Saturday, March 22, 2008
Other past guests on Realgoodwords/KAXE who are nominated for this year's Minnesota Book Award:
Congratulations to all the nominees!
Friday, March 14, 2008
"In today's episode, Uncle Al experiences the thrill of victory (over his kitchen floor) and the agony of the feet.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
How about you?
I checked out the recipe section of Animal Vegetable Miracle and found one I want to try this summer, assuming the blackberry crop will be better than last year's.
2-3 apples, chopped
2 pints blackberries
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 large handful of basil leaves, chopped
¼ cup honey – or more, depending on tartness of your berries
Preheat oven to 400. Combine the above in an oven-proof casserole dish, mix and set aside.
5 tbsp flour
3 heaping tbsp brown sugar
1 stick cold butter
Cut butter into flour and sugar, then rub with your fingers to make a chunky, crumbly mixture (not uniform). Sprinkle it over the top of the fruit, bake 30 minutes until golden and bubbly.
Hope you can make it to the bookclub meeting - it's at 4pm on Tuesday March 11th.
Check out Maggie's latest post on the Morning Show blog!
I'm getting ready to tape an interview tomorrow with Andrew Bridge. Andrew's book, "Hope's Boy" is his memoir about growing up in the foster care system of Los Angeles. It's a New York Times Bestseller, a Publisher's Weekly bestseller as well as garnering many other distinctions....
Hope’s Boy captures an unprecedented child’s perspective into the world of foster care…a personal and penetrating description of the deep wounds children suffer when placed in the cold and unnatural world of foster care.— Amy Pellman, Commissioner, Los Angeles Superior Court
Andrew begins chapter one with this stunning sentence:
My earliest memory of my mother is her absence.
I'll be talking with Andrew about Hope's Boy along with Megan, who works locally in foster care. Keep posted for more information on when you can hear this interview.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Hope's Boy by Andrew Bridge
A Long Way Back by Mike Holst
Jacob's Well - A Case for Rethinking Family History by Joseph Amato
Happier Than God by Neale Donald Walsch
*not that I'll get them all read!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
"The thrill of the chase -- or rather, the chase of the thrill -- powers "Hats and Eyeglasses," a fast-paced and amazingly funny memoir by Martha Frankel. Even those of us who scoff at card games will gain a new understanding of the joys of poker, and if you belong to a weekly poker group, well, beware of Internet enticements." Times-Picayune
"A frank and unaffected memoir" Publishers Weekly
What I liked about this book was how Martha connects her growing up years to her adult life under the magnifying lens of poker. She writes of poker games in her house with her dad, known as The Pencil because he was an accountant, learning the ins and outs of poker. Later, when she comes back to poker as an adult, she comes to realize how life changed after her father died and the poker games at her house stopped happening. Learning to play with her cousin and the guys in the neighborhood brings her back to that loving house she remembered from when her dad was still alive.
Not to say that Martha's mom doesn't play a big role in "Hats & Eyeglasses". Martha's mom cheers her daughter on from the sidelines with shrewd advice all along the way.
The most fascinating part of this book is Martha's addiction to gambling. It's not the friendly poker games or casinos or gambling cruises that pull her into the underbelly - it's online gambling that does it in the end.
It's fascinating - the concept of what is addiction in this context.....she still plays poker now, but not online poker. What is an addiction? Do you have to completely abstain to get the monkey off your back? what monkey?
Monday, March 3, 2008
Someone whose diet consists of food grown or produced within an area most commonly bound by a 100-mile radius of their home. Locavores usually shun large supermarket chains, opting for farmer's markets and local gardens instead. It is also a current trend for many high-end restaurants as well.
This word was just declared Oxford American Dictionary's 2007 Word of the Year. It was coined in 2005 by a group of four women from San Francisco. It's also sometimes spelled localvores.
Is Locavore/Localvore a word you are familiar with?
If you are reading Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" like I am, it's a word/concept I'm coming to understand more and more. We're getting together next Tuesday, 3/11 at 4pm to talk books and food. Everyone is invited to join us - whether or notyou've read the book - and talk about the concept of eating locally -specifically how to eat locally in Northern Minnesota. Maggie Montgomery will be on hand totalk about how she has been eating locally since last July.
Not only am I considering a more extensive garden this year, making cheese
has actually crossed my mind after reading the book! Kingsolver writes about the New England Cheesemaking Company where she learned to make homemade mozzarella and other cheeses. Have you ever made cheese? Let us know! What local food do you eat?