It’s been a big year for Seattle chef Tom Douglas, who, in addition to owning 13 restaurants, was named James Beard’s 2012 Outstanding Restaurateur. In late October, he also published his fourth book, The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook, which rose to No. 14 on the New York Times bestseller list for advice and miscellaneous books. From the new book, Douglas shares a recipe for creamy tomato soup, which was inspired by his mother’s cooking. His mom admits that it “might be as good as hers,” Douglas says. “Now that’s a real compliment!”
1 tbs unsalted butter
1 tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, smashed with the side of a knife and peeled
5 cups canned whole tomatoes in juice
1 cup water
2⁄3 cup heavy cream
2 tbs kosher salt, plus more as needed
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
¼ tsp celery seed
¼ tsp dried oregano or
½ tsp finely chopped fresh oregano
1 tbs sugar
Reuters – At the shrill sound of a ship‘s whistle in the North Atlantic, relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died when the Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg remembered their ancestors in a poignant ceremony a century later.
On a still, starry night and with little glare from the moon, the memorial cruise ship MS Balmoral floated above the wreckage of the famous ‘unsinkable’ luxury liner precisely 100 years to the day it foundered.
At 2:20 am all was quiet, as it would have been 100 years ago when it went deathly quiet, when the screaming stopped,” British Titanic historian Philip Littlejohn told Reuters on Sunday. Littlejohn’s grandfather, Alexander Littlejohn, was a 1st class steward in charge of lifeboat 13 when the ship began to go down.
About 700 people were rescued that night, including his grandfather, but there were too few lifeboats to save the rest.
David Haisman, 74, a retired seaman from the English port town of Southampton, mourned the loss of his grandfather who had been on his way to Seattle to start a new life in the United States with his wife and daughter.
“I’ve been brought up with the story but now I could feel it,” he said.
“My mother used to tell me how she got into lifeboat 14 and her feet became soaked with the 3 to 4 inches of water that remained in the bottom despite bailing.”
The last time she saw her father was when he cupped his hands and shouted “I’ll see you in New York“.The story of the world’s most famous maritime disaster has gripped the world’s imagination, inspiring Hollywood films.
While some of those on board the memorial cruise were relatives of the victims, others had paid thousands of pounds in order to retrace the vessel’s fateful journey from Southampton to New York.
The ship, the biggest in the world at the time, foundered in frigid Atlantic waters off Newfoundland on April 15, 1912.On Saturday, Balmoral’s ship’s whistle pierced the air at 11.40 pm, the exact time the Titanic hit the iceberg, followed by a two-minute silence.
Strange Random Titanic Quote:
It’s a funny thing, but today the Titanic is probably much more – that is people are much more aware of it than they were in 1954, when I was doing my research. – Walter Lord
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- Titanic Remembered On 100th Anniversary Of Ship’s Sinking (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Titanic Dead Remembered 100 Years Later (myfoxorlando.com)
- Prayers and Silence Mark Titanic Centenary (abcnews.go.com)
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The FBI’s case file on D.B. Cooper runs some forty feet long. It is located in the basement archives of the Bureau’s field office in Seattle, where for four decades agents have hunted for the man who ransomed a passenger jet for a small fortune and parachutes, then jumped out the back over the rural Northwest, during the middle of a storm, never to be seen again.
This Thanksgiving, November 24th, 2011, marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary Cooper case, an unsolved crime that has baffled agents, detectives and amateur sleuths, and spurned [sic] one of the greatest manhunts in law enforcement history.
Geoffrey Gray, author of The New York Times bestseller SKYJACK: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper, was the first reporter to gain access to the FBI’s Cooper files. In addition to hundreds of documents, he was able to get his hands on the Bureau’s photos, some seen here for the first time.
Strange Random Crime Quote:
- New evidence emerges in D.B. Cooper case (overheadbin.msnbc.msn.com)
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- D.B. Cooper Night – This Sunday! (lostoregon.org)
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- 40 years later, skyjacker’s identity a mystery (sfgate.com)
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