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Jun 272013

Let Freedom Ring

Our bell from the S.S. President Cleveland.

Our bell from the S.S. President Cleveland.

Kenny and I always read Dear Abby every day in our newspaper, old farts that we are! We’re running late today due to a heavy shopping list for the holiday next week, lots of good BOGO deals and lunch at a new restaurant in town and I did want to get something in before the day was over and this seemed so appropriate for this week to get the word out. Carmella LaSpada wrote into Abby a story that I had never heard before about President John Kennedy proclaiming the ringing of the bells nationwide on Independence Day in 1963, with the words “Let’s ring freedom bells!” The lady who sent this to Abby, said she was a White House special-projects aide at that time and remembered how exciting it was when the bells rang throughout the nation. She was writing to Abby to get the bells ringing but once again on this upcoming Fourth of July and for all the ones hereafter and she hopes to resurrect this proud tradition.

According to Carmella, we are to ring bells at precisely 2 p.m. (I assume EST) in honor of the 237th anniversary of our independence. She would like to encourage churches and all other buildings with bells to let them ring out at this time for all to hear.

Although we do not have millions of followers as Abby does, we are hoping that our readers on cooking-with-mama will share with everyone that they know and maybe with just a little help from us there will be many more bells ringing. She goes on in her letter to Abby, that the first groups to support this effort included baseball teams, National Cartoonists Society along with the, Iron Workers, Firefighters and Sheet Metal Workers unions. Also mentioned were other AFL-CIO affiliates.

Carmella LaSpada is also the founder of No Greater Love and you can find her at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Greater_Love.

At 2 p.m. next Thursday Kenny and I will be ringing out with an old brass bell from the S.S. President Cleveland that he brought home for me one day as a surprise, knowing how much I love old bells; and let me tell you, my whole neighborhood will be able to hear it ring. So, no matter what kind of bell you have, whether it be a dinner bell or a doorbell, let them be heard next week in honor of our independence. As Abby so aptly answered to the letter, “engraved on the Liberty Bell are the words, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof”.

S.S. Cleveland Ship

S.S. President Cleveland Ship

So thanks to Carmella and Jeanne Phillips’ Dear Abby column, for whom I would have not known this story, maybe we can add a few extra bells! God bless America!

Need I say more!

Need I say more!

Jun 262013

East Meets West Basting Sauce

With much to do today, I am taking a short break and giving you a recipe you might like to try on some ribs or chicken next week for the big BBQ. Husband and I just finished off what will probably be our last batch of pickles until the fall garden as the sun and heat are just burning up what’s left in the garden. We also shucked a nice batch of black-eyed peas which will be on our dinner table tonight. And still remaining, to coat my zucchini and get it in the freezer for those quick dinners of fried snacks or as a side dish for something Italian. This recipe can be used for basting your meat on the grill or even used as a marinade if you like it hot!

Jalapeno breath!

Jalapeno breath!

East Meets West Basting Sauce
  • ½ lb jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 can (15 oz) crushed pineapple, with liquid
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until contents have become pureed.
  2. Place mixture into resealable containers and refrigerate overnight for flavors to meld.
  3. If using as a marinade, just cover meat with sauce and marinate for recommended time in your recipe.



Some like it hot, do you? Enjoy………..

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