Meteor Hits Corydon!

A huge meteor of pure Kryptonite struck the Corydon electrical grid yesterday evening, leaving millions of Corydonians without power. Okay, yeah, I’m lying. I don’t know what happened, but the power went off to a bunch of us for half an hour or so. Happily (or do I mean sadly?) we’ve had enough power outages over the past few years, we just whipped out our battery lights and lit our hurricane lamp and sat down and talked about books and philosophy.

Wednesday is food day here at the blog, so here’s some food we had. I posted at Fatal Foodies yesterday about this butternut squash I bought that was so big you could hollow it out, install a motor, and have a new car. In that post, I said I might use some of the innards to make squash pancakes, and I did that.

I just took about a cup of the butternut spread I made for Christmas (squash cooked till it’s soft, a little butter, a little nutmeg, a little honey, some toasted chopped pecans), stirred in a slightly beaten egg and about two tablespoons of flour and cooked it by 1/4 cupfuls in a buttered pan.

This was breakfast, so I treated mine like pancake pancakes and I ate mine with a drizzle of real maple syrup, but Charlie said they didn’t need any topping, and I think he’s probably right. Quite tasty. I have enough for another round. If you eat ham, I bet this would go really well with some ham.

Now I have to figure out what to have for New Year’s Day. Around here, we usually eat pork, black-eyed peas and cabbage for good luck and prosperity. Now that we’re practically vegetarian, the pork is out. I’m thinking of putting sliced water chestnuts in with the cabbage so the cabbage is like good luck for folding money and the sliced water chestnuts are like good luck for coins? I don’t know what the black-eyed peas represent — good luck in fist fights?

Mom and I were out and about the other day, and I spotted this thoughtful motorcycle, or at least he’s very expressive. I love his little face, and his antennae. He’s like, “Phone home, yeah, but what’s the number again?”

WRITING PROMPT: Invent a good luck dish and explain why it’s supposed to be good luck.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Meteor Hits Corydon!

  1. Nancy Williams

    December 29, 2010 at 3:32pm

    Yummy, I love squash…but it’s me, the I won’t cook unless forced to. LOL

    August whipped together the strawberries, blueberries and honey in a thick heavy cream (that came from a cow), and declared.
    “The luck of the Irish is knowing the leprechauns didn’t follow us to America!”

    Okay, that’s not technically correct, but it does sound good.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

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  2. Mary

    December 29, 2010 at 5:31pm

    don’t cook but I love to laugh and this post was the perfect recipe!

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      Marian Allen

      December 29, 2010 at 6:30pm

      Thanks, Mary! I don’t write about food ALL the time. Really. Honest.

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  3. Jayne

    December 30, 2010 at 4:28am

    It must have been very annoying but you paint such a cosy picture of sitting around with hurricane lamps talking about books and philosophy! But I hope it is all up and working again for you now with no problems. The butternut squash pancakes are a great idea! A good luck dish for me would involve chocolate. I fear most dishes for me involve chocolate!

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      Marian Allen

      December 30, 2010 at 7:47am

      Jayne, I am SO with you on the chocolate! lol!

      The power outage only lasted about half an hour this time. It’s usually just the three of us down this drive, when a squirrel fries itself in the transformer, but this was a bit more widespread. A couple of years ago, we were out for about ten days, so we got good at living without electricity. 🙂

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  4. James

    January 17, 2012 at 10:37am

    Sacrilege! The only way to really eat butternut squash is with a lovely tray of roasted vegetables. Delicious 🙂

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