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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rain ~ Stopped Up Sink ~ Ravioli w/ Special Sauce ~ Bruiser ~ Infused Vodka

Good 51º raining morning.
Yesterday there was this continued gloom.. with  more drizzle,  and a bunch of ravens flying around...

The sprinkles continued on and off all day then later in the evening and through the night it got really windy and more solid rain. So far 1/2".

Then yesterday, oh happy day, my kitchen sink got stopped up. A continuing problem with the piss poor plumbing in this old house. I called my regular guy but I was told they are backed up with so much work that they wouldn't be able to get out here until next week. NEXT WEEK?????? Sigh....... so I called Brian's friend Doug in Grants Pass. He sent out his guy, Aaron, right away! Thank goodness.
If you need a good plumber and you live in this area... Doug Gillette 541-218-2464

OK, so the dinner I made Monday was an experiment. I had cleaned out the fridge and had this Artichoke Jalapeño Parmesan Dip that I love. Though it might make a good addition to some Roasted Garlic Parmesan Sauce...
Into the large pan went the Prego sauce and about 1½ cups of the dip. Let it heat and blend. Then added in the drained mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and chopped tomatoes...
Cooked the ravioli for 4 minutes in boiling salted water, drained them, added into the pot....

OMGOSH! That sauce was THE BEST!!! What wonderful flavor and consistency!

Next time I am at Costco I will buy another tub of that dip!

While I was cooking, Bruiser was comfy just keeping an eye on me. You have seen cats relaxing....

Well, Bruiser likes that same position on the step that is between the kitchen and dining room.....

When I cleaned out the fridge I also found a jar of ginger infused vodka I had made a while back.

I learned that when you buy fresh ginger, the best way to store it is in a little vodka.
Check it after a couple weeks and the flavor of the vodka is awesome. Since it's cold you can just pour some into a sipping glass and enjoy!
Here are some more vodka infusing ideas:

Historically this date.....
1933 – The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established.

1962 – NASA's Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon

1981 – Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performs the world's first human open fetal surgery.

1986 – A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world's worst nuclear disaster.

1991 – Seventy tornadoes break out in the central United States. Before the outbreak's end,Andover, Kansas, would record the year's only F5 tornado (see Andover, Kansas Tornado Outbreak).

2005 – Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country (Syrian occupation of Lebanon).

Births this date include....
1933 – Carol Burnett, American comedian
Carol lived with her mother in Hollywood on Cherokee Avenue in a brownstone between Hollywood Boulevard and Yucca. My grandmother and aunt lived a block over on Whitley Avenue. Didn't know Carol (she wasn't famous yet) but probably had walked past her apartment building a bunch of times.

1938 – Duane Eddy, American guitarist and actor

1942 – Bobby Rydell, American singer, drummer, and actor
Later dinner was reruns of the super good ravioli, chair, wine, and TV.

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Hump Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
April 26th
National Pretzel Day

Five Food Finds about Pretzels

  • The first pretzel was created in 610 A.D. by a monk in southern France or northern Italy. It was originally called a ‘pretiola’ and was renamed ‘pretzel’ later when the idea migrated to Germany and Austria.
  •  In 1861, pretzel twisting was the second highest-paying job in the Philadelphia region. Today, machines do the twisting, although at some artisan shops, tourists can still see it done the old-fashioned way.
  • The birthplace of the hard pretzel was Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The pretzel, or bretzel as it was called then, first came to America in 1710 with Palatine German immigrants (from the Rhineland) who settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and became known, incorrectly, as the “Pennsylvania Dutch.”
  •  In the 18th century, German children would wear pretzel necklaces at the beginning of a new year for prosperity, health and good fortune.
  • In the 17th century, pretzels were known as a marriage knot. During a wedding ceremony, a couple would wish upon a pretzel, break it (like a wishbone), and eat it to signify their oneness. It is speculated that the term, “tying the knot,” originated in Switzerland in 1614 during a wedding between two prominent families.