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Monday, November 12, 2018

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Coonskin Caps ~ Crispy Parmesan Roasted Potatoes ~ Dinner/Chair/Wine/Cat/TV ~ National Pizza With the Works Except Anchovies Day

Good 25º frozen morning. 
Yesterday was nice and clear and we warmed to 74º. Summer~!!

Picture of the Day....
Not sure if this is a mop or a dog! (LOL. Mark Zuckerberg's dog!)

Interesting about coonskin caps....
A coonskin cap is a hat fashioned from the skin and fur of a raccoon. The original coonskin cap consisted of the entire skin of the raccoon including its head and tail.
Beginning as traditional Native American headgear, coonskin caps became associated with American and Canadian frontiersmen of the 18th and 19th centuries, and were highly popular among boys in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia in the 1950s.
Coonskin caps were originally a traditional Native American article of clothing. When Europeans began colonizing the Tennessee and Kentucky areas, the colonists started wearing them as hunting caps.

The coonskin cap eventually became a part of the iconic image associated with American frontiersmen such as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. Boone did not actually wear coonskin caps, which he disliked, and instead wore felt hats, but explorer Meriwether Lewis wore a coonskin cap during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Joseph L. Meek wore the coonskin cap in the mountains.

Crispy Parmesan Roasted Potatoes...
These roast potatoes are melt in your mouth soft and tender on the inside and crispy n the outside and just pack with melted cheese flavor! Yum! Step aside French fries, there a new king of potatoes in town!

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds small (1 to 1.5 inch diameter) potatoes, cut in half
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Brush the oil on the bottom of a baking dish and sprinkle on the parmesan.
  2. Toss the potatoes in the oil, salt and pepper and press into the parmesan with the cut side down.
  3. Roast in a preheated 400F/200C oven until the parmesan is nice and golden brown and the potatoes are tender, about 20-25 minutes, before removing from the oven to let cool for 5 minutes and breaking them apart.
Option: Season the potatoes with your favorite spices or blend instead of just salt and pepper, like Cajun seasoning or taco seasoning or Italian seasoning.
Historically this date.....

1936 – In California, the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic.

1970 – The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting beached Sperm whale with explosives, leading to the now infamous "exploding whale" incident.
..... now you HAVE to watch this video. HILARIOUS!


1979 – Iran hostage crisis: in response to the hostage situation in Tehran, US President Jimmy Carter orders a halt to all petroleum imports into the United States from Iran.

And births this date include....
1929 – Grace Kelly, American actress and Princely consort of Monaco (d. 1982)
1934 – Charles Manson, American cult leader and convicted murderer (d.2017)

1958 – Megan Mullally, American actress and singer
Strange woman....
1961 – Nadia Comăneci, Romanian gymnast

1970 – Tonya Harding, American figure skater

1982 – Anne Hathaway, American actress
Later dinner was some of Omaha Steaks mini crab cakes cooked in my Air Fryer (from frozen, 370º, drizzled with olive oil, 12 minutes), with Kikoman Sweet/Sour dipping sauce, and green beans. OMGOOD!!! 

Then it was chair, wine, cat in my lap, and TV. 

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

Hold the fishes! National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day is observed on November 12.  Anchovy lovers move over. All the other pizza lovers get their due and pile on their toppings on this annual pizza holiday.  Olives, pepperoni, sausage, peppers and onions? Allowed. Mushrooms, bacon or pineapple approved! Just no fishy business on this national day, or no pizza for you!
Classified as an oily fish, Anchovies are a family of small, common salt-water forage fish. There are 144 species found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.  Anchovies are small, green fish that have blue reflections caused by the silver longitudinal stripe which begins at the base of the caudal fin.
Traditionally, anchovies are processed in a salt brine and then packed in oil or salt resulting in a strong, characteristic flavor.  Optionally they may be pickled in vinegar giving the anchovies a milder taste.
  • In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese which some believe is the beginning of the pizza.
  • In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα”, pita, meaning pie. 
  • A sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves was developed by the Romans.
  • The modern pizza had it’s beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
  • The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
  • It was estimated that the annual production of pizza cheese in the United States in 1997 was 2 billion pounds.
  • The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 and was in New York’s Little Italy.
  • Pizza has become one of America’s favorite meals.