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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rain ~ Funny Bird ~ Vernal Equinox ~ About Black Rice ~ Fried Ravioli

Good 38ยบ raining morning. 1/2" of rain since last night. Looks like it will be around for a few more days...

If you haven't seen this deer and lab, you need to for a real awwwwww moment...

Even if you have seen it, watch it again. Very relaxing.
Thank you Debbie Flores for this!

Several inquiries re the black rice... Wikipeida says:Black rice, also known as purple rice or forbidden rice, is a kind of sticky rice which is one of several black colored heirloom plants producing rice variants such as Indonesian black rice and Thai Jasmine Black Rice. Black rice is high in nutritional value and contains 18 amino acids, iron, zinc, copper, carotene, anthocyanin and several important vitamins. The grain has a similar amount of fiber to brown rice and like brown rice, has a mild, nutty taste. In China, black rice is claimed to be good for kidney, stomach and liver; these claims have not been independently verified or established. It is a deep black color and turns deep purple when cooked. Its dark purple color is primarily due to its anthocyanin content, but the anthocyanin content in black rice is significantly lower than blue, pink or purple corn. It is suitable for making porridge and it can also be used for making dessert, traditional Chinese black rice cake, bread and so on.
In China, noodles made from black rice have recently begun to be produced. At least one United States bread company has also begun producing "Chinese Black Rice" bread. It shares the deep tyrian color of cooked black rice

And this from my friend Trish Bowler....

Today is the Vernal Equinox.....An equinox occurs twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth's equator. The term equinox can also be used in a broader sense, meaning the date when such a passage happens. The name "equinox" is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, the night and day have approximately equal length.

At an equinox, the Sun is at one of two opposite points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator (i.e. declination 0) and ecliptic intersect. These points of intersection are called equinoctial points: classically, the vernal point and the autumnal point. By extension, the term equinox may denote an equinoctial point.
An equinox happens each year at two specific moments in time (rather than two whole days), when there is a location (the subsolar point) on the Earth's equator, where the center of the Sun can be observed to be vertically overhead, occurring around March 20 and September 22 each year.

On this date my friend Sandy (Todoran.. Wilson S'63) married Jerome Beck in 1982. Happy Anniversary kids!

Some times you just need a laugh...
Click here to see this silly thing:

Historically this date...

1974 – Ian Ball attempts, but fails, to kidnap Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips in The Mall, outside Buckingham Palace, London.

1985Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

1990Ferdinand Marcos's widow, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering.

Marcos was the first wife of a foreign head of state to stand trial in an American court. In 1990, she was acquitted of racketeering and fraud charges, alongside co-defendant Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian former billionaire and arms dealer. The "theatrical" trial involved many celebrities: Marcos and Khashoggi were represented by trial lawyer Gerry Spence; Marcos' $5-million-dollar bail was posted by tobacco heiress, Doris Duke,who befriended her while they both lived in Hawaii; and actor George Hamilton was a star witness for the defense. On September 14, 2010, the Sandiganbayan's Fifth Division has ordered Imelda Marcos to return 12 million pesos ($280,000) in government funds secretly taken out by her late husband from the National Food Authority 27 years ago.

1999Legoland California, the only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.

2000Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former Black Panther once known as H. Rap Brown, is captured after murdering Georgia sheriff's deputy Ricky Kinchen and critically wounding Deputy Aldranon English.

20032003 invasion of Iraq: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries begin military operations in Iraq.

And births this date include....
1906 – Ozzie Nelson, American bandleader and actor (d. 1975)

1922 – Carl Reiner, American film director


1928Fred Rogers, American TV host (d. 2003)

1931Hal Linden, American actor


1935Ted Bessell, American actor (d. 1996)

1937 – Jerry Reed, American singer and actor (d. 2008)

1958 – Holly Hunter, American actress

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
Thank you for your comments, so appreciated!
xo Sue Mom Bobo
March 20th
National Ravioli Day

Fried Ravioli is AWESOME!

Olive oil , for frying
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups Italian-style breadcrumbs
1 pkg ready made ravioli from the refrigerated section (or frozen, but not dried)
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 to 2 cups marinara sauce , heated, for dipping
Heat 2 inches of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 325°.
While the oil is heating, put the buttermilk and the breadcrumbs in separate shallow bowls. Working in batches, dip the ravioli in the buttermilk to coat completely, allowing the excess buttermilk to drip back into the bowl. Dredge the ravioli in the bread crumbs. Place the ravioli on a baking sheet, while you coat the remaining ravioli.
When the oil is hot, fry the ravioli in batches, turning occasionally, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fried ravioli to paper towels to drain.
Sprinkle the fried ravioli with Parmesan cheese and serve with a bowl of warmed marinara sauce for dipping.