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.
I've never heard of Nature's Bakery, but it seems they are not seeing bread and donuts (!) as worthwhile for their business. Seriously folks, what comes to mind when you hear the word bakery? "Nature's Bakery will focus on its core business: natural, healthy foods. It manufactures fig bars."
Natural healthy food and fig bars. Pardon my French but OMG.
Somewhere in London a family's home was destroyed and the family dog was killed by a fire which broke out from sunlight shining on a jar of Nutella. The sun reflecting off glass items has apparently caused at least five other fires in London in recent months.
Wow! When we were kids the story went that a toy magnifying glass held over a dry leaf in the sun could set the leaf on fire. We all tried this at least once, but I have no memory of any actual fire. But glass does hold heat for sure, it's just hard to take in that the Nutella would catch fire.
Nutella is very popular in the food world right now, just be careful out there people.
We haven't trapped any raccoons from our property in Collinsville this year, but after several years of catching dozens, these two stories affect me two ways, either they make me laugh or give me chills.
First this video of a couple from Maryland with a bag of Doritos being surrounded by what appears to be hundreds of raccoons. If you haven't seen it, take a look, it's mind boggling and would fit quite nicely into my nightmares.
Then a story out of Los Angeles about the health department trying to take action against a grocery store which has been selling raccoon meat. Entire raccoons, frozen, bagged, and selling for $9.99 per pound. This seems to be a no-no out in LA, or at least there is no regulation in place for making sure these things are safe.
I wonder, even though I wouldn't eat raccoon no matter how much you paid me, if possibly we might find them for sale at Soulard Market. They often have many exotic meats and live animals for sale.
In any event we've seen way too many raccoons up close and personal to ever think they were cute or edible.
I have to share the dessert table our food service put out for the Board of Regents dinner last night. It almost made me wish I was a regent.
The rich flourless cake looked good by themselves but the little pots of salted caramel under chocolate creamy something, almost creamy fudge, was unbelievable. I was pretty thrilled when our chef heard me agonizing over the lushishness of those pots and set one aside for me. Dale brought it home and oh, man, so good.
Nabisco has put out a new Oreo cookie they call S'mores Oreo (no bonfire needed) which you can guess from the name they are S'mores flavored. But an internet wag commented that an even better name would have been, S'moreos.
Also, Nabisco is bringing out Red Velvet Cake Oreos. Seems like Nabisco is again adding a million new flavors to what was an almost perfect original, the Oreo. The company did this a couple of years ago with their Triscuit line, again an almost perfect cracker in its original manifestation. They tricked up the recipe to the first which made it horrible tasting and then added a million other flavored Triscuits. Don't believe me? Go the the store and look at all the Triscuit variations.
So far they haven't been able to find a way to alter chocolate chip cookies.
All of a sudden this beer is finally available in the St. Louis area. For years you just could not get it in the home of Anheuser Busch brewing. It is by far the best everyday beer and could only be found in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan and Iowa. In other words, the upper midwest. It's a very smooth beer and the bottles have attractive ridges, a hidden and secret gem from A-B.
It is so satisying to now see it in Schnucks and Dierbergs and other places which sell beer in St. Louis. It isn't even on the Michelob web page, but I'm happy it's available.