The festival, which is held over two weekends in April and May (April 27-29, May 4-6), will be held at the New Orleans Fair Grounds. Other headliners on the roster include Van Morrison, Ludacris, Bonnie Raitt, Steely Dan, ZZ Top, John Legend, Counting Crows and New Edition.
Harry Connick, Jr., a New Orleans native, will close the festival. He is expected to perform selections from his Oh, My Nola album.
HGTV's If Walls Could Talk is coming to Jackson to find homeowners who have made valuable discoveries while they were moving in and fixing up their homes. Their finds range from old letters and photos to art, books, vintage clothing and more. The If Walls Could Talk appraiser drops by to tell them what it's all worth.
If your home has a story to tel or you know about one that does, contact Brent Spier at (303) 712-3237 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for the program.
Piaggio, the Italian company that created the Vespa scooter, has made the traditional scooter safer wit their new MP3, a three-wheeled scooter that is easier and safer to handle than its two-wheeled peers.
The MP3 has two wheels in front. Each turns independenly for better stability. (The bikes don't even need a kickstand - the wheels lock in place to balance the scooter upright at stoplights or the curb.
The Happy Challenge - created by The Secret Society of Happy People - is to write down a happy moment each day. It can be something as simple as a word on a calendar or as complex as a scrapbook entry. At the end of the year you'll be reminded of 365 happy moments!
If you get a happy mental block, read here about the 31 types of happiness. (Borrowing someone else's happy moment is also allowed.) An alternative for young kids - start a Happy Moments notebook and let them draw pictures of their happy moments. (Then you'll have a great keepsake too.)
1 bunch scallions 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped (1 1/2 cups) 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 1/4 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 6 oz Spanish chorizo (cured spiced pork sausage), cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 1/2 lb yellow-fleshed potatoes such as Yukon Gold (about 4 medium), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice 9 large eggs 3/4 cup sour cream 5 oz Manchego or white Cheddar, coarsely grated (2 cups)
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly oil a 13- by 9-inch baking pan or dish.
Finely chop white and green parts of scallions and reserve separately.
Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook onions, garlic, white parts of scallions, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden, about 6 minutes. Add chorizo and cook, stirring occasionally, until just beginning to brown and release oil, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat to moderate, then stir in potatoes and cover skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and cool slightly.
Whisk together eggs, sour cream, cheese, scallion greens, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl, then pour into baking pan. Sprinkle potato mixture over eggs (some potatoes will stick out). Bake until custard is set, about 20 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack to warm or room temperature. Trim 1/2 inch off each side, then cut tortilla into 1 1/2- by 1-inch rectangles.
Cooks' note: Tortilla can be baked 1 day ahead and cooled completely, uncovered, then chilled, covered. Cut into squares, then bring to room temperature before serving or reheat to warm in a preheated 325°F oven.
Nauru is a tiny island all alone in the middle of the Pacific. Today, let them know they're not completely forgotten by sending the President a friendly postcard at the Office of the President, c/o Ministry of Works, Yaren Nauru. (And be sure and try roast Nauru pig today too.)
Here's some trivia about Nauru for you:
It is the world's smallest island nation (at 8.1 square miles).
It is the smallest independent republic.
It is the only republican state in the world without an official capitol.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the yard decoration everyone (besides me) loves to hate, it seems...the plastic pink flamingo.
The pink flamingo we know today was patented in 1957 by Donald Featherstone of Leominster, Mass. Featherstone told Felder Rushing 10 years ago, "Before plastic, only the wealthy could afford to show poor taste."
Featherstone recently retired from his Union Products, which put out 250,000 pairs of flamingos each year under his direction. (The company is now out of business.) Authentic Featherstone flamingos have the artist's signature molded beneath their tails (since 1987, at least). All others are considered fakes.