Saturday, June 30, 2007
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
In the mid to later 1830’s Upper Canada (Ontario) was rebelling against British rule. Americans know as “Patriot Hunters” along with Canadian rebels wanted to form a Canadian republic. In 1838, a group of Hunters crossed over from New York in an attempt to capture Fort Wellington which was located near Prescott. When the invasion attempt went bad they took up a defensive position at the windmill with the expectation that they would be reinforced by insurgent Canadians. Instead they found themselves pinned down in a hopeless battle with Loyalist forces. After five days and several deaths they surrendered and were taken to Fort Henry at Kingston where 11 of their leaders were executed.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Foreign competition eventually captured most of Starr’s sales which resulted in the company producing its last piano in 1949. The 750,000 square foot complex of buildings would be utilized by various companies over the next two decades before descending into deterioration. In recent years a foundation was formed (www.starrgennett.org) and steps have been taken to preserve what still remains.
Between the years 1916 to 1934, Starr’s Gennett Records division made thousands of acoustic and electric recordings which were sold under various label names. The company would make records of whatever it could sell which ranged from KKK propaganda to some of the first recorded works of Black Jazz, Blues and Country Music artists. Some of the better known musicians included Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Martin, Hoagy Carmichael, and Gene Autry.
Monday, June 11, 2007
It’s ironic that many of the same politicians who say we need to investment in alternative energy are the same ones who want congress to do something about high gas prices. Companies already in the business of marketing fuel are the ones most likely to be successful in the distribution of alternates so hopefully the politicians won’t do things that actually hinder development. In a somewhat chilling speech given a few months ago Senator Clinton indicated that if she had her way the "huge profits" made by the oil companies would be taken by the government and spent on development of alternate fuels. It’s interesting to note that the government actually collected 7 billion dollars more in taxes on oil products last year than the oil companies made in profits.
Ethanol may be great for farmers but I’m not sure it’s that wonderful for consumers. Ethanol has a lower BTU content than gasoline so your mpg will be lower. Second you pay three times for each gallon: 1. At the pump, 2. In tax money that subsidizes production, 3. In higher food prices because it drives up the price of grain. Corn prices alone have almost doubled in the past year. What will happen if the use of ethanol becomes wide spread? RMB
Friday, June 8, 2007
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Wednesday, June 6, 2007
5 ounces of Animal Crackers
3 tablespoons of brown sugar
pinch of salt
4 tablespoons of unsalted butter (I would omit the pinch of salt if using salted butter) I've also used Smart Balance
A.) Crush animal crackers into fine crumbs with food processor or place in a sandwich bag and use a rolling pin
B.) Mix in brown sugar and salt
C.) Melt butter in microwave and mix with crumbs
D.) Cut a length of aluminum foil long enough to cover the bottom of an 8 inch square cake pan with enough foil to overlap two sides. Then fold foil to a width of 8 inches. Form to bottom of pan and up and over the sides. You will be using the foil to lift the lime square from the pan. Spray foil with cooking spray.
E.) Place crumb mixture in pan and pack firm with something such as the bottom of a measuring cup.
F.) Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees
2 - 4 regular Persian limes or about 20 key limes if preferred
1 tablespoon of lime zest
1/2 cup of lime juice
2 ounces of cream cheese at room temperature
14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
1 egg yolk
A.) Wash limes, dry, then grate the skin to obtain the tablespoon of zest
B.) Firmly press and roll limes against a table surface with palm of hand until soft then cut in half and extract juice.
C.) Mix together cream cheese and lime zest
D.) Add condensed milk, egg yoke and lime juice and mix till creamy
E.) Pour mixture over crust and return to oven for an additional 15 minutes
F.) Let cool in refrigerator for several hours.
G.) Grasp aluminum foil ends and lift from pan
H.) Cut into desired size bars