Marsha Reichle says she laughed about the story of the young bride who almost killed her husband with good food:

“It brought back memories of when my mother-in-law came to visit and I was determined to wow her with my budding gourmet skills.

“My good friend Gretchen Field had given me her recipe for 'Chicken Archduke’ that she had fixed for her own mother-in-law.

“...Don’t you like your mother-in-law?’ I asked. 'Why did you fix Chicken Heart Stew?’

“After she explained that I had misheard her, I went home to replicate this sumptuous dish, involving chicken breasts, mushrooms, and lots of butter, whipping cream and brandy.

“It was a dish fit for an archduke, but caused my mother-in-law to require medical treatment for severe stomach distress.

“The doctor wanted to know what she had eaten, and I proudly enumerated the list of rich ingredients.

“He gave me a long look and then pronounced, 'Your cooking is what we would call a presumptive test for gallbladder.’

“She survived.”

Scary smart

“Kids today are just too smart,” says Linda Dalferes:

“We kept the grands for two weeks while their parents went to Europe.

“The week after they left, I kept seeing 'Scooby Doo’ movies pop up on my Tivo listing - every day, two or three of them.

“I finally realized that the little rascals had figured out how to record these shows in perpetuity so that they’ll be here when they come back to Mimi’s. (They don’t have Tivo at their house.)

“And I had trouble figuring out how to record when I first got that machine.”

Attention LSU fans

Allie Leung says John and Joanna Haynes, of Wish Picture Shows, will preview their film, “Ole War Skule - Stories of Saturday Night,” at the American Advertising Federation’s luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Juban’s restaurant.

The film is a history of LSU football from 1893 to the present, narrated by John Goodman.

The lunch is open to the public. Cost is $25. For information, visit

For the fallen

Carl Meriwether says First Baptist Church has a Sept. 11 memorial service, “Remembering the Fallen and Celebrating Freedom,” at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.

Dr. Benjamin Harlan will conduct combined choirs, and the LSU Brass Quintet and the Caledonian Pipes and Drums will perform. Also taking part will be a U.S. Marine Corps color guard, the fire marshal’s honor guard and Boy Scouts.

Scheduled speakers include Gov. Bobby Jindal, Mayor-President Kip Holden and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge.

Flag day

Jeanne Hogg says that on Sunday, Sept. 11, “an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office and store in the United States... to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our freedoms.”

Worthy causes

Donna Dufour tells of a tea party that has nothing to do with politics:

“Some friends and I are hosting a tea party benefit for a 5-year-old girl whose family lost their home in a July fire.

“We are looking for 50 tea cups and saucers to be donated for an event in the middle of October. The guests will keep their tea cup and saucer as a party favor.

“Proceeds will used to furnish her new bedroom and for other needs.”

Contact to donate a cup and saucer.

Thought for the Day

From Harriet St. Amant: “Alcohol doesn’t solve any problems. But then, neither does milk.”

Never too late

Bertha Hinojosa started the new school year by asking her gifted pre-K and kindergarten students to describe their ambitions.

The first lad said he wanted to grow up to be a scientist.

Next a little girl said that when she grows up she wants to be a doctor.

After all the students had spoken, one of the girls asked Bertha, “You are a teacher now, but what do you want to be when you grow up?”

Crafty catfish

Joe Guilbeau, of Plaquemine, tells of the time Boudreaux and Thibodeaux were fishing in a deep bayou.

When Boudreaux’s line got snagged, Thibodeaux dove down to loosen it.

He suddenly came up all excited, and told Boudreaux, “You have a 50-pound catfish in a ‘53 Buick.”

“Why didn’t you catch the fish?” asked Boudreaux.

Thibodeaux replied, “Every time I tried he rolled up the window.”

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