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Friday, May 11, 2018

Gloom ~ Picture of the Day ~ Potato Chips ~ Easy Egg Omelet Cups ~ Jim Plumbridge ~ National Eat What You Want Day

Good 37º clear sunny morning.
The gloom and clouds hung around all day yesterday...


 Picture of the day.......  Fail!!!
Interesting about potato chips...........

In the summer of 1853, Native American George Crum was employed as a chef at an elegant resort in Saratoga Springs, New York. One dinner guest found Crum's French fries too thick for his liking and rejected the order. Crum decided to rile the guest by producing fries too thin and crisp to skewer with a fork. The plan backfired. The guest was ecstatic over the browned, paper-thin potatoes, and other diners began requesting Crum's potato chips.

Milestones:1853 George Crum invents the Saratoga Chip, a thin French fry, now known as the potato chip
1960 Crum opened his own restaurant, featuring potato chips in a basket placed on every table..
1895 William Tappendon of Cleveland, Ohio begins selling potato chips as a food in grocery stores
1908 Leominster Potato Chip Co., Leominster, MA (later changed the name to Tri-Sum)
1910 Mikesell's Potato Chips, Dayton, Ohio.
1910 George Dentler, Houston, Texas.
1913 Dan Dee Pretzel and Potato Chip Company, Cleveland, Ohio.
1918 Num Num, Cleveland, Ohio
1919 Blue Bell - Illinois
1921 Wise Delicatessen Company, Berwick, Pennsylvania
1921 Utz - Hanover, Pennsylvania. started as the Hanover Home Brand Potato Chips
1921 Magic Food Co, later Golden Flake*, Birmingham, Alabama.
1924 Moore's, Bristol, Virginia.
1926 Scudder's - Monterey Park, California
1930 Better Made - Detroit, Michigan
1932 Lay's - founded by Herman Lay of Nashville, Tennessee

The idea of making them as a food item for sale in grocery stores came to many people at around the same time, but perhaps the first was William Tappendon of Cleveland, OH, in 1895.   He began making chips in his kitchen and delivering to neighborhood stores but later converted a barn in the rear of his house into "one of the first potato chip factories" in the country.
At that time, potatoes were tediously peeled and sliced by hand. It was the invention of the mechanical potato peeler in the 1920s that paved the way for potato chips to soar from a small specialty item to a top-selling snack food. 
In 1921, Bill and Sallie Utz started the Hanover Home Brand Potato Chips in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Salie Utz used her knowledge of good Pennsylvania Dutch cooking to make the chips in a small summer house behind their home. The hand-operated equipment Salie used made about fifty pounds of potato chips per hour. While Salie stayed home making chips, Bill delivered them to "mom and pop" grocery stores and farmer's markets in the Hanover, PA and Baltimore, MD area.
Out in Monterey Park, California  the Scudders company started making potato chips in 1926. Laura Scudder is credited with developing the wax paper bag for potato chips which made a wider distribution possible because of its preserving properties.  Prior to this bag potato chips were dispensed in bulk from barrels or glass display cases. 
In 1932, Herman Lay founded Lay's in Nashville, Tenn., which distributed potato chips from a factory in Atlanta, Ga. Herman Lay, a traveling salesman in the South, helped popularize the food from Atlanta to Tennessee. Lay peddled potato chips to Southern grocers out of the trunk of his car, building a business and a name that would become synonymous with the thin, salty snack. Lay's potato chips became the first successfully marketed national brand.

Here you go....... a "no skillet required" Easy Egg Omelet Cup.
5 eggs
1/2 cup cooked chopped ham
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sliced green onions (or chives or whatever floats your boat.)
Preheat oven to 350º. Spray 6 muffin cups with cooking spray.
In a large bowl combine all ingredients and then spoon into muffin cups.
Bake 20-25 minutes, until eggs are set, and serve immediately.
I would serve these with fresh melon cut up and strawberries and some toast and jam.

Birthday today is special, my nephew Jim Plumbridge. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIMMY!!!
And back a few years..... Jimmy the youngest with two of his 3 brothers... Andy the oldest and Bobby then Jimmy...

Historically this date........
1858 – Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd U.S. State.

1880 – Seven people are killed in the Mussel Slough Tragedy, a gun battle in California

1907 – 32 Shriners are killed when their chartered train derails at a switch near Surf Depot in Lompoc, California.

1945 – World War II: Off the coast of Okinawa, the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill, is hit by two kamikazes, killing 346 of her crew. Although badly damaged, the ship is able to return to the U.S. under her own power.

1996 – The 1996 Mount Everest disaster: on a single day eight people die during summit attempts on Mount Everest.


And births this date include...
1888 – Irving Berlin, American composer (d. 1989)


1894 – Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1991)

1904 – Salvador Dalí, Spanish painter (d. 1989)

1911 – Phil Silvers, American actor and comedian (d. 1985)

1912 – Foster Brooks, American actor and comedian (d. 2001)


1935 – Doug McClure, American actor (d. 1995)

1963 – Natasha Richardson, English/American actress (d. 2009)
Then dinner was, since yesterday was Shrimp Day, I had the Schwans Shrimp Broccoli Alfredo atop some fresh baby spinach. 


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

Observed annually on May 11, National Eat What You Want Day is about having one day a year of eating with no regrets.  Whether you love donuts or fast food, today is your day to indulge without feeling guilty.  Chili cheese dogs, greasy hamburgers, french fries, potato chips, cake, cookies, candy and ice cream are just a few of the things you can enjoy today without remorse.  Decadent food is definitely on the menu today.
Celebrate this fantastic food day by eating your favorite foods.  Call a friend and go out for some fun and indulgence.  
Created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of, Eat What You Want Day is just a way to enjoy life with friends and family.  Many nutritionists even agree that “taking a short break” from your diet regimen is actually good for you.