I truly believe I have some of the best readers in the world. It has been less than a week since I was celebrating 17,000 views, and yesterday we passed 18,000!!! WOOHOO! Doing a little dance over that! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Wednesday was spent cooking and processing six pumpkins, making dinner and dessert, going through the supplies I just got for my new business venture, cleaning house . . . and in all of that I didn’t even touch the sugar flowers. I truly need to stop procrastinating! Tonight – no wait, I need to go to Costco tonight . . . so Friday . . .yes, Friday I WILL get them done! For now though, we have some fun stuff to celebrate!
National Gin Day – I’m not fond of gin – it tastes sort of like pine sap does. No, I haven’t eaten pine sap, but I have gotten it on my hands when Christmas tree hunting, and that’s what the flavor of gin is like to me. Stands to reason since gin is a spirit that gets its predominant flavor from juniper berries. From its earliest beginnings in the Middle ages, gin has evolved over the course of a millennium from being an herbal medicine to being a big seller in the spirits industry. Gin is one of the most popular and widely distributed spirits that revolve around juniper as a common ingredient. There are several different categories of gin, but they are legally separated into four (I’m leaving out all the mumbo jumbo of percentages and giving you the basics):
Juniper-Flavored Spirit Drinks – produced by pot distilling a fermented grain mash to moderate strength, then redistilling it with botanicals to extract the aromatic compounds.
Gin – This is a juniper flavored spirit that is made by simply adding approved natural flavoring to a neutral spirit. The predominant flavor must be juniper.
Distilled gin – This is produced by redistilling ethyl alcohol in stills that are traditionally used for gin, in the presence of juniper berries and other natural botanicals, but the juniper taste must be the dominant flavor. Gin that just has added flavors to ethyl alcohol is not distilled gin.
London gin – This gin is obtained exclusively from ethyl alcohol whose flavor is introduced exclusively through the re-distillation in traditional stills of ethyl alcohol in the presence of all the natural plant materials. London gin may not contain added sweetening exceeding 0.1 gram of sugars per liter of the final product, nor colors, nor any added ingredients other than water. The term London gin may be supplemented by the term “dry”.
So, now you know more than you ever have before about gin – and to me it still sounds like I’d rather be chewing on a pine cone than drinking it. Hubby likes it though – and he always knows he can buy the good stuff and I will never, never, ever want any of it. It’s all his!
National Men Make Dinner Day – My hubby is a wonderful cook who can whip up amazing creations that get the taste buds hopping and please the tummy. This particular celebration though, is aimed at the men who never cook. The day has its own website which features reasons for participation, rules for today and even some simple recipes to get you started. Rules include a no interference policy for the women of the household, no feeding the resulting meal to the dog, and no barbecuing. Here are the rules that I’ve copied from the website.
Rule #1: National men make dinner day is always celebrated on the first Thursday of each November.
Rule #2: Man agrees to participate in national men make dinner day. Bonus points if he does so without seeking promise of night out with boys in return.
Rule #3: Man, completely un-aided, chooses a ‘published’ recipe from any source, or Internet. Getting the recipe from ‘her’ cookbooks is allowed, but man gets bonus points if the recipe isn’t already somewhere in the house.
Rule #4: Main meal must include minimum of 4 ingredients and require at least one cooking utensil other than a fork
Rule #5: Man goes shopping for ‘all’ necessary ingredients. Bonus points if he takes inventory of cupboards and fridge first, before shopping trip. So you don’t end up with two 64 ounce jars of pickled pimentos.
Rule #6: Man organizes all necessary ingredients in order of importance on kitchen counter. At this point, he may need to make a phone call or shout out the word ‘honey’! Followed by a question. This is not allowed.
Rule #7: Man may, if desired, turn on radio or his favorite CD. Man agrees not to be within 30 feet of TV remote during cooking process. At this point, spouse and any other family members should not be anywhere near kitchen. (unless smoke detector goes off!)
Rule #8: Following recipe carefully, man starts to cook dinner! Apron is optional, (bonus points if recipe includes one of the following : capers, saffron, or the word ‘scallopini’).
Rule #9: Man must use the ‘clean as he goes along’ rule! Following each completed use of utensils, cookware, half-used jars of anything, spice bottles, etc., everything is rinsed, cleaned and put away
Rule #10: Man sets table, candles are lit, beverages are poured, no ketchup bottles, sour cream containers, or big boxes of salt on table.
Rule #11: Spouse and/or family members are served! This is an opportune time for a photo. Man is ‘allowed’ to gloat no more than three times during the meal. Family is encouraged to congratulate man on job well done. Family dog is not allowed to be secretly fed man’s cooking.
Rule #12: After meal, table is cleared by man, dishwasher is loaded. Man returns to table for stimulating after-dinner conversation. At this point, man is told how much his meal was appreciated. He, in turn, describes the joys and challenges of the experience. He is given a hug, and his TV remote is returned to him.
After reading those rules, I must submit that it’s difficult to believe that there really are men out there that are this clueless about preparing a basic meal. If any of my readers KNOW a man who is this helpless in the kitchen, I’d be tickled if you’d comment and tell me about it.
This Day In History –
1874 – Cartoonist Thomas Nast depicts Republican party as an elephant in a cartoon in Harper’s Weekly.
Food Celebration of the Day –
- Chocolate-Almond Biscotti
- Chocolate-Almond Ricotta Cake
- Chocolate-Almond Apricot Brittle
- Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake
- Chocolate-Almond Nut Jobs
- Chocolate-Almond Toffee
- Chocolate-Almond Crescent Cookies
Well, that was a fun day – I like this kind! Light-hearted, easy to celebrate, or not, as the case may be. I don’t know if my hubby will be cooking dinner tonight or not – we’ll see. He doesn’t need to though, since I know he’s a great cook already. It’s time for me to run if I’m going to be on time to work! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!