This is the story of the younger me self breaking into the old me self’s house.
And hey, might I mention that I have books as the Topatoco Store, or that a lot of these strips are still for sale and would make great gifts?
Maybe you can wipe off the 2011 appearance schedule and substitute a 2013 schedule? Or else just wipe the slate clean?
Not a thing in the world wrong with keeping a few ‘zas in the freezer. The cheaper the better. I pay about US$3 apiece for mine and I keep about a dozen on hand in case my grandson descends upon me with a horde of ravenous classmates. Takes 15 min to heat the oven and about that long to cook three of them at a time. The kids don’t seem to mind the cheapo pizzas, especially when I also keep on hand extra cheeses (mozzarella and others) and also pepperoni (which I snack upon myself, straight from the fridge). They add extras like chopped onion, bacon, popcorn shrimp, pineapple, mozzarella or other cheeses, pepperoni, peanuts, anchovies or even thin sliced ham, bologna or chicken/turkey breast. That’s why I buy cheapo pizzas – the extras add it up. One football player put on sardines, jalapenos, onion, Tabasco and pineapple. He ate it all, too.
Diet and regular sodas as well as juices, salty sacks like pretzels, chips (potato and corn – especially blue corn), salsas, picante, sour cream to make dips with, Velveeta cheese and canned chili to make dip, you name it. Of course there is also oatmeal, bulgur, couscous, other grains, fish, poultry, vegetables, fruit and other good things. But kids can eat and digest almost anything and thrive on it. If I know they’re coming I get out some frozen burger patties (homemade) and fire up the gas grill. Or thaw some homemade chili and get out the peanut butter, bread and jelly if there aren’t too many. High school kids will eat almost anything, even healthy food, but they prefer snacks and pizza or burgers and dogs.
I’m with Ted on this one. Calling “carob” a chocolate substitute is like calling tofu burgers a meat substitute — IOW, an obscenity. These foods (or food-like substances, take your pick) may be perfectly fine on their own, with unique flavors that might be tasty. But sir, I know my meat, and “textured vegetable protein” is no meat.
@War Pig, speaking of feeding teens, have you ever tried any of your ghost-pepper chile on any of your grandson’s friends? I’m wagering one bite of that would have any of those big football players stretched out on the floor, whimpering like little girls. Even the one who put jalapenos and Tobasco on his pizza.
@Muzhik, No, because I don’t wanna be sued by angry parents and /or arrested by the local sheriff’s department. Those things are NOT for the young. Nobody under 21 allowed to imbibe and then only with a stern warning. I can barely tolerate it and I’ve had practice. The first time I tried one in India (a Naga pepper, another name for them as they bite like a cobra), I thought I WAS gonna become a ghost. I’ve drank raw cobra venom and had less harmful results than with the ghost chilies The worst I’ll let my grandson eat is cooked-down habaneros.
I would have reacted in exactly the same way as Ted, too.
Another one to ad to the list; American ‘cheese’ (pasteurized cheese-like food product, as I recall the labeling). No relation to actual cheese of any sort!
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