Wednesday, July 09, 2014

National Sugar Cookie Day, In the News, Dinner, and Enjoy

National Sugar Cookie Day - Today is National Sugar Cookie Day!

Today celebrates one of America's favorite cookies.

Celebrated each year on July 9, National Sugar Cookie Day honors the ever-popular and delightfully-delicious sugar cookie.

A holiday favorite and also very easy to make, sugar cookies quickly disappear. Sugar cookies are typically made with sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla, and either baking powder or baking soda.

Many children love to be in the kitchen and enjoy helping make a batch of sugar cookies. For them, a fun part of the recipe is cutting the cookies with a variety of cookie cutters. After they are baked, they enjoy decorating them with frosting and sprinkles.

The sugar cookie is believed to have originated in the mid 1700′s in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. It was there that the German Protestant settlers created the cookie that came to be known as the Nazareth Cookie.

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    Dinner - Laura encountered two particularly beautiful filet mignon (Filet mignon—French for "cute fillet" or "dainty fillet"—is a steak cut of beef taken from the smaller end of the tenderloin, or psoas major of the beef.) steaks and was unable to resist their beckoning. She purchased them and proudly displayed her find to me upon her arrival at our nest. I declared they deserved nothing less than a fine grilling. I said I would do this the following evening.

    Yesterday afternoon, I departed mine office at 3:30 PM and scurried to our nest to begin preparations for what I knew would be a delightful feast.

    I made a marinade of extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, Pappy's seasoning, Pappy's grilling seasoning, crushed red peppers, ground black pepper, and fresh lime juice. I placed the steaks in a large zip bag and poured the marinade over them. I poached three large zucchini, a large white onion, and eight large white mushrooms. I cut the zucchini and onion in half and added them to the bag, along with the mushrooms. This marinated at room temperature for four hours.

    I started the Weber. When it reached a good operating temperature, I dumped the contents of the bag onto the grill. Laura was watching. I asked her whether she wished to tend to the grill, and she excitedly did so.

    She masterfully grilled the steaks and vegetables, and it was truly a wonderful meal! Laura has become an excellent griller under my tutelage. She certainly displayed her skills last evening!

    Enjoy - Relax and enjoy these images and videos!