You had what for dinner?


The encyclopedia business here is slow and we’re having to say goodbye to another one of our families who are in search of hardbound opportunities further West.  It’s always sad to see friends go but this will be especially hard for my son who will have to say goodbye to his first best friend.  Over the last two weeks, we have let the boys squeeze out every moment together with sleepovers, extra time playing video games, hours on the trampoline and playing with legos long after normal curfew.   Last night the boys ate dinner at both houses.  It wasn’t planned but it was just another way to let these two friends grab a few extra minutes together.

After dinner, Sam walked Matthew home. When Sam got back he said that it took a little longer than usual because he had to explain to Matthew’s parents what we ate for dinner.  Slob. “Slob you say, mmm, that sounds delicious.  What is slob?”  Matthew’s dad asked.  “Lettuce with chicken” (of course), Sam told him.

I don’t think it mattered what they ate;  last night was all about the company.  They have about a week left to squeeze in as much time together before Matthew and his family get in the car for their big break out West.  I’ll make sure to give Matthew’s mom this recipe so he can eat slob and think of Sam when he gets to his new home.  -Andra

Slob (Larb.  I got this recipe from my mom who I think got it from her mom.)

1 lb ground beef (not chicken)

1/2 cup rice, pureed in the blender to a fine powder

1 onion, diced

1 clove of garlic, minced

4 oz oyster sauce

4 oz. lime juice

Crushed red pepper, to taste

Washed and dried romaine lettuce

Brown the meat over medium hight heat with the onion and garlic.  Add the powdered rice to the meat mixture and stir.  Add the oyster sauce,  lime juice and crushed red pepper.  Cook until all of the ingredients have been incorporated.  Serve wrapped in lettuce leaves.


  1. Patty Crosby says:

    I don’t know whether Tim knows this but his grandfather sold the Encyclopedia Britannica when I was 5 years old. –that would be 1947. He found it very difficult even back then,and even though he was selling cardboard boxes during the day–something he did very successfully till he retired. He kept that part-time job only long enough to get a set of Britannica Jr for us. The 8 of us used it regularly as did the rest of the kids in the neighborhood–our set was the only encyclopedia any where around. When I had kids mom gave the set to me. When we moved to Mississippi in 1972 the kids went to the local public schools. When I suggested that our children use it was obvious just how our of date it was–they couldn’t find Martin Luther King Jr. and the other people they were to research for schools. Sarah thought that she would never be successful without a new encyclopedia. I am sure sales would be better if every one was as committed as Sarah.. I still have the set–just can’t through it away even though it is never used. Patty

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