January 6th, 2007

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Hogzilla: The Sequel

From today's news round-up:

Another Hogzilla Caught Near Atlanta
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. — A giant wild hog boasted to be bigger than the near-mythical "Hogzilla" caught in southern Georgia a few years ago has been killed in a suburban Atlanta neighborhood.

The hog hung snout down from a tree Friday in William Coursey's front yard, not far from where the avid hunter said he shot the beast. He said he hauled it to a truck weight station, which recorded the hairy hog at 1,100 pounds.

The Department of Natural Resources did not know whether the hog was a record for the state. "We don't keep records on hogs," said Melissa Cummings of the DNR's public affairs department.

But Coursey believes his behemoth surpasses the famed super swine shot and killed in 2004 that weighed in at half a ton on the farm's scales. A team of National Geographic experts later confirmed "Hogzilla" didn't quite live up to the 1,000-pound, 12-foot hype, saying the beast was probably 7 1/2 to 8 feet long, and weighed about 800 pounds.

The news of Coursey's kill got people are talking about the enormous beasts that roam the state.

"Nobody keeps official records," said Daryl Kirby, an editor with Georgia Outdoor News. "But it's one heck of a hog."

Sorry, salad not available for download

Finally made the pickled herring salad tonight and, as I suspected, I actually did like it. The salad is sort of a sweet fruit salad + potato salad + pickled salad. The main ingredients are pickled herring, pickled beets, dill pickles, apples, boiled potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, onion, sugar, vinegar, plus beet and pickle juice. The whole thing is red and pink, because of the beets.

The trouble is, I made a lot of it and I find it highly unlikely either of the boys will even try to taste it, as it's just too ethnic and conceptually weird, unless you were raised on pickled food I think. so I'm going to have to eat it myself, which will take a week, unless I find somebody who wants some. A German, Scandinavian or Russian would probably eat it. In fact, next time I get invited over my friends Dima & Stefan's place for a party, I'll totally make it, because Dima is Russian and Stefan is Dutch. And I know they both like pickled stuff, including fish.

P.S. If anybody wants the recipe, let me know. My mom typed out the recipe from the 100-year-old German recipe book she uses. I can translate it, however.

P.P.S. Daniel tried it and didn't hate it, although he thought it could do without the fish (though it's only a small part of the overall salad). Caleb thought it was gross. Meanwhile I guess they should be both be glad I didn't add the diced tongue, which was included in the original recipe.

Feels like June

It was 70 here in Atlanta today. WTF? In the morning I went with the boys and Daniel's mom and grandma to Alon's and we were roasting while eating outside. It was ridiculously hot. Later in the afternoon, Caleb and I went down to East Atlanta to the little independent pet supply shop and we were hot the whole time. I should not be jacketless and rolling up my sleeves in January! The paper ran an article today quoting some weather experts as saying that this warm streak isn't going to last, as eventually (mid-month maybe) the country's weather system is going to shift and the cold will get down here again, but meanwhile it's pretty weird. I wore a miniskirt yesterday, the magnolia trees have buds, and restaurants are seving al fresco.