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I didn’t.

How come I never heard about this before? It could be because I did not watch television on 9/11/11. I just did not think I could deal with the emotional overload of that day.

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But I never heard, read, or saw anything about this on 9/11/01 either. I did not hear, read, nor see or read anything about this in the ensuing ten years.

 

This is and was historic.

I mean HISTORIC!!!!

This was the largest boat evacuation sinceDunkirk. In fact, it was larger than Dunkirk.

For those of you who do not know or remember Dunkirk, until 9/11/01 it was the largest boat evacuation of people in history. During World War II the Germans had cut off British, French, and Belgian soldiers leaving them stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk where they surely would have died or been captured.

Not a nation to take defeat lightly, the English quickly assembled a fleet of boats joined by a flotilla of little fishing boats and pleasure crafts to cross the English Channel to evacuate the stranded soldiers. Over the next week or so, between June 26 and May 3,  a total of 338,226 soldiers were rescued and taken to safety.

Remember that figure – 338, 226.

That record was shattered on 9/11/01.

But did the news media inform us of this that day or even in the days and weeks after? No.

In the ensuing ten years, did the news media inform us of this? No.

The news media in America is not about news. It is about propaganda for one side or the other, entertainment, and making money.

The Little Known Story

This is what happened.

As people left the Twin Towers and surrounding area that day, many were trapped in Manhattan because roads and bridges in and out of the island had been closed. The only way out of the city was on the ferry boats.

But those few ferries were soon over-whelmed by the sheer numbers of people fleeing the TwinTowers and adjacent areas that day.

So the Coast Guard put out a SOS asking for any boats in the area to come and help.

And what happened then was nothing short of miraculous.

Except when you think of the Spirit and the Character of the American people.

Never ever discount the American people when they pull together.

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As a Reuters article about the boat lift said:

It was a day that lots of local, ordinary people become heroes. It was a day that was supposed to tearAmericaapart, but instead brought Americans together. It was a day that brought out the best in many people.

Nearly 500,000 people were evacuated and rescued that day far exceeding the Dunkirk evacuation. And unlike Dunkirk  it was done with no pre-planning, no training, no organization. No one was in charge.  It was spontaneous. And the job was finished in under nine hours.

It was average Americans citizens pulling together to do the right thing, to help their fellow citizens, to get the job done!

Ordinary Americans heard a call for help and they came. They acted. As they always do when needed.

Americans are like that. This is the true Spirit of America.  It has always been and always will be ordinary Americans that make America great.

Washington does not make America great.

The news media does not make America great.

Hollywood does not make America great.

It is all of the great people living in the land between Washington and Hollywood that make America great.

America is her people.

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We raise families. We work. We play. We endure. And like one big boisterous family, we quarrel. But when the chips are down, we are there for one another.

         We get the job done!!!

It has always been that way. And it always will be.
Today’s Great Recession

We are in tough economic times right now. The Great Recession has recently gotten greater. But again, “we the people” will endure. And it is “we the people” who will find a way make it through these tough times.  And finally it is “we the people” who will work, endure, and survive to keep America great for future generations.

If you ever doubt it…….watch that video above one more time.
Featured Recipe        Lemon Caper Chicken and Rice Casserole

This recipe comes from one of the people I follow on Twitter via A Taste of Thai. @bicdelou mentioned this dish in a conversation some of us were having about capers. Her description of the dish sounded so delicious I asked her for the entire recipe. She sent me to this website: A Taste of Thai.

This was my first time making this recipe. I liked it very much for several reasons. One, it is very easy to make and does not take much time at all. It is extremely delicious too. The capers so delight. The saltiness of the capers with the sweet coconut milk is divinely inspired. The coconut milk also kept the chicken very moist.

All in all this is a great recipe.

However, this recipe is a bit more expensive than I usually like to share here at More Thyme, since I am dedicated to helping people who are on a tight budget find delicious food.

You could cut the cost down considerably by making your own rice pilaf instead of purchasing the boxed rice suggested in the recipe. So on Wednesday I will share a rice pilaf recipe with you. And you will be surprised – SHOCKED even –   at how quick and easy and how very inexpensive it  is to make yout own.  Best thing is you can flavor the rice in dozens of different ways.

The other surprise this week is that the price of chicken went up again!!  Before long in this recession we will not even be able to afford chicken anymore.

Again, thanks to @bicdelou for suggesting this fantastic dish. I hope all of my readers will join with me in thanking her for sharing such a delicious recipe. BRAVO!! Well done.

If any of you have a favorite dish you would like me to share with everyone let me know in the Comments Section.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

1-7 oz box  yellow Curry Rice prepared

2 skinless boneless chicken breasts divided (4 halfs)*

Salt and pepper

1 cup flour

2 tablespoons olive oil 

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon chopped shallots 

3 tablespoons capers

1 lemon, sliced into circles 

½ -13.5 oz can Coconut Milk

½ teaspoon sugar 

NOTES ON THE INGREDIENTS: I only used 3 chicken breasts halves in this recipe.

You will also need 1 additional tablespoon of butter to make the rice. I have included that in the final cost breakdown.

Here is what you do:

Prepare the rice according to package directions, set aside and keep warm.

NOTE: Watch the rice carefully.  Mine cooked in under the 15 minutes the package indicated it would take.

Dice the shallots

Slice the lemon into rounds. If you do this now you won’t have to rush to do it when the shallots and capers ate in the skillet.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Salt and pepper chicken to taste and dredge in flour. Alternative method to do this is to place flour, salt and pepper in a plastic zip-lock bag; add cheken and shake,  shake,  shake away.

In large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium high heat. 

Add chicken breasts and brown well on both sides.

When done, remove from pan and set aside. 

Add the shallots and capers to pan drippings. Sauté for 1 minute.

Add the lemons, Coconut Milk and sugar. Mix, and  bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. 

Place Yellow Curry Rice in an ovenproof casserole dish and top with chicken.  

Pour the coconut milk mixture over the chicken.

Bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Right out of the oven.

Serve hot.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

1-7 oz box  yellow Curry Rice prepared      $5.59

2 skinless boneless chicken breasts           $5.98

1 cup flour                                              $0.19 

2 tablespoons olive oil                              $0.24

2 tablespoons butter                                $0.27 

1 tablespoon chopped shallots                  $0.29  

3 tablespoons capers                               $0.18 

1 lemon, sliced into circles                       $0.38

½ -13.5 oz can Coconut Milk                    $0.79

½ teaspoon sugar                                   $0.01 

Salt and pepper

Total Cost = $13.92
Cost per person = $4.70

Quote of the Day

There is nothing wrong with America that  the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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