Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Supposedly, the generator guy is going to come this morning.

Meanwhile, of course, I won't be here to meet up with him, because I will be teaching teens to make a souffle and supervising 2 year old's on the playground.

Our souffle recipe:

Melt 2T butter with 3 oz. chocolate (I'll be using one square of baker's chocolate and 2 squares of almond bark). Add 1/2 t vanilla and set aside.

Beat until stiff peak stage 2 egg whites, 2 T sugar, a pinch each of salt and cream of tartar.

Fold whites into yolk mix, spoon onto a baking sheet (yes, you can do a souffle this way) making 3 mounds.

Bake at 375* until puffed and set.

If you want a custard sauce to go with it, warm up a cup of milk until bubbly on the sides, but not boiling. Warm up 2 egg yolks with 2 T sugar and and 1/4 t corn starch, very gently, then add warm milk, and whisk constantly until it coats a spoon. Be careful not to overcook at this stage, or you end up with sweet scrambled eggs. Remove from heat and add a bit of vanilla or some instant coffee. Serve over the souffle.

Today is:

Battle of Britain Day, UK

Birthday of the Moon, China

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Felt Hat Day (Traditional day upon which men started to wear their winter felt hats, similar to women beginning to wear white shoes on Memorial Day)

Independence Day, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua

International Day of Democracy

King Turkey Day

Landscape-Nursery Day

Lebanon Bologna Festival, Lebanon, PA

Make a Hat Day

National Creme de Menthe Day

National Sand Sculpture Tournament

Respect for the Aged Day, Japan

St. Catherine of Genoa's Day (patron of nurses)

Birthdays Today:

Prince Harry, 1984
Dan Marino, 1961
Tommy Lee Jones, 1946
Oliver Stone, 1946
Merlin Olsen, 1940
Jackie Cooper, 1922
Fay Wray, 1907
Roy Acuff, 1903
Agatha Christie, 1890
Robert Benchley, 1889
William H. Taft, 1857
James Fenimore Cooper, 1789

Today in History:

The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy, 1616
The first Negro National Convention begins in Philadelphia, 1830
Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell becomes the first woman in the US to be ordained a minister (Congregationalist), 1853
Timothy Alder patents the typesetting machine, 1857

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