Saturday, January 31, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Joel Fleishman is fresh out of medical college, and fresh out of luck. Failing to read the fine print in his scholarship conditions, he finds he has no choice but to move to the remote and somewhat eccentric town of Cicely, in the wilds of Alaska. Once there, he is welcomed by the peculiar locals who are not keen to see him go, most especially Maurice Minnifield, the ex-NASA astronaut. Despite Joel's adamant denials, one gets the impression that he enjoys life in Cicely more than he admits.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Meaty Matters: Meats need their space. Keeping meats separate from other foods makes good sense. Paper or plastic wrappings often leak, creating a messy and potentially unhealthy situation. Place meats on a meats-only tray to catch liquid and prevent contamination.
Preserving Produce: Direct contact with plastic produce bags causes lettuce and parsley to go bad quickly. To preserve the life of leaf lettuce or parsley, try wrapping them in paper towels, then place them back into plastic bags and put them in the crisper. Apples release ethylene gas that can cause produce to spoil faster; store apples away from the vegetable drawer.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
You Have Good Manners 71% of the Time
Your manners are quite excellent. You are well versed in etiquette.
Of course you have the occasional slip up, but you even apologize with grace.
Manners are very important to me and I try my best to be better in doing it. Although my son is still small, I make sure he learns do follow it. I am not saying I am perfect, but to me manners defines who you are!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
German immigrants introduced the recipe to the US. The term "hamburger" is believed to have appeared in 1834 on the menu from Delmonico's restaurant in New York but there is no surviving recipe for the meal. The first mention in print of "Hamburg steak" was made in 1884 in the Boston Evening Journal.
The honour of producing the first proper hamburger goes to Charlie Nagreen of Seymour, WI. In 1885 Nagreen introduced the American hamburger at the Outgamie County Fair in Seymour. (Seymour is recognized as the hamburger capital of the world.)
However, there is another claim to that throne. There is an account of Frank and Charles Menches who, also in 1885, went to the Hamburg, New York county fair to prepare their famous pork sausage sandwiches. But since the local meat market was out of pork sausage, they used ground beef instead. Alas, another hamburger.
The first account of serving ground meat patties on buns - taking on the look of the hamburger as we know it today - took place in 1904 at the St. Louis World Fair. But it was many years later, in 1921, that an enterprising cook from Wichita, Kansas, Walt Anderson, introduced the concept of the hamburger restaurant. He convinced financier Billy Ingram to invest $700 to create The White Castle hamburger chain. It was an instant success. The rest of the history, we might say, belongs to McDonald's.
And, no, a hamburger does not have any ham in it. Well, it's not supposed to. Hamburger meat usually is made of 70-80% beef, and fat and spices.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
That comes with love to you
It brings warm and heartfelt thanks
For all the thoughtful things you do,
It also comes to let you know
You mean more to me each day
And to everyone your lives have touched
In such a loving way.
Thank you for making family such
a beautiful word. Happy Birthday!
As you give those who know you!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The great outdoors may be taking a winter nap, but this is the season for gardening dreams! Now is the perfect time for you to get moving on key tasks that will enhance your spring gardens and keep indoor plants healthy now. Planning, dreaming and reflecting on hits and misses from last years’ gardens are all tasks that should be started early to make spring gardening an effortless experience.
Winter can feel like it lingers on and on, and all the more reason to think sunny thoughts with these easy suggestions for garden planning and tasks to accomplish indoors and out.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Jake with the educational toy...
here with the identical Robot toys...
another gift for Jake...
more pix with the Robots...