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Hunt of NCIS LA & Pineapple Cake

April 2, 2011

Happy Birthday to
1945 Linda Hunt, born Lydia Susanna Hunter in Morristown, New Jersey. I enjoy Ms. Hunt every week on NCIS LA where she keeps Chris O’Donnell & LL Cool J in line, but I have followed her career for years: her Best Supporting Actress Oscar-winning performance in The Year Of Living Dangerously with Mel Gibson & Sigourney Weaver; as the Shadout Mapes in Dune; & the principal in Kindergarten Cop. She is a tiny giant of the silver screen, now of the television screen. Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthdays also go to:

1914 Alec Guinness, born in London, England, British actor, Bridge on River Kwai – Best Actor Oscar; Obi-wan Kenobi to the Star Wars fans – Oscar nominations; George Smiley to those of us John le Carré readers. Sir Alec passed away in 2000.

1908 Buddy Ebsen, born in Belleville, Illinois, actor, Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones, but my favorite role… no, not Davy Crockett, though he was great in the coonskin cap. He played opposite Shirley Temple as Paul Roberts in the 1936 classic Captain January! What a dancer! He was offered the role of Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, agreed to change roles with Ray Bolger to play the Tin Man but became very ill from the silver make-up, giving up the role to Jack Haley. He passed away in 2003 at the age of 95.

1805 Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, author of 150 fairy tales

742 Charlemagne, 1st Holy Roman emperor, 800-14

Okay, enough with the birthdays! I’m off to bake a cake!

Pineapple Right-Side-Up Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 20 ounce can Crushed Pineapple, divided, NOT DRAINED
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped Walnuts

Glaze

  • 1/3 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 3/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat eggs until frothy; Add sugar & vanilla.
  3. On low, beat in half of pineapple & dry ingredients.
  4. Spread batter in lightly greased jelly roll pan.
  5. Sprinkle walnuts over top.
  6. Bake 18 – 20 minutes.
  7. Pour remaining pineapple (slightly drained) over top of cake.

Glaze

  1. Boil ingredients 3 – 4 minutes.
  2. Pour glaze over cake while cake is still warm.
  3. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.
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