Archive for September, 2008

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Blackberry, blackberry, blackberry…

<!– @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –> There’s a poem by Robert Hass that ends that way. It starts with “All the new thinking is about loss. In this it resembles all the old thinking.” and continues on through image and language, engaging and turning you, until […]

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Praying for October

The news is in: We have traded a secure financial future for a warm and sunny October. The vegetables don’t seem to be troubled at all, and I’ll doubt we’ll hear much of any complaints from the flatbreads this week. Just writing to announce new classes have been posted on the website, and recipes from […]

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

still figuring out religion

  It’s my third week here as a chaplain at harborview. I’m still astounded by the beauty of their weapons, as l. cohen might say — the bright lights and electronic equipment, the hundreds of calmly suffering patients, the intense amount of healing, the intense lack of healing. I’m blown away by the size of […]

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Quaterly Performance Review

After three classes of the new “Mangoland Cooks” enterprise, it’s time for a quarterly performance review. The classes seem to be getting better and better. That is, everybody is having more and more fun. It’s of note that the last class (on Lebanese food, recipes to be posted as soon as I get back to […]

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Instant Pumpkin Pie

As the official founder and chairhuman of the Olympic Peninsula Delicata Squash Amateur Enthusiast Group, I am proud to celebrate this week’s inclusion of delicata in the box.    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.   1 delicata squash 4 tablespoons of butter ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice   Cut the squash in half […]

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Give Unto Caesar Salad

or as Leonard Cohen puts it: “Give me back my broken night / my mirrored room / my secret life…”   In this case, you’ll be getting a healthy combination of romaine lettuce and Olympic jalapeños. The “Olympic” means you don’t have to sweat them (either).   The original Caesar salad, from the hands of […]

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Mangoland Cooks the India-Mexico Connection

Inspired by the work of international artist Sonia de Otto, we had our first two classes of Mangolandia’s “Mangoland Cooks at the Cutting Garden” in India and Mexico. First dosa and then mole. Both classes went excellently and I have high hopes all our alumni will pass the requisite standardized tests. The michilada’s went over […]

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Mangoland Cooks! :: A trip to Mexico

[ for the matrix, see the complete notes in pdf form ] [ note: we diverged from these recipes in notable areas, including using herbes de provence in the mole and zucchini in the filling ] What is the language of a smile? Mole Mole is intense. It’s as close as non-Indian food gets to […]

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Mangoland Cooks! :: A Visit to South India

SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2008 [ for the Matrix cheatsheet, please see the attached pdf file…] [ purists beware: these are simplified notes intended for perusal in a class, as supporting material. they are not “correct” or “complete” ] Dosa Start 36 hours ahead of time. To make the batter, soak together: 1 part urad dal (split […]

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Summer Spinach Soup

  First I was dreaming a roasted carrot soup like we had the other night across the streaking clouds and purple light of the Dungeness delta, looking out over a waning patch of beets and our mountain guardians to the South. But, I sense, this fall and winter there will be plenty of time, and […]

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