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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"Shot" of Whiskey ~ European Badger ~ Terrorists ~ Roasted Pumpkin Seeds ~ Pots-A-La-Gu ~ Coyotes/Dude/Snuggy Fire ~ Marion's Clam Chowder


Good 34º no rain in sight morning.
 
I had a jury summons and called Monday night re reporting on Tuesday. Was told "no jurors needed". Called last night and was told jurors #1-128 report. I'm #215!!! YEAH! They have never sat me on a jury anyway... something about knowing the DA or the police testifying (in Pasadena court) and up here asking, "do cops lie?" My reply was, "What's the point? Criminals don't only commit one crime, so if they aren't caught and held to answer this time, there will be caught another time." Hmmmmm.... Mrs. Maxwell you are excused! LOL
 
 
Another one from Vivia..
'A SHOT OF WHISKEY'
In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a
glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the
bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a
"shot" of whiskey.
 

PICTURE OF THE DAY ..
European Badger
 

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

1908 – New 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.



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

1997 – Newt 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!

 
1999 – War 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....
1813 – John C. Frémont, American army officer, explorer and presidential candidate (d. 1890)
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1824 – Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, American, Confederate army general (d. 1863)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pq6r52_-VYA/Txrz_KQmMZI/AAAAAAAARNI/6qo5o9pV2xo/s1600/stonewallMA28928481-0012.jpg


1905 – Christian Dior, French fashion designer (d. 1957)
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1922 – Telly Savalas, American actor (d. 1994)
Interesting read (if you click on his name <g>)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dkI3ackKnFU/Txr0WCzw44I/AAAAAAAARNw/lUvC11fORlM/s1600/telly-savalas-80000302-0-1258736166000MA28928481-0017.jpg


1926 – Steve Reeves, American actor (d. 2000)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OFeOh21nPeQ/Txr0cf1Jj9I/AAAAAAAARN4/rmPTTf-JvZo/s1600/reevesMA28928481-0018.jpg


1938 – Wolfman Jack, American disk jockey and actor (d. 1995)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dRQvbonF0R8/Txr0fowXMcI/AAAAAAAAROA/T5BwaK-z-hw/s1600/wolfmanMA28928481-0019.jpg


1940 – Jack Nicklaus, American golfer
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8o89WBsTJDk/Txr0jSX_NJI/AAAAAAAAROI/o6O8XkLhBQw/s1600/JackNicklausMA28928481-0020.jpg


1941 – Plácido Domingo, Spanish tenor
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This from my Greece traveling friend, Pat Kelly....

I couldn't agree more!!! Quit bowing and kissing their a**!!
 

Later I had saved the pumpkin seeds from the stuffed pumpkin so I wanted to toast them.... First make sure they are clean and free from pumpkin residue. Then I tossed them in a bowl with some (lemon infused) olive oil and garlic salt. Put on cookie sheet. Cook at 350º about 35 minutes. (watch them). Let cool and enjoy. (I can never stop eating them!)
 



 

As for dinner... "pots-a-la-gu"... leftovers! I put the leftover meat and gnocchi from the stuffed pumpkin in my casserole Crock Pot. Added some big fat mushrooms and baby carrots. Then broccoli and drizzled on some olive oil and then Alfredo Sauce... Finally added a can of quartered artichoke hearts. Put on lid, turned on Low. Let it do it's thing!






OMGOODNESS this was GOOD!!!

I can think of a zillion ways to use veggies, pasta or gnocchi, and Alfredo Sauce!


On the news was a story of coyotes in cities across the country... Awwwww...


Dude, Bruiser, and I had a nice evening with a snuggy fire...


All I know. Happy Hump Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bob
January 21st
National Clam Chowder Day



You can celebrate with New England Clam Chowder (sometimes called Boston Clam Chowder), Manhattan Clam Chowder or even Rhode Island Clam Chowder; restaurants tend to serve one or the other. New England Clam Chowder is the oldest version.

According to the book 50 Chowders by Jasper White, the oldest-known printed chowder recipe is for fish chowder, printed in theBoston Evening Post on September 23, 1751. It calls for onions, pork, salt, pepper, parsley, sweet marjoram, savory, thyme and a biscuit (later replaced by oyster crackers or saltines served with the soup instead of cooked into it)—ingredients that are still used today.
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Here is one of the best Clam Chowders ... my dear departed 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. Worcestershire
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 Worcestershire. 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.