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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-07-2019

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6 AT HOME / ENTERTAINMENT FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION Pasta e Fagioli is a perfect winter meal LINCOLN – January has come and gone in a blur, and as usual I'm thinking about getting rid of a few extra holiday pounds and eating healthi- er before the warm weath- er comes bringing with it short sleeves and inevita- bly less camouflage. Everyone can create deli- cious and healthy meals providing that they have a well-stocked kitchen. So, to start the year off in a better place, I'm recommitting to taking good care of myself and being prepared. With a brand new year, we get a free pass to start all over trying to live up to our best potential. Don't be boring in the culinary department, buy a new cookbook, or even better, dig out one of the old ones. That's exactly what I did the week of the recent Sunday rain and ice storm. I got this whim to make Pasta e Fagioli – for the life of me I don't even know why. I'm not a soup lover and I have never even ordered the stuff before in a restaurant – let alone make it myself. For some reason it called to me. I dug out some Italian cookbooks, my tried-and-true Betty Crocker, a few of those compilation church cook- books, and I did not find one recipe for it. I ended up on a Google search and there I found a few choices. I opted for the "slow cooker" version, mostly because I thought the power might go out due to the ice storm brewing out- doors and if I made it early enough in the afternoon it would still be edible and kept warm enough to eat. The recipe called for a pound of ground beef, some ditalini pasta, veg- etables, broth, beans and stewed tomatoes. I substituted the beef broth in the original recipe for vegetable broth, which I prefer. Of course, I added freshly grated cheese and a nice crusty bread when I served it. The volume it made was more than just two of us could bare, and three days later, I had had enough. So next time I'll cut the recipe in half if just for the two of us. The spices were perfect and it was definitely hearty. Turned out to be a perfect snowy day kind of meal. Pasta e Fagioli Ingredients: 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 lb. lean ground beef 2 whole carrots, diced 4 celery stalks, diced 1 med. onion, diced 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes 2 cans (14.5-oz. each) veg- etable broth 2 whole bay leaves 1 tsp. dried oregano 1 tsp. dried basil 1/2 tsp. dried thyme Salt & pepper to taste (1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper) 1 can (15-oz.) cannellini beans, drain & rinse 1 can (15-oz.) red kidney beans, drain & rinse 1 cup ditalini pasta, uncooked Directions: 1. Add olive oil to skillet and brown the beef until no lon- ger pink. Drain, place in bot- tom of a slow cooker. 2. Add all remaining ingre- dients except the pasta and beans. 3. Cook on low heat setting for 7-8 hours, or high heat for 3-4 hours. Thirty minutes before serving, stir in raw pasta and beans. Season with salt and pepper. Remove bay leaves before serving. Serve hot and sprinkle with freshly grated cheese and have a nice crusty bread. Enjoy! The Recipe Box RHONDA HANSON ENTERTAINMENT BRIEFS Stadium Theatre announces Winter Stage theater day camp WOONSOCKET – The Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, announc- es its Stadium Winter Stage, a theater day camp for chil- dren during February vaca- tion week, Monday-Friday, Feb. 18-22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Under the direction of experienced musical theater instructors, Winter Stage performers will learn about vocal pitch, timing and rhythm, while boosting self- confidence and encouraging team building skills. On the final day, every student will perform on the Stadium Theatre's grand hall stage in a final recital for family and friends. The 2019 Winter Stage theme is "Rock!" The musi- cal discovers how differ- ent rock styles developed through the decades with a humorous script, eight origi- nal songs and choreography. Stadium Winter Stage is available to children in two age groups: ages 5-8 and ages 9-16. The cost is $175 per child. No prior theater experience is needed and no child will be turned away unless the course is full. For more information, visit www.stadiumtheatre.com . Cabaret fundraiser will benefit RISE WOONSOCKET – Rhode Island Stage Ensemble will hold its fourth semi-annual cabaret fundraiser "Love on the Rise" on Saturday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m., at the Rise Playhouse, 142 Clinton St. The concert will bring together some of the area's finest performers to sing about love in all its messy, maddening glory. Selections range from pop classics such as "The Way You Look Tonight," "Signed Sealed Delivered" to classic and con- temporary show tunes. The evening will also include hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The show is directed by Michael Martins and will also feature Joanna MacKinnon, Joshua Pelletier, Courtney Pritt, Mike Daniels, Kimberly Harper-Rau, Sarah Reed, Michael Martins and Chantell Arraial. All pro- ceeds to benefit RISE. Tickets are $25 each or two for $40 and will be available at the door or in advance at www.ristage.org . ACROSS 1. Got paid 7. Sets free 13. Domestic hybrid cattle 14. Quality of one's character 16. Doctor's helper 17. Not holding back 19. Type of degree 20. Short but severe 22. 007's creator 23. Linguistics icon 25. Large integers 26. Upset 28. Former 29. Peyton's younger brother 30. An Irish dance 31. Title of respect 33. Small lump 34. Baroque musical instrument 36. The third sign of the zodiac 38. The 1st letter of the Hebrew alphabet 40. A group of nine 41. Garment 43. Capital of Yemen 44. One point south of due east 45. Drain 47. Moved quickly 48. Bar bill 51. An idiot 53. Indicates silence 55. Protein-rich liquids 56. Samoan mone- tary units 58. "__ your i's, cross your t's" 59. Forms the bottom 60. Potato state 61. Toy that spins around 64. Barium 65. Type of molding 67. Closes again 69. Sounds the same 70. Come into view DOWN 1. Nix 2. Indicates position 3. Quantitative facts 4. Strong and healthy 5. Former measure of length 6. Dads tend to be this 7. Parts of a movie 8. An animal's foot 9. Expression of sorrow or pity 10. Saudi Arabian money 11. One billion giga- bytes 12. Smallest musical interval 13. A rugged box (usually made of wood) 15. Cheese dish 18. An ugly, evil-looking old woman 21. Widely used 24. Makes into pages 26. Afflict in mind or body 27. Set up 30. Toilets 32. "Life of Jesus" theologian 35. A big deal on Wall St. 37. Western Thai people 38. Free from con- tamination 39. Type of dog 42. Revolver 43. High schoolers' exam 46. San Diego ball- players 47. Hit the sack 49. Suitable for crops 50. Red mineral 52. Yellowish-brown 54. Lowest point be- tween two peaks 55. Late TNT broad- caster 57. Thin strip to align parts 59. Swiss wind 62. A way to chill 63. Jewel 66. Rhodium 68. The top lawyer in the land Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 9.

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