Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Janis Joplin and fans "Super-Valid"

Janis Joplin called connection with her fans “super-valid” in a program displayed at America’s Music, a project celebrating American Popular Music, on display through March 24 at Museum of the Gulf Coast.
During a performance she and fans are all into each other, she said. I also saw a performance outfit that belonged to Isaac Payton Sweat of Cotton Eyed Joe fame. Great anecdotes about the Texas International Pop Festival are on the wall.

Mary L. Dauphine is ready to look younger and she’s on a health kick to drink more water, get to Zumba at the Recreation Center, keep up her energy for her work at Bob Hope school. Why is she telling me all this? She wanted to win a copy of the book “7 Years Younger,” and she did.
The editors of Good Housekeeping compiled this book that offers “The Revolutionary 7-Week Anti-Aging Plan.” Dauphine sound ahead of the game, because this well-organized book does tell us what we should already know. We should keep moving, eat right and keep a positive attitude. We need to hear that and actually do it. There are also many tips for the right kind of beauty products for our needs and great inspiration from women who have incorporated these simple practices and how much better they look and feel.
It’s also a cookbook, which I love. Here are some ideas for whole wheat pasta, which is the only kind I use now: creamy peas and ham, fall sausage and veggie; Italian tuna with capers; feta and tomato; spring shrimp and tofu lo mein.

What’s in your jar?
Andrea Jourdan has taken every variation of chocolate, fruit, cream and herbs and put them in a jar. I don’t know who had the countdown job, but she narrowed down her triumphs for “150 Best Desserts in a Jar.” Want to go in order, or skip around to:
Pineapple Rum Vanilla Baba, Nectarine Cream with Crunchy Meringue, Cantaloupe and Raspberry Splash, Rose Jelly and Lemon Cream?
I learned a lot of background from her notes and got ideas aplenty. All these little beauties come to your table in little Mason or other decorative jars to wow your guests. What? You didn’t invite anyone else to enjoy? Mar jars for you.
 Here’s just one:
Excerpted from 150 Best Desserts in a Jar by Andrea Jourdan © 2013 May not be reprinted without publisher permission.

Balsamic-Spiked Strawberry Tartare
Four 8-ounce jars
4 cups hulled strawberries, cut in small cubes
3 tablespoons confectioner’s (icing) sugar
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest
1 teaspoon chopped mint leaves
Small pinch of fine sea salt
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar.
1. Place cubed strawberries in a large bowl.  Sprinkle with

confectioner’s sugar and toss gently. Add orange juice and mix gently. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.
2. Drain strawberries, discarding liquid, and return to bowl. Add orange zest, mint and salt and mix very gently. Transfer to jars, dividing equally. Serve immediately or cver and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.
3. When you’re ready to serve, top each serving with 1  tablespoon balsamic vinegar.

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