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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Florida Friends ~ Mr. T. ~ Jack & Kristen at Din Tai Fung ~ Marinara Sauce w/ Roasted Eggplant-Mushrooms-Garlic ~ Smokey Sunset

Good 47º smokey hazy morning.

Dang it was cold, 52º at 9:30, yesterday morning. I almost turned on the heater!! But then we warmed to the low 80ºs and it got smokey as heck! UGH....
We topped at 84º.

Breakfast was the other omelette and the rest of the Schwans Shrimp Scampi on top with spinach and tomatoes and carrot roll for dessert with coffee.

My friends Gator (USN ret) and his June in Florida were so fortunate to have minimal damage to their home. Only a few pieces of siding came off...

Storm Murcott (LASD ret) did ok with the storm too. No damage other than trees down around the neighborhood... His driveway:

Rick (LASD ret) and Vickie Buhman had a part of a fence down is all....

And Terri Prim (LASD secretary and station supervisor ret from Avalon) and her husband Berry said they had no damage to their property.
Power out for a long time though!

Do you remember Mr. T? OMG, haven't seen him in a long time!

Historically this date.........
1620 – The Mayflower starts her voyage to North America

1908 – The General Motors Corporation is founded.

1919 – The American Legion is incorporated.

1920 – The Wall Street bombing: a bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J. P. Morgan building in New York City – 38 are killed and 400 injured.

1959 – The first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, is introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City.

And births this date include...
1875 – James C. Penney, American department store founder (d. 1971)

1877 – Jacob Schick, American-Canadian electric razor inventor (d. 1937)

1924 – Lauren Bacall, American actress (d.2014)
                      So sad, she had been such a beauty!

1927 – Peter Falk, American actor (d. 2011)

1956 – David Copperfield, American magician

Yesterday was another shoulder therapy. Then a quick stop at the market for chicken thighs to cook for Dude. Had a fun conversation with Ryan, the butcher. Super nice guy! They recently went to Disneyland. Then a short chat with a woman wearing a "born in September" shirt that was funny. And lastly a chat with a Marine who served in WWII.

My daughter Kristen and he son Jack
went to Din Tai Fung Restaurant for dinner. This restaurant is in the Arcadia Mall and if you haven't been there, and you live in the area, you should go! They have the BEST dumplings!!!! OMG. And their garlic green beans side dish is sooooooooo good!

They have Tai and Chinese food.

My dinner last night was something I had not  made before....

I thought of you Carol Nasca and you Mike Cippola when I got this pasta... made in Monastero Di Montebello Isola del Piano, Italy in a company established in 1388! Viva Italiano!!

First roast the eggplant, cut into bite sized pieces and mushrooms cut in half, and some fresh peeled garlic tossed with olivel oil and baked at 400º for about 35 minutes.

Then put in pan with marinara sauce ... 

Cooked the penne and added that in along with about 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.

When cooking the pasta (in heavily garlic salted water!) I put a wooden spoon across the top of the pot and it will not boil over! Old trick I learned years ago...

This was soooooo good! I have lots of leftovers I put in quart size zip bags to freeze for later...

The sunset last night was very smokey....

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
September 16th

Mexican Independence Day celebrates Mexico's Independence from Spain. This day is celebrated in Mexico with parades, fiestas, fireworks, and picnics.
Mexican Independence Day History:
In 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo of Dolores, Mexico was planning a revolt to free the country from Spanish rule. On September 15, 1810 at 11:00 pm, Father Hidalgo rang his church bell to call his parishioners, and rally them to fight off Spanish rule. He then made a speech to his congregation, and the fight for freedom began.

Today, Mexican people mark this very special holiday, by repeating the ringing of the bells at 11:00 pm on the 15th. It is followed by a day of celebrations on the 16th.

And since it's Mexican Independence Day it's also National Guacamole Day!

History of Guacamole:
Mesoamericans (a term derived from the Greek, meaning Middle America. It refers to a geographical and cultural area which extends from northern Mexico down through central America, including Guatemals, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador) a region cultivated the wild avocado, a tree of fruit aht had grown in the region for millions of years. Dating back to the Mayan times, pre Azte, guacamole was made from avocado, onion, chiles, fresh tomato, and salt.
The conquering Aztecs called the avocado "Ahuacatl" The "tl" is pronounced "tay". Hence, "ah-hwa-CAH-tay" and "ah-waka-MOLE-ee".

When the Spanish conquistador under Hernán Cortés arrived in 1519, they heard "ah-hwah-cah-tay" as "aguacate", the spelling and pronunciation they used. In Spanish it became "guacamole" (huac-ah-moe-lay).