Wednesday, January 31, 2007
The Grocery List from Hell

From Book reviews, bad medicine practices and fun spins on our nightly news; The Grocery List from Hell covers every nook and cranny in an enjoyable, light and entertaining fashion.

This Blogger also loves eBay and shares many interesting and fun finds from the bizarre to the practical. A twist here and there on the ever growing not so practical such as a Divine Potato Chip.

As a late arriver on the Blogosphere Shuttle, this blogger obviously took the time to develop a webblog with a focus and central subject point. The posts are well written, rounded and thought out. The template is pleasing and very original. I absolutely love the subtle banner that at first glance may appear to be a crumpled brown grocery bag. Then upon a second look it turns into an apparition from Hell.

So much for the Divine Potato Chip!

Congratulations to - The Grocery List from Hell - for being our next Mix-Pix Award winner! As well as being a breath of fresh, creative air to the Blogosphere. I really enjoyed my visit. -Mix

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Friday, December 08, 2006
Beyond the Outhouse
It's been awhile since I've put some time into my award blogging and I have a lot of catching up to do. For now I want to take some time to focus on Blogs of merit of all genre's, places, ideas and dreams. Today allow me to start with Peter from Beyond the Outhouse. Peter is an astounding photographer and recently has been posting photographs taken from around the world.

I've chosen the photo above to feature not only because it is doggone cute. Nor because it's title of Christmas Dreams appeals to me this time of year. I do so because the peacefulness - the art of dreams is what this entire blog features. Every photo shares a dream whether it be in the form of a Buddhist Prayer, Lady Liberty welcoming Dreamers of freedom from shores far away or the fallen dreams of soldiers returning from war.

Peter has an excellent way of photographing people in a light that captures them in their essence. Thank you Peter for sharing your excellent photography.
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Monday, September 18, 2006
Steve Don't Eat It!
Introducing another Twisted Blog Award. (I know I've been slacking onthe awards lately) Anyhoo, I usually don't like to steal another's post but this guy had me laughing through his entire blog!! Here is just one of the many hilarious features found at "Steve Don't Eat It!" For some great laughs and if you have a strong stomach this evening go on over and say hello. Don't be shy. =O)


Cuitlacoche is a black fungus that infects corn fields, making the kernels bulbous and swollen as they fill with spores. It also goes by the name Huitlacoche. If you're having trouble with the pronounciation, it's: Cuitlacoche (kweet-lah-KOH-chay) or Huitlacoche (dat-sfuckin-NAS-tee).

It's safe to say this is the first time I've ever paid for an infection. I am, of course, not counting the one I got from your mother. (YES! You walked right into that.)

I've read that U.S. farmers consider it a disease and destroy it. Farmers in Mexico put it in cans and sell it as a delicacy. I travelled far and wide to find my own precious can of Cuitlacoche. Okay, it was at my supermarket, but I had to drive like two miles to get there and got stuck at a couple of lights.

Enough chit-chat. I'm gonna go dine on a can of disease. But before I do, I really do feel bad about that cheap mother joke. My sincere apologies to you and your lovely mom. (The filthy whore.) Be right back!

Oh, sweet Christ. Visually, I think the bar for Steve, Don't Eat It! is about to be set at a new low. So I'm going to ease you people into this one. Let's begin with a single spore-filled kernel before we examine the entire contents.

The following picture is a swear-to-God-unretouched-side-by-side comparison of a normal kernel of corn and an infected huitlacoche kernel, both from the same can.

These results can also be achieved by bombarding a kernel of corn with gamma rays and then making it angry. (But be warned. You won't like it when it's angry.)

Alright, you've waited long enough.

Presenting the entire can of imported sludge (that I was actually charged money for)...

Don't worry, I checked the ingredients before I tasted it. "Smoker's lung" was not on there.

Before I even got the whole can open, I detected a vague aroma of sweet corn, along with what I can only describe as a deep musky funk. Put 'em together and it smells like corn that forgot to wipe.

In just a single serving, you'll experience a wide array of textures. Without getting too gross, it's because the disease is more advanced in some kernels than others. One bite might be kinda chewy, while the next might burst in your mouth like a black pus-filled blister. (Whoops, forgot about the not-too-gross thing. Oh well. Nuts to you!)

So, how does Huitlacoche taste? Does it matter?? LOOK AT IT!

I guess it would be fair to say it doesn't taste as truly horrible as it looks. The flavor is elusive and difficult to describe, but I'll try: "Kinda yucky." Hey, that wasn't so hard after all.

For any connoisseurs, I'm not sure if this stuff would go better with red wine or white. How about with a bottle of Bactine? I've always found that goes great with infections.

Huitlacoche also goes by some other names. It's frequently called Maize Mushroom, Corn Smut, and Mexican Truffle. I've even heard it referred to as "Devil Poop"-- but that was only after I said it. (For God's sake, it comes with little bits of corn already in it! Talk about a time-saver.)

I thought it was interesting that Monteblanco chose to make their company logo the focal point of the can. I also found a can of huitlacoche from Goya. They, too, have downplayed the visuals by hiding it in a mild-mannered burrito.

I went ahead and made a new can label for the gang back at Cuitlacoche Central. As always, this is a free service.

Well, that brings us to the end of a long overdue Steve, Don't Eat It! And now I have a belly full of diseased corn. Maybe I should go see a doctor about a penicillin shot.

For your mom. (YES! In your face! Oh man...)

...for more hilarious fooditorials visit Steve here!
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006
"You have reached the end of the Internet."

For our first Twisted Blog award allow me to introduce you to Doctor Chip. The Doc is in and trust me he is truly unbalanced and totally twisted. A warning for those with weak hearts and bad backs, you must be at least an 8 on the Twisted Scale to ride this ride.

From Monster Seeing Eye Boobages to our feature photo here of an indoor kiddie playground, expect to find all that is unexpected. Sharing photos from the unbelievably stupid to the outlandishly gross you wouldn't believe the graphics this guy has on files until you go and take a peek at them. Amazing and yes, indeed TWISTED!

Perhaps you can only handle so much twisted stuff to view within your week. If so, stop by and visit Doctor Chip on Sunday for his "Sunday Big Blog". A wide array of fun photos and inspirations to make you sit back and think. What you think about is totally up to you and quite revealing on how Twisted you really are.

Congratulations to Donald James Simpson of Unbalanced for our first Mix Pix Twisted Blog Award. Keep on twisting Dude! -Mix
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Sunday, August 13, 2006
Mix-Pix TWISTED Blog Awards
Is your Weblog what some may call "Twisted"? Perhaps you are the next up and coming Comedian. Maybe you have been Certified a Looney. Either way I challenge you to shock us and make us laugh.

To Enter the Contest or to nominate a site, simply fill out the form in the sidebar or send me an email at Margiemix at Please be sure to include the web address to the blog being submitted. Entrees will be judged according to how TWISTED your Blog is!

Contest ends: "Sunday - September 10, 2006."

Winners will be given a "Mix Pix Twisted-Blog Award" and recognition here and throughout the blogosphere. All encouraged to apply!
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Mix Pix Foodie-Blog Award Winners
Congratulations to all of our Foodie-Blog Award Winners!

Thank you to all who participated and delightful culinary genre' that you all bring to the Blogosphere Table! -Mix
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Saturday, August 12, 2006
Interview with Sweetnicks
For as long as I can remember, I have loved writing and yearned to be a food journalist when I grew up. When I moved out on my own for the first time, I discovered a second passion ... cooking. Now, many years later, I still have a love for both and started my site, Sweetnicks, in an effort to combine them.

What are New (to Me) Blogger on the Block Thursdays?

Now, "new" doesn't necessarily mean they're new, just new to me. The food blogging community is a wonderfully supportive group, and they provide great inspiration, advice, ideas and motivation constantly. Often times, I'm so busy working on my own blog, that I don't get enough time to surf around to see any new food bloggers that might have popped up, and it's a community growing by leaps and bounds. So by doing this event regularly, it serves two purposes: 1) It's a reminder to go check out my fellow food bloggers and 2) It will highlight a fun new one for you guys.

What is ARF/5-A-Day Tuesday?

Simple. Just my little way of keeping healthier eating in check. Every Tuesday, food bloggers who made a recipe that includes an ARF (Antioxidant Rich Food), fruit, veggie or any combination of the three can be included in my ARF/5-A-Day Tuesday evening round-up. The recipe doesn't necessarily have to have been made that day. Just e-mail me your permalink by 9 pm EST on Tuesday to be included, and post a link to my site in your post on your site, so your readers can get a chance to check out the round-up as well. Lastly, one lucky participant gets the coveted photo op of the week. All designed to keep us eating healthy and inspire us with new recipes and ideas. Hope you join in!

Congratulations to Sweetnicks our next Mix Pix Foodie Blog Award winner. For something new and something sweet, be sure to stop by and say hello! -Mix
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