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Sunday, February 1, 2015

The best corn casserole (aka corn pudding) ever

I'm regularly asked to bring this to pot luck occasions (like the Super Bowl party I'm going to today), and also frequently asked for the recipe. Rather than continuing to send it out as an email attachment, I figured I'd post it and make it more easily accessible.

Works well for potlucks because it can be served at room temperature.

Corn Casserole

1 can cream style corn

1 can whole kernel corn

1 8-1/2 oz Jiffy (or whatever) corn muffin mix (or slightly over a cup from a larger box)

1 medium onion chopped

1 green or red pepper chopped

2 fresh chopped jalapeƱos (optional- I scrape out the seeds because I'm a wuss)

¾ cup chopped ham or turkey ham (optional)

8 oz sour cream (I use light)

2 eggs

Grated sharp cheddar cheese for top

Preheat oven to 375.

Saute ham, onion and pepper in about 2 Tablespoons of butter until the veggies are soft; cool slightly. (I make extra - this makes an excellent omelet filling. Add cheese when you make the omelet.)

Add sour cream and set aside.

Beat eggs, add cans of corn (liquid included) and stir, then add in corn muffin mix. Mix well and pour into buttered 8” x 8” casserole or 9” pie dish. Top with the sour cream mixture (drop spoonfuls all over the surface - you can't spread it). Finish with grated cheddar cheese (more cheese is always better).

Bake for 30-40 minutes.


Doubles well, but the cooking time will be longer. Start at 30 minutes and keep checking, or bake in two 8” square pans.

To modify this for fresh corn - go by volume and mash up some of the kernels to replicate the creamed corn. The canned stuff is 14.75 ounces, or just under 2 cups, so a slight cup of whole kernels and a slight cup of mashed up kernels should work.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Just released: Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer

Watch full screen. Game of Thrones season 5 starts on tax day (April 15).

Previous posts:

Great Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Visual Effects From Game of Thrones Season 4

For $20K, Game of Thrones Author Will Write You Into Future Novel Then Kill You Off

Valyrian steel, length of the seasons, dragon biology: The Science of Game of Thrones, bonus geological map.

If Game Of Thrones Characters Were Drawn By Disney

Game of Thrones infographic chronology: 4 seasons of the 4 main families and the Night’s Watch.

Video: Hodor (Kristian Nairn) Describes His Awkward Game of Thrones Nude Scene.

Game of Thrones Wine Map: The Wines of Westeros.

Supercut of pithy quotes from Game of Thrones, Seasons 1-3.

Fallen behind on Game of Thrones, or want a refresher before Season 4? All 3 seasons recapped in 9 minutes.

Friday, January 30, 2015

A Map of Every Goat in the United States, with bonus goat-related links

At WaPo:
There were 2,621,514 goats in the United States as of 2012, the year of the most recent USDA Agricultural Census. If America's goats were their own state, its population would be larger than that of Wyoming, Vermont, D.C. and North Dakota -- combined. This is what all those goats look like on a map.
America's goat population is heavily concentrated in the Southwest, Texas in particular. Nearly 80 percent of America's goats are raised for meat. Sixteen percent are raised for milk, with the remaining 6 percent is comprised of Angora goats raised for mohair.
You'll find commercial goat farms operating in 2,996 of the country's 3,143 counties. Of the top ten goat-producing counties, 8 are in Texas and two are in Arizona. In Sutton County, Texas, goats outnumber people 14-to-1. In Edwards County, also in Texas, the ratio is 22-to-1. All in all, goats outnumber people in 21 U.S. counties, all but one of which are in Texas. 
And, because no post about goats is complete without it, here's the supercut of goats yelling like humans (Turn the sound down but not off):

Apparently "Goat Arousal Expert" is a real job.

How Mariah Carey makes goats produce more milk.

Super Bowl/February/Groundhog Day links

February links - Pagan Roman purification (februa = purify) and Mary's purification 40 days after the birth of Christ.

Were footballs ever actually made of pigskin?

The Lost Tribe of Gypsy Harlots: The Mythical Invasion of the Super Bowl Hookers.

Groundhog Day, Candlemas and weather predictions.

Another old popular custom in Scotland on Candlemas Day was to hold a football match.

Punxsutawney Phil has been correct just 39% of the time since 1887.

Jonah Goldberg's classic 2005 Groundhog Day column.

Groundhog Day7 Pressing Questions You Probably Missed.

How to Write Groundhog Day by... the writer of Groundhog Day.

As Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell take off down the street once Groundhog Day has ended, Nat "King" Cole is singing Almost Like Being In Love.

Punxsutawney Phil has been correct 39% of the time since 1887

Groundhog Day (wiki) dates back to 1887 when Clymer H. Freas, city editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit, began promoting Punxsutawney's groundhog as the official Groundhog Day meteorologist. Records have been kept fairly regularly since the tradition began showing the ground-dweller's predictions. However, the National Climactic Data Center (NCDC),which has much more information, has also been keeping its records quite closely, and the results might disappoint Punxsutawney fans.

According to the NCDC the data "shows no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of this analysis. Since 1993, the U.S. national temperature has been above normal 11 times in February, 12 times in March, below normal 6 times in February, 3 times in March, and near normal 3 times in February and 5 times in March." Moreover according to Stormfax, Punxsutawney Phil has been correct just 39 percent of the time since the first recorded Groundhog Day in 1887.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

How To Fight A Baby. Also, how many 5 year olds could you take in a fight?

Apparently, even though I'm old, slow and out of shape my willingness to fight dirty upped my score quite a bit. For example, one of the questions I answered in the affirmative was, 
"During the fight, would you feel morally comfortable picking up a child and using him/her as a weapon to throw at other children?"

Monday, January 26, 2015

Seventy years ago - January 27, 1945 - the Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz

Seventy years ago today (January 27, 1945), the Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz (wiki). Below are two documentaries (one short, one full length) and links to a few articles. Do the world a favor and educate your kids and grandkids about this - the schools don't do much with it anymore.

Auschwitz, also known as Auschwitz-Birkenau, opened in 1940 and was the largest of the Nazi concentration and death camps. Located in southern Poland, Auschwitz initially served as a detention center for political prisoners. However, it evolved into a network of camps where Jewish people and other perceived enemies of the Nazi state were exterminated, often in gas chambers, or used as slave labor. Some prisoners were also subjected to barbaric medical experiments led by Josef Mengele (1911-79). During World War II (1939-45), more than 1 million people, by some accounts, lost their lives at Auschwitz. In January 1945, with the Soviet army approaching, Nazi officials ordered the camp abandoned and sent an estimated 60,000 prisoners on a forced march to other locations. When the Soviets entered Auschwitz, they found thousands of emaciated detainees and piles of corpses left behind.

Disturbing content warning for these videos:

A short documentary:

Longer (45 minute) documentary:

Tales from Auschwitz: survivor stories

Powerful Portraits Of Auschwitz Survivors Mark 70th Anniversary Of Their Liberation.

Auschwitz Survivor Gena Turgel Walked Out of Gas Chamber Alive.

Spielberg highlights anniversary of Auschwitz liberation.'s Auschwitz page has links to stories, videos, and more.

This high school teacher is so much cooler than any you had

Scot Pankey is the theater teacher at A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School — and the co-star and director of the video you’ll find below, in which Pankey and his students dance around the school to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ "Uptown Funk".

He decided to make this their first project of the new year. And he told his students — from six different theater classes — that he’d do it with them … if they’d let him.

Original music video from the song. if you're interested:

Monday links

Why Do Sneezes Come In Twos and Threes?

Death-Defying Photos Of Skyscraper Construction Workers Goofing Around.

Scots, wha hae - yesterday was Robert Burns birthday. Here's a bio, poems, Burns Supper instructions, and lots of haggis.

Gallery of awkward mascots.

The Origin and Trademarking of “Couch Potato”.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include 100 year old PSAs on movie theater etiquette, repairing a $12 million Monet after it was punched, processing 31 rolls of undeveloped film taken by a WWII soldier, and the history of horsemeat eating in America.