Saturday, March 31, 2007

Slogans Gone Wrong

Slogan Mis-translations from American Advertising Compaigns in Other Countries

In Taiwan, the translation of the Pepsi slogan "Come alive with the Pepsi Generation" came out in Chinese as Pepsi will bring your ancestors back from the grave.

Coors translated its slogan "Turn it loose" into Spanish, where it was read as Suffer from diarrhea.

Scandinavian vacuum manufacturer Electrolux used the following in an American campaign: Nothing sucks like an Electrolux.

The Microsoft ad slogan, as translated into Japanese: If you don't know where you want to go, we'll make sure you get taken.

When Chevrolet developed the Chevy Nova, they decided to market it heavily in Mexico, where the name translates as doesn't go. The car was later renamed Caribe.

The name Coca-Cola in China was first rendered as something that when pronounced sounded like Coca-Cola: Ke-kou-ke-la. Unfortunately, the Coke company did not discover until after thousands of signs had been printed that the characters used meant bite the wax tadpole or female horse stuffed with wax, depending on the dialect. Coke then researched 40,000 Chinese characters and found a close phonetic equivalent, Ko-kou-ko-le, which can be loosely translated as happiness in the mouth.

The Kentucky Fried Chicken slogan finger-lickin' good came out in KFC’s first Chinese campaign as eat your fingers off.

An American tee-shirt maker in Miami printed shirts for the Spanish market, promoting the Pope's visit. Instead of the desired I saw the Pope! (el Papa) Thousands of shirts proudly proclaimed in Spanish I saw the Potato! (la Papa).

In Italy, a campaign for Schweppes Tonic Water translated the name into Schweppes Toilet Water.

Sherri's Helpful Hints

Herb Substitution Chart

Basil - Oregano or thyme
Chervil - Tarragon or parsley
Chive - Green onion; onion; or leek
Cilantro - Parsley
Italian Seasoning - Blend any of these: basil, oregano, rosemary, and ground red pepper
Marjoram - Basil; thyme; or savory
Mint - Basil; marjoram; or rosemary
Oregano - Thyme or basil
Parsley - Chervil or cilantro
Poultry Seasoning - Sage plus a blend of any of these: thyme, marjoram, savory, black pepper, and rosemary
Red Pepper - Dash bottled hot pepper sauce or black pepper
Rosemary - Thyme; tarragon; or savory
Sage - Poultry seasoning; savory; marjoram; or rosemary
Savory - Thyme; marjoram; or sage
Tarragon - Chervil; dash fennel seed; or dash aniseed
Thyme - Basil; marjoram; oregano; or savory

Spice Substitution Chart

Allspice - Cinnamon; cassia; dash of nutmeg or mace; or dash of cloves
Aniseed - Fennel seed or a few drops anise extract
Cardamom - Ginger
Chili Powder - Dash bottled hot pepper sauce plus a combination of oregano and cumin
Cinnamon - Nutmeg or allspice (use only 1/4 of the amount)
Cloves - Allspice; cinnamon; or nutmeg
Cumin - Chili powder
Ginger - Allspice; cinnamon; mace; or nutmeg
Mace - Allspice; cinnamon; ginger; or nutmeg
Nutmeg - Cinnamon; ginger; or mace
Saffron - Dash turmeric (for color)

Christian Quote of the Day

See in the meantime that your faith bringeth forth obedience, and God in due time will cause it to bring forth peace.

... John Owen

RECIPE of the Day - 3/31/2007

One thing we love to cook at our house is chinese food. This is really delicious and you can also add zucchini or eggplant strips to give you even more flavor and texture.


1 oz. dried black mushrooms (Shitake), available in specialty or Oriental food shops
1 1/2 c. chicken broth
Peanut oil
3 whole boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch strips
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into julienne strips
3 stalks celery, cut on the diagonal 2 inches long and 1/4-inch thick
10 whole scallions, 4-inch of green left on
2 med. carrots, cut into julienne strips
1 head bok choy (Chinese cabbage), washed & coarsely chopped
1 can baby corn (7 oz.), drained
1/3 lb. snow peas, strings removed
1 oz. fresh ginger, peeled & minced
4 lg. cloves of garlic, peeled & minced
2 tbsp. dry sherry
1 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
Dash of hot chili oil (optional)
1 c. salted peanuts

Place mushrooms in a small saucepan. Cover with chicken broth and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let soak for 30 minutes. Drain mushrooms and reserve liquid. Cut stems off mushrooms and cut tops in half. Reserve.
In a large skillet or wok, heat 4 tablespoons of peanut oil until very hot. Saute the chicken strips in small batches until just cooked through and tender; add more peanut oil as needed. Remove chicken strips from skillet and keep warm.

Add 4 more tablespoons peanut oil to skillet and heat until very hot. Quickly saute pepper, celery and scallions for 1 minute. Add carrots and cook 1 minute more. Add bok choy, corn and snow peas; cook 1 minute longer. With a slotted spoon, remove all vegetables from skillet and reserve.

Add reserved soaking liquid, ginger, garlic, sherry, soy sauce and chili oil to skillet. Cook over high heat for 1 minute to thicken. Return vegetables to skillet and quickly coat with sauce.

Arrange chicken on the bottom of a large serving platter. Arrange vegetables on top of chicken and sprinkle with peanuts. Serve immediately.

Serves 6 to 8.

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Original Names of Celebrities

Alan Alda - Alphonso D'Abruzzo
Albert Brooks - Albert Lawrence Einstein
Anne Bancroft - Anna Maria Italiano
Barry Manilow - Barry Alan Pincus
Bela Lugosi - Be'la Ferenc Dezso Blasko
Billie Holiday - Eleanora Fagan
Bo Diddley - Elias Bates
Bob Dylan - Robert Zimmerman
Bob Hope - Leslie Townes Hope
Bobby Darin - Walden Robert Cassotto
Boris Karloff - William Henry Pratt
Buddy Holly - Charles Hardin Holley
Cary Grant - Archibald Alexander Leach
Charlie Sheen - Carlos Irwin Estevez
Charlton Heston - John Charles Carter
Chuck Norris - Carlos Ray
Conway Twitty - Harold Jenkins
Danny Kaye - David Daniel Kaminski
Dean Martin - Dino Crocetti
Demi Moore - Demetria Guynes
Doris Day - Doris Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff
Elton John - Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Engelbert Humperdinck - Arnold Dorsey
Ernest Borgnine - Ermes Effron Borgnino
Frankie Valli - Francis Castelluccio
Fred Astaire - Frederick Austerlitz
Freddie Mercury - Faroukh Bulsara
Gale Storm - Josephine Owaissa Cottle
Gene Wilder - Jerome Silberman
Ginger Rogers - Virginia Katherine McMath
Greta Garbo - Greta Lovisa Gustafsson
Groucho Marx - Julius Henry Marx
Harry Houdini - Ehrich Weiss
Jerry Lewis - Joseph Levitch
Joan Crawford - Lucille Fay LeSueur
Jodie Foster - Alicia Christian Foster.
John Denver - Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.
John Ford - Sean Aloysius O'Fearna
John Wayne - Marion Michael Morrison
Judy Garland - Frances Gumm
Judy Holliday - Judith Tuvim
Kirk Douglas - Issur Danielovitch Demsky
Lauren Bacall - Betty Joan Perske
Mark Twain - Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Martin Sheen - Ramón Estévez
Meg Ryan - Margaret Mary Emily Ann Hyra
Mel Brooks - Melvin Kaminsky
Michael Caine - Maurice Micklewhite
Michael Keaton - Michael John Douglas
Mother Teresa - Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
Mr. T - Lawrence Tero
Natalie Wood - Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko
Jack Palance - Volodymyr Palahniuk in Ukraine.
Ringo Starr - Richard Starkey
Rock Hudson - Roy Harold Scherer Jr.
Shania Twain - Eileen Regina Edwards
Stevie Wonder - Steveland Morris
Susan Hayward - Edythe Marrenner
Susan Sarandon - Susan Abigail Tomalin
The Rock - Dwayne Douglas Johnson
Tina Turner - Anna Mae Bullock
Tom Cruise - Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
Tony Curtis - Bernard Schwartz
Vivien Leigh - Vivian Mary Hartley
William Holden - William Franklin Beedle Jr.
Whoopie Goldberg - Caryn Johnson
Woody Allen - Allen Stewart Konigsberg

Sherri's Helpful Hints

Sweet Onion Varieties

Vidalia Onions

This is perhaps the most well-known of the sweet onion varieties. It was first grown in Toombs County, Georgia, but it came to Georgia from Texas. It is by law grown only in thirteen counties and portions of seven others in southeast Georgia. The soil and climatic conditions in these defined areas combine to produce the sweeter granex hybrid trademarked as Vidalia onions. The city of Vidalia was the site of a Farmer's Market since it was located at the junction of several heavily-traveled highways. The sweet granex onion came to be called after this hub city. Vidalias are harvested from late April through mid-June, and thanks to controlled-atmosphere storage, they are available through December. The Vidalia onion is a light golden-brown bulb with a white interior, rounded at the bottom and somewhat flat on the top stem end.

Texas 1015

The grandfather of this variety was the grano, originally imported from Valencia, Spain in 1925. The 1015Y variety was developed at Texas A&M University as a strain which was more resistant to pink root disease than the Grano varieties. Prime time for Texas 1015s is April through June. It derives its name from its ideal planting date, October 15. Horticulturist Leonard Pike is responsible for isolating the tear-causing chemical pyruvate and decreasing its presence to result in the sweet 1015. This variety can grow to softball-size, with optimum size being 3-4 inches in diameter. Its single-center design makes it a perfect candidate for fried onion rings. From the university home of the 1015, this small recipe collection includes a fool-proof recipe for onion rings.

Walla Walla

Named for the Washington city, these sweet onions originated on the Island of Corsica off the west coast of Italy. The seeds were brought to Walla Walla (Native American for "many waters") in the late 1800s. Law also controls the marketing of Walla Walla Sweet onions, which must be grown in a specified area of the Walla Walla valley to claim the name. This variety is available from June through August.

Other Sweet Onions

Imperial Sweets, derivatives of of the grano and granex varieties, are grown in the Imperial valley of California, and are available from late April through early June.

Oso Sweet onions hail from South America and are said to contain fifty percent more sugar than Vidalias. Osos are avaliable from January through March.

Maui Sweets come to us from the Hawaiian island of the same name and are available from April to July.

Other varieties may also be marketed as Bermuda sweet onions.

Some Italian Red varieties are also mild and sweet enough to join this category, but simply choosing by the characteristic deep red-maroon color will not always guarantee a sweet onion. Red Italian onions are usually used raw and are an excellent choice to give a color boost to salads and sandwiches.

Sweet Onion Health Benefits

Onions contain more than one hundred sulfur-containing compounds. These sulfur compounds are what cause the eyes to tear up when cutting onions. One particular sulfur compound has been found to prevent the biochemical chain of events that lead to asthma and respiratory ailments.

Onions are rich in flavonoids which have been shown to deactivate several potent carcinogens and tumor promoters as well as interfere with the growth of estrogen-sensitive cells involved in breast cancer.

Last but not least, an onion a day can raise HDL's (good cholesterol), resulting in lower blood pressure and prevention of blood clots.

One-half cup of raw onion has 30 calories; one-half cup of boiled has 45. Onions also contain generous amounts of Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, and folic acid.

Seasonal Onions

Onions can be divided into two categories: spring/summer fresh onions and fall/winter storage onions.

Spring/summer Fresh Onions

Spring/summer fresh onions are available in yellow, red and white throughout their season, March through August. Fresh onions can be identified by their thin, light-colored skin. Because they have a higher water content, they are typically sweeter and milder than storage onions. This higher water content also makes them more susceptible to bruising.

With its delicate taste, the spring/summer onion is an ideal choice for salads and other fresh and lightly-cooked dishes.

Fall/winter Storage Onions

Fall/winter storage onions are available August through April. Also available in yellow, red and white, storage onions have multiple layers of thick, dark, papery skin. Storage onions have an intense flavor and a higher percentage of solids.

Storage onions are the best choice for savory dishes that require longer cooking times or more flavor.

The Color of Onions

Onions come in three colors - yellow, red, and white. Approximately 87 percent of the crop is devoted to yellow onion production, with about 8 percent red onions and 5 percent white onions.

Yellow onions are full-flavored and are a reliable standby for cooking almost anything. Yellow onions turn a rich, dark brown when cooked and give French Onion Soup its tangy sweet flavor.

The red onion, with its wonderful color, is a good choice for fresh uses or in grilling and char-broiling.

White onions are the traditional onion used in classic Mexican cuisine. They have a golden color and sweet flavor when sautéed.

Onion Sizes

Onions range in size from less than 1 inch in diameter (creamers/boilers) to more than 4.5 inches in diameter (super colossal). The most common sizes of onions sold in the United States are the medium (2 to 3 ¼ inches in diameter) and the jumbo (3 to 3 ¾ inches in diameter).

Christian Quote of the Day

God may thunder His commands from Mount Sinai and men may fear, yet remain at heart exactly as they were before. But let a man once see his God down in the arena as a Man, -- suffering, tempted, sweating, and agonized, finally dying a criminal's death - and he is a hard man indeed who is untouched.

... J. B. Phillips

RECIPE of the Day - 3/30/2007

This is a delicious stroganoff that is as easy as it gets. Slow cookers are definitely a mom's best appliance on busy days.


2 lbs. steak, cut in 1/2-inch strips
1 tbsp. cooking oil
1 c. water
2 (6 oz.) cans mushrooms
1 pkg. onion soup mix
1 tbsp. flour
1 c. sour cream

Brown steak; put in cooker. Stir in water, mushrooms and soup mix. Cook on HIGH 5-6 hours. Now combine flour and sour cream; stir into steak mixture. Cover and cook 1/2 hour longer. Serve over hot cooked noodles.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Daffy Definitions

For Parents

Feedback: The inevitable result when a baby doesn't appreciate the mashed carrots.

Hearsay: What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.

Puddle: A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes.

Top Bunk: Where you should never put a child wearing Superman pajamas.

Whoops: An exclamation that translates roughly into "get a washrag."

Scientists Definitions

"It has long been known" - I didn't look up the original reference.

"Of great theoretical and practical importance" - Interesting to me.

"While it has not been possible to provide definite answers to these questions" - An unsuccessful experiment but I still have to get it published.

"Three of the samples were chosen for detailed study" - The results of the others didn't make any sense.

"Typical results are shown" - The best results are shown.

"These results will be shown in a subsequent report" - I might get around to this sometime if I'm pushed.

"The most reliable results are those obtained by Jones" - He was my graduate assistant.

"It is believed that" - I think

"It is generally believed that" - A couple of other guys think so, too.

"It is clear that much additional work will be required before a complete understanding occurs" - I don't understand it.

"Correct within an order of magnitude" - Wrong

"It is hoped that this study will stimulate further investigations in this field" - This is a lousy paper, but so are all the others on this miserable topic.

"Thanks are due to Joe Blotz for assistance with the experiment and to George Frink for valuable assistance" - Blotz did the work and Frink explained to me what it meant.

Sherri's Helpful Hints

Choosing the Right Herbs and Spices for Specific Foods

Beans (dried) - cumin, cayenne, chili, parsley, pepper, sage, savory, thyme

Beef - basil, bay, chili, cilantro, curry, cumin, garlic, marjoram, mustard, oregano, parsley, pepper, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme

Breads - anise, basil, caraway, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, dill, garlic, lemon peel, orange peel, oregano, poppy seeds, rosemary, saffron, sage, thyme

Cheese - basil, caraway, celery seed, chervil, chili, chives, coriander, cumin, dill, garlic, horseradish, lemon peel, marjoram, mint, mustard, nutmeg, paprika, parsley, pepper, sage, tarragon, thyme

Chicken - allspice, basil, bay, cinnamon, curry, dill, fennel, garlic, ginger lemongrass, mustard, paprika, rosemary, saffron, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme

Corn - chili, curry, dill, marjoram, parsley, savory, thyme

Eggs - basil, chervil, chili, chives, curry, dill, fennel, ginger, lemon peel, marjoram, oregano, paprika, parsley, pepper, sage, tarragon, thyme

Fish - anise, basil, bay, cayenne, celery seed, chives, curry, dill fennel, garlic, ginger, lemon peel, mustard, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme, saffron, sage, savory, tarragon, marjoram

Fruits - allspice, anise, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, ginger, mint

Lamb - basil, bay, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, curry, dill, garlic, marjoram, mint, mustard, oregano, parsley, rosemary, savory, tarragon, thyme

Potatoes - basil, caraway, celery seed, chervil, chives, coriander, dill, marjoram, oregano, paprika, parsley, poppy seed, rosemary, tarragon, thyme

Salad Dressings - basil, celery seed, chives, dill, fennel, garlic, horseradish, marjoram, mustard, oregano, paprika, parsley, pepper, rosemary, saffron, tarragon, thyme

Salads - basil, caraway, chives, dill, garlic, lemon peel, lovage, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme

Soups - basil, bay, chervil, chili, chives, cumin, dill, fennel, garlic, marjoram, parsley, pepper, rosemary, sage, savory, thyme

Sweets - allspice, angelica, anise, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, ginger, lemon peel, mace, nutmeg, mint, orange peel, rosemary

Tomatoes - basil, bay , celery seed, cinnamon, chili, curry, dill, fennel, garlic, ginger, gumbo file, lemongrass, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rosemary, savory, tarragon, thyme

How to Dry Fresh Herbs

1. Gently wash herbs and pat dry with paper towels.
2. Tie two to three stalks together.
3. Hang upside down in an airy, dry spot.
4. Herbs will dry in one to two weeks under favorable conditions.
5. When herbs are dry and crumbly, remove leaves from stems.
6. Crush leaves with a rolling pin or leave whole.
7. Pack in an airtight container or zip-top bag with air removed.
8. Use within 6 months.


Pick best leaves just before herbs bloom.
Harvest in early morning as soon as dew has evaporated.
Herbs only hold their potency for about 6 months.

Christian Quote of the Day

Some day, we hope, study will be as much a part of churchmanship as worship and financial support are today. To be sure, the church of Jesus Christ must be more than just a "studying" church. But it cannot be less than a studying church and still be faithful to its Lord.

... Carl R. Smith and Robert W. Lynn

RECIPE of the Day - 3/29/2007

Strawberries and ricotta cheese with a delicious strawberry glaze....need I say more.


2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese
1 lb. Ricotta cheese
1 1/2 c. sugar
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 pt. sour cream
3 tbsp. cornstarch
3 tbsp. flour
1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butter, melted

2 (10 oz.) pkgs. frozen strawberries
4 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 c. strawberry liquid

Beat cream cheese and Ricotta until creamy. Add sugar and eggs. On low speed add cornstarch, flour, lemon juice and vanilla. Add sour cream and butter. Beat until smooth.

Pour into a 9 inch greased springform pan. Bake 325 degrees 1 hour 10 minutes. Turn oven off and let stand in oven for 2 hours. Do not open oven!

Glaze: Combine sugar and cornstarch in a small pan. Add strained strawberry liquid. Stir until smooth. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until boiling. When mixture is translucent remove from heat. Cool. Add strained strawberries. When cake is completely cool spread glaze on top.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Sherri's Helpful Hints

Ham Varieties Chart

Aged Hams - These are heavily cured, smoked hams that have been hung to age from one to seven (yes seven!) years. They are covered in a mold which must be scraped and washed off prior to eating.

Bayonne Ham - This French ham hails from Bearn or the Basque region, most simply cured with Bayonne salt. These are raw, uncooked hams. Afficionados enjoy raw slices on buttered peasant bread.

Boneless, Bone-in, Partially-Bones - Self-explanatory. Partially-boned hams have the hip and/or shank bones removed. Hams with the bone(s) left in are generally more flavorful.

Brine-Cured - The meat is soaked in brine and then smoked. This is the most common variety at standard grocery stores. They can vary widely in quality.

Canadian Bacon - A lean cut taken from eye of the loin of the middle back. It is precooked smoked meat. It is much more akin to ham than to bacon. Also referred to as back bacon in some areas.

Canned Ham - Can consist of a whole piece of meat or bits and pieces pressed together into a form and fused with a gelatin mixture.

Country-Cured - Hogs are generally fed on nuts and fruit to produce a more flavorful and tender meat. Must be cured, aged and dried at least 70 days. They are usually dry-cured in salt, then smoked over fragrant hardwoods and aged at least six months. The meat may be drier, depending on the length of aging. A mold will most likely form, which is simply scraped and washed away. Also known as country-style ham. These are also called "old hams" in Kentucky. Most country-cured hams are uncooked and need to be cooked using a special process. Check the label.

Culatello - This Italian ham is cured and soaked in wine during aging. It is lean and rosy red, with a clean, delicate flavor. A popular component of antipasto platters.

Cured Ham - Pork which has gone through and of a variety of curing processes to preserve the meat.

Dry Curing - The entire surface of the meat is thoroughly covered with salt and then stored untl the salt permeates the meat thereby preserving it.

FDA Ham Labeling Ham: contains no added water and at least 20.5 percent protein after removal of fat.

Ham with natural juices: contains at least 18.5 percent protein.

Ham, water added: contains up to 10 percent added water, but at least 17 percent protein.

Ham and water product: contains any amount of water (amount must be listed).

Fresh ham - Raw, uncooked port cut of meat from the hog's hind leg. Must be cooked prior to eating.

Fully-Cooked - Heated to an internal temperature of 148 degrees F. or above. Need not be heated prior to serving. Can be eaten right from the wrapper or reheated to an internal temperature of 130 degrees F. to release a richer flavor.

Gammon - From an Old Northern French word "Gambe" for hind- leg of the pig or ham; popular in Great Britain.

Ham Portions Halves with the center slices removed.

Injection-Curing - The process of injecting brine into the meat. This method may also be combined with other curing techniques.

Irish Ham - Belfast is famous for their pickled or brined hams, but what gives them their own unique flavor is the process of smoking over peat fires. Like country-cured hams, they must be soaked, scrubbed, simmered and then baked before eating.

Partially-Cooked - Heated to at least 137 degrees F., the minimum temperature needed to kill trichina parasite. Most commercial manufacturers cook to an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. Must be cooked prior to serving.

Picnic Ham - Meat from the upper part of the foreleg of the hog, including a portion of the shoulder. It is not a true ham, but a less expensive substitute for regular ham, although less tender in texture. It is also referred to as picnic shoulder or pork shoulder. They can be fresh or smoked. Smoked picnic hams are very similar to traditionaly hams.

Prosciutto - Italian ham. The meat is seasoned, salt-cured, and air-dried. It is not smoked. The meat is pressed into a dense, firm texure. Parma ham is true prosciutto. Other varieties are now made in the USA. Italian prosciuttos include prosciutto cotto (cooked) and prosciutto crudo (uncooked, but cured and ready to eat). Others are named for the region in Italy in which they were made. Prosciutto is generally eaten as-is or added during the last cooking stages. Extended cooking of prosciutto toughens the meat. Prosciutto Recipes.

Ready-To-Eat - Hams Same as fully cooked. Can be eaten right from the wrapper or reheated to an internal temperature of 130 degrees F. to release a richer flavor.

Scotch Ham - Once made in Scotland, this term now refers to uncooked, boneless, mildly cured hams sold in casings.

Smithfield Ham - A variety of country-cured ham made in Smithfield, Virginia, USA. It is coated with salt, sodium nitrate, and sugar, refrigerated for five days, salted again, refrigerated again for one day per pound of meat, washed, refrigerated for another two weeks, smoked for ten days, and then aged six to twelve months. In order to be labeled a Smithfield, the ham must be cured in the described manner within the city of Smithfield, VA. The meat is deep red in color, dry, with a pungent flavor. Considered a gourmet's choice, they are rather expensive and need to be cooked long and slow before eating.

Sweet-Pickle Curing - The meat is covered in a seasoned sweet brine, sometimes referred to as sugar-cured where brown sugar or molasses is added to the cure mix.

Urban-Style - This is the style used by commercial manufacturers to produce mass quantities, usually using an injection-curing method. Also known as city hams. The meat is less expensive because the processing is shorter and less complicated. The end result is invariably much blander in taste than country-style.

Westphalian Ham - Made from pigs fed with acorns in the Westphalia forest of Germany. It is cured and then slowly smoked over a mixture of beechwood and juniper woods, resulting in a very dark brown, dense ham with a light smoky flavor. It is considered one of the best and as such is pricey. Black Forest ham is similar.

York Ham - From England, this mild-flavored ham has delicate pink meat and must be cooked like country-cured ham before eating. It is traditionally served with Madeira Sauce.

Christian Quote of the Day

Peace comes when there is no cloud between us and God. Peace is the consequence of forgiveness, God's removal of that which obscures His face and so breaks union with Him. The happy sequence culminating in fellowship with God is penitence, pardon, and peace -- the first we offer, the second we accept, and the third we inherit.

... Charles H. Brent

RECIPE of the Day - 3/28/2007

This pasta has the most incredible flavor. If you love mushrooms as much as I do, you will love this. The parmesan and cream make this very rich and for a little added boost of flavor, try adding a tablespoon of chives - mmmmmmm!

Angel Hair Pasta with Porcini and Cream

1/2 oz. Dried porcini mushrooms
3 T. Olive oil
1/2 C. Chopped shallots
3/4 lb. Fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 C. whipping cream
3/4 C. Angel hair pasta
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese
pinch of Salt and pepper to taste

1. Place the porcini in a small bowl and and 1/2 cup warm water. Allow to soak 45 minutes. Drain, reserving the liquid. Heat a large frying pan. Add the oil and shallots, and saute a minute. Add the fresh mushrooms and saute until tender. Chop the porcini coarsely and add to the frying pan, along with the reserved liquid. Simmer until most of the liquid is evaporated.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil along with a pinch of salt. In a separate bowl, whip the cream until it holds soft peaks. Refrigerate the whipped cream until the pasta is cooked. Cook the pasta in the boiling water until al dente. Drain well, return the drained pasta to the pot and add the mushroom mixture, cheese, whipped cream and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Using a large spatula, fold all of the ingredients together. Do this quickly, yet carefully, so that the whipped cream doesn't collapse entirely. You may want to save a bit of the whipped cream to dollop on top of the pasta as a garnish.

Serve immediately.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Sherri's Helpful Hints

More Uses for Everyday Items

Colgate Regular Tooth Paste

Polish silverware, silver, or gold. Colgate will shine up silver and gold. Rinse thoroughly.

Clean piano keys. Squeeze Colgate on a damp cloth. Rub the keys well, wipe dry, and buff with a soft, dry cloth. After all, ivory is made from an elephant's tusk.

Remove ink spots from cloth. Squeeze Colgate on spot, scrub, and rinse thoroughly.

Dry up acne pimples. Dab Colgate on pimples as you would use Clearasil.

Remove crayon from walls. Brush the marks with Colgate on an old toothbrush.

Remove scratches on glassware. Polish with a dollop of Colgate.

Deodorize smelly hands. Squeeze an inch of Colgate into your palm and wash hands under running water.

Remove Kool-aid moustaches from kids' faces. Rub on Colgate and rinse thoroughly.

Remove tar from the bottom of bare feet. Squeeze on Colgate and rub.

Deodorize "sour" baby bottles. Scrub with Colgate and a bottle brush.

Remove scuffs on shoes. Apply Colgate with a tissue, rub, and wipe off.

Fill small holes in walls. Use a small dab of Colgate as emergency spackling to fill in small holes in plaster walls. Let dry before painting.

Kingsford's Corn Starch

Kill cockroaches. Mix equal parts Kingsford's Corn Starch and plaster of Paris. Sprinkle the mixture in cracks and crevices. Cockroaches will eat the mixture and "petrify."

Cure athlete's foot. Sprinkle Kingsford's Corn Starch on your feet and in your shoes to absorb moisture and reduce friction.

Relieve sunburn pain. Add enough water to Kingsford's Corn Starch to make a paste, and apply directly to the burn.

Clean a carpet. Sprinkle Kingsford's Corn Starch on the carpet, wait thirty minutes, then vacuum clean.

Clean blood stains. Immediately cover the spot with a paste of Kingsford's Corn Starch and cold water. Rub gently, place the object in the sun until dry to draw the blood into the corn starch, then brush off. Repeat if necessary.

Make spray starch for clothing. Mix one tablespoon Kingsford's Corn Starch and one pint cold water. Stir to dissolve the corn starch completely. Fill a spray bottle and use as you would any starch. Be sure to shake vigorously before each use.

Substitute for baby powder and talcum powder. Apply Kingsford's Corn Starch sparingly when diapering a baby. Corn starch is actually more absorbent than talcum powder, but apply lightly since it does cake more readily.

Help rubber gloves slip on easily. Sprinkle Kingsford's Corn Starch inside the gloves.

Shine your car. When buffing your car, sprinkle a tablespoon of Kingsford's Corn Starch on the wipe rag to remove excess polish easily.

Shampoo your hair. Kingsford's Corn Starch can be used as a dry shampoo. Work into your hair, then brush out.

Prevent or kill mildew in damp books. Sprinkle Kingsford's Corn Starch throughout the book to absorb the moisture from damp pages, wait several hours, then brush clean. If the pages are mildewed, brush the corn starch off outdoors to keep mildew spores out of the house.

Detangle knots. Sprinkle a stubborn knot with a little Kingsford's Corn Starch.

Make fingerpaints. Mix one-quarter cup Kingsford's Corn Starch with two cups cold water, boil until thick, pour into small containers, and color with McCormick or Schilling Food Coloring.

Absorb excess polish from furniture. After polishing furniture, sprinkle on a little Kingsford's Corn Starch and rub wood with a soft cloth.

Clean silver. Make a paste with Kingsford's Corn Starch and water. Apply with a damp cloth, let dry, then rub off with cheesecloth

Remove grease or oil stains from smooth fabric. Apply Kingsford's Corn Starch to the spot, wait twelve hours, brush off, then launder as usual.

Make white clown makeup. Mix two tablespoons Kingsford's Corn Starch with one tablespoon solid shortening. Too add color, add McCormick or Schilling Food Coloring.

Give your dog a dry shampoo. Rub Kingsford's Corn Starch into your dog's fur, then comb and brush out.

Clean stuffed animals. Rub Kingsford's Corn Starch into the toy, let stand for five minutes, then brush off.

Prevent pastry dough from sticking to the cutting board and rolling pin. Sprinkle the cutting board and rolling pin with tasteless Kingsford's Corn Starch before rolling out the dough.

Clean a deck of playing cards. Place the deck of cards into a paper bag, adding four tablespoons Kingsford's Corn Starch, and shake briskly. Remove the cards from the bag and wipe clean.

Soothe skin irritations. Apply a paste made of equal parts Kingsford's Corn Starch, zinc oxide, and castor oil.

Thicken gravy. Corn starch has twice the thickening power of flour. When a gravy, sauce, soup, or stew recipe calls for flour, use half as much corn starch to thicken. One tablespoon of corn starch equals two tablespoons flour.

Relieve the pain and discomfort caused by hemorrhoids. Ben Charles Harris, author of Kitchen Medicines, suggests mixing one tablespoon Kingsford's Corn Starch in enough water to make a paste, gradually adding more water to measure a pint, boiling the mixture for a few minutes, allowing it to cool, and then using it in an enema.

All the Uses for Everyday Products are taken from Joey Greene's site.

Christian Descriptions

In describing how Christians should live, Paul often resorts to analogies or metaphors. The following describes some of the metaphors of the Christian life in the New Testament.

Soldiers - 2 Timothy 2:3, 4
Like a single-minded soldier, we should respond to the orders of our commanding officer, the Lord Jesus, with unquestioning obedience.

Farmers - 2 Timothy 2:6
Farmers labor strenuously and consistently in order to reap a fruitful harvest. We must also work hard in serving the Lord.

Athletes – 2 Timothy 2:5
Athletes follow strict training rules so as to avoid being disqualified from their race; we must display a similar measure of self-control.

Workers – 2 Timothy 2:15
Our work is to “rightly divide” or correctly handle God’s Word so as to avoid shame.

Vessels – 2 Timothy 2:20, 21
We must take care to keep ourselves pure, like a clean dish, so that we will be “useful for the Master.”

Fishers of men – Matthew 4:19
As fishermen we are called to “catch” men with the Good News of Christ.

Salt – Matthew 5:13
As salt, we act as a godly preservative in an evil society; moreover, we make people thirsty to know their Creator.

Light – Matthew 5: 14-16
As light, we point the way to reconciliation with God, and we reflect God’s character, for He is the Light. (John 1:7)

Branches – John 15:5
As branches, we bear godly fruit as long as we are attached to the Vine, Christ.

Stewards – 1 Corinthians 4:1, 2
Like administrators, we have responsibilities to manage. God will evaluate how we have handled the resources he has given us.

Ambassadors – 2 Corinthians 5:20
We are representatives of God’s kingdom to the lost citizens of this world.

Living stones – 1 Peter 2:5
In former days, God dwelt in a physical temple; now he dwells in His people, the church.

Priests – 1 Peter 2:5, 9, 10
Like priests, we have the privilege of approaching near to God, and the responsibility of helping others in reconciling themselves to Him.

Sojourners - 1 Peter 2:11
As children of God, we do not belong to this world. This world is not our home; we are only “passing through.”

Christian Quote of the Day

Steadfastness in believing doth not exclude all temptations from without. When we say a tree is firmly rooted, we do not say the wind never blows upon it.

... John Owen

RECIPE of the Day - 3/26/2007

These apricot bars are perfectly spiced and moist. The apricot icing adds extra flavor and sweetness to make a great bar cookie.

Spiced Apricot Bars

1 C. flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. ground cardamom (or cinnamon)
1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. apricot nectar (or orange juice)
1/4. C. applesauce
2 T. cooking oil
1/2 C. finely snipped dried apricots
1 recipe Apricot Icing

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cardamom; set aside. Stir together egg, brown sugar, apricot nectar, applesauce and oil until combined. Add egg mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Stir in apricots.

Spread batter in an ungreased 11x7x1 1/2' baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 2 hours and drizzle with Apricot Icing. Cut into 24 bars.

Apricot Icing

In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 C. powdered sugar (triple sifted) and enough apricot nectar or orange juice (2 to 3 t.) to make icing of drizzling consistency.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Sherri's Helpful Hints

More Uses for Everyday Items

Lip Balm

Stop bleeding while shaving. Dab on some ChapStick if you nick yourself.

Prevent car battery corrosion. Smear ChapStick on clean car battery terminals.

Lubricate a zipper. Rub ChapStick along the teeth of the zipper to make it zip smoothly.

Moisturize skin. Rubbing ChapStick on your face protects the skin from windburn while snow skiing.

Remove a ring stuck on a finger. Coat finger with ChapStick and slide the ring off.

Lubricate nails and screws. Nails and screws rubbed with ChapStick will go into wood more easily.

Groom a mustache or eyebrows. A little ChapStick will keep the ends of a mustache waxed together and keep bushy eyebrow hairs in place.

Shine leather shoes. In a pinch, rub ChapStick over the leather and buff with a dry, clean cloth.

Lubricate furniture drawers and windows. Rub ChapStick on the casters of drawers and windows so they slide open and shut easily.

Prevent hair coloring from dying your skin. Rub ChapStick along your hairline before coloring your hair.

Cool Whip

Shine your shoes. Use a tablespoon of Cool Whip on your leather shoes, and shine.

Soothe sunburn pain. Spread Cool Whip on the sunburn, let sit for twenty minutes, then rinse clean with lukewarm water.

Thaw frozen fish. Place the frozen fish in a pan and cover with Cool Whip. The desert topping eliminates the frozen taste, returning the fresh-caught flavor.

Condition your hair. Apply one-half cup Cool Whip to dry hair once a week as a conditioner. Leave on for thirty minutes, then rinse a few times before shampooing thoroughly.

Soothe the burn on the roof of your mouth from hot pizza. Fill your mouth with Cool Whip to coat the lesion.

Clean plant leaves. Using a soft cloth, wipe Cool Whip on each leaf.

Give yourself a moisturizing facial. Cool Whip helps moisten dry skin when applied as a face mask. Wait twenty minutes, then wash it off with warm water, followed by cold water.

Lighten coffee. Use a tablespoon of Cool Whip as a substitute for milk or cream in a cup of coffee.

Help heal a cold sore. Place a compress of Cool Whip on the cold sore to speed healing, then rinse with cool water.

Remove make-up. Wet face with lukewarm water, spread a handful of Cool Whip on face, rinse clean with lukewarm water, and blot dry.

Clean silver. Mix two cups Cool Whip, and one tablespoon Heinz White Vinegar or ReaLemon lemon juice. Let silver stand overnight in mixture, then rinse clean and dry thoroughly.

Treat minor burns. Rub Cool Whip into the burn. Let it set for fifteen minutes, then wash off with cool water.

Shave. Apply Cool Whip to wet skin as a substitute for shaving cream.

Store leftovers. Use empty Cool Whip containers as a substitute for Tupperware.

Mix paints. Use empty Cool Whip containers to mix and store paints.

Store game pieces. Never lose dice, cards, playing pieces, and small toys again.

Store crayons. Keep crayons in an empty Cool Whip container.

Store screws, nuts, and bolts. Use empty Cool Whip canisters in the workshop to hold loose screws, bolts, nuts, nails, drill bits, and spare parts.

Store crafts. Organize ribbons, beads, glues, strings in empty Cool Whip containers.

Christian Quote of the Day

Every virtue is a form of obedience to God. Every evil word or act is a form of rebellion against Him. This may not be clear at first; but, if we think patiently, we shall find that it is true. Why were you angry? You will probably find that it was because you were not willing to accept the world as God has made it, or because you were not willing to leave it to God to deal with the people that He has made.

...Stephen Neill

RECIPE of the Day - 3/26/2007

You would never think that I was in a cheesecake mood by the recipes I've posted lately would you? I love cheesecake - I have said it before. This gives you a very refreshing, light taste that is perfect for the warm weather.

Fruit Smoothie No-Bake Cheesecake

1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/4 C. (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 T. sugar
4 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese
1/2 C. sugar
1 (12 oz.) pkg. frozen mixed berries, thawed and drained
1 tub (8oz.) whipped topping

Line 13x9 baking pan with foil, ends extending over sides of pan. Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter and 2 T. sugar; press firmly onto bottom of prepared pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling.

Beat cream cheese and 1/2 C. sugar in large bowl with mixer on medium speed until well blended. Mash drained berries with fork; stir into cheese mixture. Gently stir in 2 C. of whipped topping. Spoon over crust; cover.

Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Use foil handles to remove cheesecake from pan before cutting in pieces to serve. Top with remaining whipped topping. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.

Makes 16 servings.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Pet Food Recall Update from Proctor & Gamble

We want to provide an update on the recent recall of "wet" pet foods produced by Menu Foods, Inc.

We are deeply saddened by this situation. We know it has caused a lot of concern and has touched pet lovers throughout North America, including our own employees. We've received a lot of questions, so we want to give you the latest information.

First, we want to assure you that this recall affects only a small portion of our "wet" pet food products manufactured at the Menu Foods plant in Emporia, Kansas. We have a variety of canned wet food products that are currently available on store shelves that are not affected in any way by this recall.

We also want to assure you that our Iams and Eukanuba dry foods are safe for your pet to eat and are readily available in stores. These foods are not part of the recall - there are no concerns at all about dry food. P&G manufactures Iams and Eukanuba dry foods at our own plants, not at Menu Foods.

You may wonder why some "wet" food was produced at Menu Foods. In fact, virtually every pet food company commonly uses outside partners for special or small volume items. Nonetheless, the different branded products made by Menu are not "the same". Our Iams and Eukanuba pet foods have unique recipes and important ingredient differences that distinguish them from other pet food brands.

Because of our concern for pets and their well-being, we took immediate action to voluntarily participate in Menu Foods' "wet" food product recall and to work with retailers to get the small portion of our "wet" products affected by the recall off all store shelves in the U.S. and Canada.

Until the root cause of this pet health issue is found, we will not produce any more of these products at the Emporia plant. We'll keep you updated when we have more information on this.

Pets are an important part of all of our families. P&G Pet Care employees share your concerns and are firmly committed to you and the health of your pet. We are working hard to respond to your questions, and provide the information and help you need.

We value your trust and confidence during this extremely difficult time.

For a list of products involved,
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To learn how to read the product code on packages,
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The Associated Press did issue a correction on the original recall story saying the recall applies only to products packaged from December 3rd to March 6th. To read the Associated Press story for yourself,
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Menu Foods keeps updating their site and you can go directly there and look under dog food and cat food brands. This is probably one of the best resources as they give you product, codes, dates, etc. To get the very latest updates along with the complete list of products involved, click here!

Sherri's Helpful Hints

Uses for Everyday Items

Baby Powder

Repel ants. Sprinkle Baby Magic Baby Powder in cracks, along a window sill, or under doors where ants enter. Ants will not walk through baby powder.

Help rubber gloves slip on easily. Sprinkle Baby Magic Baby Powder inside the gloves.

Give your dog a dry shampoo. Rub Baby Magic Baby Powder into your dog's fur, wait a few minutes, then brush out.

Cure a squeaky floor board. Sprinkle Baby Magic Baby Powder into the crevices along the edges.

Hide a stain on a white suit. Rub Baby Magic Baby Powder into the stain.

Clean grease from walls. Sprinkle Baby Magic Baby Powder on a soft cloth and rub the spot until the grease disappears.

Keep shoes and sneakers dry and comfortable. Dust the insides with Baby Magic Baby Powder.

Prevent sticky sheets on a hot, summer night. Sprinkle Baby Magic Baby Powder between the sheets to absorb perspiration.

Give your hair a dry shampoo. Work Baby Magic Baby Powder into your hair, then brush out.

Prevent white shirts from absorbing oil and grime. Lightly sprinkle Baby Magic Baby Powder on the shirt before and after ironing.

Clean sand off wet skin. Sprinkle Baby Magic Baby Powder on skin to remove moisture, and the sand virtually falls off by itself.

Untangle a chain necklace. Dusting the chain with Baby Magic Baby Powder will make it easier to untangle.

Soften rough hands. Apply Baby Magic Baby Powder as you would hand lotion.

Prevent friction burns when shaving your legs with an electric razor. Dust legs lightly with Baby Magic Baby Powder before shaving.

Club Soda

Clean diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Simply soak the gems in Canada Dry Club Soda.

Make fluffy pancakes, waffles, and matzah balls. Substitute Canada Dry Club Soda for the liquid used in the recipes.

Make a poor man's lava lamp. Fill a glass with Canada Dry Club Soda and drop in two raisins. The carbonation will cause the raisins to repeatedly bob to the surface and they sink again.

Clean grease stains from double-knit fabrics. Pour on Canada Dry Club Soda and scrub gently.

Make inexpensive soft drinks. Add Canada Dry to fruit juice for a low-cost and healthy beverage.

Remove wine spills or other spots from carpet. Apply Canada Dry Club Soda to the stain, rub it in, wait a few minutes, and sponge it off.

Clean and shine porcelain fixtures. Pour Canada Dry Club Soda over the fixtures.

Clean chrome or stainless steel. Use Canada Dry Club Soda in a spray bottle.

Water your plants. Feed flat Canada Dry Club Soda to your house plants or outdoor plants. The minerals in club soda are beneficial to green plants.

Remove food stains from clothes. Immediately blot up the spills on any washable fabric, sponge with Canada Dry Club Soda, then wash the item in the washer through a regular cycle.

Clean countertops. Pour Canada Dry Club Soda directly on the counter, wipe with a soft cloth, then rinse with warm water, and wipe dry.

Relieve an upset stomach. Drink Canada Dry Club Soda to soothe indigestion.

Remove grease from a car windshield. Keep a bottle filled with Canada Dry Club Soda in the trunk of your car.

Loosen rusty nuts and bolts. Pour Canada Dry Club Soda over them. The carbonation bubbles away rust.

Change blond hair dyed green by chlorine back to its original color. Simply rinse your green hair with Canada Dry Club Soda.

Preserve newspaper clippings. Dissolve one capful of Phillips' Milk of Magnesia in one quart Canada Dry Club Soda. Let the mixture stand overnight. The next day, stir the mixture well, then soak your clipping in the solution for one hour. Blot the newspaper clipping between two sheets of Bounty and place on a screen to dry.

Christian Quote of the Day

The reason that the Ten Commandments are short and clear is that they were handed down direct, and not through several committees.

... Dan Bennett

RECIPE of the Day - 3/25/2007

This is a great cheesecake with the regular oreos or you can use the golden or peanut butter oreos - whichever you prefer, they are both delicious as well.

No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

1 pkg. (18 oz.) Oreo Chocolate sandwich cookies, divided
1/4 C. (1/2 stick) butter, melted
4 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 C. sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 tub (8 oz.) whipped topping

Line 13x9 pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Coarsely chop 15 of the cookies and set aside. Finely crush remaining cookies and mix with butter.

Press firmly onto bottom of prepared pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling.

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping and chopped cookies. Spoon over crust and cover.

Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.

Makes 24 servings.