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National Bagel Day!

Today we celebrate National Bagel Day.  This day is observed annually on January 15th.

Who doesn’t love bagels for breakfast especially with cream cheese?  A quick easy breakfast especially on-the-go, a quick meal that will fill you up when your heading to work.  Bagel is bread originating in the Jewish communities of Poland.  It is traditionally shaped by hand to form a ring from yeasted wheat dough, roughly hand-sized, that first boiled for a short time in the water and then baked to perfection.  The result is a dense, chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior.

Bagels are now the most popular bread product in North America.   It use to be only plain bagels but nowadays, bagels are made with different types of toppings from fruits like raisins or blueberries, different cheese types, and some savory toppings like garlic or onions.  Bagels are always freshly made in bakeries and some serve fresh then some are frozen for later use.

Every Tuesday, I love to buy a dozen bagels at Panera.  They give you one free bagel for every dozen purchased at a special price.  My favorite bagels are the Asiago bagel and the Cinnamon Crunch bagels.  I normally eat them toasted with a light spread of cream cheese.  Sometimes I like to eat my bagel for dinner served with a 4 thin slice of lox or smoked salmon, onion, tomatoes, and cream cheese, with a sprinkle of capers and a squeeze of lemon.

Since today is bagel day, celebrate it by buying your favorite bagel flavor to eat for breakfast or any time of the day. What is your favorite bagel?  Share your favorite bagel on social media using #BagelDay.

2009 Pilot Sully Sullenberger performs a “Miracle on the Hudson”

On January 15, 2009, a potential disaster turned into a heroic display of skill and composure when Captain Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III safely landed the plane he was piloting on New York City’s Hudson River after a bird strike caused its engines to fail. David Paterson, governor of New York at the time, dubbed the incident the “miracle on the Hudson.” Sullenberger, a former fighter pilot with decades of flying experience, received a slew of honors for his actions, including an invitation to Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration and resolutions of praise from the U.S. Congress.

About a minute after taking off from New York’s La Guardia Airport on January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 collided with one of the aviation industry’s most threatening foes: a flock of geese. Crippled by the bird strike, both engines lost power and went quiet, forcing Captain Sullenberger to make an emergency landing. When air traffic controllers instructed the seasoned pilot to head for nearby Teterboro Airport, he calmly informed them that he was “unable” to reach a runway. “We’re gonna be in the Hudson,” he said simply, and then told the 150 terrified passengers and five crew members on board to brace for impact.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/sully-sullenberger-performs-miracle-on-the-hudson)