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  • Red Neck Thursdays’ – Chili Pie

    A Central Texas School Lunchroom classic, Frito pie. Crushed corn chips, layered with mild chili, and cheese, baked until the cheese turns brown and the chili soaks into the chips, and you have a nice solid block to cut and serve.

    Now I am SURE, (I so hope so), that I can not re-create this in exactly the same manner as the “Lunch Ladies” of Central Texas, but I’ll defiantly add a rogue chef twist.

    Background
    Frito pie is a dish made from chili, cheese, and corn chips. It is often served in schools in the Southern and Southwestern United States, particularly the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Typically made by combining Fritos or other corn chips with chili, cheese, and onions in a large pan and baking it as a casserole. Because of the amount of chips used in the dish, they tend to be moistened but not soggy from the chili.

    An alternative method uses a small, single-serving bag of corn chips, with chili or taco meat poured over the top. The combination is then finished with grated cheese, onions, jalapeƱos, lettuce, and sour cream. This second method is sometimes called a walking taco in the Midwestern United States due to the ease with which one can eat it while walking. It is almost always eaten from the bag with a plastic fork. Served in this way, frito pies are popular at sports venues, fund raisers, open houses, and state fairs.

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  • White Trash Thursdays – Drunken Dogs

    From the google analytics, it appears people like “White Trash Food”, so be it. We now have White Trash Thursdays…

    (My apologies to all the Crackers reading this blog, Please do not come the lair with pickup trucks, dogs and guns… I am still trying to evict the last set.)

    To quote Wikipedia..

    White trash is an American English pejorative term referring to poor white people in the United States, suggesting lower social class and degraded living standards. The term suggests outcasts from respectable society living on the fringes of the social order who are seen as dangerous because they may be criminal, unpredictable, and without respect for authority whether it be political, legal, or moral.

    The term is usually a slur, but may also be used self-referentially by whites to jokingly describe their origins, as in the humorous book The White Trash Mom Handbook: Embrace Your Inner Trailerpark, Forget Perfection, Resist Assimilation into the PTA, Stay Sane, and Keep Your Sense of Humor by Michelle Lamar and Molly Wendland (2008).

    In Texas, these folks would be “Oil Field Trash”…. However you insult them, the food tends to be cheap, fast and just out and out, damned tasty.

    Nothing says “Trash Food”, like hot dogs, add some booze, and a bit of sugar, and you have a winner. (One MUST NOT forget the swiss utility knife of trash food… catsup..)

    In this case hotdogs are simmered in a sauce of brown sugar, bourbon, and catsup, and is usually stretched, by serving over rice, potatoes, maybe a slice or two of white bread..

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