VERMONT FARMER'S MARKET, part 1
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A sum total of many heterogeneous things taken together.|
|Usage:||The top floor is devoted to the servants-a congeries of little kitchens and cubicles, used by many as lumber-rooms.|
Idiom of the Day
Very happy; contented.
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1777 - During the Siege of Fort Stanwix the first U.S. flag was officially flown during battle.
1922 - WGY radio in Schenectady, NY, presented the first full-length melodrama on radio. The work was "The Wolf", written by Eugene Walter.
1933 - The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75.
1936 - Jesse Owens won the first of his four Olympic gold medals.
1949 - The National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed. The league was formed by the merger between the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.
1956 - Bedloe's Island had its name changed to Liberty Island.
1984 - Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.
2004 - NASA launched the spacecraft Messenger. The 6 1/2 year journey was planned to arrive at the planet Mercury in March 2011. On April 30, 2015, Messenger crashed into the surface of Mercury after sending back more than 270,000 pictures.
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Lifting the Veil
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Deep-Fried Deviled Eggs
Here’s what you will need:
Easiest Ever Fudge Recipe
Step 1: Ingredients and tools
- 3 cups chocolate chips - I mixed milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons good vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup chopped nuts or dried fruit - optional
You can mix whatever chocolate chips you like here. I've even seen folks use peanut butter or butterscotch chips in this fudge and it's amazing. :D
I highly recommend these with 3/4 cup of walnuts - that's my favorite! The walnuts are a little bitter so they balance out the sweetness of the milk chocolate.
- wax paper
- pan for forming and cooling the fudge - 8x8 inches or smaller
Step 2: Pick a pan and line it with the wax paper
As long as the pan is smaller than 8x8 inches, it should be totally fine! I chose a slightly smaller roasting pan.
Press a piece of wax paper down into the pan and cut off any crazy excess.
A note about the wax paper: if you're using a deep rounded pan like I am, you may have problems getting the fudge out, even with the wax paper in the bottom! However, it is easy to cut it and pry out a piece - the wax paper will peel right off!
Step 3: Melt the chocolate with the condensed milk
Take a saucepan and set it over low heat.
Pour in the condensed milk and add the three cups of chocolate chips along with a pinch of salt. Stir this frequently until it all melts together. The milk chocolate chips melt nearly instantly, but anything darker will take a little longer.
As soon as it's smooth, take it off the heat. Add in the vanilla and mix it well.
Step 4: Pour into the pan and cool in the fridge
Once the fudge is all melted together, you'll want to pour it into the pan lined with wax paper. Use a spatula to spread it out. :)
The one downside to this fudge: it takes about two hours in the fridge to cool down.
The fudge will look super glossy when you pop it in the fridge, but after the two hours are up it will have lightened and look pretty matte.
Step 5: Cut into pieces and enjoy!
Once it's cool, use a large sharp knife to cut it into pieces.
This fudge is great cold OR at room temperature. Right from the fridge, this fudge is fairly creamy and dense. If you leave it out at room temperature, it stays solid and creamy, but the texture is more similar to traditionally made fudge.
I'd store it in the fridge for the longest shelf life, though!
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