By Curt Oden - Exline correspondent
Wasn’t that something how last Wednesday, on July 25, we had the hottest day of the summer so far? The news said it went to 106 degrees that day. I believe we have now tied the record for having 11 days of 100 degree temperatures or above for the month of July which was set back in 1934.
Even though with this extreme heat, we finally got quite a few cherry tomatoes off of our plants. Surprisingly they were sweet and juicy. This week’s recipe sounds like a refreshing salad that could make use of those little tomatoes to make it with, as one of the ingredients. It would go great with any summertime meal.
Cherry Tomato Salad with Buttermilk-Basil dressing
6 c. red and yellow cherry tomatoes (if available), if large tomatoes are used cut up into pieces.
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2/3 c. buttermilk
1/4 c. sour cream
3 Tb. thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Put the cherry tomatoes in a large serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss. In another bowl, whisk the buttermilk, sour cream, basil, shallot and garlic. Season with pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the tomatoes. Toss and serve.
Just about everyone enjoys a good donut every once in a while. One company that is renowned for making their now famous donuts is Krispy Kreme. Their signature glazed donuts are the best when they are fresh and warm after just being made.
The story goes that Vernon Randolph went into business with his uncle. They bought a donut shop in Paducah, Ky. and began to sell their yeast donuts that were made from a recipe that was purchased from a businessman in Buffalo, N.Y. when they opened in 1933.
Vernon would deliver their donuts to their customers on his bicycle. Soon, the business was moved to Nashville, where family members joined them to help with their expanding business.
By 1937 Mr. Rudolph sold his interest in the Tennessee donut shop and moved to Winston-Salem, N.C. The first store he opened there was on July 13, 1937 in a rented building on South Main Street, in the historic district of Old Salem. He called his new donut shop Krispy Kremes. He acquired the recipe for his donuts, from a chef in New Orleans. The logo for the company was designed by a local architect at the time named Benny Dinkins.
Rudolph began to sell his new donuts out of a window as the people passed by his shop. The recipe turned out to be a hit with the customers.
In the early 1940s Krispy Kreme had a small fleet of delivery trucks that took their donuts to their customers of all ages.
By the 1950s the donut shop began to expand further, due to the popularity of the donuts. They built a plant to produce the donuts and even opened stores in Savannah, Ga. and at other locations in the South.
Eventually, by the 1960s, the Krispy Kreme Donut Company was well known through the southeastern part of the country. It continued to expand further to other areas.
Beatrice Foods of Chicago, Ill. purchased the Krispy Kreme Donut Corporation in 1976 and it became a wholly owned subsidiary of their company, although the headquarters for the donut company remained in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Then in 1982, a group of the donut company’s franchisees, purchased the corporation back from Beatrice Foods.
The Krispy Kreme Donut Company became renowned for its glazed donuts that are served warm. Devoted customers look for the “Hot Now” sign, to be lit up, out in front of their stores.
That is how they know when to pull in to get a batch of freshly made donuts that are still warm, dripping in their glazed goodness.
By April 5, 2000 the donut corporation went public and sold stock on the NASDAQ, in New York City for $21 dollars a share. Then, on May 17, 2001, Krispy Kreme switched to the New York Stock Exchange. There the stock reached an all time high of $50 a share in August of 2003, plus it had a gain of 235 percent from its original purchase price. By the end of February of 2004, the company had sales of $665.6 million, with an operating profits of $94.7 million dollars. This was from its chain of almost 400 stores, which included foreign locations.
For further distribution, Krispy Kreme expanded into supermarkets and convenience stores to sell their donuts. This ended up being half of the corporation’s sales but in the long run, it hurt their image because their donuts were made in advance and no longer were they sold warm and freshly made.
Krispy Kreme has continued to be a major donut company nationwide and in international locations. They have expanded to many different varieties of donuts over the years, besides their famous glazed ones.
Just recently on July 13, 2012, Krispy Kreme celebrated its 75th anniversary, since Vernon Rudolph opened up his original donut shop in North Carolina. To commemorate this special event on that date, if you purchased a dozen donuts for the regular price, you could get a second dozen of their famous glazed donuts for only 75 cents more.
The corporation had a big birthday celebration street party in Winston-Salem that evening from 7-10 p.m. They served free hot, glazed donuts as the people listened to live music throughout the evening. The next day they held Family Fun Fest where they gave out more free donuts, along with coffee, plus games and rides for the kids.
In addition, they also offered for sale in their shops, special birthday doughnuts with frosting and sprinkles in honor of their milestone, which will be available for a limited time.
The corporation is also conducting the 2012 Glaze the Nation Tour. A couple will travel throughout the country for 260 days this year, celebrating this 75th anniversary by driving the Krispy Kreme Cruiser, which is a restored 1960 Flexible Starliner motor home. They will appear at special events and share the memories of the their famous donuts across the country and at their donut shops of which, they now have 600 nation wide. Doesn’t a fresh, warm glazed donut and a cup of coffee sound really good about now?
Recently, life long resident and former long time mayor of Exline, Bob Traxler, restored the merry-go-round in the park, near City Hall.
The Exline Church of Christ, is going to have its Vacation Bible School this month. The theme this year is “The Blessing of Obedience.” It will begin on Monday, Aug. 5 and run through Friday, Aug. 10, from 1-3:30 p.m. each day that week.
Then on Sunday, Aug. 12, there will be a program at the church, beginning at 10 a.m. followed by a celebration dinner at noon that is being furnished by the ladies of the church.