Our wonderful Saturday morning walkers had a mini-reunion yesterday. Jan, Andrea, Laila, Mary, and Christie joined me for a lovely walk around old town Longmont ending up at Lucile's for breakfast. We were delighted to be joined there by Terri and Linn! It was great to be with all of you but missed those of you who couldn't be with us - Barb, Cass, Annette, Kris and Jackie. Breakfast was amazing, especially those naughty beignets!
Some good news to share!
Linn is about to embark on a big adventure - she has taken a job as executive chef at a fishing lodge in Alaska! She will be working for a 4 month season at the Alaska Rainbow Lodge - check out the website - http://www.alaskarainbowlodge.com/ - this is a great opportunity for LInn and we wish her a safe and successful journey. By the way, Linn needs to find a home for her 4 year old Golden Retriever mix - she loves to be with other dogs and have space to run around - if you know anyone who might want to give Lily a home, let me know.
Congratulations to Chris and Randy and welcome to new grandson, Callen William. Callan joins his big sister, Kinsale and mom and dad, Tara and Tim.
Congratulations to Penny and Manny and welcome to new granddaughter - Katherine Grace. Katherine joins his big brother, Thomas and mom and dad, Barbara and Alex.
Rae has a book to recommend this week - The Other Side of You by Sally Vickers
From Publishers Weekly
In this hypnotic chronicle of quiet desperation, 45-year-old English psychoanalyst David McBride has an intense and personally illuminating session with a suicidal patient that unlocks his own past. His 40-something married-with-children patient, Elizabeth Cruikshank, is silently tormented by her past love for Thomas Carrington, whom, she slowly tells David, she lost track of before her marriage, but met again in Rome as he pursued his passion for Caravaggio. David is not in love with his wife, Olivia, but doesn't much mind: he's emotionally crippled by guilt at the death of his brother in a street-crossing accident (he was five, his brother six). When he hears all of Elizabeth's story, however, something awakens. Vickers (Instances of the Number 3), a psychologist by training, portrays the therapeutic process in all of its messy glory—its imperfections, conflicts and possibilities—and she delivers wrenching conflicts of love within and outside of marriage. Caravaggio's work, in its own right and as symbolic of the role of art, becomes a lovely third theme, though not as richly plumbed as those of love and therapy. (Mar.)
Terri reminded me of a book that she and I have both read - it is a wonderful memoir - The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride - do check it out!
Order this book ... and please don't be put off by its pallid subtitle, A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, which doesn't begin to do justice to the utterly unique and moving story contained within. The Color of Water tells the remarkable story of Ruth McBride Jordan, the two good men she married, and the 12 good children she raised. Jordan, born Rachel Shilsky, a Polish Jew, immigrated to America soon after birth; as an adult she moved to New York City, leaving her family and faith behind in Virginia. Jordan met and married a black man, making her isolation even more profound. The book is a success story, a testament to one woman's true heart, solid values, and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered. In telling her story--along with her son's--The Color of Water addresses racial identity with compassion, insight, and realism. It is, in a word, inspiring, and you will finish it with unalloyed admiration for a flawed but remarkable individual. And, perhaps, a little more faith in us all.
Another DVD recommendation from Jan - Lake of Fire, a provocative documentary on abortion from filmmaker Tony Kaye.
Filmmaker Tony Kaye best known for "American History X" has been working on LAKE OF FIRE for the past fifteen years and has made a film that is unquestionably the definitive work on the subject of abortion. Shot in luminous black and white which is in fact an endless palette of grays the film has the perfect aesthetic for a subject where there can be no absolutes no 'right' or 'wrong.' He gives equal time to both sides covering arguments from either extremes of the spectrum as well as those at the center who acknowledge that in the end everyone is 'right' - or 'wrong.' Featuring: Pat BuchananNoam ChomskyAlan M. Dershowitz Director:Tony KayeSpecial Features:Theatrical TrailerTrailer GallerySystem Requirements:Running Time: Approx. 152 minutes Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/POLITICS UPC: 821575553353 Manufacturer No: TF-55335
Website of the Week - a great site enabling kids to make a difference in the world - http://www.markmakers.org/Default.aspx
Podcast of the Week - a series of podcasts from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. - http://blogs.ushmm.org/index.php/COC2/
Vocabulary Word of the Week - obfuscate
\ˈäb-fə-ˌskāt; äb-ˈfəs-ˌkāt, əb-\
Late Latin obfuscatus, past participle of obfuscare, from Latin ob- in the way + fuscus dark brown — more at ob-, dusk
transitive verb1 a: darken b: to make obscure
— ob·fus·ca·tion \ˌäb-(ˌ)fəs-ˈkā-shən\ noun
— ob·fus·ca·to·ry \äb-ˈfəs-kə-ˌtȯr-ē, əb-\ adjective
Cooking and Dining Report:
Jack and I had brunch/lunch with friends yesterday at Brasserie TenTen - it is one of our favorite places in town. They actually have a brunch menu on the weekends but there is a good selection of lunch choices. One of their specialties is beignets but I make it a rule to only have one serving of beignets a day. They sure looked wonderful!
For those of you who don't know, we have a new market in Boulder - The Sunflower Farmers Market opened a couple of weeks ago in the Village Shopping Center on Arapahoe - just south and east of McGuckins. I stopped in briefly yesterday afternoon and I have to say, I wasn't too impressed. However, I do think I should give it a few more tries before making a final judgement. They are new and getting the kinks out. It was packed and felt a bit chaotic but of course, all of us were trying to find our way around. Right now, I don't think that Whole Foods has anything to worry about. I'll keep you posted as I try it again. If any of you have a different impression, please share it with all of us.
Lauren, Evan and I tried a recipe originally from Cooking Light this week for Warm Berry Compote - the actual full recipe is Warm Berry Compote with Polenta - the girls and I made the compote but not the polenta. It was pretty yummy over vanilla yogurt.
I made the compote this morning for our breakfast - Jack had it over pancakes and I had it with the polenta - it was a big hit!
Three other great recipes from a wonderful cookbook that I borrowed from the library - Two Meatballs in the Kitchen by Pino Luongo and Mark Strausman (they are the two meatballs - one is Italian, the other is Jewish - pretty good combination, if you ask me!
Baked Penne with Raddichio and Sausage - http://www.projo.com/food/content/fd-twomeatballsbook_04-09-08_MJ9KCQN_v15.1bc826e.html - a really interesting combination of flavor and texture - I used whole wheat penne and you could certainly use Italian turkey sausage.
Chicken Scarpariello - http://www.projo.com/food/content/fd-twomeatballsbook_04-09-08_MJ9KCQN_v15.1bc826e.html - described by the chefs as similar to Chicken Cacciatore but with a bolder flavor.
Both of the above recipes are on the same webpage along with a great review of the cookbook
I made this one today to have later in the week - I did sneak a taste as I was slicing and it is pretty good!
Tuscan Pot Roast - http://homecooking.about.com/od/beefrecipes/r/blbeef135.htm
Wishing you all a terrific two weeks ahead - Jack and I are leaving on Saturday for a week long trip to Boston and Maine. I don't think I'll get a blog out before I get back but I should have lots to report on when I return.