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Professional Cooking Tips!

Professional Cooking Tips! (ripped from the Interweb)

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“To be a good cook you have to have a love of the good,
a love of hard work, and a love of creating.”
– Julia Child

And so, here are some great professional cooking tips and tricks
that we have collected from the interweb. We love to cook!
NOTE: We learned at an early age. We had a cooking class in junior high.
We chose apartment-style living at UCSC (with a kitchen so we
could cook for ourself) instead of dormitory living and “dining-hall” food.
We are not a professional chef, but some of our cooking is pro quality.

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And away we go….

ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS! (and wash them frequently while cooking)
CLEAN AND SANITIZE YOURSELF, YOUR KITCHEN, AND YOUR FOOD!
Learn about kitchen safety/sanitation and safe food storage and preparation.

Drink Coffee. Drink Water. (stay awake and alert, and always stay well hydrated)

Prevent the cutting board from slipping – place a wet paper towel underneath it.

ALWAYS USE A SHARP KNIFE!
Sharpen your knives before, clean your knives after.
Use a vegetable peeler for ultra-thin cuts and shaving.
Learn how to hold the knife properly!
Learn the proper knife technique for the type of food you are cutting!
(and there are great YouTube vids on “how to” cut up everything)

Heat your pans before cooking (so they are already HOT).
Preheat your oven for 20 minutes at temperature before cooking and baking.
Constant heat and proper temperature are necessary for professional cooking.

Baker’s Tip: Put a bowl of water inside the oven when baking.
The steam will help make a nice crispy bread crust.

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Use eggs and butter at room temperature when making dough.
Take the eggs and butter out of the fridge the night before.

Caramelized sugar for baking.
Slightly frying the sugar will add a note of caramel to baked goods.
Heat sugar for one hour for a hint of caramel flavor,
or heat for up to five hours to create a deep and unique aroma and taste.

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Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
Add healthy fats, cut sodium, bump up your fiber,
and aim for a variety of colors on your plate.
(but never sacrifice good food for a bad “diet”)

Cook your aromatics first. 
Cook onions with salt. Add salt to reduce the smell. It will also cook them faster.
Add onions while the food is cooking.
Onions need time to develop their sweet flavor profile,
so they are one of the first ingredients to add to the pan.
NOTE: Garlic burns easily and the taste will turn bitter, so don’t add it early.

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Know when to add the herbs. 
Add dried herbs while cooking to enable the flavor to infuse the dish.
Fresh herbs should be added after the food is done cooking.
Fresh herbs will turn bitter if overcooked.

Use both salt and acid when seasoning.
Add the salt to your dish while you cook,
not before (and taste frequently) to avoid over-salting.
Use sugar as a seasoning.
It counteracts sour taste and will add a pleasant and rich flavor.

“The more you know, the more you can create.
There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen.” – Julia Child

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Add a dash of high-quality extra virgin olive oil to enhance your dish.
But don’t use olive oil in everything. Use pure vegetable oil for cooking.
Olive oil burns easily! It is not good for high-temp cooking and frying.

Brine your Meat! Brining makes for juicy meat.
Create a juicy texture and infuse rich flavor, and minimize
the chance of the meat drying out or being overcooked.

Marinate meat or fish in a plastic bag.
This ensures the meat or fish is coated evenly.
(also makes for an easy cleanup)



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“Life, like a cookie jar, would soon be empty
if you continued to accept the good things it offers
and put in no good things in return.”
– Sou Chan (from The House of Chan) 1952

Cook steaks that are at room temperature and they will cook more evenly.
And not all cuts of meat take the same time to cook!
For quick cooking, choose tenderloins and steaks.
For longer and slower cooking, use a roast, brisket, or shoulder cut.

Cook steak without oil by placing it on its side when cooking.
Cooking meat on the side renders the fat and will add more flavor.
It will also create a nice crust for the edges.

Make burgers juicy by placing ice cubes in the middle of the patties.
Right before grilling, press a small piece of ice into the center of patty.
This prevents it from drying out while cooking.

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Read our previous Blog Post “Where’s The Beef?”

Heat the saute pan to a high temperature before searing meat or fish.
Pre-heat your pan and Don’t crowd the food when searing.
High heat is needed for perfectly seared meat and fish.
Do not to crowd the pan because it will lose the high cooking heat.
Place fish in pan with the skin side down first.
The high temp will quickly sear the skin and prevent it from sticking.

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Use mayonnaise on fish to get a nice tasty crust.
Paint a small amount of mayo onto the fish with a pastry brush
and then season with salt before grilling. This will make a nice golden crust.

Make scrambled eggs creamy by adding mayonnaise.
Just add a teaspoon of mayo, it won’t change the flavor of the eggs.

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Use sour cream to make great pancakes.
Add 2 tablespoons of sour cream to the pancake mix.
It will make the pancakes tasty and fluffy.

Peel hard boiled eggs fast and easy!
Just add a little baking soda before you boil them.
You can also use vinegar.
Both ingredients get inside the eggshell, and will make them peel faster.

Use a large frying pan instead of a big pot when cooking pasta.
The wider area of the pan will heat the water faster.
Pick the right size pan for the amount of pasta being cooked.
Add a little olive oil and salt the pasta to taste after the water is boiling.
The salt will season the pasta.
The oil prevents the pasta from sticking and adds flavor.
Cook pasta in the sauce to finish.
The sauce will coat the noodles and they will absorb the flavor.
If the sauce is too thick, just add a little pasta water to create the thickness desired.

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Dry boil potatoes before mashing.
After boiling, remove potatoes from water and place in a clean heated pan.
Make sure they don’t cook anymore. Once dry, mash them.

Make Roasted Garlic in the microwave.
Place a whole bulb of garlic in a small bowl with a little oil and water.
Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap before microwaving. Cook until the garlic is soft.

To cook a perfect egg, you will only need three things: 
a thick-wall frying pan, a 1/2 tablespoon of butter, and an egg.
Cook for 4-5 minutes over a low heat. Don’t forget to add a pinch of salt.
Remember, eggs will continue to cook after being removed from the pan!

TIP: Use an egg slicer to cut and slice fruits.

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Fruit! Fruit! Fruit!

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“Eat, drink, and be merry!
For tomorrow we diet.”
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“Fat gives things flavor.” – Julia Child

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”

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“Learn how to cook! Try new recipes!
Learn from your mistakes! Be fearless! And above all have fun.”

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure.
In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
– Julia Child

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“Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park.
Enjoy the ride.”
– Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain RIP (June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018)
May his memory be a blessing!

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CV! Part 175 – SUMMERTIME! (Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs)

CV! Part 175 – SUMMERTIME! (Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs)

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Summer 2021 in Northern Hemisphere began on Sunday, June 20.,
and runs from the June Solstice to the Vernal (Fall) Equinox on September 22.
June, July, and August (and now September) are the HOT months of the year.
The days are longer and the nights are shorter (and warmer).

Monday, June 21, 2021 – It’s SUMMERTIME!
“When all else fails, take a vacation.” – Betty Williams

2:30am: Monday! We just woke up from a short nap….

7:25am: We woke up about an hour ago. We got the newspapers.
We took the dogs outside, we fed the dogs, and we took the dogs outside again.
We made an iced espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
Now we are starting our day in the Home Office.

11:30am: We went back to bed, woke up and took the dogs outside.
We ate a cold slice of leftover pizza. Then we went back to bed.
We just woke up and got the mail. Feeling’ “dazed and confused” for a bit.

2:35pm: We drank an iced espresso. We took the dogs outside.
It’s a beautiful, sunny, HOT, and very bright day.
And now we’re chillin’ in the Home Office again.

3:25pm: We just took the dogs outside again.

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2:55am Tuesday: Recapping Monday evening and night.
There was a long pursuit and it ended in a standoff. in Burbank.
AUDI builds a great car if you want to run from the cops.
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The SWAT team was called and they gassed the guy out of the car and into custody.
We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs. We took the dogs outside.

We finally made some food. We were thinking tacos, but we made a burrito.
On The Menu: Tri-tip steak burrito with fresh guacamole and salsa verde
and a Jumex mango nectar to drink
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And we fell asleep with the dogs and woke up a little before 3:00am on Tuesday.
We took the dogs outside and then put them back to bed in the bedroom.


“In the summertime, when the weather is hot,
you can reach right up and touch the sky.” – Mungo Jerry

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Mercury retrograde ends today!

  • National Chocolate Eclair Day
  • National Onion Rings Day
  • National Kissing Day
  • National HVAC Tech Day

“Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.” – William Shakespeare

3:10am: We’re awake again.

7:00am: And we are awake again. We were up for a couple hours in-between.
Okay then, GOOD MORNING. It’s f*ckin’ Tuesday. DO NOT TRAVELTUESDAY!
We haven’t had our coffee yet and we don’t feel like we slept.

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it.” – Robert Orben

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Did everyone go to Las Vegas this weekend? No, okey where did you go?
TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE TRAVELING. And THERE IS NO LONGER ANY TESTING!
Mask are still required in when traveling, but not required at the destination? WTF?
THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED!
The CoronaVirus COVID-19 Delta Variant is becoming the dominant virus strain…..
and it’s more contagious and deadly. DO NOT RELY ON THE “HONOR SYSTEM”
(and they aren’t even talking about the new virus strain from Vietnam yet)

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8:25am: We still haven’t had coffee. And we didn’t eat yet.
We got the newspapers.
We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs. We took the dogs outside.
We had the dogs in the Home Office. We took the dogs outside.
Now they’re in the bedroom. And Choreboy is here to do some stuff.

11:45am: Well Choreboy did.a little vacuuming…. and not much more.
We drank an iced espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
We got the mail. We took the dogs outside. It’s a beautiful day.
And now we’re back in the Home Office.

1:35pm: We took a short (unintended) nap with the dogs.

3:20pm: So, we are still chilling’ in the Home Office with the dogs.
And they are just sleeping.
We ate some peanut M&Ms, but now it’s time for lunch.

4:10pm:
On The Mneu: Leftover pizza and an iced espresso for lunch
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6:40pm:
We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs. We took the dogs outside.

Recapping Tuesday night: nothing happened. We watched TV and surfed the interweb.

We binge-watched “Sons of Sam” on Netflix, about “the .44 Caliber Killer” David Berkowitz
and the failure of the NYPD to properly investigate the murders after he was caught.
It was interesting, but you have to be a True Crime fan to really enjoy it, we think.

And we’re not going to Burning Man (or That Other Thing in the Desert) this year.
FREE BURN? No, a lot of people on The Playa…. without structure. TOO MUCH CHAOS.
And probably too many people – now that the pandemic is no longer an issue.
FUCK YOUR PRETEND BURN! It will be better next year. Or two years ago….

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021
It’s International Olympic Day! 
On this day in 1894, the International Olympic Committee  (IOC) was founded in Paris. Followed by 126 years of bribes and questionable practices on the name of sports. The can’t cancel the Tokyo 2020 2021 Olympics or they face financial ruin, even in the middle of a deadly pandemic.

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The Glastonbury Festival, would normally be held this week. It is a five day party that takes place in Pilton, Somerset, in England . It is the largest music and performing arts festival in the world. And it is cancelled again in 2021 because of COVID-19. Attendance: was ~203,000 people in 2019.

1:15am: Nothing happened. We took the dogs outside a couple times.
We didn’t eat dinner…. and we also need to bake banana bread.
And now it’s Wednesday. Nothing happened Tuesday.

5:50am: We’ve been awake for 20 minutes.
We posted a new Blog Post> “CV! Part 174” (the one before this one)
Wednesday morning begins now.

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6:25am: Okay! We got the newspapers and made an iced espresso.
Drink Coffee. Drink Water. We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs.
We took the dogs outside again. We did the dishes.
Now we’re chillin’ in the Home Office while we update this Blog Post.
We have to scoop the new poop (the joy of pet ownership!) we didn’t scoop,
and also do a little yard work before the gardener comes later today.
And we need to eat breakfast today, because we didn’t have dinner last night…..

but first a little “morning news”., if you can call it that.
Traffic. Okay. We are not going anywhere today….again. StayTheF*ckHome!
10 Freeway is CLOSED near Fontana, California after a Big Rig Pursuit!
It started at 1:00am, and ended with the suspect killed by the Highway Patrol.
FREE BRITNEY! Britney Spears is going to testify about her conservatorship.
And they’ll be there all day to bring us the important updates!
Eviction Moratorium extended. California will pay off the LANDLORDS.
And WHAT ABOUT THE HOMELESS LIVING ON THE BOARDWALK in Venice, CA?
Republicans and the GOP TRAITORS FILIBUSTERED
and BLOCKED THE VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATION!!!!!
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And we gave up on the news….. it might rain, it’s going to be HOT later.
Kool and the Gang open the Hollywood Bowl season on 4th of July weekend!
Forty cows escaped yesterday from a slaughterhouse/meat packing plant
and they ended up stampeding through the streets of Pico Rivera late into the night.
The cops shot and killed at least one, and ONE IS STILL MISSING, we heard,
and it was fun to watch a bunch of fools try to lasso a cow on someone’s lawn.

1:45pm: We took the dogs outside. We got the mail. Then we took a nap.
We woke up and made lunch, because we still hadn’t eaten anything.
On The Menu: Toasted cheese sandwich, dill pickle, carrot & celery sticks,
strawberries, raspberries, and a peach, with an iced espresso to drink

3:00pm: We took the dogs outside. We scooped the poop. The gardener came.

4:50pm: We waited for the gardener to finish, and then we took the dogs outside.

11:40pm: Recapping Wednesday.
We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs. We took the dogs outside.
We watched the new episode of “I’ll Be Gone In The Dark” on HBO.
WE SHAVED OUR BEARD! No more “pandemic beard”…. YES, it just happened.
MIDNIGHT BAKING! We baked two loaves of banana bread.
Trying to bake it all day, finally done at 11:30pm.

On The Menu: Banana Bread x2 (YUM! YUM!)
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Time for dinner, but I just baked two loaves of banana bread,
and it’s really really good.
And the whole house smells like hot fresh banana bread.
So, banana bread for dinner at midnight.

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Yes it’s time for dinner…. but first,
Jimmy Kimmel and Cousin Sal are messing with Aunt Chippie again.
This hasn’t happened since before the pandemic! And it’s AWESOME!

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Thursday, June 24, 2021 – FULL “strawberry” MOON Tonight.
Read our Blog Post “Intergalactic! Planetary!” and check out our SPACE LINKS!
“King Tide” in SoCal: Big waves, sand berms, and possible coastal flooding.

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3:05am: AM on Thursday. We vacuumed the Home Office.
We took the dogs outside, and into the kitchen, and into the Home Office.
And we just took a shower.

9:30am: We woke up at 8:00am. We got the newspapers and made an iced espresso.
We prepped the dogs’ breakfast. We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs.
We took the dogs outside again. We are “dumping” all the pictures on our cell phone.
Time to get a new one….

11:25am: We are chillin’ in the Home Office with the dogs.
The housekeeper is here. We gave her Monday off., so there’s stuff for her to do.
We made another iced espresso and we got the mail. We ate a slice of banana bread.
It’s a beautiful day again, but it’s also noisy trash pickup day in the neighborhood.

WE DON’T CARE ABOUT BRITNEY SPEARS! (because itt’s “BIG NEWS” today)
WE DO NOT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT HER CONSERVATORSHIP!
Entertainment Industry and State of California F*ckery with Lawyers!
She wanted to act “Crazy”, and they stole her money, and made her a trained chimp.
SHE IS JUST ANOTHER MUSIC BUSINESS AND HOLLYWOOD CAUTIONARY TALE.

Rudy Giuliani’s law license was suspended in New York State today!
WHEN WILL HE BE ARRESTED? HE IS A GOP TRUMP TRAITOR! LOCK HIM UP!
“America’s Mayor” is a CRIMINAL. (big surprise, right?)

4:05pm: Well, the housekeeper finished and left. We took the dogs outside.
We took a little nap. We woke up and made some lunch and an iced espresso to drink.
On The Menu: Steak, bean, and cheese burrito with fresh guacamole and salsa verde.
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Recapping Thursday evening and night at 4:45am on Friday.
We took the dogs outside and fed the dogs. We took the dogs outside.

We watched a live pursuit from Oakland.
Stolen Audi SUV, they crashed it and two ran. But they didn’t go too far.
3 suspects in custody. (and this fool tried jumping fences with a helicopter overhead)
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On The Menu: Fruits and veggies with pita chips.
Mango, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, carrot & celery sticks, dill pickle,
with pita chips, and an iced espresso to drink at 10:30pm
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Goodnight Conan O’Brien!

THE BIG DAY IS (finally) HERE!
We watched the Grand Opening of Resorts World in Las Vegas LIVE on Youtube.
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The Vloggers were all there, with livestreams of the opening night festivities.
We briefly thought about making a reservation and driving to Nevada…..
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And there were NO MASKS and NO SOCIAL DISTANCING!
The COVID-19 is apparently over if thousands of people can party without worry….

Seriously, does anyone else think we are STUPID?
We mean humans as a species are F*CKING STUPID..
Are we going to just forget the last SIXTEEN MONTHS OF FORCED SELF-ISOLATION?
Or Trump and the GOP Traitors’ four years of CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY?


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The California Mid-State Fair runs for 12 days July. 21 – August 1
at the Paso Robles Event Center

The Orange County Fair in California runs July 16 – August 15, 2021
at the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA

The Orange County Fair in New York runs July 15 – August 1, 2021
at the Orange County Fairgrounds and Speedway in Middleton, NY

The San Diego County Fair runs June 11 – July 4, 2021
at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (Wed-Sun 11am-9pm daily)
“Smaller in scale than the fair and limited in attendance”

The Ventura County Fair 2021 is canceled for the second year in a row

The Santa Barbara County Fair runs July 14- July 18, 2021
at the Santa Maria Fairpark (also a Virtual Livestock Show and Auction!)

The Santa Cruz County Fair runs September 15-19, 2021

The Los Angeles County Fair returns May 5-30, 2022 (no Fair this year)

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STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
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WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK! WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK!

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
end of the line.

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UPDATED 7-12-2021:
Steve Aoki is DJing at HAKKASAN and Wet Republic’s Pool Parties
in Las Vegas, Nevada. And Tieste DJed at the Resorts World Opening Night.
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Delaware.

Delaware.

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Delaware’s scenic beauty, low taxes, and affordable housing
make this tiny state a wonderful place to live, work and play.

ADVICE FOR ANYONE MOVING TO DELAWARE…or just visiting.

1. The Beach traffic is horrible and never stops. It is like this year round.
This also applies to the state fair, Nascar, firefly, and any and all other events happening in Delaware.
2. It’s a different world below the canal. “Lower Slower Delaware”
3. If you do run your car into a ditch, don’t panic.
Four men in the cab of a four wheel drive with a 12-pack of beer and a tow chain will be along shortly. Don’t try to help them. Just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.
4. Remember: “Y’all” is singular. “All y’all” is plural. “All y’all’s” is plural possessive.
5. Get used to the phrase: “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”
And the collateral phrase: “You call this hot? Wait ’til August”
6. Don’t tell us how you did it up there. Nobody cares.
7. If you think it’s too hot, don’t worry. It will cool down in December (if you are lucky)
8. A Mercedes-Benz is not a status symbol. A Chevy, Dodge, or Ford is.
9. If someone says they’re “fixin” to do something, that doesn’t mean anything’s broken.
10. The value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door, but by the availability of shade.
11. If you see a slower moving vehicle on a two lane road pull onto the shoulder, that is called “courtesy”.
12. BBQ is a food group. It does NOT mean the act of grilling burgers and hot dogs outdoors.
13. Yes, weddings, funerals, and divorces must take into consideration Football games.
14. Everything is better with Ranch dressing.
15. DO NOT honk your horn at us to be obnoxious, we will sit there until we die.
16. We pull over and stop for emergency vehicles to pass.
17. We pull over for funeral processions, turn our music off and men remove hats or caps. Some people put their hand over their heart.
18. “Bless your Heart” is a nice way of saying you’re an idiot.
19. No matter what kind: sprite, coke, pepsi, mountain dew, it is called Soda
20. If you don’t like the weather in DELAWARE, wait 15 minutes, it will change.
21. Hughes scrapple is the best.
22. Everyone knows everyone so don’t talk shit it will get back to them!
23. Don’t speed in small towns down state (Felton , Greenwood, Harrington, etc.)
The “popo” will get you!!
24. You will get use to the smell.
25. Greenwood fire house chicken is the bomb!!!!
We ripped this from the interweb.
WELCOME TO DELAWARE!!

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President Joe Biden is from Delaware.
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was born on November 20, 1942.
(Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, raised in New Castle County, Delaware)
President of the United States 2021 to present
Vice-President of the United States 2009-2017
US Senator from the State of Delaware 1973-2009
(Elected in 1972 at age 29, reelected 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, & 2008)
New Castle County (Delaware) 4th District Councilman 1971-1973
Admitted to the State Bar of Delaware in 1969.
Attended the University of Delaware and Syracuse University.

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The first settlers in Delaware were Dutch colonists who arrived in 1611
and established the New Amsterdam Colony, which later became New York.

The state was named for the Delaware River,
which is named for Virginia’s first colonial governor,
Thomas West, an English nobleman, the third Baron De La Warr.

“The First State”
Delaware was the first of the original 13 states. Statehood: December 7, 1787.
Delaware was the “First State” to ratify the Constitution on December 7, 1787.

“Delaware is a small but diverse state, including urban cities and rural communities,
beaches, forests, and farms – with historic roots and emerging industries
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The “Diamond State”, is the nickname given to Delaware by Thomas Jefferson.
He described Delaware as a “jewel” among the states
based on its strategic location along the Eastern Seaboard.

Where is Delaware?
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Delaware is a small, flat mid-Atlantic state on the northeastern seaboard.
It is only 39 miles wide and 96 miles long, Only 2044 square miles total area.
“Small Wonder” is another nickname for Delaware given its size,
and many contributions to our country, and also for Delaware’s natural beauty.
Delaware is the second smallest state, the least populated state,
and also the sixth most densely populated state.
Delaware only has three counties, the least of any state.
Delaware is the lowest state with an average altitude of 60 feet above sea level.
Delaware’s highest point, Ebright Road, is only 448 ft. above sea level.

Population of Delaware: ~973764 people (as of 2019)

The capital of Delaware is Dover.
Wilmington is Delaware’s largest city.

State Motto: “Liberty and Independence!”
State Song: “Our Delaware”
State Colors: Colonial Blue and Buff

State Flower: Peach blossom
State Tree: American Holly
State Herb: Sweet Golden Rod
State Fruit: Strawberry
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Read our previous Blog Post “Fruit! Fruit! Fruit!”

State Bird: Blue Hen Chicken
The “Blue Hen State” is another nickname for Delaware. Named for the
Blue Hen Roosters used for cockfighting by Delaware Revolutionary War Soldiers.

State Butterfly: Tiger Swallowtail
State Insect: Ladybug
State Fish: Weakfish (Sea Trout, Yellowfin Trout)
State Marine Animal: Horseshoe Crab

State Beverage: Milk

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There is NO SALES TAX in Delaware!
Any goods or services purchased in Delaware are not be subject to taxation.
A Delaware corporation can be based in any US state,
and they are exempt from state corporate income tax in most cases.
For business owners who reside outside of Delaware, NO STATE INCOME TAX!

More than 50 percent of US publicly traded corporations are incorporated in Delaware.
That’s 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies!

Delaware is home to Dover International Speedway, aka the “Monster Mile,”
and the state hosts two NASCAR races each year.

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Delaware deeded Pea Patch Island to the government in 1813 to build Fort Delaware to protect the entrance to the Delaware River and the ports of Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia.

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Fruit! Fruit! Fruit!

Fruit! Fruit! Fruit! (and it’s good for you too)
All these “Still Life” fruit photos taken by JoshWillTravel

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Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as part of the Fruit Group.
Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen or dried and whole, cut-up or pureed.

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 “How do ya like them apples?” (An expression of gloating when someone turns the tables on someone else, the phrase originated in World War I with the “Toffee Apple” trench mortar used by British troops, in the 1959 film Rio Bravo a guy tosses a hand grenade and says the line, and it is used again famously in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting)

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“You Talkin’ To Me?” – Banana DeNiro

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“Is that a banana in your pocket?
Or are you just happy to see me?” – Mae West
(usually said when it appears someone has a boner to embarrass and draw attention to them)

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Baking Banana Bread pt 1 – Recipe, Instruction & Prep:
Baking Banana Bread pt 2 – “The Banana Bread is Baked”:

Mrs Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread recipe (live on Periscope, and now on YouTube)

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Mrs. Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread!

Here is Mrs. Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread Recipe!
Right Click “Open In New Window” for the Recipe Blog>
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“Who wants an orange whip?
Orange whip? Orange whip?
Three orange whips.” 
– John Candy in “The Blues Brothers”

“Everyone should wake up and have a fresh-squeezed orange every day. By having a fresh glass of orange juice with American oranges, you are supporting the local economy, you have all the vitamin C you need in a day, and you support the environment because you don’t use any plastic from bottles or bags.” – Jose Andres

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“The Trunk, Leaves, and Flowers of this Tree, very much resemble
those of the Orange-tree.
The Fruit, when ripe, is something longer and larger than the largest
Orange; and exceeds, in the Delicacy of its Taste, the Fruit of every
Tree in this or any of our neighbouring Islands.
It hath somewhat of the Taste of a Shaddock; but far exceeds that, as
well as the best Orange, in its delicious Taste and Flavour.”

—Description from Rev. Griffith Hughes’ 1750 Natural History of Barbados.

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The grapefruit is a subtropical citrus tree known for its sour to semi-sweet fruit. Grapefruit is a hybrid from Barbados (an accidental cross between two species, sweet orange and pomelo, both were introduced from Asia in the seventeenth century). The grapefruit’s name alludes to clusters of the fruit on the tree, which often appear similar to grapes, but it was known as the shaddock or shattuck until the 19th century. Further crosses have produced the tangelo (1905), the Minneola tangelo (1931), and the oroblanco (1984). Varieties of Texas and Florida grapefruit include: Oro Blanco, Ruby Red, Pink, Thompson, White Marsh, Flame, Star Ruby, Duncan, and Pummelo HB.

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“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin;
what else does a man need to be happy?”
– Albert Einstein

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Tangerine, she is all they claim
With her eyes of night and lips as bright as flame
Tangerine, when she dances by, senoritas stare and caballeros sigh
And I’ve seen toasts to Tangerine
Raised in every bar across the Argentine
Yes, she has them all on the run, but her heart belongs to just one
Her heart belongs to Tangerine
Tangerine, she is all they say
With mascara’d eye and chapeaux by Dache.
Tangerine, with her lips of flame
If the color keeps, Louis Philippe’s to blame.
And I’ve seen clothes on Tangerine
Where the label says “From Macy’s Mezzanine”.
Yes, she’s got the guys in a whirl, but she’s only fooling one girl
She’s only fooling Tangerine!
“Tangerine” by  Johnny Mercer & Victor Schertzinger (1941)

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“The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” – Moliere

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Fruit Juices, Canned Goods & Apple Cider Vinegar

CLICK ON ANY SMALL PIC TO SEE A LARGER PIC AND VIEW THE GALLERY
AND THEN CLICK AGAIN TO VIEW THE PIC AT FULL SIZE!

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“You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.”
– Will Rogers

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“Life is just a bowl of cherries…”
Definition of “life is just a bowl of cherries” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus: something that you say that means that life is very pleasant. This phrase is often used humorously to mean the opposite.

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“Life is just a bowl of cherries/Don’t take it serious; it’s too mysterious
You work, you save, you worry so/But you can’t take your dough when you go, go, go
So keep repeating it’s the berries/The strongest oak must fall
The sweet things in life, to you were just loaned
So how can you lose what you’ve never owned?
Life is just a bowl of cherries/So live and laugh at it all”

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Fruit Stand at Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

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Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake

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Homemade Jelly Donuts

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Watermelon is the name of a sweet edible fruit.
It is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family of flowering plants.
Originally from Africa, it is now grown worldwide.
There are more than 1000 varieties of watermelons.
Watermelon has a high water content, it is ~92% water.
Water melon has nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Vitamin C, B1, B5 and B6, and A; Potassium, Magnesium,
carotenoids (beta-carotene and lycopene), and citrulline (an amino acid).

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“I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill,
On Blueberry Hill when I found you.” – Fats Domino

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The strawberry fruit was mentioned in ancient Roman literature in reference to its medicinal use. The garden strawberry was first bred in the 1750s in Brittany, France, via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile in 1714.

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Fresh Strawberry Donuts from The Donut Man!

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Berry Panna Cotta & Berry Sorbet

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Strawberry Margarita at El Torito

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Mango Chutney

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Fruit Compote for Thanksgiving

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Fruit Stand at Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

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Angel food shortcake w/buttercream, fruit& almond slices

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“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” ― Elbert Hubbard (a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune)

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Drink – Frozen Mango Lemonade

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Fresh made raspberry lemonade

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The Cranberries are an Irish rock band who formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1989.
The band consists of vocalist Dolores O’Riordan and three other guys.

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Life is Just a Bowl of Kumquats.

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AVOCADO?
Fruit or Vegetable?

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And what about Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Corn?
(“that keep us on growing once we have been born”)

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“Mine’s bigger. My cucumber. It’s bigger. I think vegetables (fruits) can be very sensuous, don’t you?” – Eric “Otter” Stratton in “Animal House”

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Dinner at El Torito in Woodland Hills

Mexican Food! El Torito (near Warner Center) in Woodland Hills has been at this location for many, many years. Casual dining, good Americanized Mexican food, and cocktails have been the foundation for this restaurant’s success.

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ON THE MENU: Chips and salsa, Caesar salad, Mex Fix Platter: chicken & avocado roll, steak nachos, buffalo wings, quesadilla, beef taquitos with sour cream, guacamole, ranch dressing, & sweet sauce. Here’s the “food porn”:

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Dinner at El Torito – Chips & Salsa (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Dinner at El Torito – Strawberry Margarita (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Dinner at El Torito – Mexican Caesar Salad (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Dinner at El Torito – Mex Fix Appetizer Platter (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

and Deep Fried Ice Cream for dessert! Sorry, no picture because it got “inhaled”….

El Torito Restaurant 6040 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367 http://www.eltorito.com

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