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National Doughnut Appreciation Day!

Today we celebrate National Doughnut Appreciation Day.  This day is observed annually on November 5th.

Since we are celebrating this day, we are featuring one of the now-famous doughnut made famous after the Pittsburgh bus pothole news.  The manager of the famous bakery in Oakmont Bakery created a donut mimicking the bus in the pothole incident.

Doughnuts or donut is a type of fried dough confection or dessert food.  It is popular in many countries and is prepared in many various forms of sweet snacks and a variety of toppings and designs.

In the Philippines, where I am from, local varieties of doughnuts are sold by peddlers and street vendors and are usually made of plain well-kneaded dough, deep-fried in refined coconut oil and sprinkled with refined sugar.  They are round without holes and are known as buñuelos, similar to the doughnuts in Spain since the Philippines formerly belonged to the Spanish colonies.

Doughnuts are usually deep-fried and typically are ring-shaped, and some don’t have holes and filled with jelly or cream.  After frying them, they can be glazed with sugar icing, or top with chocolate icing.  Others are topped with powdered sugar, cinnamon, sprinkles or nuts.

There are two types of ring doughnuts, those made from a yeast-based dough to make raised doughnuts, and those made from a special type of cake batter.  Yeast-raised doughnuts contain 25% oil by weight, whereas cake doughnuts’ oil content is around 20%, but they have extra fat included in the batter before frying.

Doughnut holes are small, bite-sized doughnuts that were traditionally made from the dough taken from the center of ring doughnuts. Before long, doughnut sellers saw the opportunity to market “holes” as a novelty and many chains offer their own variety, some with their own brand names such as “Munchkins” from Dunkin’ Donuts and “Timbits” from Tim Hortons.

So, today, if you love doughnuts, celebrate this day by learning more about the history of doughnuts or just simply head to your favorite bakeshop to buy your favorite doughnuts to enjoy for dessert tonight.  Share on social media your favorite using #DoughnutAppreciationDay.

2007 Writers strike stalls production of TV shows, movies

Members of the Writers Guild of America, East, and Writers Guild of America, West—labor organizations representing television, film and radio writers—go on strike in Los Angeles and New York after negotiations break down with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), a trade group that represents TV and film producers in the United States, including CBS, NBC Universal, Walt Disney Company, Paramount Pictures, News Corp., Sony Pictures Entertainment, MGM and Warner Brothers. The strike caused production to shut down on more than 60 TV shows and resulted in a loss of $3 billion, by some estimates, to the Los Angeles economy alone.

The strike’s key issues included the writers’ demand for a larger share of DVD revenues and payment for films and TV shows distributed over the Internet and other forms of new media. Late-night talk shows, which used guild writers, were immediately affected by the strike and went into reruns. The production also shut down on many prime-time comedies and dramas; however, some had stockpiled completed programming and were able to avoid going straight into reruns.

After a series of stalemated discussions, leaders from both sides eventually reached a tentative agreement, and on February 12, 2008, WGA members voted to end the strike and go back to work. The strike officially ended on February 26, when WGA members overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract with the AMPTP.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/writers-strike-stalls-production-of-tv-shows-movies)

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