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Sunday, October 21, 2018

AOL ~ 10-21 ~ Picture of the Day ~ Pretzels ~ Easy Mini Chicken Pot Pies ~ National League Championship Series ~ National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

Good 36º clear ice on the barn roof morning. 

Yesterday the darn AOL would not send my morning drivel email. Finally after about 1½ hours I just sent it to myself, that worked, then I forwarded that. Then it sent! Sigh............ Sure hope it works today!!!

10-21 radio code for 'telephone your station'...........

Picture of the Day....
In Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino died in 2018 at 45 years old.

Only two female northern white rhinos remain—the last of their kind on Earth. They are the male's daughter and granddaughter.

Interesting about the origin of pretzels.

A common origin story of pretzels is that they were created by a monk around 610 in Italy. According to The History of Science and Technology, the monk baked strips of dough that he folded into a shape resembling a child crossing its arms in prayer. He would give these treats, which he called “pretiolas” or “little rewards,” to children who had memorized their prayers. Unfortunately- and not surprisingly- there’s no documented evidence from the 600s to confirm this story. Other similar stories star a monk from France and bakers held hostage in Germany.
While any one of these stories might have some modicum of merit, what we do know for certain is that the earliest recorded evidence of pretzels appeared in the crest of German bakers’ guilds in 1111. Later, in 1185, an illustration of pretzels appeared in the Hortus Delicarum. The manuscript was compiled by Herrad of Landsberg at an abbey in Alsace, then a region of Germany.  However, it’s very likely that pretzels existed long before either of these instances.
In a prayer book used by Catherine of Cleves in 1440, there was a picture of St. Bartholomew surrounded by pretzels. By this time, pretzels were considered a sign of good luck and spiritual wholeness—possibly due to the three holes in the common pretzel shape touted to represent the Holy Trinity at this point. The “good luck” connotation carried the pretzel to other holidays, including New Year’s Day, when in Germany children hung pretzels around their necks; pretzels hung on Christmas trees in Austria in the 16th century; and parents hid little pretzels on Easter for children to find, an early version of an Easter egg hunt. In Switzerland, the pretzel shape was used as a marriage knot, and couples would each pull on a side of the pretzel on their wedding day. The larger half brought prosperity to the marriage—it was kind of like a doughy wishbone tradition.
Pretzels have long been integrated into the Christian faith. By the 16th century, it had become tradition to eat pretzels on Good Friday in Germany, and Catholics once considered them the “official food of lent.” Earlier laws of the Church stated that only one meal a day was to be eaten during lent and the food couldn’t come from an animal. Yet another origin story says that pretzels were developed as a food for lent. Whether or not this is true, pretzels did become a popular staple during the holiday because it was easy to make and fulfilled the Church’s guidelines.
Pretzels made their way across the Atlantic with German immigrants who were later to be known as the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 1700s. Many pretzel bakeries popped up in Pennsylvania around this time, and Pennsylvania continued to be the seat of American pretzel production and consumption; around 80% of pretzels made in America are made in Pennsylvania today. While it’s estimated that Americans eat two pounds of pretzels in a year, pretzel consumption in Philadelphia is estimated to be around twelve pounds of pretzels per person per year.
Early pretzels were of the “soft” variety; hard pretzels are something of a relatively modern invention. However, contrary to popular belief, hard pretzels did not originate in 1600 when a baker fell asleep while he was tending his fire, burning pretzels to a crisp, as good of a story as that might have been. In 1861, Julius Sturgis created the first commercial pretzel bakery in Lititz, Pennsylvania. It’s believed that his factory was the first to develop hard pretzels. These crunchy, salty snacks lasted longer in an air tight environment than soft pretzels did, allowing them to be sold in stores far away from the bakery and kept on shelves much longer.
These attributes allowed their popularity to spread rapidly and hard pretzels are now one of the best-selling salty snacks in America, sandwiched between potato chips and popcorn. Soft pretzels continue to be a popular snack item as well with push-cart pretzel vendors prevalent in Philadelphia and New York. The push-carts follow a long tradition of pretzel street vendors—it’s believed that they first started appearing in the mid-1400s. Pretzel vendors also provided one of the first confirmed types of food delivery service, as they would go door to door selling their baked goods.
Today, pretzels are most popular in American and in Germany, where they are featured at Oktoberfest. In America, besides covered in salt, hard pretzels commonly come dipped in chocolate or yoghurt, while soft pretzels are served with mustard or liquid cheese. Different flavours are available all over the world, featuring nuts, seeds, and glazes—a long way from the simple dough pretzels that were commonly served religious purposes so many years ago.
Mini-Stuffed Pretzel Bites
Mini-Stuffed Pretzel Bites
(Note: If you’re looking for an awesome simple to make stuffed pretzel recipe, check these out: 12 Awesome Super Bowl Snack Recipes  Noreen, who does many of the graphics here on Today I Found Out, also runs the website linked there for that “Super Bowl Snack” post.  The website is Picture the Recipe, which is an amazing place to find awesome recipes that also give step by step, large format, high quality pictures to help you along the way.)

I posted this recipe before... but thought I'd do it again. Easy and good!!!
EASY Mini Chicken Pot Pies
1 pkg (10oz) frozen mixed vegetables, cooked
1 cup diced cooked chicken (use the store rotisserie one)
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can Pillsbury Grands Flakey refrigerated biscuits
1. Heat oven to 375º
2. Combine vegetables, chicken, and soup. Mix well.
3. Press each biscuit into a 5½" round.
4. Place one in each of 8 greased regular muffin cups and firmly press in bottom and up side ...forming a 3/4" rim.
5. Spoon a generous 1/3 cup of chicken mixture into each. Pull dough over filling towards center, and pleat and pinch dough gently to hold in place.
6. Bake 25-30 minutes until golden. Cool 1 minute, and remove from pan.
Historically this date...............
1959 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists from the United States Army to NASA.

1967 – Vietnam War: More than 100,000 war protesters gather in Washington, D.C.. A peaceful rally at the Lincoln Memorial is followed by a march to The Pentagon and clashes with soldiers and United States Marshals protecting the facility. Similar demonstrations occurred simultaneously in Japan and Western Europe.

1973 – John Paul Getty III's ear is cut off by his kidnappers and sent to a newspaper inRome; it doesn't arrive until November 8.

1973 – Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.

... he played Hunter on TV and I got to meet him out at the Sheriff's Range at Wayside. Nice guy! This is 1986, Fred with my Brian...


And births this date include....
1952 – Patti Davis, American actress and novelist, daughter of Ronald Reagan
How to make your momma and daddy proud! Well, other than being a total jerk most of the time!

1956 – Carrie Fisher, American actress and writer (d.2016)

1980 – Kim Kardashian, American socialite, model and reality television star
............... Sorry, but I just don't get what the interest is in this spoiled rich little beeotch!

1986 – Natalee Holloway, American missing person (missing since 2005) What a long story and still not found!

A year ago the LA Dodgers went to the World Series for the first time in 29 years! Last night the Dodgers and the Brewers went at it in the National League Championship Series. Their playoff games were tied at 3 and 3. Nail biter. Then the Dodgers did it last night and beat the Brewers 5-1 and are going to the World Series!!! 

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day is observed annually on October 21. Fall the is the perfect time to add pumpkin to one of America’s favorite desserts! 
Cheesecake is a sweet dessert that is a mixture of fresh soft cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs and sugar on a crust made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry or sponge cake.  Pumpkin may be added to cheesecake recipes in various ways. For example, it may be swirled throughout,  mixed thoroughly with all ingredients or layered.  Cheesecakes can be prepared baked or unbaked, flavored and are often served topped with fruit, fruit sauce, chocolate or whipped cream.
An ancient form of cheesecake may have been a popular dish in ancient Greece.  It has been found that the earliest attested mention of cheesecake is by the Greek physician, Aegimus, who wrote a book on the art of making cheesecakes.
James Kraft developed a form of pasteurized cream cheese in 1912.  In 1928, Kraft acquired the Philadelphia trademark and marketed pasteurized Philadelphia Cream Cheese which is now the most commonly used cheese for this creamy dessert and many other recipes.
North America has several different styles of cheesecakes: