I love to watch television. The moment I get up in the morning I turn on all the lights, televisions and open up the windows. I have my favorite things I like to watch but enjoy quite a variety of shows. This brings me to the subject of commercials. The average American watches over 24,000 commercials a year. The first commercial was shown over 75 years ago and was a black and white ad for a Bulova watch. The cost of the ad was $9. Today, television commercials are a $75 billion industry.

Our favorite commercials usually have a familiar catch phrase or something else memorable that touches our hearts and minds.

Everyone has his or her favorites, but see if you remember these.

• The Energizer bunny.

• Folger’s coffee is “Good to the last drop.”

• Kentucky Fried Chicken is “Finger lickin’ good.”

• Frosted Flakes: “They're gr-r-r-reat!”

• The American Tourister luggage gorilla.

• Alka Seltzer: “That’s a spicy meatball!”

• Wendy’s: “Where’s the beef?”

• Mean Joe Greene sharing a Coke with a young friend.

• Fried egg: “This is your brain on drugs.”

• The California raisins.

• The singing Meow Mix cat.

• Life cereal: “He likes it! Hey, Mikey! He Likes it!”

• Max Headroom for Coke.

• Budweiser: “Wassup!”

• Dunkin’ Donuts: “It’s time to make the donuts.”

• Brylcreem: “A little dab’ll do ya.”

The “Keep America Beautiful” crying Indian.

• “Flick your Bic.”

• “Silly Rabbit, Trix are for kids!”

 “Snap, Crackle, Pop.”

Spuds MacKenzie.

• “I’d like to teach the world to sing.”

• Hungry Betty White needs a Snickers.

Of course, for all the great ones there are some that are not so great. I often wonder what was left on the cutting room floor. This summer there have been several to appear on my TV, and I take the opportunity to run a quick household errand. I’m tired of hearing about “Sheila’s she shed” burning down. That mama and daddy bear need to pick up their bear cub’s underwear from the floor. Something isn’t right about milking a giraffe and getting a bucketful of Skittles. That’s just to name a few. The ironic thing is that we have that insurance, use that brand of toilet paper, and we love Skittles — go figure!

I hope you will give this week’s recipes a try. It is for a great quick and easy meal. Thanks for reading.

GOURMET GOULASH

1 pound ground beef

1 chopped onion

1 chopped green bell pepper

1 clove minced garlic

1 teaspoon salt and pepper

1 package wide egg noodles (do not cook)

2½ cups tomato juice

1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1½ teaspoons celery salt

1 can beef broth

1 small can sliced mushrooms, drained

1 cup sour cream

Brown beef, onion, bell pepper and garlic in a large skillet. Drain fat. Add all other ingredients, except for sour cream. Simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in sour cream and heat thoroughly.

MARINATED ASPARAGUS SALAD

1 tall can green asparagus spears

1 can artichoke hearts, quartered

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon celery seed

1 whole cinnamon stick

Drain asparagus and artichoke hearts and place in a shallow dish. Combine remaining ingredients, and heat to boiling. Pour over vegetables, and chill overnight.

PARMESAN CHEESE BITES

2 tablespoons butter, melted

¼ cup corn oil

1 large can butter-flavored biscuits

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

Mix butter and corn oil. Quarter biscuits, and roll in mixture. Mix cheese and parsley, and roll biscuits in this mixture. Place biscuits close together on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake according to directions on biscuit can. Watch carefully as not to burn.

• Contact Lee Ann Flemming at lafkitchen@hughes.net.

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