Friday, November 1, 2013

November 1, 2013

A Thought for Today

“A great president should instinctively sense the popular need because he himself has lived through the hardship, the labor, and the sacrifice, which must be endured by every man of heroic mold who struggles up to eminence from obscurity and low estate. Between him and the people is that subtle bond which makes him their champion and makes them enthusiastically trust him with their loyalty and their love”.

FDR at nomination of Alfred Smith, June 28, 1928



A Piece of My Work


"Putto" (cherub, cupid) has been a decorative pattern started by Italian Renaissance artists. I started to experiment with this model. I did not do very well at the beginning. I used a transparent blue glaze that is supposed to emphasize the outlines. It will be better in future trials...




A Recipe for the Day


"Avgolemono" soup is a traditional Greek soup with chicken , rice, and eggs, and lemon. Very tasty.





2½qts. chicken broth

1 small chicken breast

1 cup rice

3 tbsp. + 1 tsp. cornstarch

¼ cup water

3 egg yolks

1 lemon juice

1 tsp. salt




Three cups of broth. Bring to a boil. Add the chicken breast, cover and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked (10-15 min). Remove the breast to cool and shred it into strips.

Bring the broth to simmer and stir in the rice. Cover the pan and simmer gently until the rice is cooked, about 20 min. Remove and set aside.

In a large saucepan, bring the remaining chicken broth to a boil over high heat. While the broth is heating, whisk together the corn starch and water in a small bowl until fully combined to form a slurry.

Off heat, whisk the slurry into the broth to thicken, and reduce the heat to a gentle simmer.

Temper the egg yolks with the broth and whisk the warmed egg yolks into the broth.

Whisk in the lemon juice, and then taste the broth and season with salt, which depends on the brand of broth used.

Stir in the shredded chicken and rice. 

Makes 8 servings.


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