The Best Songs About Pigs – Part One

Written by Lillian Tram on December 13th, 2012

 

Humans are pretty musically inclined, but we give pigs a pretty bad rap (get it?!) when it comes to their own musical tastes. In fact, there are quite a few songs out there about pigs and pig products that rock my socks off!

 

You know pigs are intelligent, and you definitely know how much people like me love a good pig, but who would’ve thought that so many musicians had such great things to say about our favorite four-legged friends?!

 

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Piggy Pajamas

Written by Lillian Tram on December 7th, 2012

Oprah seems to be the bearer of great news for a lot of people – she mentions a book on her show, and the next week it becomes a New York Times bestseller. She drops a note about a certain TV show or food, and it becomes the must-watch or must-make item of the month, making somebody in that business a very happy person.

 

While I sit here and dream that maybe one day Oprah will do the same thing for my blog, there is somebody in the piggy space of the world who Oprah has mentioned, and has made pretty famous and important almost overnight: the people who created (get this) ORGANIC PIG PAJAMAS!

 

 

The lady who created these pig-inspired pajamas was featured on Oprah a while back, in addition to having a blog and everything on her own. Business must be pretty good, too, because the price for a set of piggy pajamas is pretty steep; $89.95, to be exact. I don’t know if I have the kind of money to shell out for piggy pajamas, but… oh, who am I kidding? If it has to do with pigs, I’m probably going to buy it!

 

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Makin’ Bacon Jam

Written by Cookin Bill on December 5th, 2012


 

Did you ever wonder about the difference between jelly, jam, preserves, and marmalade? While they all look somewhat similar in their jars on the grocery store shelfs, you may notice a subtle difference between them. This blog will actually let you know the difference and give you the recipe for a great “change of pace” jam. It also makes a great Christmas gift for your friends.

 

Jellies, jams, preserves, and marmalade are all made from crushed fruit.The definition of a jelly is a condiment made from fruit juice suspended in a pectin-based substance.

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A Russian Pig In Space?

Written by Lillian Tram on December 4th, 2012

 

Ok, so I found one of the coolest images on the planet (at least, for me!) the other day. It turns out that in the 1930s, the Russians got a pig drunk and sent him into space!

 

No, seriously. It was in 1938 or so, and they were experimenting with aircrafts and space travel, and they decided to send a pig into space before sending any human into space. (You history buffs will remember that the Russians would later send Yuri Gagarin out by the stars, becoming the first man ever to go into space!)

 

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So Easy It’s Cheatin’ Brunswick Stew

Written by Cookin Bill on December 2nd, 2012

 

Brunswick stew has been a staple of the Southern diet for well over a century. Most Brunswick stew recipes include various kinds of meat and include vegetables such as tomatoes, corn, lima/butter beans, okra, and potatoes. The stew is thick and hearty. As the old saying goes,” If it’s not stew, it’s soup.”

 

The claims of who invented the stew are from all over the South and another come from as far away as Germany. Folks from Brunswick County, Virginia claim that the chef of a state legislator invented the stew as far back as 1828. In Brunswick, Georgia there is a stockpot in front of the Brunswick/St. Simons Visitors center that states it was used to make the first Brunswick stew on July 2, 1898. The Virginia version uses chicken and rabbit (or whatever game they could shoot) as its meat source. It is tomato based, but it is thin and watery and has a less smoky flavor to it. The Georgia version also is tomato-based and uses pork as its primary meat source. It is also thicker than the Virginia stew and has a smokier flavor.

 

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Revenge of the Pigs!

Written by Lillian Tram on November 30th, 2012

Credit: Rovio

 

Bad pigs, bad pigs,

Whatcha gonna do,

Whatcha gonna do,

When … Angry Birds come for you?

 

That’s right! It’s not a bad remix of the old theme from the TV show COPS, but a reference to America’s favorite mobile game – Angry Birds!

 

For anyone who has ever owned a smart phone, you know how insanely addicting Angry Birds is, right? And more than that, you know how incredibly popular and successful it’s become over the last few years.

 

That’s all good and fine, but the cool thing here is that the folks who spent years perfecting the Angry Birds set of games have come out with a newer, cooler game that is SURE to take the world by storm – Bad Piggies!

 

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McDonald’s Phasing Out Tiny Cages For Pigs

Written by Lillian Tram on November 27th, 2012

 

Here’s some really, really good news for the pork, ham and bacon industries from a few months ago on CNN – McDonald’s is now phasing out tiny cages for the pigs they grow and use for food! Great!!

 

McDonald’s announced in February that they are requiring their pork suppliers to cut out the small, immobilizing cages that had previously been used for pregnant pigs, and instead focus on more humane conditions and welfare for the pigs and sows as they are being bred and used.

 

The Humane Society is on record that they love the new alternative from McDonald’s, and I do too. Obviously, it’d be naive to suggest that everyone just stop eating pigs as food – it isn’t gonna happen, plus, pork and bacon are delicious!

 

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Basic Southern-Style “Q” Sauce

Written by Cookin Bill on November 25th, 2012

In this blog, there is a recipe for a basic Southern-style barbeque sauce.

 

The history of barbeque sauce can be traced back as far as 239 BCE in China. Master Chef I Yin wrote that a sauce for meats should be harmoniously balanced between sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and pungent. Every country in Asia used that harmonious balance for sauces for meats with ingredients indigenous to their region. Many modern Asian sauces use ketchup and corn syrup as part of their base.

 

Smoking meat was used by chefs in Europe to preserve meat and add flavor. Chefs in the Middle Ages use butter and vinegar to baste roasting or smoked meats. They often add herbs and spices to the butter.

 

The history of barbecue sauce in America has no specifically defined time line. It is said that Christopher Columbus brought a sauce back to Europe from Hispaniola (The Dominican Republic and Haiti) in the 15th century. Barbecoa was the term use for smoked meat by the Arawak natives in the Caribbean. They used the spices peppers, and other herbs to flavor their smoked meats.

 

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Happy Thankspigging!

Written by Lillian Tram on November 22nd, 2012

 

Be safe and enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family. I’m thankful to have such amazing fans like you. Happy Thankspigging! Oink Oink & Gobble Gobble!!!

 

PS. Good luck finding great deals on Black Friday.

PigTurDucken Attacks!

Written by Lillian Tram on November 19th, 2012

So Thanksgiving is here, and I have just one question: where the hell did this year go? No, seriously, holiday stuff already? Are you kidding me, 2012?!

 

Anyways, we can’t fight it, so we might as well embrace it, right? Epic Meal Time rocks my socks off, and they love bacon, so we’re totally BFFs forever in another life. I found a video they did of an epic Bacon Thanksgiving that is just AMAZING!

 

 

It got me thinking, too. The TurDucken is popular nowadays, right? The chicken, cooked inside the duck, cooked inside the turkey is a staple at a ton of Thanksgiving feasts.

 

Well… what if that TurDucken was inside a PIG?! Call it a PigTurDucken and make it amazing! You could cook the chicken, inside the duck, inside the turkey, inside the pig, and have the best Thanksgiving you could ever imagine.

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How to Make Delicious Pulled Pork

Written by Cookin Bill on November 18th, 2012

 

My name is Cookin’ Bill and this is my first blog about something I really love to do. That is cooking, of course. One of my favorite foods is pork. So, today, I’m going show you an easy way to make pulled pork.

 

I’m sure you have had pulled pork sandwiches and have an image of rednecks standing around a smoker on their decks all day and night with a beer can permanently attached to their hand, waiting for this Southern delicacy to come out ready to eat.( Now there is nothing wrong with that method of cooking pork, especially if you need an excuse to drink beer all day.)

 

However, I think I have a better method for making pulled pork. I first use a crockpot to cook the pork, before I pull it and smoke it. The great thing about a crockpot is they’re relatively inexpensive (you can purchase one for as little as $20.00) and they’re very versatile.

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Video of My Pig Me Up’s 1yr Anniversary Event!

Written by Lillian Tram on November 15th, 2012

 

The video of My Pig Me Up’s One-Year Anniversary Event is up and ready to view. We finished the video off with some Gangnum Style dancing. Check it out!

 

Pig Thanks to Allen Hu for making the video.
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Cookin’ Bill Is Our New Guest Poster!

Written by Lillian Tram on November 14th, 2012

 

 

Great news for the blog this week! We’ve got a new guest poster who will be posting once a week – Cookin’ Bill Hallisey, a featured guest who will be posting all about cooking and all of his unique dishes!

 

Cookin’ Bill is a native southerner – born in Alabama and raised in Marietta, and after enlisting in the Navy, he graduated from Georgia State University here in Atlanta. Then, he went on to a long career in health care, but not before attending cooking school that was required when he was working for Marriott in the hotel and hospitality industry.

 

The cooking school turned out to be a big move for him, and even though he worked a long time in health care, including for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, that cooking bone never left his body!

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MAGIC: The Gathering at the Trough

Written by Lillian Tram on November 12th, 2012

 

I have a confession to make: I’m a closet nerd. I know, I know. I’m pretty proud of it, too! Part of my nerd-dom involves playing Magic: The Gathering with my friends. I learned how to play about a year ago and I definitely picked up on it pretty quickly.

 

It’s a lot of fun, and for people who have never done it before you can really get into it and go through the game really intensely!

 

For those of you who aren’t familiar, the game was created in the early 1990s, and today boasts millions of players around the world. You can play it two at a time, or with a bigger group, and it uses a deck of cards that represents a battle between wizards that the game calls “planeswalkers.”

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Halloween aftermath…Don’t be a WEENIE!

Written by Lillian Tram on November 9th, 2012

 

Photo from http://www.bluebison.net/content/2007/a-pig-eating-a-jack-o-lantern/

 

Ok guys, I’m gonna need some serious help. See, Halloween is over (duh) and I was sort of hoping to get some Halloween stuff for next year. I figured that if you buy it now, and just store it somewhere for a year, you could save a ton of money on merchandise, right?

 

Wrong.

 

Apparently, most stores send back their costumes immediately after Halloween ends (like, that night after the stores close on October 31) and they get some of their money back on whatever they didn’t sell.

 

I get it, and it makes sense for the stores, but I kind of wish they would leave their extra Halloween gear out for a day or two. I feel like you could really have some fun in a Halloween surplus store!

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Tracking Down My Future Pig Car

Written by Lillian Tram on November 7th, 2012

 

Photo from funnybunnytoes on flicker

 

Check it out! This car was recently spotted in Chicago, and WHAT?! It’s a pink pig car! Oh no. This is just too perfect, and I want to know who the owner of the car is, and how I can get one just like it!

 

I know the original photo was taken way back in 2006, but you know that with a car like that, somebody is still pretty darn proud of their pigs, just like me. The VW Bug has some pretty serious modifications, too; the piggy ears and nose aren’t just decorations, but it almost looks like they are welded on the car.

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Voting Time!

Written by Lillian Tram on November 6th, 2012

Get out and vote today!!!

PIG 05049 – An Amazing Book About Pigs

Written by Lillian Tram on November 5th, 2012

 

 

There are a lot of books out there about pigs, but too many of them are made for children. Still more are about farming and livestock. Fascinating stuff, but they kind of get repetitive for me. So when I found Christien Meindertsma’s book called PIG 05049, I nearly fainted.

 

The special thing about this book is that it’s not just about pigs – it goes through every single product made from pig parts and reduces the scale of the story to one single pig as its organs, skin, nose, and other parts go through the wires of industry and commerce to various destinations.

 

Some of the products made from pig parts – and this really shocked me – include porcelain, chewing gum, heart valves, cosmetics, cigarettes, bio diesel fuel, photographic paper, medicine, hair conditioner, and even ammunition! Meindertsma spent three years researching for this book and tracked every pig part on its way through factories and into products that you and I use every day.

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Channel Your Inner Pig Super Hero

Written by Lillian Tram on October 31st, 2012

Picture from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SuperHero

 

So my theory is that growing up, we all wanted to be superheroes. You know the ones – Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman. I think that every kid growing up thought about that one special super power that they would like to have, and then started idolizing one or two superheroes who they really could relate to or dreamed of one day becoming.

 

Of course you KNOW my favorite superheroes had to do with pigs 🙂 I was a fan of Super Pig – or, the better-known Japanese version Tonde Boorin. When I was a kid, I would watch everything I could get my hands on that involved either Super Pig, or his lesser-known superhero buddy, Spider-Ham. Superheroes and pigs all in one? Sign me up!

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How to have a healthy, well-adjusted pet pig.

Written by Lillian Tram on October 29th, 2012

Picture from www.theburkscompanies.com

 

Pigs are very social – more social, in fact, than most people expect or are ready for – so if you’re planning on getting a new pet and are thinking about adopting a pig, you’re sure in for some fun!

 

In a lot of ways, pigs can be somewhat similar to dogs in that they are trained and respond better when you are a clear leader and master of them, or else they end up spoiled, poorly behaved, and in some cases, aggressive. A good idea to consider at the start is getting two pigs instead of just one, as their social nature and energy needs will allow them to keep each other company and have fun.

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My Pig Me Up’s One-Year Anniversary…A Porkin’ Good Time!

Written by Lillian Tram on October 27th, 2012

 

About two weeks ago, My Pig Me Up had our one-year blog anniversary! I’m amazed that it’s been a year already, but hey, what better way to celebrate than a party, right? And that’s just what we did!

 

To celebrate our one year anniversary of My Pig Me up, we went all in – Kevin aka House Chef DJ’d the event, playing electro and progressive house music, and Pheen-X Blaze, representing Twin Spin Entertainment Music Group, made an appearance to get the party going!

 

 

We also had a “Who’s The Boss Hog?” Scavenger Hunt, with the winners receiving an amazing pork prize by Sweet Auburn BBQ – a $250 catered party for up to 20 people! Sweet Auburn didn’t stop there; they gave out a ton of gift certificates, drinks, and prizes for the folks in attendance – I really appreciate their support and love for our blog!

 

Congratulations to the “Who’s The Boss Hog?” Scavenger Hunt winners.


Ms. Cori Burns won best dressed.

 

We had the event at Atlanta Food Truck Park. Guys, if you’re in Atlanta and haven’t checked it out yet, what are you waiting for?! This place is awesome – the food is amazing, the choices are great, the energy is high, the mood is fun. If you’re looking for some really good food (from a truck!) AFTP is the place to be. Also, I have to give thanks to Sony Music for providing goodie bags.

 

A PIG shout out to all the volunteers for your help and hard work – Kristin, Annie, Jill, Lee, Kim, Howard, Ming, Serena, Yen, David, Hieu, Kevin, Paul, Cori, Allen, Thuy, AJ, Julian, Anh Dao, Helen, and Shannon.

 

There was a ton of free stuff for the 350 people who showed up – plus, did we mention the free drinks? You’re welcome 🙂 Way too much good (bad?) dancing got us through the night, including an impromptu Gangnam Style remix that proves I will never get a job as a professional dancer in the future!

 

 

Big thanks to the Crawfish Shack, who donated ten $10 gift certificates for the event. So the next time you guys don’t want pork or bacon, the Crawfish Shack is the place to be – I really appreciate their support of My Pig Me Up!

 

Pixel 99 Photography also came through big time, and we had a ton of fun with their photo booth at the event. All the girls had pigtails and you know I was wearing my favorite t-shirt! I made a bunch of pig noses, mustaches, and signs by hands, and they were a huge hit! The photos came out great and I loved to see all of you guys using the props. Photobooth pix of My Pig Me Up are available in the photo album and the FB Fanpage.

 

More than 350 people showed up for our anniversary event, which means a lot to me because it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come and how well you all have responded in just one year!

 

I really appreciate not only all the amazing companies and people who helped make the anniversary happen, but also YOU! My Pig Me Up wouldn’t work without your love and support, and I’m floored that you guys have shown us so much love. It makes me pretty oinkin’ happy to know we’ve had one amazing year, and looking forward to the future to keep hammin’ it up!

It’s Time For Ham-o-ween! Who’s Got a Scary Piggin’ Costume?

Written by Lillian Tram on October 24th, 2012


There’s a lot of stuff going on this October, including our one-year anniversary a couple weeks ago. I turn around, and BAM! Halloween!

 

This is one of my favorite holidays, and for good reason. It’s the perfect day of the year to accessorize with porkin’ great ideas and costumes – and I would know!

 

Last year, I went to Halloween as a Ninja Pig. Yeah, that’s right, a ninja pig! Now you see me… now you don’t! You know I had to deck out my costume with curly pigtails, and of course a bright pink pig nose. Because every good pig ninja dresses in all black to hide while its stalking people, only to rock the bright pink pig nose, too! 😉

 

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What you need to know about the bacon shortage.

Written by Lillian Tram on October 13th, 2012

Picture from Loveless Cafe @ http://www.lovelesscafe.com/2012/09/28/news-of-global-bacon-shortage-is-hogwash/

 

So you may have heard about it , there’s a bacon shortage out there! Just a few months from now, there will be no more bacon in all of America, and all you bacon lovers are completely out of luck when it comes to bacon and ham!

 

Right?

 

Well… no.

 

There are changes coming up in the pork industry, but there’s no shortage that will turn into scarcity or anything worse. So for all you worried pork lovers out there, that European study released this summer was wrong; we are not facing a complete pork shortage and we will not stop selling pork in the next few months. Quite the opposite will take place, in fact.

 

However, all is not well in the land of pork. There’s a serious drought happening in America right now, and while there won’t be a bacon shortage, prices of bacon and pork products are going to rise pretty substantially in the next year, perhaps by as much as ten percent.

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Hey all you cool pork, bacon, and food lovers! It’s party time for My Pig Me Up Blog’s One Year Anniversary celebration!

 

Join us for food, games, prizes, live music, and a photo booth. Additional swag and gift certificates will be given out for best pig costume as well! And of course…there will be limited FREE ALCOHOL [Too much to drink and you’ll be kindly removed by big piggies!]. For the non-drinkers, there will be free organic strawberry lemonade.

 

Come early to grab your goodie bag from Sony Music AND your free drink. Be sure to sign up with your old and new friends to team up for the “Who’s the Boss Hog?” scavenger hunt! The winning team gets a succulent pork prize by Sweet Auburn BBQ – a catered party for up to 20 people, a $250 value!

 

Ladies, be fun and put your hair in pigtails for the event.

Can’t wait to Pig Out with everyone! Oink, Oink!!!

How I met Your Mother Teacup Pig

Written by Lillian Tram on September 13th, 2012

 

 

I’m a huge fan of the show How I Met Your Mother. In the sixteenth episode of season five, entitled “Hooked”, Barney uses a teacup pig as bait to attract girls and his ploy works well compared to his other silly methods such as the trampoline or the slot machine. The girl Ted is after in the show, who happens to be played by Carrie Underwood, takes a liking to the tiny cute pig. Marshall also uses the teacup pig to help Lily confront her admirer. I mean, who could resist the power of the cute teacup pig? His fuzzy little snout and baby oinks are just soooo cute!