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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Eagle Cam ~ Mascarpone Substitute ~ Chicken Sausage/Veggie/Pasta Alfredo ~ Lemon Chiffon Cake

Good 41º damp-ish morning. Only got 14/100ths of an inch of rain over night.

Precipitation today and for the next few days will be 100% with high winds and temps in the mid 50º's. The coast will be hit hard!

Here is a miracle! Watch closely as this 'poor crippled looking for sympathy and a hand-out man' is nearly run down by a taxi...

Ok, here's the Iowa Eagle Cam.. with two eaglets hatched and one to go... So cool! You can even hear geese in the background noises.... Sometimes they rotate the camera and you can see the horses below and the road.

I'm in the mood to make that 'lighter than air' cheesecake from yesterday's blog, but no Mascarpone cheese at my market.

(What else is new, I live in the sticks!) Mascarpone is heaven in your mouth. It's an Italian triple cream cheese, sold in tiny containers and a cousin to Ricotta cheese.

So, in case you are interested here are a few substitutes for Mascarpone...

Blend 8 ounces softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup whipping cream. ... OR Blend 8 ounces softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup cream. .... OR Blend 8 ounces softened cream cheese with 1/8 cup whipping cream and 1/8 cup sour cream.
Like anything wickedly delicious, there is no real substitute for Mascarpone. But I have come across Tiramisù recipes that give you substitution options:
Use the "freshest, best-quality" cream cheese you can find

Mix equal amounts of cream cheese and sour cream

Mix 1/2 pound of ricotta cheese with 1 cup of heavy cream in a food processor until it forms a homogeneous cream (this substitutes for about 1 pound of Mascarpone)

Today my friend Joanie McCoy is celebrating her birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOANIE! Had it not been for you and
Art living here in Oregon, Jerry and I wouldn't not have found this awesome place here in Rogue River! ♥♥♥

Historically this date...
1886 – Dr. John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia.

1971My Lai massacre: Lieutenant William Calley is convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison.
1971 – A Los Angeles, California jury recommends the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers.
1973Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam.

2004 – The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
YEAH for Ireland!!!

And births this date include....

1918Pearl Bailey, American singer and actress (d. 1990)

1918 – Sam Walton, American businessman (d. 1992)

1937Billy Carter, brother of Jimmy Carter (d. 1988)
..........interesting, the drunk borrowed money from the country of Lybia and was under investigation, but I'm sure his donkey brother who was President took care of any problems!

1954 – Karen Ann Quinlan, American right-to-die cause célèbre (d. 1985)
1965 – William Oefelein, American astronaut

Dinner was a combination of Sabatino's Chicken Sausage with Smoked Mozzarella Artichokes and Garlic ... veggies (asparagus, celery, green onion, and tomatoes) .... pasta (anellini) ... and Alfredo sauce.

The sausage comes from Sabatino's Sausage Company in Newport Beach Ca...  You can get it at Costco.

Sauté the asparagus, celery, sausage in a little olive oil. Cook the pasta. If using dried mushrooms, reconstitute and add or add chopped fresh mushrooms. Add 3 chopped Roma tomatoes. Drain and add pasta and stir in Alfredo sauce. Voilá.

Soooooooooooooooooooooooo good~

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Thursday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
March 29th
National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day