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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Full Moon ~ Sun/Clouds/Rain ~ Northern Flicker ~ Creamy White Chicken Chili ~ 10 Interesting Facts About Wine ~ Shrimp Scampi

Good 45º drizzling morning.
Yesterday there was sun for a few minutes then the clouds came in heavy and the rain started about 9am and then it stopped. A Yo Yo Day..... sun, rain, clouds, sun, clouds, sun..............

While I was out taking these pictures ..... there was a Northern Flicker on the fence on the side of the house... interesting bird.


Creamy White Chicken Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings4
A smooth and creamy white chicken chili with cream cheese!

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 jalapeno chilies, finely diced (or to taste)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, sliced or shredded
  • 1 (15 ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
 option: grated cheddar or white cheese on top when serving
Heat the oil in the pan over medium heat, add onion and jalapeno peppers and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
Add the garlic and cumin and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
Add the broth and deglaze the pan by scraping any brown bits up off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon as the broth simmers.
Add the chicken, beans and oregano, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the cream cheese and cook until melted before removing from the heat, mixing in the sour cream and seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
10 Interesting facts about wine...
Wine makes people happy, i't a known thing - but as it turns out, there are a few cool facts about this alcoholic beverage that you probably didn't know...
1. The custom of bumping glasses with a “cheers” greeting came from old Rome where they used this method to make sure no one is trying to poison the other (bumping glasses makes the drink spill from one cup to the other). This tradition started even earlier in ancient Greece – where the host was to drink the first cup of wine to show his guests he does not intend to poison them.
2. And if we mentioned Rome – In ancient Rome it was forbidden for women to drink wine. If a husband found his wife drinking wine he would be allowed, by law, to kill her.
3. An ancient civilization that did not like wine was Egypt. The old kings avoided wine from the belief that the red alcoholic beverage is actually the blood of men who tried to fight the gods and failed. This is why, according to the egyptians, what makes people act irrationally while drinking it (alcohol).
4. Do you like wine AND living extreme? If you visit Vietnam, ask your waiter a glass of cobra wine. This extreme beverageis rice-wine covered with snake blood that is killed on the spot. if you’d like you can add the snake’s heart to the mix as well.
5. During the prohibition period in the United States, grape juice concentrate manufacturers took advantage of the big drinking lust Americans had and put a great warning sticker on their product saying “After you mix the concentrate with water, please do not keep the mix in a barrel for 20 days – as it will turn into wine.”
6. The world champion of recognizing wine by smell was crowned in 2003. Richard Juhlin, a sport ed from sweden, was able to recognize 43 wines out of 50. For comparison – second place was only able to recognize 4 of them.
7. Although the temptation is great – try not to keep your wine in the kitchen. The heat there is too much and may damage the wine’s quality. the fridge is no place for a wine either since it is just too cold. Find a cool dark closet somewhere in the house where you can keep all your bottles, or just get a wine cellar.
8. If you own a collection of bottles – don’t keep them standing up – this can cause the cork to dry, shrink and oxygen\air might get in the bottle. always keep the bottles lying down (Unless its an artificial cork.)
9. A survey that was being held in Australia said that women that drink 2 cups of wine a day tend to enjoy sex more than women who don’t drink at all.
10. People who have wine phobia are called Oenophobia – and they really do exist. It might sound funny, but this phobia – just like others, cause them a lot of suffering, especially if they go out to restaurants a lot.
Historically this date.....
1945 – World War II – FuehrerbunkerAdolf Hitler marries his longtime partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker and designates Admiral Karl Dönitz as his successor. Both Hitler and Braun will commit suicide the next day.

1945 – The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States troops.

1945 – The Italian commune of Fornovo di Taro is liberated from German forces byBrazilian forces.

1967 – After refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing religious reasons), Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title.

1986 – A fire at the Central library of the City of Los Angeles Public Library damages or destroys 400,000 books and other items.

1992 – Los Angeles riotsRiots in Los Angeles, California, following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Over the next three days 53 people are killed and hundreds of buildings are destroyed.

2004 – Oldsmobile builds its final car ending 107 years of production.


And births this date include....
1917 – Celeste Holm, American actress (d.2012)


1951 – Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (d. 2001)


1954 – Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian


1958 – Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress


1958 – Eve Plumb, American actress


1970 – Andre Agassi, American tennis player
Later I air fried a sirloin steak and heated some Trader Joe's chicken soup dumplings. Really good! 

Then chair, wine, and TV. 
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

On this day, we honor the delicious dish of shrimp cooked with butter, garlic, lemon juice and white wine.
A culinary term for small lobster known as Nephrops (also known as langoustine or Dublin Bay Prawns) which is completely unrelated to this day.
National Shrimp Scampi Day is wholly dedicated to the buttery, garlicky, lemony and wine-sauced preparation of shrimp.
Enjoy this Shrimp Scampi recipe.

Five Food Finds about Shrimp Scampi

  • The word “scampi” means “shrimp”.  Therefore, “shrimp scampi” is “shrimp shrimp” (or “scampi scampi”).
  • The pistol shrimp can deliver an explosive attack hotter than the surface of the sun and loud enough to rupture a human ear drum.
  • Every shrimp is actually born male, and some develop into females.
  • Some shrimp are actually capable of glowing in the dark.
  • Shrimp can vary in size from 1/2 inch to 12 inches.