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Monday, May 8, 2017

Porcupine ~ Asparagus Pasta ~ Scampi Pasta w/ Asparagus ~ V-E Day

Good 31º icy clear sunny morning. I think we warmed to 72º yesterday.

OMGOSH, this is funny!!! A porcupine is given an ear of corn and then the woman tries to take it back. The porcupine's response is hilarious!

Boy howdy, glad I don't have just one front tooth!!!

Historically this date...
1886 – Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine.

1976 – The roller coaster Revolution, the first steel coaster with a vertical loop, opens atSix Flags Magic Mountain.

1980 – The eradication of smallpox is endorsed by the World Health Organization.

1984 – Corporal Denis Lortie enters the Quebec National Assembly and opens fire, killing three and wounding 13. René Jalbertsergeant-at-arms of the assembly, succeeds in calming him, for which he will later receive the Cross of Valour.

And births this date include...
1884 – Harry S. Truman, American politician, 33rd President of the United States (d. 1972)
 1913 – Bob Clampett, American animator (d. 1984)

1926 – Don Rickles, American comedian (d.2017)
1940 – Ricky Nelson, American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor (d. 1985)

I contemplated a recipe I saw on Rachael Ray. I do not like her... waving her hands around constantly, flipping her hair, and interrupting EVERYONE! But, her recipes are good so occasionally I'll record the show and watch the cooking part later. The other day she made a linguini asparagus dish that sounded heavenly.
1 pound asparagus, trimmed
2 T. olive oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, grated
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 t. crushed red pepper (I used Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning instead...that I LOVE! See link below...)
black pepper
1 cup white wine
2 T. butter
1 pound linguine (I used angel hair spaghetti instead)
1 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, plus more for serving.


1. Fill a large bowl with ice water.
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
3. Add asparagus and cook 1 minute.
4. Using tongs transfer the asparagus to the ice water to cool. Drain, pat dry, and cut into 1" pieces.
5. Bring water back to boil.
6. In a large skillet heat olive oil (2 "turns") over medium heat.
7. Add shallots, garlic, lemon zest, and crushed red pepper. Cook stirring often 2-3 minutes.
8. Add wine and cook stirring often until reduced by about half.
9. Add the butter and stir the sauce until butter is melted. Reduce heat to low. 
10. Add pasta to boiling water and cook until al denté. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, drain pasta.
11. Add asparagus to sauce and cook til heated through, 1-2 minutes. Toss in the pasta, starchy water, lemon juice, and 1 cup cheese. Season to taste.
I also cooked an Omaha Steaks Italian Breaded Veal Patty in the Air Fryer to go with.. (thaw, drizzle with olive oil, bake 400º for 12 minutes or in the Air Fryer I cooked it at   370º for 15 minutes.)

OK, I could eat this EVERY day!!! That pasta with the asparagus and wine/butter/garlic sauce was AWESOME~!
Here is a similar recipe that adds shrimp. This looks awesomely good too!!! 

Later it was chair, wine, and TV. Oh, and even a chair nap!!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
May 8th
V-E Day

Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) commemorates the end of fighting in Europe during World War II. After years of war, The Third Reich of Nazi Germany was defeated.  Millions of people were killed. Adolf Hitler, Germany's Dictator, had committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin.
The German Army ceased fighting on May 2, and formally surrendered unconditionally, on May 7th. The surrender of all German forces was arranged for May 8 at 11:01. The Allied countries planned to celebrate victory, and the cessation of hostilities.
Did you Know? The original planned date for the celebration of V-E Day, was May 9th, 1945. But, journalists caught wind of the plans. So, the U.S. and Britain moved the date up by a day to May 8th. Russia kept to the original planned date for May 9th. Russia still celebrates V-E Day on May 9th.