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Ooopps!!! ~ I Missed It ~ So Sorry

Last Wednesday, September 29th was National Coffee Day. I did not know that until after I had already published Wednesday’s blog post. So I am late getting this news to you so that you could celebrate. With a cup of coffee, of course!!

Of course, for many people who can’t start their day without a cup of coffee, every day is National Coffee Day. So I guess you could also say that I did not really miss telling you about coffee’s special day.

Did You Know???  

1.) A dancing goat discovered coffee. Well, actually, some farmers in Ethiopia noticed that their goats would get all jumpy after eating coffee beans, so they decided to try it for themselves. The rest as they say is history.

2.) Coffee was a food before it was a drink. Before people figured out how to brew coffee, they used to eat it. The Oatmeal reports that African Tribes used to eat “energy balls” of coffee beans and fat. The food police would not approve of the fat.

3.) Coffee grows on trees. I’ve never seen one, but coffee trees can grow up to 30 feet tall. Farmers cultivate coffee trees to about 10 feet.

4.) A “cup of Joe” was first coined in World War II. Soldiers, known as “Joe’s,” were identified as big coffee drinkers.

5.) Only two types of coffee tree are widely cultivated. 70% of the world drinks coffee from Arabica coffee trees. The rest drink coffee from Robusta trees.

6.) According to Herritage Coffee, there is only one product that gets traded more than coffee. Oil. I sure am glad our coffee  beans are not controlled by the oil cartel.

7.) A coffee tree takes about 5 years to mature. The average annual yield from a coffee tree is only enough for one roasted pound of coffee.

8.) Americano is another coffee term coined during World War II. American soldiers would order espresso with water to cut down on the bitter flavor.

9.) Coffee has been used as a beverage for about 700 years. Instant coffee was invented in 1906 by George Washington, but not that George Washington. The man who invented instant coffee was from Belgium.

10.) Gomestic reports that an average of 1400 million cups of coffee are consumed every day around the world.

So there you have it. Everything you wanted to know about coffee. 

OK. So it wasn’t what you ever even wondered about at all. But this information could come in handy the next time you play Trivial Pursuit.

 You never know. 

All facts from IndyPosted.

Featured Recipe         Tuna Noodle Casserole 

This is the second dinner I learned to cook and made for my family when still a teenager. The first recipe I learned to cook was Sloppy Joes. I learned that at Girl Scouts in 5th or 6th grade. My mom let me make it for dinner a couple of times. I really enjoyed cooking, even then.

When I was a high school freshman my mom worked as a seamstress at a downtown department store. She did not get off work till 5:30 or 6 p.m. So often I started dinner since I got home from school about 3:30. But Tuna Noodle Casserole I always made completely by myself.

Casseroles were really big in the 50’s and 60’s. They are not so popular these days except I understand in the South and in the Midwest. I still like this one and when the weather turns cool I like to make it. Since it has to cook in the oven it makes the whole house warmer.

Casseroles are also filling and not very expensive. They can make a little meat or fish go a lot further. So they are a perfect Recession food. Casseroles are also known as comfort foods.

My mother found this recipe in a magazine and cut it out. I had the magazine clipping for years, but the paper folded and refolded for many, many years finally disintegrated. So while I could still read it, I copied it into a Word Document and started a computer recipe file. I am pretty sure it is a Kraft recipe since they make Miracle Whip and that is what the recipe specifically called for.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

1 can cream of celery soup

1/3 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing [NOT mayo]

¼ cup milk

¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese [can also use cheddar*]

10 ounces canned tuna [can substitute canned salmon]

1 – 10 ounce package frozen peas and carrots, not thawed

1 – 4 ounce package noodles cooked**

1 tablespoon chopped onion

Topping

2 tablespoons butter

2-4 tablespoons bread crumbs

*On several occasion I have used a mixture of both cheeses because I had leftovers of both of them in the fridge. Works just fine.

**I no longer can find a 4 ounce bag of noodles at the stores these days. I guess that is part of the super-sizing of America. So I get an 8 ounce bag and use half.

Those of you with higher math skills than I have can purchase even larger bags of noodles and perform higher mathematics.

Here is what you do:

Start the water boiling first and cook the noodles till al dente. Do not overcook as the noodles will cook even further in the oven. I don’t like mushy noodles. 

Dice your onion. Set aside.

Combine soup, Miracle Whip, milk and cheese, and blend together. 

NOTE: I only drain a little of the liquid from the tuna fish can. Using all of the liquid makes the casserole too runny. Draining it completely makes the casserole to dry. So I drain about one-third of the can.

Stir in tuna, peas and carrots, and onion. Mix well.

I normally like to use solid tuna, but chunk was on sale. It was really very good in this casserole.

At this point I pour the mixture into a casserole dish and then add the noodles a little bit at a time. Makes it easier for me to mix since the casserole dish is wider than the mixing bowl.

Ooopppss!! I forgot to put in the onions. No problem. Just add them in and mix. I guess I set them too far aside!!! Sometimes I am such a ditz!!!

Casseroles are the perfect meal for forgetful cooks like me. This now makes me the single, lazy, forgetful cook. Think I will start a new blog with that name.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

While the casserole is baking you can make the topping; a simple a mixture of melted butter and breadcrumbs. You  add the topping  for last five minutes of oven time.

I start with about 2 tablespoons of melted butter………

………….. then add two tablespoons of bread crumbs to start and mix well. 

I keep adding breadcrumbs till the mixtures looks nice and crumbly.

Not quite ready yet! A little to wet yet.

  Just perfect.

Scatter the crumbs over the top of the casserile and bake 5 minutes more for a total of 25 minutes.

Fresh from the oven.

Ready to eat. And I have to say, this was really exceptional tonight.  Sometimes when I cook everything  just comes together. This was one of those times. One of the best tuna noodle casseroles I have ever made. Serve with a salad and/or a vegetable.

Cost

1 can cream celery soup                   $1.19

1/3 cup salad dressing                      $0.60

¼ cup milk                                      $0.16                                      

¼ cup Parmesan cheese                  $1.40

10 ounces canned tuna                     $1.00

1 – 10 ounces peas and carrots         $0.89

1 – 4 ounce package noodles            $0.65

1 tablespoon chopped onion              $0.19

Topping

2 tablespoons butter                          $0.30

4 tablespoons bread crumbs              $0.30

Total cost = $6.68
Cost per person = $1.67

Bon Appetit!!!!

Quote of the Day:    I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly. Tuna Fish Casserole is at least as real as corporate stock.  ~  Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Personal aside, snide, or snarky comment of the day:
And since it was the wild corporate stock and derivatives trading that caused this Recession, these days  tuna fish casserole may be more real than corporate stock!!!!!      ~     Roberta
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3 comments to Coffee Break

  • I love coffee (decaf only these days). With a little evaporated goat milk (I also love goats and enjoyed the tidbit about coffee’s origin) and four drops of stevia.

    I thought I’d heard something on TV recently about the origin of “cup of Joe.” I found it on the Internet. It was an episode of Mad Men that involved Martinsons coffee. It claimed “cup of Joe” comes from Joe Martinson. But right alongside this were two people offering the explanation that it comes from a Navy Admiral, Joe Daniels. One said he banned booze from ships. Another said he banned booze from mess halls once women were allowed in the service. The strongest drink became a “cup of Joe.”

    I recently came across something on the coffee berry borer beetle and climate change. “A slight temperature increase promotes the beetle’s spread, plus causes them to drill deeper into the berries and lay more eggs, increasing their damage which is estimated at more than $500 million annually. Pesticides aren’t an option to combat them, so coffee growers are moving up higher in the mountains to escape the insects, and (as global warming continues) have to climb ever higher.”

    Occasionally people refer to me as Debbie Downer, since I’m seem to always be finding stories like this. 🙂

  • That Snopes article is excellent. It’s sometimes hard to know what to believe among the things I find on the Internet. But Snopes is motivated to maintain its reputation for sorting out the myths from the facts. Thanks.