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Day 46 - Hartford, Connecticut

As we pulled into Connecticut on our way to Hartford, I told Ziggy that Connecticut was the 5th state in the USA and it became a state on January 9, 1788. She became very excited as though she knew something I didn't know. Nothing worse than a cat who thinks they have something on you. We met up with subscriber Catherine. She even brought her two cat friends, Francesco and Serena. to meet Ziggy. As soon as Ziggy saw them, she had to put her hat on. It's her Yankee Doodle hat. That's what she knew about Connecticut.

"Yankee Doodle" is a well-known American song, often sung patriotically today (although originally satirical). It is the state anthem of Connecticut. There was a fife and drum corp practicing at the Old Statehouse and of course, Ziggy had to sing with them.

Yankee Doodle

Yankee Doodle went to town,
A-Riding on a pony;
He stuck a feather in his hat,
And called it macaroni.
Yankee Doodle, keep it up,
Yankee Doodle dandy;
Mind the music and the step,
And with the girls be handy!

The tune has become synonymous with the United States. The Voice of America begins and ends all broadcasts with the interval signal of "Yankee Doodle".

Catherine took us to the Old State House and told us that Connecticut's name is based on Mohican and Algonquin Indian words for a "place beside a long river".

She said, "Connecticut is a northeastern state of the United States. Connecticut was one of the Thirteen Colonies that revolted against British rule in the American Revolution. The state, although small, has regional variations in its landscape and culture from the wealthy estates of Fairfield County's "Gold Coast" to the rolling mountains and horse-farms of the Litchfield Hills of northwestern Connecticut."

"Catherine? What food is Conneticut known for?" I asked.

She replied, "Why, Connecticut Yankee Doodle Noodle Salad of course!"

"Great! Let's go get some!" Ziggy and I responded.

Fun, fun and more fun. Kids and adults alike love this party salad! Here's the recipe.

Connecticut Yankee Doodle Noodle Salad
Serves 4 - 6

12 ounces ziti rigati macaroni, cooked (about 4 1/4 cups)
2 1-ounce packages turkey jerky, cut into small bite size pieces
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 large bunch red radishes, trimmed and sliced
1 cup fresh corn kernels, blanched or 1 can kernel corn, drained
2/3 cup Ranch style dressing
1/2 7-ounce package puffed cheese snacks (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 6-ounce package sour cream and onion-flavored potato chips
(or BBQ) flavor, slightly crushed
12 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered (depending on size)

Toss together cooked macaroni, turkey jerky, onion, radishes and corn.

Mix with 1/2 cup of the ranch dressing. Fold in puffed cheese snacks.

Scoop into an attractive salad bowl or into individual salad bowls.

Drizzle with remaining ranch dressing.

Top with potato chips.

Garnish with a ring of cherry tomatoes.

Yankee Doodle went to town,
A-Riding on a pony;
He stuck a feather in his hat,
And called it macaroni.

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We said our goodbyes to Catherine, Francesco and Serena after they were kind enough to take us to the airport. We're flying down to Atlanta, Georgia to meet up with Sue, Hazel, Lance, and Ryan. So, see ya tomorrow!

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