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Hollywood Squares:
These great questions and answers are from the days when ‘ Hollywood Squares’ game show responses were spontaneous, not scripted, as they are now. Peter Marshall was the host asking the questions, of course..

Q. Paul, what is a good reason for pounding meat?

A. Paul Lynde: Loneliness!

(The audience laughed so long and so hard it took up almost 15 minutes of the show!)

Q. Do female frogs croak?

A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.

Q. If you’re going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be

A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.

Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.

A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.

Q. You’ve been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?

A. Don Knotts: That’s what’s been keeping me awake.

Q. According to Cosmopolitan, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he’s married?

A. Rose Marie: No. Wait until morning.

Q. Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?

A. Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.

Q. In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say ‘I Love You’?

A. Vincent Price: No, you can say it with a pineapple and a twenty.

Q. What are ‘Do It,’ ‘I Can Help,’ and ‘I Can’t Get Enough’?

A. George Gobel: I don’t know, but it’s coming from the next apartment.

Q. As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?

A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I’ll give you a gesture you’ll never forget.

Q. Paul, why do Hell’s Angels wear leather?

A. Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.

Q. Charley, you’ve just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year?

A. Charley Weaver: Of course not, I’m too busy growing strawberries.

Q. In bowling, what’s a perfect score?

A. Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.

Q. It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps. One is politics, what is the other?

A. Paul Lynde: Tape measures.

Q. During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet?

A. Rose Marie: Unfortunately Peter, I’m always safe in the bedroom.

Q. Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?

A. Marty Allen: Only after lights out.

Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?

A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?

Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?

A. Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.

Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?

A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.

Q. It is the most abused and neglected part of your body, what is it?

A. Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused, but it certainly isn’t neglected.

Q. Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?

A. George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.

Q. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?

A. Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?

Q. When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for its sex?

A. Charley Weaver: I’ll lend him the car, the rest is up to him

Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?

A. Charley Weaver: His feet.

Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?

A. Paul Lynde: Point and laugh


Stay professional my friend....

This recipe is one of my family favorites. It was passed to me by my step-father, who was from Monterrey, Mexico. The dish, which can be adjusted for spiciness via cooking times, will easily become a favorite with your family or guests also.

It goes well by itself, in a tortilla as a taco, or over a nice cooked rice. It’s good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. But I prefer it for dinner, as no one usually wants to wake up to the Jalapeno burn in their eyes; you’ll find out what I mean as you cook. Okay, let’s do this first with a list of needs:


2-2.5 Lbs of Pork Steaks, Chops, or Pork Country Style Ribs

1 Medium Onion

3/4 Cup Pickled Nacho Sliced Jalapenos 0r 3 fresh. More if you want! (I prefer pickled, it adds savor)

3 Large Ripe Roma tomatoes

Garlic Salt (I use McCormick’s California Style Garlic Salt with Parsley)

1 Cup of Brewed Coffee

3 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp Cooking oil

Now the Directions:

Heat a large black iron skillet on medium-high and add cooking oil, dice the onions, put them into the skillet with the jalapeno slices, as if sauteing. But, remember you’re not sauteing, you’re going to be braising until they begin to blacken. DO NOT LINGER OVER THIS MIXTURE TOO MUCH WHILE COOKING. IT WILL BURN YOUR EYES.

Carne Con Chiles is NOT Chile con carne...

Stir, but NOT CONSTANTLY. ALLOW THEM TO COOK. While cooking the onion Jalapeno mix, dust with 1 teaspoon full of GARLIC SALT.  Yes, one FULL teaspoon. The onions and Jalapenos will try to stick. Occasionally scrape them from the bottom. The mix will be browned and sticky when it’s ready for the next step. The amount of cooking at this point will project how spicy the Jalapenos remain. The longer you cook this, the less spicy it becomes. Adjusting the spiciness will take practice. But once you cook this dish for a meal, you’ll be cooking it again soon, trust me.

While that is cooking, take the pork, bone it and slice it into bite sized pieces. Be very careful. Chack and double check. Your reputation is at stake. Next, when the onion/Jalapeno mix is “done” add the pork, one more teaspoon of Garlic Salt, and the full cup of coffee to the skillet/onion-Jalapeno mixture.  Stir frequently while cooking, remembering to scrape the bottom of the iron skillet to un-stick the caramelized veggies. Now, dice the Roma tomatoes and set aside.

Cook at this temp until the coffee evaporates and the mixture begins to braise. Make sure all of the pork is done by color before tasting. Is it done? Good. Now, add more garlic salt until the taste is exploding in your mouth. Taste as you go. Add tomatoes and turn heat to medium. Cook until the tomatoes disintegrate into the dish. Turn heat to low. Taste again. Did it explode your salivary glands? Then it’s ready.

For tacos, serve with warm corn tortillas, sharp cheddar cheese (Colby or Longhorn are very good here), sour cream, shredded lettuce and fresh diced avocado. Serves up just as well on a bed of rice, or on Nachos, but to me, tacos are the most portable (tomorrows lunch).

This is a traditional dish that has a lot of room for experimentation. The recipe also works well with chicken instead of pork. Feliz Dia! Let me know how yours turned out… it takes about thirty minutes.