Virgil on August 31, 2011

One of the nice things about being in Afghanistan (yes being in a war zone can heve a plus side at times, you hear about these in this blog). I travel a lot dealing with force protection and cover an area of operations that includes the Polish Army contingent, as well as 1st Infantry Division units. […]

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Virgil on August 27, 2011

I don’t go on R & R for a while, but have been drooling over what the first meal I am going to cook will be. I am waiting for my wife Lynn’s request, but I know what it is going to be for me and Little Buddy. Lately, lamb shanks had become one of […]

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Virgil on August 21, 2011

I recently finished reading Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir, Known and Unknown. Whether you love or hate him, or just don’t care, I highly recommend it for a very interesting look into recent history, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He discusses his choice of title at length and I find these philosophical ideas incredibly helpful […]

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Virgil on August 20, 2011

One of the things I find facinating about food is the assumptions many people make about where their favorite foods originally came from. In the US, for example, we rely heavily on corn, wheat, potato, cattle and pigs, just to name a few. Yet, none came from what is now the United States. The same […]

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Virgil on August 18, 2011

FOB Warrior Was at Warrior for a few days recently and one day they had “Afghan” food as a choice. I had rice with chicken curry and “Afghan” potatoes. The mess hall hadn’t otherwise changed quality wise, but this meal was actually very good. The potatoes were basically boiled and broken up into irregular pieces […]

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Anyone who knows me understands that I am violently opposed to genetically engineered or modified foods, particularly prevalent in vegetable and fruit crops. My good, but misguided, friend Jim Jangcuster, who works for the Alabama Extension Service, thinks I am wrong. He feels these types of crops are necessary to feed the booming population of […]

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Virgil on August 4, 2011

Five Maudies – Highly Recommended This post is long overdo and has ben on my to-do list for months. But, it deserves to be written.In early January, just before I left for training to prepare to go to Afghanistan, Lynn and me used our last few days together renting a cabin in the north Georgia […]

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