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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.
♥~ 1935 – Barbara Harris actress: Who is Harry Kellerman and Why is He Saying Those Terrible Things about Me, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Peggy Sue Got Married, Plaza Suite, A Thousand Clowns
♥~ 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
♥~ 1969 – D.B. Woodside actor: 24, Murder One, The Division, My Place in the Horror, First, Something More, Romeo Must Die, Scar City
★~ 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.
♥~ Liver, sea urchin, tofu, eggplant, and oysters, top the list of foods chefs hate most.
♥~ 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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12 thoughts on “Culinary Day, Threading the Needle Day, Hot Fudge Sundae Day”
Ice cream month just gets better and better. I’m not much of a cook but I appreciate people who are cooks, especially when they cook for me. I should send my sister flowers or something. I’m bad at threading needles metaphorically and in real life.
A turtle in an apron. Is this the same turtle you dressed up in a tutu last year?
Have a good one.
It is the same turtle. Still working on the project :-D. Flowers for your sister would be nice, but you always take something to dinner and I bet she appreciates it.
Threading needles is a tough one for me too!
I must have a hot fudge sundae today..really sounds good.
I agree with foods that chefs hate most.
Sounds like you had a great Birthday.
I did. Thank you. Glad you liked my choice of shoes. Can’t wait to wear them. Hope you enjoyed a Hot Fudge Sunday!
Surprised to see me in the afternoon-o? How did I miss your birthday yesterday! Happy Birthday to YOU. Hope you have a wonderful year.
Love Hot fudge sundaes. Julia Child love her cooking philosophies! Especially about butter!
Enjoy the rest of you day!
Thanks Geri! Julia Child does have the right idea when it comes to butter.
Glad your all having fun.
We are having fun. Carla is cooking a pork loin tonight.
my sentiments exactly when it comes to cooking!
between a rock & a hard place says it all too many times, doesn’t it?
yes, i had a hot fudge sundae today & it was sooo good!
i watched julia child sometimes. i enjoyed her accent & voice pitch, her self depreciating manner & humor. i got a kick out of dan aykroyd’s version of her cooking on snl years ago!
glad to hear you had a wonderful birthday yesterday!
walked nik this morning without the boot! slow, but without incident. happy i am able to wear my shoes of choice with a swollen foot. ran errands & have settled at home to elevate & ice. inching toward normalcy!
Normalcy! Such a good thing when you have been laid up so long. I bet Nik was happy for the walk.
Julia has been the star of so many funny skits. Dan Aykoyd’s version being one of the best. Cole’s gay music teacher came to school in drag as Julia a few years ago on Halloween (remember this is a Waldorf School) and we all just about died laughing at the Halloween assembly. After all, he could barely boil water. 😀
Glad you are catching up with us and enjoyed a Hot Fudge Sundae!
I had a milkshake, made with ice cream. That counts, right? Even if it doesn’t, it was yummy!
Now I see I missed my calling — I should’ve been a chef. I, too, hate oysters, tofu, liver, eggplant, and sea urchin!!
Sounds like you and Cousin Carla are having a fabulous time (glad you had good weather for your b-day!)
Counts. Love milkshakes. This weather is just so perfect in our neck of the woods and a real treat when you are visiting from Florida!
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