Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Nook Dec 11 Edition

Brent brings the latest in new releases and gift ideas to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new music from legendary rockers AC/DC and a greatest hits collection from country singer Carrie Underwood - movies include Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes - and books include Melissa Gilbert's Little House on the Prairie cookbook, an original Sons Of Anarchy novel - and more!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

2014 has been a hell of a year and I am most thankful for quite a few things - I'm thankful that my daughter and grand-kids and their family are so happy and doing so well - I'm thankful to my sister, brother, cousins, parents and the whole extended family for being the best - I'm thankful for my co-workers who make going to work something to look forward to - I'm thankful to the police, paramedics, doctors, insurance agents and car dealers that helped me out so much after my accident - I'm thankful to my sweetie for being my best friend, fellow cat-wrangler and partner in crime - and then there's all of YOU people, I'm thankful for the communication and shared experience of life online and off ...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

KBTV FOX 4 Southeast Texas Live Book Nook Barnes & Noble Discovery Weekend Edition

Brent brings news of Barnes & Noble's Discovery Weekend activities and holiday gift ideas to KBTV FOX 4'a Southeast Texas live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 19 - the weekend's events include: Friday Nov. 21 - 7 p.m. - Linkee Trivia Tournament - shout out trivia game with a twist!; Saturday Nov. 22 - 10 a.m. - Create with ArtFolds - transform books into art!; 11 a.m. - Learn to draw like Mo Willems and Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus storytime!; 1 p.m. - Puppet Making and Holiday Sing-along - create your own puppet friend and sing!; 7 p.m. - Holiday Fluxx Game Night - family fun card came with ever-changing rules!; Sunday Nov. 23 - 1 p.m. - Snowmen at Night storytime - and create your own snowman!; All of this and more at Barnes & Noble, 4155 Dowlen in Beaumont, Texas

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Brent's Book Nook Nov. 12 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 12 - with new music from The Foo Fighters and Garth Brooks - new DVDs including How To Train Your Dragon 2 - and new books from the Bush family, Wimpy Kid, Stephen King and more!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Nook Oct. 29 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's "Southeast Texas Live" starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 29 - with new music from Taylor Swift and The Hot Sardines - Brent's favorite Halloween DVDs - new books by Anne Rice, Amy Poehler, Gillian Anderson and more!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Nook Oct. 22 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 21 - with new CDs from '80s icons Billy Idol and Annie Lennox - new DVDs include "Sex Tape" and "Snowpiercer" - and there's new books from John Grisham, George R.R. Martin - and more!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Stop Calling Creole Culture "Cajun" - It's Not The Same Thang

Another local newspaper article about regional food/customs and another local newspaper writer misidentifying Creole as "Cajun." It's enough to make me spit-take my Cafe Du Monde Coffee with Chicory. Quick history lesson for wannabe food writers: The French established New Orleans in the French Colony of Louisiana in 1718. From that day, everyone born in the French colony (whether they were originally from France or not) would become known as Creole (meaning from the colony.) Meanwhile, the "Cajuns" were the French-speaking farmers who settled in Eastern CANADA in the same time period. Got that? CANADA. The first Africans, both slaves and freemen, came to New Orleans in 1720. From African cooks we get the co-creation and name of the classic Creole dish known as GUMBO - early 19th century: from the Angolan word kingombo "okra." Got that? "Cajuns" did not invent Gumbo. African cooks also contributed new ideas to French dishes such as Etouffee, resulting in the Creole classics Shrimp Etouffee and Crawfish Etouffee. Other Europeans, including Germans, Italians, Swiss, English, Irish, Scottish, Scandinavian and so on, began arriving in New Orleans in 1722. From the Germans, we got potato salad as a side for Gumbo, French/German collaborations on Andouille sausage, French/German collaborations on Boudain and the creation of fried potatoes sold in the French Market that became known as "French Fried Potatoes" and "Creole Potato Chips." From the English, we got battered/fried fish and bread pudding. From the Italians we got loaves of bread sold in the French Market that became known as "French Bread" (German bakers did the same) - as well as the creation of the classic Muffuletta sandwich. And more. All of that is Creole, not "Cajun." The first Spanish came to New Orleans in 1763, bringing more culinary influences, including a popular culinary French/Spanish collaboration called Jambalaya. Again, Creole, not "Cajun." Finally, the first "Cajuns" left Eastern Canada and came down to Louisiana in 1764. By that time the Creole people, culture, food and customs were well established. The "Cajuns," who were farmers, settled in the area west of New Orleans that would become Lafayette. And the rural Creoles of Southwest Louisiana taught the "Cajuns" how to hunt and fish in the bayous, and how to make Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding, and everything else in between. Additional note: Following the Haitian Revolution of 1791, people from Haiti, the West Indies, Jamaica and the Caribbean also came to New Orleans, bringing even more diverse influences to Creole food and customs. Additional note: Part of the problem is that way too many people - including cooks and restaurant owners - identify themselves as "Cajun" when many times their families are actually descended from Creoles. And that's a whole 'nuther rant. Christophe Landry writes: "Cajunism operates on a Canadian and French identity; many Louisianians who have no Canadian ancestry will dig hard to find one to validate their Cajunit√©, too. When the genealogy proves unsuccessful, they parade around claiming to be “culturally” Cajun, anything to avoid being Creole. In their minds, Canada and France are where Whites live and come from, which makes Cajun an implicitly white ethno-racial identity." - "That leaves the remaining “Francophones” in Louisiana to continue identifying as Creoles (or, French Creoles, Spanish Creoles, or Black Creoles), making Creole, therefore, an explicitly black/mixed/other ethnic identity. Still, some Whites, in disgust, will whisper to you: "We used to call ourselves Creoles before this Cajun stuff” - or “They call themselves Cajuns, but they're all Creoles."

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Laissez Les Bon Temps Nook Oct. 1st Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 1st - with new albums from Blake Shelton and Jeff Bridges & The Abiders, new movies include "Transformers Age Of Extinction" and Jon Favreau's "Chef," and new books from "Girls" creator Lena Dunham and the Long Island Medium - and more!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

El Nook Sept. 24 Edition

Brent brings the BEST in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 24th! - with new CDs from Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga and Jennifer Hudson, DVDs include the comedy Neighbors and the Exorcist box set, and new books from Bill O'Reilly, Kathy Reichs, Carl Hiaasen and Scott Westerfield!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

El Nook Sept. 16 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 16 - with Godzilla, Garth Brooks, Barbra Streisand, Legos, Steve Harvey, Michael Vey, and more!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

El Nook Sept 10 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live - starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 10 - with new music from Robert Plant and Billy Childs, the home video releases of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Brick Mansions, new books from Him Harrison, Philippa Gregory, Mitchell Zuckoff, Jason Segel, Sen. Wendy Davis and more!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Annual Tenants Exhibition

Sep 6 at 7:00pm to Sep 26 at 5:00pm - the Art Studio Inc., 720 Franklin St, Beaumont, Texas 77701 - Opening reception Saturday, Sept. 6th 7-10pm. The public is invited to attend this FREE event featuring our hard working resident artists of all mediums. Come early and meet the Artists in their studios 7-8 pm. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will remain in the Gallery throughout the month and open during business hours Tues. - Sat. 2-5pm. or by appointment. For more information call 409-838-5393.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Right On Right On Right On

wow this is weird - bear with me a minute - my top 10 favorite songs at the top of my head used to all be punk rock songs - but now, my Top 10 favorite songs at the top of my head are: Take The Money And Run, Life In The Fast Lane, Smuggler's Blues, Already Gone, Running On Empty, Take It Easy, All She Wants To Do Is Dance, Down At The Sunset Grill, Copperhead Road, and Cocaine. when the hell did I turn into a 1970s pot dealer?