Saturday, April 19, 2008

Patriots Day!!!!

Patriots Day

If your have never lived in Massachusetts or Maine you may never have heard of Patriots Day. But that day is a HOLIDAY in those two states. It is a celebration of the ride of Paul Revere that set off the Revolutionary War.
It is celebrated in Modern days by the running of the Boston Marathon and later in the day a Boston Red Sox Game. After living all over the country and never having heard of Patriots Day I was delighted to learn about it after we moved to Maine. An extra holiday.
Of course as with all holidays now it is celebrated on the nearest Monday instead now so it will be Monday the 21st instead of the traditional April 19th.
So.... to help you celebrate this day go to this site and read Longfellow's poem about Paul Revere's ride and remember how lucky we are to live in our wonderful country and are continued to be protected by loyal American's who are there to sacrifice for us.
The poem starts

Paul Revere's Ride 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive

Who remembers that famous day and year.
(click here for the whole poem)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Trigger Finger, Spring and a recipe

It is most assuredly spring. Tulips, Forsythia and daffodils are everywhere and the trees are beginning to come to life. I hope to be able to get out into the yard soon to do some cleaning up, planting and such.

However it may take a couple more weeks. I just had surgery on my right hand (I am right handed of course) for Trigger finger... I had two fingers that were so bad I couldn't do much normal with the hand. So after cortisone shots and other treatments didn't work it was decided to go for the surgery. It was pretty simple apparently and I was back using my hand that evening.... except for the wrap and bandage. Now less than a week later it is about back to normal except for the stitches which will come out next week. Then I can get back to gardening and sewing and other fun things.

Everyone knows that FRENCH'S® French Fried Onions are yummy and great for the quintessential Thanksgiving recipe Green Bean Casserole. But they have added a new classic to their recipe list.......French's Crunchy Onion Chicken. My daughter introduced me to this awhile back and now it is a favorite in our house too. The recipe for this is at their website or conveniently on the can itself.
Last night I cooked it and added a pasta salad favorite to it. And..... we had homemade Banana Cream Pie too cause we had a few overripe bananas.

I didn't take a picture of the pie but here is the dinner as it was served..... Notice I used one of my Polish Pottery dishes for the honey mustard we use as a dip for the chicken.
The recipe for the pasta salad is simple Cook up a favorite pasta, we like bow ties (farfale). Add fresh baby spinach and feta cheese, crumbled. It can be mixed to your taste, more or less spinach, more or less feta. I got the idea for this from the Deli. They sell something similar there don't know if it is exactly the same but we like it the way I make it.