Sunday Gravy with yeah right: It’s Been Broughten! Mother Sauce 2.0, Fresh Pasta and Homemade Bread

yeah right

Good morning fellow shut-ins.

It’s great to see you back.

The past week showed some actual first signs of positivity since our current life situation was enacted 2 months ago.

For me it can be the little things. I’ve finally been able to consistently find and purchase my favorite variety of apple (Honeycrisp), last week they finally had my preferred brand of flour tortillas (Guerrero because frankly Mission flour tortillas suck balls), I can routinely find my weekly organic chicken breast (Smart Chicken) and now you can even consistently find hand sanitizer and toilet paper.

No shit.

Well actually go ahead and shit away.

Most importantly though, this past week LA County had a limited opening of our beaches. On Friday for the first time in two goddamn months I was able to do my regular morning beach-adjacent walk.

It was fucking gorgeous.

At this point all of my usual purchases and activities, with the very obvious exception of most live sports and going to the movies, are all back to the same as before the shutdown.

As long as all of these things remain consistent then I can survive the next few months and feel positive that I can survive this whole motherfucker.

Turns out that I’ve now lost 12 pounds since the lock down started too. I did not see that coming.

Maybe I’ll order some Popeye’s this Saturday to celebrate.

Anyway.

Today’s meal was inspired by simply being one of my very favorite meals that I cook. I absolutely love my Mother Sauce and have been cooking it for over 35 years. By now I’ve gotten pretty goddamn good at it.

If we hop into the “way back machine” all the way back to June of 2015 we’ll find my second ever Sunday Gravy post.  It’s called The Mother Sauce and it gives the exact recipe for today’s meal but it was also seriously lacking in photos and in need of an update.

We’ll do that today.

I know that some of you out there already use this recipe exactly as is and, according to your comments, with great results. I’m flattered that you do because I love this shit too.

I mean just fucking look.

What will we do today to level this fucker up?

How about homemade French Bread and let’s go ahead and make some homemade pasta too as long as we’re getting crazy.

That’ll fucking work.

The Mother Sauce!

ingredient list taken verbatim from the original post.

1 medium to large onion chopped

1 green pepper chopped (yes dammit, green! Don’t wimp out and use a red pepper. Green!)

5 cloves of garlic minced

7-8 mushrooms sliced

1/4 cup of olive oil.

1 28 oz can of whole peeled tomatoes (San Marzano preferably)

1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes (San Marzano preferably)

1 15 oz can of tomato sauce (just in case) * not needed for today’s version

1/4 cup of red wine

5-6 sweet (mild) Italian sausages

1 lb ground meat. Seriously beef, pork or ground veal will all work gloriously well

2 tsp red pepper flake

some fresh basil

fresh oregano * substituted today with 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano

salt and black pepper to taste

Quick note: I also used fresh parsley today since I have some in my newly refreshed herb garden.

Left to right we’ve got cilantro, parsley, basil and rosemary

Here are today’s sauce ingredients in pictorial form.

We’re using sweet Italian sausage and 80/20 ground beef today. The same way I prepared it the first time over 35 years ago. I’ve been fucking around with a version that substitutes beef short ribs for the ground beef and lemme tell yez, holy fucking shit is that fucking spectacular. But today is the original and it still kicks all of the ass.

We’re also doing the full 2 day method here so keep that in mind.

On day one get to chopping up the onion and pepper.

Take out your trusty Dutch oven and set it on the stove top over a medium heat. Pour in your glugs of olive oil and let’s get to sauteing the onion and pepper.

Set a kitchen timer for 7 minutes and let the veggies saute down until they cook through fairly well. Next we’re going to add in the Italian sausage. Please notice! We have not added the minced garlic yet!

When the sausages start to brown and get a slightly disturbing shade of grey, it’s time to add in the ground beef.

Here’s my handy trick number 1: Open your can of whole tomatoes and dump them into a bowl.

The purpose of this trick is twofold. First it allows you to chop the whole tomatoes up a bit before adding to the sauce and secondly if you reserve the can, you can use it as a handy grease depository during the first day’s cooking process!

Let’s go ahead and finish browning the meat.

NOW add in the minced garlic and cook for about 2-3 minutes until the aroma gets all garlicky and shit.

Another thing to notice: I haven’t added any herbs/spices at this point.

In all previous versions of this sauce I took those whole tomatoes and squished them one at a time into the browned meat. I mentioned this in the original post too. If you cut them up first you really do save yourself a shitton of staining and flying tomato sauce and cleanup without losing any of the flavor, so save yourself some fucking grief and cut them into pieces in advance.

Now add them to the meat mixture.

Bring this to a simmer then reduce the heat to LOW and place a lid slightly ajar over the pot. Set your kitchen timer to 1 hour and let this fucker simmer away. Give a stir every 10-15 minutes or so.

During the hour of simmering go ahead and gather your spices and herbs together. Give the parsley and basil a good chop.

A fine mince is in order here to avoid the dreaded “You’ve got some something green stuck between your teeth” scenario. That shit’s important.

When the sauce has finished its first hour we add in the 28 ounce can of tomato sauce.

Now it’s time to add in the herbs, the oregano, the red pepper flake, the salt and pepper and the wine. Give another good old stir.

The wine used today was from Bold Vines vineyards and is a California cabernet sauvignon. For its lower price point, this is one fucking delicious glass of red. It’s in my regular rotation as we speak.

This lovely pot of love is going to now simmer for… about 5 more hours.

To re-iterate you very well could add in the mushrooms at this point, simmer for another hour and serve and you would be ecstatic with the results. Not as ecstatic as you will be if you cool this down and refrigerate overnight and finish with the mushrooms the next day and that’s exactly what we’re gonna fucking do today.

Turn the heat off of the pot and let cool to room temperature.

There she is after cooling down

Using your spoon cut the sausages into chunks before refrigerating. The reason for this is when you reheat the sauce tomorrow you will be able to more easily remove the excess grease from the pot.

If that’s something important to you.

I like to cut each sausage link into 4-5 bits. It gives them almost a meatball touch but with way more flavor than a meatball.

Place this baby in the fridge, grab a cold one – or better yet go ahead and start finishing that bottle of vino – and let’s call this the end of day one.

It’s day two! Or as we will now call it “Kitchenaide Appreciation Day!

We’ve got a bit of work today making bread and pasta but one thing we don’t have to fuck around with much is the Mother Sauce.

Let’s get our sauce back out of the fridge and over a low flame. Today we will add in the mushrooms.

I also add in a bit more basil and oregano to “brighten” the sauce a bit. If you had company over this is where you would add that extra 15 ounce can of sauce but since we’re in “safe at home” mode there were just 3 of us and the extra sauce wasn’t needed.

Let this baby simmer until everything else is ready.

French Bread!

Recipe once again inspired by Tasteofhome.com

Before getting started you need to know that there are 3 separate rises for the dough. One hour, 30 minutes and 30 minutes. Schedule your shit accordingly.

Yes, we’ve done this before but to save you having to search for it:

3 to 3 1/4 cups of flour

1 package of Instant Yeast

1 cup of warm water at a temperature of 110-115 degrees. This is important dammit.

2 tablespoons of sugar

2 tablespoons of canola oil

1 1/2 teaspoons of salt

some cornmeal

1 egg white

1 teaspoon of cold water

Add the yeast to the working bowl of your mixer then pour in the water. Let bloom for a couple of minutes. Now add in the oil, salt, sugar and the first 2 cups of flour. Put your paddle attachment on the mixer and give it a spin.

Next, replace the paddle attachment with the hook attachment on the mixer. Now add in enough flour to form a stiff dough. Start with 1 cup of flour and adjust as needed until you have a stiff dough that pulls away from the mixing bowl. Set a kitchen timer and let this bastard go for 10 minutes.

Form into a ball, place in an oiled bowl, rolling the dough over to coat with oil. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it do rise number one for an hour.

Punch that dough down and get into the second rise, about thirty minutes. After that rise take a baking sheet that’s been sprinkled with cornmeal and shape your bread loaf. Turns out this part is critical for final results. You want this only about 2 1/2″ wide and about 14-18 inches long. It’s KEY.

Let rise again for another half hour, then score with a bread knife and baste with the egg wash. That’s the egg white mixed with the teaspoon of cold water.

Then give it a bake in a preheated 375 degree for about 25 minutes.

Bingo motherfuckers!

Let rest for a few minutes.

Want to slice and serve as is?

That shit will work.

Now it’s pasta time baby!

This is probably the 10th time I’ve made fresh pasta on Sunday Gravy but once again for your convenience.

1 1/2 cups Semolina flour
2 Eggs beaten
2 Tbsp Water
2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Toss everything in a bowl and combine into a rough dough. Most of you will remember that we CANNOT use the stand mixer for the kneading of this since it’s too small of a dough ball so we’ve got to do some work. Knead on a lightly floured surface 10 agonizing minutes.

By hand.

Remember? Glutens and shit?

When done?

Let this bad motor scooter rest for about 20 minutes.

Place the roller attachment on the Kitchenaide.

We’re going to roll out some pasta sheets. You’re going to want to break the dough into about 6 pieces.

Start with the widest setting then roll through. Adjust to setting 2 and repeat. Finally setting three and run ‘er through again. When all of the sheets have been rolled out like so…

It’s ready to cut these fuckers!

Place the pasta cutter attachment on the mixer.

And cut your pasta.  A sheet at a time.

Hang to dry for an hour or more.

To finish, get a pot of salted water going over the stove.

Take the pasta off of the drying rack.

Into the boiling water it goes.

For about 3-4 minutes.

Turn the heat off of the Mother Sauce cuz that shit’s going to be hot as FUCK.

Drain your pasta.

How about we make some of that bread into garlic bread?

All we did was melt some butter, added some granulated garlic, maybe 1/2 tablespoon? Sure. Then half a teaspoon of salt. Brush the butter mixture over slices of the bread and place under the broiler set to high.

Service time!

Take some of that pasta and place in a sauce pan. Get a ladle of sauce and combine with the pasta. Get your plate ready. Plate that pasta and sauce. Add more sauce over the tossed pasta as desired. Grate some parm over the top, get a couple of slices of bread and serve.

Good Golly Miss Molly!

How about a close-up of that sauce.

And that bread?

I said god DAMN!

This may have been the most overall satisfying meal of all time. The pasta, my God, you know how I feel about fresh pasta. The sauce? Shit yes! Perfect. Rich, savory, tomatoey goodness with a bit of an herbal note and that sausage in there? Wow.

Want to hear about the star of the goddamn show?

The bread. This is easily the best results I’ve ever had with my French bread.

Perfection.

The big difference here was when we made some of it into garlic bread. That was the best garlic bread EVER. The bread still had the fresh baked, yeasty action going and when broiled with the garlic butter it produced a delicate chew rather than a “chewy” chew that’s standard with typical garlic bread.

This is also the first time an entire loaf of French bread disappeared while feeding only 3 people.

Magnificent!

My bread game is getting stong as fuck, yo!

Once again try one disciple or try all three. You’re going to love the shit out of each of them.

Be well good folks. Stay home. Stay safe and we’ll get through this.

PEACE!

 

 

 

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ballsofsteelandfury

So Scotchy, what did you think of Layer Cake?

scotchnaut

Layer Cake has more twists and turns than Chubby Checker fucking an acrobatic groupie.

LemonJello
LemonJello

The Lady LemonJello and I have been married for 25 years. We’ve spent 20 of those years moving around at the whim of the Marine Corps…how in the name of Jesus H. Christ do we still have so much stuff to move??? Or are you assholes dumping boxes of random shit in my garage between my trips between the old Fortress LemonJello and the new Fortress LemonJello? If you are, knock it the fuck off!

ballsofsteelandfury

Guys, wait until he goes to the grocery store!

LemonJello
LemonJello

At least you could slip a sixer of beer from your fiefdoms into the fridge once in a while…

ballsofsteelandfury

Joking aside, some of the DFO’ers HAVE started beer exchange programs. If you’re interested, let us know!

litre_cola

Hard liquor too. We did not not send whisky and rum to and from Canada and Puerto Rico…..

LemonJello
LemonJello

I’d be interested in taking part in this. Untappd is like my Pokemon Go…

Plus, I have a couple IPAs to pass along to someone that would enjoy them.

ArmedandHammered
ArmedandHammered

Not random, we are bringing stuff you drop off at the new place back to the old place, your move shall remain neverending.

LemonJello
LemonJello

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Buddy Cole's Halftime Show!
Buddy Cole's Halftime Show!

They’re showing the entirety of the 1986 NLCS on SNY. Thoughts:

1. Cream road unis are an abomination, Astros.
2. Charlie Kerfeld definitely drank beer in the bullpen
3. Keith Jackson is a delight doing baseball games
4. Darryl Strawberry had an amazing ass, but Aurelio Lopez had curves that would make J-Lo blush

scotchnaut

5. Lenny Dykstra seemed to be over-compensating for something.

scotchnaut

Blasphemy Alert #2:

Nine of ten Italian sausages (do your tired ‘phrasing’ joke here) have way too much fennel. I don’t want a licorice-flavored meat missile in my gullet!*

*who among you is strong enough to not make a dick joke?

herodotus450
herodotus450

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Gratliff

In general, things have too much fennel and too much cilantro. Fuck, juts so much cilantro.

scotchnaut

“Nods in agreement.”

-Kale

Buddy Cole's Halftime Show!
Buddy Cole's Halftime Show!

Reminds me of when Scott Thompson did poppers and had a Twizzlers incident at 7/11!

scotchnaut

Blasphemy Alert #1:

Despite Mr. Richards’ great work on the tune, the best version of “Gimme Shelter” is done by Ministry. They nailed the darkness of that tune.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Damn kids these days.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Youtube went there next. Thunderpussy; queef or affect?

scotchnaut

You sure that isn’t Weather Channel clickbait?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

It didn’t say Thunderass.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Or Thundertits.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

or Thundertuneintomorrow ….

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I did like Thundertoe.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Thunderfuckitletsjustbehonesthere

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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scotchnaut

Somebody trying too hard?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Well for sports they don’t fuck around like they do for weather…. NSFDFO!

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ballsofsteelandfury

Yum

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Ah, yes, but apparently Thunderdeadhorse for *some* people.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Thunderrealitycheck.

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Gumbygirl
Gumbygirl

You sir, are the devil.

scotchnaut

WOOO!

scotchnaut

Thar be some fuckery going on. Every time I refresh a new video is shown. Kate Bush and The Cure so far. I posted something by Ministry.

ballsofsteelandfury

Maybe you posted a playlist instead of an individual video.

scotchnaut

I ain’t never done that afore! Thanks for cleanifying!

Gumbygirl
Gumbygirl

You were being punished for your monstrous opinion.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Refer and scotch.

ArmedandHammered
ArmedandHammered

Refer to what?

ArmedandHammered
ArmedandHammered

Although I am now trying to imagine Jane Austen writing a scene of the landed gentry smoking a bowl in a group. “Wouldest thou be most charitable and not bogart that pipe?”

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I am now going with the typo, as I am referring to:
https://www.nicknamess.com/nicknames-for-marijuana/

ArmedandHammered
ArmedandHammered

I knew what you meant, just decided to be a little pedantic.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

If you knew what I meant that might be the first step to madness…..

*Always make fun of my typos.

ArmedandHammered
ArmedandHammered

Oh no, I forgot about the movie Refer Madness about how over referencing in technical manuals can lead you to madness and Ph.Ds!

ballsofsteelandfury

Ha ha! Crash on lap 1!

ArmedandHammered
ArmedandHammered

Just giving the people what they really want!

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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SonOfSpam

Just not the same without the random Confederate Flag sighting.

scotchnaut

Fair amount of scotch being imbibed. I like.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Leads to fun times.

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scotchnaut

I’m more of an alligator man myself but this site is an open space where no one is judged.*

*everyone is judged offline and the general consensus is, “ewww, icky!”.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Hippo will judge your alligator fetish and will let you know the joy of crocodiles.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Fronkenshteen

Ah, the breakfast special for West Ham home matches. *urp*

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I have sardines, but similar situation.

Fronkenshteen

Astrid Kirchherr died. She took all those great photos of the Beatles in their Hamburg days.
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Look at them. They could be Joy Division.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Marketing inspiration/ borrowing/ stealing is an interesting thing.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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scotchnaut

Soundtrack is on point. I had no idea that Kylie Minogue did a mashup thing with New Order.

ballsofsteelandfury

Real live NASCAR is about to start on Fox!!

Real cars. Real drivers. Real asphalt. Real left turns!

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Real wrecks!

Senor Weaselo

They should have one track run in reverse and fuck everyone up.
/Yes, I know there are road courses but who actually cares about Sonoma?

Senor Weaselo

Fuck, terrible idea. NASCAR at Laguna Seca. Everyone crashes on the corkscrew.

Dunstan
Dunstan

I used to think making your own pasta was too big a hassle to be worth it. Then I decided to try it once as a lockdown project, and frankly the only time-consuming part is finding and cleaning off sufficient counter space. Now I have a pasta maker that some friends donated because they never use it, so now I’m really in business.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I’ve got a couple of projects going too.

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Dunstan
Dunstan

“You ever been in a cockpit before?”

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

At my house inanimate object are actually able to show shame……

Fronkenshteen

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“Do you like movies about gladiators?”

scotchnaut

The plot is getting nice and curvy-and I’m not referring to women.

Viva La Tabula Raza
Viva La Tabula Raza

Colm Meaney is a nice twist.

scotchnaut

Hey Tabula, I’m watching Layer Cake on your suggestion. No pressure.

Viva La Tabula Raza
Viva La Tabula Raza

I hope you dig it. I love that movie.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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ballsofsteelandfury

I also endorse this movie.

Viva La Tabula Raza
Viva La Tabula Raza

scotchnaut

Waited until just now (3pm EST) to have my first drink. Is this what ‘slacking’ feels like?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Gumbygirl
Gumbygirl

Would it be sacrilege to use hot sausage instead of sweet? Asking for a friend.

ballsofsteelandfury

The DFO motto is “You do you”.

Choose your own adventure!

Fronkenshteen

Anyone else crack a beer yet?

Game Time Decision

As long as you have no further questions, no

ballsofsteelandfury

Did it an hour ago.

Buddy Cole's Halftime Show!
Buddy Cole's Halftime Show!

Am I being detained?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Crack and beer? Sounds great!!

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Game Time Decision

Making bread in the gizmo now. Trying out a whole wheat one today
Have a roast in the crock pot to have fajitas for dinner. Cannot wait for that.did this a few weeks ago and it was gone in minutes
Also my mom continues to empty out her basement into mine but did give me a pasta roller machine. Its a manual one so going to have a sore arm some day soon. If I can find the semolina

monty this seems strange to me

yeah i get a sore arm from “rolling the pasta” too.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

“Here’s your ‘frosting.'”

rockingdog
rockingdog

Found a funny:

I saw a little kid running as fast as he could while screaming, “TIRED! TIRED!” and I think it’s great he already has life 100% figured out.

rockingdog
rockingdog

LOL
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Game Time Decision

why would one go onto Facebook willingly?

scotchnaut

I haven’t seen that many happy Germans rubbing elbows since the dinner party held at the end of The Wannsee Conference.

Viva La Tabula Raza
Viva La Tabula Raza

I was going to make a wry comment about them being happy about finally finding a solution to one of their problems, but decided it would be in poor taste.

scotchnaut

Are you new here?

ArmedandHammered
ArmedandHammered

We caught the end of that game, really fun game.

litre_cola

I am so hungover. Ending it seems like a great idea.

Fronkenshteen

Mainz! That was a hell of a run.

scotchnaut

Koln/Mainz is crazy entertaining. Up and down the field non-stop.

Fronkenshteen

Damn, I have GOT to get those pasta attachments.

Mistborn Impossible
Mistborn Impossible

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…just kidding! I’m a sourdough man now.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

That herb garden is looking good! If the parsley ever produces seeds please save some for me.

Fronkenshteen

My wife’s parsley is producing seeds if you would like me to send you some (not a dick joke).

scotchnaut

Me: “Hi, I’m scotchnaut and I have a Sunday Morning Food Porn addiction.”

Audience: “Hi scotchnaut.”

Me: “It all started back in…”

[fade out]

monty this seems strange to me

Sunday Gravy > church

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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