CULINARY THRILL SEEKING — Potholders “loom” ahead

Published 12:04 am Tuesday, July 4, 2023

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I was thrilled to find my childhood potholder loom in a closet.

It still works, but of course, there are no mechanical parts. I enjoyed weaving potholders on that metal frame and imagined I’d sell enough to travel the world.

The market fell for kid-made potholders so once all the relatives had one as a gift, my entrepreneurship faded.

Decades later my daughter acquired a plastic loom and we looped together. I had a hunch that this craft is still a “thing” and found several modern styles and weave patterns on Pinterest.

You can even make your own loops from old T-shirts. I love upscale crafting but was determined to weave up the loops I had. So that’s how a bride’s kitchen color theme became one of my new projects on my old loom. Still fun.

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“Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch” – I suppose it could be that this title up north, decades after the hit movie, could make someone think this was a recipe book. Down here in Texas, we know LaGrange isn’t famous for casseroles. Jaymie Lynn Blaschke offers “The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse.”

You might crave chicken after reading it, but I guarantee you’ll want to catch this movie and sing along. The real Miss Edna shared a plethora of bawdyhouse stories and the book has images of the parlor that has apparently been visited by many a politician, college boy, etc.

This version is more gritty than the catchy musical, but that wig-snatch from Marvin Zindler was a real thing. His early law enforcement career images of his younger self nearly make this a book within a book. So some legends are at least as good as the real thing.

Could the doggie Reveille be a part of all this?

Did a merchant who expressed displeasure over the Chicken Ranch wake up to a yard full of returned merchandise?

Or worse?

This is a story that will keep on telling itself. I did not expect to read this revised, expanded and updated book so thoroughly.

Darragh Doiron is a Southeast Texas foodie who wants to hear from you. Reach her at