Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
The good people from Village Lutheran Church in Lacombe Louisiana returned to the campus yesterday and put on their annual Jambalaya Fest for all students, staff and families. This is a huge thing around here, so very popular. The members of the church and their pastor, Paul Ernewein, work all day preparing authentic Louisiana food and then serve it up. All this done so very cheerfully because they love Concordia Seminary. And everyone here appreciates this beyond words. During the morning chapel Pastor Erwein was surprised by an announcement that a scholarship was being given in his name to a seminary student each year.
Chapel picture of Pastor Ernewein and his wife Peggy after receiving the scholarship news from Dale
Then a photo with the couple who gave the scholarship, Tim and Nanci Weckworth in honor of his mother Jean along with the first recipient, Alex Hoffmeyer.
And, all of the people who came up from Lacombe to help this year.
The the eating! The line was long, the crowd dense, the mood great.
and on and on it went til everyone had eaten as much as they could hold.
This story made me feel almost faint. There seems to be a chocolate shortage and some culinary brains in India have come with a plan to substitute Mango for chocolate. A new study says, wild mango butter may be chemically and physically similar enough to cocoa butter to act as a replacement.
Call me skeptical, but I doubt this and hope a way to keep the cocoa bean growing is found. I'm a purist and, yes, rigid, in what I eat or drink, but I just do not like fruit put into things that have nothing to do with the original. Like pumpkin in beer. Fruit is coming into everything these days and what's up with all the grapefruit in things?
If you can't find something to do in St. Louis this Labor Day weekend you aren't trying. There's the Blues Fest on the riverfront, the Japanese Festival in the Missouri Botanical Garden, an art fair in Queeny Park, a Latin Music Festival in Ballpark Village, The Gateway Cup bike race through all sorts of St. Louis neighborhoods, a Labor Day parade downtown on Monday and the famous Greek Fest from Saturday through Monday at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox church in the Central West End.
We always go to the Greek Fest on the Sunday afternoon, great food and huge crowds, lots of music and the uniquely Greek wine. I have pictures from the Greek fest going back many years and came across this picture of the now ten year old Christian when he was about 18 months old.
Facebook has a page named, Vintage St. Louis which posts great old photos from the city's past. Yesterday they put up an old newspaper ad for White Castle in which a beauty contest winner made the claim-"Miss Georgette Norris recommends balanced diet of White Castle Hamburgers."
One a year or so I get a sack of White Castles because for some reason they hit the spot like nothing else. But I'd probably not consider them a balanced diet.
It wasn't enough that state fairs created the fried Twinkies, fried Oreos, fried lots of stuff, even fried bubble gum, but this year the Texas state fair offered Fried Jello which actually won the Most Creative award.
A classic cherry-flavored Jell-O in a panko-crusted breading is flash-fried to perfection and then dusted with powdered sugar. Prepared with a tasty topping of whipped cream and a cherry garnish.
This story popped up and you have to wonder if the woman in the center of it will be forbidden to do anymore cooking. Confession time, I'm paranoid about food poisoning, I obsess over temperature, how long something has sat out, how old are the leftovers. As soon as we're finished eating, I am quickly getting what's left in the fridge. Two days in there is long enough before it's tossed. So this story is my worst nightmare.
"A family in the northern province of Tekirdağ is once again recovering from food poisoning, after a dinner party they threw to show gratitude to God for helping them get over their earlier illness not only made them sick, but their guests as well."
25 Members of this extended family spent a week in the hospital with food poisoning after the first dinner. Then: "Upon returning home they decided to hold a “gratitude dinner” with their neighbors for recovering their health, as well to get over the negative incident they had experienced. They sacrificed an animal to God and invited their neighbors over for dinner.
However, the family started to suffer from the same symptoms, as did the neighbors who attended the dinner.
A total of 25 people were hospitalized for food poisoning, 21 of whom were discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment."
The woman of the family who had done the cooking both times said, "that she would be more careful about preserving food. She also said they had become more selective of their food after the incidents."
For sure. And, maybe someone else should take over the duty.
I'm telling you it's getting harder and harder to get down the aisles in most Schnucks stores. That company is having its issues with unions and not for profit groups after they outsourced their warehouse and then put an end to allowing girl scouts sell cookies and the Salvation Army collect money in their kettles at Christmas.
But boy they make it hard to shop normally. At one time Schnucks stocked shelves over night, but since they stopped that, there are stockers with carts and big boxes blocking most aisles all the time. Today there was only one aisle that was free and that was the one that had the odd stuff like distilled water and shoelaces. Some aisles allowed one shopper at a time to squeeze through, others the boxes and stocker left no space.
And, with a few exceptions, the men doing the stocking act like they don't notice anyone trying to get a product or get through. I just don't get this.
Here's one lane this morning.
There is much more stuff and carts in front of all those boxes which extend to the check out area, over half the right side of this aisle was blocked. There was no one working it at this point, I guess he went back for more, so I was able to get to the canned nuts.
Barbeque has become quite the food trend these days with many new places opening and current places expanding. For the most part, each place packs them in. And so it is that Collinsville now has a new BBQ place on Vandalia in the former Pay Day Loan spot just south of Shop N Save. The reviews have been very good and beyond the meats, the sides have gotten high marks.
This is going to be our next carry out dinner over there. Although...I saw a picture someone posted of their dinner at La Gardenia and it made me remember how much I love that place in State Park and want to go again.
According to a news story on KMOV, Schnucks grocery stores across St. Louis City and County are experiencing delivery problems and even leaving shelves bare at some stores. Many union workers believe this is due to the company's switch to a non union warehouse while Schnucks says it's due to high customer traffic, a power outage at their IT building and the transition to the new warehouse.
I've noticed a bit of this empty shelves, but since Schnucks always has employees stocking shelves with their big carts in the middle of aisles, I never thought much of it. What I have experienced is a upturn in broken crackers in the Triscuits we buy. Maybe this is for the same reason.
Actually, the transition to a new warehouse and employees which even Schnucks mentions, must be a large part of the reasons.