Corn state of Nebraska

Do you know anything about Nebraska? – For the sake of my jokes, I asked friends, many of whom have already managed to cross half. Honestly, I did not really hoped to get information. Farms, corn, one-story America, the heat – here is an exemplary list of those unacceptable associations that most cause this distant American state. Some still for some reason remember about nuclear tests, desperately in a nebaracy with Nevada. When our plane landed in the tiny airport of the capital of the Nebraski city of Lincoln, the view from the window also did not foretell anything particularly impressive. Yellow-brown plain, distinguished by strict road rectangles. Unsessful landscape revived only fancy branching ribbon Missouri river.

Something in what my friends were right. Unofficial name Nebraska – (). Corn grain – one of the most profitable industries after legumes, meat, crust and thick piglets (newborn pigs here include music – to grow healthy and happy). But corncurate for carens – a little more than a common agricultural culture, bringing a state solid income. Boiled corn here even eat with respect: not rudely clasped five, and picing on two sides with special metal dads. Corn – a symbol of forever conquered in the capricious nature of independence. Because – today it is hard to believe in it – a couple of centuries ago it is green, meaningful and well-groomed space was buried by the Sun. Not in vain until the middle of the XIX century nebraska called . Now this fertile, blooming land at first glance is very reminiscent of the Russian middle lane. The same endless plains, blue lakes, soft wooded hills. The same continental climate: hot summer with frequent thunderstorms and fantastic rainbow, cold winter with snow, less abundant than we. Nebrasktsy, however, love to say about what metamorphosis happens with their land when snow falls. Here they love and fanatically protect every centimeter generously measured by the state of space. Perhaps this is a large proportion of healthy pragmatism: well-groomed and cleanliness are perceived as something natural and granted. Most of the land in rural areas – Private property. In Nebraska, small family farms are common, and the owners, naturally, are interested in the fact that their good does not disappear and brought profit. , argued in turn citizens. Of course, it is unlikely that someone will come to mind to throw the cigarette or cans on a freshly-sustained lawn or on a simple urban sidewalk.

The main stop in my exotic travel is the city of Lincoln, located in the southeast of Nebraski at the same short distance from the borders with the states of Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. This is the second population of the city of the state after the neighboring Omaha. Lincoln has about 220 thousand. residents and on these standards considered almost a megapolis. Here are the main campuses of the University of Nebraski, one of the most prestigious in the Midwest, several huge shopping centers with trendy shops, a dozen nightclubs, a strip-bar and even an unofficial gay club – for American depths of a unheard. Additional attractions – built in the 20s of our century, a stenquito-meter capitol, crowned with a significant bronze figure of the seedman; headquarters of the institute Gallpa (the most famous sociological service in the world); Several vintage quarters made of dark bricks resembling the scenery of old cowboy westerns.

For the metropolis in the familiar representation of Lincoln Natoski is safe. Passersby can only be found closer to night. One of the most popular sports – evening walks rapid step. And the day of the street, as a rule, is empty: the townspeople move exclusively on personal transport – a family fleet is usually at least two cars. Drivers have to be viewed in both: the road is that and it is overwhelmed chubby white rabbits. In Lincoln, there are no homeless dogs and cats, but there are victorious rabbits who escaped from the inappropriate owners (in Nebraska, it is customary to keep rabbits in the garden). I surprised me and the fact that in the metropolitan city there is one and only newspaper (circulation – about 75 thousand. instances). Nebraska – the state is mainly republican, and here, apparently, its ideas about objectivity.

However, the local politicized local population will not call. In these parts, it is primarily appreciated by constant work with a stable earnings, which allows to have a well-maintained housing, which in turn provides personal independence and safety. (Most often it is its own home, apartment buildings in Lincoln extremely few.) Another fundamental value is irrespectable for us. Churches almost every corner, the confession range is huge: there are even Orthodox. Methodist, Lutheran and other Protestant confessions are most popular in Nebraska. At one of the streets, almost close to each other are the Catholic Church, Lutheran and Synagogue. , I explained to me an elderly parishion bowl of one of the churches. I visited Sunday service in the Lutheran Church. Spacious, well lit and air-conditioned hall. On the stage, a small orchestra, the chorus and the scene of all the forces of the Survival: among the parishioners two deaf-and-dumb. The parishioners of all ages are very familiar with psalms in rock and roll processing. Next, follow the short sermon of pastor o, and mini-formulation that calls for the Bible more often. Finally – again universal singing in an even more encouraging rhythm and collection of donations, which come most often in the form of checks. At the end of the service, no one can immediately disperse, most parishioners know each other and vividly discussed the latest news. After all, the church for Americans is rather social than the religious institution. And also a session of peculiar collective psychotherapy and in addition the opportunity to meet with old friends and acquire new.

Life in Lincoln is stable and comfortable – so at least it seems from. Homeless – units, apartment thefts and murders rarely happen, and even the streets for universal convenience are named letters in alphabetical order. And yet the locals perceive their calm and measured life in different ways. . Richard – a former musician, is now working as an administrator at the Museum of Nebraska History. His ancestors emigrated to America from England at the end of the last century and opened a mini-plant for the production of soap. Spencer himself – a typical Englishman, tightened, discreet, even a few pedantic. V is five children, but in your cozy house he lives alone. It is regularly visited by two daughters living in the suburbs, the rest of the children went to other states. . The youngest daughter of Spencer, 19 year old Laura, does not share the philosophical sentiment of the father. Tightening the cigarette, Laura is indignant by the absurd severity of local laws: in one of the karaoke bars (the most popular entertainment in these parts) I met a local celebrity, Bean Whitask. He recently turned 80, but he sings, as many years ago, the same velvet, melancholic voice Frank Sinatra. Every year he ranks first in the state of karaoke competition. Bob fought in World War II, in the 3rd Army of General Pattone. In the basement of his spacious two-story house with a plot on which there are three huge Christmas trees, the workshop is. In the free from the work of the housework (a few years ago, Bob had a wife’s wife) Sinatra from Nebraski cuts out of the tree of funny dolls, which trades on Christmas Eve. .

I did not want to leave Nebraska. In this quiet, naive province, I also discovered an unexpected charm. Charm of comfort, rest and consent. Or maybe this is the local people helped me differently look at the notorious American outback – not with the help of stereotypes, but through the fate of everyone who matured me a person. In addition, I never tried such tasty corn – tender, juicy and so home.

Nebraska translated from the language of local Indians means "Flat Water". Staff: 200 thousand. kv. km, population -1.67 million. person. 38% of residents-monotsky origin, 13% – Irish, 10% – English, 4.7% -Shvedsky and 4.7% -Shesh. In addition, 72.5 thousand live in Nebraska. immigrants from Mexico and Latin America, 67 thousand. Black, 2 thousand. Russians, many of which are visited by the local Orthodox Church, and about 15 thousand. Indians living mainly in three local reservations. The first settlements of the Indians have arisen 10 thousand. years ago. When, at the beginning of the 18th century, the first white people came to Nebraska – French researchers and Pashnina’s buyers, about 40 thousand lived here. Indians, the main occupation of which was the hunt for bison. In 1804-1806.G. Here, the famous expedition of Lewis and Clark, who created the first map of Nebraska. Throughout the century of the banks of the River Platt, crossing the whole state from East to the West, were the main expensive for moving to the west of immigrants. The US Nebraska entered in 1867. In addition to numerous reserves and national parks, Nebraska is known to be the only one in the United States in the United States, bison farms, cranes flying here from around the world for the marital season, as well as a strong football team, in 1997. won the country championship. In Nebraska, born: Actors Fred Aster, Henry Fund and Marlon Brando, the famous hunter Buffalo Bill, General John Pershing, President Gerald Ford. The first transcontinental highway and the first railway, the headquarters of which is located in G, passed through Nebristry. Omaha.

Autumn. Sad time. Outside the window rain, slush, only sometimes looks through the tuchi sun. But for mushrooms begins the hottest time. In Russian cuisine, you can count hundreds of various dishes from mushrooms – white, boomes, chanterelles, rhymes. In America, too love mushrooms. True, they are not very familiar with our favorite mushrooms, and basically they eat champignons. They are eating raw, pickled, fried and baked. Today we want to offer you a few recipes for dishes from champignons.

Champignons stuffed with crabs

24 middle sized champignon

5 tablespoons of butter

2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 cup finely chopped crab meat

0.5 cups of breadcrumbs

0.5 glasses of grated cheese

0.5 glasses of dry white wine

Separate the feet in the mushrooms, finely cut them, mix with green onions, add 2 st. spoons of butter and fry in a frying pan until the bow becomes soft. Remove from the fire, add lemon juice, crabs, crackers, slightly whipped egg and ? Glasses of grated cheese. Melt the remaining oil. Dry mushroom caps into the oil, and then fascinate their cooked minced. Put the hat on a frying pan, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and pour wine into the frying pan. Prepare 15-20 minutes in the oven, preheated to 200 * with.

On the table to serve hot, decorating the dish slices of lemon. Calculated for 6 servings.

Stuffed champignons in Italian

15 medium-sized mushrooms 3 teaspoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon finely chopped onions

0.5 cups finely sliced ​​salami

0.5 glasses of grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon ketchup

2 tablespoons of breading crackers

1 Teas Spoon Cream Oil. Salt to taste.

Separate the legs in the mushrooms and finely cut them out (it takes about 1/3 cup of sliced ​​legs). Lubricate hats with olive oil, using 2 teaspoons. The remaining 1 teaspoon of oil pour into a frying pan, put the legs and onions and fry on the slow heat until the bow becomes golden. Then add salami, cheese and ketchup. Furnish the caps obtained by minced. Melt the butter in the frying pan, add cruck and put the puffed hats. Bake 6-8 minutes, preheated oven to 200 * with. Serve hot. Calculated for 5 servings.

Rice with champignons

2 tablespoons of butter

1 Solka finely chopped garlic

Corn state of Nebraska

2 cups of sliced ​​champignons

0.5 cups of chopped sweet red pepper

0.5 cup of chicken broth

0.5 glasses of water

2 teaspoons of small chopped onion

1.5 glasses of rice

2 tablespoons of grated cheese

1 tablespoon finely sliced ​​parsley salt to taste.

Melt oil on low heat, then add garlic to a saucep. Prepare 1 minute stirring. Then put mushrooms and red peppers and cook for another 2 minutes, without stopping stirring. After that, pour water, chicken broth, pour onions, salt and bring to a boil. After that, put the rice, pre-boiled, cover with the lid and leave to stand 5 minutes until the liquid is absorbed in the rice, then mix and add cheese and parsley. Serve hot. Calculated for 6 servings.

Zucchini with champignons

3 glasses of zucchini sliced ​​with thin slices

2.5 cups sliced ​​champignons

1 Middle Sweet Red Pepper Sliced ​​Cubes

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1 cup of grated cheese

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Pour vegetable oil into a pan, put zucchini, mushrooms and peppers and cook in the oven 5-6 minutes or until the zucchini will not be soft. Then pour everything with grated cheese and cover with a lid for 2 minutes so that the cheese melted. Serve hot. Calculated for 4 servings.

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