Locally Grown

Tuesday’s Gone With No Win…

Well, happy Wednesday oh Faithful Tens.  You are probably expecting the return of some long, rambling griping, finger pointing, and nonsensical post-election schmooooozing.  Not today.  I have a whole day, and a mostly healed wrist, to go out and enjoy riding my Salsa Chili Con Crosso on some fabulous Iowa gravel roads.  As I ride towards Gravel Glory I will be surveying the beautiful Iowa countryside, pondering what fate it will suffer now that my fellow state-dwellers decided to re-elect the incumbent Ag Secretary, Bill Northey, over the almost-too-qualified Francis Thicke.  Bill Northey, the person who danced around questions like a true politician while on IPR last week.  The Person who only spoke of “industry” and not of farmers.  This is not who we need in this most important office, but the people have spoken and it turns out either the citizens of Iowa are in love with having factory hog lots forced on their counties and love the comfort of having a few giant companies control the food that they eat, or they just didn’t care, which often gets the incumbent elected.

Iowa also voted out three supreme court justices for the simple fact that they made same-sex marriage legal.  Another great leap backward for our Great State.  I wonder if those people understand that the next justices may uphold the law, and that it will be eight more years until all of you who voted the original perpetrators can vote the new replacements out.  Wait, or do you think that this “scare tactic” will influence the future decisions of the Iowa Supreme Court? ” If you want to keep your job, you better do as we say” seems like a travesty of our Justices.  Very Sad, Iowa.

If there is one thing I can’t stand more than the whiny French, it’s a bunch of overbearing a-holes imposing their love of inequality on the rest of the population.


Give yourselves a hand, Iowa. You have just made virtual time travel a reality!

And on to other news

-San Francisco Bans Happy Meal Toys

-Trader Joe’s is all set to open this Friday, Oct 5 at 8am.  There are some vague references to “special events” for the opening, I imagine it will include opening the doors and allowing the Trader Joe’s starved residents of the DMZ to have the privilege of shopping at the Red Lobster of natural foods stores.  Oh, 6505 Mills Civic, WDSM.  I hear the first 20 customers get to be the first 20 customers in the door, FREE OF CHARGE.

-Copa Cavana is the new Caribbean/Cuban themed restaurant which has stolen the hearts a few fellow chefs and some foodie friends.  The restaurant, located somewhere around 36th and Ingersoll, is so good it has already gotten two 5 star reviews on the uber-wise user review site Urban Spoon.  Woo.  Wait til Yelp gets involved.

-Locally Grown speculates that outgoing Governor Chet “the Sweat” Culver will possibly lend his likeness as a spokesperson for the Culver’s restaurant chain to promote the new “ButterBurger Diet” which he has obviously been on for the past few years.  Jarad, your sandwich diet got nothin on a Butter Burger.

-I found out two disturbing things about teen pop culture yesterday.  Justin Beiber has a “Rap Name”

Shawty Mane: The New Face Of Gangsta Rap?

and my beloved Spaghetti Taco from a few months back is now the subject of many a “Mommy Blog” due to the “iCarly” show on Nickelodeon.  Here is MY recipe for the “Spaghetti Taco”

Locally Grown/Veg Chef Spaghetti Taco Recipe

  1. Make Spaghetti
  2. Put Spaghetti in Tortilla.  Soft Flour works best, as commercial corn tortillas tend to crack easily, leaving you with a crying child with spaghetti hands. Traditionally the hard corn shell is used.
  3. Place Spaghetti/Tortilla combination on a serving vessel such as a plate or napkin.  Do not place on household pets.
  4. Blammo!  It’s a Spaghetti Taco!

After reading numerous articles about this “phenomena” in such publications as the NY Times, I would like to refute that this meal was invented for the show.  My own spaghetti taco predates the October 5, 2010 S.T. by at least 3 weeks, and there is no way my tiny little chef brain was the first to rock such a terrible idea.  I remember my childhood neighbors eating spaghetti sandwiches back in the 1980’s.  None the less, the more I write about this lowest form of fusion food, the more I crave a spaghetti taco for lunch…Sorry, Copa Cavana, I am staying home for lunch…Hello Spaghetti Taco!

The Cook.


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I’ve never had a spaghetti taco, but boy do I love a good ol’ fashioned spaghetti sandwich. Carbolicious!

Trader Joe’s as the Red Lobster of natural food stores? Perhaps, but I think Whole Foods deserves that honor.

And the judges didn’t even make same-sex marriage legal. That’s the whole point! They just upheld the law as we have it. That’s what judges do, they INTERPRET the law that is ALREADY written. It seems as if a plurality of Iowan voters don’t seem to understand this simple fact.

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