Food Facts & Lore, Monday Magazine

The Monday Mag – June 13, 2016

In This Edition Of Our Weekly Magazine:

  • Musical Chair Musings
  • Pizza Soup
  • The Varnum’s Food Fare

Our Favorite Quote Of The Week ~ “An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.” – Arnold Glasow

table seating meaning

MUSICAL CHAIR MUSINGS – Where you sit at the table may depend on who you are. For instance, it is said that people who are confident naturally migrate to the head of the table. Shy people may look for a seat along a wall, to create a safety cocoon. You will likely find the easy-going, conversationalist on the open side. This, in fact, is the one spot to covet if you wish to change your relationship to others. The confident person who easily dominates the conversation tends to spend more time listening to others from this perspective. Conversely, the shy person tends to open up. In fact, the shy person in search of confidence would begin the journey on the open side of the table first, before venturing to the sovereign position on the end.

pizza soup

PIZZA SOUP – If you think soup is boring, you’re about to change your mind. This one is nothing short of irresistible. Serve it with fresh, toasted baguette… and friends around the table to share. Here’s the recipe: In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté 1/2 lb sliced Italian sausage and 1 large, finely chopped onion. Add 2 minced garlic cloves and 10 sliced button mushrooms. Stir occasionally, until mushrooms are softened. Add 4 oz sliced and quartered pepperoni, 1 cup water, a 14.5 oz. can Seasoned Diced Tomatoes and a 28 oz. can Seasoned Crushed Tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Fold in grated Parmesan to taste before serving. Garnish with Fresh basil. Makes 4 generous servings or 6 first-course servings.

cool bread and biscuits

THE VARNUM’S FOOD FARE – As promised, we begin this new segment in association with The Varnum Memorial Library. Today, the Varnum recommends a neat little recipe book designed especially for today’s hectic life and for kids 8 to 11. Cool Breads and Biscuits, by Alex Kuskowski, is a short, 32 page cookbook that shows kids how easy it is to create wholesome treats from scratch, from rolls to cinnamon bread, and with unprocessed ingredients. This is a perfect way to share time and great values with the kids. Worried about little fingers on the pages of a borrowed cookbook? Just cover the open pages with plastic wrap. Get it at the Varnum Memorial Library or your own local library. Show us your kids’ creations!


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