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Friday, May 10, 2019

Cool/Hot ~ Picture of the Day ~ Shuttlecock ~ Mexican Chocolate Cake ~ National Shrimp Day


 
Good 42º clear sunny morning.
 
Yesterday we started off cool in the 40ºs and predictions for this area were for a high of 89º. Noon: 78º. 1pm: 84º. 3pm: 88º and by 5pm we hit 93º!

Dude and Bruiser were happy on the porch in the shade...
 
 

 
Picture of the Day.... perfectly timed!
 
 

 
Interesting about a shuttlecock...

 
A badminton birdie, also known as a shuttlecock is the fastest recorded object in all of sports. The shuttlecock, made with a cork base and sixteen carefully selected goose feathers, is aerodynamic and very light — weighing only about five grams. Its aerodynamic behavior has even influenced the design of the spacecraft Space Ship One. According to Guinness World Records, the fastest recorded hit during competition belongs to Denmark’s Mads Pieler Kolding, who managed to smash a 264.70 mph shot, during a Badminton Premier League match in 2017. Source: Guinness
 
 
 
From Mr. Food...
 
 
Add a kick to delicious chocolate cake by making our recipe for Mexican Chocolate Cake. Start with a boxed cake mix and add cinnamon and cayenne pepper for a perfectly sweet and spiced chocolate cake. This may very well become one of your new favorite chocolate desserts recipes!

 


  • 1 (18-1/4-ounce) package chocolate cake mix, batter prepared according to package directions
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Coat a 10-inch Bundt pan with cooking spray.
     
  2. Stir cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and balsamic vinegar into prepared cake batter, then pour into prepared Bundt pan.
     
  3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cake cool 15 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
     
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar, cocoa, and water until smooth. Drizzle glaze over cake and let sit until firm.***Think it's strange to add balsamic vinegar to a delicious cake recipe? Don't worry, you won't taste it in the finished product and your Mexican Chocolate Cake will be nice and fluffy!

 

 
Historically this date.........
1924 – J. Edgar Hoover is appointed the Director of the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation, and remains so until his death in 1972.

 
1954 – Bill Haley & His Comets release "Rock Around the Clock", the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the Billboard charts.


2002 – F.B.I. agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Moscow for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.


2005 – A hand grenade thrown by Vladimir Arutinian lands about 65 feet from U.S. President George W. Bush while he is giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi,Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate.
 



And births this date include....
1899 – Fred Astaire, American dancer and actor (d. 1987)
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1922 – Nancy Walker, American actress (d. 1992)
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1936 – Gary Owens, American actor and announcer (d. 2015)
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All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
 
 

Observed annually on May 10, it is National Shrimp Day.  Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood, and this is the day to celebrate this delicious seafood.
The word “prawn” is used loosely to describe any large shrimp, sometimes known as “jumbo shrimp.”  Some countries use the word “prawn” exclusively for all shrimp.
Preparing the shrimp for consumption usually involves the removal of the head, shell, tail and “sand vein”.  There are many ways to cook shrimp.  Standard methods of preparation include baking, boiling, broiling, sauteing, frying and grilling.  Cooking time is delicate for shrimp, and they are at their best when not overcooked.
A healthy food, shrimp is low in calories and high in levels of omega-3, calcium, iodine, and protein.  Shrimp is also known to be considered good for the circulatory system.
 Popular North America Shrimp Dishes:
  • Seafood Gumbo:  A stew or soup that probably originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century.  Seafood gumbo typically consists of a strongly flavored stock, shrimp and crab meat (sometimes oysters), a thickener, and seasoning vegetables.  Gumbo is often categorized by the type of thickener used:  okra, the Choctaw spice, file powder (dried and ground sassafras leaves), or roux, the French base made of flour and fat.
  • Shrimp Cocktail:  The Golden Gate was the first to serve this .50 cent shrimp cocktail in 1959.  It is now a Las Vegas cliché.  Called the “Original Shrimp Cocktail” on the menu, it is a favorite among tourists as well as the locals.  The original Shrimp Cocktail consists of a regular-sized sundae glass filled with small salad shrimp and topped with a dollop of cocktail sauce.
  • Shrimp DeJonghe:  A specialty of Chicago, it is a casserole of whole, peeled shrimp blanketed in soft, garlic, sherry-laced bread crumbs. It is served as an appetizer or a main course. It originated in the late 19th or early 20th century at the DeJonghe’s Hotel and Restaurant.
  • Shrimp ScampiThis dish has its own day on April 29 and is cooked in butter, garlic, lemon juice and white wine.
Shrimp and other shellfish are among the most common of food allergens.

**and since it's Shrimp Day I am going to have a skillet meal from Schwans..... Shrimp Broccoli Alfredo! YUMMMMMMM!!!!