On a sunny day in May I sat down with Will Smith to discuss his new film Men in Black Three, the third [and some would argue best] in the popular science fiction trilogy. We also talked about what he’s been doing in the three years since he stepped away from acting raising undeniably talented tweens Willow and Jaden and where the biggest box office star in the world finds his joy.
Danai Maraire talks with the ladies of the film and Gabby Union shares her drunken take on the Romantic Comedy “Think Like A Man” the battle of the sexes, and more.
On Feb. 1, 2012, the Huffington Post reported that Republican Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal forwarded an email stating the following:
“At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN?
Psalms 109:8 – May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership. May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow. May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes. May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor. May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.”
Community Supported Agricultures. Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.
Advantages for farmers:
- Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
- Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
- Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
Advantages for consumers:
- Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
- Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
- Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
- Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
- Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
- It’s a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined CSAs, and in some areas of the country there is more demand than there are CSA farms to fill it. The government does not track CSAs, so there is no official count of how many CSAs there are in the U.S.. LocalHarvest has the most comprehensive directory of CSA farms, with over 4,000 listed in our grassroots database.
When you live in small spaces, everything is a challenge; cooking with more than one person in the kitchen, and storing everything! So here’s a great tip: Go total zen habits on the kitchen.
1. Keep one set of plates, cups and bowls for the family.
2. keep one set of glassware.
3. one set of eating utensils.
4. keep a max of 5 serving/mixing utensils (spatula, wooden spoon, etc.)
5. One quality knife set.
6. Quality mixer and food processor.
7. I measuring cup.
8. one small shelf of baking, casserole and mixing dishes
9. one quality set of pots.
10. Quality wooden cutting board.
* images via Crate and Barrel.
Warm Chicken Salad with Peppers, Pears & Toasted Pinenuts
Leftover roast chicken, wrapped in foil and re-warmed at 350 (save juices and drippings)
1 bunch of arugula, washed and torn
2 pears, sliced paper thin
4-6 small sweet peppers, slivered
1/4 c. pine nuts, toasted
2 Tbs. minced rosemary
2 shallots, sliced thin
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 Tbs. sherry vinegar
1 Tbs. whole grain mustard
1/2 c. olive oil
Combine chicken, arugula, peppers, pears and pine nuts in a large bowl. Place rosemary, lemon juice, sherry vinegar & mustard in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Continue whisking while slowly drizzling in olive oil until emulsified. Whisk in roast chicken juices/drippings. Add dressing to salad and toss until well combined. Serve at once.
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