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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-25-2019

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4 AT HOME / ENTERTAINMENT APRIL 24-30, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION Breakfast for dinner LINCOLN – Are you wondering what to do with all that leftover Easter ham? We like to have what we call "Breakfast for Dinner" every so often in my house. It's our go-to staple on a night when we didn't really plan ahead. Or if an appointment or a job kept us later than usual, it is a fast way to have good home-cooked food and not have to hit the market while hungry. An omelet with a little cheese, some diced tomatoes and some "whatever" makes for a light and delicious meal. The "whatever" is simply that, whatever we have in the refrigera- tor. Oftentimes, we'll have some type of left- overs that fit well into an omelet such as spinach, red peppers, mushrooms, onions, etc. Leftover baked potatoes diced and sautéed make for an easy side dish. Add some wheat toast and/or pancakes and you have appealed to just about every taste. My sons do this in their homes as well, but a couple of our grandsons are happier with cereal, bowl after bowl. Springtime is a good time to start thinking fresher in the kitchen too. Fresh herbs on fish or lean grilled meats are best served along with all the seasonal vegetables that come available such as asparagus and early peas. Lettuce and mixed greens make a good base for salads that we top with all kinds of things from pickled beets and cauliflower to candied nuts and cranberries. I say experiment a little, think about what's on your favorite restaurant salad bar and recreate some portion of that at home. The salad dressing you choose and add- ons can make the difference between a light healthy meal and a calorie-laden dinner dis- guised as a salad. Try to use sparingly things like bacon, cheese, macaroni and extra blue cheese so that you do not negate the claim of a "light" meal. Whatever you do, don't throw away any leftovers until you have had at least one night of breakfast for dinner. I bet you'll like it! The Recipe Box RHONDA HANSON Italian Ham Pie (Pizza Rustica) Encore Recipe of Mary Cote Buetow, of Woonsocket Ingredients: Crust 2 cups flour 2 eggs 1/4 cup melted shortening 1/4 cup milk Directions: 1. Place flour in a bowl and make a well in the center. 2. Beat eggs slightly in a small dish and add to the well. 3. Add cooled shortening and milk and stir into a dough. 4. Roll out and place in a 13-by-9-by-2-inch dish. Ingredients: Filling 18 eggs 1 to 1 1/2 lbs. Italian sausage (hot or mild), cooked and sliced 1/2 lb. farmer cheese 1/4 lb. pepperoni chopped 1/4 lb. Italian ham chopped (prosciutto) 1 cup ricotta cheese 1 tbsp. grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese 2 tbsp. chopped Italian flat leaf parsley Directions: 1. Beat eggs, add ricotta and blend well. 2. Add remaining ingredients and pour into shell. Bake at 350° for about 1 hour or until set. Note: This recipe can be cut in half and baked in a smaller baking dish at less cook time. Hearthside will host H.P. Lovecraft program May 5 LINCOLN – On Sunday, May 5, come "meet" H.P. Lovecraft in a two-part program which begins at 1 p.m. at the Hearthside Museum, 677 Great Road, and concludes at nearby Lincoln Woods State Park. At one point in his career, Providence's H.P. Lovecraft, the 20th century's "father of weird fiction," considered himself primarily a poet. In 1913, Lovecraft published a poem "Quinsnicket Park," referring to what is now Lincoln Woods State Park. Part one of the event takes place in the draw- ing room at Hearthside with a talk on the life and works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Presented by Carl L. Johnson, who is himself a relation to the late Lovecraft, has done extensive research on the writings and personal his- tory of this odd but intrigu- ing character. Following the discussion, there will be a beer and wine tast- ing to toast H.P. Lovecraft, complete with an offering of Narragansett Lovecraft beers and Lovecraft wine, as well as a tour of the museum. Part two moves the event to Lincoln Woods at Quinsnicket Pond, a favor- ite place where Lovecraft was inspired by the beauty of the park and of the sur- rounding Great Road area. Johnson will bring to life the words of Lovecraft's "Quinsnicket Park" from the vantage point of where Lovecraft composed this poem more than 100 years ago. Ticket are $18. The event is for ages 21 and over. A limited number of tickets are available. Advance ticket purchase only. To order, email info@hearth- sidehouse.org or call 401- 726-0597. DiMucci returns to North Gate Sunday LINCOLN – Michael DiMucci returns to North Gate Toll House,1873 Old Louisquisset Pike, on Sunday, April 28, for Part III of his music history, at 3 p.m. Previously, he depicted the time of both World War I and II in terms of the music of those eras and now, he will finish with the sounds of the 1950s. Tickets are $20 to ben- efit the Blackstone Valley Historical Society, conserva- tors of North Gate. DiMucci studied piano and organ in New Jersey. He is also a singer and appren- ticed at Boheme Opera in Trenton, N.J. He has per- formed throughout New England, and was a regular guest artist at the University of Rhode Island's Opera Workshop. DiMucci has also recorded several albums, including one for Christmas, and a medley of Broadway, Italian favorites, and classi- cal compositions. being liked by your child. In the 1970s, as parenting pushed child rear- ing to the margins, bogus psychological theory replaced common sense and traditional wis- dom and people with capital letters after their names replaced family and community elders as sources of child-rearing advice. Everything is topsy-turvy in parenting. For example, a child who was merely raised was expected to pay attention to adults, beginning with his parents, and do what adults told him to do. By contrast, the "parented" child is the center of his parents' attention and they are constantly looking for Facebook-worthy things to do with and for him. These same parents often complain that their child does not pay attention to them unless they act momentarily insane; furthermore, he does not "cooperate." Cooperate is a parenting word. In the pre- parenting age, when child mental health was far, far better than it has been since, children were expected to obey (and generally did). Then, psychologists claimed (without evi- dence, as usual) that obedient children were nothing more than mindless robots who weren't learning to think for themselves. This appeal to emotion worked and ever since, par- ents have been trying to get children to coop- erate. The parents in question often complain that their children do not obey. Needless to say, they fail to see the connection. The raised child was expected to be a responsible member of his family. So, for example, yours truly was doing chores like washing floors when I was 4 years of age. My friends all had chores too. We couldn't play outside until we had done our chores and done them properly, and we lived for playing outside. If we didn't do our chores properly, we had to re-do them. Even then we couldn't go outside because our mothers found more chores for us to do and so we learned, quickly, to do our chores properly. Today's children, parented, have after-school activities that will, for the most part, serve them no good when they are adults. In most cases, parents who are parenting claim their children have no time for chores or won't cooperate in doing them. Raising children was about their future citizenship. The guiding principle was "good citizenship begins in the home." Those par- ents taught proper manners. Parenting is all about a child's grades in school and other accomplishments. As such, today's parents do on a regular basis what parents 60-plus years ago rarely did: they help their kids do their homework! Since parents began helping with homework because they want their kids to get into the "right" colleges, school achievement has been steadily declining. Kids reared/raised in the pre-parenting era were expected to entertain themselves, solve their own peer-group problems, survive being called names, eat what was put on their plates, wear itchy, tight-fitting clothes without com- plaint, and so on. Kids who are parented are not expected to do any of that. Their parents solve all their problems. So, they get into the "right" colleges, ask directions to the nearest "safe space," refuse to eat what's put in front of them and complain that their clothes itch. The moral of this column is, "If you want that outcome (as well you should), you gotta do that." Quite simple. Family psychologist John Rosemond: johnrosemond. com, parentguru.com . PARENTING From Page One

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