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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Rain ~ Snow ~ Deer ~ Picture of the Day ~ Penicillin ~ Creamy Mushroom Risotto ~National Almond Day

Good 34º foggy raining morning. So far 1/2" of the wet stuff. Quite a snow storm is expected later...
Yesterday this little deer was running through the snow....


Picture of the Day ... how to tell it's winter (shared by Ike Saben)

Interesting about penicillin.....

Sir Alexander Fleming was a young bacteriologist when an accidental discovery led to one of the great developments of modern medicine on this day in 1929. Having left a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered, Fleming noticed that a mold that had fallen on the culture had killed many of the bacteria. He identified the mold as penicillium notatum, similar to the kind found on bread. After calling it "mold juice" for several months, he later named the substance penicillin. On February 14, 1929, Fleming introduced his discovery to the world, paving the way for the use of antibiotics in modern healthcare. 

From Mr. Food....
Creamy Mushroom Risotto....
Our Creamy Mushroom Risotto recipe is so easy to make, you're going to wonder why you didn't do it sooner! This oh-so-creamy and versatile dish originated in Northern Italy, and it's become super popular in the United States. Probably, because once you make this, and you take that first bite, you'll feel like you've been transported to a little bistro in Northern Italy! This is a recipe you're going to want to make again and again!
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a saucepan, bring chicken broth to a simmer, but do not boil. Keep warm over low heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add mushrooms and onion and sauté 4 to 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in rice, garlic, and wine; cook until wine is absorbed. Add 1 cup hot broth, stirring constantly until liquid is nearly absorbed. Repeat process, adding remaining broth 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding next portion (about 15 minutes total).
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter, the Parmesan cheese, parsley, and pepper. Serve immediately.

Test Kitchen Tip

  • If you're looking for a yummy way to change up this Creamy Mushroom Risotto recipe, you can add some shrimp or cooked chicken into the mix, keeping the risotto fresh every time you make it!
Historically this date.......
1959 – Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.

1960 – The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton begins Operation Sandblast, setting sail from New London, Connecticut, to begin the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.

2005 – The National Hockey League cancels the entire 2004-2005 regular season and playoffs, becoming the first major sports league in North America to do so over a labor dispute.

2006 – The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.


And births this date include....
1909 – Hugh Beaumont, American actor (d. 1982)

1909 – Richard McDonald, American fast food entrepreneur (d. 1998)

1921 – Vera-Ellen, American actress (d. 1981)

1935 – Sonny Bono, American entertainer politician (d. 1998)

1954 – Margaux Hemingway, American actress and model (d. 1996)


1959 – John McEnroe, American tennis player

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
February 16th is National Almond Day.   Whether you are eating them by themselves, using almond milk, pasta, flour, butter, oil or meal, almonds offer a delicious flavor along with many health benefits. Almonds are one of the most heart-healthy foods on the market, packed with vitamin E, magnesium and fiber.
  • According to a survey of 500 health professionals, almonds may be beneficial to a healthy lifestyle.
  • According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
  • Recent research from Purdue University suggests that eating almonds can help people feel satisfied for several hours, which can support weight management and counter weight gain.
  • Eighty percent of the world’s almonds are grown in California.
For more information you can visit:  and
You may want to try one of the following almond recipes: