Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Quick and changeable in temperament.|
|Synonyms:||quicksilver, erratic, fickle, volatile|
|Usage:||Her mercurial nature made it difficult to gauge how she would react.|
|Klein, a French painter and performance artist, was a leader of the avant-garde movement called Nouveau Réalisme and greatly influenced the development of Minimalism. In the 1950s, he began to exhibit nonobjective monochrome paintings and from 1957 onward used only a shade of blue now known as International Klein Blue. His 1958 exhibition The Void featured an empty, white-painted gallery. He experimented with several unorthodox methods to create his works.|
|Inaugurated in 2007, this ceremony honors the Royal Malaysian Navy with a series of traditional rituals that date back to medieval times. It takes place in the Malaysian seaport town of Kota Kinabalu on the island of Borneo. Along with the public symbolic gestures that confer the navy's right to protect the city, the ceremony also features several entertaining exhibitions and shows intended to attract tourists, including a boat demonstration, helicopter aerial displays, tours of navy ships, and performances by the navy band and silent drill teams.|
|With help from a fossil-loving schoolboy, scientists have unveiled a bizarre mishmash of a dinosaur that was a distant cousin of uber-predator Tyrannosaurus rex – but also a committed vegetarian. Eleven years ago, Diego Suarez was 7 and on a research expedition with his geologist parents when he spotted the first bones of the species, which lived 145 million years ago.|
Photograph by Steve Bradburn, National Geographic
Steve Bradburn used wire wool and a long exposure to create this fiery effect in Salcombe, England. Above, stars wheel in the night sky.
Down on the Farm Playmate
crochet, 3 - 24 mths
crochet (must register)
Topsy Turvy Princess Doll
General Directions for Eggplant
Line stove top with aluminum foil or burner covers. Turn a burner to high heat and place eggplant directly over burner grate, turning occasionally with tongs until all sides are charred and eggplant is soft, about 5 minutes per side or 15-20 minutes total. Remove to a baking sheet and let cool completely. Drain juices, remove skin and place eggplant pulp in the bowl of a food processor.
(I like my eggplant campfire-smoky, but if the flavor is too strong, you can bake the eggplant on a baking sheet in a 400F oven for about an hour, then cool and skin the eggplant according to the directions below.)
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 scallion green included, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
- 1/4 cup lemon juice, plus more for garnish
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper, plus more for garnish
- 2 medium eggplants (about 1 to 1 1⁄4 lbs each)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for garnish
Portabella mushrooms are nice big, meaty mushrooms that can mimic the texture of meat in your mouth. They are amazing, and hold up well during slow cooking.
4 large portabella mushrooms
1 1/2 cups baby tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon dried basil
1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup bread crumbs (I have a bag of gluten free breadcrumbs I keep in the freezer)
--with a paring knife, carefully cut off the stems of each mushroom. Chop the stems up, and put them in a mixing bowl.
--use a spoon to scoop out the brown hairy looking stuff from the mushrooms. Put that in your mixing bowl, too.
--chop up the tomatoes, and add them to the mix along with the bread crumbs, olive oil, vinegar, cheese, and spices.
--mix it up.
--smear a bit of olive oil on the bottom of your crockpot stoneware insert
--put the mushroom caps on top of the oil. I have a large 6qt, and my mushroom caps did not fit "nicely"---they were kind of on top of each other at the edges and were leaning a bit up the sides of the stoneware.
It's okay. They will still cook for you.
--spoon your filling mixture on top of the mushrooms. Remind yourself that you aren't making food to appear on the Food Network ---this is for your family. It needn't look "perfect!"
Cover and cook on low for 4-7 hours. I left our mushrooms on for 6 hours and served them over rice.
These were moist, flavorful and amazingly delicious. It reminded me of fancy restaurant food. The mushrooms themselves were perfectly seasoned, but the sauce at the bottom of the crock was a bit too vinegar-y for my taste to put on top of the rice as gravy. The kids picked out the tomatoes, and were polite enough when they asked for salami and cheese. I would count on only serving 2 grownups with these proportions, but I think if you layered the mushrooms and filling you could fill a whole crock up nicely.
In Quingdao, China an owner left his birdcage open and his cat jumped in. But instead of doing anything malicious, the cat made some new playmates! This isn't unheard of, but it sure is both rare and adorable.