Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Saute in Olive Oil, Yum!

My favorite winter/holiday vegetable:

Brussels Sprouts! Aren't they funny, growing on the stalk!

Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.

Today is:

Arba'in-e Hosseini -- Iran (40th day after Ashura)

Chichibu Yomatsuri -- Chichibu shrine, Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, Japan (one of Japan's most impressive night parties; through tomorrow) 

Christmas on the River -- Demopolis, AL, US (celebrations Southern style, including a Barbecue Cook-off; through Sunday)

Festival of the Finger Stalls -- Fairy Calendar

Holiday Ale Festival -- Portland, OR, US (beer, outdoors, in the cold, in December, but it is seriously good beer and worth it; through Sunday)

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery -- UN

National Day -- Laos; United Arab Emirates (trad.)

National Fritters Day

National Mutt Day -- US (because mixed breeds need an extra chance)

Oshiroi Matsuri -- Fukuoka, Japan (Face Paint Festival, to ask for good harvest next year)

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting -- NY, NY, US

Safety Razor Day -- the first disposable razor blades were patented by King Gillette this day in 1901

Special Education Day -- US (anniversary of the first US special education law in 1975)

Special Kids Day -- a day to make sure special needs kids get to visit Santa with whatever accomodations they require

St. Bibiana's Day (Patron of epileptics, mentally ill people, single laywomen, torture victims; against epilepsy, hangovers, headaches, insanity, mental illness; and, appropriately considering the aforementioned list, Los Angeles, CA)

Walter Plinge Day -- UK (the British equivalent to George Spelvin, a name used to disguise the fact that an actor is playing more than one part in a production, but Walter was based on a real pub owner who was generous to actors)

Birthdays Today:

Britney Spears, 1981
Nelly Furtado, 1978
Monica Seles, 1973
Lucy Liu, 1968
Randy Gardner, 1958
Dennis Christopher, 1955
Dan Butler, 1954
Stone Phillips, 1954
Cathy Lee Crosby, 1948
T. Coraghessan Boyle, 1948
Gianni Versace, 1946
William Wegman, 1943
Julie Harris, 1925
Maria Callas, 1923
Randolph Hearst, 1915
Charles Ringling, 1863
Georges Seurat, 1859

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Naked Gun(Film), 1988
"Mystery of Edwin Drood"(Musical), 1985
"Imus in the Morning"(Radio), 1961
Dancing Lady(Film), 1933 (first appearance of Fred Astaire)
"The Adventures of Charlie Chan"(Radio), 1932
Model A Ford, 1927 (first sold on this date, for $385)
"Sie Versunkene Glocke/The Sunken Bell"(Hauptmann play), 1896
"Samson et Dalila/Samson and Delilah"(Saint-Saens opera, Op. 47), 1877
"La Favorite/The Favorite"(Donizetti opera), 1840

Today in History:

The University of Leipzig opens, 1409
Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, the first synagogue in what became the United States, 1763
Napoleon defeats the Russians and Austrians at Austerlitz, 1805
The first Savings bank in the US opens, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, 1816
US President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine", 1823
US President James K. Polk declares it is the "Manifest Destiny" of the US to expand into the West, 1845
Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the US, in NYC, 1867
King Camp Gillette patents the safety razor, 1901
Pu Yi (Hsuan-T'ung) became China's Last Emperor at age 2, 1908
Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A, 1927
A team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, 1942
Riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the approval of the 1947 UN Partition Plan, 1947
The Granma yacht reaches the shores of Cuba's Oriente province and Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembark to initiate the Cuban Revolution, 1956
Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm Al Quwain form the United Arab Emirates, 1971
Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state, 1988
A coalition led by Chancellor Helmut Kohl wins the first free all-German elections since 1932, 1990
The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive, 1999
NASA announces finding an arsenic based life form on Earth, 2010


  1. I love how pretty they are in the grocery...but not so um "pretty" in my mouth :-)

  2. I didn't know they grow like this.
    I love eating them.
    Great pic.
    Happy WW!

  3. We went to a restaurant Monday night where one of the appetizers was salt and vinegar roast brussels sprouts. Delicious, except that one of them got away from me and bounded across the polished concrete floor. I have never purchased them on the stalk. Cool!

  4. I love them too. I don't understand why so many folks don't like brussel sprouts. They are fabulous.

    Have a terrific Wordless Wednesday and enjoy your favorite veggie. ☺

  5. I love brussel sprouts, but I have never seen them presented this way. I usually bake them with a spritz of olive oil, salt, and garlic pepper.

  6. love those sprouts! Happy eating!

  7. You might find it hard to believe but I love Brussel sprouts.

  8. Woot! Love that brussel sprout tree. We had yummy barbecued brussel sprouts this week. I also love them shaved into lightly blanched salads. Not just for Thanksgiving anymore.

  9. Ha! I'd forgotten how they grew like that. It looks like a little Christmas tree. All you need is some cherry tomatoes and a star on top! :)

  10. That vegetable often gets an unfair press. I love brussels sprouts though. They're even nicer when they are on the stalk as you can just take off however many you need, and the rest stay a little fresher.