Archive for October, 2011
For a dentist:
This ground with gravity
Dentist Brown is filling
His last cavity
On a music teacher:
Stephen and Time
Are both now even
Stephen beat time
Now Time beat Stephen
A Bedford Tombstone
Here lies my wife
In earthy mould
Who when she lived
Did naught but scold
Good friends go softly
In your walking
Lest she should wake
And rise up talking
Brrr, it’s getting colder, isn’t it? I thought I would gather the links to the fall recipes in this post, in case you feel like spending some time in the kitchen. These are my favorites not only because they taste good, but because they are easy to make.
I also included some recipes from my Christmas blog, Cool Yule, because these flavors are so good for fall: pears, pumpkin, and figs. Enjoy, and please share your favorite fall recipes with me!
- Fall Recipe: a classic cheese fondue for apples (halloweeninvirginia.wordpress.com)
- Easy Pumpkin Recipes for Fall! (lifeofaworkinggirl.wordpress.com)
- Bisquick Candied Ginger Pumpkin Pancakes (nonnaluna.wordpress.com)
- Best Sweet Treats to Make with Pumpkin (thedailymeal.com)
- Not Just for Carving: 8 Pumpkin Recipes (thedailymeal.com)
- A Plethora of Pumpkin Dishes (wholefoodsmarket.com)
Did you know?
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown was the third Peanuts animated television special.
- It aired for the first time 45 years ago on CBS on October 27, 1966, and thereafter was aired on television annually through 2000.
- The director, Bill Melendez, also plays the part of Snoopy.
- The theme music is by Vince Guaraldi (who also did the theme music for A Charlie Brown Christmas)
- The 10 year old child actor who was the voice of Charlie Brown is now 55 and has a dog named Snoopy.
- Children all over America felt sorry that Charlie Brown got a rock in his trick or treat bag and actually mailed in candy.
- 13 Family Friendly Halloween Films (kymx.radio.com)
The first and best of all the werewolf movies, starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains, and the inimitable Maria Oupspenskaya. This and Dracula (1931) are my all time spooky favorites.
Aren’t the apples amazing this year? Have you ever dunked Gala apple wedges into cheese fondue? The combination is fantastic.
Here’s an easy recipe for cheese fondue that I’ve made successfully and really enjoyed. I found it in Martha Stewart’s Living magazine a few Halloween’s ago.
- 8 oz shredded Cheddar cheese
- 8 oz shredded Gruyere cheese
- 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 cup dry white wine (I have also tried apple juice)
- Nutmeg (if desired)
Toss the shredded cheeses with flour to coat. Bring the wine (or apple juice) to a simmer in a sauce pan or fondue pot over medium heat. Add cheese 1 handful at a time, whisking gently until melted. Bring cheese fondue to a simmer but do not allow to boil. Mix in a pinch of nutmeg (if desired) and serve.
You can substitute apple juice for the white wine in this recipe, if you like. The resulting fondue is a bit sweeter, but still wonderful, and my son adored it. I split the recipe and made half of it with wine and half of it with apple juice. If you’re serving to kids, you might want to dish out a small ramekin of sauce for them on their individual plates so they can dunk — it’s a little safer for them than the fondue pot and the cheese will stay hot in small amounts.
I like dipping french baguette slices and apple chunks, but you could also try pretzel rods or sesame bread sticks, maybe a firm pear, or use a whole wheat baguette.
Have you made fondue? What dippers do you like to use?
- Frightful Dessert Fondue (mapetitemaisonverte.com)
Who can resist the appeal of vintage pin up girls? They’re sweet, adorable, and innocently sexy, if there is such a thing. Maybe they’ll inspire your costume this year — enjoy this little Halloween collection!
Posted by Mary Fletcher Jones in Uncategorized on October 23, 2011
If you think ghoulish is kind of cool, you have to check out Jeffrey Thomas’s freaky riff on the Disney Princesses. Here are just two — visit his blog to see them all.
Sexy, campy, over-the-top Hammer horror films. Gotta love ’em.
I have recently learned, sadly, that most of the cocoa exported for the manufacture of chocolate candy comes from farms in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, Africa, where child slavery is rampant. One estimate is that of the 200,000 children working on cocoa farms in sub-standard to brutal, horrific conditions, 12,000 of them are slaves. Adults are also subject to slavery and abhorrent conditions on cocoa farms.
All the major brands use this cocoa, and the U.S. is the largest importer. Until U.S. chocolate manufacturers use their power and influence to stop child slavery and improve working conditions for all workers in a meaningful way, I would suggest that you not buy name-brand chocolate, or candy made by name brand manufacturers like Nestle, Hershey’s and M&M Mars, and choose organic chocolate or fair trade chocolate instead.
It saddens me to write this because I have used these brands all my life. But this has been a long-standing problem and these corporations do have a choice. The problem was addressed by Congress with legislation and there is a World Cocoa Foundation that is attempting to remedy the problems associated with cocoa farming, but as of the last reports in 2008 and 2009, very little seems to have been accomplished to bring real relief to these young children.
Here are a few fair trade brands of chocolate you may want to try that are available at stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. I don’t eat chocolate, so I can’t vouch for their taste, but let me know if you have tried these:
- Trader Joe’s brand chocolate and cocoa
- Whole Foods brand chocolate
- Newman’s Own Organic chocolate chips
If you have insights to share on cocoa, chocolate, and what the industry refers to as “the worst forms of child labor,” please add them to the comments below.
- How to Not Support Child Slavery This Halloween (esquire.com)
- Child Labor-Free Cocoa ‘Almost Impossible,’ Nestlé Chairman Says (chocojavasocialjustice.wordpress.com)
- Cocoa Production: the Cost is too High and too Low (chocojavasocialjustice.wordpress.com)