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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Weather ~ Throw Back Thursday NY ~ Clam Scampi ~ Potato Bag ~  Garlic

Good 31º clear sky sunny morning. (so far!)
Yesterday started out raining, dark, and gloomy. We did manage about noon to see a little blue sky...

Throw Back Thursday....
Ten years ago I got a personal tour of NY from my pal Joan Petitclair. She was from New Jersey and knew the city like the back of her hand. So many interesting buildings! Here's a really different one...

And then how would you like the job of "window washer" in NY??? Yikes! Look wayyyyy up there at the top of the building...

This is making me drool.................
You can't go wrong with pasta. It makes a super-quick meal and it always tastes good. But let's do things a little bit different. Instead of heating up plain spaghetti sauce, let's  sauté clams with garlic and lemon juice for a scampi that's out of this world and ready in no time.

  • 1 pound linguine
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 (10-ounce) cans whole baby clams, drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  1. Cook the linguine according to the package directions; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-low heat, melt butter. Stir in garlic, salt, and pepper and sauté 2 minutes. Stir in clams, lemon juice, and parsley; cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until heated through.
  3. Pour clam sauce over linguine, toss until pasta is coated completely, and serve.
**While you're mincing the garlic, mince a few extra cloves and combine it with softened salted butter. Spread that over a loaf of French bread that's been cut in half lengthwise. Wrap it in foil and bake at 350 degree F. while preparing the scampi. When it's done, you'll have the perfect side!
Historically this date........
1927 – Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.
Cary Grant told me once that she was a real piece of work and he couldn't stand her! (That is when I worked for Faberge and he was on the board of directors)

1955 – The German automaker Volkswagen, after six years of selling cars in the United States, founds Volkswagen of America in Englewood CliffsNew Jersey to standardize its dealer and service network.

1956 – Actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco.

1971 – Charles Manson is sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit theTate/LaBianca murders.

1989 – A gun turret explodes on the USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors.

1993 – The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, TexasUSA, ends when a fire breaks out. Eighty-one people die.


And births this date include....
1903 – Eliot Ness, American lawman (d. 1957)

1925 – Hugh O'Brian, American actor (d.2016)

1930 – Dick Sargent, American actor (d. 1994)

1933 – Jayne Mansfield, American actress (d. 1967)

1935 – Dudley Moore, English actor, comedian and composer (d. 2002)

Later I cooked a yam in a potato bag. These bags are super. They hold up to 3 or 4 potatoes, put the bag in the microwave for 4 minutes on high... and voilá they are done!
They are sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, and Wal-Mart, and probably other places too. Highly recommended for quick easy potato/yam cooking!
Saw a new show last night. It's called North Woods Law and it's about Game Wardens. Interesting. They do a type of law enforcement very different from cops in general. 

All I know. Nuff said. Happy TBT. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo


This stinking rose is a member of the lily family. This family also includes onions, leeks and shallots. While garlic originated in Asia over 7,000 years ago, it is used in a variety of cuisines, but it is also used for medicinal purposes.
It is considered an herbal remedy for colds, and it has been suggested to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Modern science has proven garlic’s antibiotic properties.
Myth and superstition reek of garlic. The most familiar one is garlic wards off vampires. This same theory seemed to work on witches, werewolves, demons and other such evils one could come across. Folklore tells us garlic grew from satan’s left footprint when he left the Garden of Eden; Greek midwives kept evils spirits away with it, and courage filled Roman soldiers who consumed the bulb.
Our dreams often have meaning.  Dreaming of garlic is no different. To dream about garlic in the house is supposed to mean good luck and if the dream includes eating garlic (perhaps in a pesto sauce), there might be hidden secrets. There are over 300 varieties of garlic in the world to dream about as well!
Gilroy, California is known as the Garlic Capital of the World. Will Rogers was once quoted as saying it is “…the only place in America where you can marinate a steak just by hanging it out on a clothesline.”