Sweet Treats: Desserts & Delicacies from the Garden State

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Just in time for Thanksgiving join the Woodbridge Public Library November 10 at 7PM to explore a variety of “sweet” culinary traditions from the 18th and 19th centuries. We will delve into how the treats we enjoy have changed and we will discuss the process and ingredients of making these food items then and now to give us some perspective!

Presented by Hilary May of Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison, NJ.

Registration is required. Please register @https://bit.ly/3dbCGKO.

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The Day – Lee’s Kitchen: A trio of icy treats that are good anytime

I just missed getting the last peaches available at Whittle’s. This made me sad because, even though it is late September, I guess I am not ready for fall.

In any case, I did find delicious peaches at Big Y and made two crisps (like cobblers but made with nuts, oat, butter, flour and sugar). Of course, I gave the desserts away because, once I have a portion at home, the rest of it disappears. Into my tummy.

Instead of making a dessert for myself, I ate two Lindy’s ices, which I now keep in my kitchen freezer. The ones I have now are orange and taste like a popsicle. At 110 calories, it keeps my cravings at bay.

But I realized I can make my own ices, sorbet and ice cream and used to. My late husband loved to have an ice cream sundae after dinner: any flavor, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and a shower of salted peanuts.

I am not likely to make ice cream too often, but if you want to make ice cream, I have included a wicked recipe from Al Forno, too. But I will make sorbet and ices soon. I just ordered an inexpensive ice cream maker from Amazon and it will be here soon. Both these recipes are splendid.


Berry Sorbet

From “Cook’s Illustrated,” August 1995


2 cups fruit puree or juice

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice; for blueberry sorbet, use two tablespoons of lemon juice

1 tablespoon vodka (see Cook’s Tip)


Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Stir on and off for several minutes until sugar has dissolved. If mixture is not cold, pour into small container, seal and refrigerate until mixture is no more than 40 degrees. Pour chilled mixture into container of ice cream machine, following manufacturer’s directions, and churn until frozen. Scoop frozen sorbet into a container, seal, and freeze for at least several hours. Sorbet can be kept frozen for up to three days.

Cook’s Tip: If you do not want to add the vodka, the sorbet will be a bit icy, like a granita.


Buttermilk Sorbet

From Martha Stewart Living, February 2000

Makes 1½ quarts


1¾ cups sugar

2 cups water

2 cups buttermilk

1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract


Combine sugar in a medium saucepan with 2 cups water. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves completely, about 10 minutes. Increase heat, and bring just to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a large bowl, combine sugar syrup with buttermilk and vanilla. Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions to freeze. When freezing is complete, transfer sorbet to an airtight container and place in freezer for at least 1 hour. Sorbet will keep, frozen, for up to 2 weeks. This is one of the most luscious sorbets I have ever tasted.


Al Forno’s Cinnamon Ice Cream

From “Cucina Simpatica” by George Germon and Johanne Killeen (HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1991)


2 cups heavy cream

1 cup milk


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Trump orders hardening of satellites against cyber treats

Over the past years, the Pentagon has become increasingly reliant on satellites to provide missile defense, secure communications, reconnaissance and global positioning systems. But those system are vulnerable to attack—not just by missiles that could knock them out but by an array of other means, including cyber attacks.

“Cyberthreats happen all the time, not just from China but also from non-state actors,” a senior administration official, not authorized to speak publicly told reporters. “So we need to secure our systems against a wide, wide range of potential threats. The threats are only getting more serious.”

The policy, however, lays out a series of broad principles — but not enforceable regulations — that encourage satellite operators to better harden their systems, in space and on the ground, against attacks and to abide by best practices. In many cases, the practices, such as encrypting satellite to ground links, are already in use.

But the policy highlights a vulnerability space and national security experts have been warning about for years. And it gives the issue the weight of the White House, which cast the measure as a broader attempt to combat cyberattacks, at a time when hackers are threatening to disrupt many facets of life.

In a report issued last year, the Aerospace Corporation, a federally funded research and development center, said that the “vulnerability of satellites and other space assets to cyberattack is often overlooked in wider discussions of cyber threats to critical national infrastructure.”

It said that generally “spacecraft have been considered relatively safe from cyber intrusions; however, recent emerging threats have brought spacecraft into play as a direct target of an adversary.”

In 2014, for example, American officials said China hacked a NOAA weather satellite. The hack only had a limited impact on its weather forecasts. But it showed how vulnerable the system was and how another nation could take advantage of it.

Like cyberattacks on the ground, hacks of satellites can have significant consequences, even allowing an adversary to seize control of a satellite, according to a report released earlier this year by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“A cyberattack on space systems can result in data loss, widespread disruptions, and even permanent loss of a satellite,” the report said.

In addition to national security, commerce and everyday life in the United States has become bound to space — from weather forecasts, to television, as well as the little blue GPS dot on many people’s phones that tracks their location as they navigate through a city. And so the White House said it needed to act.

“From communications to weather monitoring, Americans rely on capabilities provided by space systems in everyday life,” Scott Pace, the executive secretary of the National Space Council, said in a statement. “President Trump’s directive ensures the U.S. Government promotes practices to protect American space systems and capabilities from cyber vulnerabilities and malicious threats.”

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