2016. What a freaking year for political mayhem, world mayhem, violence and mayhem of all new proportions. And then there was the seemingly mass passing of many cultural treasures- musicians, actors and writers. While I’m looking forward to 2017 and a whole new year to blast from the past, I felt we needed to salute those not coming into the new year. In 2016 the world said goodbye to, among many others: Alan Thicke (actor, Growing Pains) Bob Coburn (radio) Gair Allie (baseball player, Pittsburgh Pirates) Henry Heimlich (inventor of the life-saving technique) Craig Sager (sportscaster on TNT) Wade Bourne (writer) Jimbo Elrod (football player, Kansas City Chiefs) Mark Fisher (singer, Britpop) Valerie Gell (singer, the Liverbirds) Harry Jones (football player, Philadelphia Eagles) Bob Krasnow (executive at Elektra Records, co-founded Rock n Roll Hall of Fame) John Glenn (American astronaut) Peter Vaughn (actor, Game of Thrones) Billy Chapin (child actor) Micky Fitz (singer,The Business) Muhammed Ali (champion boxer) Kay Starr (Wheel of Fortune) Rick Steiner (producer, Hairspray) John Carson (actor, Doctor Who) Julie Gregg (actress, The Godfather) Claire Labine (author/ producer, General Hospital) Robert Vaughn (actor, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) Leon Russell (musician, The Wrecking Crew) David Mancuso (dj) Gwen Ifill (journalist, PBS NewsHour) Milt Okun (singer) Lisa Lynn Masters (actress, The Stepford Wives) Jay Wright Forrester (computer engineer) Mentor Williams (songwriter, Drift Away) Sharon Jones (singer) Larry Fullerton (inventor) Prince (singer, Prince and the Revolution) Ron Glass (actor, Firefly) Fritz Weaver (actor, Thomas Crowne Affaire) Tony Martell (music exec) Jim Delligatti (creator of the Big Mac) Michiyo Yasuda (animator, Studio Ghibli) Lorenzo Freeman (footballer, Pittsburgh Steelers) Kazunari Tanaka (voice actor, Gundam series) Tom Barnes (journalist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Patricia Barry (actress, Days of our Lives) Robert Bateman (composer, Please Mr. Postman) Thomas Mikal Ford (actor, Harlem Nights) Jack Greenburg (Civil Rights Activist) Fulton Walker (footballer, Miami Dolphins) Jean Alexander (actress, Coronation Street) Patty Duke, Eddie Applegate (actors, the Patty Duke Show) Fidel Castro (dictator, Cuba) Prince (singer) David Bowie (singer) Jose Fernandez (pitcher, Miami Marlins) Carrie Fisher (actress, Star Wars) Nancy Reagan (former First Lady, U.S.) Janet Reno (1st female attorney general, U.S.) Keith Emerson (singer, Emerson, Lake and Palmer) Florence Henderson (actress, Brady Bunch) Gene Wilder (film actor) Gary Shandling (comedian) Harper Lee (author, To Kill a Mockingbird) Abe Vigoda (actor, The Godfather) Gary Marshall (producer, Happy Days) George kennedy (actor, Cool Hand Luke) Doris Roberts (actress, Everybody Loves Raymond) Robert Vaughn (actor, the Man from UNCLE) Zsa Zsa Gabor (actress, Green Acres) Kenny Baker (actor who portrayed R2D2 in Star Wars) Leonard Cohen (singer-songwriter) Maurice WHite (singer, Earth, Wind and Fire) Merle Haggard (singer) Glenn Frey (singer, The Eagles) Attrell Cordes (singer, P.M. Dawn) Elie Wiesel (Holocaust Survivor, Nobel Prize Winner) Henry Heimlich (creator of the Heimlich Maneuver) Anton Yelchin (actor, Star Trek) Alan Rickman (film actor, Die Hard) George Michael (singer, Wham!)
Here’s wishing you a sweet New Year in 2014 from Yello80s and I bestow you with the recipe to Laura Ingalls Wilder‘s famous gingerbread from the Little House Books. It’s the real deal, collected with many of her other recipes, photos and fun facts about Laura as a grownup and her daughter Rose in the book The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook by William Anderson and Leslie Kelly. If you’re a Little House fan this is a must have reference book! Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Gingerbread –recipe adapted by K. Rose Quayle 1 c brown sugar 120g ½ c shortening 95g 1 c molasses 240ml 2 tsp baking soda 10ml 1 c boiling water measured in a 2c or larger measuring cup 240ml 3 c flour 360g 1 tsp each ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ground cloves 5ml each ½ tsp salt 2.5ml Preheat oven to 350F 176C . Grease a 9×9” 23x23cm baking pan. Blend the sugar and the shortening and mix in the molasses. Add the baking soda to the boiling water and mix well. Combine the flour and the spices and sift. Combine the sugar-molasses mixture with the flour mixture and the baking soda-water liquid. Mix ingredients well and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until cake tester inserted in the centre of the gingerbread comes out clean.