And, another fine week it has been. The few days of sunshine and warmth have been a delight. Maddie and Sophie are like little bombshells running around the yard and into the woods getting their energy off. I have to keep track of them for sure, and don’t mind, but am worried of late because of tick sightings. Whisper found one on a cat, neighbors on their dogs and many other stories of the nasty little blood-suckers. They give me the heebie-jeebies. Luckily both my pups are on medication year round so don’t have to “ramp up” in the spring. And, it helps that they are white and I can see if there are any creepy crawlies in their hair. The tick medication prevents them from attaching so, in theory, if a tick gets onto one of them it can’t append to their body. I am grossed out thinking of them and deathly afraid of having one on me. YUCK!!!
Two very religious holidays occur this weekend. Passover, the Festival of Liberation begins at sundown tonight and commerates the anniversary of the Jews miraculous exodus from Egyptian Slavery. Today also starts with Good Friday and ends on Easter or Resurrection Sunday the holiday of Jesus rising from the dead on the 3rd day after his crucifixion. It is one of the most important days in the Christian faith. And, Muslims celebrate Ramadan the entire month of April with practices that include fasting, reflection and charity.
Tomorrow, Saturday, is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in Washington DC in honor of Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862, freeing 3000 slaves in the District of Columbia. The actual end of slavery was in 1865, the end of the Civil War. And, April is Prevention for Cruelty to Animal month – I can’t imagine someone being mean to any animal. The SPCA or Society for Prevention to Cruelty to Animals was founded 150 years ago to fight abuse and neglect of all animals. Puppy mills are a huge concern as is dog fighting. There are over 10,000 “breeders” in the U.S. with less than 2,000 registered. A very dismal statistic. The SPCA is a national leader in animal adoption. The American Humane Society was founded in 1954, the same year as the Bistro, and boasts over 11 million members in the United States. They do not have shelters but work towards animal rights and protection. Both are non-profit and passionate to do whatever they can for animals. And, then we do our little bit too along with your kind donations of tons of pet food for Meals on Wheels client’s pets. Let’s keep it going strong!!!
The Tax Man Commeth… The Income Tax Revenue Act was passed in 1861 to fund the Civil War. Early taxes were based in assessments but in 1894 as the day taxes are due, April 15th.
Sharon and Crew have some great Weekend Features once again.
As a Starter:
A FANCY FRENCH PLATE: Featuring a Favorite of Mine Duck Confit with a Chevre Cheese Timbale, Rocket Lettuce, Crisps and Blackberry Jam.
Bistro Plates Include:
PAN ROASTED WALLEYE: Accompanied with Smashed and Fried Fingerling Potatoes, Skinny Green Beans and Remoulade Sauce;
RIB Eye and CHICKEN FAJITAS: Dusted with Cumin, Garlic, Oregano and Lime then Pan Fried with Peppers and Onions. Served with Mexican Style Rice and Beans, Guacamole and Warm Tortillas and Last, Not Least,
GRILLED SWORDFISH: Basted with White BBQ Sauce and Presented over Cheddar Mashers and Braised Turnip Greens. YUM!!
WE WISH YOU MANY MILLION DOLLAR DAYS AND,
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO.
MARY, MADDIE, SOFIA, Z AND KOS.
Certified Executive Chef and Owner of Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro