Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Mardi Gras

February 13, 2018

You’re sipping hurricane cocktails and Dixie Beer and watching the Mardi Gras parades. Whoa. Mardi Gras Indians aren’t the only ones dancing today!

“Ain’t No Place to Pee on Mardi Gras Day” by Benny Antin, from the 1997 album Wild LinoleumLyrics here.

Related:

“93,000 pounds of Mardi Gras beads among debris removed during citywide catch basin cleaning project,” Helen Freund, The New Orleans Advocate

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Groundhog Day

February 2, 2018

Groundhog Day

It’s February 2nd, time to monitor Marmota monax and dream of winter’s end. Whether or not you believe in woodchuck weathermen, one thing is certain: you can’t have groundhogs if you want a backyard full of fresh garden veggies.

Groundhogs (aka woodchucks, whistlepigs, and marmots) are insecto-vegetarians and confirmed locavores. If you plan to plant this spring, harvest those hairy beasts now. Celebrate Groundhog Day with critter cuisine.

Serving suggestions:

Woodchuck au Vin

Canadian Fried Woodchuck

Groundhog Pie

Woodchuck Recipes from Michigan (Oriental Groundhog,Waco Groundhog in Sour Cream,Woodchuck Stew, Woodchuck Meat Loaf)

More groundhog lore and recipes here and here.

In his book Groundhog Day, Don Yoder reprints a classic groundhog recipe from Cooking with the Groundhog, published as a fundraiser by a hospital auxiliary in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, home of the “official” Groundhog’s Day Festival (there are more than a few others ). A Georgia groundhog is on Twitter.

Seven years ago, whilst stalking the elusive picture book Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather, we espied an ad for the Range Kleen Preseasoned Cast Iron 10 Inch Fry Pan on the book’s Amazon.com page and cooked up today’s graphic. There’s obviously no “storybook ending” to this post if you’re a groundhog.

Related:

“Eight Things You Didn’t Know About Groundhogs,” Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American blog

“Groundhogs and Ground Squirrels: Winter Prognosticators,”  Sharol Nelson-Embry, Quest

“40 years of groundhog forecasts, mapped,” Kennedy Elliott and Shelly Tan, Washington Post

“Punxsutawney Phil: incompetent — or evil?” Phil Edwards, Vox

“Depressed Groundhog Sees Shadow Of Rodent He Once Was,”The Onion

“Where Did Groundhog Day Come From? ” Mental Floss

“A Short History of Groundhog Day,” Danny Lewis, Smithsonian.com

“Groundhog Day Explained,” CGP Grey (video)

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Image (“Marmot sauté, after John James Audubon”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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This Is the New Year

January 1, 2018

‘This Is the New Year,” written by Ian Axel and performed by him with Chad King as A Great Big World. in 2012. Video director: Leiv Parton.

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Happy New Year

January 1, 2018

“Happy New Year,” from ABBA in 1980. written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.

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After New Years Eve

January 1, 2018

“After New Years Eve,” written by James “Shep” Sheppard and William Henry Miller and recorded by The Heartbeats. James Sheppard sings the lead vocal.

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Corrido de Auld Lang Syne

January 1, 2018

“Corrido de Auld Lang Syne” by Little Bobby Rey and his Band, an early LA Chicano pop band (also called “The Masked Phantom Band”) in about 1960. “Corrido” here means the music is in a galloping rhythm. Mr. Rey learned the saxophone from Earl Bostic.

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Auld Lang Syne

January 1, 2018

“Auld Lang Syne,” lyrics written by Robert Burns in 1788, set to a traditional tune, rendered by Andrew Bird in 2012.

Andrew Bird website.

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Auld Lang Syne Boogie

January 1, 2018

“Auld Lang Syne Boogie,” recorded by the jump blues band of sax player Freddie Mitchell in 1949. Rip Harrington is on piano.

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Auld Lang Syne

January 1, 2018

“Auld Lang Syne,” lyrics written by Robert Burns in 1788, set to a traditional tune, rendered by The Real McKenzies, a Canadian Celtic Punk band, with Gord Taylor on the highland pipes.

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Auld Lang Syne

January 1, 2018

“Auld Lang Syne,” by Guy Lombardo & his Royal Canadians, a familiar sound to baby boomers, since this band appeared on the live New Year’s Eve telecasts of the “ball drop” in Times Square in the Fifties, Sixties, and early Seventies. The band had filled the same role on radio, starting in 1929.

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