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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Dude ~ Picture of the Day ~ Fortune Cookies ~ General Tso's Chicken ~ National French Fry Day

Good scattered cloudy 56º morning. 
We still had a few clouds yesterday and we topped at 94º. 
Yesterday I took Dude to our vet, Dr. Ron Dickey at the Rogue River Veterinary Hospital, for the staples in his leg to be removed from his surgery.
That went super well and he's almost back to normal with that rear leg. Dr. Ron is great, and so his his staff!! 

Picture of the Day .. Awwwww.......... shared by Steve Geon (Wilsonite, LAPD ret)

Interesting about fortune cookies.........

A fortune cookie is a crisp cookie usually made from flour, sugar, vanilla, and sesame seed oil with a "fortune" wrapped inside. A "fortune" is a piece of paper with words of wisdom, an aphorism, or a vague prophecy. Not everyone believes a cookie can tell one's fortune, but, undoubtedly, it's always fun to open one of them!


OTHER NAMES: fortune tea cakes

A fortune cookie is a crisp cookie usually made from flour, sugar, vanilla, and sesame seed oil with a "fortune" wrapped inside. A "fortune" is a piece of paper with words of wisdom or a vague prophecy.  Traditionally fortune cookies were shaped by hand using chopsticks; however the fortune cookie industry changed dramatically after the fortune cookie machine was invented in 1964 San Francisco by Lotus Fortune Cookie Company. 

In the US, fortune cookies are very common in Chinese restaurants; however the irony is that fortune cookie does not come from China. Its origin actually came from the 19th century Kyoto, Japan, where they had a very similar fortune cookie called "tsujiura senbei". It is made out of sesame and miso, and its fortune can be found tucked in the fold. 

In the early 20th century fortune cookie was introduced to America from Japan. Due to the American taste, it became sweeter with vanilla flavored.

Today fortune cookies are very common in Chinese restaurants more than any other cuisines. One theory for why this occurred is because of the Japanese American internment during World War II, forcibly put over 100,000 Japanese-Americans in internment camps. As a result, Chinese began to manufacture fortune cookie, which later became a dessert in Chinese restaurant.

From Mr. Food....
General Tso's Chicken
You've ordered it as takeout and dined on it at the mall, but have you ever made it in your own kitchen? Our recipe for General Tso's Chicken is going to leave you speechless. You won't believe how easy it is to recreate this favorite Chinese-inspired dish! With just the right amount of sweetness and a whole lot of flavor, this recipe is a real winner.


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups crushed corn flake cereal
  • 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-1/2-inch chunks
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 450º. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place flour in a shallow dish, egg in another shallow dish, and cereal in a third shallow dish.
  2. Dip each chicken piece in flour, egg, and cereal, coating completely. Place on baking sheet. Lightly spray chicken with cooking spray.
  3. Bake 15 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center and golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine broth, vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, tomato paste, sugar, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch and water. Slowly stir cornstarch mixture into broth mixture and cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until thickened. Place chicken in a large serving bowl. Pour sauce over chicken, toss until evenly coated, and serve.
Historically this date......
1923 – The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above HollywoodLos Angeles, California. It originally reads "Hollywoodland " but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949.

1990 – An earthquake with its epicenter in Afghanistan results in the greatest number of fatalities in a mountaineering accident in High Asian mountains when an avalanche kills 43 climbers in Camp I on Pik Lenina (Lenin Peak).

And births this date include....
1928 – Bob Crane, American actor (d. 1978)
.... murdered. Interesting read. Weird. Surprised me!

1940 – Patrick Stewart, English actor
... Captain Picard!

1942 – Harrison Ford, American actor

1950 – George Nelson, American astronaut

1988 – Steven R. McQueen, American actor
........grandson of Steve!

1988 – He Pingping, Chinese world's shortest man (d. 2010)
       How about that for a name!

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

Each year on July 13, many people will participate in National French Fry Day by enjoying one of the many varieties of the classic food.
French fries, also known as chips, fries, finger chips or French-fried potatoes, are batons of deep-fried potatoes and are common fixtures at fast food restaurants that are loved by adults and kids alike!
A wide selection of condiments such as ketchup, ranch dressing, vinegar, mayonnaise, honey mustard, cheese and many more compliment French fries. Sweet potatoes make an alternate, healthier offering of fries found on menus around the country.  Other varieties are baked and come in unusual shapes such as curls, waffles, crinkle or tornado cut.
The expression “French Fried Potatoes” first occurs in print in English in the 1856 work Cookery for Maids of All Work by E. Warren.
It is believed by some that the term “French” was introduced to the potatoes when the American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I and consequently tasted Belgian fries.  It is suggested that they called them “French” as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time.
To celebrate National French Fry Day, share some French fries with your friends and have them seasoned, cut and shaped how you like them!