Life on Regal-Hill: June 30, 2010

We all know that every year on July 4 we celebrate the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence. How much about the birthday of our country do you really know? Take this quiz and see. (Don’t worry; I didn’t know all the answers either.)
1. On July 4, 1776 how many members of the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence? A-0, B-1, C-44, D-56.
2. The “Committee of Five” was what”? A-the delegates from Massachusetts; B-the congressional group that opposed the Declaration of Independence; C-the Philadelphia branch of the Sons of Liberty; D-the committee appointed to write the Declaration of Independence.
3. The first “declaration” of independence from the Continental Congress was called what? A-Lee’s Resolution; B-Otis’s speech “In Opposition to Writs of Assistance;” C-Articles of Confederation; D-Declaration of Rights.
4. During the initial vote on July 1, how many colonies voted in favor of independence from Great Britain? A-13; B-12; C-9; D-5.
5. How old was Thomas Jefferson when he wrote the Declaration of Independence? A-30; B-33; C-47; D-50.
Answers: 1-B; 2-D; 3-A; 4-C; 5-B.
Source: A Star-Spangled Birthday,” Guild America Books, Garden City, New York 2005. It really wasn’t that hard was it?
What are your plans to celebrate this holiday besides having real lemonade and watching fireworks or maybe attending the Margaretville Firemen’s Carnival and, of course, flying the American flag? Have a happy Fourth of July!
Perhaps you are having a get together with family and friends and a picnic. Don’t forget to serve homemade lemonade as the beverage since that is the tradition in many homes. Try these other recipes as well.

Southern Fried Chicken Strips
One egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup all purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1-1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. paprika
2 lbs. chicken tenderloins
Oil for deep-fat frying
2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and buttermilk. In a separate shallow bowl combine the flour, garlic powder, pepper, salt and paprika. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then flour mixture.
In an electric skillet, heat oil to 375 degrees. Fry chicken, a few pieces at a time, for 2-3 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve warm or cold.
Yield: 6 servings
Taste of Home June/July 2010

Red White and Blue Dessert
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
2 quarts strawberries, halved, divided
2 quarts blueberries, divided
In a large bowl beat cream cheese, sugar and extracts until fluffy. Fold in whipped cream. Place a third of the mixture in a 4-qt. bowl. Reserve 20 strawberry halves and 1/2 cup blueberries for garnish.
Layer half of the remaining strawberries and blueberries over cream mixture. Top with another third of the cream mixture and the remaining berries. Spread the remaining cream mixture on top. Use the reserved strawberries and blueberries to make a flag on top.
Yield: 18 servings
Taste of Home 2009