Showing posts from April, 2022

Erin's Chicken & Mustard Sauce

When Costco first opened in Barrie, I was hired as a "caller". Erin's Chicken & Mustard Sauce with a Baked Potato & Sour Cream There we no scanners at the time. As a "caller" I was basically a "human scanner" calling out the item numbers to the cashier as we transferred the member's items from one cart to another at the checkout. At the beginning of the shift, a "caller" was assigned to a "cashier" and we spent the day together taking coffee breaks and lunch breaks at the same time. We felt like, and we were a "team" . It was a great way to get to know a fellow employee a little better. One day, I was teamed up with a young lady named Erin. One of the things Erin and I discussed were barbecues and Erin shared with me this recipe of hers that has become one of our favourites. Of course we enjoy it in the winter too and have learned how to cook it in the oven. Prep Time: 15 min. Cook Time: 1 hour (less to ba

Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Want to be the life of the party? Just make some of these Stuffed Mushroom Caps to take along and everyone will know you're a fun guy. (Fungi - get it?) This is not the time to cheap out by going out to pick wild mushrooms though. Unless you're an expert on wild mushrooms, you might end up getting quite the opposite effect from being the "life" of the party. These Stuffed Mushroom Caps are soooo good, you'll be tempted to call them "Magic Mushrooms". You probably shouldn't though as some people may get the wrong idea. Not everyone knows how to manage their expectations. Yield: 24 Stuff You’ll Need: 24 large mushrooms ½ small onion 1 tsp minced garlic 2 tbsp cooking oil ¾ cup cheddar cheese, grated ½ cup bread crumbs ¼ cup butter, melted ½ tsp Italian seasoning ½ tsp seasoning salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 dash hot pepper sauce (optional) 3 tbsp butter Do This: Wash mushrooms then dry with a paper towel. Remove stems and set caps aside. Com

Published In The Great North Arrow, May 2021: Blood Clots or Not?

  -  jim Young “The biggest risk is not taking any risk.” - Mark Zuckerberg Disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor nor have I ever played one on TV. My advice here is based solely on facts I may have misinterpreted, misunderstood, misconstrued and misappropriated from the internet just like 90% of the misinformed posts you read from the “medical experts” that have graduated from the University of Facebook. Today’s lesson specifically addresses the topic of the possibility of developing blood clots from the AstraZenca and J&J Covid-19 vaccinations. Why is there risk of blood clots from them and NOT Moderna and Pfizer vaccines? Simply put, the latter two companies use a different technology during the manufacture of their vaccines.  Dr. Vivek Cherian, a real doctor from Baltimore was quoted as saying “It’s safe to say there’s virtually no risk in individuals who received mRNA-based (vaccines), but we don’t really have that information yet.” Wait! What? “ Virtually, no risk?” “We don’t reall

2022: The Will Smith Academy Awards

- jim Young “ Justice must not only be done but must manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.” - Lord Chief Justice Hewart   Will Smith - Net Photo (Evan Agostini/Invision/The Associated Press) What Happened? Like an anonymous FaceBook meme suggested, “If Will Smith had not slapped Chris Rock, I wouldn’t have even known the 2022 Oscars had happened.” So for anyone that is still blissfully unaware of these events, please forgive me as I momentarily impose on your bliss to bring you up to speed. At the 94th Academy Awards held on March 27, 2022 Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss. Jada’s husband Will Smith appeared to first laugh at the joke and then, upon realizing that his wife did not find the joke funny, took offence, walked up on stage and bitch-slapped Chris Rock with an open hand on live TV. Upon returning to his seat, Will Smith continued his assault by shouting “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”  Immediately following the incident, Ch

I'm Shrinking, But That's Okay

- jim Young “My Mother always used to say ‘The older you get, the better you get. Unless you’re a banana.’” - Betty White I ain't no banana, but some days it seems as though I’m shrinking. I just can’t seem to reach shelves that I used to be able to reach. I find this a little confusing because the floor also seems to be a lot further away when I bend to pick things up, which would suggest quite the opposite. Which is it? Am I growing taller or am I shrinking? Sadly, according to my good friend Google, it’s the former. Like most people my age, I am shrinking. But ever the optimist, I have decided that’s a good thing.  Just take a look at technology. The better the technology, the smaller it gets. For example, in 1956 an IBM 5 MB Hard Drive required a full skid space as shown in this photo of one being loaded onto a Panam Plane. It weighed approximately 2,000 lbs (907 kg). This relic cost about $35,000 per year to operate (in 1956 dollars) and could hold the equivalent of 1 or maybe