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The Food Almanac: Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Restaurant Birthdays
Today is the anniversary of the opening of Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, born today in 1998. But you could say that it was conceived in the early 1970s, when Dick and Ella Brennan had the idea to open a chain of high-end steakhouses around the country. They even had a name for it: The Inner Circle. The concept was much like what Ruth's Chris, Smith and Wollensky, and Morton's later became. If they'd gone ahead with it, it would have been the first of its kind.

Unfortunately, the Inner Circle was the proximate cause of the still-unhealed breach in the Brennan family. In that, the three brothers who own Brennan's on Royal Street went their own way, while their aunts and uncles moved to Commander's Palace and the other Brennan properties of the time. The Inner Circle was iced--withoput the income from Brennan's, it was impossible at the time. But when Dick Brennan's branch of the family went its own way in 1996 (in a friendly split), it revived the steakhouse idea. The steakhouse became an instant hit on Iberville Street. It is unique in having the only main dining room in New Orleans belows treet level. Which, unfortunately, caused a disastrous flood in the weather unpleasantness of 2005. But it reopened the following May, and went right back to its pre-storm success.

Among the several private dining rooms at Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, one of them is named the Inner Circle Room--a hint at the restaurant's origins.

Today's Flavor
Today has been declared by persons unknown to be National Gingerbread Day. Gingerbread? I think that should wait until after Thanksgiving, don't you? Then we could start building houses out of it. Anything to provide shelter for our displaced citizens. Another bunch of Web sites say it's National Stuffing Day. I say we should make it National Unstuffing Day, because the kinds of stuffings we make this time of year are better left unstuffed. At least if a turkey is involved.

Edible Dictionary
pope's (or parson's or bishop's) nose, n.--Also known as the bishop's hat, particularly in mostly-Catholic communities. This is the appendage of meat at the rear end of a turkey or chicken that holds the tail feathers. It is indeed shaped like a nose or a a bishop's hat. It's even more prominent in ducks and geese, although those don't taste as good. In a turkey or chicken, the muscles involved don't do much work, and so are tenderer. In every family, there's someone who particularly likes this piece. He or she rarely has much competition for it, because of it's well-known position in the rear of the bird. But there's nothing wrong with it, and combined with a knot of fatty meat right in front of it, it is one of a poultry delicacy.

Gourmet Gazetteer
Ham Lake, Minnesota 55304 is twenty-four miles north of Minneapolis, and is an exurb of that city. It's named for an actual lake, whose shape is like that of an actual ham. (Many of Minnesota's famously numerous lakes are named for food because of their shapes.) The place to eat in Ham Lake is the Red Ox Cafe.

Annals Of Lavish Travel
Samuel Cunard, the founder of the shipping line that bears his name, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia today in 1787. That's also where the Cunard Lines began. Cunard became--and still is--the most hallowed name in shipboard passenger travel. The Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2, and Queen Victoria still do all the things that transatlantic ships did in the golden age, and then some. Particularly if you're traveling in the upper classes, you dine and travel very well. All three Cunard ships still make an annual voyage around the world.

Food In Surgery
The surgeon William Beaumont was born today in 1785. He added tremendously to our understanding of digestion by studying a patient afflicted with a permanent opening into his stomach from a gunshot wound. Beaumont looked in, sampled gastric fluids, and. .well, I've heard enough, haven't you?

Music That Makes You Hungry
It's Dr. John's birthday--1940. He's Mack Rebennack, formerly known as the Night Tripper. How would you describe his music? To New Orleans people, its sounds very local. Everyone else must be somewhat puzzled by it, but he's had enough hits and made enough well-attended appearances to point to a widespread appreciation. Just hearing Dr. John makes me hungry for red beans and rice. (I'm not kidding.)

Food Namesakes
The soft-rock group Bread hit #2 on the pop charts today with the sappy song Baby I'm-A Want You. . Josiah Bartlett, a physician who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was born today in 1729. The pears are not named for him. Nor were lemons named for basketball coach Abe Lemons, who was born today in 1922.

Words To Eat By
"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity."--François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (usually known only by his last name), French writer, born today in 1694.

Words To Drink By
"A good writer is not, per se, a good book critic. No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender."--Jim Bishop, American newspaper columnist, born today in 1907.

The Food Almanac: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - Recipes

The Treasure of Thrown-Away Food
Lysa TerKeurst

"But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)

My son Jackson wrote a paper about the corruption and greed that caused the civil war in his native land. But Jackson wasn't just explaining a historical event – he lived in the midst of the horrific conditions of this war. You see, for the first 13 years of his life, Jackson lived in a forgotten orphanage in the third world country of Liberia, Africa.

During one part of the paper, he described what it felt like to be naked digging through the trash looking for the treasure of thrown-away food.

The treasure of thrown-away food.

I can hardly type those words without crying. This is my son.

And yet, despite the horrific conditions of his childhood, there was an unexplainable thread of peace woven through his recollection of the story. A powerful peace centered in the awareness of God's presence.

The truly thankful person is a truly peaceful person. They have made a habit no matter what, to notice, pause, and choose.

Noticing something for which to be thankful no matter their circumstance.

Pausing to acknowledge this something as a reminder of God's presence.

Choosing to focus on God's presence until His powerful peace is unleashed.

Will we be a noticer? A pauser? A chooser? A person of thanksgiving no matter what circumstance we're facing?

I find this truth about the power of thanksgiving over and over in Scripture. What was the prayer Daniel prayed right before being thrown in the lion's den and witnessing God miraculously shutting the lion's mouths? Thanksgiving.

After three days in the belly of a fish, what was the cry of Jonah's heart right before he was finally delivered onto dry land? Thanksgiving.

How are we instructed to pray in Philippians 4:6 when we feel anxious? With thanksgiving.

And what is the outcome of each of these situations where thanksgiving is proclaimed? Peace.

Powerful, unexplainable, uncontainable peace.

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7 NIV).

One of Webster's official definitions of thanksgiving is: "a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness."

I wonder how we might celebrate God's divine goodness today.

I wonder what might happen if we decide in the midst of our circumstances today to notice, pause, and choose something for which we can truly be thankful.

Dear Lord, will You help me notice things for which I can be thankful in each circumstance I face today? Will You help me remember to pause and acknowledge this as evidence of Your presence? And will You help me remember to choose to focus on Your presence until Your powerful peace rushes into my heart and helps me see everything more clearly? Thank You for the reality that being thankful changes everything. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Lysa TerKeurst's adoption story began when she heard a group of refugee boys singing at a local church. She had no idea those songs would change everything! To watch a video of Lysa's sons singing with fellow members of the Liberian Boys Choir, click here.

If this devotion resonated with you, find more of God's peace and perspective in Proverbs 31 Ministries' new devotional book, Encouragement for Today. Filled with 100 devotions, this book is a perfect resource for cultivating a thankful heart during this holiday season. Click here to purchase your copy.

Reflect and Respond:
Start a thankfulness journal where you daily list five things for which you are thankful. Do this for the next 30 days and see how much more peaceful your mindset about life becomes.

Think of someone who is really thankful. Despite the circumstances they face, are they more peaceful? How does this inspire you?

Power Verses:
1 Chronicles 16:34, "Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever." (NKJ)

1 Chronicles 23:30, "They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD. They were to do the same in the evening." (NIV)

A Bountiful Harvest Including National Holidays for Cake, Candy, French Toast, Sundaes, Parfaits. And Pickles

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You may think Thanksgiving is so much of a food holiday, with a bonus week of leftovers, that one should not seek more in November. Take a look at this list of temptations, and think again!

Each day of the month has something to celebrate too:

  • November 1: National Bison Day
  • November 1: National Deep Fried Clams Day
  • November 1: National Vinegar Day
  • November 1: World Vegan Day
  • November 2: National Deviled Egg Day
  • November 3: National/World Sandwich Day
  • November 4: National Candy Day
  • November 5: National Doughnut Day
  • November 5: International Stout Day
  • November 6: National Nachos Day
  • November 7: Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day
  • November 8: National Cappuccino Day
  • November 8: National Harvey Wallbanger Day
  • November 8: International Tempranillo Day
  • November 9: National Scrapple Day
  • November 9: Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day
  • November 10: National Vanilla Cupcake Day
  • November 11: National Sundae Day
  • November 12: National Pizza With
    Everything Day (Except Anchovies)
  • November 12: National Chicken Soup For The Soul Day
  • November 12: National Happy Hour Day
  • November 13: National Indian
    Pudding Day
  • November 14: National Spicy Guacamole Day
  • November 14: National Pickle
  • November 15: National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
  • November 15: National Raisin
    Bran Cereal Day
  • November 16: National Fast Food Day
  • November 17: National Baklava Day
  • November 17: National Homemade Bread Day
  • November 18: National Vichyssoise Day
  • November 19: National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day
  • November 20: National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
  • November 20: Beaujolais Nouveau Day
  • November 21: National Gingerbread Day
  • November 22: National Cranberry Relish Day
  • November 23: National Cashew Day
  • November 23: National Espresso Day
  • November 23: National Eat A Cranberry Day
  • November 24: National Sardines Day
  • November 25: National Parfait Day
  • November 26: National Cake Day
  • November 27: National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
  • November 28: National French Toast Day
  • November 29: National Chocolates Day
  • November 29: National Lemon Cream Pie (Creme Pie) Day
  • November 30: National Mousse Day

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The almanac

Today is Thursday, Nov. 21, the 325th day of 2013 with 40 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include French explorer of North America Rene Robert de La Salle in 1643 French author Francois-Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, in 1694 William Beaumont, pioneer U.S. Army surgeon, in 1785 British steamship company founder Samuel Cunard in 1787 Belgian painter Rene Magritte in 1898 jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins in 1904 dancer/actor Eleanor Powell in 1912 football Hall of fame member Sid Luckman in 1916 baseball Hall of Fame member Stan Musial in 1920 actors Joseph Campanella in 1927 (age 86), Laurence Luckinbill in 1934 (age 79), Marlo Thomas in 1937 (age 76) and Juliet Mills in 1941 (age 72) musician Dr. John, born Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr., in 1940 (age 73) basketball Hall of Fame member Earl Monroe, TV producer Marcy Carsey and filmmaker/actor Harold Ramis, all in 1944 (age 69) actors Goldie Hawn in 1945 (age 68), Lorna Luft in 1952 (age 61), Nicollette Sheridan in 1963 (age 50) and Rain Phoenix in 1972 (age 41) musician Bjork in 1965 (age 48) and football Hall of Fame member Troy Aikman in 1966 (age 47).

In 1783, in Paris, Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes made the first free-flight ascent in a balloon.

In 1877, Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph.

In 1938, Nazi forces occupied western Czechoslovakia and declared its people German citizens.

In 1974, The U.S. Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act over U.S. President Gerald Ford's veto.

In 1985, Jonathan Jay Pollard, a civilian U.S. Navy intelligence analyst and Jewish American, was arrested on charges of illegally passing classified U.S. security information about Arab nations to Israel.

In 1991, U.S. President George H.W. Bush signed the Civil Rights Act of 1991, making it easier for workers to sue in job discrimination cases.

In 2003, U.S. House of Representatives and Senate conferees finished the final version of an approximately $400 billion, 1,000-page bill that would create prescription drug coverage for 42 million Americans on Medicare.

In 2004, Iraqi authorities set Jan. 30, 2005, as the date for the nation's first election since the collapse of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship.

In 2005, General Motors Corp., the world's biggest carmaker, announced it was cutting its payroll by 30,000 employees and shutting nine major plants.

In 2006, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced a restoration of diplomatic ties with Syria, ending 24 years of strained relations.

In 2008, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton accepted President-elect Barack Obama's offer to be the secretary of state nominee.

In 2010, Ireland asked its European partners for a financial rescue package of about $90 billion to bolster its sagging economy.

In 2011, the United States and Britain imposed new sanctions on Iran because of its suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons.

In 2012, a cease-fire was announced after eight days of fighting that officials said killed about 130 Palestinians and six Israelis. Hundreds of people were injured. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he held Hamas responsible to keep the truce.

A thought for the day: It was Voltaire who said, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

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The Food Almanac: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - Recipes

The meal is pretty simple, quick and cheap which basically sums up my cooking endeavors since we moved here and I have no time to cook anymore. In an attempt to eat healthier I bought a bag of frozen tilapia at Costco and have loved adding it to our rotation of meals.

  • 1-2 tilapia fillets, thawed if previously frozen
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • onion power to taste
  • garlic powder to taste Building Spice Blend to taste (or any variety seasoning that has dill, dried shallot, lemon peel and celery seed)
    • side note, before I had this blend I would just use chili powder instead and it was great too, but I prefer this now.
    • handful of small fingerling potatoes, cut in half
    • 3 cloves minces garlic
    • handful of asparagus
    • 3 TBS butter, melted
    • 2 tsp olive oil
    • salt and pepper to taste
    1. Preheat the oven to broil.
    2. Place the potatoes and garlic on a foil lined cookie sheet, cover with butter, salt and pepper and stir to coat. Cook for 10- 15 minutes or until golden brown.
    3. Cover the fish with the spices and rub it to coat. Let sit for several minutes while potatoes cook. Spray a grill pan with non-stick cooking spray. Once the potatoes have cooked for 10-15 minutes, turn the grill pan heat to medium and let it heat up while you prep the asparagus.
    4. Once the potatoes have cooked for 10-15 minutes and are golden brown, add the asparagus to the cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and salt, and cook for 5 additional minutes.
    5. As soon as you put the asparagus in the oven, place the fish on the grill pan and turn heat to medium-high. Let cook on each side for 2-3 minutes. The fish should be opaque all the way through when done.

    Hog Island Oyster Company

    Hog Island is a bit tricky to navigate, since their set up is a bit confusing. You basically have to reserve a picnic table months in advance in order to get a bay-side view and shuck-your-own oyster service. With this route you can also BBQ, but we forego that option and choose to do a high class picnic assortment instead and have the oysters be the main event.

    This is Andrew shucking our meal. I am not a huge oyster fan in general, since the texture kind of weirds me out. but when they're fresh like this (2 years old, harvested that morning, and still alive while you eat them), they are soft and delicious. I ate six by myself even though the whole drive there I swore to Andrew I was going to eat two max, because I just wasn't in the mood that day.

    Our spread. 12 raw oyster (that we dress in Hog Wash, lemon and Tabasco before eating), 4 BBQ oysters which were divine, Mt. Tam cheese, prosciutto, raspberries and french bread. Not pictured is my Magleby's chocolate cake that Andrew requests for his birthday cake each year.)

    Then afterwards we went to Stinson Beach for a nice walk since I've been wanting to go here since we moved to SF, and we like to bask in the fact that we live in California and can go to the beach year round (in jackets and scarves, but that is a minor detail.)

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    The Food Almanac: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - Recipes

    Two teenage girls accused of aggravated stalking in the case of a young Florida girl who jumped to her death no longer face criminal charges, lawyers said Wednesday.

    Attorney Jose Baez, the attorney for Katelyn Roman, said the state had dropped the felony charge against her in the bullying case of Rebecca Sedwick, who was 12 when she committed suicide in September.

    "We are very pleased that the state attorney's office . has decided to do the right thing," Baez said, adding that he was convinced that his client had never done anything criminal.

    Baez said the girl was deeply affected by Sedwick's death and had been bullied herself.

    Katelyn, 13, has been in counseling, he said.

    "There is zero evidence of any stalking in this case," he said.

    Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd spoke on "New Day" Thursday and said he was "exceptionally pleased with the outcome of the case."

    "We see the children are going to get the services that they need," Judd said, referring to counseling services. "That's the best outcome for juveniles."

    Guadalupe Shaw, 14, also had her charges dropped.

    "My client and her family are relieved by the state attorney's decision today," attorney Andrea DeMichael said. "She is hopeful about her future and is attempting to turn this tragic event into something positive."

    A member of the state attorney's office said he could not comment on cases involving juveniles and referred CNN to defense lawyers.

    Months of cyberabuse reportedly drove Rebecca to climb up the ladder of a pair of silos at an abandoned concrete plant in September. She had already cut open her wrists in December but survived that suicide attempt.

    CNN does not typically identify minors who are charged as juveniles, but the network is doing so in this case because their identities have been publicized by law enforcement and have received extensive publicity in their local media.

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    Conservative Action Fund by Dan Backer, Esq. and Paul D. Kamenar, Esq.

    (Held over from the November 14, 2013 meeting)

    (Jessica Selinkoff/Robert Knop of the Office of the General Counsel)

    II. DRAFT ADVISORY OPINION 2013-16 by Dan Backer, Esq. and Paul D. Kamenar, Esq.

    (Joanna Waldstreicher/Amy Rothstein of the Office of the General Counsel)

    Confessions and old pictures

    1. I am kind of scared to run again. I’m well aware of how stupid this sounds but i’m honestly a little scared to push it more than the 2 miles I have been doing a few times a week. I’m scared my leg might start to hurt again. I know it’s been close to a year since my injury but for some reason a fear keeps pushing me from breaking past my comfort zone.

    2. I constantly worry about money. I worked in a pharmacy for awhile and was always heartbroken when I would see parents who didn’t have the $4 for their child’s antibiotic. I worry about families who don’t know where their next meal will come. I worry about people who can’t pay their electric bill. I’m lucky in that I never had to worry about this growing up but often fear that I won’t be able to provide for my family the way my mom did for me.

    3. Following with 2, I am forever thankful for all my mom has provided me. Having seen how some children live makes me realize that not all kids had everything they needed. I am thankful that I always had a place to call home, food, medical attention that was needed, and constant love and support. I still have all this today. My mom and Will are two of my biggest supporters and I am so thankful for them everyday!

    4. I take out my nervousness and stress on those I love. (Sorry Mom, Will and Tyler). I don’t know why but I tend to not be the nicest to them during times of extrem stress or nerves. I can’t tell you how many times my mom probably tried to give me a sip of gatorade before a cross-country round only to have me get mad at her for offering. Cross-country is a phase of the three day eventing I competed in, and the one that always gets the nerves going. Note: I took this photo, I’m not the one riding. As nervous as I would get I can’t wait to compete again someday!

    5. I know nothing about blogging. I’m sure this is more obvious than a confession though. I consider my fruitnfitness to be my form of journaling. I love that my grandparents are able to keep up with what’s going on, the blog friends I have made and sharing my adventures in learning to cook!

    That being said I need to ask for some advice. FruitnFitness is at 98% storage space. I have backed up noting and don’t know how to back up or see about more storage/self hosting to get more storage (I don’t want to quit uploading pictures of the Bentley dog!) If any one has tips or a link to someones post that has already discussed this I would love to see it!

    6. I’m thankful for everyone who reads my random ramblings. Especially with all the school and tooth talk around here, I know it isn’t fun to read but I have realized that I love having thoughts in past posts to look back on and see what was going on in different times other than what I was eating and what workouts I was doing.

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