4th Of July desserts everywhere on US Independence Day, many remain powerless

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    4th Of July desserts are everywhere on US Independence Day. The whole US is celebrating Independence Day, but there are many parts that are still powerless

    There is at least one thing common between the US and Indian capitals. Both have been facing intense heat and electricity shortage.

    While the United States is on Wednesday celebrating its 236th independence day some parts of the country are still going without power because of the late Friday storm, which swept across seven states from Mid-Atlantic to Mid-West and the District of Columbia, killing 24 people.

    The storm knocked down power supply to three million people. Though the supply has been restored in most of the cities and rural areas about one million consumers are still going without power after more than five days.

    Like India the United States is passing through its worst summer in the recent memory and power cut has only compounded the miseries of the people.

    But the big debate going on today is why it is taking so long to restore power supply and why they are not more resilient in the first place?

    As over-ground lines are vulnerable to lashing winds, hurricanes and tornados and falling trees it takes much more time to restore supply. But, reports suggest that relocating them underground involves an expenditure of $15 million per mile. This huge cost subsequently gets passed onto consumers.

    Take the example of capital, Washington. Power lines are already underground in parts of the city. According to Michael Maxwell, Pepco’s vice president of asset management, initial estimates are that it would cost as much as $5.8 billion to make power connection underground throughout the city and would cost customers an additional $107 per month.

    North Carolina planned to make power supply underground in 2003, after a winter storm knocked out power to two million utility customers. However, the idea was abandoned after it was found to be “prohibitively expensive” and time-consuming. The project would have cost $41 billion and taken 25 years to complete. Not only that the electric bills would have increased by 125 per cent.

    The United States, especially the northern states, had to rely heavily on power during the extreme winter season when water in pipe and tanks turns into ice.

    But since this year the summer is unusually hot the residents are facing serious problem during the power cut.

    The United States is perhaps one of the worst victims of climate change as heat as well as cold waves, floods and wildfires are becoming more frequent phenomenon.

    Scientists and climate experts fear that severe weather condition will only increase and the country will have to prepare itself for future.

    Make a flag cake

    How to Decorate a Flag Cake

    No patriotic celebration would be complete without an All-American Flag Cake!

    Decorate your cake in the baking pan if you’ll be taking it farther afield than the backyard.

    1. To make this flag cake, we used a 9×13-inch cake (we baked a Silver White Cake). You’ll need two pints of strawberries, one pint of blueberries, and Fluffy Boiled Icing. Wash the berries and drain them on paper towels.Stem the strawberries and cut them into halves.

    2. Spread the icing generously over the cake. (Whipped topping or whipped cream can be used in place of Fluffy Boiled Icing, but the finished cake will need to be refrigerated.) Fluffy Boiled Icing holds up well at outdoor picnics and barbeques.

    3. In the top left-hand corner of the frosted cake, arrange the blueberries into an outline of a rectangle that is 5 inches wide and 4 inches tall. Press the berries down into the frosting.

    4. Fill the blueberry outline in with the remaining blueberries. The blueberries look best if placed in rows: the icing between them resembles stars.

    5. Place strawberry halves cut-side down in rows going across the cake horizontally. The bottom stripe of the flag is red, so start the first row at the bottom. Be sure to press the berries down into the frosting so the stripes will not be raised above the fluffy frosting. (If you want to be technically accurate, there are 13 stripes on the flag.)

    6. Serve any leftover berries with the sliced cake and ice cream. For a stunning holiday effect, place a couple of sparklers into the top of the cake. When darkness falls and fireworks begin to burst, light the sparklers and serve the cake during the festivities!  (Courtesy: allrecipes.com)