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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Girl's Day Out ~ More Rain! ~ Clam Chowder

Good 39º drizzly rainy morning. 1.3" of rain in last 24 hours and it just keeps on coming down! A good thing for some, flooding for others.

Yesterday was a 'girls day'. We (Jeannie, Donna, Dee, JoAnn, and I) met at The Mediterranean Bar & Grill ( ) for lunch.

Dee took the less is more lunch and had the Classic Caesar Salad:

JoAnn had the Large Greek Green Salad with Ahi Tuna ...
Fresh Greens tossed with House Vinaigrette & topped with Tomato, Cucumber, Tapenade, Red Onion, Feta Cheese & Whole Pepperoncini :

Donna and Jeannie split the The Margherita Pizza ...
Mozzarella, Goat Cheese and Fresh Basil with Plum Tomato Sauce. Good choice since it was Margarita Day! LOL.

I had the Seafood Caesar Pizza:

(Which I am now addicted to!!) : Salmon, Rock Fish, Bay Shrimp, Sweet Bell Pepper, Red Onions, Capers, Parmesan, Mozzarella Cheese & Garlic Anchovy Cream Sauce. And of course one of Shelly's famous Rosemary-Lemon martini!

(L - R JoAnn, Jeannie, Dee, Donna)
Then we headed to the Elk's Lodge to meet 'the guys' who had been patiently waiting .... Dee's friend Kathy showed up (darn, she missed lunch) and they took over the slots! We had a wine and laughed some more...

Nice afternoon!! Then the drive home.............

Nasty nasty nasty.... home to a fire and dinner (the rest of that wild and wonderful pizza!)

Historically this date..............
1899Opel manufactures its first automobile.
............remember the Opel Kadett? What a weird little car!

1908New York City passes the Sullivan Ordinance, making it illegal for women to smoke in public, only to have the measure vetoed by the mayor.

1911 – The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place.

1968Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh – One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.

1997Newt Gingrich becomes the first leader of the United States House of Representatives to be internally disciplined for ethical misconduct.
.........if you read the section on his ethics sanctions, sounds like they were all dropped for lack of any evidence of wrong doing and the IRS investigated the tax-exempt status of a class connected to Gingrich and all connected were cleared. AND....."the House Ethics Committee concluded that inaccurate information supplied to investigators represented "intentional or ... reckless" disregard of House rules". Sounds like a bunch of Democrats were pissed he was, after 40 years of Democrat rule in the house, the Republican speaker! Gee what a surprise that Democrats are liars!

1999War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4,300 kilograms (9,500 lb) of cocaine on board.

And births this date include....
1813John C. Frémont, American army officer, explorer and presidential candidate (d. 1890)

1824Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, American, Confederate army general (d. 1863)

1905Christian Dior, French fashion designer (d. 1957)

1922Telly Savalas, American actor (d. 1994)
Interesting read (if you click on his name <g>)

1926 – Steve Reeves, American actor (d. 2000)

1938Wolfman Jack, American disk jockey and actor (d. 1995)

1940Jack Nicklaus, American golfer

1941Plácido Domingo, Spanish tenor

1956 – Geena Davis, American actress

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao
xo Sue-Mom-Bobo
January 21st
Squirrel Appreciation Day

.... and New England Clam Chowder Day

Here is one of the best Clam Chowders ... my sister Marion's recipe:

4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
3 green onions and tops, chopped
5 medium potatoes, cut in small cubes (red is good with skin on)
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 carrot grated or cut up small
3 small stalks celery, chopped small
1 clove garlic, mashed or minced (I use 3!)
salt and pepper to taste
5 drops hot pepper seasoning (for more heat, leave bottle on table!)
1 T. Worchestershire
2 cups chopped clams
1 pint of 1/2 & 1/2 (use the fat free)
3 bottles clam juice
In large kettle cook bacon until crisp. Drain off most of the grease, then add the onions, potatoes, green pepper, celery, carrot, and garlic. Drain the clams, saving the juice. Set clams aside. Pour the juice from the clams and the bottles of clam juice into the pot, season with salt and pepper, add hot pepper and Worchestershire. Cover, bring to boil, lower heat and simmer until veggies are tender .... about 20 minutes. Add clams and 1/2 & 1/2. Stir and heat. Do not boil. Ladle into bowls. Add more vegetables and/or bacon... to your taste. Serves 4. This is not the 'thick' kind of chowder, it's lighter and thin. You can also add less clam juice and more clams if that's your preference. You could even add some boxed mashed potatoes to thicken it. Go slow with them.... add and test.