Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Frostic raccoon Easter/spring adaptation by Dee; Kraft Mac & Cheese dinner converted to King Crab legs; 'The big short' / but can he tango?; Happy Easter again

Some of you

have over time received various greeting cards
and thank you notes
from Dee
who enjoys so much
making and sending them
via snail mail. (with a stamp)
This one, done last evening, 
involved a Gwen Frostic raccoon design,
which in a sticker form is used on most
official SRN correspondence,
as an envelope sealer.


Kraft Dinner now,
Alaskan king crab legs later

We have been buying Kraft Mac and cheese dinner in the familiar box
since childhood.  It is a great quick and inexpensive meal in a package.
It is a kind of comfort food.

I remember when my grandmother gave me 11 cents
and sent up to Budzeins Grocery in the corner of Oakland
and Arcadian for my good behavior treat,
a box of the beloved and tasty Kraft Dinner.
That was in the 1940s.

Now if you shop around you might find a box for one dollar
but the usual price can run as high as $1.50.

Still, that is cheap eating!

Wikipedia background


The prerequisite to creating packaged macaroni and cheese was the development of "processed" cheeses in which emulsifying salts help stabilize the product, giving it a longer life. James Lewis Kraft, originally of Fort Erie, Ontario but then living in Chicago, did not invent processed cheese but won a patent for one processing method in 1916 and began to build his cheese business.[3]
The idea for selling macaroni and cheese together as a package came about during the Great Depression when a St. Louis, Missouri salesman began attaching grated cheese to boxes of pasta with a rubber band.[3] In 1937, Kraft introduced the product in the U.S. and Canada.[4] The timing of the product's launch had much to do with its success. During World War II, rationing of milk and dairy products, an increased reliance on meatless entrees, and more women working outside the home, created a nearly captive market for the product, which was considered a hearty meal for families. Its shelf life of ten months was attractive at a time when many Canadian homes did not have refrigerators.[3]
New product lines using different flavours and pasta shapes and increases to shelf life were introduced over the decades. Kraft Dinner is still seen as inexpensive, easy to make comfort food, with marketing to highlight its value and convenience.


Another Kraft Dinner benefit
is what you can buy with the saved money after a while.

This Easter we are having a special dinner of King Crab legs
from our favorite fish store, EMPIRE FISH, in eastern Elm Grove
on Watertown Plank Road.

This festive fare does not come cheap!

We had an outing from Waukesha to Elm Grove Empire Fish  store this past Wednesday.
With Kraft Dinner savings accumulated, coupled with wise grocery shopping by Dee generally,
 we invested in 2 lbs of fresh-frozen just-caught crab legs.

They were packaged the right way - sawed on the half-shell for easier eating.
 Phil Kari and Laurie Dix Kari should especially watch this video on crabbing.
They live in Wasilla AK

Old-time crabber from the documentary link above.

Our total booty from Empire on Wed.



Titled by the magazine:  'The Big Short'

Yes, but can he tango?