Well, it has been an enormously successful Memorial Day Weekend for the Grillo Center Labyrinth at the Boulder Creek Festival. We had 3 almost perfect weather days and "throngs" of incredibly enthusiastic visitors to the Labyrinth. Great thanks to those of you who "hung out" there with me - I am truly grateful. We do plan to start construction very soon and I will keep you posted on our progress. I know that Jan, Barb, Mary and Christie did a walk on Saturday around the Creek, Farmer's Market, and Festival. Lots going on!
Susan is almost done with Barack Obama's Audacity of Hope - I'm sold! He is just so smart, thoughtful and filled with integrity. I'm not sure how he'll do but he's got my support!
Amazon.comBarack Obama's first book, Dreams from My Father, was a compelling and moving memoir focusing on personal issues of race, identity, and community. With his second book The Audacity of Hope, Obama engages themes raised in his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, shares personal views on faith and values and offers a vision of the future that involves repairing a "political process that is broken" and restoring a government that has fallen out of touch with the people.
Jan is reading a Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda by Alison Des Forges.
Most extensive,authoritative account of this genocide. This is the most extensive and authoritative account of the Rwandan genocide yet published. Drawing from Rwandan government documents and other official and unofficial sources, the principal author, Alison Des Forges, and her collaborators, have done a remarkable job pulling together the complex and disparate strands of this story. For interpretation and discussion of the meaning of the Rwandan genocide - which this volume largely eschews - interested readers are referred to the works of such expert scholars as Rene Lemarchand, Gerard Prunier, Catharine Newbury, and Jean-Pierre Chretien.
Website of the Week - http://booklust.wetpaint.com/?t=anon - Nancy Pearl's Community for Book Lovers
Podcast of the Week - http://www.authorsontourlive.com/ - from Denver's Tattered Cover
Vocabulary Word of the Week - submitted by Barb - "quotidian" -
quotidian \kwoh-TID-ee-uhn\, adjective:1. Occurring or returning daily; as, a quotidian fever.2. Of an everyday character; ordinary; commonplace.
Erasmus thought More's career as a lawyer was a waste of a fine mind, but it was precisely the human insights More derived from his life in the quotidian world that gave him a moral depth Erasmus lacked.-- "More man than saint", Irish Times, April 4, 1998
She also had a sense of fun that was often drummed out under the dull, quotidian beats of suburban life.-- Meg Wolitzer, Surrender, Dorothy
Quotidian is from Latin quotidianus, from quotidie, "daily," from quotus, "how many, as many, so many" + dies, "day."
Cooking and Food Report: Not much cooking at home this weekend but did make some good "stuff" earlier in the week:
Roasted Pork Loin with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette from Giada DeLaurentiis - http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_36759,00.html?rsrc=search
Penne with Beef and Arugula from Giada DeLaurentiis - http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_33971,00.html
Italian Meatloaf from Jan - source unknown
1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound mild Italian sausage
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup chopped red or green bell pepper (I recommend red)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup coarse dried bread crumbs, preferably sourdough or Italian (I used Panko Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs)
Optional: 2 Tablespoons dry red wine (not optional for me!)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon each of dried basil and dried oregano, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce, divided
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Lightly oil a 9 x 5 inch loaf panIn a large bowl, combine beef, sausage, onion, bell pepper, garlic, bread crumbs, optional wine, egg, Worcestershire, parsley, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, Parmesan and 1/2 cup each tomato sauce and mozzarella. Spoon into prepared pan and gently pack down. Bake 45 minutes. Pour off drippings.
Spread remaining tomato sauce on top of the loaf and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella. Bake until an internal temperature reaches 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer. The cheese should be melted and the sauce should be bubbling. Let stand 10 minutes, pour off drippings , and remove from pan before slicing.
Jack and I had a great dinner at the Lazy Dog Saloon at the corner of Pearl and 14th (across from the 14th Street Grill) - outstanding ribs and the corn fritters were heavenly! - http://www.thelazydog.com/
Looks like we had a pretty "meat-filled" repertoire - just the way I like it!
Hope you all had a terrific long weekend - have a great week!