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“SPRING CLEAN UP: I GIVE YOU CLEANING TRICKS AND TIPS*”

Vol. 2,  No.2, May 15th, 2011

TITLE: “Spring clean up : I give you cleaning tricks and tips*”

INTRODUCTION

It’s that time of the year again. When spring arrives on my calendar, it signals the start of my cleaning season. This covers such rooms as kitchen, laundry-bathroom,  bedrooms, living room/family room, etc. ; more specifically,  floors, windows, walls, cupboards, closets, appliances, electronics, furnititure, etc. It also includes the yard. To mark this auspicious occasion, my book of the week is: “Natural Stain Removal Secrets: Powerful, Safe Techniques for Removing Stubborn Stains from Anything” [Paperback] by Deborah L Martin (Author).  

MY LIFE & TIMES*

Spring cleaning at my house is an annual ritual. I expect that I am not the only one, who does it. I learned a great deal from my mother. She was a fanatic about her house. She scrubbed it up and down until it sparkled. I take after her. I decided to share with you some of my cleaning program and strategies.

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #1: : Guncotton
“Though strictly forbidden by his wife from conducting experiments in their home, the German chemist Christian F. Schonbein sometimes disobeyed her when she wasn’t around. While experimenting in the kitchen one day in 1845, Schonbein accidentally spilled a mixture of nitric and sulfuric acids. In a panic, he grabbed his wife’s cotton apron and mopped up the mess. He then hung it over the stove to dry before its unsuspecting owner came home. Schonbein’s deception went unnoticed – until the apron spontaneously ignited and burned so quickly that virtually disappeared in a flash. Fortunately, his wife wasn’t wearing it at the time.”
(Source: www.anecdotage.com) – http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=4466

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2: Martha Stewart: Paper Money
“Martha Stewart earned $43 million today,” Conan O’Brien announced one day in November 2004, after Kmart merged with Sears to form America’s third-largest retailer. “And on top of that, Martha made two packs of cigarettes for cleaning another inmate’s toilet.”
(Source: www.anecdotage.com) – http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=20625

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #3:Young Madonna: Cleaning Lady
“Madonna was once asked to describe her worst high-school job. “I had to clean houses – it was gross,” she recalled. “I had to clean the toilet bowls of boys I went to school with. No, there’s nothing more degrading than being someone’s housekeeper. I mean, God bless my housekeeper and… well… all my housekeepers!”
(Source: www.anecdotage.com) – http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=7172

S & R* QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK*: Erma Bombeck

“My second favorite household chore is ironing.  My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. ”
(Source: Wisdom Quotes) – http://www.quotegarden.com/housework.html

S & R* QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK*: Joan Rivers
“Don’t cook.  Don’t clean.  No man will ever make love to a woman because she waxed the linoleum – “My God, the floor’s immaculate.  Lie down, you hot bitch.”
(Source: Wisdom Quotes) – http://www.quotegarden.com/housework.html

S & R* QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK*: Nancie J. Carmody
“I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home…. I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.” 
(Source: Wisdom Quotes) – http://www.quotegarden.com/housework.html

THE AUTHOR: Deborah L. Martin

In Indiana, where she is from, I understand that they have lots and lots of stains. She got down and dirty on her grandparents’ farm. She has lots of cleaning work with a husband and two sons. Deborah Martin is a graduate from Purdue University. She was an editor for Rodale’s Home and Garden Books. She is knowledgeable about keeping house. She is pro-clean. She wrote this book to help all of us on the front lines fighting dirt.

SERIES/COLLECTION

She has many books to her credit.

Books

Here are a few :

2008 – The Complete Compost Gardening Guide: Banner batches, grow heaps, comforter compost, and other amazing techniques for saving time and money, and … most flavorful, nutritous vegetables ever. [Paperback]

1995 – Rodale’s Low-Maintenance Gardening Techniques: Shortcuts and Time-Saving Hints for Your Greatest Garden Ever [Hardcover]

1992 – The Rodale Book of Composting: Easy Methods for Every Gardener [Paperback]

THE BOOK: Natural Stain Removal Secrets: Powerful, Safe Techniques for Removing Stubborn Stains from Anything [Paperback] by Deborah L Martin (Author)

A stain is an unwanted substance on an item. There is a great variety of offending substances. Some heavyweights are red wine and  spaghetti sauce, ink and grease. It doesn’t have to be liquid – it could be a wad of chewing gum, It could be human like blood and perspiration. It could be pet materials like urine or vomit …uggh…  The anecdote is usually something also found in the home. Some examples are: lemon juice, vinegar, club soda, baking soda, salt, etc. There are some How-To application suggestions. The book is easy to use as there is a topical index.  The book will prove invaluable. It will save time and pay for itself. Buy it, keep it handy and come clean! 

CONCLUSION

Cleaning is a worthwhile practice. Living in clean quarters makes a person feel good about oneself and about life itself. Spring is a good time to do it. I encourage people to spring clean.

My personal comments

Cleanliness is next to godliness.  That is my motto.  I aspire to keep my house spotless. I have received some good -natured ribbing for this over the years. The cleanliness of a person’s home indicates certain characteristics about him or her.  Howver, I caution that you don’t go too far in this direction  – it might become a  compulsion.

The point

At the end of the spring clean-up, the house looks brighter.     A spring fresh and clean house feels good.  The weekly cleaning becomes much easier and quicker. This also fits in with my annual house maintenance activities – please note that upkeep is essential in keeping a house in a good state of repair.

ANTOINETTE’S TIP SHEET*

Every spring cleaner should:
1. Make spring cleaning an annual event at your house; in this way, the unwanted build-up doesn’t go too far;

2. Plan it out well; as for example,

2.1 Make early May the start date; do it as early in the season as you can rather than later when it gets too hot;
2.2 Set aside a certain length of time for spring cleaning; it takes the time it takes!
2.3 Try to have some the big work fall into your annual vacation period;

2.4 Start with the jobs, disliked the most. 

2.5 Make a“To Do List” (and a schedule) covering such rooms as:
(a) Kitchen:floors, windows, walls, drawers, cupboards, closets, appliances, furnititure, etc.;
Also clean the cutlery.

(b) Laundry-bathroom:floors, windows, walls, drawers, cupboards, closets, appliances, furnititure, etc.

(c) Bedrooms: floors, windows, walls, drawers, cupboards, closets, electronics, furnititure, etc.; do the annual closet switcheroo: winter clothes change places with summer garments.
(d) Living room/family room: floors, windows, walls, drawers, cupboards, closets, electronics, furnititure, etc.; don’t forget to pull out furniture and dust under beds, sofas, etc.  – dust bunnies beware”

3. Attack stains; to this end, 
3.1 Smell it especially if it is stubborn to figure out what it is; if you don’t sniff it, it sometimes will be difficult to clean it.
4. Engage men to:
4.1 Clean the windows inside and out;.
4.3 Clean/redo the ceramic grout;
5. Carry out some house repairs every year:  I concentrate on some basic maintenance that needs to be done … be it painting, redoing something that’s deteriorating, etc.
6. Leave the yard work until the end. (With the sunshine and warmer weather, one can get outside.) In this regard,

6.1 Wash down the garden furniture;
6.2  Trim the rose bushes, shrubs and the like;

6.3 Cut the grass. 

6.4 Prepare the garden soil, de-wead, plant seds and vegetable plants as wanted;

7. Do a big car wash in addition – this is a perfect time to get this done too;  to this end,

7.1 Do a good interior vacuum;
7.2 Do a good external wash, not forgetting the running boards, tire covers, grills, etc.;

 7.3 Wash the car inside: do an extra -special job on the windows, dash, trunk, etc.;
 7.4 Wash the floor mats; etc.
I want you and me to get to the point of being all washed up in a good way. Let’s clean up and make the world cleaner one house at a time. If you’re with me, please pass the mop and bucket!  

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours? *
ALP
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”
CREDITS
-Web Tech:  richmediasound.com
The above is a new media production of Valente under its “United Author*”
program.
*TM/© 2011 Practitioners’ Press Inc. – All Rights Reserved.
 
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Schedule 1
IT WORDS FOR ME!*
For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “Spring cleaning”.
“Spring cleaning is the period in spring time set aside for cleaning a house, normally applied in climates with a cold winter.The most common usage of spring cleaning refers to the yearly act of cleaning a house from top to bottom which would take place in the first warm days of the year typically in spring, hence the name. However it has also come to be synonymous with any kind of heavy duty cleaning or organizing enterprise. A person who gets their affairs in order before an audit or inspection could be said to be doing some.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_cleaning

Bonus fact #1: Origin of spring cleaning
“It has been suggested that the origins of spring cleaning date back to the Iranian Norouz, the Persian new year, which falls on the first day of spring [citation needed]. Iranians continue the practice of “khooneh tekouni” which literally means “shaking the house” just before the new year. Everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned, from the drapes to the furniture. A similar tradition is the Scottish “New Year’s cleaning” on Hogmanay (December 31), a practice now also widespread in Ireland, New Zealand, and to some extent North America.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_cleaning

Another possibility of the origin of spring cleaning can be traced to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time memorial feast of Passover (Hebrew: פסח pesach‎). In remembrance of the Jews’ hasty flight from Egypt following their captivity there, during the seven-day observance of the Passover memorial or remembrance see in Wikipedia PASSOVER there is a strict prohibition against eating or drinking anything which may have been leavened or fermented with yeast (Exoduas 12:15, 19). Jews are not only supposed to refrain from leavened foodstuffs (known in Hebrew as חמץ chametz), they are expressly commanded to rid their homes of even small remnants of chametz for the length of the holiday (Exodus 12:15). Therefore, observant Jews conducted a thorough “spring cleaning” of the house, followed by a traditional hunt for chametz crumbs by candlelight (called bedikat chametz [Hebrew: בדיקת חמץ])
on the evening before the holiday begins. The word for “leaven: has Hebrew origin H7603 &#1513;&#1474;&#1488;&#1512; &#347;e’ôr seh-ore’From H7604; barm or yeast cake (as swelling by fermentation): – leaven.(STRONGS HEBREW GREEK DICTIONARY on leaven)NOTE: The Jewish Passover Feast of remembrance was superseded by the instituting of the Lord’s Supper memorial feast that was first introduced by Jesus Christ <Mark 14:14-23> and then observed on the first day of every week (Sunday <Acts 20:7> by the church after its establishment ( 1 Corinthians 11:24-26; Acts 20:7).”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_cleaningBonusIn North America and northern Europe, the custom found an especial practical value due to those regions’ continental and wet climates. During the 19th century in America, prior to the advent of the vacuum cleaner, March was often the best time for dusting because it was getting warm enough to open windows and doors (but not warm enough for insects to be a problem), and the high winds could carry the dust out of the house. For the same reason, modern rural households often use the month of March for cleaning projects involving the use of chemical products which generate fumes.
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_cleaning
 
Schedule 2

STUDY/STATISTICS: 2011 Schedule B – Chapter 34

“Section VI – Chapter 34

Soap, Organic Surface-active Agents, Washing Preparations, Lubricating Preparations, Artificial Waxes, Prepared Waxes, Polishing or Scouring Preparations, Candles and Similar Articles, Modeling Pastes, “Dental Waxes” and Dental Preparations with a Basis of Plaster

Notes

1.  This chapter does not cover:

  (a). Edible mixtures or preparations of animal or vegetable fats or oils of a kind used as mold release preparations (heading 1517);

  (b). Separate chemically defined compounds; or

  (c). Shampoos, dentifrices, shaving creams and foams, or bath preparations, containing soap or other organic surface-active agents (heading 3305, 3306 or 3307).

2.  For the purposes of heading 3401, the expression “soap” applies only to soap soluble in water.  Soap and the other products of heading 3401 may contain added substances (for
     example, disinfectants, abrasive powders, fillers or medicaments).  Products containing abrasive powders remain classified in heading 3401 only if in the form of bars, cakes or
     molded pieces or shapes.  In other forms they are to be classified in heading 3405 as “scouring powders and similar preparations”.

3.  For the purposes of heading 3402, “organic surface-active agents” are products which when mixed with water at a concentration of 0.5 percent at 20 degrees C and left to          stand for one hour at the same temperature:

  (a). Give a transparent or translucent liquid or stable emulsion without separation of insoluble matter; and

  (b). Reduce the surface tension of water to 4.5 x 10-2 N/m (45 dyne/cm) or less.

4.  In heading 3403 the expression “petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous mineral applies to the products defined in note 2 to chapter 27.

5.  In heading 3404, subject to the exclusions provided below, the expression “artificial waxes and prepared waxes” applies only to:

  (a). Chemically produced organic products of a waxy character, whether or not water-soluble;

  (b). Products obtained by mixing different waxes,

  (c). Products of a waxy character with a basis of one or more waxes and containing fats, resins, mineral substances or other materials.

    The heading does not apply to:

  (a). Goods of headings 1516, 3402 or 3823, even if having a waxy character;

  (b). Unmixed animal waxes and unmixed vegetable waxes, whether or not colored, of heading 1521;

  (c). Mineral waxes or similar products of heading 2712, whether or not intermixed or merely colored; or

  (d). Waxes mixed with, dispersed in or dissolved in a liquid medium (headings 3405, 3809, etc.).

3401        Soap; organic surface-active products and preparations for use as soap, in the form of bars, cakes, molded pieces or shapes whether or not containing soap; organic surface-active products and preparations for washing the skin, in the form of liquid or cream and put up for retail sale, whether or not containing soap; paper, wadding, felt and nonwovens, impregnated, coated or covered with soap or detergent: Soap and organic surface-active products and preparations, in the form of bars, cakes, molded pieces or shapes, and paper, wadding, felt and nonwovens, impregnated, coated or covered with soap or detergent:
3401110000       For toilet use (including medicated products) kg
3401190000       Other  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …….kg
3401200000    Soap in other forms . . . . . . . . . . . . .kg
3401300000    Organic surface-active products and preparations for washing the skin, in the form of liquid or cream and put up for retail sale, whether or not containing soap  . . . .kg
3402        Organic surface-active agents (other than soap); surface-active preparations, washing preparations (including auxiliary washing preparations) and cleaning preparations, whether or not containing soap, other than those of heading 3401:Organic surface-active agents, whether or not put up for retail sale:
3402110000       Anionic  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …….kg
3402120000       Cationic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …….kg
3402130000       Nonionic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……kg
340219           Other:
3402191000         Aromatic or modified aromatic  . . kg
3402195000         Other  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……. .kg
340220        Preparations put up for retail sale:
3402201100       Containing any aromatic or modified aromatic surface-active agent kg
3402205100       Other. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …….kg
340290        Other:
3402901000       Synthetic detergents . . . . . . . . . . kg
                  Other:
3402903000         Containing any aromatic or modified aromatic surface-active agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . ………..kg
                    Other:
3402905010            Washing preparations  . . . . . . . kg
3402905030            Cleaning preparations . . . . . . . .kg
3402905050            Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……..kg
3403        Lubricating preparations (including cutting-oil preparations, bolt or nut release preparations, antirust or anticorrosion preparations and mold release preparations, based on lubricants) and preparations of a kind used for the oil or grease treatment of textile materials, leather, furskins or other materials, but excluding preparations containing, as basic constituents, 70 percent or more by weight of petroleum oils or oils obtained from bituminous minerals: Containing petroleum oils or oils obtained from bituminous
minerals:
340311           Preparations for the treatment of textile materials, leather, furskins or other materials:
3403111000         Preparations for the treatment of textile materials kg
3403115000         Other  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……..kg
3403190000       Other  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……..kg
               Other:
3403910000       Preparations for the treatment of textile materials,
                   leather, furskins or other materials …….kg
3403990000       Other  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …….. .kg
3404        Artificial waxes and prepared waxes:
3404200000    Of poly(oxyethylene) (polyethylene glycol)  .kg
340490        Other:
3404905110       Of chemically modified lignite . . . . kg
3404905160       Other  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …….kg
3405        Polishes and creams, for footwear, furniture, floors, coachwork, glass or metal, scouring pastes and powders and similar preparations (whether or not in the form of paper, wadding, felt, nonwovens, cellular plastics or cellular rubber, impregnated, coated or covered with such preparations), excluding waxes of heading 3404:
3405100000    Polishes, creams and similar preparations, for footwear or leather  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X
3405200000    Polishes, creams and similar preparations, for the maintenance of wooden furniture, floors or other woodworkX
3405300000    Polishes and similar preparations for coachwork, other than metal polishes  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X
3405400000    Scouring pastes and powders and other scouring preparations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .kg
3405900000    Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X
3406000000  Candles, tapers and the like  . . . . . . . . .kg
3407        Modeling pastes, including those put up for children’s  amusement; preparations known as “dental wax” or as “dental impression compounds”, put up in sets, in packings for retail sale or in plates, horseshoe shapes, sticks or similar forms; other preparations for use in dentistry, with a basis of plaster (of calcined gypsum or calcium sulfate):
3407002000    Modeling pastes, including those put up for children’s amusement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .kg
3407004000    Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .kg”
(Souce: U.S. Census Bureau) – http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/schedules/b/2011/c34.html

Schedule 3
S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1:  What to do with all your spring cleaning items
“(NC)—”With the end of winter right around the corner, now is the time to start your spring cleaning. For months your closets and drawers have been accumulating junk. The time has come to purge those drawers of anything that has not been used or worn in the past year. So what can you do with all the items you no longer need? As the popular saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Why not use those treasures to do good for those in need? Try some of these simple ideas:
• Donate clothing – There are a number of different charities and organizations with drop boxes in parking lots or others that pick clothing up from your doorstep to sell or give to people in need.
• Host a garage sale – Collect all your new or gently used items cluttering your home and sell them with the purpose of donating all the funds raised to a charity. Organizations such as Christian Children’s Fund of Canada have environmentally–friendly items like fuel–efficient stoves and rainwater harvesting tanks, which you can purchase with your earnings. By picking a specific item or setting a goal for the amount of money you would like to raise, you will increase people’s enthusiasm to help you reach your goal. Not only will this sale create more room in your home, but by advertising that the money will go to charity, your sales will also set an example for others in your community.
• Recycle – Be sure that any items that cannot be donated or given away are disposed of in the most environmentally friendly way. Take left over items to your local dump where they will help you sort your items into recyclables and other waste.”
www.newscanada.com
S

 & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Gardening – make it a family adventure!
“(NC)—”Summer is all about spending time outdoors and enjoying the warm weather. Gardening is a great way for families to spend time together away from television and video games, while learning about nature and getting in some great exercise. The President’s Choice brand’s garden guru Peter Cantley, vice–president, Floral and Garden at Loblaw Companies Limited, has more than 45 years of experience. Want to help get kids excited about gardening? Follow Peter’s simple tips for parents and soon your kids will have green thumbs of their own!
Kids love getting dirty – so let them! Weeding and planting is an easy activity to get kids started. Kids can join parents in the garden by digging in the soil with a small spade and finding roots and worms.
Engage little ones in the responsibility. If your child is old enough, ask them to help water the lawn or plants.
If your child is really taking an interest in helping out, why not give them their own section of the garden? Watching plants grow from seeds into flowers or vegetables is not only fun for kids, but a great learning opportunity. To mark their special spot, have them make signs identifying each type of produce in their garden.
Share your love of gardening with others! If the family is headed over to visit friends for Sunday night barbecue, pick some fresh tomatoes from your garden and bring them over as a thoughtful hostess gift the kids can be proud to give.
Remember to have fun. Canadians only have the summer heat for a short time so make the most of it and start planting!
For more tips on planning a garden and President’s Choice garden products visit pc.ca.”
www.newscanada.com

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #3: Keeping your spring cleanup crew well fed and refreshed this Victoria Day weekend
(NC)—”Victoria Day weekend signals the (unofficial) start of summer and for those Canadians with cottages or cabins it time to open your summer sanctuary. There’s no reason the work has to take over the long weekend – this isn’t Labour Day. Molson M has some time saving tips so you can enjoy the weekend:
• Invite friends: the same crew that enjoys your dock all summer will be happy to pitch in
• Plan ahead: get everything you need for three days – remember, most stores will be closed Monday
• Cook in advance: one pot meals like chicken pot pie or lasagna can cut your clean up time
• It’s easy to be healthy: baskets of apples and oranges are a quick snack and require no preparation
• Keep the workers cheerful: are you asking friends to wade into the frigid lake to put in the dock? Make sure you have great drinks on hand to say thank you. New Molson M is an award winning lager and will be a hit with refined palates. Rickards taster pack features Rickards White, Red and Dark so everyone will have their favourite
• Double duty: Fill your cooler with ice, juice, pop and beer to manage overflow from the refrigerator.”
www.newscanada.com

*TM/© 2011 Practitioners’ Press Inc. – All Rights Reserved.

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“Chef Pasquale Carpino: I give you a fictional interview as an update*”

 

Vol. 1,  No. 34, February 13, 2011

TITLE: “Chef Pasquale Carpino: I give you a fictional interview as an update*”

INTRODUCTION

Most of you will recall my first blog post on Chef Pasquale Carpino. It was “Chef Pasquale Carpino set off my taste buds!*” (Vol. 1, No. 6, July 19th, 2010) For those of you following the blog, you know that we at Save and Read* try new things. Today, we are thinking far out of the box. I hope you like it.  

(Editor’s Note: Due to the tremendous response to Antoinette’s first piece on Pasquale Carpino, she is doing an update. The format today is different. She gets up close and personal. In Part A, Antoinette asks questions of Chef Carpino to fit with quotes attributed to him. In addition, she asks questions to fit with facts and comments on the public record. And then in Part B, Chef Carpino asks Antoinette about her views on today’s food, cooking and wine, etc. Of course, since Chef Carpino has passed on, this is a fictional exchange. We will go back to our usual next week. Hope you like this change of pace style.) 

PART A – ANTOINETTE ‘S INTERVIEW WITH PASQUALE CARPINO

Antoinette: “Thank you so much for agreeing to an interview. You have many fans who want to read more about you.”

Chef Carpino: “It’s my pleasure.” 

TV program
Antoinette: “Your shows aired globally since the mid-1970s. Kitchen Express was the top daytime program on the Discovery Channel from 1990 to1992. How can you explain the great reception by legions of viewers?”

Chef Carpino: “It was a combination of many things: food, music, teaching and entertainment. It seemed to work.”   

TV host
Antoinette: “What made you such an endearing TV host?”

Chef Carpino: “It seems people found me playful and effervescent. I had a few signature expresions like: “Excuse my back”, ‎”Littlela milk, juice for the kids”, etc.

Food/cooking

Antoinette: “What was your ethnic (national) food preference?”

Chef Carpino: “Italian, of course.”

Antoinette: “Why?”

Chef Carpino: “Obviously, it came from my upbringing in the southern Italian community of Reggio. Calabria, Italy.”

Antoinette: “What was the appeal of your food?”  

Chef Carpino:  “My specialty was simple Italian dishes. “I used ordinary ingredients; and viewers with little time felt comfortable recreating my recipes.” The recipes were “quick and easy.”

Antoinette: “How do you see yourself wearing the chef hat?” 

Chef Carpino: “The chef is like a composer, creating new recipes and adapting old ones to express the individuality that is found in each of us.”

Antoinette: “How did you name your dishes?” 

Chef Carpino: “I came up with the names of most of the recipes, many based on opera characters, composers and singers.”

Antoinette: “What were some of your specialties?”

Chef Carpino:  I covered everything: from appetizer to entree and all the way to dessert. There was Roast Beef, Gnocchi, Pickerel with Shallots and Pizza. Some viewers really liked my “sauteed cabbage with white wine & fennel seed. It included radicchio, prosciutto, garlic, onions, a bit of broth & perhaps pancetta.”

Antoinette: “What was the secret of your cooking style?” 

Chef Carpino: I will answer by using the words of a fan who really understood. “Cooking is a combination of Art, Fantasy and Vocation. A very simple way to say that we combine our artistic abilities through creation of flavours while using our imagination to remove the limits on what we combine and then package this all together with the learning and knowledge that is important for the technical side of cooking.”

Salad
Antoinette: “Did you have cute expressions about salad?”

Chef Carpino: “Yes, I used to slice a whole lettuce in two and say “saaallllaaadd is ready” Or after ripping apart a head of lettuce and cutting a tomato in quarters, I might say: ” e voila, bella insalata”.

Cheese
Antoinette: “Did you have a thing for cheese?”

Chef Carpino: “Yes ….on many dishes, I often put more than the usual amount.”

Wine
Antoinette: “What part did wine play?”

Chef Carpino: “I cooked with wine. I also used to drink the same wine. I used to say often:”…and a little wine for Pasquale!!”. I also used to have a distinctive toast: ‎”AH SALUTE!” one for you and one for a me”.

Dessert
Antoinette: “What about dessert?” 

Chef Carpino: “I used to say: “Now for dessert, banana (or peach/pineapple) flambee.”

Kitchen suggestions 
Antoinette: “Give me an example of your kitchen tips?”

Chef Carpino: “Here’s one: “If de pan is a little too hot, you don’t wanna stay-a-too close-a-because-a-your eye lashes will say arivaderche!”

Music
Antoinette: “Tell me something about the place of music in your life”

Chef Carpino: “Music was my first love.” I was intensely passionate about music, most specifically Opera. My wife Evelina, was a Soprano Singer of Italian descent. When progressing my cooking career, I studied opera at the Royal Conservatory of Music.”

Singing
Antoinette:  “How did you earn the reputation as “the singing chef”?

Chef Carpino: “I love to sing and to cook.  If I sing while cooking, the food is going to be happy.”

Antoinette: “How does creativity fit in?”  

Chef Carpino: “To me, singing a beautiful song and preparing a beautiful recipe are the same. They both give us a chance to find happiness in creativity and to share that joy with others.”

Antoinette:  “Anything else about the singing?”

Chef Carpino: “I began singing to keep Beatrice (his daughter) interested in her Italian heritage and language. “She was in kindergarten and she was losing her Italian because she was in school,” “I didn’t want to force her to speak Italian. Then the idea came to sing and be colourful because children like colour.”

Chef Carpino: “Can I get in a plug for the show?”

Antoinette: “Sure.” 

Chef Carpino: “Pasquale’s Kitchen Express continues to air on OMNI 1:
* Sunday – 9:00am
* Tuesday – 2:00pm, 2:30pm
* Thursday – 12:30pm
* Friday – 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 1:30pm
* Saturday – 11:30am, 4:10am, 4:40am”

Chef Carpino: “Can I get a plug also for the books?”

Antoinette: “With pleasure.”

Chef Carpino: “My books are:
1. Today’s Cooking with Chef Pasquale: Quick and Easy Recipes from
Television’s Popular Singing Chef by Pasquale Carpino (Foreword by)
2. La Cucina Di Pasquale: Italian Gourmet Cooking
3.Recipes from Pasquales Kitchen
4.  Pasquale’s Kitchen Express Cookbook Volume Two (Pasquale’s Kitchen
Express, Volume Two)
5.  Italian gourmet cooking = La cucina di Pasquale.”

(Fact source from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasquale_Carpino; http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=111924882020#!/group.php?gid=111924882020&v=wall http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2006/01/02/Carpino-Obit.html

PART B – CHEF CARPINO’S INTERVIEW WITH ANTOINETTE LA POSTA

Chef Carpino: “As a cook, what is your food type specialty?”
 
Antoinette:  “Italian like you.”

Chef Carpino: “What other types of food do you like to eat?”

Antoinette: “I find Indian food quite delectable.”

Chef Carpino: “What is your favorite wine?”

Antoinette: “Red wine – I especially love the home made variety lovingly made by my uncles. It is surprising everytime.”
 
Chef Carpino: “What is your favorite opera singer?”

Antoinette: “Andrea Boccelli.”

Chef Carpino: “What is your favorite dish that you make?

Antoinette: “Lasagna – I call it “ANTOINETTA’S FAMOUS LASAGNA À LA LAZIO*”.

Chef Carpino: “What is your favorite cook book excluding your own food blog?”

Antoinette: ““Encyclopedia of Creative Cooking”,  Edited by Charlotte Turgeon, Editor of Larousse Gastronomique and The Creative Cooking Course” – but I also recommend your fine cookbook: “Today’s Cooking with Chef Pasquale Carpino” (1999).”

Chef Carpino: “What is your pet peeve about today’s cook books?”

Antoinette: “Many are too complicated. Also, they call for ingredients that are not readily available at the local stores. And definitions are in many instances, inaccurate.”   

Chef Carpino: “Do you like the crop of cooking shows being produced in 2011?” 

Antoinette: “Overall not particularly. Today, the programming is more about competition instead of the passion and enjoyment of food well made. The culinary arts are not sufficiently on a pedastol. There isn’t enough about the history of the craft and the achievements of the great chefs of yesterday.”   

Chef Carpino: “What do you like about today’s TV food stars? programs?”

Antoinette: “At present, there is some great talent out there. With cable and food networks, there is a great market and mounds of oppportunity for cooking rookies”

Chef Carpino: “What don’t you like about today’s TV food stars? programs?

Antoinette: “The programming is focused too much on competition and about speed and not enough on the food.” 

Chef Carpino: “What was your all- time favorite dish enjoyed?”

 Antoinette: “My mother’s cannelloni.”

Chef Carpino: “What was your all- time favorite food experience/story?”

Antoinette: “My daughter’s wedding. The hall was spectacular, the food preparation was exquisite and the presentation was elegant. The menu worked very well.  The main dish was ‘surf and turf’. The service was inpeccable. And joy was all around.”

I want to take this opportunity, on behalf of everyone to thank you Chef Carpino. You made your mark. You taught us how to live better by enjoying food, music and the relaxed pleasures of the table. You impacted upon the lives of many people. We lovingly remember you and thank you. Rest in peace.

And for all of you out there, part of Antoinette’s (Internet) Village*, along with your better half, go home, pull out Pasquale’s Cookbook, pour two glasses of your favorite wine, put on an Opera CD, and cook up something special. But please, on raising your glasses, say: “SALUTE CHEF CARPINO!”*

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours? *
ALP
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”
CREDITS
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The above is a new media production of Valente under its “United Author*”
program.

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Posted by on February 13th, 2011 Comments Off on “Chef Pasquale Carpino: I give you a fictional interview as an update*”

I AM NOT A SHOPAHOLIC, RATHER A FAMILY PROCUREMENT WIZARD!*

Vol. 1,  No. 19, October 18th , 2010

TITLE: “I AM NOT A SHOPAHOLIC, RATHER A FAMILY PROCUREMENT WIZARD!”*

My book of the week is “Mini Shopaholic” by Sophie  Kinsella. Hence my topic is shopping: weekly groceries, bargain hunting, over-shopping, hoarding,  etc.

IT WORDS FOR ME!*

For today, my words/phrases are  “Buyer”, “Compulsive Hoarding” and “Shopaholic”.

Buyer

“A buyer is any person who contracts to acquire an asset in return for some form of consideration. When someone gets characterised by their role as buyer of certain assets, the term “buyer” gets new meaning:

In product managementbuyer is the entity that decides to obtain the product.

A buyer’s primary responsibility is obtaining the highest quality goods at the lowest cost. This usually requires research, writing requests for bids, proposals or quotes, and evaluation information received.” (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buyer)

Compulsive Hoarding

“Compulsive hoarding (or pathological hoarding or disposophobia)[1] is the excessive acquisition of possessions (and failure to use or discard them), even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary. Compulsive hoarding impairs mobility and interferes with basic activities, including  cooking,  cleaning,  showering, and sleeping. A person who engages in compulsive hoarding is commonly said to be a “pack rat“, in reference to that animal’s characteristic hoarding. It is not clear whether compulsive hoarding is an isolated disorder, or rather a symptom of another condition, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder.[2]

Public awareness of the condition has recently experienced an increase with the launch of two competing reality television programs about the subject, Hoarders and Hoarding: Buried Alive, airing on the A&E and TLC networks respectively.” (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsive_hoarding)

Shopaholic

“One who shops very frequently. Shopaholics lose a lot of their money and possibly go broke because they’ve spent it all. 1. Common term applied to someone suffering from oniomania.” (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia/ http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/shopaholic)

STUDY/STATISTICS

Here are some:

“·  17 Million Americans are compulsive shoppers/spenders (Stanford University Landmark Study, 2006)

·  Nearly half of all compulsive shoppers/spenders are men (Stanford Study, 2006)

·  Arguments over money and spending are the number one reason for couples’ conflict and divorce (Psychology Today)

·  The average credit card debt per American citizen is nearly $10,000—mostly from unnecessary purchases (Time and Money magazines)” (Source: http://www.americanpsychotherapy.com/about/apa609.php

S & R* NEWS ALERT*

Hoarding: The disorder of the decade — ?It’s not a bunch of junk?
“Oct 1, 2010 – Ottawa Citizen  OTTAWA   Greg is beetling to and fro in his Ottawa apartment, sifting piles of belongings, trying to decide which bits and pieces he can part with. There’s a sense of urgency.

There’s a sense of urgency. The 57-year-old has two days to tidy the premises sufficiently to pass inspection by the City of Ottawa’s public health department and Ottawa Fire Services. The last thing he wants is a mandatory clean-out by a city-appointed contractor. “It’s not a bunch of junk,” he says.” (Source:  http://www.ementalhealth.ca/site/ottawa/index.phpm=14#top
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Hoarding+disorder+decade/3580381/story.html_)t

MY LIFE & TIMES*

Let’s face it. Men shop -read do errands! Or they shop to pass the time. Indeed, a man once said to me that he liked going to the mall when everything was closed, this so he saved money. But we ladies, do the heavy lifting shopping, every week, 52 weeks a year. Indeed, as wives, mothers, caregivers, etc., we are the prime target consumers and the chief purchasing agent in each of our respective families. Like you, in my family, it is one of my functions. My problem is stretchhhhhhhhhhhing  my dollar to buy the necessaries of life. I guess I am a family procurement wizard like all of you other homemakers in Internetland. But doing it does not mean liking it.

Groceries

First, let us start with the groceries.  Let me be perfectly clear – I do NOT like grocery shopping. For me, it is a real chore.  I try hard not spending much time doing it.  I try to beat the crowds. I will often go early in the morning and get it done as quickly as possible.  Of course, I do look for specials. I strive to be a smart shopper. I try to save a little money; but more often than not, I spend more on energy: both gas and my own.

Supermarket pet peeves

I have a few pet peeves: a) Why do some retailers have great specials only between limited hours on a particular day, but written in the fine print? Thereupon, I go to the store only to find out that I had missed the hour and day – that’s not fair! b)   When there is a very good special, the store runs out and offers a rain check; but more often than not, when I return, the clerk apologizes still being out of the item. Eventually the rain check gets lost in my purse. c) Food companies try and confuse us when they increase the price by offering a weekly supply of a product at the same price, but with slightly less yet still in the same container. d) To accomplish a great saving, you have to buy a year’s supply or more; and then you have to store the cases stacked in your basement. Ugh!

Pleasurable shopping: shoes, etc.

On the other hand, I admit it, I like shopping for other things. Can you keep a super secret, promise not to tell? Except for groceries, it’s rare that I’m shopping for an item that I require immediately. Sometimes, I’ll buy an item which I do not need.  A good case in point is foot-ware. Shopping for shoes is my favorite; and as you know, a fashion conscious lady can NEVER have too many pairs.

Female sport of bargain hunting

Now, let’s get real. Men typically like to go golfing, fishing, etc.  For us women, shopping is our sport of choice; and we are VERY good at it. Finding a bargain is my biggest thrill- it’s like  a man shooting a 65 on the golf course or catching a big fish. In another piece,  I will tell you about some of my great purchases. Several of  my favorite stores are: Winners/T.J. Maxx and J.C. Penney. As a point of interest, I heard that Filene’s basement sale is a real zoo.  Hence, in ‘tongue in cheek’ fashion, I say: “Unless you are a seasoned shopping pro, you may find yourself out of your league.” Of course, Black Friday is only for the best shopping all-stars.

Shopping as an outing or social occasion

In addition, women often make browsing in stores an outing. Window shopping is harmless, (unless you go into the store), and I sometimes do this activity with my daughters or girlfriends. We also use shopping as a social occasion. Us girls sometimes do our ‘shop ‘n lunch’ thing. Indeed, some women in my office organize a weekend getaway with their girlfriends to a town about an hour away with many great stores not found at home.

Over-buying, indebted, hoarding

However, shopping can get out of hand. Some of us over buy.  Some get into debt.  Some even have it so bad that they become a hoarder. The urge is sometimes overpowering.

THE AUTHOR: Madeleine Wickham (her pen name is: Sophie Kinsella)

Madeleine Wickham, (d.o.b. December 12, 1969), is a best-selling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist.  During this time, she decided to begin writing fiction. The books were mainly set in the country, detailing the lives of villagers.

She then jumped to ladies fiction, otherwise known as chick-lit novels. She was prolific and a series has emerged. Our book of the week is the latest.

She resides in England with her husband, Henry, a classics teacher, and her sons, Freddy, Hugo and Oscar.

SERIES/COLLECTION

M. Wickam

The books were as follows: (a) The Tennis Party; (b) A Desirable Residence; (c) Swimming Pool Sunday, (d) The Gatecrasher; (e) The Wedding Girl; (f) ,Cocktails for Three; and (g) Sleeping Arrangements.

S. Kinsella

The Shopaholic series describes the adventures , or better said, the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who is not good with money. This is somewhat of an oxymoron.  Some of her books are:  (a) The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also titled Confessions of a shopaholic)  2000; (b) Shopaholic Abroad (also titled Shopaholic takes Manhattan)  2001; (c)  Shopaholic Ties The Knot  2001; (d)  Shopaholic & Sister  2004 ; (e)  Shopaholic & Baby  2007; (f)  Mini Shopaholic 2010.

The first two Shopaholic books were adapted into a film and released in February 2009, with Isla Fisher playing Becky and Hugh Dancy as Luke Brandon.

THE BOOK: “Mini Shopaholic by Sophie  Kinsella

Becky is back! Busy with her child and husband, she has too much to do plus a party to make. But she has time to spend money. Perhaps too much! It is noteworthy that she made a promise not to do any shopping until she’s worn everything in her wardrobe at least once. Now that’s an admirable thought! Living her monetary trials and tribulations, but not worrying about paying the monthly statement, is enjoyable. If this is your cup of tea, take your wallet to your closest bookseller – you do not need to pass a credit check!

CONCLUSION

Grocery shopping aside, shopping can be fun and games. I believe that we should spoil ourselves once in a while- we desire it and we deserve it! However, to shop endlessly and/or needlessly is a waste of time, money and energy. Like the liquor ads, we must do it in moderation. If and when it gets out of hand, watch out. It could bring indebtedness, addiction and misery.

The point

This said, I have some suggestions. I am sure that you have some of your own. When it comes to money, here are my dos and don’ts.

  1. Make a shopping list. Don’t buy on impulse. If with the urge, make a rule to wait one day and if still wanting to do the buy, then do it. Remember it may soon end up as one of your ‘krappy’ clothes or in the junk drawer.
  2. Be a great shopper. Know your marketplace and wait to buy smart. Be a coupon clipper. Consider changing phone companies, etc. and see what they offer you. You might be pleasantly surprised.
  3. Pay cash – I try, but don’t always succeed.  If using a charge card, if possible, pay down the full amount when billed.
  4. Value money. I learned at an early age to respect money.  I work very hard and I do not spend money foolishly.
  5. Save money. Be frugal. My parents taught me that it’s not how much you earn, but rather, how much you can save that makes a difference.  In turn, I have taught my daughters this principle.
  6. Become a great saver; in this regard, (a) Request your bank to automatically transfer a certain amount into your savings account every pay cheque; (b) Make a wish list – have a big item goal, (e.g., a car, a house, a country place – and save towards it. (c) Open a retirement account and contribute regularly to it;
  7. Become an investor now that you have some money; in this regard, note that having money is a responsibility and requires work. Like the movie, you must run it and it must never sleep or be left unattended.
  8. Get help if shopping is out of control. The first step in dealing with this addiction is admitting that you have a problem.
  9. Remember the object of shopping is stuff. This begs the question: “Do you have room for it?” You need to have  space to put it down.  And if you move, you need to hire a mover to transport it and perhaps some firm to store it. And of course, you need insurance to cover your stuff in the event of a loss. This begs another question: “Do you still want it?”
  10. Give lightly used items away. First, you do a good deed for those less fortunate and second, you make room for the new.
  11. Remember it is not what you have that counts. Instead, it  is who you are that is important!

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours? *
ALP
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”
CREDITS
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The above is a new media production of Valente under its “United Author*” program.

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Women spend an average of 2 1/2 years of adult lives cooking*: Hence, I am a BREAKFAST EXPERT!*

Vol. 1,  No. 10, August 16, 2010

 

TITLE: Women spend an average of 2 1/2 years of adult lives cooking*: Hence, I am a BREAKFAST EXPERT!*

 

MY LIFE & TIMES*

 

News flash: “Researchers have found that women spend an average of two-and-a-half years of their adult lives cooking.”  (This contrasts with the average man who cooks for 1.4 years of his life.) Findings included the following:

  • 75%  of family meals are prepared by women;
  • After work, more than eight out of 10 women spend one hour or more preparing food for themselves and their family over this period – the time doubles on weekends;
  • Weekly, this is roughly nine hours of home cooking throughout  an adult life  from the age 18 to 65 – such totalling  2.51 years. (N.B. This is according to the UK survey of cooking habits by kitchen appliance manufacturers Breville.)

Ouch, like many women, I know a lot about being in the kitchen cooking. Furthermore, like most mothers, I know a lot about breakfast. I crunched the numbers. I have made at minimum, 14, 600 breakfasts before my two adult daughters reached the age of 20. (365 x 20 (years)= 7300 x 2 (children)). And this does not include the breakfast meals that I made for them once they were 20.  In addition, it does not include the first meal of the day that I made for myself in later years. I think you’ll agree with me that, along with many other women out there, I am a BREAKFAST EXPERT! Accordingly, I believe:

1. That it is important to provide nourishment.  People need fuel! (It is especially true for children in the morning before they leave for school.) Of course, hungry does not spell learning. It is equally true for adults. Hungry does not usually result in good works and success.

2. That it is also important to take into account food groups, proper nutrition and good calories.

Oh, by the way, did you ever notice that the word “diet” means the totality of a person’s food consumption and also a regime of reduced food intake? It is interesting, don’t you think?

This was my starting point when I considered my subject book of today.

 

THE AUTHOR

Daniela Jakubowicz, MD, is a specialist in endocrinology and metabolic disease. Originally from Venezuela, she worked at Hospital de Clinicas, Caracas. She has been using this diet, with successful results, for more than 15 years. She is the author of “The Big Breakfast Diet: Eat Big Before 9 A.M. and lose Big for Life”.

Research study

Jakubowicz et als studied the effects of the big breakfast diet on 94 women, all obese and physically inactive. Half the women were placed on a strictly monitored low-carb diet and the other half were assigned the big breakfast diet. If I understood correctly, overweight women lost nearly five times more weight on a large breakfast diet than the control group did on a low-carb diet.

Findings of this study were presented at the 90th annual meeting of The Endocrine Society in San Francisco on June 17 (Source: The Endocrine Society). Thismaterial was published in The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

SERIES/COLLECTION

An earlier version of Jakubowicz’s  book, “¡Ni Una Dieta Mas!” (Not Another Diet!) was published In Venezuela. It made big waves in South America. It sold 300,000 copies.

 

THE BOOK

 

My first reaction was from the cover. It had bright colors. There was a VERY slim woman figured prominently. She looks happy amongst many extremely high-in- calorie foods. Most if us desire these dishes. The package was thus appealing – perhaps too appealing, such maybe camouflaging a false message. Now, let us look at this message.

The diet

Jakubowicz gives prospective dieters, in effect, a blank cheque to eat, more-or-less, whatever they wanted for a before 9:00 A.M. meal. This big breakfast diet is BIGGGGGGGGG! it provides about one half of a  day’s calories. Foods are high in carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. The key is eating much whole-grain, complex carbohydrates and lean proteins, (e.g., fat-free milk, yogurt, and eggs). The idea is that one will be sated until lunch without desire for sugared snacks and between-meal carbs. Lunch and supper will be low-fat, high-protein and next-to-nothing carbohydrates. Mounds of fruits and vegetables at all meals are OK.

CONCLUSION

My personal comments

I got Dr. Jakubowicz’s diet message….but…

According to her, as long as you eat whatever you want before 9:00 a.m., you don’t have to feel guilty about overeating.  This is a 28-day plan.  With plain language – straight speak,  I don’t support anyone, probably women feeling guilty about diet. I also say: “I have doubts about the basic proposition: Eat whatever you want in the morning. To me, this just doesn’t feel right. In contrast, I believe that one should still eat selectively – the right foods at any time of  the day.  But I do think that Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz has a point…eating a good breakfast -read the proper foods in a proper quantity will lead to reasonable food intake the rest of the day. It will also provide the necessary fuel for people at all ages to achieve much.

 

The point

I am of the opinion that breakfast is the most important meal to properly start one’s day.  Along with a few cups of coffee, it gives you a boost.

My personal poll has established that the favorite big breakfast in the western world is a meal comprising: eggs, bacon , sausage or ham with potatoes, fruit, toast and coffee. In my view, for the working woman, this is difficult to prepare in the morning.

If you have a busy schedule, as I do, breakfast cereal is a good option; and it is much quicker. ( The word cereal originates from Ceres the name of the Roman goddess of harvest and agriculture.) Unfortunately, many cereals are loaded with sugar, but there are some, which are much lower in such.  The key is to select amongst these brands, one. which is high-fiber and fortified with vitamins.

In closing, I also urge a substantial breakfast in the A.M, but such, taking into account food groups, proper nutrition and good calories. This will provide the base, along with a fair portion/low-calorie lunch and supper, to keep food in the right context.  I also believe that cardio work -outs and weight -training compliment a proper life style choice.

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours? *

ALP

 

CREDITS

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The above is a new media production of Valente under its “United Author*” program.

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I HAVE A SECRET: My VERY best cookbook*

Vol. 1, No. 9, August 9th, 2010

TITLE: I HAVE A SECRET: My VERY best cookbook*

MY LIFE & TIMES*

I am a family woman – I have two adult daughers and while they were growing up, supper- time was the most important meal. The rule was that we all ate together as a family. But, it was hectic since I had a full-time job out-of-the-home and I also ran an efficient household. Returning back from work, everyone was tired and hungry. I prepared the food. It was very important for me to get the food on the table ASAP. To do this, firstly, I did the groceries on the weekend and I planned ahead. Second, I had a trusted cookbook. It was and still is a necessity. I will let you in on a secret. My VERY best cookbook is  “Encyclopedia of Creative Cooking– Edited by Charlotte Turgeon, Editor of Larousse Gastronomique and The Creative Cooking Course.”

THE AUTHOR

Charlotte Snyder, American born and a graduate from Smith College, (indeed a classmate of Julia Child), married Amherst College language professor Frederick King Turgeon, Mrs. Turgeon, while residing in France for a time, enrolled in the Cordon Bleu Academy in Paris, graduating in 1937. She was a prolific writer, credited with 53 books, etc. Anne Willan, founder of the Parisian cooking school, La Varenne, described Mrs. Turgeon as “a pioneer forerunner for women in the culinary arts in this country.’’ Mrs. Turgeon was regarded as the person who introduced Americans to French cooking, In 1961, this American chef and author translated and edited Prosper Montagne’s encyclopedia of food, wine, and cookery, “Larousse Gastronomique.’’ It was a huge accomplishment – it took four years, and was complicated by the need to change the European metric measurements into American measures.

SERIES/COLLECTION

Éditions Larousse, the prestigious French dictionnary people are book publishers. Its best known work was “Petit Larousse”. It is also addresses the subject of food ‘big time’.

Larousse Gastronomique is a prime example. The first edition (1938) was edited by Prosper Montagne. The preface was by George Auguste Escoffer, who codified French cookery of the 20th century. Such cookery was elevated to “Haute Cuisine”

But there is more… much more.  Other books on cooking from Larousse include as for example 1. “Larousse des cuisines du monde”; 2. “Larousse des desserts”; and 3. “Petit Larousse Patissier”. etc.

THE BOOK

“Encyclopedia of Creative Cooking”,  Edited by Charlotte Turgeon, Editor of Larousse Gastronomique and The Creative Cooking Course” is an UNIQUE cookbook. To the question “Why?”, I say that it:

  • Is written in an easy –to-understand style.
  • Is a complete guide to creative cooking. The title says it perfectly. If you want to be creative, here, in one over-size volume are 2000 recipes for: (a) Appetizers; (b) Meat dishes; (c) Desserts; (d) Crepes; (e) Vegetable dishes; (f) Pastry; (g) Breads; and (h) Cakes; etc. The mouth-watering recipes cater to a wide variety of tastes and will definitely impress your dinner guests.
  • Enumerates the ingredients. What is so helpful for me, is that these are products, which can be easily found in most local grocery stores.
  • Has detailed instructions, which make it easy to prepare the dish.
  • Has much advice on cake decorating, souffle making and cooking techniques galore. Indeed, you feel as though you have a cooking teacher instructing you. The beauty of having this valuable book in the kitchen is that it’s readily available for reference.
  • Includes as an added bonus,  800 FULL COLOUR photos. They will give you a vivid picture of what your finished dish will look like.
  • Encourages you to experiment and be creative. Indeed, these recipes stimulate your imagination and before you know it, you have created a delightful recipe of a dish of your own

.(N.B. Dishes other than French cookery were added to make this a volume covering many other national-ethnic dishes.)

CONCLUSION

The point

I have several good cookbooks, but this is the one, which I use the most. It is wonderful. It is a cook’s dream book. These recipes will fill your house with delightful aromas. It is an excellent reference source. Through the years, I have referred to this all-in-one encyclopedic cookbook for different recipes to prepare everyday meals as well as big holiday dinners, dinner parties and also simple little get-togethers. It is my trusted kitchen ally. It never lets me down. Without fail, when I use this book, my guests compliment me on my exquisite dishes. It will be an asset in any kitchen and in my opinion, the only cook book that one really needs. I recommend it!

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours? *

ALP

CREDITS

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The above is a new media production of Valente under its “United Author*” program.

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Chef Pasquale Carpino set off my taste buds!*

Vol. 1, No. 6, July 19th, 2010

Chef Pasquale Carpino set off my taste buds!*

MY LIFE AND TIMES*

I remember watching Chef Pasquale every Sunday at noon time when I was growing up.  My parents would always have his show on.  My dad would laugh and comment on what a great opera singer he was and my mom would either praise or criticize his recipes.  His  cooking show was part of our Sunday tradition.

THE AUTHOR

Pasquale Carpino (1936 – December 30, 2005). He was one-of-a-kind. Born in the southern Italy – Calabria in particular. He  emigrated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1958. He was thus a wonderful mix of Italy and Canada. To this, please add a great love of food. And to that add a pinch of song as he was intensely passionate about music,  more precisely opera. Indeed, in 1964, he married Evelina, a soprano singer of Italian descent. He became a popular television chef in Toronto, Ontario and also an operatic singer. His show, “Pasquale’s Kitchen Express” is still available in re-runs.  Chef Pasquale was known as the ‘Singing’ Chef.  He would say:   “If I sing when I cook, the food is going to be happy.” Now isn’t that a delicious mix!

OTHER BOOKS/COLLECTION, TV SHOWS, ETC

“Pasquale’s Kitchen Express” TV show

Starting on Toronto public access television in the late 1970s, he became the host of popular cooking shows in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. His best known was: “Pasquale’s Kitchen Express”.

He was so engaging. He wore a blue smock, a white necktie and a red chef’s toque. He cooked and sang. Italian cuisine was his specialty. He believed in a full meal:  appetizer, entree, and dessert.  He was so warm and hospitable. At the close of each show,  Pasquale poured wine and served up his lovely meal to a fan.

He was quoted as saying: “When people see my television program, they often ask me why I sing when I am cooking. To me singing a beautiful song and preparing a beautiful recipe are the same. They both give us a chance to find happiness in creativity and to share that joy with others. In music there is an infinity – an endless number of combinations of notes and harmonies which will produce original and lovely melodies. So it is with cooking. The chef is like a composer, creating new recipes and adapting old ones to express the individuality which is found in each of us.” Isn’t that charming!

Collection of Books

Chef Pasquale had four cook books to his credit: 1.  “La Cucina di Pasquale with Judith Drynan (1980), 2./3. “Pasquale’s Kitchen Express Cookbook”, Volumes one and two (1990) and 4. “Today’s Cooking with Chef Pasquale” ( 1999).

THE BOOK: Today’s Cooking with Chef Pasquale Carpino (1999)

I chose his last book. I believe that it reflected all of his wisdom and experience and indeed his flair for GREAT food and WONDERFUL music.  It includes his favorite recipes – I call them blueprints to good eating: (a) Fresh preserves; (b) Sauces and condiments; (c) Antipasto; (d)Soups and broth; (e) Rice and grains; (f) Pasta; (g) Fish and shellfish; (h) Poultry and game; (i) Meat dishes (beef, veal, lamb, pork);  (j) Egg dishes; (k) Vegetable side dishes and entrees; (l) Salads and dressings; (m) Desserts, etc. I love the pasta and the goodies especially.

This book had useful components: a glossary of cooking terms, ingredients and a comprehensive index.

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.

And that’s my thought of the week, what’s yours? *

ALP

CREDITS

-Web Tech:  richmediasound.com

The above is a new media production of Valente under its “United Author*” program.

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