Five Questions Friday: Mercury

Q: Since you tell people that you always loved The Brady Bunch growing up because they were the brothers and sisters you never had, here’s a trivia question: what was the name of the Brady Bunch’s dog?
Eric: Tiger. And did you know that the dog that played Tiger was killed between seasons? Maybe that’s why he just disappeared as the family dog.

Q: For the last few days I’ve been sick with the flu. Do you think you’re taking care of me adequately?
Eric: That sounds like a loaded question. I will defer.

Q: Did you hear about the new Monopoly piece and which one they eliminated?
Eric: Yes, you mentioned it this morning that they went with the cat. But which one did they get rid of?  The iron.

Q: Are you looking forward to this big snowstorm we’re about to get hit with?
Eric: Oh, yeah –  like a cat looks forward to seeing a pit bull.

Q: And now to your favorite question… What annoyed you this week?
Eric: Instead of what irritated me this week I have come up with something a little different. I thought that I would give you a break and just give you a link to a musical act that has had an impact on my life’s creative path.

Not to say that I won’t come back with what irritated me this week some other time. We shall have to see. But until then let me indulge.

I’m sure that not all my choices will be your flavor but I hope in some way you will understand. This first one involves Freddie Mercury , the legendary front man of Queen.  I am a huge fan of the late great and this clip shows his true greatness.

Mr. Basketmaker Speaks: Salsa (Again)

The following post is from Mr. Basketmaker himself. And yes, he already did a post on salsa. But that post was his own homemade pepper salsa (see it here.) This is about his new favorite salsa that he felt compelled to write about. And yes, we do eat a lot of salsa in this house.

I’m sharing with you what I think is the best salsa on the planet!

While visiting with our friends Jud & Suzanne from Georgia, they put out a bowl of chips and salsa. The brand of salsa was “Mateo’s Gourmet Salsa” which I have never heard of before.

And yes, I’mateos-salsa-basketmaker-speaks-2013m going out on a limb saying it’s the best salsa on the planet. But I will continue until I’m proven wrong.

What makes this salsa great is that it is chopped very fine. A lot of salsa makers like to claim that their salsa is thick and chunky.  These salsas can have bigger chunks of tomato and onions but many times they seem to be mushy and then watery at the same time.  This is the anti-chunky salsa yet it still has a thick consistency.  It has that Texas heat feeling and makes you go back for more. Our hosts found it from Costco’s so I guess since we don’t have one near us we will have to have some sent up to us… hint hint.

(editor’s note: Yes, Mateo’s salsa was good, but I will always say that Eric’s homemade salsa is the best salsa on the planet and I cannot be proven wrong on that!)

**Nobody needs to send us salsa! I found it online. If you don’t have a Costco’s nearby, you can find it on Amazon but in a bulk 6-Jar pack: Mateos Gourmet Salsa

Margarita Grande

This is how Eric looks on the evening of his last day of classes after a workshop — in his favorite cap, sitting back in his chair all relaxed and with an extra big smile.
Here, he’s extra giddy because one of his students, Nova Grande (she has the coolest name ever!) from the Georgia Basketry Convention, slipped me some money to buy him a drink. So without him knowing, I pretended to go to the ladies room and had the waiter deliver him a Margarita on the rocks, with no salt of course (me, I like my rims salted, but not Mr. Basketmaker). He was happily surprised and tipped his glass up and said “Here’s to Nova Grande!”