the Crew – other than snacks.
So guess what Chris did?  She took a brisket out of her freezer – prepared it – and made chili out of it.  BEST BRISKET CHILI EVER!  (Yeah, Chris, totally remember.)

AND – when I called Chris to tell her of Peter’s passing, she found me super soon.  Made the long trek from Frisco to Midlothian – gonna say it was 2 hours one way.

She brought a beautiful bottle of red wine, high end cheese and crackers.  We spent the afternoon together.  Meant so much to me.  (Yep, Chris, will always remember and never forget.  Thank you.)

We are super grateful for giving us a piece of your Wednesday + commenting + sharing.  Enjoy the read!

We’ll see ya Friday!

POP Quiz

POP QUIZ

  1.   IN UGANDA, A STREET FOOD SANDWICH OF A VEGETABLE OMELET WRAPPED IN FLATBREAD HAS WHAT FANCY NAME?
    a) Cadillac
    b) Chanel
    c) Rolex
    d) Vuitton
  2.   THE NBA’s TORONTO RAPTORS MOVED TO TORONTO FROM WHAT CITY?
    a) Buffalo, New York
    b) Memphis, Tennessee
    c) Vancouver, British Columbia
    d) None; they were an expansion team
  3.  IN NORSE MYTHOLOGY, HUGINN AND MUNINN ARE WHAT TYPE OF CREATURES WHO SERVE THE god ODIN?
    a) Black bears
    b) Elves
    c) Ravens
    d) Snakes

Body Snatcher

QUICK QUESTION

WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT UNNERVES YOU BUT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE DON’T SEEM TO BE BOTHERED BY?

The Invisible Man

POP QUIZ ANSWERS

    1.  In Uganda, a street food sandwich of a vegetable omelet wrapped in flatbread is called a rolex.
    2.  The Toronto Raptors joined the NBA as an expansion team in 1995.
    3.  Huginn and Muninn are ravens that serve the Norse god Odin.

~ COPYRIGHT 2023 LESLIE ELMAN
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THINGS IT TOOK ME OVER 50 YEARS TO LEARN

  • Never underestimate the power of taking a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
  • If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved – and never will achieve – its full potential, that word would be — meetings.
  • People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
  • You should not confuse your career with your life.
  • Nobody cares if you can’t dance well.  Just get up and dance.
  • Never lick a steak knife.
  • The most destructive force in the Universe is gossip.
  • There comes a time when you should stop expecting people to make a big deal about your birthday.  That time is age 11.
  • A person who is nice to you, but rude to a waiter/waitress is not a nice person.  (Very important – never fails.  Pay attention.)
  • Your friends love you anyway.
  • Never be afraid to try something new.  Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark.  A group of professionals built the Titanic.

~ Compiled by Peter Clarson

DON’T LET YESTERDAY TAKE UP TOO MUCH OF TODAY.

~ Will Rogers ~

(( Starve the landfills.  Recycle. ))

RIDDLE ME THIS

YOU WALK INTO A DARK ROOM HOLDING A MATCH AND FIND A KEROSENE LAMP, A CANDLE AND A FIREPLACE.
WHICH DO YOU LIGHT FIRST?

Mango Chutney

MANGO CHUTNEY

This fantastic recipe is a genuine gift from my long-time friend, Chris.  She was a caterer in the film industry.  Everyone loved her fresh food + fresh take on outside-the-box offerings for all of us going through the “lunch line.”  Everything Chris made/makes is stellar.    Chris says, “In all my catering menus or just hanging out on the table.  My kind of condiment!  This Mango Chutney works with EVERYTHING!  Chicken, Pork, Burgers, rice – you name it.  Mixes well with mayonnaise & mustards, too.”
Thanks, Chris!

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 4 – 5 large mangoes, peeled and diced small
  • 1 medium red onion, diced small
  • 1 med red bell pepper, cleaned, seeded and diced small
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped fine
  • 1 tsp ground Turmeric
  • 2 tsp. mustard seed
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes

NOW

Saute onion, garlic and red bell pepper in a large skillet or small stock pot with a little bit of olive oil.  Just enough for sauteing.

NEXT – ADD

Ginger, mustard seeds and spices.

NOW – ADD

Mango, raisins, brown sugar, vinegar.

SIMMER

45 minutes on low – stirring occasionally.

Spoon into 4-5 pint jars.  Cap tightly with lids.

FREEZES WELL

~ from Chris Mesmer, 14 Carrots Catering Company

RIDDLE ANSWER

THE MATCH

Wednesday Reader August 30

LOST IN SUBURBIA

FALL FASHION FAUX PAS
BY TRACY BECKERMAN

For most people, the arrival of Labor Day means dealing with back-to-school issues and end-of-summer matters.  But for me, there is a burning question of much greater importance:

Can I or can I not wear white after Labor Day?
I know, I’m a deep thinker.

I used to think that this rule was nonnegotiable, like no pajamas in public, no socks with sandals and no bikini bottoms on men.  (Truth be told, I have violated the first two but vehemently support the third).  And while I have toed the no-white-wearing line, I always thought this was kind of a random edict.  I mean, why Labor Day?  Why not stop wearing white after Halloween?  Or Thanksgiving?  We always wish for a white Christmas, so wouldn’t it make more sense to stop wearing white on Dec. 26 instead?

The No White After Labor Day police were always so emphatic in the stance that I even worried about walking around with a white dog after Labor Day.  Naturally he can’t help what color he comes in, so I assume he’s excused.  But what about all the brides that get married after Labor Day?  How come they’re given a pass on the white rule?  If we’re being fair, they should really be forced to wear a gown that’s pink or blue, or some other color that simply isn’t white.  Of course, I don’t want to be the one to tell them.  Brides scare me more than the No White After Labor Day police.

Meanwhile, I wonder who came up with this concept in the first place.  I suspect it is the same person who came up with other random rules like the toilet paper has to hang over the top, toothpaste should be squeezed from the bottom and Pittsburgh should have an “h” at the end.

What’s really not fair, though, is that just as I was beginning to accept the No White After Labor Day rule, someone went and changed it.  Now it seems “summer white” is still a no-no after Labor Day, but “winter white” is OK.  For someone like me who sees no discernible difference between summer white and winter white, this is even more troublesome than the original rule.  What happens if I mi them up and wear summer white after Labor Day?  Will I be twice cited for wearing white after Labor Day and also for not knowing the difference between summer white and winter white?  If that happened, I’d be walking a white dog to boot, I might actually end up on fashion probation with little hope of ever being allowed to shop at White House Black Market again.

Personally, I look terrible in white and own very little white clothing, summer white or winter white, so it’s unlikely that things will get this out of hand.  But on the off chance that I might slip and go out in a white T-shirt or white socks after Labor Day, I think I should have a little insurance.

So, maybe, I’ll get a black dog.

~ Tracy Beckerman is the author of the Amazon Bestseller, “Barking at the Moon:  A Story of Life, Love, and Kibble.”
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Fascinating Stuff

FASCINATING STUFF

  • Long before he declared himself president of Uganda in 1971, Idi Amin had a career as a boxer.  Some reports say he was the undefeated light-heavyweight (possibly heavyweight) champ of East Africa in the late 1950s.  Other reports are vague about his record, but no one disputes Amin’s passion for inflicting punishment.  He was a despot among his own people and wasn’t above picking fights outside his realm.  He even challenged Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere to a boxing match to resolve a dispute between the two nations.  Nyerere wisely ignored the invitation.
  • In 1923, fossil hunters from the American Museum of Natural History found a dinosaur skeleton near a nest of fossilized dinosaur eggs in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert.  Figuring the dinosaur was close to the nest because it was stealing the eggs (some 80 million years ago, mind you) they named it oviraptor, which means “egg thief.”  Then in 1993, more dinosaur eggs were found, only these contained fossilized embryos related to oviraptors.  Turns out oviraptors didn’t steal eggs; they hatched them in nests as birds do.
  • The English word “geyser” comes from the Icelandic verb “geysa,” which means to gush.”  Why Icelandic?  Because historical records from Iceland dating back to the 13th century mention a gushing spout of water called Geysir, located about 60 miles northeast of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik.  When Geysir goes dormant, which it has done for extended periods throughout history, people have tried all sorts of ways to wake it up, including pouring soap into its spout.  Apparently, this works, but don’t try it at home!
  • Bright-yellow sunflowers have been a symbol for nuclear disarmament since the 1980s, reminding people that the sun is the world’s biggest, most reliable power generator.  But sunflowers have another use in protecting us from negative effects of nuclear radiation:  They can absorb certain radioactive substances from contaminated water.  Tests using sunflowers for phytoremediation, as it’s called, were done after the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986 and the Fukushima accident in 2011.

~ COPYRIGHT 2023 LESLIE ELMAN
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5 replies
  1. Chris says:

    Hey Cheryl….thanks for the Shout Out! Honored to be in the same DayMaker with Peter’s wisdoms!
    Enjoy the Chutney!
    Chris

  2. Marty says:

    I’m on the mango chutney recipe since it works so well with a variety of foods.

    Regarding Daymakers question: WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT UNNERVES YOU BUT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE DON’T SEEM TO BE BOTHERED BY? I vote RUDNESS! I’m stunned by the growing number of people who are flat out rude – men, women, boys and girls who seemingly pride themselves on, “I don’t care about you, or you, or you!” Don’t they get that they are drinking their own poison?

    • Carol says:

      Totally agree on both counts: love the the chutney’s versatility and detest rude people. Sadly our society has lost its civility.

      Great issue, as always.

    • dixie bostick says:

      I am 100% with you-rudeness in today’s world world. I just don’t get it. I am sometimes quiet and not very engaging; this, I know, and to some, may come off as rudeness; however, I sure hope not.

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