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G.M., Ford, Chrysler, Big 3 or 3 big losers

I found this post interesting, my first time seeing it even though I’m sure it’s been out for a while. It makes a valid point, especially in the financial situation that the “Big 3” are in now not to mention the Nation. I have family employed by the automotive industry, and would hate to see them harmed by big Governments financial decisions. What most of the ppl in the U.S. don’t seem to understand is that so much affects the automotive industry, and vice-versa. There are suppliers, and smaller companies that will be run out of business. All 3 are also international businesses and other countries depend on that financial stability. But enough about my opinion, let me know what you think of this post…
GM, Ford & Chrysler

INTERESTING…maybe the country should consider bailing them out to some degree

Nothing needs to be said.. Ford, Chrysler and GM’s contributions after 9/11

An interesting commentary…You might find this of interest:

CNN Headline News did a short news listing regarding Ford and GM’s contributions to the relief and recovery efforts in New York and Washington as a result of 9-11.

The findings are as follows…..

1. Ford – $10 million to American Red Cross matching employee contributions of the same number plus 10 Excursions to NY Fire Dept. The company also
offered ER response team services and office space to displaced government employees.

2. GM – $10 million to American Red Cross matching employee contributions of the same number and a fleet of Vans, SUV’s, and Trucks.

3. Daimler Chrysler – $10 million to support of the children and victims of the Sept. 11 attack.

4. Harley Davidson motorcycles – $1 million and 30 new motorcycles to the New York Police Dept.

5. Volkswagen – Employees and management created a Sept 11 Foundation, funded initial with $2 million, for the assistance of the children and victims of the WTC.

6. Hyundai – $300,000 to the American Red Cross.

7. Audi – see VW

8. BMW – Nothing.

9. Daewoo – Nothing.

10. Fiat – Nothing.

11. Honda – Nothing despite boasting of second best sales month ever in August 2001

12. Isuzu – Nothing.

13. Mitsubishi – Nothing.

14. Nissan – Nothing.

15. Porsche – Nothing. Press release with condolences via the Porsche website.

16. Subaru – Nothing.

17. Suzuki – Nothing.

18. Toyota – Nothing despite claims of high sales in July and August 2001. Condolences posted on the website .

Whenever the time may be for you to purchase a new vehicle, keep this information in mind. You might want to give more consideration to a car manufactured by an American-owned and / or American based company.
Apart from Hyundai and Volkswagen, the foreign car companies contributed nothing at all to the citizens of the United States …. It’s OK for these companies to take money out of this country, but it is apparently not acceptable to return some in a time of crisis. I believe we should not forget things like this. Say thank you in a way that gets their attention…

Cones- Not just for Ice Cream anymore…

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Imagine a warm evening, there’s the slightest hint of a breeze, and the term Lazy summer has redefined itself in how you’re feeling. Nothing would feel so good as a cone right now, but which flavor should you have? How about Chocolate Mousse, or Thai peanut chicken or Fresh Ahi Tuna….. Whaaaaa…..??????

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It’s true cones are not just for Ice Cream any more. This trend has been the rave of many a hor d’oeuvre party or an appetizer before a meal. These little cuties will drive up your acceptance points with just about any social group, and they can be used with most any type of food. Now most of the types of cones (if not all of them) I’ve run into have been of the sweet nature and if you’re going to use them with a savory filling then you should be careful what you fill them with. I’ve seen the majority of them filled with Ahi Tuna which is raw and possibly seasoned only with a special soy sauce. Even here you have to be careful, if your filling has too much moisture, the cones may get a little soggy if they’re too thin. A helpful tip to remember is that if you can, coat the inside with something edible & moisture proof. i.e. chocolate, or white chocolate. For more savory fillings, try not to marinate your filling after it is cooked, ruduce the amount of liquid on your product so as not to soak through the cone. If you must have a sauce, serve it on the side so your guests can drizzle it on as they desire. (PLEASE, NO DIPPING!!!)

I, however, love the concept of them. I go by the golden rule of an appetizer should be no more than 2 bites in size, unless you’re having a “Everything is bigger in Texas,” theme. Then by all means, make them a lot bigger, but try to stick by the rule. A few lucky ppl will be invited to our first ever S&B Appetizer Party, and they will get to see these wonderful cones at work, along with a few other snazzy ideas we may come up with.

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If you don’t get invited to this one, don’t dispair, we’ll be having more. If you feel you must have these at your next party, ask yourself if you will be using this theme a lot or just once or twice a year. If you’re going to be using it a lot then I suggest you invest in a waffle cone maker. I found one on kitchenemporium.com and the price was $49.99, not bad considering you may only use $5-$6 of food to fill 50 cones. Then I stumbled on the price of the cone mix; $13.99 a bag and it only makes enough batter for 40 cones. You’ve gotta be kidding me!!!!! Don’t worry, I’ll keep an eye out for a more reasonable price, and if I can’t find one, I’ll post a recipe for them.

That’s it for the trend in me, keep it cool, sweet and rude! This is your Rude Boii Chef….. and I’m out!

Salt, Salt, Salt…

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Well we’ve come a long way from the box of salt with the little girl on the cover with the dog pulling at her shorts. Now we have a lot of different varieties and they’re all have their twist on the market. Personally I don’t care if how fine or exotic the salt may be if it still has a high sodium content, then it is still dangerous to the health of every consumer. Let’s face facts, ppl usually don’t want to face reality when it comes to their health especially when it may mean sacrificing the quality and flavor of their food. So ppl continue to use (abuse) salt until their doctor takes them off it totally and then they have a hard time finding something to suplement them in their comfort zone when it comes to their seasoned food. Ppl, I think Mrs Dash looks like chopped grass from your lawnmower, and to just switch from salt to plain herbs is just……………….wrong! Here are a few of the salt’s I like, but check their SODIUM CONTENT people!!!

O.K. first on the list is Diamond Chrystal Kosher salt.

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This is by far my favorite salt to use in the Kitchen. Lite in taste, not over powering and a clean finish on the palet when done. It dosen’t overpower the food and enhances whatever it is you are cooking. One of the few salts I would use in a marinade. The sodium content is equally impressive. A full 66% less sodium than other brands of it kind. This is a salt I would reccomand for using for ppl who require a low sodium diet or are just concerned about the sodium level a loved one is taking in.

Next we have Fleur de sel

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 Smoked Sea Salt

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Smoked seasalt is verrry different and can be used on a variety of dishes. I’d mainly use this salt as a finishing salt to sprinkle over a dish, to add an outdoor-sy flavor and feel to the dish. * ie seafood/grilled salmon, rosated turkey breast, and earthy type vegetables/mushrooms, and asparagas, etc. The sodium content is the standard 580mg per serving but you just need a sprinkle for the flavor enhancement.

Now we have Red and Black Sea Salt

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These salts have a head on blast of full salt flavor. Very little flavor difference because of the colors, but there is some distinction. Most, if not all, of these salts are from Hawaii and processed in a special way. Artisan salt farmers in Hawaiiharvest these special salts in a hand crafter mannerto give the salt the highest qualityand flavor Evaporated in ground pools, dried in greenhouses and mixed with Lava rock(Black) and alae clay(red) for a high mineral content. Sodium content is the standard 580 mg per serving but these aren’t salts you use in everyday dishes. Y ou can utilize these in sauces, in brines and cures for drying and smoking meats and seafood. Because of their decorative appeal, you can use them to add a splash of color for a bed of Oysters or Clams.

… and finally we have Maldon brand Sea Salt.

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Of my favorite salts, this has to be #2 on the list. I love it because of the way it crystalizes before it’s harvested.
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When sea salt crystalizes, it should form a pyramid shape because of the way the water is evaporating.
It has excellet flavor and dissolves quickly into whatever dish you’re preparing. You can utilize this salt on anything from standing rib roast to a crisp garden salad. The sodium level is the standard 580 mg. per serving, but you won’t use that much. It has no overpowering taste but still finishes clean on the tongue. This one is definately a keeper.

Till next time yall, this is the one and only “RudeBoii” Chef, hittin ya up;…………… and I’m out!