Rosemary, Orange, and Soy Sauce!

July 25, 2014

Here is an easy recipe that is sure to please.  Serve with some wild rice and some bacon-wrapped green beans for a meal that looks like you spent all day preparing, but really just threw together in under an hour.

Orange Marinated Pork Tenderloin

1 cup orange juice
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
3 teaspoons minced garlic
2 (3/4 pound) whole pork tenderloins
Salt (to taste)
Fresh ground pepper (to taste)

1.  Make the orange marinade by whisking together the orange juice, soy sauce, rosemary, and garlic.  Pour over the pork tenderloins and marinate for at least one hour (preferably overnight).

2.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Drain the pork, reserving the marinade for later, and place on a baking sheet.  Season with the salt and pepper then roasts for about 20 minutes or until the internal temperature has reached 145 degrees F.

3.  Meanwhile, strain the reserved marinade and bring to a simmer in a small saucepan.  Serve as a sauce for the meat.


Some “Food” for Thought!

July 24, 2014

I have certainly done my share of traveling aboard a cruise ship and have seen the vast amounts of food that are always available to the more than 2,000 passengers (and the additional several hundred crew members).  But are you aware of exactly how much food must be provisioned for the average 7-day cruise?  Here’s a list . . . now that’s a lot of groceries!  Hmm, one number seems grossly absent . . . how much bacon?  I’m going to guess a lot especially if it is a cruise ship hoping to gain my patronage.  Bon voyage!

  • 24,236 pounds of beef
  • 5,040 pounds of lamb
  • 7,216 pounds of pork
  • 4,600 pounds of veal
  • 1,680 pounds of sausage
  • 10,211 pounds of chicken
  • 3,156 pounds of turkey
  • 13,851 pounds of fish
  • 350 pounds of crab
  • 2,100 pounds of lobster
  • 25,736 pounds of fresh vegetables
  • 15,150 pounds of potatoes
  • 20,003 pounds of fresh fruit
  • 3,260 US gallons of milk
  • 1,976 US quarts of cream
  • 600 US gallons of ice cream
  • 9,235 dozen eggs
  • 5,750 pounds of sugar
  • 3,800 pounds of rice
  • 1,750 pounds of cereal
  • 450 pounds of jelly
  • 2,458 pounds of coffee
  • 1,936 pounds of cookies
  • 2,450 tea bags
  • 120 pounds of herbs and spices
  • 3,400 bottles of assorted wines
  • 200 bottles of champagne (this seems a little on the low side to me)
  • 200 bottles of gin
  • 290 bottles of vodka
  • 350 bottles of whiskey
  • 150 bottles of rum
  • 45 bottles of sherry
  • 600 bottles of assorted liqueurs
  • 10,100 bottles/cans of beer

Here’s to Libraries, Number Twenty-Six!

July 23, 2014

This week’s image is from the Library_26Andrew Dickson White Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.  This library was named after a U.S. diplomat, historian, and educator, who was the co-founder of Cornell University.  In addition to founding the university, Mr. White was also Cornell’s first President 1866-1885).  He also held numerous other leadership and political roles:

  • 16th United States Ambassador to Germany (1879-1881)
  • 1st President of the American Historical Association (1884-1885)
  • 41st United States Ambassador to Russia (1892-1894)
  • 24th United States Ambassador to Germany (1897-1902)

White was quite the bibliophile and managed to amass a book collection of over 30,000 volumes which he donated to the Cornell University Library.

“I have an unshaken conviction that democracy can never be undermined if we maintain our library resources and a national intelligence capable of utilizing them.”  (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

Source: photo courtesy of  (BuzzFeed).

Food Holidays in July!

July 22, 2014

Even though July is 3/4 of the way over, I’m going to post the food holidays for July and then in a little over a week, hit the food holidays for August at the beginning of the new month.

Did you know . . . July is:

  • National Baked Bean Month
  • National Bison Month
  • National Blueberries Month
    National Culinary Arts Month
  • National Grilling Month
  • National Hot Dog Month
  • National Ice Cream Month

Here’s the breakdown of food “holidays” by the day of the month for July.

  • July 1: Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day
  • July 1: National Gingersnap Day
  • July 2: National Anisette Day
  • July 3: National Chocolate Wafer Day
  • July 3: Eat Beans Day
  • July 4: National Barbecued Spareribs Day
  • July 5: National Apple Turnover Day
  • July 6: National Fried Chicken Day
  • July 7: National Strawberry Sundae Day
  • July 8: National Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • July 9: National Sugar Cookie Day
  • July 10: Pick Blueberries Day
  • July 10: National Piña Colada Day
  • July 11: National Blueberry Muffin Day
  • July 11: National Mojito Day
  • July 12: National Pecan Pie Day
  • July 13: National French Fries Day
  • July 13: Beans ‘n’ Franks Day
  • July 14: Bastille Day (eat something French)
  • July 14: Macaroni Day
  • July 14: National Grand Marnier Day
  • July 15: National Gummy Worm Day
  • July 15: National Tapioca Pudding Day
  • July 16: National Corn FrittersDay
  • July 17: National Peach Ice Cream Day
  • July 18: National Caviar Day
  • July 19: National Daquiri Day
  • July 20: National Lollipop Day
  • July 20: National Ice Cream Soda Day
  • July 20: Fortune Cookie Day
  • July 21: National Ice Cream Day
  • July 21: National Junk Food Day
  • July 22: National Penuche Fudge Day
  • July 23: National Hot Dog Day
  • July 23: National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
  • July 24: National Tequila Day
  • July 25: National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
  • July 26: National Coffee Milkshake Day
  • July 27: National Crème Brûlée
  • July 27: National Scotch Day
  • July 28: National Milk Chocolate
  • July 29: Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day
  • July 29: National Lasagna Day
  • July 30: National Cheesecake Day
  • July 31: National Raspberry Cake Day
  • July 31: Cotton Candy Day
  • July 31: Jump for Jelly Beans Day


In Proper Order!

July 21, 2014

Here is a word reminiscent of my library school days.  The professor who taught us cataloging and classification (currently called “organization and description of materials”) was fond of the term collocation which aptly described the reasoning behind the assignment of call numbers – to ensure that the books are collocated properly.


kol-uh-keyt \
verb (used with object),
1.  to set or place together, especially side by side.
2.  to arrange in proper order: to collocate events.
verb (used without object),
3.  Linguistics: to enter into a collocation.
4.  Linguistics: a lexical item that collocates with another.

Has Your Running Flat-lined?

July 20, 2014

How often do you find yourself at that point that your exercise routine simply doesn’t seem to be providing you any improvement?  Stuck in a rut?  Bored?  The good news, you shouldn’t have to overall your entire routine to start seeing improvement again.  Here is a list of ten “tweaks” that you can institute to help you get fitter, faster, and more motivated . . .

1.  Add one mile to your long or tempo run.  Builds endurance.
2.  Move up the race-distance ladder, e.g., 5K to 10K.  Increases motivation.
3.  Add one repeat instead of just trying to do your repeats faster.  Work on your speed.
4.  Buy a new running accessory.  Provide yourself with some inspiration.
5.  Add a strength-training exercise.  Will assist with injury prevention.
6.  Add one daily fruit or vegetable serving.  Gives your body more nutrients as fuel.
7.  Add one dynamic stretch.  Provides a greater range of motion.
8.  Add one nightly half-hour of sleep.  Will increase your healthiness and your happiness.
9.  Take a running vacation.  Gives you something to get excited about.
10.  Add one non-running cardio session.  Variety is the spice of life.

So what are you waiting for?  Let’s start tweaking!


July 19, 2014

resultsdemotivatorHappy Saturday one and all.  I’m sure you are all familiar with the English proverb that states “two heads are better than one.”  This generally refers to the fact that some tasks are more easily accomplished by two (or more) people working together than by one person working alone.  The whole concept of teamwork is all about achieving results.  So, here is a wonderful demotivator (courtesy of on results that is sure to make you smile (at least that’s the intent).  Have a great weekend!

Magic Cookie Bars!

July 18, 2014

Here is a cookie recipe that is quick and easy . . .  and oh, so delicious!

1/3 cup butter, melted
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1-1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (you can substitute milk chocolate chips)
3/4 cup peanut butter chips (you can substitute butterscotch chips)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (you can substitute walnuts or almonds)

1. Spread butter in 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.  Sprinkle the cracker crumbs over the butter and press onto the bottom of the pan.  Drizzle the milk over the crumbs.

2.  Sprinkle the coconut, semi-sweet morsels, peanut butter chip, and nuts over the top.

3.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until light brown around the edges.  Cool completely before cutting into bars and serving.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Shakespeare and the Four Humors!

July 17, 2014

Last week I attended an exhibit/presentation entitled: “And there’s the humor of it: Shakespeare and the four humors.”  The University of Oklahoma, Tulsa campus (Schusterman Library) was fortunate enough to get the traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine.  It was a most informative evening that explored the manifestations of the four humors throughout Shakespeare’s plays.  The humors were thought to define people’s physical and mental health as well as determine their personality.   The humors . . .

  • are organized around the four elements of earth, water, air, and fire;
  • the four qualities of hot, cold, moist, and dry;
  • explained differences in age, gender, emotions, and dispositions;
  • changed with the seasons, time of day, and human life span.

Here is a breakdown of each humor and its related characteristics:

Humor: Black Bile
Element: Earth
Season: Winter
Age: Old Age
Qualities: Cold & Dry
Organ: Spleen
Planet: Saturn

Humor: Phlegm
Element: Water
Season: Autumn
Age: Maturity
Qualities: Cold & Moist
Organ: Brain
Planet: Moon

Humor: Yellow Bile
Element: Fire
Season: Summer
Age: Cihldhood
Qualities: Hot & Dry
Organ: Gall Bladder
Planet: Mars

Humor: Blood
Element: Air
Season: Spring
Age: Adolescence
Qualities: Hot & Moist
Organ: Heart
Planet: Jupiter

Here’s to Libraries, Number Twenty-Five

July 16, 2014

Library_25Biblioteca Di Bella Arti (Library of Fine Arts), Milan, Italy.  Aside from the lovely photo, I have been unable to find out any specific information about the library itself (collection size, date established, etc.).  I’m not sure if this library is part of one of the universities or is a stand-alone library.  Very odd indeed.  So, if anyone knows more about this library, please let me know.  A beautiful setting regardless.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”  (Jorge Luis Borges)

Source: photo courtesy of  (BuzzFeed).


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