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Friday, March 20, 2020

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Crater Lake ~ Loaded Baked Potato Casserole ~ Jerome & Sandy Beck ~ National Ravioli Day

Good 30º clear sky morning.

Yesterday was a beautiful first day of Spring. Clear blue sky and sunny. We warmed all the way up to 70º. 

Picture of the Day ....

Interesting about Oregon's only National Park.....

Crater Lake is a caldera lake in the western United States, located in south central Oregon. It is the main feature of Crater Lake National Park and is famous for its deep blue color and water clarity. The lake partly fills a nearly 2,148 foot deep caldera that was formed around 7,700 years ago by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. Today, there are no rivers flowing into or out of the Crater Lake.
Also, Crater Lake is known for the "Old Man of the Lake", a full sized tree which is now a stump that has been bobbing vertically in the lake for over a century. The low temperature of the water has slowed the decomposition of the wood, hence the longevity of the bobbing tree.
Currently, within the United States, Crater Lake is the deepest. In the world, it ranks tenth for maximum depth, and third for mean (average) depth.
Established in 1902, Crater Lake is the fifth-oldest national park in the United States and the only national park in Oregon.
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Loaded Baked Potato Casserole 

Nonstick cooking spray
6 slices bacon, cut 1/2 inch thick
2 1/4 pounds russet potatoes, about 4. Scrubbed clean and cut into                      1 inch chunks
salt and pepper
6 oz cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 
2/3 cup sour cream
2 scallions, white and light green parts thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 425º.

Spray 3qt casserole with cooking spray. Set aside.

Cook bacon, stirring occasionally, until brown and crispy... about 6-7 minutes. Transfer to paper towel lined plate. Reserve 2 T. of bacon drippings.

Put the potatoes in the prepared casserole dish. Toss with the 2 T. of bacon drippings, salt and pepper. Roast until potatoes are soft and begin to brown, about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix together the cream cheese and 1 cup of the Cheddar cheese until well combined. Dollop over the potatoes, then sprinkle with remaining Cheddar and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly and potatoes are completely cooked through when poked with a knife... 13-15 minutes.

Dollop the sour cream evenly over the casserole and sprinkle with scallions and bacon pieces. 

Special anniversary today... high school pal Sandy (Todoran) Beck and her hubby Jerome (LASD ret.) are celebrating their 38th! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY KIDS!! xo

Historically this date....

1974 – Ian Ball attempts, but fails, to kidnap Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips in The Mall, outside Buckingham PalaceLondon.

1985 – Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

1990 – Ferdinand Marcos's widow, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery,embezzlement, and racketeering.

1999 – Legoland California, the only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.

2000 – Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former Black Panther once known as H. Rap Brown, is captured after murdering Georgia sheriff's deputy Ricky Kinchen and critically wounding Deputy Aldranon English.

2003 – 2003 invasion of Iraq: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries begin military operations in Iraq.

And births this date include....
1906 – Ozzie Nelson, American bandleader and actor (d. 1975)

1922 – Carl Reiner, American film director

1928 – Fred Rogers, American TV host (d. 2003)

1931 – Hal Linden, American actor (the name he was born with is hilarious!)

1935 – Ted Bessell, American actor (d. 1996)

1937 – Jerry Reed, American singer and actor (d. 2008)

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

On National Ravioli Day, celebrate a pasta that is fun and versatile. Observed on March 20th each year, pasta lovers dive in on this food holiday. 
Ravioli are a traditional type of Italian filled pasta, made up of a filling sealed between two layers of thin egg pasta dough. Imagine a small meatball tucked, snug inside two cozy layers of delicious pasta dough. That’s basically what ravioli is. Although, a variety of fillings from cheesy to meaty take up that cozy spot in the dough.  And the ravioli are usually served in either a broth or with a pasta sauce.  A variety of filling recipes are available from cheesy to meaty.
While ravioli often serves as the main course, it can also be a side dish or even an appetizer. Many popular recipes bake or deep fry the ravioli. With chocolate added to the pasta or cream cheese stuffing and a caramel sauce, the dish quickly becomes a dessert!
Ravioli can be homemade or may be purchased fresh or frozen in grocery stores. In the United States, Chef Boyardee popularized the canned ravioli. This ravioli is filled with either beef or processed cheese and served in a tomato, tomato-meat or tomato-cheese sauce.  
We turn to St. Louis, Missouri, to learn about the toasted ravioli. By accident, a ravioli fell into the fryer at Oldani’s back in the 1940s. And as with accidents, the crisp ravioli earned a place on the menu. Or so the story goes. If so, it’s a delicious one. 


Ravioli always sparks an appetite, so be sure to mix up your favorite sauce and pasta combinations. Try your hand at homemade. Make it a family affair. As usual, we found some delicious recipes, too! Give them a try and share your own, too.