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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Brooklyn Bridge ~ Sausage and Broccoli Strudel ~ National Onion Rings Day


Good 62º morning. 

Yesterday we and "excessive heat" warning and we topped at 108º!

Picture of the Day .... perfect timing

Interesting about the Brooklyn Bridge....

The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City, spanning the East River between Manhattan Island and Brooklyn on Long Island. Opened on May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was the first fixed crossing of the East River. It was also the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its opening, with a main span of 1,595.5 feet and a deck 127 feet above mean high water. The span was originally called the New York and Brooklyn Bridge or the East River Bridge but was officially renamed the Brooklyn Bridge in 1915.

Proposals for a bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn were first made in the early 19th century, which eventually led to the construction of the current span, designed by John A. Roebling. The project's chief engineer, his son Washington Roebling, contributed further design work, assisted by the latter's wife, Emily Warren Roebling. Construction started in 1870, with the Tammany Hall-controlled New York Bridge Company overseeing construction, although numerous controversies and the novelty of the design prolonged the project over thirteen years. Since opening, the Brooklyn Bridge has undergone several reconfigurations, having carried horse-drawn vehicles and elevated railway lines until 1950. To alleviate increasing traffic flows, additional bridges and tunnels were built across the East River. Following gradual deterioration, the Brooklyn Bridge has been renovated several times, including in the 1950s, 1980s, and 2010s.

The Brooklyn Bridge is the southernmost of four toll-free vehicular bridges connecting Manhattan Island and Long Island, with the ManhattanWilliamsburg, and Queensboro bridges to the north. Only passenger vehicles and pedestrian and bicycle traffic are permitted. A major tourist attraction since its opening, the Brooklyn Bridge has become an icon of New York City. Over the years, the bridge has been used as the location of various stunts and performances, as well as several crimes and attacks. The Brooklyn Bridge has been designated a National Historic Landmark, a New York City landmark, and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

Proposals for a bridge between the then-separate cities of Brooklyn and New York had been suggested as early as 1800. At the time, the only travel between the two cities was by a number of ferry lines. Engineers presented various designs, such as chain or link bridges, though these were never built because of the difficulties of constructing a high enough fixed-span bridge across the extremely busy East River. There were also proposals for tunnels under the East River, but these were considered prohibitively expensive.

If you want to read a lot more about the bridge, go here:

From Mr. Food

Wake up, boys and girls! We're having a fantastic brunch. What's on the menu, you ask? How about this tasty Sausage and Broccoli Strudel? It may not be your traditional fruit strudel recipe, but this savory recipe is loaded with flavor from some of our favorite ingredients. Plus, it's a great way to sneak in a serving of veggies for any kids around the table. You won't want to miss it! 

  • 1 (17.25-ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 8 eggs, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 pre-cooked sausage patties, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped frozen broccoli, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Place each sheet of pastry dough on a baking sheet; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese and milk until smooth. Add 7 eggs, salt, and pepper; beat until well combined. Stir in sausage and broccoli. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter; add egg mixture and scramble until set. Remove skillet from heat and stir in cheddar cheese.
  3. With the short side of the dough towards you, spoon half of the scrambled egg mixture down center of each sheet of dough. Cut an equal number of slits, about 1-inch apart, (each about 3-inches long), on both sides of the egg mixture.
  4. In a small bowl, beat the remaining egg. Brush each strip with beaten egg and alternately crisscross strips over filling, creating a woven look. Brush top of dough with beaten egg. Repeat with second pastry dough and remaining scrambled egg mixture.
  5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden. Cut into slices and serve immediately.

Historically this date....
1944 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the G.I. Bill.
2003 – The largest hailstone ever recorded falls in Aurora, Nebraska
2009 – Washington Metro train collision: Two Metro trains collide in Washington, D.C., USA, killing 9 and injuring over 80.
2009 – Eastman Kodak Company announces that it will discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon.

And births this date include...
1903 – John Dillinger, American bank robber (d. 1934)

1919 – Gower Champion, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1980)
I took adagio ballet from his wife's, (Marge Champion) dad, Ernest Belcher. Marge and I have the same birthday... different years though!

1936 – Kris Kristofferson, American singer and actor

1949 – Lindsay Wagner, American actress

1952 – Graham Greene, Canadian actor
'Kicking Bird' in Dances With Wolves.

All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo 

On June 22nd, National Onion Rings Day recognizes a batter-dipped, deep-fried bite of deliciousness that runs rings around other appetizers.
Also found in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and some parts of Asia, onion rings exact origin are unknown.
  • A recipe called “Fried Onions with Parmesan Cheese” is included in John Mollard’s 1802 cookbook The Art of Cookery Made Easy and Refined. Within the recipe, it suggests cutting onions into 1/2 inch rings, dipping them into a batter made of flour, cream, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese then deep-frying them in boiling lard. It also recommends serving them with a sauce made of melted butter and mustard.
  • Some believe that a recipe for French Fried Onions (not claiming to be the originator of the recipe) appeared in the Middletown, NY Daily Times on January 13, 1910.
  • The Pig Stand restaurant chain, established in Oak Cliff, Texas in the early 1920s, is one of the claimants to the onion rings invention.
  • A recipe for deep-fried onion rings dipped in milk then dredged in flour appeared in a 1933 Crisco advertisement in The New York Times Magazine.  
  • In the 1960s, the A&W restaurant is credited with popularizing the onion rings in fast food restaurants.
Many agree onion rings taste best hot from the fryer. Whether you dip them in a sauce or not is up to you. There are plenty to choose from these days, too. Sweet, spicy, salt and vinegar, and everything in between.


Head out to your favorite diner and order up some onion rings. You can also make them at home. We even have a recipe for you to try. Of course, you may have a family favorite, and if you do, be sure to show it off!