In the hundred or so years I’ve been doing this column, I recall running only one recipe, for SOS (stuff on a shingle), a creamed beef on toast dish from Buzz Broussard, of Scott, a former Navy “stew-burner” (ship’s cook). This was back in the ’80s, and the recipe is in my first book, “Best of Smiley.”

My second recipe is from Anita, who says our discussion of cush-cush, the Cajun breakfast dish, gave the impression that it is made from already-cooked cornbread:

“A bowl of cornbread with milk and syrup over it is delicious, but an entirely different thing from cush-cush.

“As someone who grew up eating cush-cush several times a week, for either breakfast or supper, this is how it was cooked:

“A quantity of yellow corn meal was salted, and just enough water was added to moisten it. It was fried in oil in a black iron skillet and covered. After a while it was well steamed and tender. The trick was to make a nice brown crust at the bottom before starting to stir it.”

Entwined in moss

Tim Edler says when daughter Brooke was married to David Hebert at the Acadian Village Chapel in Lafayette recently, the ceremony had a “nature” theme — “moss covered candles, and groomsmen and dads wore original handmade-by-Brooke boutonnieres of twigs, moss, white twine, purple flowers.”

At the very end of the ceremony, Brooke’s friend Skip Angelle surprised everyone when he held up a wad of moss and intoned, “On behalf of the state of Louisiana I am authorized to say, ‘Spanish moss in my hand, turn them into wife and man.’”

Tim says it was a nice touch, very much in keeping with the theme of the wedding.

Rational idea

I’m about to wind up our seminar on malapropisms, which drew so many responses that I wonder if any of you EVER use the right words.

Here’s one from Al Bethard, of Lafayette:

“Back in the 1970s there was a gasoline shortage and a possibility that gasoline might be rationed. One day I was having lunch at the then-USL Conference Center dining room, seated near some teachers there for a conference or workshop.

“They were discussing the gasoline shortage. One lady was especially loud and vocal about the prospect of ‘rationalizing’ gas.”

Courtroom chuckle

Dave Myers, of Central, says, “Years ago I was on a jury where a young man was charged with armed robbery. His mother was on the stand. She was asked, ‘Is it true you and your daughter took the pistol down the road and threw it into a drainage ditch?’

“She looked around and said, ‘I refuse to answer on the grounds that it might intimidate me.’ Judge Curtis Calloway couldn’t help but chuckle along with the rest of us.”

For the veterans

Bill Grundmeyer, of New Orleans, addresses the issue of the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee and renaming of Lee Circle:

“There is no need to replace the statue with the likeness of another human being. How about naming it ‘Veterans Memorial Circle,’ honoring all our veterans of all our wars. The column could be topped with the likeness of the American eagle.

“This would be especially appropriate because of its close proximity to the World War II Museum. The perimeter of the circle could have many flag staffs flying our star-spangled banner.”

Radio days

In our Nostalgia Corner, mention of a vintage radio brought back this memory to T. Med Hogg:

“We had an upright Philco radio when I was a boy, with a slanted dial so you could read it while standing up. The motto was ‘No stoop, no squat, no squint.’

“Incidentally, the first radio I ever saw or heard was in about 1930, when my cousin Marvin, a radioman in the Army, brought one to our house. Years later he built the first radio tower emitting a ‘beam’ in the Canary Islands, so our planes could fly in on the beam during World War II.”

Special People Dept.

Jimmy and Germaine Pretlove, of Harahan, celebrate their 62nd anniversary on Monday, Oct. 19.

Juneau what?

Patrick Howard, of Zachary, suggests a way to baffle people:

“Ask, ‘Juneau the capital of Alaska?’

“If they answer no, then you say, ‘Yes it is.’

“If they answer yes, you ask them, ‘What it is then?’”

Dead reckoning

Ken Toups takes credit for this joke, maintaining that he told it to a local radio personality, who told it to a friend who was appearing on the David Letterman show that night, and told it there.

“It was the high point of my comedic career,” says Ken. “It’s been all downhill since.”

I always thought the gag was a lot older than Letterman, but anyhow, here it is:

“Why do they bury the dead above ground in New Orleans? Easier to get them out to vote on election day.”

Contacting Smiley

Write Smiley at Smiley@theadvocate.com. He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.

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