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Hello. Do you remember when 'Fear Factor' was first aired on TV? It didn't bother me to watch them walk on high wires or be locked in a tank underwater, but when it came to eating living insects or crawling creatures, I would go out of the room. I guess the world has come a long way now in the art of eating new cuisine. I watched a whole season of 'Top Chef' last week while I recuperated from dental surgery. These were executive chefs from fancy restaurants and they cooked an endless list of absolutely disgusting animal parts and creatures from the sea. The prize was $125,000 dollars and magazine spots.

One chef cut the tentacles off an octopus and deep fried them. Sides are pickled radishes, garlic polenta, squash blossoms, etc. No green beans and mashed potatoes served all week. Any meat or fish was fair game to be served raw. Apparently people in food contests have never heard of salmonella or e-coli.

After watching these episodes of weird meals (crispy fried chicken skin, goat cutlets, fatty goose liver, salmon heads and venison tenderloins) it brought to my mind all the daily menus I used to make for The Hut each week.

Homemade Lasagna with a garden salad and toasted French Bread; Meat Loaf with mashed potatoes, green beans and cole salw; Country Style Ribs with hashbrown casserole, buttered corn and cornbread muffins; and a Friday favorite, Fried Catfish, baked potato, white beans, cole slaw and hushpuppies. I just don't think anything can top cooked, country food.

Here is a new recipe for biscuits / rolls that are really good. If you cook them as rolls use a muffin pan. One cup of self rising flour, one half cup milk, 2 teaspoons sugar and 2 rounded tablespoons of real mayo. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes and serve immediately.

If you want a new type of gravy to serve on your biscuits, you might try this Tomato Gravy. Chop one half cup of onion and combine with 2 tablespoons of butter in a large heavy skillet. When the onions are tender add two tablespoons flour and stir in until browned. Quickly add one cup of water or chicken broth. When it begins to thicken add one can petite diced tomatoes (or you could add one cup fresh diced tomatoes from your garden). Simmer for 5 minutes and add salt, pepper and a dab of sugar. Serve on top of hot biscuits with a side of bacon. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!
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