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July 25th, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: “Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need.” ~ Julia Child
★~ Culinary Day:
A day to celebrate the cook by taking them out to dinner, making them a Hot Fudge Sundae or letting them cook for you to their hearts content!
★~ Threading the Needle Day:
Threading the needle has multiple meanings, from the practical meaning of taking thread and guiding it through the eye of a sewing needle, to a metaphorical one, referring to walking a fine line in an awkward social situation. Maybe you’re stuck between an argument of two friends or family members, at the dinner table, or even, on Facebook. Practice your diplomatic skills by carefully navigating yourself out of the middle of an argument or disagreement that does not directly involve you. In the Odyssey Homer refers to the challenge of sailing between to perils, Scylla and Charybdis, or to use the modern phrase, “between a rock and a hard place.”
★~ Hot Fudge Sundae Day:
It’s ice cream month and time to celebrate Hot Fudge Sundae Day! Pair your favorite ice cream with a generous amount of chocolate topping, whipped cream, cherries and nuts (optional, of-course) and then enjoy your yummy creation.
Hot Fudge sauce, along with planters nuts, A-1 sauce and Kellog’s corn flakes were all introduced in the U.S. in 1906.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1871- William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa patented the modern carousel .
♥~ 1946 – “Layyyyyy-deeee!” The comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performed together for the first time on July 24th and 25th in 1946 at a club in Atlantic City. Martin and Lewis also officially broke up on July 25th, 1956.
♥~ 1965 – Bob Dylan appeared on stage at the Newport Folk Festival with an electric guitar. He was not well received, even with the classic folk song, Blowin’ in the Wind. The electrified “poet laureate of a generation” was booed and hissed by the audience for being amplified. He was, in fact, booed right off the stage.
♥~ 1978 – The first test-tube baby was born — in England. Louise, a daughter born to Lesley and Gilbert Brown, was the first baby conceived outside the mother’s body.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1920 – Rosalind Franklin took an x-ray diffraction image of DNA in 1952, and captured more than a second of humanity. The scientist created an image of the building block of humans. This photo of DNA was referred to as Photo 51. In her lifetime, Ms. Franklin received only token recognition of her contributions to the study of DNA, while James Watson and Francis Crick were widely hailed as the scientists that discovered the molecule. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates what would have been Rosalind Franklin’s 93rd birthday with an image that includes Mr. Watson and Mr. Crick’s double helix – and Franklin’s Photo 51.
♥~ 1951 – Verdine White musician: bass, singer: group: Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star, Sing a Song, Got to Get You into My Life, After the Love Has Gone, Boogie Wonderland, Let’s Groove, Best of My Love
♥~ 1954 – Walter Payton Pro Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears RB: Super Bowl XX; NFL individual record-holder: rushing yards gained in one game , in career [16,726]; career [1975-87] touchdowns scored  scored; died Nov 1, 1999
♥~ 1965 – Illeana Douglas actress: The Perfect Woman, To Die for, Grace of My Heart, Chasing Amy, Picture Perfect, Weapons of Mass Distraction, Bella Mafia, Message in a Bottle, The Next Best Thing
★~ Good to Know:
♥~ The now extinct turnspit dog or “underdog” was a breed of terrier bred to work in the kitchen, turning a wheel for a spit, much like a hamster runs around its wheel. It was long-bodied and short-legged, rather like a corgi with floppy ears. Turnspits worked in pairs, each doing alternate days.
♥~ The tall chef’s hat or toque blanche traditionally had a hundred pleats to represent the number of ways an egg could be cooked.
♥~ In 1896, Fannie Merrit Farmer’s book on American recipes and culinary art was published. This was the first cookbook to be written and published. Farmer was a former student of Boston Cooking School. This book is still used as a reference book.
♥~ In 1960, Julia Child introduced French cuisine to the American society. Radio stations aired her programs.
♥~ 573 pounds of butter were used on her show “Baking with Julia.”
♥~ Julia Child once attributed her longevity to “red meat and gin.” She died two days shy of her 92nd birthday.
I had a wonderful birthday yesterday! The weather was a perfect 77 with the sun shining brightly. We wandered through the Chicago Botanical gardens and the discount malls munching and dining along the way. Not sure what is on the agenda today, but I’m sure that we will come up with something to keep us busy.
Next up for me is trying to put an apron on our camp turtle (Max) in honor of Culinary day, you’ll be the first to know if I succeed.
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