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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-28-2019

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8 ENTERTAINMENT / AT HOME MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION gers and continue rolling. • When the dough reaches 1/4 inch thickness, scrape the dough up with a pastry scraper, lightly re-flour the surface, and flip the dough over. Continue rolling the dough out very thin (less than 1/8 of an inch thick). The thinner you roll the dough, the more delicate and crisp the cookies will turn out – just make sure that the dough is still thick enough to hold the filling and its shape! If you prefer a thicker, more doughy texture to your cookies (less delicate), keep the dough closer to 1/4 inch thick. Lightly flour the rolling pin occasionally to prevent sticking. • Use a 3-inch cookie cutter (not small- er) or the 3-inch rim of a glass to cut circles out of the dough, cutting as many as you can from the dough. • Gather the scraps and roll them out again. Cut circles. Repeat process again if needed until you've cut as many circles as you can from the dough. You should end up with around 35 circles (unless you've kept your dough on the thicker side, which will result in less cookies). • Place a teaspoon of filling (whichever filling you choose) into the center of each circle. Do not use more than a teaspoon of filling, or you run the risk of your hamantaschen opening and filling spilling out during baking. Cover unused circles with a lightly damp towel to prevent them from drying out while you are filling. • Assemble the hamantaschen in three steps. First, grasp the left side of the circle and fold it toward the center to make a flap that covers the left third of the circle. • Grasp the right side of the circle and fold it toward the center, overlapping the upper part of the left side flap to create a triangular tip at the top of the circle. A small triangle of filling should still be visible in the center. • Grasp the bottom part of the circle and fold it upward to create a third flap and complete the triangle. When you fold this flap up, be sure to tuck the left side of this new flap under- neath the left side of the triangle, while letting the right side of this new flap overlap the right side of the triangle. This way, each side of your triangle has a corner that folds over and a corner that folds under – it cre- ates a pinwheel effect. This method of folding is not only pretty – it will help to keep the cookies from open- ing while they bake. • Pinch each corner of the triangle gen- tly but firmly to secure the shape. If any cracks have formed at the places where the dough is creased, use the warmth of your fingers to smooth them out. Repeat this process for the remaining circles. • When all of your hamantaschen have been filled, place them on a lightly greased baking sheet, evenly spaced. • Place them in the oven and let them bake at 350 degrees for 10-25 min- utes, until the cookies are cooked through and lightly golden. Start checking them at 10 minutes; because the dough thickness tends to vary on these cookies they can cook quite fast if rolled thin. In most ovens, it will take around 15-20 min- utes, but best to keep a close watch over them as they cook to avoid over- cooking or burning. Cool the cookies on a wire rack. Store them in a tightly sealed plastic bag or Tupperware. Filling: Recipe for Lekvar - plum butter, can be used as a filling for hamantaschen or any cookie or pastry. Thick filling, will not run. Ingredients: 2 cups pitted prunes 1 cup water 1/4 cup orange juice 1 tsp. orange zest 1/4 tsp. salt 1/3 cup brown sugar Instructions: • Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan except for the brown sugar. Stir and bring to a boil for one min- ute. • Reduce heat to medium low so the mixture simmers slowly and con- stantly. Cover the pot. Let the mix- ture simmer covered for 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes. • Remove the lid from the pan. Let the prunes continue to simmer for 3-5 more minutes, stirring frequently, until most of the liquid has evapo- rated/absorbed. Keep a close eye on the pan to make sure the prunes don't burn. When there are about 3 tablespoons of liquid left in the pan, remove from heat. • Stir the brown sugar into the prune mixture till brown sugar melts and dissolves. • Mash the prune mixture with a pota- to masher till a smooth puree forms. Run a fork through the mixture to break up any pieces the potato masher missed. You can also use an immersion blender for a smoother puree, if you want to. • Let cool to room temperature before using. Store in a sealed, air- tight container in the refrigerator. Refrigerating the filling to chill com- pletely will make it easier to work with when filling hamantaschen. their production of "In the Heights," a 2008 Tony Award-winner and Miranda's first Broadway hit. Like its more famous successor, "In the Heights" is packed with upbeat, hip hop-inspired musical numbers that showcase the diverse cultures behind the production. Unlike "Hamilton," this show won't break the bank, with tickets just $10 when purchased in advance. Jennifer Maiello, WHS theater and dance teacher, said students involved with the production started rehearsing in September. "This show's very hard. We are only one of two high schools that have attempted it in the state of Rhode Island. Not many high schools attempt to do it at all," she said. "In the Heights" tells the story of a Washington Heights community struggling with questions of family, identity and home. Marco Hernandez, a junior making his onstage debut, stars as a bodega owner and narrator of the show, while senior Katherine Romero plays a college student try- ing to adapt to the outside world. It's an appropriate pick, said Maiello, for Woonsocket, a city that has faced its own challenges but benefited from the many perspectives of a diverse range of ethnic and cultural groups. "I think for Woonsocket High School, it was an awesome choice because it celebrates diversity and that's what we strive to do here on a daily basis," she explained. Students have faced a unique chal- lenge this year amid the ongoing standoff over an unsigned teacher contract. In previous years, students have met with Maiello after school two to three times per week and come in on weekends and holidays to rehearse the show. This year, the work-to-rule policy instituted by the Woonsocket Teachers Guild only allows Maiello one day per week to rehearse with the students after school. Instead, students have come in before school and worked with alumni and other volunteers to pull every- thing together before opening day. "Overall, I think the students have really stepped up their game because they know our schedule is so tight," said Maiello, who added the cast is one of her most committed in many years of teaching at WHS. Fans of "Hamilton" will recognize the composer's unique style in songs that combine hip hop, salsa and more traditional Broadway-style ballads with complex choreography. Maiello said the songs have been a hit with cast members who are eager to share them with an audience next weekend. "The show is very explosive. I think they want to tell this story to their friends and family," she said. "In the Heights" plays on April 4, 5 and 6, at 7 p.m. in the Woonsocket High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 when purchased ahead or $15 at the door. Tickets are available for pur- chase in the WHS main office during school hours. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE JUAN CERON, on left, and AMBRA MONTECALVO, both seniors, dance during one of the many Latin-flavored arrangements in the musical. 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