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Lest We Forget

 

The Gettysburg Address 

Abraham Lincoln

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But in a larger sense we can not dedicate – we can not consecrate – we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled, here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here.

It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.“

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

ECHO TAPS

       

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Take Time To Remember 

In the hustle and bustle of getting everything ready for the cookout, or the trip to the beach, or the official start of summer we sometimes forget why we have a three-day weekend at the end of May.

Memorial Day  is a sacred day in America since no American soldier’s death is insignificant. The men and women we honor today gave the ultimate – their lives – to serve and protect the very freedoms we enjoy with such gusto today and every day in this great country.

So some time today take a minute or two and remember.

To all who serve – THANK YOU.
To all who have died while serving and to their families who will always miss them – THANK YOU for your sacrifice.  WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Featured Recipe                   Fettucine Alfredo

After all the picnics, after all the hot dogs, after the long drives, and eating out it is nice to rest and relax and to enjoy the comforts of home. But then the reality of Tuesday morning and work awaits.

There is nothing like having a favorite quick and easy yet delicuous comfort food for dinner that first day back to work after a holiday.

And I have the perfect one for you.

Many people are intimidated just be the name, Fettuccine Alfredo. They have heard so much about it, or have had it in restaurants. It is so luscious we think it has to be hard. Nothing this delicious can be easy. Right?

WRONG!!!

 Like many of the very best dishes, Fettuccine Alfredo is a very simple quick and easy dish to make.

Waiting for the water to boil is the longest step in this recipe.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

3 cups uncooked wide egg noodles

3 tablespoons butter

¾  cup whipping cream

¾  cup Grated Parmesan cheese

Dash of pepper

Dash of nutmeg, if desired*

Salt for water, optional

Parsley for garnish, optional

*NOTE: You can use whole nutmeg and add some zest from it, or you can use ground nutmeg; which ever you have on hand, or like, or can afford.

Here is what you do:

Bring a large pot of water to a full boil, add some salt if using. Add the noodles and cook uncovered till al dente. 

While the noodles are cooking cut the butter into tablespoon size chunks.

NOTE: You can totally omit this step. it is not necessary. I just do it becasue it takes longer for one big chunk of butter to melt than it does for three smaller chunks. I told you; I am the lazy cook.  Plus it gives me some thing to do while the noodles cook.

When noodles are al dente drain…………………..

 ………………….and put them back into the pot and turn the heat on to VERY low heat. Then fold the butter into the noodles until melted.

When the butter is melted add the Parmesan cheese and mix well with the noodles.

NOTE: I do this differently than most recipes call for. I mix in the cheese before the cream. It seems to melt better that way. Of course, you can add the ingredients the way that works best for you.

Then I add the cream and mix well.

If the cream does not thicken add a bit more cheese.

Place the noodles onto individual serving plates and top with some of the pepper and using a micro-plane zester add some nutmeg. If using some parsley for garnish, add it now too.

See. Isn’t that just super duper easy?

Serve with some kind of salad. 

Quick.

Easy.

Filling comfort food.

Just what you need the first day back to work after a three day weekend.

Bon Appetit!!!!!

 Cost

3 cups wide egg noodles                  $0.87

3 tablespoons butter                        $0.45             

¾ cup whipping cream                     $1.32

¾ cup Grated Parmesan cheese        $4.92

Dash of pepper

Dash of nutmeg, if desired                 $0.03             

Salt for water, optional

Total cost = $7.59
Cost per person = $2.53

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A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. 

Joseph Campbell

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