Grillo Center Labyrinth

Grillo Center Labyrinth
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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Saturday Morning Walkers - June 16, 2007

Hi everyone,

Sure missed you all yesterday but I did have Barb's company early in the morning at the Farmers Market where we had a table to promote the labyrinth. Janet and Katie were with me for the afternoon - thanks!

Hope your walk and breakfast at Chautauqua was great!

Book Report:

Needless to say I haven't gotten much reading in this week but I do want to tell you that I heard an interview with Khaled Hosseini talking about his latest book (He wrote The Kite Runner), A Thousand Splendid Suns. It sounds like another amazing story and I can't wait to read it.
It's difficult to imagine a harder first act to follow than The Kite Runner: a debut novel by an unknown writer about a country many readers knew little about that has gone on to have over four million copies in print worldwide. But when preview copies of Khaled Hosseini's second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, started circulating at, readers reacted with a unanimous enthusiasm that few of us could remember seeing before. As special as The Kite Runner was, those readers said, A Thousand Splendid Suns is more so, bringing Hosseini's compassionate storytelling and his sense of personal and national tragedy to a tale of two women that is weighted equally with despair and grave hope.

Website of the Week: - International Museum of Women featuring an online exhibit called The Motherhood Project -
The Motherhood Project
Entries from more than 30 countries from women in their 20s and 30s compose our online exhibit dedicated to the sometimes joyous, sometimes mysterious, and sometimes complicated realities of modern motherhood.

The exhibit runs March 8 through June 30, 2007 and will include contributions from journalists Lisa Ling and Marianne Pearl, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, author Rebecca Walker, activist Hafsat Abiola, comedienne Jenny McCarthy, actress Julie Delpy and Karenna Gore-Schiff.

View what young women are saying through art and the written word and participate in the dialogue.

Podcast of the Week: NPR's Driveway Moments - some of the most compelling stories from NPR - great to listen to anytime you want -

Vocabulary Word of the Week: insalubrious

in·sa·lu·bri·ous (ĭn'sə-lū'brē-əs)

Not promoting health; unwholesome: an insalubrious environment.

insalubriously in'sa·lu'bri·ous·ly adv.
insalubrity in'sa·lu'bri·ty n.

Cooking and Food Report: Nothing new from Susan's kitchen but we have recipes from Mary and Rae

From Mary a great summery citrus chicken:

Boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1/2 Paul Newman's Lite Lime Vinaigrette
1/2 Premixed Margarita!

Marinate 2-3 hours, allow to drain then grill the chicken. The lime flavor is very light
but it cooks beautifully tender and a hint of the citrus! Lovely!
I served it (to myself) on greens with chopped tomato, guacamole and chips on the side!
With a Margarita, of course!

From Rae a Szechuan Carrot Soup that sounds terrific:

Szechuan Carrot Soup

2 medium onions, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2t. veg. oil
2 lbs. carrots, cut into 1" pieces
1 1/2 piece of fresh ginger root, peeled, sliced thinly
1/4" t. dried hot pepper flakes
6 c. chicken broth
2 T. soy sauce
3 T. cramy peanut butter
2 t. sugar
2 t. Asian sesame oil
2 c. skim milk

Garnish with 1/2 c. sour cram mixed with 4 T. heavy cream or just use plain yogurt (I don't think I did either but I think either would be good) and drizzle this on top.

In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic in the oil over low heat until onion is soft. Add carrots, ginger, pepper flakes and broth. Simmer 45 minutes until carrots are tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. In blender, mix soup in batches until smooth. Return to pan and reheat. Serve with sour cream or yogurt garnish, if desired. Enjoy!

That's it for now - I've got a short, busy week then we head out to Los Angeles for Jacob's pre-school graduation - pretty exciting! We'll be back on Sunday along with Jexy and Jacob for the week. If you get a chance, go over and check out the progress at the Grillo Center Labyrinth - join the volunteer crew, bring us food and drink or just cheer us on!

Have a great week!



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