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Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Mad Hatter Pasta Party Update!

Did you know that today, October 6th, is Mad Hatter Day? I've been aware of this celebrated date for a few years now. Actually, I've wanted to post about it for about as long. Fact is, sometimes I feel like I live in a Mad Hatter kinda world:) I would imagine we all do every once in a while.

Mad Hatter Day is a holiday in October. It fills the need for a second crazy day in the year, almost exactly half a year from April Fools' Day. The real spirit of Mad Hatter Day is turnabout: The nonsense we usually have to pretend is sane can be called madness for one day in the year; the superficially crazy things that really make sense can be called sane on Mad Hatter Day. (resource)

For example, just the other day I was startled by Marion as I was sprawled out on the living room floor. Frankly, I can certainly understand her apprehension when she saw me with my ear to the floor, (so she thought:) It must have looked like that tell tale commercial where the woman squeals I've fallen and I can't get up" No laughing matter mind you. However, I had not fallen, nor was I doing a commercial. I was soaking my ear in cider vinegar. Yes, you read that correctly. I got bit by a mosquito and the itch on my ear was impossible to really get to so I decided to soak my ear in cider vinegar while I was doing my morning stretches. The vinegar was in a rather shallow bowl:) Marion "caught" me mid stream. It sure was a Mad Hatter sort of morning for her, I suppose:) (I realize a picture right about now sure would have been "touching.")

Mad Hatter Day celebrates the Mad Hatter, from Alice In Wonderful. The original picture of the Mad Hatter by John Tenniel in Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (more commonly known as Alice In Wonderland , by Lewis Caroll) always depicts him wearing a hat, bearing the note "In This Style 10/6". Although we know this is really an order from the time the picture was drawn to mean a hat in that style cost 10 Shillings and Sixpence, we take this as inspiration to act in the style of the Mad Hatter on 10/6 (In the UK this would point to the tenth of June, but as the day was founded in America it is the 6th of October).Capturing Magic

Unlike April Fools' Day, a pranksters dream come true sort of a day, Mad Hatter Day is more about topsy turvy or "In the Style of the Mad Hatter."

Mad Hatter Day began in Boulder, Colorado, in 1986, among some computer folk who had nothing better to do. It was immediately recognized as valuable because they caused less damage than if they'd been doing their jobs. It was announced that first year on computer networks. In 1987 it gained minor local recognition. In 1988, it was first recognized as an official holiday by an area business, and also received its first national press coverage by news services...

We are not having a Mad Hatter Tea Party today. That would be too obvious don't you think? Instead, I thought I would share a rather quirky cookbook with you. We have guests too.

I've been trying to find out about little Alice from Alice in Wonderland and of course the White Rabbit too. The only thing I have been able to decipher is, they may be called Baps Dolls and made in Germany. Further research needed:)


Alice & The White Rabbit

I also have some Surprisingly Smart Party Advice from the Mad Hatter. It comes from a very good source.

"Etiquette matters. Ensure all guests received a proper invitation to the party."

I hereby formally and indubitably invite you to explore the Queen of Hearts Cookbook.

The Red Queen broke the silence by saying to the White Queen, "I invite you to Alice’s dinner-party this afternoon."

The White Queen smiled feebly, and said "And I invite you."

"I didn’t know I was to have a party at all," said Alice; "but if there is to be one, I think I ought to invite the guests." Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, Chapter 9, Queen Alice

Pasta Party Update

The Pasta Party is really in a twirl. We have three delicious entries so far and more on the way. Just in case you missed the Pasta Party invite, you can find out all about it right here.

I've also secured a fabulous resource for the winners. I'll tell you more about that as we mosey along:) right now, I want to share one more recipe with you. You see, today is also National Noodle Day! Not to be confused with National Noodle Month which is celebrated in March:) I find this Ramen Noodle Fudge recipe fits in quite appropriately. After all, a noodle is a pasta toooooooo...This recipe comes from Ramen Noodle Recipes

Chocolate Ramen Fudge
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1 package (3 ounces) Ramen noodles, any flavor, broken into bite size pieces*

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla
*discard seasoning packet
1. Line an 8 inch pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan.
2. Place chocolate chips in medium microwave bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute; stir. Repeat, if necessary for 50-second intervals stirring after each, until completely melted. Mix in sweetened condensed milk, noodles, butter and vanilla.
3. Transfer mixture into prepared pan; spread evenly. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Remove from pan, peel off foil. Cut into squares.

50 comments:

  1. Good Morning my dear Louise, this is a wonderful post , I enjoyed reading it , some of the recipes are a must try after the Pasta Party .
    I wouldn't miss this party for all the gold under the rainbow . I'm in with a favorite of my kids . I bet the look on Marion face was priceless . Have a wonderful Sunday and stay off the floor . Thanks for sharing :).

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    1. Hi Nee!

      I haven't checked my email yet but I will be:) I can still see Marion's eyes. she was surprised!

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  2. I guess Mad Hatter day can help explain why you're giving out gifts for YOUR anniversary. ;-)

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    1. Isn't it wonderful Poppy? My visitors are extra special. They nourish me all year, year after year and I get to celebrate them on my Blogoversary! Gotta Love it!

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  3. what lovely post dear Louise I love Alice in wonderful is funny and amazing!! we always say with the kids "is my not birthday day!" lol
    I have to read again this post!!

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    1. That's so funny, Gloria. We use to have lots of un-birthday cakes too when my kids were little:)

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  4. I've never made anchovy deviled eggs! And it's been on my to-do list for what seems like eternity (decades and decades). Gotta do that one of these decades. ;-) Exceptionally fun post - thanks.

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    1. I know what you mean John. So simple yet so overlooked. We need an Anchovy Day to celebrate!

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  5. WOW! Louise, you are amazing! Love this post and the photos are so cute of the "Guests". I really enjoyed the theme of the Mad Hatter Day! I didn't know that. The recipes from that cookbook look great. Have to try the cheesecake one and the carrot salad! I do hope that your ear is better from that bite. They can be very itchy. Thanks for sharing your party! Blessings :) Dottie

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    1. Ah gee, Dottie. I'm delighted you enjoyed this post. It was such fun to compose. Alice and White Rabbit have been "guests" at my house for years. The apple cider vinegar seems to be working:) Thanks Dottie...

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  6. That fudge definitely suits the theme of the day. Huh... Interesting!!

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    1. I hemmed and hawed about sharing it, Channon. I'm kinda glad I did:) Please thank the Knight again for his personal pasta recipe for the party:)

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  7. Chocolate Ramen Fudge???!!! Oh my!!! I have to make this... and I will celebrate Mad Hatter Day!! I love the Mad Hatter! Since it's Noodle Day, too, I posted a recipe for Chocolate Chip Noodle Kugel. http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com/2013/10/chocolate-chip-noodle-kugel-national.html I'll mosey on over the Pasta post to add a link! Hope your ear is better!

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    1. I saw your Chocolate Chip Noodle Kugel recipe, Janet. Very interesting...Happy Noodle Day!

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  8. Chocolate Ramen fudge…sounds delightful! I think I must make some!

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    1. The Fudge sure would be an interesting dessert for the Pasta Party, Kathy!

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  9. Dear Louise, Your posts are so nostalgic and fun. I gravitate to the fudge though. It looks delicious. blessings and prayers always, Catherine xo

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    1. Thank you Catherine. I'm so glad you enjoyed.

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  10. Hi Louise, a very wonderful write-up and wow... this chocolate ramen fudge sounds so interesting! It's new to me. Have never heard of this before. Need to hop over to your kitchen to get a taste.... Must be very yummy. Have a wonderful day, Louise :)

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    1. If you hop on over Ivy, I will gladly make us some Ramen Fudge!

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  11. That fudge is very original. I bet it tastes divine.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  12. Louise , I'll try that cider vinegar trick next time instead of scratching the pesky mosquito bites , hopefully , not on my ear lol I love ramen but haven't tried with chocolate , very interesting :D

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  13. what an odd last recipe - wonder if the noodles are soft or crunchy - would be willing to try anything with condensed milk - have never heard of cider vinegar to remove an itch but we use vinegar for all sorts of things so I can imagine this works too - and I have a pasta dish that I think I will send to you once I post it

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    1. I'm thinking the fudge probably has a bit of crunch from those noodles, Johanna. I guess we'll just need to try it! The vinegar worked after a couple of times. Cider vinegar is good for lots of unusual things:) Can't wait for your Pasta dish!!!

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  14. Louise your vinegar experience had me laughing out loud. What a lovely book the Queen of Hearts is, going to look for it!

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    1. Now that I think about it, Suchi, I'm a bit embarrassed by my admittance:) But, it did work!

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  15. I don't think the Ramen noodle fudge sounds bad at all...but I never would have come up with that idea on my own :)

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    1. Some one really should try that recipe. It may have to be me!

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  16. Everything seems good, but I got somehow surprised to see chocolate ramen fudge...but after reading the recipe "discard the seasoning", I can see how it would work.
    Have a wonderful week Louise :D

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    1. I guess the recipe elves figured they better include that in the directions, Juliana. Who knows what that fudge would taste like with the ingredients!

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  17. This is a totally new dish to me. Ramen noodle sounds good though! X

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  18. This is a delicious fudge Louise! The older I get the more my appetite asks for sweets and particularly chocolate ones. I have to do something about it eventually lol! I am going to share more pasta recipes in the pinterest board. Is there any place else I should add the link? Have a great day my friend!

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    1. I sure think it would be an interesting fudge to muster up, Katerina. I can only wonder about the taste, lol...I too find that I am more interested in sweets these days. I never thought to attribute it to age though. another interesting concept, lol...You're all set for your Pasta Party entree and Pinterest, Alida. Unless, of course, you want to prepare another dish and enter again!

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  19. You with your ear in vinegar made me smile. No wonder Marion thought you were a Mad Hatter!
    Fun cookbook too...never heard of it before.
    Will be posting a pasta recipe Thursday and will email you the link. Signed up for your Pinterest Board today. Guess I better add the lobster mac and cheese I posted last Friday. Everyone seems to like it. You never know which recipe is going to get the hits, do you?

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    1. Days later Barbara and I can honestly say I haven't had to put my head in a bowl of vinegar since:)

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  20. hi louise, i'm just imagining you with your ears on the floor...hehe..and i didnt know that cider vinegar works for mosquito bites! that's really interesting to see ramen in choc fudge..i wonder whose creation was that..i love ramen!

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    1. It must have been some site, Lena:) I'm pretty sure that fudge recipe was developed in the kitchen of the Ramen Noodle folks whoever they might be.

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  21. I imagine the ramen noodles in the fudge kinda tastes like a Nestle bar and I love Nestle bars so this recipe looks good to me!

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    1. Now that you mention it Brandi, it makes sense. I imagine it does taste a bit like a Nestle Crunch Bar! Thanks for bringing that up. You are of course welcome to join us at the Pasta Party!

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  22. ramen fudge, what?! great post, louise. :)

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    1. Sounds like your "cup of tea" Grace:)

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  23. What a charming vintage book. I love finds like that. Clarice

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    1. Many of the Peter Pauper Press books are charmingly illustrated, Clarice.

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  24. Hi Louise, very interesting posting. Always love your vintage collections, they are very unique. Thanks for sharin.

    Best regards.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Amelia. It was fun to do:)

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