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Remember “Pixie and Dixie?”

14 Aug

You gotta love Jinks the Cat — one of the great cartoon voices ever!

Daws Butler – The Voice of Jinks

Another giant in the field, Butler provided the voices for, amongst others: Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quickdraw McGraw, Jinks the Cat and Elroy Jetson. He was also the co-creator and voice of Captain Crunch, and was the original voices for both Fred & Barney in The Flagstones, the pilot for The Flintstones. In his later years, he established a respected actors’ workshop in his home, training students in voice techniques. His most famous alumni: Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson.

What exactly is “Jamocha?”

14 Aug

Frankly, I’m not 100% sure. I’m guessing the word is a combo of Java and Mocha. Here is how Arby’s succinctly describes it — they introduced the shake nearly 50 years ago:

An Arby’s original that’s as delicious now as it was in 1964. Thick and creamy ice cream blended with the perfect combination of chocolate and coffee flavors.

I can say that this beverage was way ahead of its time. Arby’s introduced this flavor decades before Starbuck’s popularized the now omnipresent frappucino. Make your own Jamocha Shake at home — here is a recipe that should work pretty well for you:

Arby’s Jamocha Shake

1 cup cold coffee
1 cup low-fat (2%) milk
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 cups vanilla ice cream (we suggest you use Breyer’s)
3 tablespoons Hershey’s chocolate syrup

1. Combine the coffee, milk, and sugar in a blender and
mix on medium speed for 15 seconds to dissolve the sugar.

2. Add ice cream, and chocolate syrup then blend on high
speed until smooth and creamy. Stop blender and stir mixture
with a spoon if necessary to help blend ingredients.

3. Pour drink into two 16-ounce glasses.

Makes 2 large drinks.

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

14 Aug

The perfect antidote for the dog days of August?


SERVES 4 – 6

Chef Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner, a restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, serves a version of this refreshing dish during the late summer. Smith says he developed the salad after paying a visit to a few of his former cooks in Mexico, where he discovered a range of dishes that melded sweet, spicy, and sour flavors.

1⁄4 cup champagne vinegar
   or white wine vinegar
3 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1⁄4 tsp. cayenne
1/2 small red onion
4-lb. piece of seedless watermelon
4 ripe beefsteak tomatoes (about 1 1⁄2 lbs.),
   stemmed and cored
1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 loosely packed cup roughly torn basil leaves
1 loosely packed cup roughly torn mint leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Whisk vinegar, sugar, salt, and cayenne together in a small bowl.

2. Quarter and thinly slice onion and toss it in the vinegar mixture. Set aside to let rest until the onion softens and mellows, about 30 minutes.

3. Remove the rind from the watermelon, cut into 1″ chunks, and transfer to a large bowl. Cut tomatoes into 1″ chunks. Combine the tomatoes with the watermelon chunks. Pour in the onion–vinegar mixture along with oil and toss gently with your hands. Add basil and mint and toss gently. Season the watermelon and tomato salad with salt and pepper, to taste.

4. Serve salad at room temperature on its own or alongside grilled fish or meat.

This recipe was first published in Saveur in Issue #113

Two Man Guitar Playing

14 Aug

This clip is amazing. The song is Jerry Reed’s “Jerry’s Breakdown.”

Yee haw, indeed.

FYI — This video has received more than 4 million views on You Tube.

Mattel Unveils Elvis & Cilla “Barbie Dolls”

14 Aug

The post-mortem merchandising of Elvis Presley has taken another strange twist. Now I am a big fan of Big E, but don’t people realize that this wedding took place some four decades ago? Shoot, their daugther (Lisa Marie) now has full grown children. It might not have been a bad idea in the late ’60s or early ’70s, but that ship has sailed long ago. And who is buying this stuff anyway? At $65 a pop? I guess there is still a market for it, although I have to believe most of these dolls will be purchased by Elvis Completists or women ages 55 and up. Best of luck, Mattel — but the timing strikes me as being a little bizarre. And the serving of wedding cake at the unveiling is just over-the-top strange.   

MEMPHIS, TENN. — The marriage didn’t last all that long, but for the Elvis Presley faithful, the wedding day is still special. Now, Elvis fans have the official, Graceland-approved Elvis and Priscilla wedding dolls to remind them of that magical time.

“This is just another way he’s making history, and we want to be part of it,” says Angel Durham, who waited all night outside a Graceland souvenir shop to be the first to hand over $65 for a boxed set of the dolls, the newest additions to Mattel’s Barbie series.

Miss Durham, 38, of Whitney, Texas, was at the front of about 150 Elvis fans lined up to witness the official unveiling of the dolls, staged as part of Graceland’s annual weeklong fan pilgrimage to mark the anniversary of Mr. Presley’s death on Aug. 16, 1977. Fans gathered for the unveiling were treated to slices of wedding cake and orange juice served in champagne glasses.

Brenda Moore of Bentonville, Ark., invested less time in getting her dolls but paid out a lot more money for a one-and-only set of dolls signed by Priscilla Presley.

Miss Moore, 59, offered the high bid of $6,800 when the autographed boxed set was auctioned to the fans as a fundraiser for Presley Place, an apartment building in Memphis for homeless families.

“I was so nervous, I don’t know if I saw it really well, but I think it’s a good likeness,” said Miss Moore, a claims manager at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s corporate headquarters.

The dolls, with faces painted to look like Mr. Presley and his bride, were designed from photographs of the wedding. The couple married in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967, but had split up by early 1972. They formally separated in July 1972 and were divorced in October 1973.

Mattel also issued an Elvis and Barbie doll set in the late 1990s.

Bud Foster Opening Blacksburg Eatery

14 Aug

Virginia Tech Football Coach Bud Foster is opening a restaurant in Blacksburg, VA. Foster, who is the team’s Defensive Coordinator, is widely regarded as an intense leader with a long track record of success. I have included the story on the eatery below — we wish him well. GO HOKIES!!!

Bud Foster’s Restaurant, located at 400 Turner St. NW, Suite 101 in Blacksburg, will open Monday, roughly two weeks after the originally planned opening date due to delays in renovation.

The restaurant is named after Virginia Tech football defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who has a vested interest in the restaurant but will not be involved in the day-to-day operations of the restaurant, said co-owner Robert Hodge. Foster has contributed ideas, including the use of his trademarked lunch pail to be incorporated into the design of the restaurant.

The site was formerly The Boston Beanery, a tavern-style chain restaurant. The Blacksburg location closed its doors May 31 after about seven years.

Hodge said Bud Foster’s Restaurant will be an upscale, casual dining restaurant with American fare like steaks, chicken and seafood.