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By Larry Rettig on October 20, 2011

Replacing zippers or buttons on clothing. Fastening shoe straps. Mounting a smoke detector on a wall or ceiling. Securing cushions to outdoor furniture. Hanging signs. This is but a small sampling of the 101 uses of Velcro. No doubt about it, Velcro has taken the world by storm.

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Imagenap
Oct 21, 2011 1:39 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
"....stealthy, scheming behavior...." Hilarious!

Very fun article, Larry! I enjoyed the lesson, and actually have wondered about Velcro a time or two.

But you know how it is...often when I do my wondering, it's not a good time to run to Wikipedia.

Then when I'm at the computer, Velcro is the last thing on my mind!

Thank goodness you have taken care of that problem for me! Now, what do you think I should make for dinner???
ImageSharon
Oct 21, 2011 2:27 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I fell right out of a tree, off a limb, straight into a patch of Velc . . . burdock one time. Took Aunt Bett hours to get me and my hair untangled.

My invisible blond monkey friend held on to the limb by his tail and laughed the entire time.
The monkey's name was Corky as I remember.
Remember that old article, Larry?

How fun!
Thanks.
ImageLarryR
Oct 21, 2011 5:17 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Glad to be of service Nancy! Smiling I'm trying to think of a clever way to segue from velcro to dinner, but it eludes me at the moment. Hilarious!

Oh, here you go;

Kinpira Gobo – Burdock Root, Stir-Fried and Spicy

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"There are many things that look more exciting than the beige stick facade of burdock roots but few have the appealing crunchiness it is prized for. Resembling a lengthier anemic carrot, it takes well to braising, retaining its crispness where other root vegetables turn mushy, and stir-frying, where its appetizing aroma is drawn out. Both cooking techniques are used in this traditional Japanese dish, serving as a good introduction to gobo cookery.

Although Kinpira is usually associated with spicy root vegetables that are stir-fried and glazed with soy sauce, sake, and sugar, its origin has little to do with culinary techniques. Kinpira originates from the name of a mythical character in musicals from feudal Japan. The dash of heat from shichimi togarashi, a bright orange spice blend containing seven ingredients, represents the hero’s strength and fortitude."

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ImageLarryR
Oct 21, 2011 5:31 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Ouch, Sharon! The blond monkey friend sounds familiar, but I'd forgotten the connection to burdock. Glad you enjoyed the article. Have a great weekend. Wilma and I are going to settle down by the fireplace later with popcorn and watch several documentaries. It's a long-standing tradition at our house. But I don't think we'll be having Kinpira Gobo anytime soon! Hilarious!
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
As a gardener: When planning for a year, I plant corn. When planning for decades, I plant trees. When planning for life, I train and educate people.


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Imagenap
Oct 21, 2011 6:36 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Oh Larry, you are soooooooo helpful! Glare

Thank you, but your post came too late. I could wait no longer. I was forced to make a decision on my own. Leftover spaghetti for one family member, grapefruit for another, and a frozen sesame chicken diet meal for myself. I see sesame seeds on your tempting image up there, so I will just 'pretend' that I took your suggestion. (The sesame chicken wasn't very good either. Sticking tongue out )

I would love to join you two for popcorn though! Big Grin

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