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Monday, February 20, 2017

Rain ~ Cyndi Moreno ~ Perfectly Timed ~ Creamy Parmesan Tomato Spinach Tortellini Soup ~ Cherry Pie ~ Cherry Dump

Good 40º I can actually see some sky morning! BUT it's getting REALLY windy!!! We're covered with radar and rain is expected. 

The rain yesterday was on and off all day and we ended up with 3/4".

Today is a special birthday, Cyndi Moreno, wife of the infamous Pete Moreno (LASD ret). HAPPY BIRTHDAY CYNDI!!!!
This back in 2008 when Cyndi and Pete's Deputies on the Go were on a cruise .. NY, Boston, Nova Scotia, Bar Harbor, Peggy's Cove....

Historically this date....

1931 – The Congress of the United States approves the construction of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge by the state of California.

1933 – The Congress of the United States proposes the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution that will end Prohibition in the United States.

1962 – Mercury program: While aboard Friendship 7John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes.

1998 – American figure skater Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest gold-medalist at theWinter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

And births this date include....
1902 – Ansel Adams, American photographer (d. 1984)

1924 – Gloria Vanderbilt, American socialite and clothing designer
Mother of Anderson...

1937 – Roger Penske, American racing driver, race team owner and entrepreneur
..... good guy! Brian worked for him for a few years.

1937 – Nancy Wilson, American singer

1946 – Sandy Duncan, American singer and actress

1947 – Peter Strauss, American actor

1951 – Edward Albert, American actor (d. 2006)

1954 – Patty Hearst, American socialite

Perfectly times photo.....
   Shared by friend Vivia.

I LOVE vegetables, as you know if you read what I cook, and this Creamy Parmesan Tomato Spinach Tortellini Soup is OUTSTANDING!

2 T butter
1 onion diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
1/4 cup flour
3 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
2 T. tomato paste
8 oz cheese tortellini
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
10 oz fresh spinach coarsely chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream or plain Greek yogurt
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil (optional)
1. Melt butter in pan over medium heat, add onion and cook til tender (5-7 minutes).
2. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook about 1 minute.
3. Add flour and cook another minute.
4. Add broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, tortellini. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes. (less time if you buy the fresh refrigerated tortellini)
5. Add the Parmesan, let it melt. Add the spinach, let it wilt, add the cream (yogurt), season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat before adding the basil.
You can replace fresh basil with 2 T. basil pesto.
Add 2 cups cooked shredded chicken or 8 oz cooked Italian sausage to make it even more hearty.

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
February 20th
Cherry Pie Day 

It's Cherry Pie Day. Cherry pie is America's second most popular pie, behind only apple pie in popularity. However, in the month of February, it's Number 1.
As a young boy, George Washington made the Cherry tree popular, with his famous quote "I can not tell a lie, I chopped down the Cherry tree." We celebrate George Washington's Birthday and President's Day in February. Appropriately, its traditional to bake cherry pies in honor of the occasion.
Being the "hot pie" of the moth, it is only fitting that Cherry Pie Day falls in February. On Cherry Pie Day, celebrate today with a piece of pie.
.... or a cherry dump... add can of cherry pie filling to 9x9 pan and a small can of pineapple chunks if you like, add about 1/2 yellow cake mix sprinkled over the top, melt stick of butter and pour over top, add walnuts or pecans if you like, bake 350 for about an hour.