Brief Hiatus – Back Soon with a New Look!

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin, Life, Meta

Postings have been sporadic around these parts – part of it for reasons that are personal (getting on proper meds to treat my PTSD/depression/anxiety – the difference before and after is like night and day). A big part of it is technical reasons – wanting to switch over to a new theme that will actually work the way it is supposed to, won’t have to be designed to work around the limitations of the ad network I had belonged to. There’s tons of things to write about – so definitely no writer’s block – but don’t want to make it any more frustrating than it already is now. Part of it is because I need these last couple of weeks to get things organized, to get pictures processed, to divvy up the writing between Paul and I. Due to some ongoing dental issues I’ve been dealing with, Paul has picked up my slack and will be the outward face of Columbus Foodie – he’ll be doing restaurant reviews, attending and covering events, judging, the farmers market reports, while I’ll be here at home gardening, organizing, cooking and writing. I think it’s a step in the right direction, and a direction I’ve been pulled in for quite a while now. It’s just a little difficult, when you’ve built your identity around a hobby you can no longer be relaxed enough to enjoy, to make the decision either to keep going with it or letting it fall by the wayside.  There’s enough left to write that neither he nor I are ready to hang it up for good quite yet. But it has become very clear that it can’t quite continue the way it was going: sporadic, inconsistent, and untimely. It does no justice to either the words or the reader, and it just isn’t fair to anyone.

So, the next 3 or so weeks, I’m going to find and then configure a new theme – not sure which one yet, but I do know that I want it to be on a white background so it’s easier to read, navigate the links, etc. It will also integrate social media right into the site to make it more usable. Once I relaunch (on January 1st), I’ll strive to update everyday, but at the very least 3-5 times a week, depending. Maybe more. I’m so far in the weeds with old drafts that I could write nothing but and have a new entry for every day of 2013. I’ll try to consolidate where possible (for example, rather than going week by week for 2012 farmers market reports, I’ll just post a link to a Flickr slideshow that shows our pics from the whole summer, with weekly reports starting again in the spring.

So, thanks for reading, and thanks for continuing to read. I’ll be back before you know it!

I’m also going to implement a better system for getting my additional pages organized (food blog directory, events in Columbus and elsewhere in Ohio, menus for local restaurants) – it’s hopelessly outdated, and I’m hoping to use Outlook Tasks to get the updates done regularly.

So, one last time – I’m so sorry for being a sucky blogger in 2011 and 2012. I so don’t have my crap together right now. Now that I can finally think clearly again (because the panic attacks have stopped), the Herculean task of redesigning/relaunching seems like something I can handle.

April 2011 Roundup

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Meta, Monthly Roundup, Recipes

I’m finally caught up on going through the backlog of my feeds (100,000 posts and 8 months later, I’m breathing a sigh of relief!) so these roundups should be coming fast and furious now. The new system of posting the recipes as links on Pinterest is a fabulous solution, much easier for people to browse through and bookmark as needed. Once again, if you’re not already following me on Pinterest, you can do so by clicking on this button:

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Not just football on the Villa Park Xmas menu.(Features)

Birmingham Mail (England) October 10, 2006 THERE’S an extensive programme of Christmas party ideas at Villa Park Stadium that’s certain to mean you can find the right celebration for you, your family and friends, or for you and your work colleagues.

The choice is yours! A diverse programme of discos, lunches, tribute acts and grand parties will ensure your group really get into the Christmas spirit at Aston Villa Football Club.

Prestigious suites, elite cuisine and a range of entertainment from Abba and Robbie Williams nights to Grand Christmas Parties, Stadium Tour and lunch days and Beer and Balti nights. There’s even a very appealing Treasure Island pantomime visiting on 28th and 29th December, where children are sure to be encapsulated in the enchanting tale of Long John Silver and the Jolly Roger! With a dedicated member of staff to handle your booking and extensive free car parking, the only thing you need to worry about will be selecting who’s lucky enough to be invited. go to website christmas party ideas web site christmas party ideas

In the spotlight this week at Villa Park is the superb Robbie Williams Tribute Show on November 25th and the Abba Tribute Act on November 26th. Matthew Holbrook emulates the sound, the look and especially the persona of the man himself – Robbie Williams. Matthew, whose show has travelled the world, has been described by the New Zealand press as ‘Robbie’s Clone’, Norwegian press as ‘Fantastic’, and the British press as ‘Perfectionism’. Tickets to both events cost just pounds 26.95 including a two course buffet and a disco. Individual table bookings for meals are also available through out the Christmas period in the elegant Cornerflag Restaurant overlooking the pitch.

Call Aston Villa’s ticket office on 0871 423 8101.

February 2011 Roundup

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Meta, Monthly Roundup, Recipes

In savory recipes, Baked Farro Risotto from 101 Cookbooks, Tonkatsu (Japanese Crumbed Pork Cutlet) from 3 Hungry Tummies, Crock Pot Asian Turkey Soup from 400 Calories or Less, Grandma Jane’s Home Style Gravy from A Moderate Life, Shrimp Fried Rice from Adventures in Crockpot Cooking, Chicken Tortilla Soup from Alosha’s Kitchen, Sichuan Wontons from Appetite for China, Apple and Cheddar Risotto from Belm Blog, New Mexican Green Chile and Pinto Bean Enchiladas from Beyond Rice and Tofu, Knorr Spinach Dip from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen, Blue Cheese Grits from Bloghungry, Pam Anderson’s Perfect One Dish Chicken Pot Pie from Bon Appetit Hon, Italian Meatball and Kale Soup from Bran Appetit, Hearty Meatball Soup and Turkey Meatballs from Budget Bytes, Chicken Parm Eggplant Stacks from Cake, Batter & Bowl, Katsu Chicken from Cassie’s Ruminations, Simple Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup from Christine’s Kitchen Chronicles, Greek 7 Layer Dip and Creamy Cabbage and Double Smoked Bacon Soup from Closet Cooking, Wiener Schnitzel from Cook Au Vin, Focaccia with Caramelized Onion, Tomato and Rosemary from Cookin’ Canuck, Steak with Wild Mushroom Barley Risotto from Cooking Books, Yangnyeom Tongdak (Korean Fried Chicken) from Cooking Gallery, Lighthouse Lasagna from Cooking This and That, Creamed Spinach with Shallots and Bacon from Cooking Tip of the Day, Baked Chicken Samosas and Creamy Spaghetti Dinner from Curry and Comfort, Mini Pizza Burgers from Debbi Does Dinner…Healthy & Low Calorie, Asian Chicken Salad from Dianasaur Dishes, Homemade Ranch Dip from Eden’s Eats, Chettinadu Style Mushroom Biryani from Escapades, Cider Syrup Bacon and Beer Cheese Fondue Dip from Hounds in the Kitchen, Pizza Stuffed Potatoes from How Sweet It Is, Chicken Tikka Masala from iFlipForFood, Slow-Roasted Pork Belly from Kalofagas – Greek Food and Beyond, Crab-Filled Crescent Wontons from Krista’s Kitchen, Avocado Chile Sauce and Dip from Patio Daddio BBQ, Roasted Garlic and Balsamic Dipping Oil from Perry’s Plate, Zesty Seafood Chowder from Plating Up, Sunny-Side-Up Eggs on Mustard-Creamed Spinach with Crispy Crumbs from Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time, Cherry Tomatoes in Chicken Curry from The Artist Chef, Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon and Spicy Hollandaise from The Bacon Show, Almond Trout from The Culinary Cellar, and Bacon and Beer Carbonara and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich from The Family Kitchen.

In sweet recipes, Limoncello and Meyer Lemon Cupcakes from 52 Kitchen Adventures, Easy Noodle Kugel from A Chow Life, Sugar Free Key Lime Cheesecake from A Messy Kitchen, Red Velvet Black and White Cookies from AJ’s Cooking Secrets, Salted Caramel Ice Cream from Arctic Garden Studio, Salty Sweet Caramel Nut Bars from Best Friends Baking, S’More Cheesecake from Brenda’s Canadian Kitchen, Banana Bread Pudding from BundaCorner, Nutella Strawberry Pancakes from Cake, Batter and Bowl, Birthday Cake Bark from Candy Addict, S’Mores Pops from Confessions of a City Eater, Kahlua Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake from Confessions of a Tart, Almond Streusel-Cherry Cheesecake Bars from Cooking Tip of the Day, Pocket Apple Pie from Cosy Bake, Danish Cheese Pockets from Family & Food & Other Things, Maple Bacon Cheddar Scones from Lighter and Local, Salted Caramels from My German Kitchen…in the Rockies, Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sing For Your Supper, Legacy Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting from The Cookbook Junkie, Buttermilk Syrup, Salted Chocolate and Caramel Tart and Chocolate Chip Clementine Spice Muffins from The Family Kitchen, and Raspberry Souffle with Hidden Chocolate Truffle from The Sweet Spot.

January 2011 Roundup

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Meta, Monthly Roundup, Recipes

In savory dishes, Cheeseburger Dip from A Hamburger Today, Bolivian Peanut Soup from A Life Journey Together, Stilton, Apple and Leek Tart and Turkey Meat Loaf Burgers with Cranberry Sauce and White Cheddar from A Spoonful of Thyme, Welsh Rarebit Risotto from Allotment 2 Kitchen, Ravioli Stuffed with Ragu alla Bolognese from Almond Corner, Hamburger Stroganoff Skillet Dinner from Always in the Kitchen, Cauliflower Vegetable Chowder and Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas from Angie’s Healthy Living Blog, No-Knead Tomato Focaccia from Anna’s Table, Mom’s Goulash from Annie’s Eats, Creamy Leek Soup from Another Pint Please, Cheddar-Dill Scones from Authentic Suburban Gourmet, Brie Muffins from bake4me, Garlic Rolls and Loaded Baked Potato Dip from Baked Bree, Eggplant Pie from Bakery Bookery, Simple Delicious Mulligatawny Soup from Bakingdom, Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings from Big, Bold, Beautiful Food, French Onion Soup Dumplings from Bite Me New England, Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Lazy Girl’s Cole Slaw from Boulder Locavore, Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups from Budget Bytes, Sauced Mini Meatloaves from Butter My Kitchen, Indian Saag Naanburgers from Cake, Batter and Bowl, Creamy Meatball Minestrone Stew from Cassie Craves, Creamy Tomato Basil Soup from Chez Cayenne, Stovetop Mac and Cheese from Christine’s Kitchen Chronicles, Souvlaki Chicken Salad Sandwich with Roasted Red Peppers and Feta from Closet Cooking, Easy Moroccan Lamb Shank Tagine with Ras el Hanout and Apricots from Cook Sister, Italian Chicken Sausage & Cannellini Bean Stew from CookinFanatic, Pulled Pork with Caramelized Onions from Cooking in Stilettos, Spicy Roasted Carrots from CookTeen, Roast Beef & Corn Tamale Ribbon Pie and Beer Dips from Drick’s Rambling Cafe, Butter Poached Buffalo Wings Crispified from EatnListen, Do It Yourself Tortillas from Forkful of News, Creamy Chicken and Brie Soup and 20 Minute Roasted Tomato Pasta from How Sweet It Is, Chicken Cutlets with Romesco and Prosciutto Cracklins from JBug’s Kitchen Antics, Baked Penne with Chicken, Broccoli, and Smoked Mozzarella from KitchenCafe, Sopa de Ajo from Kitchenist, Cobb Salad in a Wrap from La Bella Vita, Sweet Potato Nacho Fries from Lauren’s Latest, Smoked Salmon and Potato Cakes from Madame Monaco’s Moreish Menus and Morsels, Russian Potato Salad from Mango & Tomato, Pasta Primavera from My Bizzy Kitchen, Smothered Cowboy Salisbury Steaks from One Lovely Life, Crock Pot Greek Style Beef Stew from One Perfect Bite, Plank-Roasted Salmon with Rosemary-Mustard Vinaigrette from Plating Up, Spaghetti with Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs, 5 Minute Pesto Chicken Noodle Soup, Healthy and Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Bacon and Egg Cups with Leek and Gruyere Cheese from The Family Kitchen, Chinese No Clay Pot Chicken Casserole from The Kitchn, Southwestern Potato Nachos from The Sweets Life, and Lemon Pepper Panko Crusted Chicken from The Tiny Skillet.

In sweet dishes, Banana Muscovado Oatmeal from 80 Breakfasts, Spiced Yogurt Waffles with Toasted Pecan Maple Syrup from A Whisk and a Spoon, Banana Split Bread from Adventures in Contesting, Banana Bread Pudding from Anecdotes and Apple Cores, Bacon & Brown Sugar Stuffed French Toast from Cooking During Stolen Moments, Apple Cider Bread Pudding and Samosas Scones from Baking Bites, Cinnamon Roll Pancakes from Baking Serendipity, Monkey Bread Muffins from Better Than Burgers, Midwinter Morning’s Dreamsicle (Blood Orange Smoothie) from BitterSweet, Effortless Coconut Custard Pie from Bless Us O Lord, Lime in the Coconut Frosted Cheesecake Bars from Brenda’s Canadian Kitchen, Amaretto Apple Streusel Muffins from ButterYum, Fresh Blueberry Crepes from Cooking Dunkin Style, Blueberry Breakfast Pies with Lemon Cream Cheese Dip from Lauren’s Latest, Christmas Stained Glass Jello from Quinn’s Baking Diary, Rum Banana Cake from Random Cuisine, Sunflower Seed Butter, Honey, Oat & Dried Cherry Rice Crispy Treats and Strawberry Nutella Bleeding Heart Panini from The Family Kitchen, Almond Gelato from The Frozen Fix, and Samoa Bars from You’re Gonna Bake It, After All.

Rabbit and Horticultural Bean Stew

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Eating Local, Food Porn, Meta, Recipes

Barb is an Athens, OH blogger, and as a lover of all things local, and many things Athens, was immediately drawn to her writing, her recipes, and the simple recipes that result in spectacular dishes. This recipe, in particular, I made after a trip to the huge farmers market in Athens on one fine Saturday. Because of this, I was able to source the ingredients from the same suppliers she uses. It’s a beautiful stew, with the heady aroma of the stock, wine, and herbs bringing out the best of all the other ingredients.

Rabbit and Horticultural Bean Stew

Rabbit and Horticultural Bean Stew
recipe from Tigers and Strawberries

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons olive oil or bacon drippings
1 cup thinly sliced onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced leeks–white and light green bits only
3 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms
1 pound boneless rabbit meat
1 tablespoon each fresh minced rosemary leaves, fresh thyme leaves and minced fresh sage leaves
1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
1 cup dry white wine
1 1/2-2 quarts of rabbit stock (or chicken stock, if you must–or water, if you haven’t anything else)
1 1/2 pounds freshly shelled horticultural beans
the meat from the rabbit stock, if you have any
1 bay leaf
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs–I used rosemary, thyme, sage and flat-leaf parsley–for garnish

Method:
Heat the oil or drippings in the bottom of a large, heavy-bottomed pot on medium high heat.

Add the onions and sprinkle with a teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring, until the onions turn golden. Add the leeks, garlic, celery, carrots and mushrooms, and cook, stirring until the onions are a deep golden brown and the other vegetables have been tinged with brown and everything is smelling wonderful.

Add the boneless rabbit meat, and cook, stirring, until it browns lightly.

Sprinkle in the first measures of fresh herbs and the Spanish paprika. Pour in the wine and deglaze the bottom of the pot, then allow the alcohol to simmer out of the wine.

Add the rabbit stock or whatever other liquid you are using, and stir in the beans. Add the meat from the rabbit stock, if you had any. Throw in the bay leaf.

Bring to a brisk simmer, then turn down the heat to a gentle simmer, cover the pot and cook until the beans and rabbit are both tender.

If the stew liquid isn’t thick enough to your taste, take out about a half cup of beans and mash them thoroughly. Stir them back into the stew and voila–instant thickener! No extra added fat or starch. Beans are like magic that way.

Season to taste with salt and pepper, and garnish with the fresh herbs just before serving.

December 2010 Roundup

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Meta, Monthly Roundup, Recipes

This roundup will be a short one, because this was the month I started getting sick..enjoy the few links I managed to salvage – some of these recipes I would love to make ASAP, especially the Pork Belly…

In savory recipes, Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Braised Lentils from 3 Hungry Tummies, Baked Zucchini Risotto from 400 Calories or Less, Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Pea Soup from Around My Family Table, Zaatar and Sumac Crusted Pork Chops from Bite Me New England, and Pepperoni Pizza Bites from Mommy’s Kitchen.

In sweet recipes, from 17 and Baking, Appelbeignets (Dutch Apple Fritters) from Almost Bourdain, and Do It Yourself Mini Donuts from The Family Kitchen.

Gateau au Citron (Lemon Yogurt Cake)

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Meta, Recipes

Love what the yogurt does to an otherwise normal lemon cake. Since I don’t really enjoy frosting on any cake I eat, this recipes serves up a perfect balance…

Lemon Yogurt Cake

Gateau au Citron (French Style Yogurt Cake with Lemon)
recipe from Orangette food blog

This type of cake is an old classic in France, the sort of humble treat that a grandmother would make. Traditionally, the ingredients are measured in a yogurt jar, a small glass cylinder that holds about 125 ml. Because most American yogurts don’t come in such smart packaging, you’ll want to know that 1 jar equals about 1/2 cup.

For the cake:
1 jar plain yogurt
2 jars granulated sugar
3 large eggs
3 jars unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 jar canola oil
For the glaze:
Juice from 2 lemons
1/2 jar powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, sugar, and eggs, stirring until well blended. Add the flour, baking powder, and zest, mixing to just combine. Add the oil and stir to incorporate. At first, it will look like a horrible, oily mess, but keep stirring, and it will come together into a smooth batter. Pour and scrape the batter into a buttered 9-inch round cake pan (after buttering, I sometimes line the bottom with a round of wax or parchment paper, and then I butter that too).
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the cake feels springy to the touch and a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Do not overbake.
Cool cake on a rack for about 20 minutes; then turn it out of the pan to cool completely.

When the cake is thoroughly cooled, combine the lemon juice and powdered sugar in a small bowl and spoon it gently over the cake. The glaze will be thin and will soak in like a syrup.
Serve.

Variations: This type of yogurt-based cake is a terrific base for many improvisations. For a basic yogurt cake, simply leave out the lemon zest, and do not use the lemon juice glaze. For an almond version, try replacing 1 jar of flour with 1 jar of finely ground almonds. You can also play with adding various fruits (if frozen, do NOT thaw before adding) or nuts, if you like. When I add fruit, I generally pour half the cake batter into the prepared pan, top it with a layer of fruit, and then pour in the other half of the batter, sometimes adding more fruit on the very top.

November 2010 Roundup

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Meta, Monthly Roundup, Recipes

In savory recipes, Bison & Butternut Squash Chili from A Good Appetite, Southern Buttermilk Biscuits from Annarasa, Nigella’s Spanish Chicken with Chorizo and Potatoes from Annes Kitchen, Spinoccoli Pizza, Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Sweet Potatoes with Sage Butter Crumb Topping from Annie’s Eats, Beer-Braised Chicken with Sriracha from Appetite for China, Spicy Mole 3 Bean Chili from Apple & Spice, Cheesy Chicken Spinach Soup from Ask Ms Recipe, Greek-Style Turkey Burgers and Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs from The Baking Beauties, Creamy Leeks from Behind the Skillet, Sushi-Bowl from Betty’s Bites, Thomas Keller’s Roast Chicken from Big, Bold, Beautiful Food, Broccoli & Cauliflower Gratin from Big City Cooking, Asiago and Parmesan Cheese Dip from Bite Me New England, Sweet and Spicy Glazed Chicken Thighs with Scallion Rice from Blackboard Kitchen, Make Your Own McRib from Blog on a Toothpick, Lobster Risotto with Lemon and Mascarpone from BrokeAss Gourmet, Broccoli, Brown Rice & Cheddar Casserole from Cafe Cyan, Rice Cooker Mushroom Risotto from Ceci n’est pas un food blog, Sweet Potato and Date Chicken Tagine from Chefdruck Musings, Pork and Poblano Tamale Pie from Chewing the Fat, Cha Gio (Vietnamese Imperial Rolls) from The Chocolate Bunny, Root Vegetable Risotto from City Satiety, Tacos al Pastor from Confections of a Foodie Bride, Bavarian Style Chanterelle Cream of Mushroom Soup (Pfifferlingcremesuppe) from Cooking with Rosie, Beetroot Burgers from The Creative Pot, French Bread Rolls from Dine and Dish, Quinoa, Leek and Corn Chowder from Eating Bird Food, Spiced Lamb Steaks with a Warm Moroccan Couscous Salad from The English Kitchen, Cheddar and Chive Beignets from Evil Shenanigans, Thanksgiving Squash Soup from Food and Things, Turkey Cocktail Meatballs with Orange Cranberry Glaze from Food Wishes, Gnocchi with Mizithra in Brown Butter & Sage from girlichef, Creamy Leek Soup with Ham from Home with Mandy, Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Cider Sauce from KitchenDaily, Turkey Dinner Pasties from Mama with Flavor, and Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam from Stirring the Pot.

In sweet recipes, Cardamom Cupcakes with Masala Chai Frosting from alpineberry, Jeanette’s Caramel Corn from And Now for Something Completely Delicious, Snickerdoodle Cupcakes from Annie’s Eats, Quick Fix Microwave Brownie from Art of Dessert, Panna Cotta alla Melagrana (Pomegranate Panna Cotta) from bell’alimento, Harvey Wallbanger Cake from Bite Me New England, Banana Butter Rum Pudding from Cheeky Kitchen, Strawberry Clafoutis from Entertaining Made Easy, Spiced Sweet Potato Bundt with Brown Sugar Icing from The Food Librarian, Pig Candy (Bacon Peanut Brittle) from Former Chef, and Bacon Fudge with Bacon-Caramel Shards from girlichef.

Met Life shut out of public offering. (bond offering of Carolina Power and Light Co.) here met life dental

National Underwriter Life & Health-Financial Services Edition May 1, 1989 | Ness, Immanuel Met Life Shut Out Of Public Offering Metropolitan Life confirmed that it had attempted to directly participate in a $100 million bond offering of Carolina Power & Light Co. The insurer’s bidding, however, was reportedly thwarted by four Wall Street investment banking firms who were seeking to prevent such unprecedented competition.

If Met Life’s bid had been accepted, it would have become the first insurance company to compete directly with major investment banks in bidding for an offering that would otherwise be sold to the public. Met would have bought the whole issue for itself.

Under the proposed arrangement, the insurer would have received investor safeguards that would not have been available to bonds sold publicly.

These safeguards included protection against changes of ownership in Carolina Power, based in Raleigh, N.C. Since Met Life incurred a $40 million loss late last year in the value of its RJR Nabisco bonds when the company was taken over in a leveraged buyout, it has been seeking investor safeguards to prevent similar bond losses. In the RJR takeover, Met Life also faced the possibility of seeing its entire $340 million RJR holdings turned into junk bonds, Met Life said that Carolina Power had informed it an hour before bidding was to begin on April 18, that its bid would not be accepted.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Met Life was forced out of contention for the bond issue as a result of pressure from securities firms that had disapproved of the insurer’s competition. The firms included Morgan Stanley & Co., Goldman, Sachs & Co., Merrill Lynch & Co. and Shearson Lehman Hutton Inc. go to website met life dental

“We understand the securities firms felt that the change of control provision included under the terms of the issue on which we were bidding would not be acceptable in a publicly distributed issue,” said Met Life, in a prepared statement.

Insurers are prohibited from selling stocks and bonds to the public, but they are permitted to purchase new offerings for their own accounts through private placements.

Met Life said that it will consider doing transactions of a similar nature in the future.

“We’re certainly willing to purchase direct 415 issues that present a good opportunity for us and that fit our investment parameters and portfolio needs,” said Robert E. Chappell, executive vice president of Metropolitan. “Metropolitan has an ongoing program of understanding and anticipating the financial needs of its customers, and we viewed this as an opportunity that could benefit both parties in the transaction.” SEC rule 415 is a registered security or bond.

The two-year issue of Carolina Power first mortgage bonds was finally won by a group of securities firms led by Morgan Stanley.

Ness, Immanuel

Mediterranean Chicken & Hummus Meatballs in Apricot Glaze

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Ethnic, Food Porn, Meta, Recipes

Once in a while I get intense cravings for a certain kind of food (Asian, BBQ, soups and stews, to name a few examples) – when those cravings hit, I pretty much eat nothing else but that type of food for a week or two at a time. During a recent craving for Middle Eastern food, I came upon this recipe from the Curry and Comfort blog – we decided to try it out, and it was so delicious that we’ve made it a couple of times since then. This one is truly a show stopper. The meatballs are where it’s at, with hummus being a greater addition than I would have even imagined. For the record, we used Sabra Red Pepper hummus the first time, and Sabra Garlic hummus the second time, and both were great. Their blog also has a ton of other ethnic meatballs ideas that I’m dying to try. We, too, served it with Israeli couscous, which was a perfect suggestion.

Mediterranean Chicken and Hummus Meatballs in Apricot Glaze

Mediterranean Chicken and Hummus Meatballs in Apricot Glaze
recipe from Curry and Comfort

Ingredients for Meatballs:

1 lb of ground chicken
15-20 mint leaves
small handful of parsley
1/2 Tbs of ground cumin
1/4 white onion
3 cloves of garlic
1 tsp of lemon juice

Seasoning Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 container (about 5oz) of your favorite hummus and the center flavorings.

Directions for Meatballs:

In a food processor (or you can do this by hand) grind up or finely mince your parsley, mint, garlic, onion and lemon juice. Then mix with all the ingredients listed above. Form into your desired size of ball. Do not over work the meatballs mixture. The meatballs will be a little soft, but they form well.

Heat a large skillet with 2Tbs of canola oil. Once heated add your meatballs and brown on all sides. Once they are browned, set aside on a plate to finish cooking in the sauce.

Ingredients for the Apricot Glaze/Sauce:
1-2 cups of chicken broth or water/bullion equivalent
juice if one lemon
1 tsp of ground cumin
1/4 tsp of ground all spice
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 jar of Apricot Jam (12oz). ** See note
1/2 cup of green olives
1 bell pepper cut into strips or sweet chili peppers cut into strips
Salt Seasoning

Notes: I ended up using all the jam because I used the two full cups of chicken stock and made more of a sauce than a glaze. If you want a thicker glaze you can use 1 cup of stock and half the jam.

Directions for the Sauce/Glaze:

In the same skillet you cooked the meatballs, saute the garlic. I also bloomed my cumin in the oil for a few seconds.
Now add your chicken broth, juice of your lemon, your spices, cinnamon stick and the apricot jam. Stir well until the jam melts into the liquid. Season with salt (or soy sauce). I do love the flavors of apricot jam and soy sauce. Since I was making a Mediterranean theme dish, I opted for seasoning salt. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Then add your peppers and olives and finally the meatballs to finish cooking. Simmer on the stove for 15 minutes. If you decide to use less chicken stock, you may need to keep an eye on your glaze. I added more stock so I just let it simmer. Taste for seasoning and turn off the stove.

Serve with savory cous-cous or as an appetizer. Enjoy.

October 2010 Roundup

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Meta, Monthly Roundup, Recipes

In savory recipes, Thanksgiving Meatballs with Pan Dripping Gravy from A Boston Food Diary, Wisconsin Cheese Risotto with Peas and Nueske’s Bacon from A Duo of Chefs, Soft Pretzels (Bretzen) from A Feast for the Eyes, Eggs Havana from A Pookie Pantry, Corned Beef Hash and Sweet and Sour Pork Balls from a taste of savoie, Roasted Garlic Soup from A Veggie Venture, Beer Cheese Fondue from A Year of Slow Cooking, Bacon Wrapped Chicken Stuffed with Jalapeno Poppers from Adventures in Food, Kartoffelpuffer (German Potato Pancakes) from Almost Bourdain, Leaky Cauldron Soup from Amy’s Table, Columbian Arepas with Cheese (Arepas con Queso) from Andrea Meyers, Braised Red Cabbage with Cider & Apples from Angie’s Recipes, Spicy Bolly-gnese from Anne’s Food, Jalapeno Popper Dip from Annie’s Eats, Confit Pork Belly from Antics of a Cycling Cook, Three Ways with Beetroot Gnocchi from Around Britain with a Paunch, Buffalo Boneless Wings…And Ranch from The Beans Blog, Moo Shu Pork from Belzy’s Kitchen, Easy Orange Chicken from Better Than Burgers, Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Root Vegetables and Thyme from Big Flavors Flavors From a Tiny Kitchen, Balsamic Mushrooms from Biscuits and Such, Pasta Pie and Wild Salmon with Pearl Couscous, Slow-Roasted Tomatoes and Lemon Oregano Oil from Bite Me New England, Tart and Tangy Meatballs from Butter My Kitchen, Garlic Oil and Sea Salt Focaccia from ButterYum, Crab Cakes with Poached Eggs and Aioli from Capital Cooking with Lauren DeSantis, Pot Roast Pasta from Champaign Taste, Mom’s Legendary Meatballs in Gravy from The Changeable Table, Monster Nachos from Cheeky Kitchen, Grilled Coriander & Lime Chicken from Cherry on a Cake, Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs from Chewing the Fat, Chinese Crisp-Roasted Pork from The Clayton’s Blog, Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes topped with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms, Thanksgiving Eggs Benedict, Wild Mushroom Pasta with Truffles and Roast Turkey Cuban Sandwich from Closet Cooking, Mom’s New England Clam Chowder from The Comfort of Cooking, Bucatini with Turkey Meatballs from Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once, The Best Spinach Dip Recipe on the Planet from Cook & Be Merry, Sun-Dried Tomato and Lobster Mushroom Risotto from Cook. Vegan. Lover., Greek Zucchini Cakes from Cooking for My Peace of Mind, Outrageous Garlic Soup from Cooking For Seven, Steak & Onion Pizza with Cheddar Cheese and Garlic Cream Sauce from The Cooking Photographer, Stromboli from Cooking Rut, Creamy Eggplant Soup from Deliciously Organic, Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice from Dishing Up Delights, Baked Gnocchi Mac & Cheese from Eating, Etc., Symon’s Crab Tater Tots on a Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette from Eats Well With Others, Rarebit Jacket Potatoes from The English Kitchen, Chicken with Cider and Bacon Sauce from Fake Ginger, 17 Bean and Barley Soup from Fallon’s Cucina, Cheesy Dirty Rice Beer Bread from Fat Johnny’s Front Porch, Pizza Muffins from Finding Joy in My Kitchen, Wild Boar and Venison Chili with Black Beans and Goat Cheese Crema from Food Renegade, Cedar Plank Sockeye Salmon with Citrus Glaze from Food-G, Turkey Meatloaf Muffins topped with Spinach and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes from For the Love of Cooking, Browned Butter Orzo from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker, Sausage and Butternut Squash Hash with Baked Eggs and Crab Tater Tots from Got No Milk, Roasted Beet Salad from Having Fun in the Kitchen!, Paneer Butter Masala from Home Cook’s Recipes, Croquetas with Blue Cheese and Jamon Serrano from Hungry Sofia, Fried Grouper with Sweet and Sour Sauce from I Can Do That!, Braciole (Stuffed Beef Rolls in Tomato Sauce) from JBug’s Kitchen Antics, Roasted Butternut Squash Salad from La Tavola Marche, Italian Spinach Pie from Lemons & Love, Slow Cooker Buffalo Chili from Lexie’s Kitchen, Beef Burgundy from Little Bit of Everything, Michael Symon’s Mom’s Lasagna from Living in the Kitchen with Puppies, Fried Green Tomato BLTs from Love and Olive Oil, Clean Eating Beef Stroganoff from Loves to Eat, Tuscan Minestrone Soup from Lynda’s Recipe Box, Clean Eating Brie and Crab Pizza and Clean Eating Pizza Dough from Lynsey Lou’s, Asian Orzo from Mary Ellen’s Cooking Creations, Skillet Beef Stew from Meals for Real, Baked Eggs with Chanterelles and Caramelized Onions from Mon Appetit, Cheddar Ale Dip from Mrs. Regueiro’s Plate, Red Wine Risotto with Pan-Fried Shiitake Mushrooms from My Easy Cooking, 4 Packet Roast from My Name is Snickerdoodle, Kefta (Meatball Tajine with Tomato and Eggs) from My Year on the Grill, Wild Mushroom and Garlic Chicken from Our Italian Table, Chicken Normandy from Palmabella’s Passions, Inside Out Pork Dumplings from Pink of Perfection, Beef Sauerbraten with Red Cabbage and Pretzel Dumplings from Serious Eats, German Pork Burgers from Simply Recipes, Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites and Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos from Simply Scratch, Chicken and Dumplings from The Kitchn, and Zucchini Carbonara from ZOE.

In sweet recipes, Apple Puff-Up Pancake (Dutch Baby) from A Feast for the Eyes, Apple Crepes with Calvados Butter from All Our Fingers in the Pie, Vanilla Panna Cotta with Pomegranate Arils and Drizzled Honey from All That Splatters, Salted Caramels from An Edible Mosaic, Pumpkin Pecan Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing from An Opera Singer in the Kitchen, Almond Joy Cookies from April’s Home Cooking, Swedish Pancakes (Pannkakor) from Arctic Garden Studio, Perfect Ten Apple Cider Pound Cake from Auntie E’s Kitchen, Sweet & Salty Brownies from Bake at 350, Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Holes from The Baking Beauties, Toasted Coconut Glazed Crullers from Baking Bites, Butterscotch Pots de Creme from Bay Area Bites, Sweet Potato & Maple Pecan Bread Pudding from Bentobloggy, Pumpkin Flan from Bitchin’ Camero, Swedish Pancakes from The Bitten Word, Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Muffins with Pecan Streusel from Brown Eyed Baker, Honeycrisp Apple and Vanilla Crumble from ButterYum, Apple and Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding from Citrus and Candy, Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake from Closet Cooking, Sea Salt Caramel Candy from The Comfort of Cooking, Pumpkin Spice Scones with Maple Pumpkin Glaze from Cook Like a Champion, Oatmeal Pancakes from Cooking for Comfort, Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies from Cooking in Stilettos, Bread Machine Jam Rolls from The Cooking Photographer, Microwave Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal and Baked Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes from The Craving Chronicles, Turtle Caramel Corn from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody, Sweet Potato Pudding Cake from Culinary in the Country, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting from Deliciously Organic, Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats from The Double Dipped Life, Chocolate Rice Krispie Bars with Ovaltine and Milk Chocolate Bavarian Cream from Eat, Show and Tell, Bacon Brittle with Maple, Brown Sugar and Cranberries from Fab Frugal Food, Butterscotch Brulee Pie and Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Family Kitchen, Apple Spice Bundt with Caramel Sauce from The Food Librarian, Orange Julius Recipe from Get Cooking, Banana Beignets from Get Off Your Butt and Bake!, Pumpkin Spiced Crepes with Pumpkin Butter and Pumpkin Butter from Gina’s Skinny Recipes, Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream from Gotta Little Space, Concord Grape Sorbet from Lottie + Doof, Cannoli Cupcakes from Loves to Eat, Sweet Potato Pie Fudge from Maple n’ Cornbread, and Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese from Sherry Starts Cooking.

LITTLE BOY’S BLUES CHILD LABOR LAWS ARE KEEPING AN 8-YEAR-OLD GUITAR PRODIGY FROM JAMMING IN NIGHTCLUBS.(LOCAL)

The Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) August 13, 2008 Byline: CARRIE ANTLFINGER Associated Press ELKHORN — When Tallan “T-Man” Latz was 5, he saw Joe Satriani playing guitar on TV. “I turned around to my dad and said, ‘That’s exactly what I want to do.’ ” Three years and countless hours of practicing later, 8-year-old Tallan is a blues guitar prodigy. He’s played in bars and clubs, including the House of Blues in Chicago, and even jammed with Les Paul and Jackson Browne. He has a summer of festivals scheduled and has drawn interest from venues worldwide.

And what, you might ask, would a kid not even in the third grade have the blues about? The state of Wisconsin for one, and some possibly jealous older musicians for another.

When Tallan’s father read him the state’s letter saying he couldn’t play clubs anymore (he can still play festivals), the boy’s response – like his music – seemed beyond his years.

“He goes, ‘It’s not how many times you get knocked down but it’s how many times you get back up and go forward,’ Carl Latz said his son told him. “And I told him that’s exactly what this is all about and if nothing else, this letter just taught you a life lesson.” The lesson can be stiff: Each day he performs, the employer can be fined $25 to $1,000 and the parent from $10 to $250. website child labor laws

Jennifer Ortiz of the state Equal Rights Division said her agency has a responsibility to enforce the law once it becomes aware of a violation.

“Well, the law prohibits it, and the Legislature enacted the laws to protect the health, safety and welfare of all children.” Latz, who also is Tallan’s manager, has asked a legislator for help changing the law but it’s unclear whether any action will be taken.

Backlash against T-Man Latz received the letter a few days before Tallan was to perform at Lil Downtown Lounge in suburban Milwaukee, where club co-owner Michelle Boche said the boy always packed the place when he sat in with other musicians.

Latz claims that two weeks before getting the letter he overheard local blues guitarist Jammin’ Jimmy, whose real name is James Kemeny, say Tallan shouldn’t be in a bar and he was going to turn him in.

Kemeny, who’s been playing for 44 years, denied bad-mouthing Tallan.

“It seems totally unbelievable that somebody would even go to that extreme to send a letter to somebody, let alone looking to find something about child labor laws,” Kemeny said. site child labor laws

Boche said she has received backlash from musicians and area bar owners because she supports Tallan. Some have tried to take patrons away, she said. Some even called in fake incidents to police, causing them to look for guns or underage drinkers, she said.

“If my doors close and I never open again and this boy becomes successful, then I will be the happiest person in the world,” she said.

Tallan’s agent, Sharon Pomaville, said she received a threatening letter June 2 warning her to stop booking the boy. She thinks he’s a local musician and believes he’s harmless. Deputies came to her house, but she didn’t want to pursue the case.

Greg Koch, 42, an internationally known guitarist and clinician for Fender Musical Instruments, called the backlash despicable.

He said most 8-year-olds don’t have the strength or attention span to pursue guitar or can’t endure the calluses.

“It’s strange that a kid at this age would glean onto this particular kind of music and show the intensity and kind of the ability to function as kind of 8-year-old blues guy,” he said.

Drawing inspiration Brad Tolinski, editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine, said child guitar prodigies are rare, with one emerging perhaps every four or five years.

“It would be unusual to find an 8-year-old who can play Joe Satriani licks,” he said.

Carl Latz said there’s no explanation for Tallan’s blues connection other than he seems to have an old soul.

“I’ve had more people tell me, they say, ‘It’s a kid’s body but it has a 70-year-old dude inside,’ ” Carl Latz said.

Tallan, whose heroes are Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, has 13 guitars and endorsements from at least nine companies to use their equipment. He can read music but plays mostly from memory.

He has two bands – one with veterans called T-Man’s Blues Project and another with 16-and-younger bandmates called Tallan “The T-Man” Latz and the Young Guns. He also sings and plays drums, harmonica, bass and piano.

Tallan said he likes to play guitar to “put smiles on people’s faces” when they are having a bad day.

“It sounds awesome,” he said. “I think it’s so much you can do on the guitar.” He knows 30 to 40 songs and someday hopes to write his own. It was his idea to start playing in public.

“He drags me around,” his dad said. “I don’t drag him around.” Tallan said the problems he’s faced have done nothing to dampen his ambition to be a blues rock star when he grows up.

Just the opposite, in fact.

“Because I got more inspiration, I got more sadness in me,” Tallan said. “I’m just feelin’ it.” CAPTION(S):

MORRY GASH – Associated Press Tallan “T-Man” Latz performs Monday at Summerfest in Milwaukee. A blues guitar prodigy, the 8-year-old has played in bars and clubs, including the House of Blues in Chicago, and even jammed with Les Paul and Jackson Browne.

But the state of Wisconsin says Tallan cannot play in taverns and nightclubs here because of state child labor laws.

Putting on his best blues face, guitar prodigy Tallan “T-Man” Latz jams at Summerfest in Milwaukee Monday. Latz, now 8, began playing when he was five after seeing Joe Satriani playing guitar on TV and vowing to his father,