Friday, March 8, 2013

A New Recipe and Spring Forward

Tonight I tried a very quick and easy - and delicious - recipe for a sauce to serve over fresh asparagus. It adds just the right touch of lemony goodness!

CITRUS-GLAZED ASPARAGUS
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound asparagus, either grilled, roasted or steamed
 
Combine sauce ingredients in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 30 seconds or until heated through. Stir, then drizzle over the cooked asparagus.

Notes: I only made a half recipe as I knew some here wouldn’t eat the sauce and I prepared only 1/2 pound asparagus. Also, it seemed a bit thick, so I added another teaspoon or so of lemon juice.  Try the sauce over other fresh vegetables – cauliflower, broccoli, etc.

Recipe from America’s Favorite Brand Name Recipes (2012 Edition). This ring-bound, hardback book is a great collection of recipes using familiar products, and has lovely photos that make you want to prepare all the recipes shown!

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At midnight on Sunday we set our clocks ahead one hour in observance of Daylight Saving Time (DST). Most of us call it “Daylight Savings Time”, which is technically incorrect, but acceptable due to common use. When did this idea begin and why do we do it? Seems like so much trouble to set the clocks ahead in the spring and then back in the fall, doesn’t it?

In 1784, while living in Paris, Benjamin Franklin wrote “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light”, which essentially spelled out the idea of “daylight shifting” in order to use fewer candles. It would shift an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening, and back again.

Years later, in 1907, a Londoner named William Willett, wrote “Waste of Daylight”. His idea was to set clocks ahead 20 minutes for 4 Sundays in April then back 20 minutes for 4 Sundays in September.

For many years it was up to states whether to observe DST or not, and it led to much confusion, especially in travel. Congress, in 1966, established the Uniform Time Act, stating that all states would observe DST, which would be from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October. However, states would be exempt if they passed local ordinances against it. Hawaii does not observe DST, nor do parts of Arizona. Indiana will begin observing it this Sunday, but in the Statehouse many are suggesting moving the state to the Central Time Zone.

Today, DST is observed from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. So don’t forget to set those clocks ahead – and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, too!

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Today's Quote: "I don't mind going back to Daylight Saving Time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I've saved all year" (Victor Borge)

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