Zesty Dill Potato Salad

Zesty Dill Potato Salad

WebMD Recipe from EatingWell.com

Total Time: 35 mins

Red potatoes are a perfect choice in this salad because they keep their shape when sliced and they add color. Leftover meat or chicken may be added to this salad for a main dish.


· 1 pound medium red potatoes, scrubbed

· 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

· 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar

· 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

· ¼ cup red bell pepper, diced*

· ¼ cup green bell pepper, diced*

· ¼ cup scallions, chopped

· 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped

· freshly ground white or black pepper, to taste

· salt, to taste

* Red and green pepper may be omitted, or remain, in addition to ⅛ to ¼ cup chopped jalapeno chiles from a jar or canned; just so long as they are cooked and skin removed.

Step 1 · Boil potatoes in salted water in a saucepan until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and let stand until cool enough to handle. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise, then cut into approximately 1/2-inch slices. Place in a serving bowl.

Step 2 · Sprinkle the potatoes with balsamic vinegar, white-wine vinegar and oil, tossing gently to coat. Add red and green bell peppers, scallions, dill and pepper and toss gently to mix. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve at room temperature.

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What Do Crickets Eat?



466px-Snodgrass_Gryllus_assimilisOne question lead to another, and before you knew it, here was another article for the Ginger Jar. This is one of those questions you never quite formed in your head, or even had the notion to ask your mother. So, here it is.

Crickets are omnivores and scavengers feeding on organic materials, as well as decaying plant material, fungi, and seedling plants.

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  5. Crickets, family Gryllidae (also known as true crickets), are insects somewhat related to grasshoppers, and more closely related to katydids or bush crickets (family Tettigoniidae) and Weta (families Anostostomatidae and Rhaphidophoridae). They have somewhat flattened bodies and long antennae. There are more than 900 species of crickets. They tend to be nocturnal and are often confused with grasshoppers because they have a similar body structure including jumping hind legs. Crickets are not harmfu… Read More »
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Pax Magna Carta! Hooray World!


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 MagnaCarteG_600x1126[1]by Lynden R.C. Rodriguez, OCDS The members of the Magna Carta Project at WikiTree.com are entering the last and final leg of the project. It is a race against time to get all of the hereditary connections between the over 200 Gateway Ancestors that immigrated to the New World, connected to the Magna Carta Surety Barons that made King John sign the Magna Carta at Runnymede, England. The 800th Anniversary is June 15, 2015. The Anniversary is not just for Britain, and the United States, but the whole world. It is a vital piece of world history, and an origination document that was, and still is, a major forerunner of the Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of Independence. All three documents are the envy of the world, and many countries have incorporated part, if not all into their constitutions. This list also includes Russia. Unfortunately, not all world constitutions are enforced equally. But Pax Magna Carta! Hurray World! To give a short view of the situation, one needs to have a little lesson in American History; and no, this will not be boring. When Great Britain began to colonize the New World, it colonized not thirteen, but over 75. So, why were these thirteen colonies rebellious, and how did they hold together to become a nation? These were very diverse groups, from New England to the Southern Colonies. Also bear in mind these same differences were to later erupt in the American Civil War. There were often as many reasons for migrating to the New World as there were individuals that moved there. Many of these people may not have thought of themselves as colonists, or that they were doing anything unusual. These were just seeking a way to make ends meet. They may have had means, very good means at that, but there were still reasons why they left the Old World and England in particular. The colonists were many times from very good families, many of them descended from Royalty; but for usually economic reasons, they emigrated from Great Britain. One prime reason given for immigration was because people were seeking freedom to practice their region, and be free of government interference. Another underlying reason may be given to the practice of primogenitor, the giving of all goods and properties to the eldest son, or sometimes daughter, and leaving the other children without and having to fend for themselves to make their own livelihoods. In an earlier article this writer spoke of those Magna Carta Barons who forced an unreasonable monarch to sign a reasonable and democratic document. But at the time the English began to people the North American Atlantic seaboard, no one was thinking about the Magna Carta, but of their pocketbooks. Great Britain was vested in expanding their interests elsewhere, and battling other people to subject them to the English way of life and providing new roads to commerce. In order to do so, they had to pull their manpower and resources from the American Colonies in order to subject other countries that were not so naturally docile. This all took place over many years, so that by the time the British Government returned to consider their foundling colonies, the Americans had created a going illegal concern in the rum trade and slavery. It is what has come to be known as the infamous Rum Triangle[i], What then happened was England began to be more troubled by the news coming out of their American Colonies. Iconic 1846 lithograph by Nathaniel Currier entitled "The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor"; the phrase "Boston Tea Party" had not yet become standard. Contrary to Currier's depiction, few of the men dumping the tea were actually disguised as Indians (Wikipedia Commons)Suddenly, English men that had settled in the American Colonies were treated as less than English men, and that was something many colonists would not tolerate. Plus, there were taxes laid upon taxes on all goods, and the colonies could not export or import from any other nation than Great Britain. That would definitely make the bristles stand up on the back of any English man’s neck. That was what all the fuss was about with the Boston Tea Party, with English tea being poured into the bay. For centuries after, and I heard not so many decades ago, there is still the tinge of tea upon the rocks in Boston Bay. The British Government began to bring to bear their military upon the rebellious colonists. It was not long before the “shot heard round the world[ii]” was fired, and the American Revolution began. This, generally speaking, was the timbre of the times in New England and the Southern Colonies. But what does all of this have to do with the Magna Carta? Everything! Many people who journeyed to the New World were descendants of the Kings and Queens of Europe, and most, if not all, descended from Charlemagne. And many people who came were looking for a different way of life – not necessarily the kind of life they had once lived in Britain and Europe. It was the moment the Founding Fathers[iii], took to write a whole new venue for living. That was the birth of the Declaration of Independence, the grandchild of the Magna Carta. Amongst those forebears to first arrive on these shores are those that are called Gateway Ancestors in genealogical circles. There are over some 200 names of people descended from the Magna Carta Surety Barons and they are listed in such titles as Magna Carta Ancestry, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Vols. I – V, and The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants. These Gateway Ancestors, together with their lineage, are the focus of the Magna Carta Project; and everyone is welcome to come to see what the Project is creating ahead of the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta coming June 2015. [i] The Rum Triangle was based in sugar, which was plentiful in the New World, and was the link in the infamous trade between Europe, the Americas and Africa of rum and slaves, Rum is the product made from molasses, which is a by-made from sugar. It was the American Colonies, a sort of forerunner of moonshine produced during Prohibition, and if illegally produced is still illegal. Source URL: http://www1.american.edu/ted/RUM.HTM [ii] shot heard round the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shot_heard_round_the_world [iii] See the 1776 Project at WikiTree.

I will Awake the Dawn! Feb 18, Morning Prayer for Wednesday of the 0th week of Lent


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Who are the Magna Carta Surety Barons?


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King John Signing the Magna Carta antioligarch.wordpress.com

King John Signing the Magna Carta

Find a Grave Maud Matilda de Saint Valery

Photo at Find a Grave Maud Matilda de Saint Valery

That is all there were ~ twenty-five Barons who stood against King John and his greediness and bloodthirstiness, and together they made an oath to enforce Magna Carta. That is why they are called the Surety Barons of Magna Carta.
But as always, the modern egocentric’s question is, “Who are these people, and what do they mean to me?” But the correct response is the holistic, “What is the purpose of Magna Carta?”
Though I am a member of the Magna Carta Project, at WikiTree that doesn’t mean I have all the answers, by any means. Even I had questions when I first became involved with the project. In my study of the Magna Carta and the Barons, I became intrigued by the story of Maud (Matilda) de St. Valerie, who was starved to death in a dungeon, together with her eldest grown son, because King John had learned of her remarks against him. Remarks mind you – not even deeds. There was a very great need for the law to cover not only the peasants, gentry, and Barons, but the King as well.
According to the Magna Carta Project at WikiTree.com:
“The purpose of the Magna Carta was to curb the King (John) and make him govern by the old English laws that had prevailed before the Norman came. The Magna Carta was a collection of 37 English laws – some copied, some remembered, some old, and some new.”
There are specific issues addressed in the Magna Carta as to freedoms for the Church to remain free from royal interference, especially in the matter of election of bishops; no taxes except fuedal dues , and anything over and above that must have consent of the Great Council or Parliament. Everyone was to be afforded due process and trial by jury, and weights and measures were to be standardized “throughout the realm.”

Cofre Castle within whose dungeon Maud de Braose and her son William were Starved to Death Wikipedia 220px-Outer_bailey_wall_west_of_the_outer_gatehouse_corfe_castle

Cofre Castle within whose dungeon Maud de Braose and her son William were Starved to Death Wikipedia

King John in 1205 quarreled with then Pope Innocent III about who should be Archbishop of Canterbury. King John would not allow the Pope’s representative to set foot in England, and for this the King was excommunicated. This was a bit harsh, even for King John, and he later made amends. However, the Pope continued to demand money of the King and his people. But King John’s answer, in order to pay these and other demands, was to levy taxes that were exorbitant , and extortionate . His reprisals against defaulters were ruthless and his idea of justice was avaricious .
One of King John’s acts to regain lost lands of Aquitaine, Poitou and Anjou was to tax the Barons. A bitter quarrel broke out over the methods used to levy those taxes. It was then the Barons realized other ways had to be considered in order to curb the King and to force him to govern his people by the old ways, the “old English laws” that were in place prior to 1066 .
When all else failed, the Barons went to war against King John, and captured London in May 1215. By June of that year they took King John by surprise at Windsor and forced him to a meeting at Runnymede. King John signed and sealed the Magna Carta on June 10, 1215. The Barons signed their own agreement to enforce it.
And then… King John waged war against the Barons…
In the Next edition of the
Magna Carta Project here at the Ginger Jar:
“Who are the Magna Carta Gateway Ancestors?”
Works Cited:
• Encarta Dictionary: English (North America). Released: 05/16/2013; Accessed 18 September 2014. Source URL: http://www.fileheap.com/dbquery/1/encarta+dictionary+english+north+america
• The Magna Carta Project. @WikiTree.com. Source URL http://www.wikitree.com/
• Maud (Matilda) de Braose. @Wikipedia. Accessed 30 January 2015.
• Maud de Saint Valery. Find a Grave. Accessed January 30, 2015. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=86930058
Site of Interest: Official Website for the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta http://magnacarta800th.com/

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Questions You Never Thought to Ask Your Mother


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What are the other names for Scallions?

A scallion (spring onion in Britain) is one of various Allium species, all of which have hollow green leaves (like the common onion), but which lack a fully developed root bulb. It has a relatively mild onion flavor, and is used as a vegetable, either raw or cooked. Many other names are used, including green onion, spring onion, salad onion, table onion, green shallot, onion stick, long onion, baby onion, precious onion, yard onion, gibbon, syboe or scally onion. The words scallion and shallot are related and can be traced back to the Greek ασκολόνιον (‘askolonion’)

Related Questions:
“What is the difference between scallions, chives and green onions?”

A scallion (UK: Spring Onion) is one of various Allium species, all of which have hollow green leaves (like the common onion), but which lack a fully developed root bulb. It has a relatively mild onion flavor, and is used as a vegetable, either raw or cooked. Many other names are used, including green onion, spring onion, salad onion, table onion, green shallot, onion stick, long onion, baby onion, precious onion, yard onion, gibbon, syboe or scally onion.

The words scallion and shallot are related and can be traced back to the Greek askolonion as described by the Greek writer Theophrastus. This name, in turn, seems to originate from the name of the town of Ashkelon. The plant itself apparently came from farther east of Europe.[1]

Germinating scallions, 10 days old
The Welsh onion (Allium fistulosum) does not form bulbs even when mature, and is grown in the West almost exclusively as a scallion or salad onion, although in Asia this species is of primary importance and used both fresh and in cooking.[2] “Scallion” is also used for young plants of the common onion (A. cepa var. cepa) and shallot (A. cepa var. aggregatum, formerly A. ascalonicum), harvested before bulbs form, or sometimes when slight bulbing has occurred. Most of the cultivars grown in the West primarily as salad onions or scallions belong to A. cepa var. cepa.[3] Other species sometimes used as scallions include A. ×proliferum and A. ×wakegi.[4]

Species and cultivars which may be called “scallions” include:
* Allium cepa
* “White Lisbon”
* “White Lisbon Winter Hardy” – an extra-hardy variety for overwintering
* Calçot
* Allium chinense
* Allium fistulosum
* A. ×proliferum
* Allium ×wakegi

Chopped scallions
Harvested for their taste, they are milder than most onions. They may be cooked or used raw as a part of salads, salsas, or Asian recipes. Diced scallions are used in soup, noodle and seafood dishes, as well as sandwiches, curries or as part of a stir fry. In many Eastern sauces, the bottom half-centimetre (quarter-inch) of scallion roots is commonly removed before use.

In Mexico and the Southwest United States, cebollitas are scallions that are sprinkled with salt and grilled whole for cheese and rice . Topped with lime juice, they typically serve as a traditional accompaniment to asado dishes.[5][6]

In Catalan cuisine, calçot is a variety of green onion traditionally eaten in a calçotada (plural: calçotades). A popular gastronomic event of the same name is held between the end of winter and early spring, where calçots are grilled, dipped in salvitxada or romesco sauce, and consumed in massive quantities.[7][8]

In Vietnam, Welsh onion is important to prepare dưa hành (fermented onions) which is served for Tết, the Vietnamese New Year. A kind of sauce, mỡ hành (Welsh onion fried in oil), is used in dishes such as cơm tấm, bánh ít, cà tím nướng, and others. Welsh onion is the main ingredient in the dish cháo hành, which is a rice porridge dish to treat the common cold.

In India it is eaten as an appetizer (raw) with main meals. In north India Coriander, Mint and Green Onion Chutney is made using Scallions (raw).

In southern Philippines, it is ground in a mortar along with some ginger and chili pepper to make a native condiment called wet palapa, which can be used to spice up dishes, or topped in fried or sun dried food. It could also be used to make the dry version of palapa, which is stir fried fresh coconut shavings and wet palapa.

During the Passover meal (Seder), Persian Jews lightly and playfully strike family members with scallions when the Hebrew word dayenu is read, symbolizing the whips endured by the Israelites under the ancient Egyptians.[9]

Scallions have various common names throughout the world. In some countries, green onions are mistakenly called shallots by non-gardeners, and shallots are referred to by alternative names such as eschallot or eschalotte.
* Arabic: Known in the Arab-speaking countries as “بصل أخضر” (green onion).
* Australia: The common name is “spring onion”.
* Austria and Germany: Known as Frühlingszwiebel, which means “spring onion”.
* Belgium: Known as sjalotjes.
* Brazil: Known as cebolinha.
* Canada: Known as green onion.
* Caribbean: Often referred to as “chives”.
* China: The common name is cōng (葱); xiǎocōng (小葱) is another term for spring onions.
* Denmark: Known as “forårsløg”
* Greece: Known as “φρέσκο κρεμμυδάκι”
* Iceland: Known as vorlaukur.
* India: They may be referred to as “spring onions”.
* Indonesia and Malaysia: Known as daun bawang.
* Iran: Known as پیازچه.
* Ireland: The term “scallions” is commonly used.[10]
* Japan: Known as negi (葱 / ねぎ) in Japanese.
* Korea: Known as pa (파).
* Netherlands: Known as bosuitjes, which literally translates as “forest onions”, or lenteuitjes, which translates as “spring onions”.
* New Zealand: The common name is “spring onion”.
* Peru: The common name is cebolla china which means “Chinese onion” in Spanish.
* Philippines: Known as sibuyas. Same as onion.
* Serbia: Known as mladi luk, which means “baby onion”.
* Sweden: Known as salladslök or vårlök.
* United Kingdom and some Commonwealth countries, including Singapore: The most common name is “spring onion”. In Northern Ireland, the name scallion is preferred; in Scotland they are known as “spring onion”, and also occasionally in Scots as cibies HYPERLINK “http://www.ask.com/wiki/Scallion” \l “cite_note-Findlay-10″ [10] or sibies, from the French syboe.
* United States: Known as “scallion” or “green onion”. The term “green onion” is also used in reference to immature specimens of the ordinary onion (Allium cepa) harvested in the spring, and the term “spring onion” refers exclusively to this onion in the United States.
* Wales: Also known as “gibbon” /ˈdʒɪbən/.[11] Known in South Wales as shibwns.

Google also:
* Allium tricoccum
* Chives

References & Notes:
1. Allium Crop Science: recent advances at Google Books, last retrieved 2007-03-31
2. Not available
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4. Not available
5. Cebollitas, last retrieved 2012-09-01.
6. At the Nation’s Table: Chicagoat New York Times Archives, last retrieved 2012-09-01.
7. Els “Calçots”
8. Grilled Green Onions with Romesco, last retrieved 2012-09-01.
9. “An Iranian Seder in Beverly Hills”. The New York Times.
10. a b Breanne Findlay. The Celtic Diet: Let History Shape Your Future. Trafford Publishing, 2012. p. 41. ISBN 9781466963573
11. Gary Hunter, Terry Tinton, and Patrick Carey. Professional Chef – Level 3 – S/Nvq. Cengage Learning EMEA, 2008. ISBN 9781844805310

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Source URL: http://www.ask.com/wiki/Scallion


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