Today Is Free Slurpee Day! 7-Eleven Gives Away Slurpees All Day Today

Today Is Free Slurpee Day!  7-Eleven Gives Away Slurpees All Day TodayIf you are a fan of the frozen convenience store treat, Wednesday May 23 – TODAY! – is Free Slurpee Day.  Participating 7-Eleven stores are doling out free Slurpees.  How nice is that?

Show up between 11 AM and 7 PM and you’ll get yourself a free 7.11 ounce Slurpee in your favorite flavor.  The chain has just released a Splenda sweetened “Slurpee-Lite” line and this is the companies way of letting everyone know.  Rest assured you can fuel your adult onset diabetes and pour yourself a regular one.

Just as exciting is the fact this doesn’t effect the company’s usual “unofficial” birthday, July 11th.  So you’ll get another chance at seven and a tenth ounces of frozen goodness.

Machines to make the frozen beverages were invented by Omar Knedlik in the late 1950s. The idea was an accidental one.  His soda fountain broke down, forcing him to store his sodas in the freezer.  They quickly became slushy.  Many people loved them, which gave him the idea to develop a machine to keep the drinks “slushy”.  Thus a legend was born.  7-Eleven licenses the technology and process through a deal to market the drink under their own “Slurpee” brand name.

Catherine Scalia – Long Island Hot Dog Hooker – Pleads Guilty to Soliciting Undercover Cop

Catherine Scalia - Long Island Hot Dog Hooker - Pleads Guilty to Soliciting Undercover Cop

Police in Nassau County have arrested this enchantress – 45-year-old Catherine Scalia –  after detectives say she was offering up more than a dirty water dog from her grotesque 30 year old Winnebago roadside hot dog truck.  Scalia, of East Rockaway, was arrested Thursday after authorities said an undercover officer bought two dogs and she offered to engage in sexual conduct at her home with in return for money.

According to the police, the officer asked about the specials and Scalia offered a striptease later that night for $100 at her East Rockaway home.  The cop showed up to her house and said Scalia wanted to perform sex acts for an additional $50.  She was placed under arrest and charged with prostitution. Catherine Scalia - Long Island Hot Dog Hooker - Pleads Guilty to Soliciting Undercover Cop

“The agreed amount was about $100 and then to further engage in an additional sex act — it was another $50,” said Nassau County Detective Lt. Kevin Smith.  Authorities said she would drum up business using suggestive business cards passed out at her truck and nearby stores.  She’d bring clients back to her home in East Rockaway.  Neighbors said they’re not shocked by the prostitution arrest.

“She was leaving little cards around CVS for naked house cleaning, topless house cleaning,” one neighbor told CBS New York.  The hot dog truck now sits in the driveway of the home that neighbors said Scalia grew up in and where she raised triplets who are now teenagers.

“I plead guilty to stripping,” said Scalia. “Not prostitution, prostitution is sex and I am Sister Theresa here.” (She did actually plead prostitution, so there’s certainly some wishful thinking or extreme confusion on her part.)

“I’m sexy and I know it,” screamed Scalia as she addressed the media outside the jailhouse. “If Pamela Anderson can show her T–, so can I.  I’m right in front of Pep Boys on Baldwin in Freeport.” said Scalia, giving the location where she’d be selling her dogs and peddling her frightening “goods.”

The judge, tellingly, ordered Scalia to get a psychiatric evaluation as a condition of her release.  If she does not, it’s back to jail for 90 days.  As a further update, Ms. Scalia is no longer selling dogs.  She parked her truck on private property without the owner’s permission the day after she was released.  Police came to remove her and also found she had no permits whatsoever.  Oops.  Safe to say that Ms. Scalia won’t be selling dogs anytime soon, nor anything else.

Why Does Sonic Hate Your Kids?; Another Kid Falls Into Sonic Grease Trap

Why Does Sonic Hate Your Kids?; Another Kid Falls Into Sonic Grease Trap

A Sonic restaurant in Clarskville, Tenn. left its grease pit lid “dislodged,” and a five-year-old child found her way into the vat of waste.  The pit, a deep cylindrical receptacle for waste grease at the drive-in restaurant, was “steps away from the restaurant’s patio.” Continue reading

Classic Works of Art Made with Jelly Beans

Classic Works of Art Made with Jelly Beans

Illustrator Kristen Cumings was hired by Jelly Belly to produce several works of art to add to their collection entitled Jelly Belly Masterpieces of Confectionary Art.  She chose to reproduce some classic works of art.  It takes 50-60 hours to complete the life-size paintings made of approximately 9,000 to 12,000 jelly beans each.  The gigantic 4 foot x 6 foot murals recreate a classic work of art, including Vincent can Gogh’s The Starry Night to Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Continue reading

Frito Pie – A Whole Lotta Tasty But Nobody Said This Was Healthy

Frito Pie - A Whole Lotta Tasty But Nobody Said This Was Healthy

This is was contribution to Cinqo De Mayo.  I didn’t go out and drink, in fact a late night walk to the store proved quite perilous, such were the inebriates weaving through the city at such a late hour.  I’ll admit here right up front that I didn’t go ahead and make a fine chili. It was late at night, the idea hit me, and I had only one part of the whole thing in my house.

A quick trip to the store netted me the only small bag of Fritos in the whole of the store.  Score.  They had plenty of big bags but that’s just not the point with this.  I was looking to be reasonable.  A small bag is reasonable, I think.  A large bag verges on gluttonous.

Frito Pie - A Whole Lotta Tasty But Nobody Said This Was Healthy


I had some pico de gallo left over from a brief stint with tacos the night before.  My pico doesn’t really have a recipe.  It’s just a mix of tomato, onion, and hot peppers, maybe a squeeze of lime.  Cilantro is a vile and disgusting plant, as such it has no part in my pico. They might be Jalapeno, Serrano, or some other spicy green thing.  I would never let a good pico go to waste, so part of this recipe was a desire to see it put to good use.

Frito Pie - A Whole Lotta Tasty But Nobody Said This Was Healthy

We’ve always got cheese around so I didn’t need to pick any up either.  The last part is a bit controversial.  Again, I’d love to tell you I made my own chili.  This idea popped into being very late night.  I’m not sure if you’ve ever made chili before but it’s an undertaking that’s best started before 1AM.

My plan straddled the line into genius when I remembered the local Metropolitan Market sometimes has a killer chili in the prepared foods section.  I could grab a small portion and use that to assemble my evil vision.  Twenty minutes later I was back in my kitchen with a hot bowl of chili.  They didn’t have any in the store hot, but I stumbled upon their refrigerated section and lo and behold, there it was.  Score.

Frito Pie - A Whole Lotta Tasty But Nobody Said This Was Healthy

Assembly and content can vary wildly on something like this.  I had thought of just opening the bag and dumping everything in.  That’s the spirit of the whole thing.  A portable corn chip chili festival.  But I worried it might not take a great picture so instead I opted for cutting the bag open along the backside, like some lurid corn chip vivisection.  That happened to work out great.

I wasn’t walking around with this anywhere so the portability didn’t really matter.  Serving out of the bag is pretty slick, and I was able to accomplish that, if only just.  I was able to drop huge swaths of meat and brown goodness on top of the chips and it allowed room for plenty of melting cheese and my leftover pico.

I’d recommend the chili portion be as hot as you can stand.  Layer on a decent amount of cheese straight away, so you get a good deal of melting.  Add pico, other toppings, and any more cheese you’d like right on top.  Eat.  Fingers, fork, spoon – they all work.

Frito Pie - A Whole Lotta Tasty But Nobody Said This Was Healthy

Some People Can Pull This Off - In The Bag And Still Looks Tasty. I'm Not Some People

This whole endeavor put an enormous smile on my face.  My other half hates Frito’s (really I don’t enjoy them so much outside this application, either) but thought this was a good bag dish nonetheless.  I’d make it again in a heartbeat.

For the two of us, we shared one bag.  If the two of you were hungry I could see a bag a piece being a worthwhile endeavor.




For two lazy-mans bags of Frito Pie you’ll need the following lazy (read: approximate) recipe:

  • 2 Small/Individual Bags of Fritos
  • Pico De Gallo (Onion, Tomato, and Jalapeno Peppers Diced)
  • Chili (You can make your own – or buy some prepared stuff from the store)  For one bag I used the smallest portion I could get.  For two you’d probably want the middle or larger size – depending on how badly you need a chili fix.
  • Shredded Cheese – again dependent on how much you’d like.
  • Anything You Can Think To Add – Corn, onion, green peppers, etc…etc…
  • Love


Buttered Parmesan English Muffins – Best Snacktime Ever!

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

I have a supreme weakness for this little treat.  I try to convert as many people as possible.  I’ve been called white trash for making this.  If that’s the case I’m donning a stained wife beater and parking a few broken cars on the front lawn.  Call me Cletus.  This stuff is killer.

It’s also almost effortless.  In about five minutes or so you can have a snack that’ll knock your socks off.  It’s hot, it’s Parmesan, it’s bread, and it’s butter.  What more needs to be said?

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

I generally make four halves, or two English Muffins.  Often I’ll think I’m not that hungry and just need a quick snack – so one muffin should be just fine.  I’ve never done that and not had to go back and make another serving.  So two English Muffins it is – always.

Split two English Muffins and pop them into the toaster.  I have a vertical toaster, rather than a toaster oven.  The first step you can toast them however you like.  Make it a light toasting.  You want the texture to be firm and toasty but they’re going back in after the next step, so don’t overdo it.

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

Once lightly toasted remove the four pieces and spread some butter on each.  They don’t need to be dripping in it, but if you’re going for it you might as well not skimp.  I have a big block of Reggiano Parmesan in my fridge at all times.  If there’s isn’t any in there…..well let’s just say I’ve gone out at three in the morning to go grab a block.  Parmesan addiction isn’t pretty, folks.  Grate a healthy dose of Parmesan onto each of the four pieces.  I’m sure you could get away with using the pre-grated, crumbly, powdery stuff they sell in glass jars at the store.  I won’t touch but I’m a Parmesan Prima Donna.

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

Once thusly coated in a layer of cheese they need to go back into the toaster.  If you’ve a toaster oven – no problem.  If you have a vertical slice toaster like mine you’ve got two options for yourself.  You can heat your oven up to 350 or 375 degrees F.  You can also just flip your toaster onto its side.  That way the cheese will stay on top and you can make these in a hurry.  Not all toasters and accomplish this feat and other get nervous just looking at it.  Do what makes you comfortable.  If you’re going to try it – there are a few things you might want to be aware of.

Some toasters shut off if they’re tipped over.  Great safety feature – bad for this purpose.  Other toasters have metal gates that come down on the toasted item to keep it in place.  These will mush the cheese and cause you a smoking sticky problems.  Don’t try it.  If you’re going ahead with this – please take these necessary precautions and pay attention to these important points.  Go forth with careful consideration.

  • CLEAN OUT YOUR TOASTER – Turn it upside down and make sure there’s not crumbs or big chunks of bread lurking.
  • DO A TEST RUN WITH BREAD – Check for any hot spots or weird toasting that might cause a problem.
  • WHEN YOUR TOAST IS DONE – YOUR TOASTER MAY FLING THEM ACROSS THE ROOM - Your toaster is designed to pop the toast up.  When it’s on the side it very well may fly across the kitchen.  Far.  Be careful.  Hot butter and cheese is like napalm.  My toaster is old and the spring is bad so it just clicks and releases gently.
Or just use the ovenI do sometimes and it works just fine.
Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

In another minute or two (more if you’re using the oven) you’ll be greeted with the most delightfully toasted buttery Parmesan bomb you’ve ever tasted.  I have to limit myself to a single serving each week, I would otherwise eat this and nothing else for the rest of my existence.  Scurvy be damned.

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

For a nice snack for yourself (if you need to share I suggest a spade shovel and a shallow grave to eliminate that problem) you’ll need the following:

  • 2 English Muffins – Split Into Four Halves
  • Butter for spreading – Maybe a Tablespoon Or So
  • Freshly Grated Parmesan – Enough to Cover Each Muffin Generously
  • Love.  Much Love.