Here’s what copy editor Kerry Schmidt is into right now:
Raised Cardinal, but …
My children and grandchildren were Raised Royal. They all love the Boys in Blue. Me, I was Raised Cardinal in St. Louis. Over the years the Royals have become my No. 1 favorite team, but the St. Louis Cardinals are my No. 1.5 favorite. Many people think Cardinal fans are arrogant and obnoxious. I prefer to think we are just boundlessly proud. I’m eagerly awaiting another I-70 World Series.
Frozen belly bombers
I grew up in north St. Louis County, which explains my fondness for the ubiquitous White Castle hamburgers there. They’re so simple — just a beef patty, a steamed bun, fried onions and a pickle slice or two. No cheese, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, bacon, tomato or secret sauce to intrude.
Imagine my glee many years ago when White Castle opened some outlets in the Kansas City area. Unfortunately, Cowtowners didn’t bite, and the restaurants closed within a few years. I dwelled in despair until I saw my supermarket offering White Castles in its frozen-food section. They lack pickles, but that’s OK. To satisfy my late-night craving, I pop a package of two into the microwave for a minute and eagerly gobble them up.
My wife and I like to get up early on Saturdays, have breakfast on or just off Liberty Square, then stroll about the farmers market there and fill our tote bags with produce. The vendors offer fresh fare from farmers’ gardens and orchards, tasty baked goods, jellies and salsas, clever crafts and organic meats. There’s often a clown or musician to entertain. A goodly number of shoppers bring their smiling dogs, eager to be petted. It seems we always encounter a neighbor, a friend not seen for a few years or a fellow church member. Long pleasant chats ensue.
KC barbecue — duh
I’ve sampled North Carolina and Memphis barbecue, and they are terrific, but Kansas City style is by far the best. The sauce is what sets KC apart, and Gates Bar-B-Q Original Classic is the best. I always keep a big bottle of it around. Gates’ formula stresses peppery spiciness and avoids overbearing sweetness. It’s great on french fries — I can’t remember the last time I used ketchup on them.
Moldy but golden oldies
My wife’s car has SiriusXM radio. It’s costly but irresistible. She likes a variety of its stations — mostly the ’60s on 6. I try out several channels but always come back to Deep Tracks. It will play a familiar string of tunes, then a few things I hadn’t heard for ages. SiriusXM makes long trips through Kansas zip by.
On my home computer I tune into a few internet radio stations, including 3WK, InternetFM, Ocean Front Jams, Handcrafted Radio and Zenith Classic Rock. When a channel plays a dud, I just skip to another channel. I have an extensive library of music, but they always manage to play something I don’t have.
After 32 years at The Star, Kerry Schmidt is retiring on Sunday, July 2.