“I’m not a Plummist,” Professor Plum said as he entered the mail room, “but I’ll gladly accept monuments to Plummism.”

He read the mail…. (More)

Professor Plum then left with Ms. Scarlet to join the resident faculty in the wine cellar library, where they’ll spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”).

In the staff poker game, the Professor of Astrology Janitor would have gladly accepted another Queen. He opened the pot by raising with the Ace and Queen of Hearts. Chef called, as did the Squirrel. The flop brought the Ace of Clubs and the Eight and Seven of Diamonds, and the Professor of Astrology Janitor followed through on his opening raise by with a half-pot-sized bet. Again Chef called, but the Squirrel offered a half-pot-sized raise.

The Professor of Astrology Janitor figured Chef would have raised with Ace-King, but she had enough to call after the flop in a three-way pot. So she probably had an Ace with a decent kicker, such as a Jack or Ten, perhaps of Diamonds to add a flush draw. The Squirrel raised after a bet-and-call so he had at least two pair – Ace-Eight, Ace-Seven, or Eight-Seven – or possibly a pair of Eights or Sevens for three-of-a-kind.

In other words, the Professor of Astrology Janitor figured his pair of Aces with a Queen kicker was not the best hand, but a Queen might make it the best hand. In a two-way pot, it might be worth calling to see one more card. But he called then Chef would have ample pot odds to call behind and the Professor of Astrology Janitor didn’t like his odds in a three-way pot. So he pushed his cards into the muck.

Chef did call, and the turn brought the Queen of Diamonds. She checked and the Squirrel checked as well. The Queen of Clubs fell on the river. Chef paused for a long moment and checked. The Squirrel offered a minimum bet, which might mean he had only two pair and didn’t want to risk too much, or might mean he had a full house and wanted to make sure it paid off.

Chef paused again and called. “Ace-high flush,” she said, showing the Ace and Nine of Diamonds.

The Squirrel flipped over a pair of Sevens and flicked his tail with delight.

The Professor of Astrology Janitor groaned. “I would have had Queens full of Aces if I’d hung around.”

“I thought you might have something like that,” the Squirrel texted on his Blewberry. “I couldn’t let you chase for free.”

“Well played,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said.

He patted the table and began his plaintive mewling, and Chef went to the kitchen to finish her Eggs, Bacon, and Wild Rice Casserole, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

Our history is always intertwined with race, doesn’t mean we should delete or try to whitewash it. To any cities or counties that would like to donate their Confederate monuments to the City of Eustis, we will gladly accept and proudly display our nation’s history. Thank you.

Anthony in FL

Dear Anthony,

We applaud your willingness to expose your bigotry. But we note that, by focusing on the ‘courage’ and ‘honor’ of white men who fought a war of treason to preserve slavery, Confederate monuments do exactly what you claim to reject. That is, such monuments whitewash our ugly history of racial injustice. Thus, we reserve our sincere applause for your city’s mayor, Robert Morin, who described your offer as “appalling and disgusting.” We hope the voters of Eustis will echo the mayor when you face reelection.

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

You may have been unfair to Anthony. Perhaps he lost a shoe and had nowhere left to put his foot, except in his mouth? Or maybe he just likes having egg on his face.

Speaking of eggs, how does Chef make that Eggs, Bacon, and Wild Rice Casserole?

Wild for Rice in Blogistan

Dear Squirrel,

Chef first cooks 8 strips of thick-cut bacon and places them on a paper towel to drain. She then pours out most of the liquid bacon grease, melts 1 Tablespoon of butter in the remaining drippings, and sautés 8 ounces of fresh, sliced mushrooms together with ½ an onion, roughly chopped, for 5-7 minutes, until the onion is golden brown. She next removes the mushroom and onion mix to a bowl to cool and crumbles the bacon. Then she whisks 9 eggs together with 1¼ cups of half-and-half, folds in the mushroom and onion mix and the bacon, and then stirs in ¾ cup of cooked wild rice, ⅔ cup shredded Swiss cheese, ⅓ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, and ½ cup of croutons. She pours this mixture into a lightly-greased 2¼-cup casserole dish, then bakes it at 350º for 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick pressed into the center comes out clean.

While the casserole is baking, Chef makes a cider sauce by whisking together 1 cup of apple cider, ½ cup of sugar, 4 teaspoons of cornstarch, 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon. She heats this in a saucepan, until the sauce comes to a boil and thickens, then stirs in 2 Tablespoons of butter until it is melted and blended smoothly through the sauce. Bon appétit!

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Photo Credit: Screen Capture (RawStory)

Anthony in FL.

Eggs, Bacon, and Wild Rice Casserole.

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Happy Sunday!