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Monday, November 5, 2018

NY Marathon ~ Time Change/Chores/Bruiser ~ Easy Smoked Sausage Pasta & Vegetable Skillet ~ Greg Lundell ~ Mike & Nan Cipolla ~ Patriots vs Packers ~ National Donut Day

Good 41º foggy foggy morning.
Cloudy yesterday.........

This is a picture of the bridge between Staten Island and Brooklyn yesterday with all the runners of the NY Marathon! Wow! High school pal, Adele (Easton) Graves grandson Cooper was in this race. There was a total of 52,000 runners!! 

The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge (/vərɑːˈzɑːn/ver-uh-ZAH-no), also referred to as the Verrazzano Bridge and formerly the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and Narrows Bridge, is a double-decked suspension bridge that connects the New York City boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn and is named for Giovanni da Verrazzano. It spans the Narrows, a body of water linking the relatively enclosed Upper New York Bay with Lower New York Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The bridge carries thirteen lanes of Interstate 278, with seven lanes on the upper level and six on the lower level. In 1524, da Verrazzano became the first documented European explorer to enter New York Harbor and the Hudson River.

Yesterday here was over the top exciting. At least Bruiser let me sleep until 7:30am standard time! I had woken up at about 20 minutes to 2am. I have a projection clock on the ceiling, so I just watched it until 2 when it changed back to 1am. Nice my computer, phone, iPad, and atomic clocks change themselves!
Then I took the trash to the road, paid some bills, worked on today's blog.
Of course Bruiser likes to be right in my face on my desk!

Easy Smoked Sausage Pasta and Vegetable Skillet

12 ounce box tri-colored rotini
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Kielbasa, cut into ¼” slices
1 orange pepper, chopped
½ medium onion, chopped
1 cup broccoli florets
3 cloves garlic, grated
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup reserved pasta water
1 can sliced olives, drained
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Reserve 1 cup of pasta water when pasta is drained.  

In a large skillet over medium heat, add oil and onions.  Sprinkle with salt.  Cook until onions are translucent.  Add garlic, cook for 30 seconds.  Add kielbasa, pepper, onion, broccoli and garlic; sauté until vegetables are tender and kielbasa is browned.  Add tomato paste, pepper flakes, and pasta water.  Stir to combine.  Add kielbasa mixture to cooked pasta.  Stir in olives and Parmesan cheese.

Serve and enjoy!

Special birthday today... my high school pal, Greg Lundell is celebrating! HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREG!!
And Mike and Nan Cipolla, are celebrating their 39th anniversary! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY KIDS!
Two celebrations within 2 days!!!

Historically this date...

1872 – Women's suffrage in the United States: In defiance of the law, suffragist Susan B. Anthony votes for the first time, and is later fined $100.

1895 – George B. Selden is granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile.            ............interesting story and pictures on the like (click his name)

1967 – The Hither Green rail crash in the United Kingdom kills 49 people. Survivors include Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.

2006 – Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq, and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar are sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for the role in the massacre of the 148 Shi'as in 1982.

2009 – US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan kills 13 and wounds 30 at Fort HoodTexas in the largest mass shooting at a US military installation

And births this date include....
1905 – Joel McCrea, American actor (d. 1990)
I have discovered lately that a lot of 'old timey' Hollywood folks were born in So. Pasadena (like McCrea) or Pasadena.

1911 – Roy Rogers, American actor (d. 1998)

1913 – Vivien Leigh, English actress (d. 1967)
Sadly a lot of health problems and emotional problems. Died too young.

1940 – Elke Sommer, German actress

1941 – Art Garfunkel, American musician

1943 – Sam Shepard, American playwright and actor (d.2017) needs a DUI booking picture for their resume!

1963 – Tatum O'Neal, American actress
Later I watched my Patriots play the Green Bay Packers. My Pats won 31-17. The temperature during the game back in Boston was 36º. 

Both Tom Brady and Aaron Rogers wear the #12! 
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

November 5 is one of two National Doughnut Days observed by doughnut lovers across the nation. The first Friday in June is the other day doughnuts steal the bakery case spotlight ready to tease their way into white bakery box home!
For more information on the National Doughnut Day celebrated in June, click here.
The history of the doughnut is disputed:
  • One theory suggests Dutch settlers brought doughnuts to North America much like they brought other traditional American desserts including cookies, apple pie, cream pie and cobbler.
  • An American, Hanson Gregory, claimed to have invented the ring-shaped doughnut in 1847 while on board a lime-trading ship at the age of 16.  According to Gregory, he punched a hole in the center of dough with the ship’s tin pepper box and later taught the technique to his mother.
  • Anthropologist Paul R Mullins states the first cookbook mentioning doughnuts was an 1803 English volume which included doughnuts in an appendix of American recipes.
  • An 1808 short story describing a spread of “fire-cakes and dough-nuts” is the earliest known recorded usage of the term doughnut.
  • A more commonly cited first written recording of the word is Washington Irving’s reference to doughnuts in 1809 in his History of New York.  He described balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat and called doughnuts.  Today, these nuts of fried dough are called doughnut holes.
Donut versus Doughnut
  • Print ads for cake and glazed donuts and doughnuts existed from at least 1896 in the United States.
  • Peck’s Bad Boy and his Pa, written by George W. Peck and published in 1900, contained the first known printed use of donut. In it, a character is quoted as saying, “Pa said he guessed he hadn’t got much appetite and he would just drink a cup of coffee and eat a donut.”
  • In 1919, the Square Donut Company of America was founded, offering an easier to package product.
The more traditional spelling is doughnut. However, both doughnut and donut are pervasive in American English.
While doughnuts come in a large variety of recipes, flavors and toppings, just like many pastries, we are only limited by imagination and ingredients at hand.  From syrups and jellies to sprinkles and custards, top them, fill them, bake them or fry them, doughnuts have a mouth-watering way of glazing and dusting their way into our shopping carts and finding their way to the break room at work to share.
 These are my favorite!.....