November 28, 2014
cooking as therapy, Culinary Freedom, Home Cooking, thanksgiving, urban simplicity
Nearly every year after the Thanksgiving feast at my sister’s house I lug the turkey carcass home, leave it on my porch overnight (as my fridge isn’t large enough to accommodate it), and make broth with it the next day. The simmering broth makes my house smell delicious and drives my two dogs nuts (but I do put some on their food as a treat). After packaging it in increments I freeze it and use it for a few weeks–or months–thereafter for whatever recipe calls for chicken broth. It’s so easy to make and offers a really delicious flavor. The simple recipe for broth is below, but if you’d like to read an article I wrote for Artvoice sometime ago regarding other Thanksgiving leftovers, click here; and here’s a link to an article on broth itself.
1 cooked turkey carcass, and any scraps, juices, and pan scrapings
1 onion, quartered
1 carrot, cut into thirds
4 ribs celery, cut into thirds
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 bay leaves
10 whole black peppercorns
Combine the ingredients in a heavy-bottomed stockpot and cover with enough cold water to cover them by two inches. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a slow simmer. Cook for a few hours, skimming the surface as necessary. Strain and refrigerate until needed.
November 28, 2014
consumerism, urban simplicity
We all have choices, and I’ve made mine…
“I do not believe making money in order to consume goods is mankind’s sole purpose on this planet. If you’re wondering what I believe our purpose on this planet is, I’ll give you a hint…It has to do with creating & sharing.”
1. to destroy or expend by use; use up.
2. to eat or drink up; devour.
3. to destroy, as by decomposition or burning.
4. to spend (money, time, etc.) wastefully.
5. to absorb; engross: consumed with curiosity.
6. to undergo destruction; waste away.
7. to use or use up consumer goods.
November 27, 2014
thankful, thanksgiving, urban simplicity
I’ve posted this image of the above painting before at this blog–a few years ago–and I like it so much I thought I would re-post it for Thanksgiving. I personally find it a very moving image. You may already be familiar with it, it is a painting by Henry Tanner and titled The Thankful Poor (read about it here).
“If thank you is the only prayer you say, that will be enough.”
– Meister Eckhart
November 25, 2014
photography, photography as therapy, urban simplicity, view from my handlebars
It’s amazing what a couple of days (and a few hours) can make. As you likely know, south and east of the city of Buffalo was hit with a near-record breaking snow storm…while the city itself received less than a foot. And today was above 60F. Anyhow, these are a couple of shots taken on my way to work and on my way home. The one below is technically not from my handlebars…I had just arrived home and it is a shot from my front porch.
November 23, 2014
cooking as therapy, Middle Eastern Cuisine, urban simplicity, Vegetarian
This simple and really delicious and healthy squash recipe is really a variation on “all things aglio e olio.” I had this for dinner this evening as as side to moudardara. Often when I cook squash or potatoes like this I add a few cumin and coriander seeds along with the hot pepper to give it a Near East flavor (but had neither in the house this evening). Nonetheless, this is really easy and delicious, and it can be made using many other hard winter vegetables.
Caramelized Butternut Squash and Onion with Garlic, Hot Pepper, and Lemon
Serves 2-4, depending on the size of the squash
4 tablespoons virgin olive oil
1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and sliced thinly
½ teaspoon crushed hot pepper
4 tablespoons lemon juice
Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a skillet that is large enough to hold the sliced squash in a single layer. When the oil is hot add the squash and saute it for a few minutes. Then add the onion and saute a few more minutes. When the squash and onion just begin to brown add the garlic, hot pepper, and salt; saute another minute or two. Stir in the lemon and remove from the heat.
November 22, 2014
comedy, love, urban simplicity
Ok, so I dare you to try and not smile while watching this 4 minute video. While he may appear to be a crazy street person, he’s not. His name is Matthew Silver and is a street performer. He’s also a man with a message. In this short video he’s going from store to store in New York’s Union Square beating a drum, dancing, and chanting the mantra, “Love is the answer, stop buying stuff.” Just in time for Grey Thursday and Black Friday. Okay, maybe he is crazy, but this is still great. Anyhow, if you want to be cheered up a bit, this’ll surly do the trick.