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The Chatterbox Gene

“Kerry is a delight to have in class, but she is a bit of a chatterbox”

“Kerry enjoys socializing with the other children a bit too much”

“Kerry gets all of her work done and then distracts the other children”

-Actual excerpts from report cards and teachers notes my parents have received.

Good news for all of us who are blessed with the “Gift of Gab”, or more accurately, whose big mouths tend to…

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*Suggested soundtrack for reading this post: “Peaches” by The Presidents of the Unites States of America*

..oh and “Hook” by Blues Traveller, for no real reason.

It’s August in Ontario and that means one thing: Fresh Produce. Also enjoying the last days of a short summer…and of course the CNE, back to school and Sunflowers are EVERYWHERE, which is great.

Let’s try that again. It’s August in Ontario and that means many things. Among them, Fresh Ontario Produce. Everything is fresh and all of my favorite things are in season. Therefore it is of the utmost priority to EAT ALL OF THE GROWING THINGS! Because in a few short months we are back to that miserable hell wherein everything shrivels and dies and all of our fruits and vegetables are from tins or frozen or flown in from Chile at the low low cost of 6$/Kg.

My favorite August treat is a fresh peach…or strawberries..or garden fresh salsa, yellow wax beans or sweet summer corn with garlic-basil butter.

Let’s try that again. One of my favorite treats are fresh peaches. Peaches alone or in cakes, pies, tarts, salads, pancakes or smoothies. If given half the chance, I would live inside a peach. Which brings me to this Book-Cooking Thursdays’ Recipe: James and the Giant Peach and Brie Quesadilla (with honey lime dipping sauce).

I hope that everyone is familiar with the Roald Dahl classic “James and the Giant Peach”. If not, be sure to pick up a copy. A classic heart-warmer from the man who brought us other pander-free childrens classics such as Matilda and The BFG. James and the Giant Peach is the story of a young boy whose parents were eaten by an escaped rhinoceros. He was then sent to live with his spinster Aunts who, naturally, subjected him to mental and physical abuse. One day, young James finds himself the owner of a magic potion, but then spills it- all over a peach tree. The tree then sprouts a house-sized peach along with human-sized insect inhabitants. Eventually (Spoiler Alert!), this peach is used as both an escape vehicle for James and his friends and a home in which to live happily ever after. A fantastic read-aloud chapter book for kids or a nostalgic re-read for you! So, give it another (or a first) read, and then make yourself up some delicious:

James and the Giant Peach-and-Brie Quesadillas (with honey-lime dipping sauce)-Yields about 4-6 servings

Ingredients

Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice (note: if you mis-read this as “2 tbsp”, you’re still okay)
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest

Quesadillas:

  • 1 cup of thinly sliced, peeled, firm peaches.(Preferably slices that come from a house-sized, but uninhabited, peach.)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 3 oz. Brie cheese, thinly sliced (In theory, I should have used half of this, as I am only making 2 servings. In theory. But in theory, communism works. So 3oz of Brie it is.)
  • 4 (8 inch) flour tortillas
  • Cooking spray
  • chives for garnish
  1. Whisk together the first 3 ingredients and set aside for the dipping sauce
  2. Combine peaches, chopped chives and sugar, toss gently to coat.
  3. Heat a large, non stick pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray.
  4. Working quickly, place 1 tortilla in the pan, arrange 1/4 of the peach mixture and brie on half, and fold the other half over with tongs.
  5. Let cook about 2 mins, then flip and cook the other side 1-2 mins. Remove and keep warm.
  6. Repeat with the other tortillas.
  7. Garnish with chive strips and serve with dipping sauce

Enjoy!

Book Cooking Thursday: James and the Giant…Peach-Brie Quesadilla! *Suggested soundtrack for reading this post: “Peaches” by The Presidents of the Unites States of America*

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Happy 2014 World Literacy Day!

Happy 2014 World Literacy Day!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Happy World Literacy Day Everyone! It has been long established that a higher literacy rate leads to a reduced poverty rate, increased lifespan and better quality of life, and today is devoted to the discussion of literacy strategies worldwide. The organization responsible for literacy day,  UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural…

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Running while Reading: an Experiment in 3 Parts. Part 1

Running while Reading: an Experiment in 3 Parts. Part 1

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There’s just something about running. Perhaps it is because it is an accomplishment so easily put into number-based goals (5 miles! Finish Line! 1 hour 15!). Or that it is the one time of day that I spend totally alone, where no one can get a hold of me and ask me a question (I get asked A LOT of questions these days…).

More specifically, I love distance running (not because I can run a long…

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Bookworm on wheels: Learning to Drive at 30.

Bookworm on wheels: Learning to Drive at 30.

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I turned 16 on March 7th, 2000. My boyfriend at the time, T, had gotten his G1 license (learners’ permit) and I had plans to do the same. But then, in a fashion typical of 16-year old Kerry, I spent that 100$ meant for the G1 test on sparkly lip gloss, Hanson T-shirts and that clear soda with the gel spheres in it:

Does anyone else remember Orbitz?

Does anyone else remember Orbitz?

By the time I bothered to save the money…

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When Writers get Writers’ Block, they write about Writers’ Block.

When Writers get Writers’ Block, they write about Writers’ Block.

I started this blog almost a year ago to fill in something in my life that was missing- that creative outlet, the mentally challenging piece. Don’t get me wrong, my job was great, something I had trained for, but it had become a little routine. Writing gave me that academic, expressive forum. The ideas came fast and furious; posts got written while I was working, scribbled on the back of…

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Plights of a Bookworm #7: Reading Addiction

They say I gotta go to rehab, I say no, no no…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week, our esteemed mayor went to rehab (we think), confirming what I had been saying all along; there no such thing as a casual crack user. That, unlike other things (Baseball cards, scratching mosquito bites or Starbucks cinnamon dolce lattes), you can’t simply go out once in a while with some buddies and…

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So, heres the thing. I had a plan for the last week to make a chocolate pie using a recipe LOOSELY derived from “Minnys’ Chocolate Pie” (also known as “Revenge Pie” and “Eat my Shit” Pie) from Kathryn Stocketts’ “The Help”. The recipe and the book sat on my desk for a week, I just could not get motivated to make this pie or write this post. For those of you not familiar with the book (shame on you!), it takes place in 1962 Mississippi, and is the story of a white, privileged, 22-year old who sets out to write the story of black Mississippi housemaids and the prejudice they endure. It is a fantastic book and everyone should read it. There is also a movie, which is actually very good if you’re not the reading sort (double shame!)

But about this pie. Minny, one of the maids, gets her revenge on her very cruel former boss by baking her a very special chocolate pie. I had intended to make a similar pie (without the special ingredient), but I just couldn’t do it. Even knowing that my pie would be a simple chocolate pie, my stomach churned at the very thought of a replica revenge pie. So not only is it not Thursday, this is NOT a recipe from a book.

This is my recipe for regular chocolate pie. Regular. Chocolate. Pie.

From:FoodandWine.com

1 packaged pie dough crust, such as Pillsbury How much do I love when recipes call for something pre-made? A lot. That’s how much.
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Whipped cream, for serving
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Ease the pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges decoratively Oh sure, “decorative”.

2. Prick the crust lightly with a fork. Line the crust with foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes or until set. Remove the foil and weights and bake for about 5 minutes longer, just until the crust is dry but not browned. I have no pie weights. If you also have no pie-baking accessories from 1872, just bake it and squish it down if it starts to puff up.

3. Wine. From now on, step 3 will always be wine.

4. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk the sugar with the cocoa powder, butter, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla and salt until smooth.

5. Pour the filling into the pie shell and bake for about 45 minutes, until the filling is set around the edges but a little jiggly in the center.

6.Cover the crust with strips of foil halfway through baking.No

7. Transfer the pie to a rack and let cool completely (somewhat. Then realize that cooling is what keeps the pie from being liquid. Let it cool completely in the fridge, and cover your mistakes with whipped cream.) before cutting into wedges. Serve with whipped cream.

Verdict: Extremely sweet. See-through-time kind of sweet. But pretty tasty, especially with copious amounts of whipped cream!

 

Book Cookin So, heres the thing. I had a plan for the last week to make a chocolate pie using a recipe LOOSELY derived from “Minnys’ Chocolate Pie” (also known as “Revenge Pie” and “Eat my Shit” Pie) from…

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Review Time: A Train in Winter

Review Time:

In the years following WW2, there was a surge of psychological papers published discussing the conditions in the Nazi Concentration camps and their impact on survivors. The concentration camps, although undeniably horrible, offer a unique opportunity to explore human behavior under the most desperate and deplorable of conditions.
One such paper by Elmer Luchterhand* determined that the basic unit…

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10 Terrible Truths About Spring Cleaning

I love spring cleaning. It means that summer is around the corner, it’s usually the first weekend we break out the BBQ and I just really love cleaning and organizing on an occasional basis (like when it’s an event…day to day I don’t care to pick up my things).

However, as with everything in this great and terrifying thing we call life, spring cleaning is not without its problems. And so, in…

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