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Chuck Hinman IJMA #180: Get a Life!

It's Just Me Again #180:Get a Life
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by Chuck Hinman

Great Food at Tall Grass Estates: Sweet Pepper Soup and Waldorf Salad, makes author conclude he never had it so good.

Have you noticed that some people are chronic complainers? And yes, we even have them at Tallgrass Estates. They bitch about things like Oklahoma sunsets (too orangy) or daylight savings time (we already have too much sun for the roses).

Everyone is quick to voice an opinion on the food they have just consumed. I thought last nights meal was awesome, meaning "awfully good." It should have closed the mouths of chronic bitchers.

According to the menu, we had Sweet Pepper Pot Soup; Grilled Cheeseburger served with lettuce, tomato, and pickle; apple, pear, and grape Waldorf salad; and dessert.

Let me tell you about two of those things which I felt deserved a "10" on everyone's scorecard.

For quite some time there has been a vast improvement in the evening meals, and in particular the soups. The Sweet Pepper Pot soup was a good example of soup that had been prepared with a tasty base. I have no idea what was in the base but I had the feeling the chef had tasted it several times along its preparation, and it wasn't served until it met the chef's picky standards. The "pepper taste" was distinct but not overpowering. The vegetables were diced and not overcooked. I was so glad that I had ordered two servings because just one would have left me wanting another.

I don't know who the "soup chef" is but he or she should get an award for making a fantastic "taste-tested" soup when cabbage is the main ingredient. Not every cook in the kitchen can make cabbage taste like it belongs in soup.

Now for the cheeseburger. I suppose that anyone can throw some stuff together and call it a cheeseburger. But the TG cheeseburger was different. When the serving cover was removed the first thing I noticed was the "presentation." It looked "good enough to eat" and so it was and more so. It was served open face so you could pick and choose which of the various condiments you wanted on your customized burger. I chose most everything and it fit my mouth perfectly. It was served piping hot and I ate every bite along with the elegant Waldorf salad.

And topping that off was long-time Tallgrass favorite desert -- butter-pecan ice cream. Yummy-tummy!

If anyone had bitched about a meal like that, I feel sorry for them and would suggest they "get a life!"

I admit I have never had it so good. And the best part is someone else is doing the dishes while I am enjoying Vanna White for the umpteenth time. What beats that? I would say "I have a life, wouldn't you? Burp! Excuse me. Oh, there's nobody here!"
Chuck Hinman, former Nebraska farm boy, spent his working days with Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Houston, Texas. He lives at Tallgrass Estates in Bartlesville, OK where he keeps busy writing his memories.

This story was posted on 2009-07-26 18:08:04
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