Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Apple Strudel Day JUNE 17, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Apple Strudel Day

According to some people, every day should be ‘apfelstrudel’ day, to give it its proper Austrian name. A dish that dates back to 1696, Apple strudel consists of a center of apple, cinnamon and raisins, wrapped in crispy layers of pastry, that puff up in the oven; served with a dusting of icing sugar and a dollop of thick cream, comfort food at its finest.
The German meaning of strudel is vortex or eddy, which aptly describes the way the pastry layers circle the filling. When creating the dish these layers need to be worked until they are thin enough to read through. It is easy to create at home, using layers of buttered filo pastry, wrapped around your own stewed apple.
Why not celebrate Apple Strudel Day by donning lederhosen, practising some yodelling, and settling down to a warming plateful with a mug of hot chocolate on the side?

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) The act of cutting off.
Synonyms:cutting off
Usage:He had surgery for the abscission of a malignancy.


Mumtaz Mahal Dies in Childbirth (1631)

Mumtaz was one of the three wives of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, his constant companion and trusted confidant—and his favorite. She died during the birth of their fourteenth child, while accompanying him on a military campaign. According to legend, her dying wish was for there to be built a monument to their love. The bereaved emperor soon began to plan a magnificent mausoleum for his late wife, a structure that would take more than 20 years to complete.

M. C. Escher (1898)

Escher was a Dutch graphic artist now famed for prints in which he combined realistic detail with impossible perspectives to achieve bizarre optical illusions, such as staircases that appear to lead both up and down from the same level. He created visual riddles, playing with the pictorially logical and the visually impossible. Though his works have a strong mathematical component, they appeal to mathematicians, scientists, and the public alike.

Iceland Independence Day

Iceland was proclaimed an independent republic on June 17, 1944. Sometimes referred to as National Day, the anniversary of this event is also the birthday of Jón Sigurdsson, the nation's 19th-century leader. A varied program of parades, speeches, sporting competitions, amusements, and outdoor concerts and shows culminates in the evening with dancing in the streets of Reykjavik and other towns. 

Is It Really that Dangerous to High-Five a Great White Shark?

A video of a diver appearing to high-five a shark made the rounds Wednesday (June 10) and one might reasonably ask whether that isn't a seriously dangerous thing to do. According to shark experts, it's not as crazy as it looks. 

1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York CityFrance’s gift to America 
crossed the Atlantic dismantled in crates aboard the French steamer Isère,
which nearly sank in a storm during the voyage. Two hundred thousand people 
lined the docks and hundreds of boats put to sea to welcome the Isère. It took a 
year to completely assemble the statue on Bedloe’s Island, now called Liberty Island. 

1928 - Amelia Earhart began the flight that made her the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean. 

1941 - WNBT-TV in New York City, NY, was granted the first construction permit to operate a commercial TV station in the U.S. 

1942Yank, a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, began publication. The term "G.I. Joe" was first used in a comic strip by Dave Breger.

recipient Ruth Tucker, 49: 

1950 - Dr. Richard H. Lawler performed the first kidney transplant in a 45-minute operation in Chicago, IL

1967 - Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park performed

1986 - Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns Antonin Scalia nominated

1991 - South Africa abolishes last of its apartheid laws

First Lady of Radio

Kathryn Elizabeth “Kate” Smith (May 1, 1907 – June 17, 1986)

72 Today

Barry Manilow (Barry Alan Pincus) was born in 
BrooklynNew York.
Manilow is best known for such recordings as "I Write the Songs"  "Mandy". He
has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s
selling artists of all time. 

Premiered Today, 1978

The film adaptation of "Grease" premiered in New York City. Commercially, the
movie was an immediate box office success. It is the No. 1 highest-grossing
musical, to date.


If You Were Born Today, June 17

You are wise, intelligent, and communicative, always desirous of increasing your knowledge and staying informed. Many of you are authorities on a particular subject. You can also be quite driven once you've found a goal to focus on. You tend to loosen up and enjoy life more as you grow older, and you age well. While you can be sociable when you are around others, you often choose relative solitude and don't always seek out social events. Others admire you for your dry sense of humor and intelligence. Famous people born today: Barry Manilow, Venus Williams, Joe Piscopo, Jason Patric.

Picture of the day
Two views of the launch of STS-132, a NASA Space Shuttle mission which lasted from 14 May to 26 May 2010. During the course of the mission, Space Shuttle Atlantis docked with the International Space Station to deliver the Rassvet mini-research module and an Integrated Cargo Carrier-Vertical Light Deployable. Though this was meant to be the final flight of Atlantis, the shuttle flew again in the program's final mission a year later.

Picture of a Niagara Falls landscape covered in ice and snow

Snow Falls

Photograph by Mark Duffy, National Geographic 
Niagara Falls takes on an otherworldly pallor when the windchill temperature plummets to minus 40º below zero in Ontario, Canada. For photographer Mark Duffy, seeing everything frozen was a “beautiful sight.”

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Lentil curry pilaf
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Lentil curry pilafCasey Barber
This lentil-studded pilaf packs a powerful amount of nutrition into each serving: It's high in fiber, protein and iron, making it a no-brainer as a side or a main dish.
Makes 4 servings
  • 2 teaspoons of your favorite curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional salt as desired
  • 1 6-oz. box plain wild rice pilaf or 1 cup wild rice mix
  • 1/3 cup dried green lentils
Bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat, then add the curry powder and salt.
Stir in the wild rice and lentils, then lower the heat and bring to a simmer.
Cover and cook undisturbed for 30 minutes, until the rice and lentils are tender and have absorbed all the liquid.
Remove from the heat and let the pilaf sit, covered, for 10 more minutes.
Fluff with a fork, taste for additional salt, and serve.

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Orange Chipotle Ribs in the CrockPot

We  found the meat is much more tender and flavorful done in a crockpot, and you don't get, like from a BBQ that charred meat taste in your mouth that reminds you (me) of the Marlboro Man.

The Ingredients.

--3 pounds beef or PORK ribs
--1/2 cup ketchup
--1/4 cup orange marmalade
--1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
--2 T soy sauce (La Choy and Tamari wheat-free are gluten free)
--2 T brown sugar
--2 t chipotle chili powder
--1/4 t cumin
--1/4 t ground ginger
--4 cloves smashed and chopped garlic

The Directions.

I used my 6qt smart-pot for this dish--the ribs fit well inside.

I didn't brown or pre-cook my meat at all. It was thawed, however. If you are using frozen meat, it will take longer to cook, but will be just fine.

In a mixing bowl, mix all of the ingredients for the sauce---which is everything listed up there, minus the ribs.

Put the ribs into your crock--you may need to cut the racks up with poultry shears to get them in there nicely.

Pour your sauce over the top.

Close and cook on low for 8-9 hours, or on high for 5-6. The meat is done when it has reached the desired tenderness and is no longer pink. I prefer the meat to fall off the bone, and eat with a knife and fork. If you'd rather gnaw on the bones, pull them out after 4 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low.

The Verdict.

I was very pleased with the tenderness of these ribs, and with the sauce flavors. I picked a pretty tart orange marmalade, and the orange rind flavor was pretty pronounced. It was good, but I think next time I'll add a touch more brown sugar. I did not find the sauce on the ribs to be spicy, but the remaining sauce in the pot had quite a bit of heat. The kids have finally begun to appreciate ribs. They still ate a hot dog, but they both ate enough of the ribs that they needed the sauce scrubbed off with a washcloth.



Happiness can exist only in acceptance. - George Orwell


The Shorter the Skirt the Cheaper the Meal at This Chinese Restaurant

By Sumitra 
In a bid to improve sales, a Chinese restaurant recently ran a special promotion – they offered discounts to female customers based on the length of their skirts. The shorter the skirt, the heavier the discount! The amount of skin-show upwards of the knee was measured upon arrival, and the discount percentage was determined accordingly.
The promotion at Yang Jia Hot Pot restaurant in Jinan, was a huge success. Hordes of women lined up outside the establishment, waiting to have their skirts measured. The highest hemline recorded was 13 inches above the knee, attracting a huge 90-percent discount. The lowest was at three inches, earning a 20 percent saving.


"Good Morning" in Edo (Nigeria)  -    Ób'ówie


Hate scrubbing? Use ammonia on your stove grates.

11. Hate scrubbing? Use ammonia on your stove grates.

After you get all of the grossness off, wax your stove top.
12. After you get all of the grossness off, wax your stovetop.
(use with gas stove tops, or non-glass-top electric stove tops)

International Artists
On first look, these busts, the work of Beijing artist Li Hongboappear to be carved out of porcelain or perhaps fine white marble, but actually they are made of thousands of layers of paper glued together. With a single tug of his head, the sculpture's face stretches and distorts to reveal an accordion of paper layers. When returned to its resting state the sculpture resumes its shape. 

A makeup artist’s canvas is the face. In the case of Laura Jenkinson, this is quite literal. The London-based makeup artist has been drawing delightful cartoon characters around her mouth cleverly integrating her teeth and lips into the portraits.

Every once in a while, you may find a face in a building façade or a tree bark, but French artist Gilbert Legrand finds them in places you wouldn’t even imagine. Legrand takes everyday household objects and paints delightful characters onto them, using the objects natural contour to take the shape of the characters he creates. 

California-based glass artist Loren Stump specializes in an ancient form of glass technique called murrine, where rods of glass of different color are melted together to form a pattern which is revealed when sliced. His most complex piece to date is a detailed interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks, which involved hundreds of glass components that were melted into a final piece.

French artist Patrick Commecy and his team of muralists transform dull and boring facades around France into vibrant scenes full of life. His hyperrealistic painted-on windows, balconies and tiles closely resemble their real-life counterparts. 

Each year, in the remote village of Sujata in one of India’s poorest states Bihar, the Welcome to Niranjana organizes the Wall Art festival. Artists from India and Japan spend three weeks in the village producing wall art using the walls of the school’s building as canvas. In the process, the artists interact with the children and conduct workshops for them. The initiative hopes to help resolve various issues confronting villages in India such as those regarding poverty, education and employment through cultural and artistic exchange.

1 comment:

  1. Loving seeing Escher here. But Mark Duffy and I don't share aesthetics--nothing looks lovely at 40 below F unless you're inside somewhere warm looking out at it. Brrrrrrrr:(