Monday, July 13, 2015

French Fry Day JULY 13, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate French Fry Day

Whether you call them ‘French Fries’, ‘Chips’, Finger Chips, or French-Fried Potatoes, this delicious treat is loved around the world, and French Fries Day celebrates them. Not to be confused with the American ‘Chips’, which are thinly sliced pieces of potato fried until crisp, French Fries are the delicious result of ‘batons’ of potato cut to various thicknesses and then fried in oil.The outside of this staple companion food to hamburgers and other grease-ball favorites generally have a golden texture, varying from soft to crispy, and most often served with little more than a dusting of salt.
The origins of this fried food seems to be in Belgium. The story of their creation can be found in a family manuscript dated 1781 which reveals that potatoes were originally cut into the shape of fish and served in lieu of the fish because the river had frozen over and the they were unable to catch them. 

Canadian Poutine

This recipe is a classic way to have French Fries, originating in Canada.This dish is incredibly decadent, combining the crispy soft texture of the French Fries with a rich beef gravy, and topped with cheese curds.

American Bacon Cheeseburger Classic

There is little Americans love more than to add cheese and bacon to just about anything.French fries are no exception, there is little that is as well-loved as a rich, greasy accompaniment to any meal.To make this classic you start with a basic of fries, and layer on bacon, chopped onions, cheese, and ground hamburger before tossing them in the oven just long enough for everything to get melty. Then grab a handful and dig in!

Greek French Fries

The Mediterranean rarely fail at making an already delicious food rich and full of the smells of home. If you love the classic Greek flavors of parmigiano-reggiano or romano cheese, garlic, and oregano, then these fries are going to leave you smiling. The key ingredients here are Extra Virgin Olive Oil to fry them in, after which you toss them in garlic salt, Greek Oregano, and your choice of cheese such as those mentioned ahead. To get the full impact you’re going to want to stick to the white crumbly cheese of the region, the truly adventurous might use Mazithra cheese.
These are a few dishes that can help enhance French Fries Day, and really bring out the amazing versatility of this centuries old treat.So get out your deep fryer, chop up some potatoes, and celebrate French Fries Day by eating yourself into a starch filled stupor!
(full confession .. i am considered the 'french fry queen' in my circles. my two grand nieces, who also adore french fries, are called, in the family, our "french fry princesses!')

thanks, patty

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A collarless men's undergarment for the upper part of the body.
Usage:Its owner had taken off his tunic, and in white trousers and a thin, short-sleeved singlet prowled behind the chair-backs nursing his meager elbows.


Hollywood Sign Is Dedicated (1923)

The iconic Hollywood sign overlooking the community and spelling out its name in 50-foot (15-meter) high white letters originally said "Hollywoodland" and was erected as an advertisement for a real estate firm promoting a new housing development with that name. Though not intended to be permanent, the sign quickly became an internationally recognized landmark, and the last four letters were removed in 1949

Alberto Ascari (1918)

Alberto Ascari was just 7 years old when his racecar driver father was killed in the 1925 French Grand Prix, but that did not deter him from following in his father's footsteps. He went on to become a successful driver and remains one of only two Italian Formula One World Champions in the history of the sport. In 1955, he was thrown from his car during a crash and killed. Both he and his father were 36 when they died.

Tribute of the Three Cows

This event takes place on the Pierre St. Martin, in the Pyrenées Mountains between Spain and France, on July 13 every year. Representatives of the French valley of Barétous and those of the Spanish valley of Roncal meet at the summit at 10 o'clock in the morning and pile their hands on top of each other's in a show of friendship. Then the French hand over three cows, which must be healthy two-year-olds. This tribute was imposed by treaty in 1375, when the two valleys were at war with each other, and the Roncal cowmen emerged as the victors.

Lazy Lifestyle Key to Pandas' Bamboo-Only Diet

Scientists have uncovered the key reason why giant pandas are able to survive solely on a diet of bamboo. The researchers found that pandas get by on shoots and leaves because they expend extremely small amounts of energy. 

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1812 - The first pawnbroking ordinance was passed in New York City. 

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1832 - Henry Schoolcraft discovered the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota. 

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1930: The first World Cup Soccer competition was held in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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1959The Shirelles' "Dedicated To The One I Love" was released. 

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1982 - The All-Star Game was played outside the United States for the first time. They played in Montreal, Canada.

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1990: The movie "Ghost" premiered in the U.S. It starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg 

64 Today

Cheryl Ladd (born Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor in Huron, South Dakota)
Ladd replaced Farrah Fawcett to play Kris Munroe on the ABC-TV series 
Charlie’s Angels (1976-1981). She initially planned on becoming a singer,
working under the name Cherie Moor.

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Harrison Ford Is 73 Today

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English born Stewart portrayed Captain Jean Luc Picard in Star
Trek, The Next Generation
, and Professor Xavier in the X-men
movies. He was named the best dramatic actor of the ’80s by
TV Guide in 1993.

Released 1965

The song “California Girls” represents the 1960s California Sound. The 
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included it as one of "500 Songs That Shaped
Rock and Roll
". In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #71 on its list of 
the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". In 2010, the Beach Boys’ recording 
of “California Girls” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


If You Were Born Today, July 13

You are attractive, steady, and a little intimidating. Many of you are likeable from a distance and difficult to get to know, but very friendly once others know you. Your sense of humor is quirky - you have a strong sense of the ridiculous or absurd. You always have a good argument and often a great comeback. You are ambitious and motivated, and have a feel for the right path towards success. You might often be attracted to people you can't have in love, but you do seek out long-term partnership. Famous people born today: Patrick Stewart, Harrison Ford, Cameron Crowe, Ashley Scott, Cheech Marin, Fran Kranz.

Picture of the day
Red-bearded bee-eater
The red-bearded bee-eater (Nyctyornis amictus) is a large species of bee-eater found in the Indo-Malayan subregion of South-East Asia. This colorful species feeds predominantly on insects.

Picture of a mouse poking its head out of a hole

Who’s There?

Photograph by Cezary Wyszynski, National Geographic

“Who was knocking on my door?” This is what Cezary Wyszynski imagines this mouse thinking as it pokes its head from a hole. A possible culprit? Wyszynski wryly hints at the departing rat that’s slightly visible in the background.

Jim Henson Muppet Charts pattern by Robin Barnhill
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Wardrobe fresheners - pouches pattern by Simply Yarn
This is a simple pattern to create 3 different style of pouches to be used as drawer / wardrobe fresheners.
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Fiona Baby Sundress pattern by Staci Perry
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Teddy Bear Square Copyright to Judith Prindle 9/4/05 (Revised 9/05/05) Crocheted Teddy Bear Square Finished size about 9 inches square.
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Tartan Plaid Wash Cloths pattern by HappyBerry
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3 skeins 672 Spring Green
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CrockPot Indian Curry Recipe

With this Indian version of a curry recipe,  the flavors are spot-on. 

The Ingredients.

It sounds like a lot, but many of the spices are (hopefully) staples in the spice rack.

- 1 13.5 oz can of coconut milk (don't use the light, it doesn't taste as good. or use the light and then stir in heavy cream at the end. Your tongue wants the thick stuff... trust me.)
- 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 4-6 frozen skinless, boneless chicken thighs 
- 1 T tomato paste
- 2 T curry powder (not a typo, it's a lot, but it's good. Curry isn't spicy, just flavorful)
- 1 t ground coriander
- 1 t ground cumin
- 1 inch peeled and grated ginger (I didn't use that much, I don't particularly care for ginger)- few dashes of hot sauce (I used Tabasco)
- 1 yellow onion. chopped
- 2 or 3 cloves of smashed and chopped garlic
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 of an eggplant, chopped (I didn't peel)
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped (I hate peeling sweet potato, so used a knife and lost a lot of the flesh accidentally)

The Directions.

Assemble all of your spices, coconut milk, Tabasco sauce, and tomato paste. Combine the sauce ingredients in the bottom of your crockpot. The sauce will be a lovely yellow.

Add the chicken, flipping it over a few times to coat it nicely. Pour in the garbanzo beans.

Wash and chop all of the vegetables, and then add to the Crock-Pot. Don't worry about stirring them in the sauce. Let them sit on top of the chicken and steam away.

Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours, or on high for 4-6. I cooked our dinner on high for almost 6 hours. The chicken was fully cooked, but still had shape, and the vegetables were soft and quite nice.

Stir carefully to mix flavors. If you stir too rough, the sweet potato will fall apart.

Serve over rice; I used brown.

The Verdict.

Delicious. We had family over for dinner, and they all really enjoyed it, and took home leftovers. This was really good. The kids were not interested in trying it at all. They had buttered brown rice.

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CHILDREN'S (and adults) CORNER
match 3 or more balls of one color to remove them


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Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. - Elbert Hubbard

The World’s Newest Human Ken Doll Actually Looks Plastic

By Sumitra 
Brazilian model Mauricio Galdi is the newest addition to the growing band of surgically-enhanced men branded ‘Human Ken Dolls’. After a total of eight procedures in the past decade, his face now looks like that of the popular plastic doll.
Mauricio, 27, claims that he wasn’t actually aiming for the ‘Ken’ look, but now that the media’s given him the title, he doesn’t mind cashing in on the publicity. “I never sought out to be the Brazilian human Ken,” he said. “It was something that came to me, television sought to give me that title.”
We find that kind of hard to believe though, given the fact that he’s been obsessed with dolls since childhood. Growing up in a middle class household in Sao Paulo, Mauricio confessed that he often felt jealous of little girls because it was socially acceptable for them to play with Barbie and Ken. “I saw them playing with dolls and I wanted to do the same,” he admitted, “but I never did for fear of prejudice.”


"Good Morning" in Maltese (Malta) - L-ghodwa t-tajba

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21 Powerful Examples Of Street Art That Tell The Uncomfortable Truth

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Graffiti and other forms of street art reveal so much about the surrounding culture and current times. City walls provide a blank canvass for artists and rebels to display a number of messages, some of which tell the uncomfortable truth about the state of our planet and where it is headed.

1. Help Keep The Plants Alive


2. The Whole World Is Going Down The Drain


3. Earth’s Hour-Glass Is Ticking


4. Those Responsible For Killing Earth


5. Is It Fair To Trap Animals In A Zoo?


6. “I Don’t Believe In Global Warming”


7. Working Ourselves To Death


8. The Truth About The News


9. Humans Are Eating The Earth


10. “I Remember When All This Was Trees”


11. Urbanization = Death


12. Where Has All The Ice Gone?


13. What The Cow Population Really Thinks


14. The Truth About Locked Up Animals


15. Specially Made Earth Trash Pie, Courtesy Of The Humans


16. Born To Be Wild, Forced To Perform


17. The Uncomfortable Truth About Air Pollution


18. Needs Ice Now


19. You Can’t Escape Animal Cruelty, It’s Everywhere


20. Sucking The Earth Dry

I like the details in the ‘suckers’ crown… couldn’t be more true.

21. Help! Fast Food Is Taking Over The World


22. Poor Planet Earth


23. Seal Playing With Oil


24. The Struggle Of The Misunderstood Cow


25. Thanks For Selling Me

Animals have feelings and families too…

1 comment:

  1. Street Art was a great distraction! Help me get past all those fries.