the Freedom Riders *1961* American Black History

Originally posted on Berna's Vibe~The Way I See IT....:

…In 1961 CORE undertook a new tactic aimed at desegregating public transportation throughout the south. These tactics became know as the “Freedom Rides”. The first Freedom Ride took place on May 4, 1961 when seven blacks and six whites left Washington, D.C., on two public buses bound for the Deep South. They intended to test the Supreme Court’s ruling in Boynton v. Virginia (1960), which declared segregation in interstate bus and rail stations unconstitutional.In the first few days, the riders encountered only minor hostility, but in the second week the riders were severely beaten. Outside Anniston, Alabama, one of their buses was burned, and in Birmingham several dozen whites attacked the riders only two blocks from the sheriff’s office. With the intervention of the U.S. Justice Department, most of CORE’s Freedom Riders were evacuated from Birmingham, Alabama to New Orleans. John Lewis, a former seminary student who would later…

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Tapas Week Part 5: Bacon and Caramelized Onion Dip

Originally posted on AnnaShortcakes:

I rarely have every ingredient listed in a recipe. Maybe because I don’t cook “typical” recipes. Or because I am not a good shopper. I don’t know. Just this once, though, I had every single ingredient for this tasty dip. It has a delicious tang from the yogurt, a mellowness from the caramelized onions, and a punch of flavor from the bacon. Use pita chips, Ruffles (my favorite dip chip), or vegetables to scoop up the deliciousness.


Bacon and Caramelized Onion Dip

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp mustard powder

In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Finely chop. Drain all but 3 tablespoons of bacon grease from the pan. Slice the onion in half…

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Broiled Grapefruit and Other Ruby Red Favorites

Originally posted on Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide:

Simple and no cleanup with the use of foil

Simple and no cleanup with the use of foil

Each year around this time, we stumble across one of those too good to pass up deals: 18 pounds of Texas grapefruit for $8. Of course that means we have 18 pounds of grapefruit. We juice quite a few for cocktails. (Come back tomorrow and next week!) We use more juice in marinades, vinaigrette dressings, granitas and more. And yes we even eat a few plain and when we’re feeling a bit fancy we pop some under the broiler.

Broiled Grapefruit

  • 2 large ruby red grapefruits
  • 2 tsp cinnamon sugar, honey, brown sugar or maple syrup

Turn the broiler on to high. Wash grapefruit and cut in half. Run a paring knife around the fruit, between the fruit and the rind. Sprinkle each half with about a half teaspoon of cinnamon sugar or the sweet topping of your choosing. Broil until…

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