Dear Smiley: On Sunday, as you know, many Advocates were delivered very late. We did not get ours until 10:50 a.m.!

I was so bored without the newspaper to read with my breakfast that I started reading the phone book, reading out loud to my husband the interesting names I found there.

Then my mother called at about 9:30 a.m. She had not gotten her paper either. She usually reads the paper just about all morning.

She asked to come over to visit (which she never does in the morning).

For us, not having the paper delivered about 6 a.m. was almost like a power outage! We did not know what to do with ourselves.

I wonder if any other readers had “newspaper withdrawal” on Sunday morning waiting for their papers to be delivered.


Baton Rouge

Dear Joel: I was starting to read the cereal box when Lady Katherine said, “Enough of this!” and we took off for Frank’s for breakfast. The paper was there when we got back…

Fishy recipe

Dear Smiley: If you know anything about Cajuns, you know they are usually cooking, eating or talking about and planning their next meal — all at the same gathering.

Recently, I was at a fish fry, and because most of the men there were Cajuns, the topic of conversation centered around food.

Each of the true Cajuns there had a special recipe of how to cook anything from nutria to opossum.

I asked if anyone there had ever eaten choupique.

One of the older Cajuns said he had not, but he had heard of a old-time recipe on how to cook choupique.

First you get a piece of cypress board. You filet the fish and lay it on the board.

You season one side of the fish with garlic powder, onion powder, bread crumbs, salt, black and red pepper and several dashes of good Louisiana hot sauce.

Turn the fish over and do the same thing on that side.

Let it sit on the cypress board for about an hour, and then flip the fish over and let it sit for another hour.

Then come back and eat the board.



Wooden you know it?

Dear Smiley: As I returned home following the LSU-Mississippi State football game, I noticed a roadside sign that read “Seasoned Firewood for Sale.”

Have we become so food crazy here in south Louisiana that we are now eating firewood?

I didn’t notice what flavors were available, but if you happen to sample any, would you let your readers know?



Dear Tommy: I understand J.P. Morgan in Geismar has a pretty good cypress board recipe…

Stomach of iron

Dear Smiley: In a recent column, you mentioned hot sausage po-boys from Romano’s on North Boulevard.

It brought back memories.

During my senior year (1955) at Baton Rouge High, three of my friends (Jason Fendlason, Robert Kirst and Johnny Bernard) and I would stop by Romano’s frequently and buy hot sausage po-boys.

If I recall, they were 20 cents each.

Robert, Johnny and I could only eat about half of our sandwich because they were so hot.

Jason would not only eat his, but would eat all our leftovers. And yes, Jason is still alive and kicking.


Baton Rouge

Last laugh

Dear Smiley: I had the best football weekend ever — LSU, New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys all won.

Best of all, in their first year in the SEC, Texas A&M beat No. 1 Alabama.

Now when my “friends” tell me those old, recycled, stale Aggie jokes, I will look them in the eye and say, “That’s really funny. By the way, did you hear that the Aggies beat Alabama?”


Baton Rouge

Food critic

Dear Smiley: I was eating a pear when I felt some doggie paws on my leg. I looked down into the face of our Welsh corgi, Frodo.

He was wearing that really intent expression that dogs get when they want a bite of whatever you are eating.

I told him dogs don’t like pears, but he kept pleading, so I gave him a piece.

He dropped down to the floor with his prize while I kept eating.

A few minutes later his paws were back up on my leg.

I looked down, and he carefully placed the piece of pear in my lap.

He gave me a scornful look and trotted off.

I think he has been taking lessons from that cat.



Who ARE these people?

Dear Smiley: I just attended a planning meeting for our 50-year reunion.

It is nice to be in a friendly environment where almost everyone has that look we all recognize that asks, “You look familiar; do I know you?”



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