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A Dog And His Boy

by Richard

Here at stately Jones manor, it’s always the dog days.

That is, the dog keeps taking up a disproportionately large section of all our days. Not only does Buzz, the garbage disposal that walks like a dog, think he’s a fully fledged member of the family, outranking more than a few of the young dudes in the pecking order, he’s starting to see them as merely food delivery systems and a good place to rest once he’s finally devoured everything remotely edible and even slightly nailed down.

Yep, that’s Hyper Lad, down for the count after an exciting time running around and doing, well, whatever it is that tires out 11-year-old young dudes. He lay down for a quick breather and just sort of zonked. At which point, Buzz, the garbage disposal that walks like a dog, decided he needed a more comfortable pillow.

I just love the look we’re getting from the dog. Sort of a, “What? He’d do the same to me.” And he’s right.

Still, I always thought it was the other way around. Whatever works, I guess.

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Maturation Transmigration

by Richard

I’ve got a theory here, based on some recent observation. I’m beginning to think that there’s only a finite amount of maturity in each family, maybe even the world, which would go a long way toward explaining some recent-ish behavior here on the Jones Compound.

You know the old theory about how this sort of thing works. As a little dude grows up in to a young dude and thence into dudehood itself, he andor she gradually matures, taking on adult responsibilities and eventually quits doing stuff like, oh, just to pluck an example out of the air, deliberately annoying someone just because you know it’ll make him andor her mad. It’s called growing up and, no matter how much we might dislike the idea, it’s something we all do. Eventually. I hope.

Over the last year or two, I’ve been seeing a lot of that maturity out of one of my young dudes, who shall remain nicknameless. It’s actually quite amazing how much he’s matured this last little bit. I was looking forward to having two mature young dudes in the house and seeing them exert a beneficial effect on the youngest little dude. It was going to be great.

Here’s the deal, though.

As the one young dude has grown and matured, the other young dude (obviously not Hyper Lad) seems to have regressed. It’s almost as is one of the dudes has been siphoning off maturity from his brother.

Hyper Lad, who’s all of 11, and the regressing young dude keep getting into almost knock-down, drag-out fights over, literally, nothing. I don’t know about you dudes, but it’s a bit disheartening when I’ve got to appeal to an 11-year-old to be the mature one in a fight with a brother who can already drive.

I’m not sure what else we can do other than pointing out the inconsistency and hoping the older young dude’s still-growing frontal cortex will eventually kick in and start regulating his behavior. Or maybe he just needs some more space. Like, for instance, going away to college. I know living four states away from my sister did wonders for our relationship.

Of course, if my theory is right and there’s only a set amount of maturity for each family, that could also explain my obsession with Cartoon Network and be the reason my favorite sentence these days seems to be “So’s your face.” Or maybe that’s just me.

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Dude Food: Pork Tenderloin Casserole

by Richard

I’m bringing back this recipe because we’ve just linked with a new site, Foodista, that has lots of great recipes. Including more on pork tenderloin.

Pork Tenderloin Casserole on FoodistaPork Tenderloin Casserole

I love pork tenderloin. It’s tasty as all get out, rather light on fat (provided you trim off the fat that comes on one side of the tenderloin) and mostly it comes in large enough sizes to feed my family of walking garbage disposals.

However, you can only make it the same way a certain number of times before the little dudes start gagging at the words “pork tenderloin for dinner.” Combine that with my love of casseroles (considering I can throw stuff together, pop it in the oven, set the timer and come back to a cooked meal after swim and dive practice) and I think I’ve finally found a winner.

I present to you pork tenderloin casserole. We had it last night and it was delicious.

Pork Tenderloin Casserole

about two pounds of pork tenderloin
1 package of center-cut bacon
1 large jar of sliced mushrooms and some fresh mushrooms
1 medium onion 1 egg, beaten
salt and pepper to taste
Italian bread crumbs

Okay, first, season the pork with salt and pepper and then cut the tenderloin into large medallions. Then dip them in the egg and then dredge them through the bread crumbs. Set them aside.

Get a large skillet and gently fry the bacon. Cook the bacon until it is just past raw and getting a little crispy. Just a little, mind. Add the chopped onions and saute with the bacon. Set the bacon and onion aside and keep the bacon grease in the pan.

Pour most of the bacon grease out, but keep enough to coat the bottom of the skillet. Return the skillet to the flame and then brown the pork medallions until they’re a golden brown.

Remove them and place them on the bottom of a greased oven pan. Layer the bacon and onions with the pork. Pour the fresh mushrooms and the bottled mushrooms, with the juice, over the pork and bacon. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Eat! Enjoy!

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