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The Food Almanac: Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Food Almanac: Thursday, September 19, 2013


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Today's Flavor
It's Fried Eggplant Day. There seems to be wide agreement as to what constitutes perfect fried eggplant: a greaseless, dark-brown exterior with a bread-crumb crust and a light interior. This can be had by cutting the eggplant either into disks or sticks, but the sticks--perhaps because of their resemblance to French fries--are more popular. Especially when they're cut very long, as they can be if you utilize the entire length of the eggplant.

Two problems. First, eggplant can be bitter, especially if there are many seeds inside. You can tell this without cutting the eggplant by noting the size of the scar left on the bottom of the eggplant (the end opposite the stem). The bigger that blotch is, the more seeds in the eggplant, and therefore the more likely it is to be bitter.

The second problem is that nothing soaks up oil like eggplant. Here's how to keep that under control. First, coat the eggplant with a dusting of flour then egg wash before applying the seasoned bread crumbs. Second, fry the eggplant in very hot oil--about 385 degrees. That will result in a very dark color on the outside, but the inside cooks so quickly that the oil won't have a chance to get in.

Fried eggplant is usually served with parmesan cheese to shake over them and a marinara sauce to dip them in. Or, in the old Creole places, with a dish of powdered sugar (to kill the bitterness). I like them with bearnaise sauce or even a light garlic mayonnaise.

Edible Dictionary
muhammara, Arabic, n.--A reddish-brown, thick dip whose major flavor comes from an abundance of hot red peppers. Ground nuts, garlic, and bread crumbs are part of the recipe. So is pomegranate juice, whose flavor makes muhummara distinctive. It's eaten with pita bread in much the same way that hummus and baba ghannoush are, but more sparingly. Its considered a Turkish dish, but it's identified as a signature dish of Aleppo, which is in Syria these days. It is less common in our restaurants than the other Middle Eastern dips, probably because of its aggressively chili-peppered flavor.

Deft Dining Rule #4
Don't order what you think a restaurant should do well, but what it actually does well.

Food In Popular Music
The Four Seasons (the singing group, not the salad dressing) had a Number One hit with Sherry on this date in 1962. The same record survey showed the instrumental Green Onions, by Booker T and the MG's, at Number Four.

Music To Drink Espresso By
"Mama" Cass Elliot, the lead female singer of the folk-turned-pop group the Mamas and the Papas, had a mama today in 1941. She had a magnificent, soaring voice with a lot of upper range for a folk singer. She died of a heart attack at thirty-three, while on tour as a solo performer. Her obesity caused a strange, untrue story to disseminate that she choked on a ham sandwich. Another odd story--this one true--is that she once sang an ad jingle for Hardee's Hamburgers.

Gourmet Gazetteer
Minneola, population 9200--is a thoroughly suburban town in the well-named Lake County in the center of the Florida peninsula. It's twenty-five miles west of Orlando, and owes its explosive growth in the last few decades to the nearby Disney World. A variety of tangelo, crossing specific varieties of grapefruit and tangerine, is named for the town. Minneola fruits have a small neck at the stem end, giving the appearance of a squat bell. One marketer of minneolas takes advantage of this and calls them Honeybells. The place to eat is the Minneola Grill, right in the center of town.

Annals Of Clean Dining Rooms
Today in 1876, an appliance used in almost every restaurant with carpets was patented. Melville Bissell invented the carpet sweeper in his shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was motivated by his wife's adverse reaction to dust. The carpet sweeper does what a broom does, but in a way that scatters less dust around.

Food Namesakes
Lol Creme, a rock musician whose most famous group was 10cc, was born today in 1947. Actor Randolph Mantooth was born today in 1945. Yankee pitcher Catfish Hunter won his two hundredth game today in 1976, and became only the third pitcher to do that by his thirty-first birthday. Today in 1676, Nathaniel Bacon Jr. rebelled against Virginia colonial governor William Berkeley and burned Jamestown. . Scott Baker, a big-league pitcher, was born in Shreveport today in 1981.

Words To Eat By
"How can people say they don't eat eggplant when God loves the color and the French love the name?"--Jeff Smith.

Words To Drink By
"There are two things that will be believed of any man whatsoever, and one of them is that he has taken to drink."--Booth Tarkington, American author.


FPPC Enforcement Decisions: September 19, 2013

The following are enforcement decisions approved by the Fair Political Practices Commission at its regular monthly meeting held on Thursday, September 19, 2013. Decisions are listed by category and include a brief summary of each case and the total amount of any administrative fine or fines in each case.

Additional information on each of the enforcement cases below can be found in the September agenda on the FPPC website at www.fppc.ca.gov. FPPC agendas are distributed and posted on the agency website at least 10 days prior to each monthly meeting.

The web version of the agenda includes links to the stipulations agreed to by the commission and by the individuals and organizations subject to the fines, or the default decisions proposed to the commission. Exhibits in support of the stipulations and proposed default decisions are also available on the website. If you are unable to access the FPPC website, or need further assistance, please call the FPPC communications office at (916) 322-7761.

Lobbying Firm Registration and Reporting Violation

California law requires lobbying entities to file registration forms and quarterly reports to provide the public with specified information. The following failed to register and timely file the required forms:

California Strategies LLC, Jason Kinney, Rusty Areias, and Winston Hickoxviolated the Political Reform Act by failing to register as a lobbying firm, failing to file quarterly lobbying firm reports during calendar year 2012, and failing to maintain records to support the information required to be disclosed on lobbying reports. Jason Kinney qualified as a lobbyist but failed to complete and file the Lobbyist Certification Statement and failed to file quarterly lobbyist reports. Rusty Areias qualified as a lobbyist in 2012 but failed to complete and file the Lobbyist Certification Statement and failed to file quarterly lobbyist reports. Winston Hickox qualified as a lobbyist in 2012 but failed to complete and file the Lobbyist Certification Statement, and failed to file quarterly lobbyist reports. $40,500 fine (California Strategies LLC - $10,500 Jason Kinney - $12,000 Rusty Areias - $6,000 and Winston Hickox - $12,000).

Conflict of Interest Violations

California law states that, absent an exception, a public official may not make, participate in making or in any way attempt to use his or her official position to influence a governmental decision in which he or she knows or has reason to know he or she has a financial interest. The following officials made a governmental decision in which they had a financial interest:

Chris Canning, in his capacity as a member of the Calistoga City Council, made governmental decisions in which he knew, or had reason to know, he had a financial interest, by voting on matters that had a reasonably foreseeable financial effect on the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce while he was the executive director of the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce. $3,000 fine.

James Kopshever, a member of the City of Chowchilla City Council, made a governmental decision in which he had a financial interest, by voting to award a five-year farm land lease agreement to Fagundes Brothers Dairy, which was a source of income to him. $3,000 fine.

Campaign Reporting Violations

Friends of Rosalinda Avitia For Tulare Local Healthcare District Area 2 Director, Rosalinda Avitia, and Robert Montion, the committee’s treasurer, failed to report nine contributions of $100 or more, totaling $2,200, received between July 1, 2012, and September 30, 2012, by the October 5, 2012, deadline, and failed to report three contributions of $100 or more, totaling $400, received between October 1, 2012, and October 20, 2012, by the October 25, 2012, deadline. $3,500 fine.

Hector De La Torre, DeLaTorre for Insurance Commissioner 2010, and Jane Leiderman. This case arose from a Franchise Tax Board audit. Hector De La Torre was an unsuccessful candidate for Insurance Commissioner in the Democratic primary election held on June 8, 2010. DeLaTorre for Insurance Commissioner 2010 was his candidate controlled committee, and Jane Leiderman was the committee treasurer. They failed to report subvendor information for payments totaling approximately $614,185 on campaign statements filed for the reporting periods ending May 22 and June 30, 2010. $2,500 fine.

Breans Against Measures T & U, Rehan Chaudry, and Brett Murdock. Breans Against Measures T & U qualified as a primarily formed ballot measure committee on or about October 1, 2012. At all times relevant to this matter, Rehan Chaudry was the Treasurer of this Committee. At all times relevant, Brett Murdock was a member of the Brea City Council as well as the controlling candidate. Breans Against Measures T & U opposed Measures T, the Brea Accountability Act, and U, the Brea Open Governance Act, on the ballot in the November 6, 2012 election. They failed to disclose that the Committee was controlled, and to include the name of the controlling candidate on its statement of organization. $2,000 fine.

Yes on 37 for Your Right to Know if Your Food Has Been Genetically Engineered. Supported by Consumer Advocates, Makers of Organic Products and California Farmers authorized and paid for video advertisements in support of Proposition 37, but the required disclosure statements as to the committee name and donors of $50,000 or more were not presented in a clear and conspicuous manner. $1,500 fine.

A Committee in Support of Proposition 34, Sponsored by ACLU of Northern California, and Abdi Soltani, the committee’s treasurer, failed to timely file campaign reports for the semiannual period January 1, 2012, through June 30, 2012, due July 31, 2012, as an electronic filing the pre-election periods July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, due October 5, 2012, and October 1, 2012, through October 20, 2012, due October 25, 2012 and a Late Contribution Report for contributions made on April 27, 2012, due April 28, 2012. $800 fine.

Family Farmers Working for a Better California, with Major Support by Western Growers Association, and Ward Kennedy, the committee’s treasurer, failed to timely file the Supplemental Independent Expenditure (Form 465) covering the periods October 1, 2012, through October 20, 2012, due October 25, 2012, and October 21, 2012, through December 31, 2012, due January 31, 2013, with the Secretary of State in both paper and electronic format. $400 fine.

Lobbying Reporting Violations

California law requires lobbying entities to file registration forms and quarterly reports to provide the public with specified information. The following failed to timely file the required forms or failed to include all required information:

Broad & Gusman, LLP, a California lobbying firm, and Barry Broad, Broad & Gusman's Responsible Officer, failed to timely file a Report of Lobbying Firm (Form 625) covering the period July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, failing to disclose total payments received for lobbying services in the amount of $222,908.04. $2,500 fine.

Property ID Corporation, a California lobbyist employer, and Morgan McComb, Property ID Corporation's Vice President of Administration and Responsible Officer, failed to timely file a Lobbyist Employer Report (Form 635) covering the periods April 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012, disclosing total payments made for lobbying services in the amount of $25,950.63. $600 fine.

Performance Marketing Association, a California lobbyist employer, failed to timely file a Lobbyist Employer Report (Form 635) covering January 1, 2011, through March 31, 2011, failing to disclose total payments made for lobbying services in the amount of $24,610.03. $200 fine.

Mass Mailing Violation

California law requires that mass mailings include complete disclosure statements with specified information. The following failed to display a complete disclosure statement:

Alan Frank, Alan Frank for City Council 2012, and Jeff Buchanan. Alan Frank was an unsuccessful candidate for Placentia City Council in the November 6, 2012 election. Alan Frank for City Council 2012 was Mr. Frank’s candidate controlled committee, and Jeff Buchanan was the Treasurer of the committee. Prior to the election, they paid for and caused to be sent two mass mailers which failed to identify them as the senders of the mailers. $2,500 fine.

Major Donor Violations

A major donor is an individual or entity who makes contributions totaling $10,000 or more in a calendar year and is required to file campaign reports detailing how much was contributed and to whom. The following failed to file major donor reports as required by law:

Skechers USA, Inc. failed to timely file Major Donor Reports (Form 461) disclosing 6 contributions made during the periods January 1, 2011, through June 30, 2011, due on July 31, 2011 January 1, 2012, through June 30, 2012, due July 31, 2012 and July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, due October 5, 2012, with the City of Moreno Valley. $2,400 fine.

Signal Hill Petroleum failed to timely file a Major Donor Committee Campaign Statement (Form 461) for 2012. $400 fine.

Statement of Economic Interests Violations – Non-Filer

California law requires elected officials, certain board members and governmental employees, and consultants employed by governmental entities to complete and file Statements of Economic Interests (SEIs or Form 700s). SEIs serve a dual purpose: they make a filer aware of personal economic interests relative to a governmental decision, and they are an important disclosure document for the public and media. The following individuals failed to timely file an SEI:

Jocelyn Woodard was a Member of the County of Los Angeles Commission on HIV from April 2011 through July 2013. As a Member of the County of Los Angeles Commission on HIV, Woodard was required to file an Annual Statement of Economic Interests for calendar year 2011. In this matter, Woodard failed to file a 2011 Annual Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) by the April 2, 2012 deadline. $4,000 fine.

Martin Andreas, as a Board Member for both the Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board and Big Springs Irrigation District for the County of Siskiyou, failed to timely file the 2012 Annual Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) covering the period January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012, due April 1, 2013. $200 fine.

Holly Johnson Harris, as a Trustee for the Fine Arts Museum for the City and County of San Francisco, failed to timely file the 2012 Annual Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) covering the period January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012, due April 1, 2013. $200 fine.

Statement of Economic Interests Violations– Non-Reporting

California law requires elected officials, certain board members and governmental employees, and consultants employed by governmental entities to complete and file Statements of Economic Interests (SEIs or Form 700s). SEIs serve a dual purpose: they make a filer aware of personal economic interests relative to a governmental decision, and they are an important disclosure document for the public and media. The following individuals failed to disclose all required economic interests:

Linda Richardson, over the last four years has served as a director on the Treasure Island Development Authority, a commissioner on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, and as a member of the Bayview Hunters Point Area Committee of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. During this time, Richardson owned and was employed by ADR Continental Group, a public relations firm that has contracted with the City and County of San Francisco on multiple occasions. Ms. Richardson failed to timely disclose her income and interest in ADR Continental Group, as well as her ownership of various stocks, on her Annual Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) for the years 2009, 2010, and 2011.$600 fine.

In the Matter of Luis Herrera, while serving as City Librarian for the San Francisco Public Library, failed to report gifts received from the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library on Annual Statements of Economic Interests (Form 700) for calendar years 2009, 2010, and 2011. $600 fine.

Request for Authority to File a Civil Complaint and Enter a Stipulated Judgment

In the Matter of Citizens for a Voice in Government, Major Funding by Investment Manager, Brandon Powers, Lysa Ray, and Chris Hansen. Citizens for a Voice in Government, Major Funding by Investment Manager (the “Committee”) received a $100,000 contribution from Chris Hansen on or about June 21, 2013 and made an $80,000 expenditure that same day. Brandon Powers is the principal officer for the Committee and Lysa Ray is the Committee’s treasurer. The Committee failed to file a semi-annual campaign statement for the January 1, 2013, through June 30, 2013, reporting period by July 31, 2013. The Committee also failed to file a Statement of Organization within 10 days of becoming a committee. Chris Hansen, who qualified as a major donor upon making the contribution to the Committee, failed to file a semi-annual campaign statement for the January 1, 2013, through June 30, 2013, reporting period by July 31, 2013. The parties have agreed to have a civil judgment entered in this case. $50,000 fine.


La Soiree – review

La Soiree: Anna Kichtchenko Photograph: Roland Lorente

After the video comes our review, which has been written by Van Badham. I went to La Soiree with Van and we had a fine old time – the rotating roster of performers means we didn't get to see the infamous Bath Boy act, and there were perhaps a couple of acts who seemed a little weaker than the rest, but even after several previous visits, it remains a festival treat.

You can read Van's four star review in full here. But here's a short extract to pique your interest

The collection of local and international acts delivered on the implicit chocolate-box promise of cabaret variety to cater for all tastes. A beautiful Russian circus performer climbed and descended the Spiegeltent ceiling via a red ribbon she wrapped and twirled around her gymnast frame. Two buff boys in bowler hats and three-piece suits performed seemingly impossible balancing acts with matching props of umbrellas, hatstands and copies of the Financial Times.

One juggler appeared strapped to some kind of belching electronic sound apparatus, another in a Freddy Mercury leather tribute costume – the latter made lewd jokes in a Eurotrash accent before chucking balls in the air to the hits of Queen. The infamous Ursula Martinez demonstrated her "hanky trick" to audible gasps, and a Canadian duo advanced the most unusual practice of drag puppetry.


The Whole Package Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Foundation, the Pathway, the Purpose- these past 12 Cour de Grace shows have introduced aspects of each of these three elements of the Cour de Grace mission. The shows seen in coalescence also hold within them how our psychological development, along with our spiritual awakening, grounded in our physical realities, move us forward, ascending and evolving our personal selves and lives. Given that we’re all a part of humanity, our personal ascension enables us to play a more active role in the evolution of our world, helping to bring a higher consciousness to every aspect of our collective lives. It’s the Whole Package. Join us to see more of the big picture and to hear how it all ties together for our good and for the greater good.

Cour de Grace

Archives Available on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel

Cour de Grace, the Heart of Grace, will uplift you. Each week your host, Maria Rodriguez, will be sharing her own Power Phrases, bite-sized pieces of higher wisdom that facilitate our personal and collective transformation, shifting us inside and out. Her words have a healing power, helping you to embrace yourself as you are and move toward who you want to be, becoming a more active co-creator in your world.

Cour de Grace will inspire you. Inspiration can bring about Transformation, as you listen and then act with trust and with intention. The richness already within you is given the freedom to bloom, furthering you in every area of your life.

You are here because your heart knows there is more. More beauty, more joy and more truth. If you are ready to be more, create more, love more, live more, even breathe more, then come.

Maria Rodriguez

Healer, Teacher, Circle Leader. Maria Rodriguez has served in these ways in her 25 years as a clinical social worker. These roles have been enhanced by Maria's gifted Channeling. She receives words, processes and images full of wonder and of truth that can speak to us all, adding Infinite Possibilities to our lives.

Maria believes that together we can see more clearly, shift more deeply and move forward more swiftly. In light of this, she developed a model for Breaking Our Toxic Shame Cycles: Healing Ourselves and Our Relationships, a model that has led many to profound spiritual and psychological transformation. Maria is also the founder of Sacred Spaces, her counseling work of partnering with each person to remove these barriers and to access and embrace the Sacred Spaces, within us, between us, and around us.

Through Cour de Grace and the VoiceAmerica talk radio show, Maria will share much of the wisdom she has gained from the pain and triumphs of her own journey and from being a co-journeyer with others. Maria believes that none of us need live any longer bound by shame and that our journey is one of moving towards leading a life we love to live, ever uncovering the essence of who we are, bringing higher intentions wherever we tread. All with grace, for the good of all that is.


Leftover Toast.

If one of the raisons d’être for the toasting of bread is domestic economy - by virtue of its making stale, leftover bread more palatable - then what does one do, if one is a very virtuous housewife, if some of that toast is itself, leftover?

Rest assured, dear readers, that generations of frugal housewives and cooks have come up with quite a large number of ideas over the last couple of hundred years.

One could, for example, make toast pudding. Toast can also be used in the following variation on the theme of bread pudding (not bread and butter pudding) is from the inspirationally titled The Family Save-All, a System of Secondary Cookery (1861).


An Excellent Pudding of Stale Bread, &c.
Soak two pounds of pieces of Stale Bread, or pieces of Stale Toast, all night in plenty of water, with a plate laid on top of them, just to keep the bread under the water next morning, pour off and squeeze out all the superfluous water then well mash the pieces of bread, and mix with it half a pound of flour, a quarter of a pound of currants which have been cleaned, four ounces of suet chopped fine, a quarter of a pound of moist sugar, and two teaspoonfuls of fresh-ground allspice then grease the inside of a baking dish with a bit of suet, put the pudding into it, and bake it for two hours.
Or it may be tied in a clean floured cloth, set in boiling water, with a plate at the bottom, and Boiled for the same length of time.

Here is a more recent example, from a 1945 advertisement for French’s Worcester Sauce (“You get top-notch quality at half the price”.)

Creamed Fish.
Cube ½ cup of leftover toast, stir into 1 ½ cups hot creamed fish. Add 2 teasp. French’s Worcestershire, sprinkle with chopped parsley.

And finally, a recipe that could just has easily have featured in yesterday’s brief exploration of medicinal toast - a defiantly temptation-free idea for the invalid, from Isabella Beeton’s The Book of Household Management.

Toast Sandwiches
Ingredients: Thin cold toast, thin slices of bread and butter, pepper and salt to taste. Mode: Place a very thin piece of cold toast between 2 slices of thin bread-and-butter in the form of a sandwich, adding a seasoning of pepper and salt. This sandwich may be varied by adding a little pulled meat, or very fine slices of cold meat to the toast, and in any of these forms will be found very tempting to the appetite of an invalid.

Quotation for the Day.
The privileges of the side-table included the small prerogatives of sitting next to the toast, and taking two cups of tea to other people's one.
Charles Dickens.


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