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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Full Moon ~ Mexican Style Pizza ~ Gloomy Weather ~ A Year Ago Today ~ Picture of the Day ~ Wine Stewards ~ Creamy Cucumber Salad ~ National Corn Fritters Day

Good 56º full moon scattered clouds morning.
Yeah, my Schwans order arrives today!
Being bad, I ordered Mexican style pizza! And, checking my blog from a year ago today, I had some back then too!

"Our 12-inch special-recipe pizza, featuring our traditional, crispy crust, is topped with a blend of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, Mexican-style sausage, a spicy sauce, crunchy tortilla chips, green chilies, tomatoes, onions, black olives and bell peppers."

Yesterday started out cloudy and stayed dark and gloomy ....

but, by late morning the clouds dissipated and we got some blue sky...

and we had warmed to 77º. We topped for the day at 89º.

A year ago today we had storms and lots of lightening and 5 forest fires started in Grants Pass/Josephine County area and 3000 without power. The smoke from those fires lasted through the summer.
Picture of the Day.... LOL!

Interesting about wine stewards........

A sommelier, or wine steward, is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants, who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing. The role in fine dining today is much more specialized and informed than that of a wine waiter. It is opined by Sommeliers Australia that the role is strategically on a par with that of the chef de cuisine.
Though 'sommelier' is a job title potentially anyone may claim. However, becoming a professional certified sommelier often requires some combination of experience and training. Formal education (a bachelor's degree is not required, but individuals may do a two-year associate degree), is necessary. One can become a sommelier only through experience in the restaurant or wine industry as a qualification, though many choose to become certified or educated by one of the many certifying bodies. The certification is offered by a wide range of educators: though a basic education may be attained for US$800–$3,750 over the course of six months, advanced professional certification requires years of costly study, practice and experience.
In modern times, a sommelier's role may be considered broader than working only with wines, and may encompass all aspects of the restaurant's service, with an enhanced focus on wines, beers, spirits, soft-drinks, cocktails, mineral waters, and tobaccos.
The modern word is French, deriving from Middle French where it referred to a court official charged with transportation of supplies. This use of the term dates to a period when pack animals would be used to transport supplies. The Middle French probably finds its origin in Old Provençal where a saumalier was a pack animal driver. Sauma referred to a pack animal or the load of a pack animal. In Late Latinsagma referred to a packsaddle.
The National Wine School was founded in 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The school offers ANSI-compliant professional certification for the wine trade in the United States. They offer five levels of wine certification. To earn a sommelier pin, one must complete level three certification. To earn the advanced sommelier pin, the student must complete the level four certification.

Since I posted that Creamy Cucumber Soup yesterday, here is another cool cucumber dish......


Creamy Cucumber Salad is a simple side dish that comes together in less than 10 minutes. Combine fresh cucumbers, red onions and a spectacular dressing to create a fresh salad that is perfect for summer potlucks and more!
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 large cucumbers, sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayo, sour cream, lemon juice, lemon zest, dill and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  2. Add the chopped cucumbers and red onion to the creamy dressing.
  3. Stir until cucumbers are well coated.
  4. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.
 I LOVE lemon juice mixed with mayonnaise for a dressing!!

Historically this date......
1769 – Father Junipero Serra founds California's first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcalá. Over the following decades, it evolves into the city of San Diego

1790 – The District of Columbia is established as the capital of the United States after signature of the Residence Act.
1941 – Joe DiMaggio hits safely for the 56th consecutive game, a streak that still stands as a MLB record.
1969 – Apollo programApollo 11, the first manned space mission to land on the Moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape CanaveralFlorida.
........oh how I remember that day. I looked out at the moon and was overcome with the enormity of this task.

1999 – John F. Kennedy, Jr., piloting a Piper Saratoga aircraft, dies when his plane crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. His wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are also killed.

And births this date include...
1888 – Shoeless Joe Jackson, American baseball player (d. 1951)

1907 – Orville Redenbacher, American farmer and businessman (d. 1995)

1907 – Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (d. 1990)

1911 – Ginger Rogers, American actress and dancer (d. 1995)

1958 – Michael Flatley, American dancer

1967 – Will Ferrell, American comedian

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

National Corn Fritters Day on July 16th encourages us to fry up a batch of these crispy, flavorful bites of corn and batter! Make them with fresh corn and the celebration will be even better!
These bright crispy morsels make great additions to summer barbecues and backyard gatherings.  The main ingredients include corn, meal, egg, milk, and butter. While they may have originated in the south, corn fritters can easily be changed up with peppers, onions or herbs to give them regional and seasonal flair.
When paired with other vegetables and a pan-fried fish filet, corn fritters added to a lightly toasted bun create a unique fish sandwich.  Don’t look at corn fritters as just a side dish, but a functional part of a complete meal.  
Make your fritters small, and they become appetizers. When there’s a bumper crop of sweet corn, be sure to freeze some for a taste of summer during the winter. These corn fritters will brighten up a gloomy, cold day.
Head to your local Southern-style restaurant or grab your frying pan to whip up some homemade fritters! Here are a grilled corn fritter and a fresh sweet corn fritter recipe for you to try.