Friday, February 28, 2014

National Chocolate Soufflé Day, YouTubeTeam Virus, In the News, and Enjoy

National Chocolate Soufflé Day - Today is National Chocolate Soufflé Day!

Soufflés may be the only thing to rival the kind of lift many women achieve with gallons of hairspray. In addition, they taste wonderful.

The flavorful base is usually made with a French crème pâtissière (pasty cream), but the secret to this lightly baked cake is whipped egg whites. The name comes from a French verb, souffler, which literally means to "blow up" or "puff up," and that is exactly the magic that happens when you bake custard and egg whites together.

Your best bet for baking individual or even one large chocolate soufflé is the ramekin. When you're ready to take them out of the oven, it will be puffy and fluffy - and then deflate a little about ten minutes later. But, do not worry! It is supposed to do that.

YouTubeTeam Virus - If you receive an email purporting to be from the "YouTubeTeam," DO NOT OPEN IT! If you open the message, you will be directed to a Web site that will automatically download a virus into your system! The subject will most likely say "YouTubeTeam Personal Message" or something similar. In any event, DELETE THE MESSAGE!

In the News - They walk among us!

  • Tennessee State University Requires Students to Wear Trackable IDs
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  • Minnesota Dealership Offering Free Shotgun with Each Pickup Truck Sale
  • How Computer-generated Fake Papers Are Flooding Academia
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  • Thursday, February 27, 2014

    National Chili Day, Dinner, In the News, and Enjoy

    National Chili Day - Today is National Chili Day!

    The first documented recipe for chili con carne is dated September 2, 1519, according to Wikipedia. Hot chili peppers burn calories by triggering a thermodynamic burn in the body—speeding up the metabolism.

    As enthusiasm for chili grew so did the competition to make the best chili. It is believed the first one took place in Texas in the early 1950s, although some accounts say it was in Terlinga, Texas in 1967.

    Whether we are talking about the chili that includes meat, the vegetarian version, or the many other variations of this deliciously comforting food, chili holds a prominent spot in our culinary hearts.

    When it comes to the story of chili, tales and myths abound. While many food historians agree that chili con carne is an American dish with Mexican roots, Mexicans are said to indignantly deny any association with the dish. Most historians agree that the earliest written description of chili came from J.C. Clopper, who lived near Houston.

    By the 20th century chili joints had made their debut in Texas and became familiar all over the west by the 1920s. By the end of that decade, there was hardly a town that did not have a chili joint.

    Dinner - The weather yesterday afternoon was overcast and windy. It foretold of stormy weather soon to beset us. I determined that a big, hearty bowl of homemade vegetable soup would be a perfect dinner for such weather. I produced a wonderful vegetable soup that Laura later photographed and described to her Facebook friends as "stellar."

    The soup consisted of baby carrots, spinach, white onion, green onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, potatoes, and an assortment of herbs and spices.

    In the News - They walk among us!

  • Texas City Working to Turn Sewer Water into Tap Water
  • Google Ordered to Remove Anti-Islamic Film from YouTube
  • 11-year-old Girl Shoots and Kills Mountain Lion Stalking Brother
  • Hundreds of Confidential Patient Records from 1-800-DENTIST Found Dumped in Field
  • Man Killed After Reentering Burning Home to Retrieve Cellphone

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  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    National Pistachio Day, In the News, and Enjoy

    National Pistachio Day - Today is National Pistachio Day!

    The pistachio is a small bushy tree native to the Middle East. It produces bunches of fruit, and the pistachio nut is the seed of that fruit.

    People use pistachios in cooking and enjoy them fresh or roasted as a snack.

    Pistachio ice cream with its distinctive green color is also popular.

    Pistachios have more antioxidants per serving than green tea. They are also an excellent source of fiber, copper, manganese, and Vitamin B6.

    To celebrate National Pistachio Day, enjoy a handful of delicious pistachio nuts!

    In the News - They walk among us!

  • Hipster Wannabes Get Facial Hair Transplants
  • Supreme Court Ruling Expands Police Authority in Home Searches
  • Tegu Lizard Beginning to Overrun Parts of Florida
  • City Caps Sewer of Woman Fighting to Live "Off the Grid"
  • Scientists Want to Build 1,000-foot Walls in Oklahoma to Protect from Tornadoes

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  • Monday, February 24, 2014

    National Tortilla Chip Day, In the News, and Enjoy

    National Tortilla Chip Day - Today is National Tortilla Chip Day. Tortilla chips are generally made from corn or flour tortillas. The chips may be either fried or baked.

    Tortilla chips are considered a Mexican food, however they originated in Los Angeles.

    During the late 1940's a couple, the Carranzas, ran a tortilla factory. They had the idea to cut tortillas into triangles and fry them.

    They sold them by the bag, and the tortilla chip began to compete with the corn chip.

    In the News - They walk among us!

  • Most Americans Have Yet to Watch Any Best-picture Oscar Nomine
  • NYC Forces Gun Buyers to Wait Six to Eight Months for Permits
  • Piers Morgan and CNN Plan End to His Prime-Time Show
  • Man Allegedly Stole Sound System, Came Back for Remote
  • Burglary Suspect Foiled By Pants Ripping

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