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The relationship between peanuts and baseball goes all the way back to when a peanut company bought ad space on the back of scorecards in 1898.  The snack was a big hit in stadiums, and only a few years later, in 1908, the song, “Take Me Out to the Ball game” featured the line, “buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks”, which has forever united the two American traditions in the public mind.”   From WRAL.com

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I can still hear the peanut man calling!

When I was a young girl my family went to evening baseball games at a local park.  There was always a man climbing the bleachers and calling out in a singsong voice.  He had a carrier full of warm delicious peanuts. The aroma alone was to swoon for.  And twenty-five cents would buy a little brown bag.

Years later I discovered I could roast my own peanuts and duplicate the flavor.

If you are a new guest at our house, you might mistake the peanuts for garden variety supermarket Ho- Hums, but if you politely taste one, guaranteed you will be asking questions.

Apologies if you are allergic though!

The recipe is simple but start with shelled, blanched, raw peanuts.  I get mine at a place called “The Cheese Shop” in Stuarts Draft, Virginia.  You have probably guessed they carry a lot more than cheese.   xslider-1140x460.jpg.pagespeed.ic.ADbx5syzP8Cheese Shop_0

And Bill and I are going there tomorrow to stock up!

Recipe for Dor’s Home Roasted Peanuts  Ingredients:  1-2 lbs shelled, raw, blanched peanuts; 1 tsp butter (or I use coconut oil); Salt to taste.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Spread all the peanuts in a rimmed pan (I use the bottom of my oven broiler pan).
  3. Bake on middle rack for about 6 minutes and then stir everything around. 
  4. Bake 6 minutes more and stir again. 
  5. Repeat #4 two more times. 
  6. Peanuts are done when they are a deep golden brown color. 
  7. While still hot add the butter (don’t be tempted to add more than a teaspoon or they will be too greasy).  The purpose of the butter is to provide a coating the salt can stick to. 
  8. Salt to taste. 
  9. I freeze mine and bring them out in small quantities as needed. 

 

 

 

 

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All of a sudden some of  the serious news of the world is being presented by silly female reporters with ringlets.  Have you noticed?

In addition to this 1930’s child’s hair style reminiscent of Shirley Temple, reporters are also GIGGLING through interviews.  I often wonder if the ringlets are what encourage the high pitched giggling.  They do seem to go together.

But, Rejoice!  The Morning News Has a New Look and a New Feel!

It’s a party!  Come one, come all.  It’s a street gang, a celebration, sometimes even dancing.   News station cue cards will tell you when to jump up and down and scream.  You are encouraged to make faces, wave, hold up signs, but mostly to giggle!

Look at the cheering crowds.  What a great way to swallow serious news!

Listen to the raucous laughter of the news staff.  The weatherman’s is  the loudest.  He’s your friend.  He’s funny and oh-so- lovable.  What a way to swallow the weather!  Stay tuned for more happy news or even not-so-happy news delivered with joy.

It seems the major networks have swallowed a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down!

What is happening to the news anyway?

Don’t they know I am not a morning person?

I want to get my news “straight” and I’m not happy with all this fabulous fun and frolic.

I know ringlets have been around since Roman times but I still associate them with children.  Ringlets and Reporters just don’t seem right.  It’s a  jarringly un-serious look.

What do you think about the delivery of your morning news?

Shirley Temple with Ringlets

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