Serendipity Sauce

I’m going to interrupt the broadcast of the uninterrupted documentation of the perpetual decline of Western Civilization here at Logipundit to share this new recipe I basically came upon by accident. As we are currently impoverished, spaghetti is a pretty big staple at chez Broussard. My common recipe is simple:

1 lb. ground meat
12 oz. tomato paste
3 cups water
1 McCormick’s Thick and Zesty spaghetti sauce*
2 tbl oregano, 1 for meatballs, 1 for sauce
2 tbl basil, 1 for meatballs, 1 for sauce
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp paprika for the meatballs
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 to 1 onion
1/2 lb cremini or button mushrooms.
1/4 cup parmesan

(*yes, I can replicate the McCormick’s flavor without it, but why should I? If you think I’m cheating, ask yourself if you ever been to a high end restaurant where they used canned mushrooms. I know I have.)

Brown the meatballs and onions, put everything in the slow cooker, go to sleep, wake up and voila!

Well, the other day we ran out of tomato paste, we only had one can. Fortunately, I had two aces up my sleeve. First, OSU honors graduate and soon to be grad student at MIT David Osher dropped off a bottle of Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon (Montes Alpha) to yours truly as a thank you gift. Second, I just picked up three bags of mushrooms at Whole Foods instead of the customary one. This is the new recipe.

1 lb. ground meat
6 oz. tomato paste****(key!)
1 McCormick’s Thick and Zesty spaghetti sauce
2 tbl oregano, 1 for meatballs, 1 for sauce
2 tbl basil, 1 for meatballs, 1 for sauce
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp paprika for the meatballs
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 to 1 onion
1/2 lb cremini mushrooms
2 Giant portobello mushrooms
4 oz. Brown Beech mushrooms
1/4 cup Cabernet Sauvignon
Goat cheese to taste
(if you really want to hit a home run, throw about 2 oz. prosciutto in, but that’s optional)

Throw the mushrooms in the slow cooker and heat up while you brown your meatballs and onions. Let the mushrooms wilt a bit before putting the wine. Put your meatballs and onions in and put in your modest amount of tomato paste in with water. Throw your spices on top at the end. Bonus points for fresh oregano and basil in the sauce (I always used dried spices for meatballs, however). Also, I ran out of parmesan but happened to have goat cheese, this worked out perfectly.

The key was two things; I often use a lot of mushrooms but 12 oz. of tomato paste was overwhelming. Using half as much paste was pure addition by subtraction, the mushroom flavor was dominant. Instead of red, the sauce was a dark brown. Likewise, switching out the goat cheese for parmesan cut the sharpness out and allowed the mushrooms to shine. Beech mushrooms are optional but really match the wine perfectly. This could easily pass for a twenty dollar plate in a restaurant. Lastly, I didn’t use salt in this recipe, but the prosciutto is salty.

There it is, JohnnyB’s Serendipity Spaghetti Sauce. Gold level logimembers have access to thousands of recipes, and free financial advice. Just contact the editor with your CC# in the subject line and we’ll take care of the rest!


Record sized hog

This story is making the rounds.

Money quote:

“It feels really good,” Jamison, of Pickensville, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “It’s a good accomplishment. I probably won’t ever kill anything else that big.”

Safe Haven

Well…it appears that if Hillary becomes President, we’ll all have a place to go after all. A mere 20 light years away, a hop, skip, and a jump.

The cryptically named “The Spoof” has an article on the current Administration’s response.

Sister Earth-Financial Express

Top 10 April Fool’s Day Pranks (a day late)

This from Reagan Gahagan, former Logipundit Contributor (sorry for the delay):

“My favorite April fool’s day prank was when I lived in Nashville and a local radio DJ announced that the Federal government had outlawed deer hunting and then took calls from pissed off rednecks all day long on the air. I thought that those people were going to kill someone!” Reagan Gahagan

Here are 10 of the top April Fool’s Day pranks ever pulled off, as judged by the San Diego-based Museum of Hoaxes for their notoriety, absurdity, and number of people duped.

— In 1957, a BBC television show announced that thanks to a mild winter and the virtual elimination of the spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. Footage of Swiss farmers pulling strands of spaghetti from trees prompted a barrage of calls from people wanting to know how to grow their own spaghetti at home.

— In 1985, Sports Illustrated magazine published a story that a rookie baseball pitcher who could reportedly throw a ball at 270 kilometers per hour (168 miles per hour) was set to join the New York Mets. Finch was said to have mastered his skill — pitching significantly faster than anyone else has ever managed — in a Tibetan monastery. Mets fans’ celebrations were short-lived.

— Sweden in 1962 had only one television channel, which broadcast in black and white. The station’s technical expert appeared on the news to announce that thanks to a newly developed technology, viewers could convert their existing sets to receive color pictures by pulling a nylon stocking over the screen. In fact, they had to wait until 1970.

— In 1996, American fast-food chain Taco Bell announced that it had bought Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell, a historic symbol of American independence, from the federal government and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell.

Outraged citizens called to express their anger before Taco Bell revealed the hoax. Then-White House press secretary Mike McCurry was asked about the sale and said the Lincoln Memorial in Washington had also been sold and was to be renamed the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial after the automotive giant.

— In 1977, British newspaper The Guardian published a seven-page supplement for the 10th anniversary of San Serriffe, a small republic located in the Indian Ocean consisting of several semicolon-shaped islands. A series of articles described the geography and culture of the two main islands, named Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse.

— In 1992, US National Public Radio announced that
Richard Nixon was running for president again. His new campaign slogan was, “I didn’t do anything wrong, and I won’t do it again.” They even had clips of Nixon announcing his candidacy. Listeners flooded the show with calls expressing their outrage. Nixon’s voice actually turned out to be that of impersonator Rich Little.

— In 1998, a newsletter titled New Mexicans for Science and Reason carried an article that the state of Alabama had voted to change the value of pi from 3.14159 to the “Biblical value” of 3.0. Laughing

— Burger King, another American fast-food chain, published a full-page advertisement in USA Today in 1998 announcing the introduction of the “Left-Handed Whopper,” specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new burger included the same ingredients as the original, but the condiments were rotated 180 degrees. The chain said it received thousands of requests for the new burger, as well as orders for the original “right-handed” version.

— Discover Magazine announced in 1995 that a highly respected biologist, Aprile Pazzo (Italian for April Fool), had discovered a new species in Antarctica: the hotheaded naked ice borer. The creatures were described as having bony plates on their heads that became burning hot, allowing the animals to bore through ice at high speed — a technique they used to hunt penguins.

— Noted British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on the radio in 1976 that at 9:47 am, a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event, in which Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, would cause a gravitational alignment that would reduce the Earth’s gravity. Moore told listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment of the planetary alignment, they would experience a floating sensation. Hundreds of people called in to report feeling the sensation.”

Enjoy. Happy Spring to everyone!

A True Diplomat

very funny !

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Global Ice Age Warming

Once all this snow melts our asses are in a sling!


Went to the state fair and I just had to put this up for Scottie. I want to push this sheople metaphor a little bit. Does the judge behind the sheople represent AIPAC, Perle, or Wolfowitz?

Posted at 09:38 pm by Johnny B

Posted by DC Offline @ 08/16/2006 09:50 PM PDT
I’m trying to figure out what’s on the judge’s mind – the one that’s standing right behind the sheep’s posterior?

Where was this picture taken?


Posted by Johnny @ 08/17/2006 03:47 AM PDT
Hey E, this is at the Ohio state fair. The competition is the white faced ewes. I think the judge is checking the posture and ribs of the ewe here. He got behind 11 sheep and did this. This ewe was the winner. I’m sure the judge was thinking, “Who’s your daddy?”

Posted by Scottie @ 08/17/2006 09:20 AM PDT
pretty funny dude
i’ll go with AIPAC !