What all the fireworks are about

QT takes a  moment every Fourth of July to remember a walk it once took along Devon Avenue in Chicago.
There were stops at a Kosher-style delicatessen run by a Korean and a Filipino laundromat run by an Iraqi.
QT then stopped for slice of Pakistani-style pizza served by a Russian waitress who was reading a Spanish novel in English translation.
“Do you like American food?” QT asked.
“Oh, yes.”
“What is your favorite American food?”
“French fries.”
Happy Fourth of July!

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Baked on the Fourth of July

News  Headline: “Five no-sweat recipes for the Fourth of July.”
As we consider recipes that contain no sweat, it may be time for QT’s annual last-minute Fourth of July recipe reminder.
It has to do with meatloaf.
QT created the recipe for a Fourth of July some years ago after noticing a different special ingredient emphasized in each of seven different meatloaf recipes–fresh garlic, chives, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, Parmesan cheese, pickle juice and mayonnaise.
The question:
What could possibly go wrong if all seven were emphasized at once?
The answer:
From the many ingredients, one meatloaf.
The E Pluribus Meatloaf.
So for your Fourth of July:

3 pounds lean ground beef
3 eggs (lightly beaten)
1 cup ketchup
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
salt to taste
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 onion (peeled and finely grated)
2 cloves of garlic (peeled and crushed)
1/4 cup chopped chives
1 heaping tablespoon mayonnaise
2 tablespoons pickle juice
1 handful of Parmesan cheese.
Mix, form into a loaf  and cover with still more ketchup .
Cook at 350 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours, or until done.
Makes nine servings.
Calories per serving: 570.

The owner of a Chicago restaurant informed QT that he liked the meatloaf so much he was adding it to his menu.
And on the menu it stayed.
Until the restaurant closed.
Happy Fourth of July!

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GovernMania MMXIX

Donald Trump regarding homelessness in the United States:
“It’s a phenomena that started two years ago. It’s disgraceful. I’m going to maybe–and I’m looking at it very seriously–we’re doing some other things that you probably noticed like some of the very important things that we’re doing now. But we’re looking at it very seriously, because you can’t do that.”
Lest we forget that “Idiocracy” isn’t a satire.
It’s a documentary.

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