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  • I found it hard to believe that Greeks rather than Italians invented pizza. Greeks were the first known to bake large, round, and flat breads which they topped with olive oils, spices, potatoes, and various other items. The bread was a simple combination of flour, oil, salt, and yeast. The word pizza was first known in Naples, Italy, in the 16th century. It came to mean a flat bread with a cheese topping.
  • The Rorschach ink blot test is named after its creator, Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach. It’s a method of psychological evaluation and is used to try to examine the personality characteristics and emotional functioning of patients. Failing the test is not all bad. After all, if you’re normal, people will accept you. If you’re deranged, they’ll elect you to Congress.
  • Before we get into today’s subject, I have some news to share from one of our readers. It's a request from an original resident of Bailey, Texas, who now lives in Virginia. He's Harold Newman and he's looking for a cookbook that was published by the Bonham First United Methodist Church in 1994.
  • While in college, I had Persian friends who always parted by saying "Khoda Hafez." They told me that it meant "God protect you" as we Westerners often say "goodbye" as a contraction of "God be with you."
  • When history becomes forgotten or is not taught then it becomes a history to be repeated. Such is the case over time.
  • I love fresh chile peppers of any kind. However, when it comes to nachos made at home, I want the pickled jalapenos. I can’t explain why but those nachos just taste better with the pickled peppers. At least to me. If you prefer the fresh ones, please use them in this recipe instead.
  • Rivalry comes in many forms. And, by the way, it's alive and well in Alabama.
  • I fell in love with Thai cuisine completely by accident several years ago. Many popular Thai dishes came from China via Hokkien people starting in the 15th century and the Teochew people starting in the 18th century.
  • According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), an American is sexually assaulted every 107 seconds.
  • Recently, I have become enamored with Ree Drummond on the TV food channel. When a particular dish looks good, I go to her Pioneer Woman website to get the recipe. My problem is that I fail to take into consideration the size crowd the item will feed. Rather than altering the recipe for her hungry family of 6 so that Lanny and I won't be choking on the same dish for six weeks, I follow it to the letter. Blech!
  • 'Circle the wagons' cry the talking heads bugling that being a citizen of the United States is equal to being a Natural Born Citizen; thus citizen is qualified constitutionally for President of the United States (POTUS).
  • In areas of the world whose cultures do not recognize a difference between religion and politics, western journalists (especially from countries that do separate church and state) are not prepared to understand the complexities involved. If Islam and its many branches are confusing to US journalists, the complexity of religion in the USA can be almost as confusing.