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Friday, June 16, 2017

Gloom ~ Jalapeño Popper Chorizo Cheesecake ~ Jeanette Laporte ~ Jim & Sally Harper ~ Californium ~ Lobster & Shortcake

Good 57º cloudy morning.

Yesterday stayed super gloomy and cloudy all day. By noon we were still only 66º. Then the temps swelled to 71º! After a trip to the post office I was getting out of the car and felt 12 or 6 drops of rain. Then it ended.

My pal Linda down in Woodland north of Sacramento is in for a super hot time. Their temperatures will soar to 109º this weekend and through next week! YIKES!

OMGOSH, I have to get the ingredients and make this.... What on earth could be better!!!!

Jalapeño Popper Chorizo Cheesecake
(Trish and all of you who like a little "fire" in your food, should love this!)

1 pound chorizo sausage, casings removed
1 onion diced
4 cloves garlic chopped
1½ cups cheddar cracker crumbs
¼ cup melted butter
24oz cream cheese, room temperature
3 eggs
½ cup sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2+ jalapeños diced
1. Cook sausage over med heat
2. Add onion to pan and cook until tender 5-7 minutes before adding garlic and cooking about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
3. Press mixture of cracker crumbs and butter into bottom of 9" spring form pan (or a pie pan)
4. Mix cream cheese, eggs, and sour cream. Fold in cheddar cheese, chorizo mix and jalapeños. Pour into pan.
5. Wrap bottom of pan with foil, place pan in larger pan with small amount of hot water, bake in preheated oven 350º until set, about 60 minutes.
Enjoy warm or cold.
Option: Add 8 strips of cooked crumbled bacon!

Today is special in a couple of ways, first it's the birthday of Jeanette Laporte, wife of the ever famous René Laporte (LASD ret). HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEANETTE!!!!

And today is the 45th Wedding Anniversary of high school pal Jim and his bride Sally Harper. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY KIDS!!!!! xooxoxo
^ with their Rufus boy~!

Historically this date.........
1903 – The Ford Motor Company is incorporated.

1961 – Rudolf Nureyev defects from the Soviet Union.

And births this date include...
1829 – Geronimo, Apache leader (d. 1909)

1890 – Stan Laurel, English actor and comedian (d. 1965)

1970 – Phil Mickelson, American golfer

1973 – Eddie Cibrian, American actor

This is interesting. An element named after the state of California!
Californium is a radioactive metallic chemical element with the symbol Cf and atomic number 98. Californium was first made in 1950 at Berkeley, California by bombarding curium with alpha particles (helium-4 ions). The element was named after the university and the state of California. Californium is a very strong neutron emitter. It is used in portable metal detectors, for identifying gold and silver ores, to identify water and oil layers in oil wells and to detect metal fatigue.

Since yesterday was National Lobster Day I had some lobster tails. The day before it was Strawberry Shortcake Day so I had that for dessert...

The lobster half-tails I got from Omaha Steaks. Keep frozen and cook at 450º for 15 minutes.

Instead of short cakes I used slices of lemon cake. OMGOOOOOD!!!!

I actually like the large full size lobster tails. Cut the shell open, pull the meat out and set it on top. Put some clarified butter on the meat and paprika. Bake 400º 16-18 minutes. 


Next was chair, wine, Blue Bloods, The Wall, and Family Feud. Interesting, contestants were the Steve Irwin family. On The Wall, the constant and his wife won 1 million dollars! He is a cable installer and recently  while on a pole doing work a building exploded close to him. He ran inside and found a man, picked him up, carried him out, saved his life! Hero!

All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
June 16th
National Fudge Day

Fudge History

Before 1886, the origin and history of fudge is unclear, but Fudge is thought to be an American invention. Most believe the first batch was a result of a accidental “fudged” batch of caramels, hence the name “fudge”.

In 1886, fudge was sold at a local Baltimore grocery store for 40 cents a pound. This is the first known sale of fudge. A letter, found in the archives of Vasser College, written by Emelyn Battersby Hartridge reveals that Emelyn wrote that her schoolmate's cousin made fudge in 1886 in Baltimore and sold it for 40 cents a pound.

In 1888, Miss Hartridge asked for the fudge recipe, and made 30 pounds of fudge for the Vassar Senior Auction. The recipe was very popular at the school from that point forward. Fudge became a new confection after word spread to other women's colleges of the tasty delight. Later, Smith and Wellesley schools each developed their own recipe for fudge.

Definition of Fudge

Fudge is a crystalline candy and controlling the sugar solution crystallization is the key to delicious, smooth fudge. One of the most important aspects of any candy is the final texture. Temperature separates hard caramels from fudge and tiny microcrystals of sugar in fudge gives fudge its firm but smooth texture. The secret to successful fudge is getting these crystals to form at just the right time.