Mexican Wedding Cookies. Photo by Liddie Martinez By LIDDIE MARTINEZEspañola ValleyFew culinary treats are as universal as the Mexican Wedding Cookie.Known by many other names and home in many other places, including Eastern and Western Europe, these powdery little treasures are also known as Danish Wedding Cookies, Russian and Swedish Tea Cakes and as polvorones (dust bunnies) in Spain.These buttery nuggets packed with crunchy pecan pieces are traditionally served at Mexican weddings and so, it is likely that their American name, Mexican Wedding Cookies, came from that knowledge despite the fact that in Mexico and Spain they are called Polvorones.These delicious cookies originated in the Andalucía region of Spain same as where mantecados were developed (re-read my Jan. 2019 column on Bizcochitos) as they are both short bread cookies shaped as crescent moons. Polvorones made in Spain traditionally are made with almonds, but pecans were native and much more readily available in 16th Century Mexico when the cookie arrived with the colonists.Somewhere along the way someone modified the recipe to substitute pecans for almonds, rolled them into balls instead of shaping them into crescent moons, covered them in powdered sugar and, like magic, a new cookie was born!Since June is when the Wedding Season begins, these delicious and festive morsels would be ideal party favors to leave in pretty cellophane wrapped packages on guest tables to nibble on later. They disappear very quickly but, take my advice and make them small enough to pop into your mouth all at once and be done with it. They will crumble if you try to take a delicate bite and leave an awful, powdery mess in their wake.Ingredients1 cup butter, at room temperature2 ¼ cups flour, divided1/3 cup sugar1 teaspoon vanilla1 Tablespoon water1 cup chopped pecans1 cup powdered sugar, siftedPreheat oven to 325˚ F.In a mixing bowl beat butter on medium-high speed for a minute. Add about half the flour, the sugar, vanilla, and water; beat until combined then add in the remaining flour until incorporated. Stir in the chopped nuts.Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets.Bake for 20 minutes, or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on racks. I small batches, gently shake cooled cookies in a paper bag with the powdered sugar.Makes 3 dozen. Mexican Wedding Cookies. Photo by Liddie Martinez Mexican Wedding Cookies. Photo by Liddie Martinez
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The tanks, which weighed around 100 tonnes each and measured 13.7 m long with 6 m diameters, arrived at Jaxport from Zhangjiagang, China.US stevedoring company Portus lifted the tanks one-by-one from SAL’s heavy lift vessel Trina, before loading them on board two barges for shipment along the St. Johns River to Palatka in Florida, where they will be used at a paper product manufacturing facility.The heavy lift cargo berth at Jaxport’s Blount Island Marine Terminal offers up to 8.7 tonnes per sq m of load capacity with rail capability up to 78 kips per axle for heavy cargo.Watch a video of the move below:www.jaxport.comwww.portus-us.com
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) – A commuter train plowed into the bustling Hoboken rail station during the morning rush hour Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 100 others, some critically, in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling cables, authorities said.Witnesses reported seeing one woman trapped under concrete and many people bleeding after the arriving New Jersey Transit train crashed through a barrier at the end of the track. The train came to a halt in a covered area between the station’s indoor waiting area and the platform, collapsing a section of the metal shed roof.Nancy Bido, a passenger on the train, told WNBC-TV in New York that the train didn’t slow as it pulled into the station. “It just never stopped. It was going really fast, and the terminal was basically the brake for the train,” she said.The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known. The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending investigators.Hoboken, which is NJ Transit’s fifth-busiest station with 15,000 boardings per weekday, is situated just across the Hudson River from New York City. It is the final stop for several train lines and a transfer point for many commuters on their way to New York City. Many passengers get off at Hoboken and take ferries or a PATH commuter train to New York.Democratic Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, who represents Hoboken, said transit officials told him one person has died and two were critically injured. He didn’t know whether the fatality and critical injuries were on the train or platform.Jennifer Nelson, a spokeswoman for NJ Transit, said earlier, “We have multiple injuries, multiple critical injuries right now.” Rail service was suspended in and out of Hoboken,She said she doesn’t know yet how fast the train was going when it crashed through the bumper. TV footage and photos from the scene showed the rail car was mangled.Rich Scardaville, who was aboard the train, told the Wall Street Journal that it approached the station normally but suddenly “lurched forward at the last minute.”Then, he said, there was an “ungodly loud bang, like an explosion” before the lights went off and “everyone went flying.”Passenger Bhagyesh Shah said the train was crowded, particularly the first two cars, because they make for an easy exit into the Hoboken station. Passengers in the second car broke the emergency windows to get out.“I saw a woman pinned under concrete,” Shah told WNBC-TV in New York. “A lot of people were bleeding; one guy was crying.”#Hoboken #traincrash train hit the station pic.twitter.com/5xteTKLavU— Leon O (@monduras) September 29, 2016Brian Klein, whose train arrived at the station after the crash, told the Wall Street Journal that transit police ushered everyone aboard his train into a waiting room, “then quickly started yelling, ‘Just get out! We don’t know if the building is going to hold.’”The train had left Spring Valley, New York, at 7:23 a.m. and crashed at 8:45 a.m., said NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder.“It simply did not stop,” WFAN anchor John Minko, who witnessed the crash, told 1010 WINS. “It went right through the barriers and into the reception area.”NJ Transit provides more than 200 million passenger trips annually on bus, rail and light rail lines. More than 100,000 people use NJ Transit trains to commute from New Jersey into New York City daily.A crash at the same station on a different train line injured more than 30 people in 2011. The PATH commuter train crashed into bumpers at the end of the tracks on a Sunday morning. SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: September 29, 2016 9:36 AM EDT Updated: September 29, 2016 11:21 AM EDT Train crashes into New Jersey station 1 dead, 100-plus hurt
HARSCO: The Harsco Rail track maintenance division of Harsco announced two orders with a total value of US$25m on September 27.The first contract covers the supply of rail grinding machines for use on Saudi Arabia’s Haramain High Speed Rail line between Makkah and Medinah, and includes initial operator training and spare parts support. The second order covers the supply to South Africa of two on-track measuring vehicles for the assessment of rail geometry and ballast profiles. Harsco will work as Transnet Freight Rail’s original equipment manufacturing partner, supplying the vehicles to a joint venture of Molamu Majories and Thari Joint Venture.Deliveries under both orders are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
Burkina Faso’s Interior Minister Simon Compaore says the country has foiled a coup attempt by forces loyal to ousted President Blaise Compaore.At least 10 people have been arrested in connection with the attempted coup though the alleged mastermind of the coup is still on the run.The coup was supposed to take place earlier this month with an attack on the presidential palace and a prison.About 30 men from the former president’s security unit plotted to free prisoners who were part of a September 2015 coup attempt, and then attack the presidential palace, said Simon Compaore. Forces loyal to former president Blaise Compaoré tried to stage a coup in September last year. They surrendered a week later following protests.Current President Roch Marc Kabore has been in power for nearly a year. His election ended the turbulent political crisis since the overthrow of Compaore.
South Africa Rastafarians Related Somalia has confirmed another 29 new COVID-19 cases, according to the Horn of Africa country’s Ministry of Health.This brings the total number of cases to 164, with one recovery and the death toll now at seven. South Africa budget expectations West Africa Ebola free
[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Pocari, Customs tagged early V-League favorites ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – The Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors and the Bureau of Customs Transformers have been tipped as the teams to beat in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference, set to open on Saturday at the San Juan Arena.The Transformers became an instant favorite in the tournament following the acquisition of two-time MVP Alyssa Valdez as well as veterans Rizza Mandapat, Fhen Emnas, Michiko Castaneda, and Menchie Tubiera.“Isa naman sa mga misyon ng Customs sa pagsali sa V-League ay mabago ang image nila sa publiko,” said Transformers head coach Sherwin Meneses. “And with our lineup, may ipaglalaban naman tayo sa ibang teams sa V-League.”The Lady Warriors is also favored for its second straight crown as it maintained its core lineup with Michelle Gumabao, Myla Pablo and Elaine Kasilag, as well as the arrival of reinforcements Bree Mackie and Andrea Kacsits.“Maganda ang chance namin ngayon dahil ‘yung mga players prepared na. May konting pressure kasi kami ang champion sa Open Conference pero mas nagiging motivation namin ‘yun para mag champion uli,” said Lady Warriors mentor Rommel Abella.Meanwhile, the Philippine Air Force Lady Jet Spikers is out for redemption after missing a golden chance to win its first V-League title in the Open Conference against the Lady Warriors.The Lady Jet Spikers are set to parade an intact lineup led by veterans Judy Anne Caballejo, Joy Cases, Mary Ann Pantino, Jocemar Tapic, Wendy Semana, Mae Antipuesto, Iari Yongco, and Jennifer Manzano.Also expected to make an impact is Bali Pure Water Defenders, which will be led by Charo Soriano, Angelique Gervacio, Amy Ahomiro, Negrense Bea Tan and Denise Lazaro, and the Laoag Power Smashers, which was boosted by Gretchel Soltones.Other teams in the Reinforced Conference are the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses, the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons and the Philippine Coast Guard./PN
Jessica Galanza top-scored with 16 points, while Joy Dacoron added 11 markers for the Lady Falcons, which slipped further to last place in the standings with a 0-10 win-loss slate./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] A ferocious Cherry Rondina (right) of the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses slams past the defensive of Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws’ Toni Basas during their UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament match. VOLLEYBALL PH[/av_image][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – The University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses got back to winning form in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament with a 25-12, 25-18, 22-25, 25-19 win over the Adamson University Lady Falcons on Saturday at the San Juan Arena.Cherry Rondina led the way with 18 points, on 15 attacks, two blocks and a service ace, for the Golden Tigresses, which moved up to solo third place in the standings with a 6-4 win-loss slate.Ennajie Laure added 14 points, including 12 attacks, while Marivic Meneses and Pamela Lastimosa had 11 points each for the Golden Tigresses, which bounced back from a 25-10, 26-24, 28-26 loss to the Ateneo Lady Eagles on Wednesday.The Golden Tigresses went for a quick 16-6 start on hits by Rondina, Laure and Lastimosa. The Golden Tigresses’ lead grew further late in the opening set as the Lady Falcons continued to commit errors.From a slow start in the second set, the Golden Tigresses made a run to snatch a slim 16-15 lead before uncorking a 9-3 finishing run behind Rondina, Meneses and Lastimosa to build a 2-0 set lead.After losing the third set, the Golden Tigresses bounced back in the fourth as it built a commanding 24-15 lead on a hit by Laure. The Lady Falcons countered to come to within 24-19 before the Golden Tigresses ended it with a Rondina hit.“Kahit hindi namin sabihin makikita mo na may complacency,” said Golden Tigresses mentor Emilio Reyes on their third set loss. “Kailangan pa naming magtrabaho para maabot ang goal namin.” [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’Tigresses slaughters winless Lady Falcons in UAAP volley’ color=” style=’blockquote modern-quote’ custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=”]Sunday, March 19, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/sports-UST.jpg’ attachment=’100323′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=’14’ appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]