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Day 50 - Stop-Over in New York Harbor

Well, we did stop by Ellis Island and saw the Statue of Liberty. My Grandfather Rossario came over to the United States from Montelepre, Sicily in 1906. He was 16 years old when he made the trip. I just can't imagine what it must have felt like to leave his homeland to come here to make a new life for himself. And see The Statue of Liberty first as did tens of thousands of other immigrants from all over the world. To see lady liberty from a distance getting bigger and bigger and bigger before leaving the ship to go through customs on Ellis Island. What an adventure it must have been for my Grandfather.

Day 50 - Dover, Delaware

After spending several hours in New York, we decided to take a nice slow ride down to Dover, Delaware. Delaware was the 1st state in the USA and it became a state on December 7, 1787. Ziggy put her Delaware hat on and I must say, she sure did look dashing. It's a top hat signifying class I think. What do you think?

The state capital, Dover, was founded by William Penn in 1717, and has preserved something of its colonial-period charm. Features of interest include the Old State House (1787), the Delaware State Museum (history of the state), the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village. There is a well-stocked Aircraft Museum at Dover airbase.

Brick building at 307-309 South State Street in Dover is where US Constitution was first ratified.

Delaware was one of the thirteen colonies which revolted against British rule in the American Revolution. After the Revolution began in 1776, the three counties became "Delaware State," and in 1792 that entity adopted its first constitution, declaring itself to be the "State of Delaware."

The city of Dover is the capital and second largest city in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is also the county seat of Kent County, and is located on the St. Jones River in the Delaware River coastal plain.

Dover was most famously the home of Caesar Rodney, the popular wartime leader of Delaware during the American Revolution. He is known to have been buried outside Dover, but the precise location of his grave is unknown. A cenotaph in his honor is erected in the cemetery of the Christ Episcopal Church on The Green in Dover.

Of course, it had been a long day and we decided to get something to eat. Our stomachs were growling. As we were walking down the street, we passed a lady sitting on her doorstep smoking a cigar. Man, was she ever colorful.

I asked her where we could get some Delaware cuisine and she told us to come on in. Her name was Ida Marone Baloney. She has lived in Dover all her life and asked us if we wanted some Delaware Peppered Beef Tip Roast and Corn Pudding. Of course, we said yes.

As she stood over the stove with the cigar in her mouth, the ash was getting longer, and longer and would have fell in the corn pudding if I didn't intercept it. She said it would have given it exceptional flavor. But I ain't never seen in any cookbook an ash from a cigar listed as one of the ingredients. Have you?

What a classy meal this is and it sure did go good with the corn pudding. Here's the recipe.

Delaware Peppered Beef Tip Roast & Corn Pudding
Serves 8 to 12

4 to 6 lb. beef round tip roast
Seasoning:
2 tsp. cracked black pepper
2 tsp. dry mustard
1 large clove garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. ground red pepper
1 tsp. vegetable oil

Corn Pudding:
1 bag frozen whole kernel corn, defrosted (20 oz.)
1 small onion, quartered
2 c. milk
2 eggs
1 package corn muffin mix (8 1/2 ounces)
1 c. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp. salt

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Combine seasoning ingredients.

Rub evenly into surface of beef roast. Prepare roast as directed in Four Easy Steps (see above). Roast in 325 degree oven approximately 2 to 2-1/2 hours for medium rare; 2-1/2 to 3 hours for medium.

Approximately 1 hour before serving, process corn and onion in food processor fitted with steel blade until corn is broken but not pureed. Add milk and eggs; process just until blended. Add muffin mix and salt; process only until mixed. Pour into greased 11x7-inch baking dish. Bake in 325 degree oven 45 to 50 minutes or until edges are golden. Sprinkle with cheese; broil 3 to 4 inches from heat, until cheese melts and top is crusty.

Remove roast when thermometer registers 140 degrees for medium rare, 155 degrees for medium. Tent and let stand as directed in Four Easy Steps (see above). Carve roast into thin slices; serve with pudding.

Smokin a cigar while you cook is not a good thing.
Even if your Ida Marone Baloney.
Let it be known and you can even sing,
Using ashes from a cigar is never, ever in any recipe.

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After dinner, I asked Ida what it meant to her to be an American. She said, "As long as I have my freedoms that were fought for and lives given by so many over the last few hundred years, I will always be grateful and indebted to those. I am proud to be an American and feel very fortunate. Oh, yes. As long as I have a good cigar too.

We said our good-byes and headed on down to Washington, D.C. for a picnic and some fireworks! This is it folks! The last day! See ya tomorrow on the 4th of July!

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