Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Last week, city officials said the homeless cannot sleep in the four dome tents Souza pitched in the courtyard of his church, called River United Methodist Communities.The tents are in a commercial, not a residential zone, Joel Mathews, the city's director of planning and development, said Monday. Even if they were part of a residence, the tents could only house family members, he said. "In that zone, we could cite him for a number of things," including safety and sanitary issues, Mathews said. Already, some businesses have complained, he added.
The 101-year-old church sits on Federal Street, a short road between Clinton and Main Streets, near the Blackstone River. Souza said he wants the city or state to find permanent homes for the six men, who are members of his church.
An update on the tent city in Woonsocket:
"Woonsocket pastor shuts down tent city at his church - WOONSOCKET -- Under orders from the city, the Rev. Brian J. Souza Thursday removed his campground for the homeless -- a handful of blue tents in the courtyard of his urban church.
It was a difficult decision, said Souza, pastor of the River-United Methodist Communities on Federal Street. The former cop pitched the tents on April 20 to house a half-dozen people, including a deaf woman and a 53-year-old veteran with a prosthetic leg. Souza said he wanted to create a safe haven for people who are down and out, and draw attention to the plight of the state's growing homeless population.
But on Monday, city officials ordered Mr. Souza to remove the tents. The tents, officials said, are in a commercial, not a residential zone.
The six homeless people "will go into the woods somewhere," said Mr. Souza, who plans to host a public forum on the problem later this month. The homeless need permanent housing, he said. "I'm talking to government officials and community leaders." (Projo. May 07, 2009, PaulDavis)"
For updates, see also: Tent City Related Posts.
Chocolate & Raspberries (or Blackberries)
- Berries (your choice - blackberries are less-sweet)
- Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
2. Melt the chocolate. (We don't have a double boiler, so I tossed a 1/4 c. of chocolate chips into a small glass pot on low heat. Stir while the chips are melting, removing the pot from the heat periodically to avoid burning). Your goal is to melt the chocolate down just enough so that you can drop dollops of it onto the tin foil.
3. As soon as the drops are down, place a berry on top.
4. Place tray/plate in the fridge (you could try the freezer, as well). As soon as the chocolate has hardened, peel off & enjoy.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
- The book is a 3-ring binder filled with page-protectors and includes dishes we've prepared (from recipe).
- Each has a date, some have the 'guest-in-town' mentioned, and most include notes or suggestions for next time.
- A few months ago I took apart the book from its chronological order, and re-grouped the recipes by main ingredients or order in a meal (e.g., appetizers, soups).
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Southwestern Egg Salad
6 hard-boiled eggs (I used 4 whole & 2 whites only)
1/3 can (small can) chili peppers, rinsed & chopped
1/2 small red pepper, chopped
1/4 C. mayo (low-fat, or regular)
1 Tbsp salsa
Pinch or two of ground cumin (go light)
Salt & Pepper to taste
1. Hard boil the eggs. There's such a debate about this! What works for us: in a pot, barely cover the eggs with water, bring to a boil with the lid on. Remove lid & low simmer for 12 minutes. Run under cold water to cool, roll on a cutting board, & de-shell under cold running water.
2. Mash eggs & add all of the other ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Perfect in a tortilla.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
*note: "Caliente" arrived pre-named (it's written on her crossbar).
Monday, April 20, 2009
I guess I should add that whenever I include Chris on a scrapbook page, I can't help but say cheesy things. In what feels like another life, he and I charged a weekend in Paris to our credit cards. We couldn't justify doing that today, but there isn't a need to go to Paris, either. Eight years later, I still can't believe that I'm fortunate enough to have found someone that makes me so happy. He's the most crazy and wonderfully supportive person I've ever met. ...I know, cheesy cheesy.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
This weekend, I planted a set of 8 spinach plants, gifted to me through a friend. They received their start locally at Scratch Farm in Cranston (part of the Southside Community Landtrust). I've also planted cauliflower seeds and a few mysterious seeds labeled "balloon" (from a co-worker) in an egg carton. And the peony received a pot. Most of my pots & seeds came from my friend Elizabeth, who is moving from pots to a community garden.
Still to come...planting sweet pea seeds that need to soak over night, Italian hot pepper seeds that need maintenance & indoor warmth, and a bunch of plant starts that I'll pick up from the Southside Community Landtrust plant sale (maybe eggplant, tomatoes, and a few basil plants).
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Gougères (Jacques Pépin, Food & Wine, June 200)
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash cayenne pepper (or more!)
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups grated Swiss cheese (Emmenthaler or Gruyere)
Coarse salt to sprinkle on top
Bring the milk, butter, salt, and cayenne to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from the heat, add the flour all at once, and mix vigorously with a wooden spatula until the mixture forms a ball. Return the pan to the heat and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 1 minute to dry the mixture a bit. Transfer to the bowl of a food processor, let cool for 5 min., then process for about 5 seconds.
Add the eggs and paprika to the processor bowl, and process for 10 to 15 seconds, until well mixed. Transfer the choux paste to a mixing bowl, and let cool for 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a cookie sheet with a reusable nonstick baking mat or parchment paper. Reserve 1 Tbsp. of the grated Parmesan cheese, then add the remainder and all the Swiss cheese to the choux paste. Stir just enough to incorporate. ...Scoop out a level tablespoon of the gougère dough, and push it off the spoon onto the cooking mat. (Next time I'd use a teaspoon - smaller balls should mean more crunch). Continue making individual gougère, spacing them about 2-in. apart on the sheet. Sprinkle a few grains of coarse salt and a little of the reserved Parmesan cheese on each gougère. Bake for about 30 min., until nicely browned and crisp.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
In the Christian church, of course, Easter is a remembrance of Jesus' death and the failings of the faithful that stood by as his friends. I never attended Christ's Church for Brooklyn when I lived in nyc, but I have a tremendous amount of respect for its pastor (Joe) and his partner (Laura)'s working-through of the Christian faith. I appreciate their recognition of the complexity and nuance required in being a thinking (as opposed to a mindless) Christian in a nation of many religious traditions and political ideologies. Last year, I remember Joe blogging about the Seder he attended. Today, and for the Easter holiday, my link share is Joe's blog.
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Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I keep coming back to a conversation I had yesterday at dinner. A man sat across the table from me at dinner (at a local meal site) and explained that despite his (serious respiratory) health problems, despite his homelessness, and despite the mistakes he made in ruining his almost 30-year-long marriage, he recognizes that there are people in this world who "have it worse" than he. This, he explained, inspires him to spend his days trying "impact people, in a good way."
He wasn't lying or placating me. He said it like it was the obvious thing to do. I can only think...what beautiful proof that we are not destined to be like children and can choose to change the way we interact with the people in our lives. This man destroyed his marriage and his family, and from a purely material perspective, has nothing. But since he had the courage to admit it and sees himself as having something to give, he lives a better life.
I don't mean to minimize the destitution of his homelessness. If anything, his homelessness would make him justified, if he were only concerned about his own situation and his own suffering. In my mind, it has always made more sense to expect that not being homeless (and having support from friends that treat you with love, or having health insurance) would make it easier to consider that others "have it worse." And yet, repeatedly this year, I've seen this expectation of mine flipped on its head. So, what makes the difference for this man? What makes him take others into account, instead of only his own situation? I think that's one of those no-easy-answer answers. And I'm totally fine with that.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
1/2 cup (1 stick or 4 ounces) butter, softened
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (none in the house, so I skipped)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup raisins (1/3 C. dark chocolate chips)
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (skipped)
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg & vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Stir this into the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in the oats, raisins and walnuts, if using them.
At this point, I tossed the dough in the fridge. An hour later, I scooped them out, but on an unchilled tray, w/o parchment paper. Smitten Kitchen has other suggestions as well. The cookies should be 2" apart...Bake them for 10 - 12 min..., taking them out when golden at the edges but still a little undercooked-looking on top. Let them sit on the hot baking sheet for 5 min. before transferring them to a rack to cool.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Push the play button to hear an audio recording of my dad's voicemail about Coldplay, or in his words, "Cold - Play."
"Hi Amy, Dad. Hey have you ever heard of the group called Cold - Play? We're watching 60 minutes and there's this special on them, along with the pilot that went into the Hudson river. Mom: great interview. Dad: Yeah, that was a great one.
....But, Cold - Play, I did recognize maybe one song they did, but they're like the hottest band right now, in the world, because their album sold more copies than anybody else.
So, we just wanted to see what it is ...that you and Chris like about the group Cold - Play.
I'm making a big assumption here that you've actually heard of them and you know their songs and there's something making them unique or maybe different from other bands.
I'm not sure what it is.
They seem to be cute in their interviews. They're British...
Mom: you talking to her?
Dad: No, this is a recording.
They're cute in their interviews and they're British. And um...
Mom: they're adorable!
Give me your take. ...Okay, bye.